Laura Barton

Society of Authors Awards June 2011

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This week, Laura Barton discusses six things that should be better known.

1. Petrol tank arrow: very few drivers know about this handy tool – http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/05/09/dashboard_gas_gauge_arrows_what_do_they_indicate_.html

2. Oat milk tequila coffee: a drink that does not yet exist online, but is an alcohol variant of one that does – http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/why-youll-soon-be-adding-oat-milk-to-your-morning-coffee-832261.html

3. The Shivers: a New York band – http://www.theshivers.bandcamp.com

4. The National Fruit Collection: Faversham’s finest – http://www.nationalfruitcollection.org.uk

5. Midwestern cities: Dubuque, Muscatine, Cairo, quad cities, McGregor, Iowa – http://www.traveldubuque.com

6. The history of barbed wire: how it took over the world – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40448594

Peter Parker

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This week, biographer Peter Parker discusses with Ivan his six choices of things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Something for Everyone (1970), Harold Prince film starring Angela Lansbury and Michael York https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066392/?ref_=nv_sr_1

2. G.F. Green (1911-77), writer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._F._Green

3. Calcutta/Kolkata as a tourist destination http://www.kolkata.org.uk/tourist-attractions/

4. Humphrey Spender, painter, photographer and designer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Spender

5. The Church of St Nicholas, Little Braxted, Essex http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101111066-church-of-st-nicholas-little-braxted

6. Inexpensive Progress blog: http://inexpensiveprogress.com

Rachel Slade

 

Slade

This week, Rachel Slade discusses with Ivan her six choices of things which she thinks should be better known.
1. The wild outdoors of North East London http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/visitor-information/wheretogoineppingforest/Pages/wanstead-flats.aspx
2. Meaderies http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/food/mead_and_meaderies.htm
3. Blind Melon https://music.avclub.com/20-years-later-blind-melon-s-maligned-soup-deserves-an-1798282979
4. Cornish Independence movement https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/26/survival-of-cornish-identity-cornwall-separate-place
5. Sarah and Duck https://www.sbnation.com/2018/4/6/17206882/childrens-tv-parenting-advice-look-turn-everything-off-except-sarah-and-duck-quack
6. Isles of Scilly https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/cornwall/isles-of-scilly/articles/why-scilly-isles-are-best-destination-in-britain/

Joanne Harris

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Joanne Harris discusses her six choices of things which she thinks should be better known.

1. The Breton kouign-amann http://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/kouign_amann_09102

2. Louis Pergaud http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/invisible-ink-no-159-louis-pergaud-8488420.html

3. The Child Ballads http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/index.htm

4. The 23rd century BC Sumerian poet Enheduanna http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/enheduanna-high-priestess-moon-and-first-known-author-world-007259

5. Fanny Eaton http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/8453/fanny-eaton-the-black-pre-raphaelite-muse-that-time-forgot

6. The Rollright stones http://www.rollrightstones.co.uk

Will Ward

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This week, Will Ward discusses his six choices of things which should be better known.

1. Roald Dahl’s adult short stories – https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/roald-dahls-twisted-overlooked-stories-for-adults They should be at least as well-known as his stories for children.

2. Tout Quarry Sculpture Park – http://learningstone.org/tout-quarry-sculpture-park/ An old Portland stone quarry turned into sculpture park

3. The Kinder Mass trespass – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_trespass_of_Kinder_Scout A mass civil disobedience event that appears (so far) to have achieved its purpose and avoided the trap of unintended consequences.

4. Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Watch_(Discworld) Part of Discworld, a story of revolution and time-travel, with a healthy amount of cynicism and wit

5. The exploration of graveyards and burial grounds – http://www.londongardenstrust.org/features/cemetery.htm A chance to reflect on your mortality

6. Dougga – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dougga Roman, Numidian Berber, Punic town that is an exceptional UNESCO world heritage site in Tunisia

Benny Chastney

Chastney

This week, Benny Chastney discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. The Political Compass – https://www.politicalcompass.org/
2. OK Diner – http://okdiners.com/
3. The sub-culture of Alan Partridge – https://twitter.com/AccidentalP
4. Good news trends – https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnmauldin/2017/12/19/20-positive-trends-that-will-make-you-feel-good-about-the-world-in-2018/
5. Marginalisation of Gypsies and Travellers – http://leedsgate.co.uk/
6. Recipe Kits – https://www.thespicery.com/

Tess Read

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This week, Tess Read discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Songs for Drella http://www.allmusic.com/album/songs-for-drella-mw0000207184

Exeter and its cider http://www.sandfordorchards.co.uk

Nutmeg http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/nutmeg.html

Rooftops of London http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/galleries/Beautiful-views-from-Londons-rooftops/

Kodaly technique for music http://www.britishkodalyacademy.org/kodaly_approach.htm

Great Western dining car http://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/journey-information/on-board/pullman-dining