When is the best time to go ski-ing? I've never been ski-ing before: will I have to buy equipment and skiwear before I go, or can I hire them at the resort? Is a ski-ing holiday inevitably expensive? My wife and I have two young children: how do I choose the best resort for a family ski-ing holiday? Where will I find an exciting night life as well as good snow? When are you too old to think about ski-ing? Put your questions to two travel writers and avid skiers - Elisabeth de Stroumillo and Arthur Sandles. Sue MacGregor is in the Chair(lift).
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I Why do flamingoes stand on one leg?'
Peter Ferns , Fred Slater and Pat Morris answer your wildlife questions.
Presented by Derek Jones Producer ANNE BLAIR GOULD BBC Bristol
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Nigel Rees invites. Edward Blishea Brian Glover Edna Healey and Fiona Richmond to identify quotations, famous and obscure, and to share their favourites. Quotations read by RONALD FLETCHER Producer ALAN NIXON (Rptd: Wed 10.30 pm)
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Introduced by Sue MacGregor , including
Turkey Talk: PRUE LEITH has a special way with the bird.
The Friendly Robin:
CINDY SELBY celebrates its place on Christmas cards, in songs and verse. Games People Play: MARY RUSSELL and the 1980 Poker Champion of the Republic of Ireland, COLETTE DOHERTY , go into the mysteries of the royal flush, the full house and what lies behind the poker face. Winter Garden by BERYL BAINBRIDGE abridged in eight parts by PAT MCLOUGHLIN
Read by Robert Lang (1) On a morning in October, Ashburner says goodbye to his wife and departs ostensibly for a fishing holiday in Scotland. In fact his destination is London Airport and a cultural trip to Moscow in the company of the exotically exciting Nina St Clair ...
(Music: Arnold's Serenade for Small Orchestra) long wave only
Recollections of a professional traveller in a series of five talks. 2: Greek Islands Ithaca, Skiathos, Lesbos ... if, like St John the Evangelist, I were banished by some tyrant, I should do as he did and make for a Greek island.'
Prior to 1956, nearly half the pilots on the Suez
Canal were British. There was keen competition for this highly-skilled work: the hours might be long and arduous but home and family were comfortably situated just beside the Canal and everything was provided, from social life at the Club to nine holes of golf in the sand.
June Knox-Mawer talks to the former pilots and their families and recreates this little-known world which abruptly came to an end 25 years ago.
Producer HELEN FRY
Relations between central and local government have reached ' the most serious moment in memory ', says the Environment Secretary, The Rt Hon
Michael Heseltine , mp, who is in the centre of a major political storm.
Government plans to curb local councils' spending by such methods as referendums are under attack, not only in the town and county halls, but in the House of Commons as well. The BBC's Environment Correspondent
John Hosken will cover the points of view which add up to The Great Rates Row and will examine alternative systems of local taxation, the subject of a government Green Paper.
Producer TIM MABY
Implants or Glasses
An eye specialist talks to Hannah Wright about some of the new techniques used by surgeons to help patients with cataracts.
Presenter Peter White Producer THENA HESHEL
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A series of six programmes 5: Swept Away starring Tom Mennard and Anthea Askey with Ballard Berkeley as Winston David Ross as Mr Pettigrew
Gordon Salkilld as Arnold Nick Maloney as Lewis and special guest appearance of Candice Barker
Written by ROB GRANT and DOUG NAYLOR
Producer MIKE CRAIG BBC Manchester
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