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Saturday the 8th of June, 2024. Gabriel MESZARICS

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  A short discussion in English.  Pride Month dimensions. Interesting points, feelings,  and an ongoing struggle. Nigel A.  JAMES and Gabriel MESZARICS.   

Tuesday the 4th of June, 2024 - Albert Gunter

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London - It was Just before Christmas 1952.  Listen to this amazing story.  A London double decker bus was just approaching tower bridge. Suddenly the bridge started opening.  It was too late to stop.  The bus had to go on!  Albert Gunter, the driver, knew what to do. Real life drama! Click here to listen to Albert Gunter London - Es war kurz vor Weihnachten 1952.  Hören Sie sich diese erstaunliche Geschichte an.  Ein Londoner Doppeldeckerbus fuhr gerade auf die Tower Bridge zu. Plötzlich begann sich die Brücke zu öffnen.  Es war zu spät, um anzuhalten.  Der Bus musste weiterfahren!  Albert Gunter, der Fahrer, wusste, was zu tun war. Ein echtes Drama aus dem Leben!

Tuesday the 4th of June, 2024. The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 7

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The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 7 - A Broken Heart First listen to key words, then listen to text, then answer the questions,  GOOD LUCK Key Words  To pop somewhere - to go somewhere quickly Wellies - wellington boots - rubber boots Your old man is your husband I could eat a horse - I am very hungry To ditch someone is to kick them out - to end a relationship I'll be all ears - to give someone full attention Questions Where was mum when Dave got home? What was mum cooking? Why had Farmer Ken gone to the village? Who had mum been speaking to on the phone? What was aunty Sally's bad news? Was Dave surprised? What now will mum not need? Will cousin Jane have to look for a new job? What have Dave and Cousin Jane agreed to do? Who had Farmer Ken forgotten to phone?

Thursday the 30th of May, 2024. Dr. Kathryn Ferry

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Dr Kathryn   Ferry,  Interview -  Her book - The Old Convent East Grinstead   - Often, going into a convent was not just for praising the Lord.  Business and an otherwise impossible life, too.  Listen to this discussion.  There's a surprise behind every pillar.  Discussion in  English.  Moderator - Nigel A.  JAMES   Dr Kathryn Ferry -   Book website 

Tuesday the 28th of May, 2024. The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 6

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  The Farm at Lane's End  -  Chapter 6 - Listen to the key words, then listen to the text, and, finally, answer the questions. Key Words Fox den  - where foxes  live.  to turn in  - to go to bed in a jiffy  - in a very short time.  I'll be back in a jiffy. discharge papers  - release documents from hospital - permission to go home. to nip  - to go quickly - I'll just nip next door. Bangers and mash  - sausages and mashed potatoes sound asleep  - fast asleep - sleeping deeply. in the nick of time  - at/ in  the very last moment The Text Questions Where did Farmer Ken see a fox? What do foxes like for dinner? What was Dave's plan for Sunday lunch? What did mum want help with at the hospital? What did Farmer Ken and Dave bring with them for mum's luggage? What did the nurse tell mum? Why did mum need help going upstairs? What did Farmer Ken forget to do in the bedroom? What did Dave offer mum for lunch? Did Farmer Ken forget to lock the chicken coop?

Wednesday the 22nd of May, 2024. Pfarrer Georg Fröschl

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Die Rolle der Kirche von heute?  Eine sehr schwierige Frage. Dies ist eine sehr interessante Diskussion mit Pfarrer Georg Fröschl vom Pfarrer Breitensee in Wien. Eine Diskussion in deutscher Sprache.  Moderator, Nigel A. JAMES  The Role of the present day church?  A very hard question. This is a very interesting discussion with Pfarrer Georg Fröschl of the Pfarrer Breitensee in Vienna. A discussion in German.  Moderator, Nigel A.  JAMES

Monday the 20th of May, 2024. The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 5

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  Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 5 -  Pub Grub Listen to the key words and text,  then answer the questions.  Good luck . Key Words -  Quid  - a pound - That will cost you 5 quid. That will cost you 5 pounds. Do the honours  - do the job Pub grub  - pub meals Disgusting   - very bad - repulsive What's your poison?  - what are you drinking? A pint  - a big beer haddok and chips  - fish and chips landlady  -  the owner of a pub - landlord if a man I fancy  - I fancy fish and chips - I feel like fish and chips - I'm in the mood for fish and chips pulling a pint  - to pump a beer up from the cask or barrel with a long handle on the bar to take after someone  (usually a parent or relative) - to be the same or similar.  She really takes after her mother. to burn daylight  - take advantage of the light. Make use of daylight. Questions What does Aunty Becky order for  lunch? What was Dave's poison? DId Aunty Becky say that Lasagne was Swedish? What was very hard work for Aunty Be

Sunday the 19th of May, 2024. Paris Maderna

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  Paris Maderna  -  Short Story English  - An amazing true story. Reinventing the wheel, or, in this case, the bike.  But, bikes are bikes and will always be bikes. This is a very fast moving story.  A very big crash,  a wall, and a beer.  Moving on and never giving up. Paris Maderna - Kurzgeschichte Englisch - Eine erstaunliche wahre Geschichte. Das Rad neu erfinden, oder in diesem Fall das Fahrrad.  Aber Fahrräder sind Fahrräder und werden immer Fahrräder sein. Dies ist eine sehr rasante Geschichte.  Ein schwerer Sturz, eine Mauer und ein Bier.  Weitermachen und niemals aufgeben. Click Paris Maderna to listen.

Wednesday the 15th of May, 2024. Carina Mohacsi

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Carina Mohasci.  Hören Sie sich diese Geschichte des Leidens an.  Magersucht.  Eine lebensbedrohliche Krankheit, von der man sich nur sehr schwer erholen kann.  Carina Mohacsi hat es geschafft.  Aber es brauchte sehr viel harte Arbeit und viel liebevolle Unterstützung. Eine sehr schwarze Zeit für alle Betroffenen und Beteiligten. Dies ist ein starkes Hörerlebnis.  Interview auf Deutsch.  Moderiert von Nigel A. JAMES Carina Mohasci.  Listen to this story of suffering.  Anorexia Nervosa.  A life threatening illness that takes very much to recover from.  Carina Mohacsi succeeded.  But, it took very much hard work and a lot of loving support. A very black period for all those concerned and involved. This is powerful listening.  Interview in German.  Moderated by Nigel A. JAMES.

Monday the 13th of May, 2024. The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 4. A Fish and Chips Lunch - Click Here

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  The Farm at Lane's End Chapter 4 -    A Fish and Chips Lunch Key Words Rashers and eggs     bacon and eggs. 30 grand  - 30 thousand.   1 grand = 1 thousand. I'll keep my fingers crossed  - good luck. Nightmare  - very bad dream. Before you get going  - before you start.  Would you like a cup of tea before you get going with the cleaning. Elevenses  - A coffee break at 11 o' clock in the morning.  Usually with a biscuit. I could eat a horse .  I am very hungry. It slipped my mind  - I forgot. Never mind  - It's no problem.  Don't worry. Questions Why is Farmer Ken going to see Peter Wilson? When will Farmer Ken be back from Peter Wilson's? What is Farmer Ken buying for lunch? What did Dave offer Aunty Becky and Cousin Natalie when they arrived? What did cousin Natalie say when she saw the mess? What did Cousin Natalie mean when she said she could eat a horse? What did Farmer Ken forget to buy? What was Farmer Ken's good idea?

Saturday the 11th of May, 2024. Elfie Jordan talks about dogs - Click Here

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  Hunde bedeuten sehr vielen Menschen sehr viel.  Hören Sie sich Elfie Jordan zu diesem Thema an.  Interview auf Deutsch mit Nigel A. JAMES.  Dogs mean very much to very many people.  Listen to Elfie Jordan on this subject.  Interview in German with Nigel A. JAMES. 

Friday the 10th of May, 2024. KAMINSKY, Pawel

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  KAMINSKY, Pawel  - A family holiday.  Sheep, hard work, and good fun! This will make you want to head to the hills!  Interview in English.  Moderated by Nigel A.  JAMES Click on KAMINSKY, Pawel to listen.

Tuesday the 7th of May, 2024. May Words

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May is month that slips in hardly  noticed.  All of a sudden, it's here.  And, of course, May Day is not only May Day.  May Day is much more as well.   To begin with,   May Day's a celebration of spring.  This old pagan tradition of dancing and singing around maypoles goes back more than 2000 years.      Another tradition of May Day is the socialist custom of marching.  A long time ago, this used to be a red letter day in the very red socialist calender.  Thousands and thousands of flag waving socialists would get up very early and march.  And, they'd march all day long.  A wonderful way of being together and celebrating the workers and all that they stood for.  But, the numbers of marchers has sadly declined. Most modern workers prefer, instead, to do nothing at all, or go away for a couple of days.  And, May Day is not only dancing, singing and marching.  Mayday's also a signal sent out that means help.  This, everyone knows all over the world.   So, May is a month th

Monday the 6th of May, 2024. A Travelogue. The Train from Veszprem to Gyor. A train trip in Hungary

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  Listen to this travelogue.  Hungary.  A train trip from Veszprem to Gyor.  A trip full of summertime fun.  Kids being kids.  Laughing and screeching.  Beutiful scenery.  A natural gift. And all at a very slow speed. Hören Sie sich diesen Reisebericht an.  Ungarn.  Eine Zugfahrt von Veszprem nach Gyor.  Eine Reise voller sommerlicher Freude.  Kinder, die Kinder sind.  Lachen und Quietschen.  Wunderschöne Landschaften.  Ein Geschenk der Natur. Und das alles in einem sehr langsamen Tempo.

5th of May, 2024. Helping your English grow. The Farm at Lane's End - A series in simple English. Part 3. Click here

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The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 3.    A Herd of Guernsey Cows Farmer Ken has been offered a herd of Guernsey cows. The price is a little high. Mum is coming home from hospital.  What about the cleaning up? Click here to listen to chapter 3 Key Words    Never mind - don't mind Pint - a big beer Grand - a thousand - 5 thousand = 5 grand. Questions Does Farmer Ken think  housework is easy?  How long ago did Farmer Ken and Dave have fish and chips?   Who phoned farmer Ken?   What did Peter Wilson want to sell?   How much did Peter Wilson want for his cows?  How many cows did Peter Wilson have to  sell?   What did aunty Becky say in her text message?  Who is Aunty Becky coming with?   Are Farmer Ken and Dave happy that Becky and Natalie are coming?   What are Becky and Natalie coming to do?   Where are farmer Ken and Dave going for a pint?   What has farmer Ken forgotten to do?  

3rd of May, 2024. Heinrich Thaler. Irgendwohin und Zurück - Click here

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Heinrich Thaler  Interview in Deutsch  -   Sein neuestes Buch .   Irgendwohin und Zurück.   Eine spannende Lektüre.  Eine unglaubliche wahre Geschichte aus der Kriegszeit.  Diese Diskussion muss man sich anhören.  Heinrich Thaler -  Interview in German - His latest book,  Somewhere and Back.   An exciting read.  An incredibly true  wartime story.  You must listen to this discussion.  Click here to listen -   Heinrich Thaler  Interview in Deutsch      

29th April, 2024. Jan de Cock - A Life Behind Bars

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Jan de Cock has often been in prison.  Not because of crimes he's committed, but, instead,  because of his wanting to help. Prisoners, too, have their needs.  Jan de Cock has travelled the world.  But, getting into prisons was not always easy.  Listen to this intersting story.  In English.   Written and read by Nigel A.  JAMES

28th of April, 2024 - Helping your English grow! A series in simple English. Part 2 - Click here

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The Farm at Lane's End -  Chapter 2  -   Visiting Time at the Hospital Mum's very good news.  Decent meals from now on.  Mum will need a new dress.  A terrible job. Click here to listen to Chapter 2 Key Words Yorkshire  - short for Yorkshire pudding - Roast beef and Yorkshire Decent  - respectable - satisfactory - good.  A decent meal. Questions -    What is the time when Farmer Ken and Dave arrive at the hospital?   Was mum's operation easy or difficult?   Was mum smiling when Dave and Farmer Ken arrived?   What did the doctor's tell mum?    Were Farmer Ken and Dave happy to hear mum's news?   What did Dave say about mum coming home?   What will mum need for the wedding?   What must  Farmer Ken and Dave do before mum comes home?   What has Farmer Ken forgotten to do?

Thursday the 25th of April, 2024. Niki Stanek

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Niki Stanek fotografiert schon sehr lange. Er macht nicht nur die Fotos, er entwickelt sie auch und druckt sie ab.  Alles Kunstwerke. Niki Stanek bevorzugt schwarz-weiß.  Hören Sie Niki Stanek im Gespräch mit Nigel A. JAMES.  Diskussion auf Deutsch. Niki Stanek has been taking photographs for a very long time. He not only takes the photos, he develops them and prints them as well.  All works of art. Niki Stanek prefers black and white.  Listen to Niki Stanek talking to Nigel A. JAMES.  Discussion in German.

Tuesday the 23rd of April, 2024 - Dada - Click here

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  Dada     A movement that came out of the 1st World War.   Switzerland.   An   international very creative movement.  Dada is still very much alive today.  Click on Dada to listen

20th April, 2024. Helping your English to grow! A series in simple English. Click here

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Listen to this series.  Everyday life on the farm.  The Farm at Lane's End  -   Chapter 1.   An Invitation   Farmer Ken and Dave his son are just having breakfast.  An invitation has arrived with the post.  Dave is excited.  He wants to know more.      Listen here - chapter 1 Questions - Is Farmer Ken cooking breakfast or lunch?    What has Dave just finished doing? Which season is it in this story?  What does Farmer Ken tell Dave over breakfast?  Who has written to Farmer Ken?  Good news or bad news?  Who is getting married?   Who is Cousin Jane getting married to? Is Rajeeve's father rich or poor?  Why is Rajeeve's father rich? Where is Dave's mother? Chapter 2 next week More English Fun - Listen to English Warm-ups - including more about English country life.

Thursday the 18th of April, 2024 - Inou - Ein Radio Man aus Kamaroon - Interview Deutsch

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  Inou . Kamerun in Afrika.   Radio mit Geschichten.   Deutsch, English. Französisch.  Radio Man Inou erzählt.  Ein Diskussion.  Nigel A.  JAMES und Inou. Spannend. Click here to listen to discussion with Inou.

Monday the 15th of April, 2024. Bruno Hope - Under A Roman Moon

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Under A Roman Moon  The end of World War 2.  Bruno Hope was on his way home.  Walking up through Italy.  Vienna getting closer as each day went by.   Then the partisans struck. A true end of war story.  Written and read by Nigel A.  JAMES

Friday the 12th of April, 2024. Inou, A Radio Man from Cameroon

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  Listen to this highly interesting interview.  Inou talks about what radio means in the Cameroon. Radio is more than just something to listen to, Radio is part of the substance of Cameroon living.   This interview is in English.  Moderated by Nigel A. JAMES

Monday the 8th of April, 2024. Oleh Kovtun. Interview Deutsch

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  Oleh Kovtun ist ein Priester der griechisch-katholischen Kirche in Wien.  Hören Sie sich seine sehr interessante Geschichte an. Seine Gefühle, seine Pflichten, sein Leben und noch viel mehr. Gute Zeiten, schwere Zeiten, und eine Radiogeschichte auch. Oleh Kovtun is a priest of the Greek Catholic Church in Vienna.  Listen to his very interesting story. His feelings, his duties, his life and much more as well. Good times, hard times, and a radio story, too. Listen to / hören Sie Oleh Kovtun on Radio Orange, Wien ,  Listen on YouTube

Sunday the 7th of April, 2024. Christian Rinder

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Christian Rinder  - A short story in English - Unexpected coming homes are  the sweetest of all. Especiallyif no one knows you're coming, and, especially, if no one even knows you're alive.  Listen to this very moving end of war story. Click on Christian Rinder to listen to this story on YouTube

Thursday the 4th of April 2024. Ingrid Reifinger Hütte

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Ingrid Reifinger-Hütte   Interview in English.  An interesting visit to Schloss Ambras in Tirol.  A schloss with surprises. It's well worth a visit.  Find out more.  To listen to interview on YouTube please click Ingrid Hütte

1st of April, 2024. April Words

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 April Words April's a month that arrives in great splendour.  There is no other month like quite April.  April is a month of power and force.  And, April's more than a month.  April's a feeling as well. A feeling of strength.  April's the engine that pulls the year in its train.   Without the energy of April, there would be no early growth, and, without early growth there would be little to keep life together. Without April there would be no early harvests in summer, and, there would be no Mayday dancing and singing. Life would be quiet without April. And, April's not only the month that powers the year, April powers our emotions as well.  April uplifts  and frees  from the  clutches of Winter.   April liberates.  Our energy is back. we are recharged.  We are  free to move on. And, this in a nutshell is April.  April is magic in splendour.  There is no other month quite like April.  April Words by Nigel A.  JAMES  

Friday the 29th of March, 2024 Libby Love

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  Libby Love  - Life and some below surface thoughts that open the door to yoga. Some fascinating glimpses.  Enough for more than a feeling.  An interesting discussion.   Interview in English To listen on YouTube, please click on Libby Love.  

Wednesday 27th of March, 2024 Peter Rosegger and Teresa Krammer

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  Peter Rosegger - Life growing up in the mountains of Austria.  Listen to this story.  Teresa Krammer used to come calling.  Selling her wares.  A story from a long time ago.  To listen on YouTube, please click on Peter Rosegger.   YouTube video includes full text.

Sunday 24. March, 2024. Young in Vienna

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  Young in Vienna   -  A late night visit.  The police came calling.  A true story.  A party.  Very much noise.  A fine. But, nevertheless,  an unexpected fine happy end.

21st of March, 2024 - Dr. Tatjana Fischer

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  Dr. Tatjana Fischer.   Ein Diskussion.  Utopien, Thomas Morus, Stadt Planung, neue Perspektiven und vieles mehr.  Interview Deutsch.

18th March, 2024 - Prester John

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  Prester John was a mystery.  A king from the east.   The Pope needed help.  A friend with an army.  Listen to this short story.  An answer to a mystery.  This short story  is in English.  Written and read by Nigel A.  JAMES

Saturday the 16th of March, 2024 - Mike Boyle and Evelyne Auer

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  Mike Boyle and Evelyne Auer in discussion with Nigel A. JAMES.  Listen to this very lively and inspiring discussion. Starting with the topic of home, this exchange moved on in a very interesting way to other subjects as well. Amongst them burnout, the power of language, the great spirit of listening, and more.  This discussion was broadcast on Radio Orange on Tuesday the 19th of July 2022.  Moderator Nigel A. JAMES Click here to listen