Woman also have 'Loose Women', surely the female version of 'Top Gear'. But do men have an equivalent of 'Woman's Hour' or are we supposed to get that from GQ or Esquire magazines
I don't make a point of listening to Woman's Hour, but as I'm at home and have done years on and off as househusband it becomes a regular feature of the day. The radio goes on in the kitchen and in the car. I need to be in one or the other.
Is 'Woman's Hour' a party broadcast for the female gender or fascinating issues presented in a radio magazine that mix topicality, with feature and fiction?
Actually it was this late Friday morning I was running out in the car to walk the dog on the South Downs.
Friday 8th March is one you need to download before it comes off air in a few days time.
Fig. 1 Listing on BBC Website - you've got 4 days within which to download this.
BBC RADIO 4 WOMAN's HOUR - PODCASTS
- Women Coaches -(worth keeping)
- Alice Walker - author of the Color Purple (very worthwhile)
- Vicki Price and the law
- Women in parliament - could they job share?
The one that had me stop what I was doing ...
Loss of a mother
I'm the boy whose favourite place as an infant was on my Mum's hip and as I gew up on the kitchen counter learning to cook, taking her tuition as an art teacher (MA in Fine Art from University of Durham). Our parents split up when I was eight and she only remarried in her 60th year. She died a few months ago.
Fig. 2 Women's Hour, Friday 9th March 2013 A 43 minute programme.
On loss of Mothers - if you only have 12 minutes sping through to 00:30:00
What is the impact of losing a mother?
What is happening here and why?
Paul Mcartney was 14 when his Mum died of a brain tumour. If he had a time machine he would go back and spend time with her.
A speaker Jane Tilly about her mother when she died when she was 17.
At significant transition moments, having no one to share it with.
A role model
Maureen Fearon – Therapsit
Lucy Gannon (Playwright, television writer, plays, shortsand 'Soldier, Soldeir' and producer)
- Lucy's Mum died when she was eight.
- Know who you are, what diseases you've had, so you lose some of your identity.
- Children need to know that they are at the centre of someone's world so that they know they are
- Your life is going on, try to get continuity.
- You lose your place in the world – she was in care though.
- Keep that child in the centre of the world they know.
- Her mum died when she was 29.
- Look at the grandparents, look at the average, and she's going to be at least that = 89/90.
- Deeply tearful because of trigger music.
- That overwhelming, 'I want my Mum'.
- Smells. Going through the tough times in life. Through challenging times that smell comes and floats away. When there is no smoke there. In our minds, or where it is.
- Took 12 years of real pain, neurolinguistic exercise ... did it once and fixed.
The mention of how the mind brings back smells is intriguing.
Maureen Fearon is a therapist, not a neuroscientist. There is a phenomenon where we see people we love who we have just lost, it might be the end of a close relationship or the death of someone close - our mind sees them in other people. I relate to this idea of lucid reconstruction of specific smells.
Fig. 3. From 'Neuroscience for Dummies' - not as stupid as it sounds!
I can, give me a moment, smell the mothballs in my late grandmother's spare bedroom, and while she smoked them the Benson and Hedges cigarettes which surely made her knitting honk? Other smells I can call up include the silt and rotting fish heads of Beadnell Harbour in the 1960s ... and a Christmas tree, and Christmas Pudding, marshmallows roasted on an open fire, melting butter on toast with Old English Marmalade ... and our pet dog as a child, Morag the black labrador, wet and warm from being out in the rain ...
My Mum's parents where 83 and 96 when they died, so an average might have been 90?
She died a few months ago age 81. She had planned to beat the Queen Mum. We all thought she'd do so. But as my even later grandfather kept saying having reached 90, 'I don't mind when I go, I've had a good innings'. He was in his 97th year - we thought he'd make it to a hundred, but at trip to the Western Front to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Paschendaele where he had served as a machine gunner had left him ill (and heart broken).
New commentI could never listen to Woman's Hour - always found it dreadfully boring
New commentWith me it's a case of Radio 4, kitchen and car - unless there is a teenager in earshot and I'm happy to go to Radio 1. I often review Desert Island Discs, All in the Mind, Start the Week and the drama.
Both my parents are very much alive and kicking - and fitter than me
Give me Top Gear any day, I can't stand listening to women twitter on. Life is too short to spend quater-of-an-hour discussing a blouse, or half-an-hour on who's had a facelift......
New commentHi Jonathan, I'm a Woman's Hour fan, in fact a lot of radio 4 actually. The interview was really good and I love The Color Purple...wonderful writer. Gillian
New commentI agree with Gillian, the Alice Walker interview was a revelation and one I need to return to. A simple message, candid and convincing, that to love life is a simple, positive message. I try, but fail. I'm an atheist but understand the need for a belief system. To celebrate being human in the context of other mamals and creatures should be a humbling experience. Look at us ... like it or not we have to be responsible collectively for each other and the planet. For the thirty or so years I have left I am giving considerable thought to what I leave behind - a couple of well grounded kids for a start, but then can I do my bit to help somewhere, somehow now that I don't feel I need to prove anything to anyone and that accepting who you are is enlightening?
Women's hour's okay. Can't stand Kirsty on D I discs tho or Saturday morning with Sian and the vicar - is inane.
'Something Understood' Mark Tulley was v moving - regards grief/Mum.
There's a whole load o stuff on r3 to be found - spoken word.
New commentOddly enough I was up last night and put on BBC 3 'Through the Night' - which was when oddly I find I am less distracted.