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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Queen: Don’t Stop Me Now

Fiona Henley: Memory

Steeleye Span: All Things Are Quite Silent

Mary Hopkins: Those Were The Days

Perry finds out about the history of Glenside Hospital in Fishponds from Consultant Dr Ihsam Mehr.

This week Perry explores how the Industrial Revolution affected Bristol with the economist Tony Dyer

1. Memories are Made of This by Dean Martin

2. Manhattan by Ella Fitzgerald

3. Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey

4. Sweet Georgia Brown by Stefane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt

5. I Love You Because by Jim Reeves

6. Sur Le Pont D’Avignon by Jean Sablon

7. Delilah by Tom Jones

8. The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, performed by Andre Rieu

Alive! is a charity helping older people to feel more alive through doing interactive activity sessions and re-connecting with their past, through music, dance, art and reminiscence.  They are currently running the Alive! Christmas Present Appeal, which aims to distribute gifts to elderly residents of care homes who wouldn’t otherwise receive one.

If you would like to donate a gift or find out more, please click here

If you would like to make a donation to the Alive! charity, please click here

  • During the first part of my programme we will be listening to a recording made a few days earlier when I was talking to sufferers of Alzheimer and their carers at a care home in Hengrove in Bristol.  We will from both parties of the problerms they have encountered and how they have coped with the situation.  We will also hear from carers who have lost their spouses to this disease and the part they play in organising these Monday sessions.  We will know more about this facet of life in Bristol and despite the problems we will be very aware of the comradeship which exists and the fun  and benefits they derive from meeting with like minded people.

My guest during the second hour of  this Friday morning programme  will be GAYE LYNCH who is the Branch Organiser for Whitchurch and Keynsham Guide Dogs For the Blind Association.  our discussion will be in the context of finding out more about what  goes behind the scenes in our area by people who are almost totally “unsung”.  We will explore her background and how she became involved in such valuable work.

These two web sites will be of interest:-



Central Band of the RAF.             “Spitfire Prelude”  W.Walton

Dunvant  Male Choir                     “God’s Choir in  the sky”

Alfie Boe                                          “Bring him home”

From Les Miserables

Michael  Buble                               “Everything”

Aled Jones                                     “You raised me up”

Andre Bocelli                                 “More” Central Park  N.Y

Dunvant  Male Choir                     “Bryn Myrddin”

Blake                                                “Hallelujah”

Sound of Music                                       “Wedding procession”



Perry’s guest was Paul Thomas who has a special interest in ghosts and the supernatural.  Their conversation included tales of the Llandogger Trow, the White Hart, both  Bristol pubs, and the Theatre Royal.  Paul is working ona book; – Bristol Ghosts and Mysteries, and would be interested in any tales our listeners know of.

 Left to right: The Llandoger Trow, Bristol Thatre Royal and the White Hart.

Jojo  Byron was Roma’s Guest.  As a fitness expert with a positive attitude towards self fulfillment and improvement, and an exponent of:  ‘You are never too old’, she has a special interest in more mature students of fitness, and runs some classes  specifically for over sixties, (although she emphasised that those of any age can attend any class).  An investment of three classes a week will, she assures us, prove life changing.

We also talked about her love of music, favorite therapies, motivation to stop smoking, and steps towards wellbeing for us all.

See more about Jojo at:-

Our playlists for 9th November were as follows

Perry played: -

Johnny Cash – Ghostriders in the Sky

Clenade – New Grange

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun

Tom Jones – In the Midnight Hour


Roma played

Frank Sinatra – A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening

Marie Callas – Madame Butterfly

Sacha Distel – This Guys in Love With You

Richard Harris – How to Handle a Woman, from Camelot

John Lennon – Woman

BBC Orchestra – Juke Box Jury

Robbie Williams – Angels

Bryn Terfel and Andreas Bocelli – The Pearl Fishers



Perrys Guest was Dr Gill Ballinger.  Dr Ballinger is a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies and the Dickens Society. Gill has taught at UWE since 2003, and during this time her teaching on nineteenth-century fiction reflected her research interests.  Her main focus hitherto has been on Charles Dickens, who was the subject of her PhD.  She is interested in all aspects of Victorian literature and culture, and gave an interesting talk about Dickens, his life, work and society.










Romas guest was Marie Clifford, an actress, teacher, Zumba practitioner and reader of poetry.

Marie reads to stroke patients, providing live, interactive entertainment with the Interactive Reading Service.

Voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2001, and more recently receiving the ‘Guardian Charity Award’, Interactive Reading employs actors to bring readings and poetry, as well as laughter and interaction to patients in hospital.  Marie shared a few of her favorite verses and chose Purple People Eater and Volare as her music requests.

InterAct Readers







To donate or look for more information about Interactive Reading, go to: – or telephone 0207 931 6458

Roast Books presents a one off, beautifully illustrated collection celebrating the rich array of stories which have been read aloud to many patients in stroke recovery.   ‘InterActions’ is a collection of short stories and poems.  To buy one, go to: -



Perrys Playlist for 2nd November was: -


Carl Denver – Whim Away

Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red

10cc – Welcome To Paradise

The Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love?


Roma played: -


Shira Kammen – Merry It Is

Al Bowley and Ray Noble – The Very Thought of You

Dean Martin & Helen O’Connell – How do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

Sheb Wooley – Purple People Eater

Richard Burton – Camelot

Dean Martin – Volare

Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows

Maurice Chevalier & Hayley Mills – Enjoy It

Louis Jourdan – Gigi