On the island
One of my guilty pleasures is BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs – it’s the best thing to listen to while crocheting or knitting.
The program formula is simple: a well-known (usually British) person is virtually cast away to a desert island, and is allowed to take their eight favorite pieces of music with them. They’re also allowed to take a favorite book (the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare are given to them anyway) and a luxury. All these favorites are presented during the course of a 45-minute interview.
Not being British myself, I have often never heard of the people who are interviewed, but I still listen to every episode, because all the guests have lead an interesting life and a good story to tell. I’ve learned about worlds I don’t know anything about (ballet, the making of crossword puzzles, Scotland) and am greatly inspired by almost everyone interviewed.
The whole archive (from 1942!) is available on the website; I’m working through it slowly, but steadily…
And then there are my own DID’s – so difficult to only choose eight! And tomorrow I’ll probably choose differently again, but that’s all in the game. For now, the list is as follows:
- Summer Night City – Abba
- Break the wall – BZN
- Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
- Danse Macabre – Camille Saint Saens
- Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
- The big sky – Kate Bush
- Almost seems (too late to turn) – Clannad
- Baker street – Gerry Rafferty
A bit of a shameful list (the Dutch band BZN is so unhip that’s it’s not even hip in its unhipness, if you know what I mean), but there you are. As a book, I would probably choose ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (it’s nice and big and a good base to dream up the rest of the story around it) and for a luxury, unlimited amounts of paper and a lot of pencils. I could probably carve a crochet hook out of one of the pencils as well, so that’s quite functional.
So there we are, my Desert Island Discs. And now I wait for the BBC to call.