This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

12 February 2006

Listening Pleasure

One of the things about living so far away from Europe and the United States is that one can easily feel cut off from the rest of the world. Sometimes, this is not such a bad thing. However, this weekend, while I was puttering around the house (one of my favourite activities) and listening to one of my many radio programmes, it occurred to me that though I had listed books I had been reading, I hadn't yet mentioned what we listen to. Thanks to the Internet and a few great little sites, we have a nice range of books, music and programmes that we listen to:

  • War News Radio - reporting en direct from Iraq. This fabulous project from Swarthmore College does weekly shows on life in Iraq - from the perspective of local Iraqis. There is also a great little section called "Iraq 101" which I am looking forward to exploring.
  • FIP - great jazz and other genres from Paris. After 16 years in Paris, one does miss FIP from this far away. The day a good friend of mind suggested I stream it, my life changed.
  • BBC Radio 2 - for excellent programming from London: for news, talk shows, and good music! I'm a regular "Melodies for You" and yes, "Sunday Love Songs" listener.
  • Audible.com - books, books, books, and radio programmes like "Car Talk" and a weekly show I try not to miss: "Marketplace Money" (a financial planning programme out of Los Angeles). Audible is a paying subscription service, but thanks to audible I've been able to listen to great books while working out - or puttering around.

Thanks to these, and a couple more sites/stations, we feel pretty connected. There aren't any jazz or classical stations on the island - so we're always looking for good jazz and classical programming. If you have sites/stations you like in particular (no matter where you are in the world), send them along!

2 comments:

tiff- said...

Yea! How fun to hear about the "daily life" there.

I miss all my UK radio station since being back here. I have a widget that I listen to BBC radio (1,2,3&4) on. I also stream Virgin radio from London occasionally, just to feel at home.

You can listen to Marketplace for free, streaming on their web site:
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/

KCRW here in LA also has good podcasts & streams of world news:
http://kcrw.org/

When I miss New York (often) I stream WFUV. Great indy station:
http://wfuv.org/

WFUV, KCRW & Virgin London all stream live (& free) on iTunes, which I find has some really great radio stations from all over the world.

Thanks for all the fun pics & keep your "world news" coming! =)

Julie said...

Wow - more for me to discover from another one of my great travelling friends. Thanks, Tiff!