Desert Island Discs
Desert Island Discs is one of Radio 4's most popular and enduring programmes. Created by Roy Plomley in 1942, the format is simple: each week a guest is invited to choose the eight records, a book and a luxury they would take with them to a desert island.
So what would your choice be?
1; The Supremes - Baby Love (Holland/Dozier/Holland) Ooh baby love, my baby love I need you, oh how I need you ...
2: The Undertones Here Comes The Summer
Keep looking for the girls with their faces all tanned
Lying on the beaches all covered in sand
Stretching out their long legs lying in the sun
They know they're beautiful they're having fun
Here comes the summer ...
Everytime I see a beach I think of it, so on a desert island it is a must.
3: Led Zeppelin "Rock and Roll"
I did mention that my desert island is going to have a thirty foot high stack of Marshall speakers and a volume knob that goes to 11 didn't I?
4 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swinging Lovers Music I have rocked babies to sleep to and danced cheek to cheek to....
5 Elgar's Enigma Variations - well I'm English aren't I?
6 Beethoven's Ninth conducted by Leonard Bernstein in Berlin - despite the EU use of it a wonderful bit of music (after leaving the maternity unit when the son and heir was born it first thing that came on the radio, so extra special.) And that concert was the sound of freedom as the wall was knocked down.
7 Beethoven's Seventh - I want it at my funeral..
8 The Police Roxanne, I also need a Clay Trap, my trusty side by side and unlimited copies of it and boxes of carts. What better way to while away those afternoons than shooting the crap out of Sting?
My luxury would have to be a practical choice, beer would be not right on the beach, cold lager is beyond thought, so I think I would learn to roll up and have some Skunk plants which I could also make rope, cloth, cooking oil etc from if I could be arsed.
Book - Darwin The Origin of Species which I have never had the time to read properly, slowly savouring the intellectual rigour and wonder. (see below for an example of his writing).
Go then, what are your choices?
It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.