8th January, 2017

It’s been thirteen weeks now since I began podcasting and the venture has taken off very nicely indeed, having had eight or nine-hundred listeners, the majority of which are people I’ve chosen from my email contacts list; though there are listeners too in America, Canada and even the Seychelles who I don’t know but have been passed the link by others.

Up until now I’ve mostly used pre-recorded material from my archive but this is running out, so from now I’ll be making entirely new programmes; two that immediately spring to mind will be about ‘The Coventry Carol,’ and the author Laurie Lee. Both these would involve location and production costs and if any of you could help with these I’d be extremely grateful.

Another way in which you might like to get involved would be with the actual content of the programmes themselves, so if you’d like to see someone or somewhere featured I’d be very pleased to hear from you. You can contact me on    peevishbeebooks@yahoo.co.uk  


‘Black Snow’ is a tribute to David Bowie and was written shortly after his death on the 10th of January, 2016. The words are Huw’s and the music comes courtesy of David Cooper Orton. 

Huw’s said that this is the first time that he and David have tried to use words just for their sound rather than the way they might fit into a story. ‘A valiant effort too’ he added, ‘and one we’ll be trying again in the future.’ When asked to elaborate further on the piece he told us that he wrote it in about half-an-hour in the tea-room of Hereford cathedral, and when he’d finished it felt it didn’t need to be worked up into a structured rhyme or rhythm. What do you think?

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When I was doing a bit of research about Roman roads I came across this description of theirs about the British. Reading it I thought that not much has changed, certainly not here in Wales where the genes of the ancients live on largely undiluted. They described us as being – ‘madly fond of war, high spirited and quick to battle, but otherwise straightforward and not of evil character. To their temperament may be added the traits of childish boastfulness and love of decoration. They wear ornaments of gold, torques on their necks, and bracelets on their arms and wrists. While people of high rank wear dyed garments besprinkled with gold. It is this vanity which makes them unbearable in victory and completely downcast in defeat.’ Yeah, too right!

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