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"Good Evening, I'm Alistair Cooke."

About once a month or so I'll visit the BBC web site ( ) and read the most recent postings of "Letter From America", penned by Alistair Cooke. His observations on life in this country, along with a sharp wit was always a delight to look over. Before the Internet, I would listen to his "letters" via the BBC World Service with the same voice that was familiar on PBS back in the days of Masterpiece Theater.

Well, today I found out that he has retired officially from broadcasting as of the 8th of March. No longer will "Letter From America" exist, as it has gone away with his retirement. The sad part is that I will miss his writings, his view of America through glasses of a different tint. It's lasted over 40 years, much longer than any other regularly broadcasted program.

It's odd how some of the things you enjoy reading, or listening to disappear with hardly a word at times. In the US, this was perhaps page 23 material, while in England it was certainly page 1. And it certainly was newsworthy, as newsworthy as the announcement of the new Dr. Who.

And it's equally strange how we focus on those things... we could care less who'll be president next year, but knowing who the new Dr. Who is, or if Angel will survive being cancelled is more fascinating. At least we're not fixated on sports... *chuckle*


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Mar. 23rd, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
Is there any intention of taking his collected material and putting it in disk/DVD/book form?
Mar. 24th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
There are already a few books that were printed years ago that collected several of his best 'Letters'. Amazon has them listed, although many are no longer in print, and might be hard to find. There is a BBC audio collection of his best essays as well.

Likely you'll see something come out soon. At 95, I'm sure he'll be working on one last collection of essays for publication.
Mar. 24th, 2004 04:13 am (UTC)
Christopher Eccleston. Remember that name. He's our new Doctor.

I wonder who will be producing the show now that JN-T is gone.
Mar. 25th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
I know this is late and largely off-subject, but that's hardly unusual for me.
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I know this is late and largely off-subject, but that's hardly unusual for me. <chuckle, SMILE>

I keep wondering if "Lillibolero" is the same tune as "Lillibulero" in _The_Beggar's_Opera_. I know that "Lillibulero" is the same tune the Chieftains called "Lily bolero". It wasn't the same arrangement - I think both the harmony and speed differed between the versions I have. However, the tunes were the same: same notes, same rhythm, same order. So now I'm curious if this tune has a third name, too. <BIG SMILE, REALLY BIG GRIN>

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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