Sunday, 28 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Female Hindu Priests
Chanda Vyas, a woman from a Brahmin family who lives in Leicester, claimed this week to be the UK's first female Hindu priest. Phil talked to Dr Diwakar Acharya (below) from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies about the notion of female priests in Hinduism and found out about how traditionally there were female priests in the past.
Phil spoke to Jean Davies, the head of the European Right to Die Movement, about euthanasia and the law in the light of the BBC presenter Ray Gosling incident being arrested and being bailed until April after claiming to have smothered his ex-lover who was suffering from AIDS.
This morning, as ever, we played a gem of a classical track. If you like the one today then it was from the album Luminosity, by composer James Whitbourn, and it is on the Naxos label.
Oxfordshire Churches Windfall
With the news that three churches in our county have just been awarded thousands of pounds by English Heritage, Phil had a chat with North Moreton's vicar Jason St John Nicolle about what they will be doing at All Saints' Church with the money. All £74,000 of it.
Our paper reviewer this morning was Leo Bowder (above) from the Oxford Unitarians.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
I had my dancing shoes at the ready as I welcomed Oxford Dance Festival's Miranda Lawrence into the studio this Saturday. Miranda told our listeners all about how two months of dancing in the city will kick off with five dance performances in five locations, on the hour, every hour.
www.commotio.org/ Matthew Berry, conductor of local choir Commotio, joined me in the studio to talk about the success of the group's latest CD, which is riding high in the classical charts. Matthew told me how the CD includes a reading by Desmond Tutu as well as a fusion of Indian influenced instruments. You can catch the choir at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, on March 13.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
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Sunday, 7 February 2010
So you're walking down the street and something catches your eye. Is it? Yes; it's a £20 note.
What to do? Well it happened to Phil yesterday in Reading. This prompted a lively debate, with lots of callers with ideas including donate the money to charity or take the money to a local police station. Poor Phil, the audience decided that he is not a charity...
The International Staff Songsters
The famous choir of the Salvation Army is visiting Oxfordshire for the first time this week. Elaine Heaven (who is a member of the choir) and Captain Mark Wolstenhome came in to the studio to talk all about it.
Dr Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute and author of 'Fixing Fuel Poverty' (ISBN: 978-1844077441), joined Phil to discuss what for many is the biggest issue of the day: climate change. How does she view those who claim there is no such thing as man-made climate change? How can fuel poverty be eradicated when there is a global drive to massively reduce fuel consumption?
Our paper reviewer today was Rev. David Wilbraham (above), the chaplain of the Thames Valley Police.
With The Pope confirming this week that he will be visiting the UK later in the year, Phil spoke to Charles Wookey, the Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishop's Conference, about some of the main issues facing the Church today.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Organisers Sarah and Stacey popped in to encourage you to try out for the Fashion Week, they are looking for people to be models. The casting sessions are on Saturday 13th from 11am in Oxford Town Hall.
Award Winning Shop
The new Ewelme Community Shop have won the title of Oxfordshires best community shop. The competition is run every year by Oxfordshire rural Community Council and Ewelme is particularly chuffed because it only opened last May.
The Kenton Theatre has long been a popular venue in South Oxfordshire and in the last few days the people of Henley have come a step nearer to owning it. Contracts have been signed which signal the end of 18 months of talks to safefuard the Grade 2 listed building. But the Kenton's trustees now have six months to raise 350 thousand pounds to buy the freehold as we found out from Wendy Boucher the theatre's managing director.
The 2nd Anniversary Ball.
Derek and Susan told us of their plans for tonights Anniversary Ball with special guests and a chance to have a spin round the dance floor yourself.