Professor Philip Robinson is an old friend of Talking News. His latest offering has all the elements of a modern espionage thriller, complete with high-tech equipment and sinister goings on, except the equipment involved is mainly constructed of polished wood and brass and the people were probably weraing frock coats and top hats!
St Mary Our Lady
The church of St Mary Our Lady in Sidlesham has a long history and is a delightful place of peace and tranquility. Here's Father Stephen Guise, the priest in charge, who's recently written a brief description of the church.
Sussex Folk Tales
Michael O'Leary came into the studio to record some of his entertaining, but slightly odd, Sussex folk tales for us. This one concerns a customs officer, a mermaid and what's known as the Mixon Hole.
We continue in the Manhood Peninsula with a piece about Selsey. Ruth Mariner is a local historian based in Selsey. She writes regularly about the people and places of the area in the local magazine, Selsey Life. We're grateful both to her, and to the magazine, for allowing us to include this item in our programme. Many of her pieces start by discovering an old photograph or postcard at an auction or on her travels. The following item is no exception and is read here by Tiffin Jones.
My Guide is part of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and provides sighted guides for the visually impaired. Marion O'Shea is the local representative here in Chichester and came into the studio the other day to chat to Alicia about the service.
The Airmail Service
Ask most people and they associate the Airmail service with the development of the aeroplane but it goes back a great deal further than that. Joanna Green reads a piece written and researched by John Holloway which traces the progress of sending mail by air and the pioneers who made it possible.
Walking the Wight
Our producer Alicia Denny has been promising us an item for the programme based on her personal challenge of walking around the Isle of Wight. Like all good intentions, life and the weather inevitably get in the way, but the last hurdle has now been overcome and here she is with the first part of her report entitled Walking the Wight.