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Casting An Eye At The Pods: Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

By: William G. Muir

I am an Anglophile! For those who do not know what a Anglophile, it simply means I am a great admire of England and all things English. Why I am telling you the reader all of this? Well because it is related to today’s podcast review. We are going to be looking at the Friday Night Comedy From BBC Radio Four.

Like other podcast that I have review in the past, this podcast is actually a rebroadcasting of a radio show. To be honest The Friday Night Comedy… is not like the podcast of radio shows I have reviewed in the past. This podcast is a rotation of more than one BBC Radio 4 shows.

The podcast mainly features in it rotation The News Quiz and The Now Show. Both of which take a satirical look at the news throughout Great Britain as well at major international stories. There are times that The Friday Night Comedy… will feature other shows as well. During the month of August the podcast covers the events at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Every so often they will also test out new show on Friday nights.

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Top 6 Methods Of Time Travel In Fiction

By: William G. Muir

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the concept of time travel. Just to be able to step into your own time machine and to go to another time and see what was or will be going on is mind boggling. Just imagine being able to go back and see the Great Pyramids being constructed. Or how about being there when the Founding Fathers of The United States signed the Declaration of Independence, announcing to the king of England their dissatisfaction and their intent to form a new nation.

What if you could go forwards in time and witness the first human colonies on another world. To be there when we discover the cure for diseases that take so many lives today. What if you could be there when the singularity is finally achieved and nobody need die again. For they will have discover a way to download the human consciousness into a digital form.

Einstein’s work in relativity proved that time travel is possible. It is just at this moment we have yet to discover a way of bending the laws of physics to make this possible. But there is one place that time travel is a reality, that is in fiction. Through the works of Sci-fi we can let our imaginations run wild in the corridors of time. That is why I have complied a list of my top 6 methods of time travel in fictional works.

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Down In A Hole

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit”

 J. R. R. Tolkien

By: William G. Muir

Some  of our readers might recognize this as the opening line of The Hobbit. What you may not realize is that Tolkien got the idea for the book while he was grading student exams. He wrote that line down on a blank piece of paper. And as I heard it put on a NPR program I was listening, he then decided he needed to figure out what a Hobbit was.

I got to thinking about this when a friend of my told me she had an idea for a new story. At the time all she had was a character and a rough notion of what the first chapter was.. When she shared this with me I thought back to the day I was driving down the highway and the talk show host was discussing the upcoming The Lord Of The Ring movies.

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William International

By William G. Muir
In the past several years I have thought of places I would like to travel internationally. Like most Americans I have not been beyond the border of this country. Although I did live in Texas for a few years when I was a little boy, not too far from the Mexican border. But as I get older I would like to visit other lands and get a sense of the lives of the people that live there.
Now there was a time when I was around 11 or 12 years old when I was going to go live in Germany for a couple of years. Actually this was back in the 1980 during the Cold War so technically I was going to be living in West Germany. Back then my father was in the Army and he was going to be stationed over in West Germany for a number of years.
I don’t know how much of West Germany I would of gotten to see while I was there. We would have lived on the US military base while we were over there. My two sitters and I would have also been attending classes with other American children who’s parents were also stationed there. This would not have been the foreign exchange student program. We would have been taught in American school with American teachers, it just would have been in a different country.

It’s All In My Head

I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.

Andrew Wyeth

By: William G. Muir

I couldn’t agree with this quote more if I had said the words my self, dipped them in chocolate and then encased them in gold.

Shakespeare, Van Gogh, and The Beatles all made it look easy. In reality art it is anything but easy. If I have learned anything over the years it’s that creating art, no matter what form it might take, is difficult. Sure to the consumers it seems like you just sit down and just do; but that is because all they ever see is the finished project. They never get to look behind the curtain, to see all the hard work that is involved.

Every piece of work, from a magnum opus to a short story, a ton of effort and preparations goes into it before a pen ever touches a piece of paper.

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A Father’s War

 

By: William G. Muir

The Reaper did arrive,

Dressed in the uniform of a military officer,

Disbelief grips the father’s mind.

This can not be so,

He just read the word his son sent home,

Minutes before his son was alive,

Right there with him, in his living room.

No way could his boy be dead!

He was going to be his legacy.

A son does not die before his father does.

A father refuses to believe.

How could his son be dead?

How could the country he loved,

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