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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.

British train fares are highest in world, but London slips down priciest cities list

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.

Zune HD - finally a real iPod challenger?

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.

Microsoft prices Zune HD below iPod

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.

Podcast: The adventures of Mr Broucek

Edward Seckerson talks to John Fulljames about his staging of Janacek's 'The adventures of Mr Broucek' for Opera North.

Pimping your iPod

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Podcast: Nigel Richards - A Shining Truth

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".

Mobile gadgets threaten in-flight entertainment

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.

Laura Dockrill: A poet for the iPod generation

Laura Dockrill, aka Dockers MC, is a poet on a mission to spread the spoken word, playing gigs with Kate Nash and headlining festivals along the way. Ian Burrell meets her

Glyndebourne podcast: Dvorák's Rusalka

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.

Walkman turns 30 as Sony struggles against MP3 rivals

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.

Andrew Buncombe: If it's broke, let a handyman fix it

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ENO podcast: L'amour de loin

You can now taste rice and peas in a pod

A new BBC podcast highlights the black diaspora across Britain, reports Ian Burrell
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