There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.
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Thursday 20 August 2009
Just in case hard-pressed travellers in this country were in any doubt, economists at UBS have confirmed that Britain has the highest railway fares in the world. Launching their latest review of prices and earnings across the world, including the so-called "Big Mac" index, the researchers say that a 125-mile train trip from, say, Liverpool to London costs £54.39 second class, with the equivalent journey in Germany, the next most expensive nation, costing £40.41. Fares in France and Italy are about half the British level.
Wednesday 19 August 2009
There are plenty of unanswered questions around the final price capacity and spec for Microsoft's rather lusty Zune HD (according to the rumour mill MS are likely to launch both 16Gb and 32Gb versions), but if early geek blog reviews are anything to go by, Microsoft could finally have an iPod challenger.
Friday 14 August 2009
Microsoft Corp put its new Zune HD digital music and video player on sale in the US on Thursday, pricing it below comparable Apple iPod devices, in an attempt to claw some market share away from the dominant leader.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Edward Seckerson talks to John Fulljames about his staging of Janacek's 'The adventures of Mr Broucek' for Opera North.
Tuesday 28 July 2009
So you've splashed out on a shiny new iPod Touch. It's a real stunner, brimming with bells and whistles.
Monday 27 July 2009
Nigel Richards talks to Ed Seckerson and introduces excerpts from his new album 'A Shining Truth' - 14 previously unrecorded songs from the best and bravest of contemporary musical theatre composers. Among them is Adam Guettel - whose Floyd Collins Richards originated in London at the Bridewell Theatre - Michael John LaChiusa, and rising star Conor Mitchell. The album is, in Richards' own words, "A love-letter to great and authentic writing".
Thursday 23 July 2009
Airlines around the world now spend millions of dollars annually upgrading their inflight entertainment systems, but iPods and other mobile entertainment gadgets could render all that useless.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Tuesday 07 July 2009
Monday 06 July 2009
Melly Still, Director, and singers Ana Mara Martnez, and her on-stage Prince, Brandon Jovanovich, discuss the new Festival production of Dvorák's Rusalka with Edward Seckerson.
Thursday 02 July 2009
When the Sony Walkman went on sale 30 years ago, it was shown off by a skateboarder to illustrate how the portable cassette-tape player delivered music on-the-go - a totally innovative idea back in 1979.
Thursday 02 July 2009
Tuesday 30 June 2009
Monday 15 June 2009
Thursday 11 June 2009
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God