Tag Archives: Something Understood

Beating time: The secret musical life of metronomes, prison camps & airport lounges

Something Understood preview: Beating Time from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. For this week’s Something Understood producer Natalie Steed and I explored the idea of beating time. There’s the piano I still keep by the front door, just  where my mother … Continue reading

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On The Road with Buddha: The Prince Who Walked Out of His Fairy Tale

UPDATED SEPT 2 What happens when a prince walks away from his kingdom? I love the symbolism and and dream like metaphors of fairy stories. So  a “real life” one is all the more intriguing. I’d been fascinated with the … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: A fantastic voyage

“To God there is no zero. I still exist.” – Richard Matheson’s The Incredible Shrinking Man screenplay (1957) The summer solstice  has just passed — marking the extreme tipping point of the earth’s axis and the longest day. It was … Continue reading

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The power of the crowd: From John Wesley & James Baldwin to the crime busting commuters of Waterloo station

Crime busting commuters & the mysterious power of crowds at Waterloo Station from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. When producer Caroline Hughes suggested we make a Something Understood programme for Radio 4 about the power of crowds I was a little … Continue reading

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An embroidered insult to Hitler: A story about hand made things

My Something Understood for BBC Radio 4 this weekend is all about hand made things. You can listen to a clip of here. And the whole programme here. As well meeting a carpenter  who makes fossil-inspired objects about of ancient … Continue reading

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