In this 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings we present a special edition of Ridgeway Magazine featuring interviews made during a visit John made to the D-Day landing grounds in Normandy.
Lord Danatt, former Chief of Staff of the British Army, reviews the military aspects of both Overlord and the failed raid on Dieppe two years earlier which led to Hitler’s order that commandos and Special Forces were to be shot if captured
Military historian Andrew Roberts reveals some of the ideas that worked for the Allies and some that did not.
Two young French people have surprising views on the landings – seems many French would rather not be reminded
Chris Copson, curator of The Keep Military Museum, reprises the important role played by the Dorset Regiment on D-Day and Dorset’s subsequent fight towards Arnhem
Keeping the invasion plans a secret…a local man tells us about an important relic of that period he discovered
Solicitor Katharine Jones celebrates 100 years of women being admitted as solicitors. Once the legal profession, all men of course, considered women not to be people at all. Therefore as non-persons they could not become lawyers
Weymouth sea front lights – we have an exclusive report on the future of the laser display. They think it’s all over – not yet for this local conundrum which seems to limp along
Would you pay £15 for a cup of coffee? You might do in London but not in Dorset as we hear from a coffee roaster, Nigel Green of the Dorset Coffee Company and Christian and Zeta from the prizewinning mobile coffee bar with a difference called Coffee on the Hoof
Cheesed off with your bank manager? An elderly customer writes to her bank and we read the letter which exemplifies the “Computer says NO” style of banking
The history of the theatre from Greek times to backstage at Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre. An expert takes the stage and tells of the days when women were banned from attending
Filled in your self-employed tax return? You might like to hear of some of the more ridiculous taxes down the years from taxes on beards, clocks and hearths to hats!
As for VAT, there are some strange anomalies and some glaring inclusions
What are the chances of picking up a 60 year old magazine and seeing a picture of yourself? One listener did and tells us about her school’s experiment among its pupils in being socially responsible. It made the headlines in its day
Help is at hand with a craze said to be sweeping the country – the Repair Café movement is coming to Dorset.
In Pet Patter Malcolm advises ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’
Interview with Lord Fellowes in which he says the book he has on the go currently is the story of the early life of Marilyn Monroe. He gives his selection of the seven books he would take if marooned on a desert island
We talk to LAPD prosecutor Ron Bowers who was charged with re-opening the death of Marilyn Monroe as a cold case. Was it murder or was it suicide?
As many as 400 Dorset residents in fuel poverty may die of the cold this winter. The charity Surviving Winter is there to help and their CEO talks about its work
Paul Atterbury live in the studio gives a heads up (perhaps that should be eyes down) on the upcoming Dorchester Literature Festival.
Sir Tim Smit, chairman of Eden Project International, introduces Portlanders to the plans for a world class attraction and gives Ridgeway Magazine exclusively his “no brainer” idea for another attraction on the Isle.
“Pet Patter”…vet Malcolm Welshman talks about his new book “An Armful of Animals” and gives us a peek inside it.
Do children still pay conkers in this age of Health and Safety? We report on how the “conkering” Germans have saved the World Conker Championships.
Littlemoor has at last got its new shop which sells food. Is it just what the locals wanted?
The Weymouth harbour-side Peninsular (Pavilion) site. The council’s leisure focused plans, just announced, are derided by the business community. And is the site really worth millions, or not much at all?
We harness the views of the Weymouth Business Investment District, the Chamber of Trade and a developer.
A councillor accuses the council of not listening to the views of the townspeople and voting to go ahead with the unpopular plan.
We visit Radipole RSPB nature reserve and report 17 swans may not have been stolen or slaughtered after all. And autumn is the best time for bird watching.
We air the second part of the report on shared ownership – this time for the elderly in Poundbury.
Pretty lights for Weymouth Esplanade. When the scheme’s bright idea went on show, visitors to the public “consultation” were mainly unimpressed. Bring back the garlands of fairy lights seems to be the verdict.
To Buckland Newton where one man’s creative ideas for slowing down speeding traffic have been dumped for the second time. Do nothing County Council does not approve.
To Sicily for our story about the Mafia which disapproved of the “Godfather“ films. John visits the Corleone village and is totally unprepared for what happens next as he interviews a cast member.
Vinyl records. Sales boom but don’t throw out your old ones just yet…they might be worth money.
What do you do to find your missing mobile phone? There’s an app that will solve this mishap.