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There was a time when I used to be on the radio.....

Honestly. There was. I used to do a monthly radio show on FromeFM. It was broadcast across the internet and on an FM frequency every 4th Sunday. Somewhat typically it was a bit different, and an eclectic mix of gardening tips with some carefully selected tunes that were usually loosely related, to whatever I was talking about.

I stopped doing them as it was taking up more and more time - each show was carefully scripted and recorded, and I spent ages racking my brain for suitably amusing or related tunes. It was rarely just thrown together at the last minute!

And then today when I was weeding out stinging nettles that had merrily grown away over the years between an acoustic fence and the quarry railway line in Frome I thought I'd listen again. Were they really any good, or was it just an excuse for a middle aged man to "play with his train set"......

I was also looking for a piece that I knew I had done on making leaf mould.

Anyway, and for no obvious reason I listened to my Remembrance Sunday show from 2022. And it struck me it was worthy of being brought up again.

The show features my choice of some remembrance tracks along with some gardening tips and chit chat - the Top Ten Tips, Bedding Plants, Mulch, Monsteras and, of course, Poppies.

And the play list?

  • Billy Bragg Jerusalem

  • The Pogues And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

  • Sinead O'Connor One More Yard

  • The Men They Couldn't Hang Green Fields of France

  • The Men They Couldn't Hang Scarlet Ribbons

  • Elgar Nimrod Variations

  • The Last Post

And the relevance of the Dardanelles Monument in Adelaide? Well I was lucky enough to spend almost 4 weeks in Australia last year and this was one of the things that I wanted to see when I was in Adelaide.

Eric Bogle's lyrics from And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda paint an extremely vivid picture of what the Australian and New Zealand armies faced when fighting for Gallipoli and made that day long walk around Adelaide just that little bit more meaningful.

If you fancy listening to that show again then all you have to do is right click on this link to open a new web page, and then play away.

And if you liked it then let me know. I might even start doing it again. Or at the very least repeat some of the shows I've already done. The Christmas one is particularly good.......


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