Desert Island Discs

Having a Positive Attitude in Life and Love

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

There are some days when you listen to the outstanding Kirsty Young on the BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs that you wish the programme would go o...

What Causes Pre-Event Anxiety for Speakers? Judi Dench's Response to Fear

Michael J MacMahon | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael J MacMahon

I think of this adrenaline rush as my friend when I am speaking, because it provides me with the energy boost to give a performance. The way I see it, adrenaline enables my brain to be fractionally ahead of my mouth, so I'm preparing the next sentence before I get to it.

The Chain That's Throttling Bahrain

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.

The Difference Between a Service and a Product

Hugh Salmon | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

In my last post, I shared my experience of pouring hundreds of cans of beer down the drain in Vietnam due the high level of care Heineken take to ensure that every can of their lager meets their strict quality standards...

Ed's Desert Island Discs Picks: Family, Not Music, on Show

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

Ed Miliband appeared on Desert Island Discs on Sunday 24 November, immediately after the omnibus edition of The Archers. The programme was repeated on Friday the 29th. No one really knows if these casual, more intimate media moments do politicians any good.

Are Ed and David Miliband Really 'Best Friends'?

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Kallenbach

The most interesting aspect for me in Ed Miliband's appearance last Sunday on Desert Island Discs was the clearly uncomfortable discussion between him and Kirsty Young, the very excellent presenter of the programme, about his relationship with his brother David...

The 8 Tracks Ed Miliband SHOULD Choose For 'Desert Island Discs'

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Comedy

So - The Artist Also Known As The Labour Leader is going to be on 'Desert Island Discs' this Sunday. Here are the eight tracks we think Ed Miliband sh...

'We Are Not His Kind Of People' - Johnny Marr Still Doesn't Want Cameron's Praise

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

Johnny Marr does not seem to have forgiven David Cameron for his love of The Smiths. The guitarist said the Prime Minister's claims to like the ban...

The Green, Green Grass Of Home

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she is still "fond" of the country's army despite it putting her under house arrest for 15 years. ...


Hugh Salmon | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hugh Salmon

In the face of the horror of Sandy Hook, perhaps now would be a good time to celebrate the kindness of the American people and hope that this basic human instinct will prevail.

Eric Pickles: 'The Only Way Is Essex'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK

Tory Minister and Yorkshireman Eric Pickles "admitted to treason" on air Sunday - revealing that, for him, the only way is Essex. Speaking to Kirst...

'I Had To Hold Myself From Screaming When I Heard Of Guilty Verdict'

PA | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK

Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen said she had to "hold" herself from screaming when she heard the jury pronounce two men guilty of her son's murder. ...

Stephen Fry's Desert Island Discs (As Told To Comedy Writer Matt Owen)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK Comedy

(As told to Matt Owen) The beauty of these Littlewood-Knowles Easy-To-Use Blue Asbestos Strippettes is the fact that they’re... Oh dear, smack me...

The Art of Science

Alan Davey | Posted 20.03.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

Professor Brian Cox said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we ensure that Britain is the best place to do science?" It's a pertinent question, and one that mirrors the question I'm continually asking government ministers: "how can we ensure Britain is the best place to do the arts?"

Broadcaster Reveals Receiving Parcel Bomb

PA | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

Sir Terry Wogan has revealed how "difficult" he found it appearing on radio at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The Limerick-born br...

I Hate Myself & I Want To Die: The Deadly Embrace of Rock Music & Suicide

Chris Price | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK
Chris Price

Untold column inches will rightly be expended this week marking the release twenty years ago of Nirvana's epoch-defining and cosmos-transforming album Nevermind. Rather more inches, I'm willing to bet, than were given over to World Suicide Prevention Day last week.