Observations: Twitter time on Radio 4
Friday 14 August 2009
Times have changed since the days of wordplay games usually reserved for long and boring car journeys.
Twitter trends have now reached a group of Radio 4 fans who have invented about a thousand tweets of Radio 4 programme titles – minus 1 letter. "'Jus A Minute' contestants have 60 seconds to produce a tasty gravy without repetition, deviation, hesitation, or Bisto," tweets bopeepsheep. While another Radio 4 fan had the brainwave to adapt Humphrey Lyttelton's original into "I'm Sorry I Haven't Got a Cue", a snooker-based comedy panel show.
Tweeter talent doesn't stop here either. "Fedback" is now a radio show in which Roger Bolton tries to answer listeners' letters and emails, but find's someone's done it already. Best of all is "Woman's Hur", a look at Judaeo-Roman history through one woman's obsession with a charioteer.
It all started when Radio 4 announcer Kathy Clugston came up with idea for "Radio4minus1letter" in June while on a train journey. Her first proud tweet was "Gardener's Question Tim". Now it has become a regular fixture on Broadcasting House, a Radio 4 news programme, for Clugston to read some of the titles out on air.
More Radio 4 tweets include: "Lose Ends", an invited panel have to find the end of a Sellotape roll, "Taking a Stan" in which Fergal Keane talks to rap star M&M and "Omens Hour", where a black cat and a man who once broke a mirror discuss the ideas of March. While in "The NES Quiz", Sandi Toksvig grills Punt and Dennis on game consoles that never quite caught on.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Angelina Jolie confuses everyone with 'ay up me duck' East Midland's greeting to Derby actor Jack O'Connell at awards show
Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Willow and Jaden Smith talk duality of apples, holographic realities and the melancholia of the ocean in incredible New York Times interview
Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground for being an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite'
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie confirmed to enter jungle
Drawn Blank: Bob Dylan exhibition showcases the musician's bold and vibrant paintings
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims