From the Library: ‘Tis The Victorian Season — and the Goons!

Today, Elrik Mer­lin presents a pro­gramme of Vic­to­ri­an music, includ­ing sea­son­al items rang­ing from car­ols played on hand-bells, musi­cal box­es and pipe organs to famil­iar choral and con­cert works of the peri­od. And then we have a spe­cial pro­gramme for you: a Goon Show from 1959.

The image shown here is what is gen­er­al­ly regard­ed as the first Christ­mas card, pro­duced for Mr Hen­ry Cole in 1843 by John Halsey of Torquay, in south-west Eng­land. Mr Cole had appar­ent­ly left him­self with­out enough time to write a per­son­al sea­son­al greet­ing to his friends and rela­tions and as a result com­mis­sioned the card. As was often the case at the time, there is a moral to the art: the cen­tre pan­el shows the well-to-do cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas while on either side we see the poor being fed and clothed, remind­ing recip­i­ents that the sea­son was one in which, in the depths of win­ter, the less-well-off should be remem­bered par­tic­u­lar­ly.

Radio Dra­ma Today!

At 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 and 03:00 GMT) we’ll be con­tin­u­ing our two excit­ing new adven­ture seri­als in The ZBS Radio Hour: at the top of the hour, it’s anoth­er Jack Flan­ders adven­ture: Dreams of Rio; fol­lowed half an hour lat­er by Ruby 4 Part I: The Moons of Son­to Lore. Tune in!

And then at 1pm and 9pm Pacif­ic (21:00 and 05:00 GMT) we have a spe­cial treat for you: we’ll be going back to the roots of mod­ern British com­e­dy and pre­sent­ing a sea­son­al episode of the Goon Show, first broad­cast over 60 years ago, with a hilar­i­ous script by Spike Mil­li­gan. This show runs for 30 min­utes.

Sea­son’s greet­ings to our lis­ten­ers and spon­sors from all of us at Radio Riel! Thank you for your sup­port through­out the year.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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