Pirate Radio Day: The History of Offshore Radio

August 14th — today referred to as “Pirate Radio Day” — is remem­bered as the day, in 1967, when the major­i­ty of Britain’s off­shore pop pirate radio sta­tions went off the air in the face of the gov­ern­men­t’s Marine &c Offences Act becom­ing law at mid­night on the 15th. Only Radio Car­o­line* con­tin­ued broadcasting.

In mem­o­ry of the immense changes and ben­e­fits the off­shore sta­tions brought to music radio and to lis­ten­ers in search of pop­u­lar music on the air around the coasts of Britain and Europe, we are com­mem­o­rat­ing the event today with a spe­cial broad­cast of a 1970 radio doc­u­men­tary by Paul Har­ris, “The His­to­ry of Off­shore Radio” . The pro­gramme cov­ers the peri­od 1958 to 1970 and includes the ear­li­est Scan­di­na­vian sta­tions such as Radio Mer­cur and Radio Nord, as well as more famil­iar sta­tions like Radio Lon­don, Radio Car­o­line and Radio Veron­i­ca. The peri­od is illus­trat­ed by many airchecks from the major­i­ty of the sta­tions oper­at­ing in this peri­od in addi­tion to a com­men­tary which tells the sto­ry, from ear­ly begin­nings, to years of suc­cess and some­times dark deeds. The pro­gramme is par­tic­u­lar­ly notable in that it was made in 1970 — soon after the events it depicts occurred,

Tune in for this spe­cial pro­gramme at 1pm or 5pm Pacific/SLT, 9pm or 1am in the UK.

We’ll also be broad­cast­ing the lat­est episode of “Tarot @ Teatime” — “The Haughty Swords” — at the usu­al time of 12 noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT, 8pm and mid­night in the UK. You can find details here.

*Radio Car­o­line is now a licensed com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tion based in SE Eng­land. You can vis­it them here.

Classical Landscapes

Sat­ur­day, August 13th: Today’s pro­gramme con­sists of music from some of the Great Mas­ters of Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic music (and a few from the Baroque), includ­ing Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and many more.

Sit back and enjoy some of the great­est music ever writ­ten, per­formed by the lead­ing orches­tras and solo per­form­ers of the world.

Then at noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT, 8pm and mid­night UK time, tune in for the lat­est edi­tion of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”, where we vis­it The Nature Col­lec­tive. More details here.

You can also hear “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” at the usu­al time, every 4 hours from 4am Pacific.

“Orches­tra” by foil­man is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Where Have You Been? S02E16: The Nature Collective

In this episode of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”  we vis­it The Nature Col­lec­tive — or rather, we vis­it the Col­lec­tive’s head­quar­ters and the work of some of their members.

The Nature Col­lec­tive was cre­at­ed with the goal of cul­ti­vat­ing a com­mu­ni­ty around regions, spaces and projects which share a com­mon focus on nature. It is their hope to fos­ter a move­ment to help peo­ple engage and recon­nect with the won­der and joy of nature, in the vir­tu­al world and beyond.

The Col­lec­tive was the brain­child of Emmalee Ever­gar­den, and she has drawn togeth­er a group of ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers who share her com­mit­ment to nature spaces, and who form the vol­un­teer staff of The Collective.

To begin explor­ing the near­ly 100 nature des­ti­na­tions that are part of the Nature Col­lec­tive in Sec­ond Life, just vis­it their head­quar­ters and pick up your Explor­er HUD — and off you go. TNC are also mem­bers of the “For­ev­er Tourist” network.

To learn more, catch this episode, which airs on Wednes­days and Sat­ur­days on Aug 10, 13, 17, 20, 24,  and 27 at 12 noon and 4pm SLT/Pacific (8pm and mid­night in the UK).

Founder: Emmalee Evergarden
Alter­na­tive con­tact re join­ing the Collective:
Cyn­thia Deere

The Nature Col­lec­tive Headquarters
Regions: Muslin, Moderate

The Nature Col­lec­tive Website

On Flickr

Nature­Con 2022

New Shows on Mixcloud

We’ve uploaded three more pro­grammes to our “Lis­ten Again” facil­i­ty on Mix­cloud: Tarot @ Teatime Episode 37, “De-Mys­ti­fy­ing the Tarot”; Where Have You Been? Series 2, Episode 15: Hel­lo Kit­ty Trib­ute Theme Park; and The MOST — Music from the Orig­i­nal Sound Track, Episode 10.

It’s the MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track — Episode 10

Plan­ning a heist? How about a mur­der? Attend­ing a love-in? Or is your bik­er gang plan­ning an out­ing? Have we got the show for you!

Join your host Susan­nah, on Sat­ur­day August 6th, at 12:30pm and 4:30pm Pacific/SLT – that’s 8:30pm and half past mid­night in the UK – for the tenth show in our month­ly series, The MOST – Music from the Orig­i­nal Sound Track. Ded­i­cat­ed to crime, spy, sus­pense, exploita­tion, and psy­che­del­ic movie and tele­vi­sion sound­tracks from the 50s, the 60s and beyond, The MOST is the best accom­pa­ni­ment for all your police-blot­ter high-jinks. PLUS…  “Where Have You Been?” at noon and 4pm SLT vis­its a Hel­lo Kit­ty trib­ute; “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” every 4 hours; and much more!

The Early Music Show: Music for Shakespeare

Today, August 3rd, we’re pre­sent­ing a pro­gramme of music for the works of William Shake­speare, includ­ing music of the peri­od and pieces from oth­er ages that were writ­ten or used for pre­sen­ta­tions of the Bard’s work.

Then don’t miss the lat­est edi­tion of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”, at noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT, which this time takes you to the Hel­lo Kit­ty trib­ute theme park. More details here.

Plus there is an episode of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton series “Engines of Our Inge­nu­ity” every four hours from 4am Pacific.

The image is by Sir John Gilbert (1817–1897) — “The Plays of William Shake­speare”, shot by Sofi.

Tarot @ Teatime Episode 38: The Haughty Swords

Tune in for the lat­est episode of our orig­i­nal series, “Tarot @ Teatime” as we dis­cuss the suit of Swords.

When Pamela Cole­man Smith designed the cards we now know as the Rid­er-Waite-Smith deck, she was influ­enced by an ear­ly pack, the Sola Bus­ca, that she saw pic­tures of in the British Muse­um. This influ­ence is par­tic­u­lar­ly notice­able in the suit of Swords.

How­ev­er the result of this influ­ence is that the imagery of the Sword cards in RWS and lat­er RWS-derived decks can be found a lit­tle mis­lead­ing to the reader.

In Episode 38 we work through the cards, dis­cussing their imagery and how they may be read in a way that is true to their char­ac­ter, focus­ing on words and communication.

The episode runs from August 4th to 14th on Thurs­days and Sun­days at noon and 4pm Pacif­ic Time/8pm and mid­night UK time.

#tarot #tarot­cards #tarotread­ing

Where Have You Been? S02E15: Hello Kitty Tribute

In this episode of our orig­i­nal series, “Where Have You Been?”  we vis­it the 4- region “Hel­lo Kit­ty” trib­ute theme park on the Astralia regions. Hel­lo Kit­ty is the lit­tle adorable white cat char­ac­ter who is num­bered among the high­est gross­ing media fran­chis­es of all time.

Astralia Cre­ations is a cloth­ing and décor cre­ator in Sec­ond Life, fea­tur­ing a wide vari­ety of prod­ucts, many of which fea­ture a graph­ic style and col­or palette sim­i­lar to the pop­u­lar Japan­ese char­ac­ter Hel­lo Kit­ty and the addi­tion­al char­ac­ters that make up the Hel­lo Kit­ty brand.

Hel­lo Kit­ty is a promi­nent part of the cute­ness cul­ture, or kawaii aes­thet­ic, of Japan­ese pop­u­lar cul­ture which includes enter­tain­ment, cloth­ing, food, toys, per­son­al appear­ance, and man­ner­isms. In Kitty’s world there are at least ten char­ac­ters, includ­ing Kit­ty her­self, and a host of oth­er objects and details in that world’s sig­na­ture sim­ple style.

This episode airs on Wednes­days and Sat­ur­days from July 27 to August 6 inclusive.

Astralia — Hel­lo Kit­ty Trib­ute Park
Regions: Astralia 1, 2, 3, 4. All regions rat­ed General.

The Space Programme: Apollo 11

Today we present some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent… Space Music and a space documentary.

On this day, July 23, in 1969, 53 years ago, the Apol­lo 11 space­craft returned to Earth after the first human being had stepped out of the Apol­lo 11’s Lunar Excur­sion Mod­ule and set foot upon the Moon a few days before. Today we cel­e­brate that achieve­ment in music.

Tarot @ Teatime — Episode 37: De-Mystifying the Tarot

This episode was record­ed on June 22 before a live audi­ence at VCRa­dio Tow­er at the Sec­ond Life 19th Birthday.

The pro­gramme is, as its name sug­gests, intend­ed to pro­vide an intro­duc­tion to the Tarot, and it cov­ers a lit­tle of the his­to­ry of the cards and gives some point­ers, sug­ges­tions and exam­ples on how to read them.

This episode goes out on Thurs­days and Sun­days at 12 noon and 4pm Pacific/SLT, up to and includ­ing July 31st.