Radio: Pick of the Day

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JOHN CLIFFORD'S Afternoon Play: Letters from a Strange Land (2.15pm R4) is based on the 16th-century missives of Will Adams, the first Englishman to end up in Japan, to his wife. His astonished observations have a delirious charm as well as a telling air of solitude - he never made it back to his Kent home.

Britpop's great survivors, Blur (right), provide an unmissable set in Lamacq Live (8pm R1). Over on Radio 4, by way of complete contrast, there's a feature on Ushaw College, a seminary for the training of Roman Catholic priests. Men in Black (8pm R4) eavesdrops on campus life, where such medieval austerities as a ban on kettles in bedrooms sit alongside new-fangled ideas like "women".