UNUSUAL AUDIO BOOKS & RECORDINGS
Crimson Cats, run by Michael Bartlett, publishes books and other items on CD that are
unlikely to be available in audio form anywhere else.
Some of their titles:
the Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson by William Beatty,
My Life and Times, the autobiography of Jerome K Jerome,
The Beetle Hunter and Other Stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
Everyman’s England, by Victor Canning, and
Gods and Fighting Men, – the classic collection of Lady Gregory’s translations of the Irish stories of Finn
McCool. A new departure for Crimson Cats is their set of interviews with sporting personalities from the past, including Ted Dexter, Mary Peters and Stirling Moss. Many more titles; website at:-
US RADIO DRAMA - HOWARD BLUE
Howard has written "Words at War" - a book describing how 17 US radio
dramatists and their actors fought a war of words against fascism,
beginning in the late 30s. See Howard's website:
RADIO DRAMA - the EDITH THOMPSON case
Molly Cutpurse, who writes about recent history, has
written an unusual novel about Edith Thompson's life, which was
published in 2005; details can be found on her website:
http://www.mollycutpurse.com/ More about the case on Shelagh Stephenson's page and in her play
"Darling Peidi" (1993).
Delivering high-quality story telling, especially with new writing, across a range of media including radio drama. Bunbanter (the company's nickname) aims to make theatre of all types accessible to new audiences and new talent.
AUDIO THEATRE / DRAMA : DREAMGATE
Creators of gothic, fantasy, science fiction and
witty radio drama. Titles include The Creatures of the Forest,
The Arch Bishop, The Dark Shire Trilogy and Witch Hunter.
WIRELESS THEATRE COMPANY
A new Audio Online Theatre Company producing audio plays, books, comedy sketches, short stories and more to be downloaded to Ipods, MP3 players, desktops and mobile phones direct from the site, free – no registering, no payment. It brings radio drama to the kids and keeps this wonderful medium alive.
Horror-Fi make 3D audio recordings suitable for all mp3 players, iPhones, iPods; in fact anything into which you can plug headphones. They use an unusual recording technique, and the result is very three-dimensional, replicating the way the human head hears sound. You are in the thick of the action.
Sladjana Vujovic is a playwright; she is also joint artistic director of
two London based theatre companies which promote new writing
(including that of Andrew Rissik) and innovative
Her personal website gives details of her work as director, writer, actress and educator, with
details of current projects. It can be found at
Her latest play, HUNT , is a 60-minute piece for 10-14 year olds and can be presented as an 'installation- promenade' piece or as a more traditional
stage-based production. 4 main and 4 supporting roles are played by 4 actors. See Sladjana's website for contact details.
An initiative by Clive Lever, raising money by the sale of comedy CDs, so that blind people can use computers effectively. The British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) has named the project EyeT4All.
Comedian and poet Les Barker has donated the materials for the Guide Cats CDs. EyeT4All introduces blind and partially sighted people to affordable and easy-to-use access technologies. EyeT4All days are hosted by local societies for the blind, libraries and community centres, and are delivered by BCAB trainers.
Many well-known radio 'names' take part: Bernard Cribbins, Sian Phillips, Gerard McDermott, Susan Jameson, Edward de Sousa, Charlotte Green, Andrew Sachs, Prunella Scales, Lynda Bellingham .... the Guide Cats website is at www.bcab.org.uk/guide-cats-cds .
JOHN COLLINS, HARPSICHORDIST & ORGANIST
Information and reviews about the European repertoire, including Iberian, French, English, Flemish, Italian, Dutch, German & Polish harpsichord and organ music. John also does translations (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian).
Martin is a musician, researcher, transcriber and publisher of early keyboard music, and has discovered a number of unknown pieces by early Spanish composers including Soler and Nebra. He welcomes requests for information and is ready to provide scores and CDs: see
http://www.trito.es His personal website is at
Band formerly known as Dollie Mix, assembled by Mandy Giltjes in 2009.
R & B, rock / progressive /pop - this is a link to the promo video for their first single, "Misfit". Watch them soar -and remember - you found them here first!
AGENCY FOR STEEL BANDS
Small entertainment agency specializing in Authentic Caribbean Steel Pan & Drum Music Nationwide:
BRIAN BLOOD'S COMPOSER DIRECTORY
-An amazingly comprehensive index to
composer information. Under
construction, but many parts
accessible. The following will
get you to the "A" page; if you want "B"
(Bartok etc) use /cdefsb, and so on.
Slow loading because of the weight of
Tammy Widjaja's site on piano technique. Tammy
is based in Indonesia. Good basic stuff, but some
sensible remarks for more advanced players too.
GOKARTS & BUGGIES
A wide selection of gokarts, mopeds, scooters, buggies, and all-terrain vehicles.
Power Generation and Energy
WIND TURBINES, NUCLEAR POWER, RENEWABLE ENERGY www.habitat21.co.uk/ Site discussing renewable energy technology,
nuclear power, the greenhouse effect, wind turbines, and propaganda masquerading as science. Constructed and written by Nigel Deacon, owner of Diversity
Interesting and extensive blog site by an Australian academic which
attempts to separate fact from fiction in the wind energy debate.
Professor John Brignell's site - designed to nail a few of the politicians, journalists,
so-called scientists and others who try to confuse us with the wrong numbers.
JEREMY STEVENSON RADIO SOUND ARCHIVE
The Jeremy Stevenson Archive was probably the best and largest private archive of off-air BBC recordings
(comedy and drama) in the UK. Jeremy had an extensive collection of broadcast and never-broadcast
Gilbert and Sullivan performances going back to the fifties. I am sorry to report that Jeremy died in early 2011. Website at www.gilbertandsullivan.freeservers.com/ has now expired.
Covers all aspects of broadcasting history;links to collectors of programmes and equipment; excellent noticeboard. Run by David and Lyn Laine at http://www.vintagebroadcasting.org.uk
NATIONAL FRUIT COLLECTIONS Brogdale is home, at present, to the National Fruit Collections, the largest collection of
fruit trees in the world. There are 1,800 varieties of apple, 550 of pear, 350 of plum, 220 of cherry, 320 varieties of
bush fruit, and smaller collections of nuts and vines, grown in 150 acres of beautiful orchards.
DEACON's NURSERIES, IOW
The experts in supplying apple trees: Deacon's Nursery, Godshill, I.O.W. They also do peaches, apricots,
vines, plums, cherries, soft fruit. Their website
is at www.deaconsnurseryfruits.co.uk .
Nursery at Ludgershall, Bucks, supplying an enormous selection of apple trees and cherry trees, including rediscovered ancient varieties. They also do vines, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears, etc. The proprietors, Derek and Judy, were featured in a long article in the Daily Telegraph magazine in Spring 2008. Website at www.bernwodeplants.co.uk .
JOAN MORGAN'S SITE
Joan Morgan is the author of "The Book of Apples", and is involved in trying to keep the National
Fruit Collection intact and at Brogdale. Her fruit site contains updates on the situation and a blog with
discussion on this and other matters.
REAL ENGLISH FRUIT
Real English Fruit, based in Suffolk, UK, was founded by fruit grower Dan Neuteboom in order to supply quality fruit trees, for growing in pots, patios, gardens and small orchards. His service also includes the design and planning of small or mini orchards, efficient layouts for multi fruit gardens, and a service of expert fruit tree consultancy for all problems concerning home orchards.
YORKSHIRE ORCHARDS:- A new venture; 60 types of apple grown, including
classic English varieties, located near York. Trees began producing
fruit in commercial quantities in 2006 for local farmers' markets.
APPLES in Botley, Hampshire: FRUITWISE
An interesting apple and cider site run by Stephen
and Julia Hayes: they are apple growers in Botley with about 1000
trees - all decent varieties. Web address is:
http://www.botley.com/fruitwise/fruitwise.html and their new website, updated each week, is at
http://www.fruitwise.net / -contains advice about what varieties to plant, which to
avoid, pruning of trees, etc.
APPLE FLAVOURS AND ORIGINS
Richard Borrie's site is dedicated to describing the
origins of different apple varieties and the flavours
of the various apples. Unusual, interesting site.
Web address: http://www.orangepippin.com /
Winifred and Les Baker run a small landscape architecture
practice (named after a traditional orchard) promoting, where suitable,
the planting of orchards in development schemes. They have worked with the
Brogdale Trust in the past. Their web address is
Mark Shirley is an organic cidermaking enthusiast; he runs Rockingham Forest
Cider, on the Northamptonshire / Leicestershire border.
He's based in Middleton, and his web address is
TULLENS FRUIT FARM
Tullens sell traditional English apples including Cox, Worcester Permaine and Bramley; Laxton's Superb and Blenheim Orange will be available soon. The farm is based in Pulborough, West Sussex. They also sell apple juice (5 types) and organic lamb from their Dorset Downs sheep - all from their farm shop. Web address:
EDEN POINT NURSERIES
A family-run company that specialises in supplying high quality apple trees, organically grown, specialising in hardy, disease-resistant eating/cooking apples for the home garden and a range of cider apple trees for the home or commercial orchard. 20 Giller Dv, Preston, Lancs.
AMIGONI FAMILY VINEYARDS
Vineyard growing premium grape varieties and selling vine protection products. Located in Centerview,
Missouri. Bird netting, frost protection fabric, and a well-written website with
high information content on vines.
"GROW IT" MAGAZINE
New monthly national gardening mag. aimed at fruit and veg growing enthusiasts.
Nigel (Diversity website owner) has written for this mag.; see his article on grafting apples in
issue 2, 6 Apr. 07). Website:
GARDENERS' QUESTION TIME: DAPHNE LEDWARD
Author, broadcaster, and on the
GQT panel as the first female gardening expert....her website
Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie: SCRI.
Researches environmentalinteractions, genetics, plant pathology and health & nutrition. Hosts the
Commonwealth Potato Collection.
British Potato Council: BPC.
A public body working on behalf of potato growers and purchasers to promote British potatoes.
Jamieson Brothers Seed Potatoes
Established in 1895, Jamieson Brothers of Annan are specialist seed potato suppliers and producers, selling high grade Scottish seed potatoes; they have exclusive varieties only available fron their online shop. Email: info (at)jbaseedpotatoes.co.uk, tel. 01461-202567; address: Rosefield Farm, Old Carlisle Rd, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 6QX. Website:
http://www.jbaseedpotatoes.co.uk/ and their potato blog, run by Iain Barbour, is at
THE YORKSHIRE JOURNAL
This e-journal for Yorkshire is the result of the closure of many Yorkshire magazines over recent years such as Smith Settles, Yorkshire Journal, Around the Wolds and North Yorkshire and Brian Barker’s Old Yorkshire Magazine. This e-journal has been set up to take the place of these publications. For a brief intro, see "intro to Yorkshire Journal", for more information, please visit their site.
A person from Lancashire who writes odd poems. A comic genius in the
tradition of Stanley Holloway and Marriott Edgar. His dog, Mrs. Ackroyd, used to accompany him
on poetry gigs and bite people.
GLASS ENGRAVING AND DESIGN
High quality glass engraving: glass, crystal, commissions of all
kinds. Lesley Pyke's workshop is in Halesworth, Suffolk.