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Monthly Archives: December 2012


My guest on December 14th was Balbir Nirwan, manager of the Beehive Centre and linkage project.

The playlist was as follows:

1. The Christmas Song

2. Have yourself a merry little christmas

3. The little drummer boy

4. Mistletoe and wine

5. I believe in father christmas

As one would expect my programme this Friday is almost entirely about Christmas, and I intend, during the first hour to find out how listeners from other faiths accommodate our culture at this ferstive time.

My guest will be RIZWAN ACHMED who is the Culture Awareness Officer for the Muslim organisation in  Bristol and also Muslim Chaplain for the University of Bristol.

We will discuss to what extent Muslims in Bristol are involved in Christmas in our culture.

My intention is to major on the cultural aspects of this subject and not to become involved in the religions involved.

I hope that we can all learn something from these discussions.

My guest for the second half of the programme did not show up.  I was lucky to have available two members of the Silversounds team – Penny Southgate and Zita Adamson available in the srudio.  These two charming ladies spoke  of their memories of Christmas past and also spoke of the current plans in their fanilies for Cnristmas this year. It was very interesting to benefit from others experiences.

My music playing order is as follows:-

“Troika” by Prokofiev

Bing Crosby                           “Happy Holiday/ Holiday inn

Doris Day                               “My love and devotion”

Blake                                       “In the bleak midwinter”

Christmas with the Choir   “O come, all ye faithful”

Michael Buble                       “Silver Bells”

“Sleigh Ride”

Bing Crosby                            “White Christmas” “Winter Wonderland”

Frank Sinatra                         “The Christmas Song”

Dunvant  Male Choir             “Llanfair”

Michael  Buble                         “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”












Roma’s Playlist Was:

Ding Dong Merrily On High – Jennie Cassidy

Petula Clark – Where Did My Snowman Go?

Dean Martin – Let It Snow

Choir of York Minster – Once In Royal Davids City

Handbell Ensemble – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Connie Francis – Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Andy Williams – Walking In a Winter Wonderland





Dave Brubeck – Take Five

Military Wifes and Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are

Frank Ifield – I Remember You

Louis Armstrong – You Are My Lucky Star

Beatles – Elenor Rigby

Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

Dean Martin – Powder Your Nose With Sunshine

Frank Sinatra – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear


Zita Adams a journalist and producer with Silversound, recently interviewed Professor Mike Adamson following his inaugural lecture at Bristol University about the physiological symptoms of aging and ways that we can resist wear and tear on our skeletal structure.

Romas guest, Helen Ker, represents Contact the Elderly, an organization that arranges tea parties for older people.  The projects history, purpose and aims were discussed, and Helen invited listeners to become involved as Hosts, Drivers, organisers, or guests.

For further details or to be part of this lifeline of friendship telephone Helen: 0117 9609606

email her:


Technical Advice From Michael

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Helen Ker






Perry met Folk duo Course Envelope.  Amy and Mark Benning- Bassett play the guitar, violin and Harmonica.  The pair played a selection of songs and talked about their music.

Rhianan works for Caring at Christmas, not just in December, but all year.  She and a skeleton workforce recruit hundreds of volunteers, collect and store tons of goods, and protects those on our streets in Bristol at a time of the year they are most vulnerable.  Her annual deadline is Christmas Eve…

Doris Day – Move Over Darling

Bing Crosby – White Christmas

Ralph McTell – Streets of London

Michael Buble – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Aled Jones – The Snowman

Petula Clark – Dont Sleep In The Subway

Nat King Cole &Dean Martin – Frosty the Snowman

Mis Deseos – Feliz Navidad