Rotarian Alistair Hunter recalls his experiences of being a passenger on The Duchess of Atholl, which was torpedoed by a Nazi U Boat in the South Atlantic during WW2. He and his partially paralyzed mother spent over 30 hours in a lifeboat with other survivors before their rescue.
John Fisher, describes the manufacture of rum and how it became so closely linked with the history and performance of the Royal Navy. The podcast is enlivened by the inclusion of sea shanties but listeners may be amazed to learn the classic "15 men on a dead man's chest, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum" was not a sea shanty but an invention of author Robert Louis Stevenson for his classic Treasure Island.
A real treat for classical music fans and everyone who enjoys celebrating the talents of young people. This podcast features the four winning performances at the most recent Maidstone Young Musician Competition and includes a cellist, a harpist, a pianist and a flautist.
Clive and his wife Ruth set up the charity Smile International 21 years ago originally to help refugees in war torn Kosovo. The work has now extended across the world and in this podcast Clive talks about the needs in the current pandemic.
The podcast is about Alistair's posting to Peking/Beijing, China, in the mid 1960s. This was the time in China of the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao and the rise of the Red Guard.