Chris Maume

Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.

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Roger Cordrey, Bruce Reynolds (centre) and Buster Edwards in 1979

Radio review: Archive on 4 - now we know how to make a train robbery 'great'

I wonder who first applied the adjective “great” to the term “train robbery”? A sub-editor on the Mirror or Express, I imagine. He or she might well have intended it to describe size rather than worth, but it’s a sign of how we remain titillated by the events of half a century ago.

Good on you Jeremy Paxman – but it’s not just toughness that makes a good quiz question

The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots

United front: Derry punk band, the Undertones, back in 1981

Radio review: Radio 1's Stories - Derry does harmony, but the undertones remain

The Undertones have earned a place in the history of Derry, so when a piece of music was sought with the aim of presenting a harmonious front to the world there was only one choice. Bring on the fiddles, the bodhrans and the pipe-band snare drums and let “Teenage Kicks” begin ....

Robert Winston: 'Music of language means more than the words'

Radio review: The Science of Music - The strange case of the singing Neanderthals

Music is more than mere entertainment, that much is clear. And I don't just mean that for every bit of fluff by Jedward or Psy there's a masterpiece by Janacek or Sibelius. It's more that music goes deep inside us, literally.

Robyn Steward’s insight into life with Asperger’s changes perceptions

Radio review: It's My Story: Knowing Me, Know Autism

There were numerous strategies open to Robyn Steward for living with Asperger's syndrome. She decided on hers at an early age. "I wanted to be like Pink Floyd … and go on tours and stuff." And that's exactly what she has done, developing what is effectively an autism roadshow, giving us "neurotypicals" an insight into life on the spectrum.

Mike Denness: Cricketer who famously dropped himself from the team as captain of England

After he had sanctioned six Indian players in 2001, his effigy was burned in the streets

Bound to cause trouble: High heels were scrutinised in Foot Notes

Radio review: Foot Notes - Are not stilettos just the thin end of the wedge?

As an average kind of bloke, I must admit I'm massively conflicted about high heels. Aesthetically – and, well, hormonally – I love 'em, but when I see someone tottering along like a drunkard I'm all too aware of the stiletto tyranny. Bound feet always come to mind, especially when I hear of women having toes shortened – or even removed – in order to wear them in comfort.

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comes into its own on radio

Radio review: Neverwhere - Let me introduce you to the Earl of Earl's Court

In the world of fantasy sci-fi, Neil Gaiman is a big shot. His Sandman graphic novel series is, by all accounts, a classic of the genre. (Disclaimer: the last fantasy I read was set in Narnia, so I'm no expert.)

Ziggy plays guitar: Bowie’s last concert as the starman, in 1973

Radio review: I Dressed Like Ziggy Stardust - How Bowie let all the children boogie back in 1972

Seeing David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust doing "Starman" on Top of the Pops in 1972 was one of those moments when it felt as though, in some intangible way, life had changed forever. And countless thousands of teenagers up and down the country clearly shared my experience.

Versatile: Gubba in 2011 on 'Dancing On Ice'

Tony Gubba: Veteran sports commentator and presenter of 'Dancing on Ice'

In all his years of covering football for the BBC, Tony Gubba was never given the really big games, and he won't be remembered for one great phrase, but he could be relied on to turn in an impeccable shift. In four decades he rarely put a foot wrong, either in the commentary box or in front of the camera. His career took a late lurch into left-field in 2006 when he signed up to Dancing on Ice, becoming something of a cult figure in the process.

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