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Editor of The Chiswick Calendar Bridget Osborne spent many years as a journalist at the BBC before setting up The Chiswick Calendar website - ChiswickCalendar.co.uk - in 2014. Having produced many interviews, from actors and entertainers on BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme to politicians and heads of state on BBC World News TV's HARDtalk, she's completely at home talking to interesting people about everything from their childhood recollections to their impact on the world stage.
 
If you've enjoyed watching the 1998 BBC television miniseries, you'd probably want to renew your acquaintance with William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel, Vanity Fair. However, if you're unfamiliar with what has been dubbed one of the Best 100 Books in English Literature, you certainly have a treat ahead. Miss Pinkerton's Academy in Chiswick Mall in London is where young ladies with ambitions of making a good marriage are sent by their socially aspiring middleclass parents. Two young ladie ...
 
When you’re wandering about a historic place, what voices do you hear echoing off the walls? Are they the ones you learnt about at school – or do you wonder about the shadowy, quiet voices that may have gone unheard? Speaking with Shadows is the podcast that listens to the people that history forgot. From castles on the south coast to Hadrian’s Wall in the far North, join presenter Josie Long as she travels across the country to seek out six stories from the hidden corners of England’s history.
 
Two poets in a London park at sunset, debating on the attributes of poetry and whether it's really a metaphor for anarchy. A group that meets in secret, planning to overthrow the world order. Disguises and deceptions, ideals and ideology. A medley of themes and genres makes this a great read for anyone who's a fan of Chesterton and his iconic Father Brown. The Man Who Was Thursday includes Chesterton's favorite theme of Christianity with touches of delightful humor to enliven the twists and ...
 
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The UK’s longest running all women podcasters, Est. 2011: Irreverent and uncensored interviews, life stories, conversations and debate. CULTURE: FOOD: WELLBEING: SEX: COMEDY: AUTHORS “It’s fantastic to have a radio show for women BY women. Not that Radio Gorgeous is worthy or box-ticking. It’s funny, frantic, smart; often profound and just occasionally filthy.” Liz Hoggard – Journalist It was such fun” Lynn Barber – Celebrity Journalist “Pirate Radio for Vogue Readers” Journalist and writer ...
 
Welcome to the Stand-up and Walk series. The premise is simple: for each podcast we get a different comedian to lead us around their favourite part of London. There is no set format, with each comedian able to put their own twist on the concept. Expect historical inaccuracies, ridiculous dares and outrageous behaviour as we ramble across London.
 
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Star of the St Trinian's films and inspiration for Victoria Wood and Miranda Hart, Joyce Grenfell was one of Britain's most loved female comedienne, writer, actor and singer. Cheryl Knight tells us about Joyce, and her hugely popular one woman show which is touring southern England. Press link for tour info and tickets. http://www.apollotheatrecomp…
 
Ex Sohoite cabaret chanteuse Josephine Pembroke talks to Jo Good on BBC London about living in Soho in the 80's, Pussies Galore and more. Josephine is performing at The Edinburgh Fringe more info here: ON: Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 August 2022 AT: The Olive Theatre, Greenside, 6, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LS Time: 18:40 (5o mins) Tickets: £12…
 
In the last episode of this series, Josie Long uncovers a group of daring Polish soldiers and their secret wartime history in Essex. She visits Audley End House, known during the Second World War as Station 43, to find out about the Cichociemni: elite special forces soldiers who volunteered to go above and beyond for their nation and Allied victory…
 
If you’ve heard the horror stories of experimental pre-20th-century psychiatry, this episode might surprise you. Josie Long heads to Chiswick House in south-west London to find out about its life as a private asylum for people with mental illnesses in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Who were the people who needed the asylum’s care, and what insig…
 
Josie Long heads to Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire on the trail of a mysterious man who saved the life of the owner of this fine house. James Chappell’s heroic story lives on in local legend, but who was this black servant, living as a free man? And what new questions does his story raise or add to the under-documented story of being black in Brita…
 
This time, we’re turning the cruel, inhumane image of Victorian workhouses on its head. Josie Long heads to a Suffolk village to unravel the evolution of poor laws as well as the birth of modern health and social care. Framlingham Castle once served as a workhouse, lodgings and administrative centre of relief for the area’s poor and needy. So what …
 
Josie Long traces the footsteps of the indomitable 17th-century duchess Margaret Cavendish: a writer, philosopher, feminist and author of one of the first ever sci-fi novels. This student of the human mind and spirit dressed against convention and made her way into the prestigious but male-dominated world of the Royal Society. But who was Margaret …
 
Josie Long returns on Tuesday 29th March with a brand new series of Speaking with Shadows. Once again, Josie is travelling the country to uncover the hidden histories of English Heritage sites, with incredible stories that throw a new light onto our nation's story. She'll challenge the image of harsh Victorian workhouses and hear about a heroic ser…
 
Bridget Osborne is the Editor of The Chiswick Calendar. She worked for the BBC for more than 30 years as a journalist in radio, television and online. Winner of a Sony award for her work on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, she produced radio programmes as diverse as Midweek, Any Questions and Desert Island Discs before moving to television to produce t…
 
Sunday Times bestselling author Sean Smith tells Radio Gorgeous the extraordinary story of a modern cultural icon: Harry Styles. Harry Styles - The Making Of A Modern Man by Sean Smith is published by Harper Collins. #HarryStyles #RadioGorgeousBy The UK's Longest Running all Female Podcasters
 
What is the Universe of Deliciousness? A gorgeous term created by my guest on Radio Gorgeous, Julia is a bodyworker, therapist and healer. Julia talks us through how to get to this state. Be prepared to bring joy directly into your life. #MindBodySpirit #RadioGorgeousBy The UK's Longest Running all Female Podcasters
 
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