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Day 7: Cue the music

Radio Local in Culture Mile

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We meet Local Legend James Dellow, hear a Live Report from Bill and Christine and enjoy a review of Rosa’s Thai by Diana Olifirova. We join Guildhall School of Music & Drama for a game of Making Words.

James Dellow, who works for Soapbox Islington, is our local legend for today: Youth Worker, Student, Husband, Newcastle United Fan, Democratiser, Tech Enthusiast, Marginal Gainer and general believer in people.

The Live Report is from Bill and Christine Clifford, residents of the Golden Lane Estate. Bill and Christine have been married for over 50 years, they have an extensive music collection and before lockdown they were always at music gigs. Both Bill and Christine work on the door for Café Oto in Dalston.

Diana Olifirova reviews Rosa’s Thai in the Food Review. Diana is a Cinematographer from Ukraine based in London.

We chat to Scottee who has been commissioned to produce the Voicenotes with Strangers audio series. From Avon Ladies celebrating their 30th to Insurance Brokers getting attacked by their cats - this is what getting to know someone you’ve never met sounds like.

We’re in the kitchen with Chef Pascal Aussignac. Pascal cooks at Club Gascon every day and, in addition to his role as Executive Chef, looks after the floral arrangements across all of his other award-winning restaurants situated in London: Le Bar, Comptoir Gascon, Cigalon & Baranis. Pascal always wanted to work with his hand - initially as a stonecutter (‘my real passion when I was nine’) until he found his calling whilst working in local kitchens.

Today we’re Making Words with Iona McTaggart (Innovation Coordinator), Jo Chard (Creative Partnership & Programme Manager) and Alex Bazalgette (Innovation Coordinator) from Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London. The School is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians.

Critically-acclaimed musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice are here to distract you from the horrors of today by singing about the horrors of yesterday. Long before Covid-19 took all the attention away there was another apocalyptic medical emergency on the horizon. Humanity has always been on the edge of oblivion, and when things are this dark, heavy and potentially catastrophic, there’s only one thing you can do - Disco.