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EMMA FLINT & EDWARD PARNELL - Beamed to a Better Life

Season 4, Ep. 20

Joining Tom Jackson to discuss the postcards from their pasts are writers Emma Flint (Little Deaths) and Edward Parnell (Ghostland). We get a breeze in to cover our unease and anxiety, visit Stonehenge and London Airport, head to Kensington with a Frenchman we met at the airport, risk a pair of harem trousers and consider what goes on behind the net curtains. It’s life, sliced up. Lace up your green trainers and try Bournemouth for the autumn tan. Wish you were here?

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    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from his past is writer and broadcaster TOM DYCKHOFF. In a flex to the usual format, Tom opens up his precious childhood scrapbook and shares the postcards that as a seven-year-old he lovingly stuck in as souvenirs of family holidays and day trips. Maps, memories and mysteries. Wish you were here?
  • 11. HELEN O'HARA - A Glass Elephant

    45:46
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from her past is violinist, musical director and author HELEN O’HARA (Dexy’s Midnight Runners, What She’s Like). Together we meet the knockoff Bee Gees, send a bikini to Birmingham, discover a battleship charm, and ponder Eddie Calvert played backwards. And we’ll hear tales of life on the road, shopping sprees in Brooks Brothers and letting down the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for a life in pop music. Wish you were here?
  • 10. JULIA GILLEN - Chlorine And Salt Do Not Mix

    39:18
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from her past is Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University and principal investigator of the Edwardian Postcard Project, JULIA GILLEN (The Edwardian Picture Postcard as a Communications Revolution: A Literacy Studies Perspective). Together we meet Ruby and Arthur and learn about theur cycling trips, consider the digital shoebox, spend the day in a spaceship made of sand and wonder where the earwigs went. And we’ll hear crosshatched tales of unexpected family reunions and how the census can fill in the postcard gaps. Wish you were here?
  • 9. ADAM ANDRUSIER - It's Got a Wave Machine

    35:15
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from his past is writer and autograph dealer ADAM ANDRUSIER (The Autograph Hunter). Together we consider fame, authenticity and collecting, encountering on the way the few celebrity inhabitants of Pinner, a reluctant Ray Charles, a broken wrist and a cancelled holiday. We get our pictures drawn by computer, meet the poet laureate and man the telex while doing our best not to leak state secrets on a postcard. Wish you were here?
  • 8. MAX LEONARD - A Beat the Tide Contest

    45:04
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  • 7. LUCY LETHBRIDGE - A Study in Comfort

    34:22
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from her past - in our new, streamlined format - is writer LUCY LETHBRIDGE (Servants, Tourists: How the British Went Abroad to Find Themselves). Together we put on our patented sunset spectacles and consider impulsive trips abroad prompted by postcards, how to plan for the wrestling and the joys of a good shower of British seaside rain. Plus collapsible travelling bathtubs and - is 45p a good price for a troll called Heather? Wish you were here?
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    39:47
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  • 5. ELLA RAVILIOUS - A Grand Spot for a Holiday

    37:30
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from her past - in our new, streamlined format - is Curator: Design and Architecture at the Victoria and Albert Museum and photo-history researcher, ELLA RAVILIOUS (Eric Ravilious: Landscapes and Nature, What Photographs Do: The making and remaking of museum cultures). Together, we pitch Snoopy against The Red Baron, the Post Office Tower against Liverpool Cathedral and catch up on the onion news. Plus we time-travel at two speeds as we discuss the work of James Ravilious and the Beaford Archive. Wish you were here?
  • 4. JONATHAN GIBBS - Dinging Frocks and Shoes

    29:26
    Joining TOM JACKSON to discuss the postcards from his past - in our new, streamlined format - is writer JONATHAN GIBBS (Randall, The Large Door, Spring Journal, A Personal Anthology). We travel on the Post Bus to Mutiny on the Buses, fall flat on our backs in Paris, avoid the Plague Dogs and take a spin with spiral messages. Wish you were here?