POEM: Billy Collins – Saturday Morning

Billy Collins, Morning
Billy Collins, Morning

Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humour but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself.

 

Poundbury gets its very own Buckingham Palace

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Prince Charles has “mini Buckingham Palace” built at Poundbury, in honor of his late Grandmother.

A block of luxury flats, built as part of Prince Charles’ architectural project in the village of Poundbury village in Dorset, have been likened to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles styled the building as the centrepiece of Queen Mother Square, in honour of his late Grandmother, the Queen Mother, whose Father, Claude Bowes-Lyon was the 14th Earl of Strathmore.

The building is yellow and white, which separates it from Buckingham Palace in London, however the façade shows the true resemblance, with the same pillars, a classical and traditional style and the same doorways and shape. Strathmore House also features a large open balcony and the Royal crest.

The eight properties each have two or three bedrooms, high ceilings large windows and “rare attention to detail”, designed by the leading classical architects Quinlan & Francis Terry.

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Simon Conibear, from the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “The square has been planned since the inception of the project. It is physically in the centre of Poundbury and will include a statue of the Queen Mother. His Royal Highness wanted to commemorate his grandmother.”

The luxury flats were quickly sold, at a price ranging between £575,000 – £650,000 each.

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A spokesman for Parkers estate agents said: “The building has attracted a lot of attention, both locally, nationally and internationally. The apartments have sold to a variety of purchasers, with over half of them moving from within Dorset, and two others international.”

Once the square is completed, a statue of the Queen Mother will be placed in the centre.

Poundbury sits on 400 acres of land owned by Prince Charles, who created the traditional British village due to his strong ideas on environment and architecture.

A separate block of flats and a spa is being built on the other side of the square, and will be named the Royal Pavilion.

The Poundbury plan will result in a total of 2,500 homes when it is completed, which is expected to be 2025.

Monday Matters with Mick Jagger & Paul Doust 25 July 2016

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On the show tonight:

We start with sport and hear from three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that “nobody wants to return to the borders of the past” during her first visit to Northern Ireland. We hear from Mrs May in The World Tonight.

Mick Jagger is our featured artist tonight. He’s one of the most influential figures in the history of rock and roll as frontman of The Rolling Stones and celebrates his birthday on 26 July.

After 8pm Jason we hear how Shamed Sir Philip Green has threatens to sue MP Frank Field who said he was ‘much worse’ than Robert Maxwell for ‘plundering BHS’. We have the latest report.

Paul Doust trained as an actor at the Guildhall School, London and then took to play writing and TV scriptwriting (BBC’s Eastenders / Holby City). He now now runs theatre workshops all over Kent. He joins Jason live in the studio in the final hour.

Saturday Breakfast Faversham Nautical Festival 23 July 2016

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On Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan today: Jan has the Weather & Travel; Andrew has the news.

Between 7am & 8am
In the News Quiz… Jason plays a clip from the news – but can you work out the story?

Our Tranquil Time poem today is : A Bay in Anglesey, Sir John Betjeman READ by Gill Fraser Lee.

8am & 9am
We will have the latest updates from the terrorist incident in Germany including the response from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

We play Treasure Hunt: where we’ll send Jan up in the SFM Helicopter with Jock McSporran – but can you guess where oor Jan is today?

08:40 David Lewis talks to Jason about a report out today which suggest two-thirds of British people are worried about overspending on holidays abroad this summer.

9am & 10am
Pick Of The Number One Pops: 1965; 1975; 1985; 2005

09:40: Peter Flower from the Faversham Nautical Festival will chat to the team about the events happening today in Faversham.

Terrorism Strikes New York

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Having left New York less than 3 weeks after the bombs went off in Chelsea district I felt a little unnerved by what happened.  I couldn’t quite work out why, until I remembered how secure I felt as I wandered around the hot and sweaty city – confident that I was more secure here than if I was to walk around a capital city of most European countries. As someone who works in London, and who still remember the events of  7 July 2005 vividly – as I marched through the streets of London, among the thousands of commuters, making my our way home on foot – or to the nearest available bus.

But of course, these days it is foolish to believe that you are 100% safe in any country.  Those days, sadly, are a thing of the past and I as someone who even works out where the exits are in a cinemas…just in case….. (usually at the front and therefore difficult to get to) – I had assumed that being in America, far away from lines of desperate migrants trying to find safety in a European home – I’d be far away from the troubles – but I guess, the terrorists desire is that we are never far away.

Luckily the statistics around being caught up in a terrorist incident are quite good “Even if the current level of attacks continues for 80 years (which would be unprecedented), a child born today…would have only one percent of a one percent chance of being killed in one.”

PS – I loved America

 

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Bank of England New £5

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TheBank of England has cooked them in ovens, drowned them in red wine, stuck them in the microwave and run them through a 90C washing machine cycle with Persil washing power. It reckons the new £5 plastic notes – which go into circulation on 13 September – will be warmly welcomed by the British public. Jason chats to about the new £5 which is due to be released later in summer. Jason speaks to Jonathan Calloway from the International Bank Note Society.

 

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