Sounds Historical

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14 June, 2009 by rhesus12

Had the good fortune to catch National Radio’s tremendous Sounds Historical programme tonight. It’s been too long.

This is what I imagine the study of history was like before it got all post-modern and mixed up in French theory during the 1990s. 

Sounds understands that history is best approached over a nice pot of tea, served in a cup commemorating the 1953 Royal Visit, followed by a late night port or two, and finally being tucked into warm flannelette sheets.

People get a bit carried away with their analysis.  Things just happen, but if you’re delving about for grand themes, you can make sense of most of it in the light of 1) European settlement, 2) the two world wars and 3) the aforementioned royal vist. 

Sounds highlights tonight:

  • The metric system appears to be here to stay. Better get used to it.
  • A DVD is a playing device of some description.
  • Not all “classic” kiwi songs are really that “classic”, although Shona Laing’s 1905 probably deserves the title.
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