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Changsha Market Walk-through

Yes I know. I know, I know. It’s a recording of walking through a market – I know! It’s part of the little field recording I got to…

East Street Market Walk-through

From late January 2010.

Political Insight in China

The 所谓的中国通们 express their political smarts, while trying on daft costumes in a TV studio make-up room, somewhere in Hunan.

Maotai.

After a tour and banquet at the Maotai factory, the participants get back on the bus…

Getting chucked around a bus by Guizhou roads

The bus trip to Maotai was really very bumpy. We were being chucked around like we were, say, on the deck of the Star Ship Enterprise…

Recording Day

Today the opening ceremony is being recorded, for transmission on Sunday on Hunan Weishi and CCTV 4. We have a packed schedule, which will include lots of waiting…

Dress Rehearsals Day

is upon us. Super-usy morning, so no time to upload any audio yet I’m afraid. Let’s try again tomorrow. All 10.87 GB has at least been named. However…

Day something or other, Changsha

I missed out on some action last night. But the guys had plenty about it to say this morning, which bodes well. Visited Yuelu Shuyuan, which I knew…

Day 4 – Beijing to Changsha

An early start; airport fun; farewell text messages; arriving in Changsha. Not being able to find my suit trousers. Phoning the last hotel, being told they aren’t there;…

Day 3 in Beijing

Jazz-ya ginger ales with re-found Yogini; a surprisingly useful recording at the City Planning Office; and rumours of steak for breakfast. Yesterday morning I returned to 798 for…

Day 2

Breakfast in the revolving restaurant; teahouse surrounded by traditional music talking Taoism with mentee, in Black Bamboo Park (tiny sample of audio below). Now for formalities to see…

First day back in Beijing

After five years… And it’s a fairly familiar part of town too. I’ll be posting photos to Flickr and raw tape here. I have audio of the underpass…

Summer Church bells in England

A glorious sunny day, a traditional Anglican church, and the bells ring out. Not terribly London – well, it was Putney. About 20 metres from where I recorded…

Review: Williams F1 podcast

Plenty of Formula 1 teams do podcasting. And in a sport that relies on marketing to keep glamorous and wealthy, the tendency is to bring a company in…

The Death of Charlie Bird

During the production of this item, our expert guide, Deirdre Wogan, points out the grave of Charlie Bird. Archive from 2008, in Wellington, New Zealand.