01 Afternoon Reading - SOS - Signing 20080630 BBC R4.mp3 (Size: 93.27 MB) (Files: 8)
01 Afternoon Reading - SOS - Signing 20080630 BBC R4.mp3
02 Afternoon Reading - SOS - The Longsight Branch 20080701 BBC R4.mp3
03 Afternoon Reading - SOS - Ghosts 20080702 BBC R4.mp3
04 Afternoon Reading - SOS - The Fishwife's Lament 20080703 BBC R4.mp3
05 Afternoon Reading - SOS - The Weight of the Earth and the Lightness of the Human Heart 20080704 BBC R4.mp3
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Afternoon Reading - SOS - Save Our Souls
Short stories to mark the 100th anniversary of the international distress call.
Originally chosen for reasons of clarity, Save Our Souls later became associated with the Morse code pattern dot-dot-dot, dash-dash-dash, dot-dot-dot. Although the signal has since been overtaken by other forms of communication, the notion of the SOS remains handy cultural shorthand.
By Alison Joseph.
A young hearing-impaired boy at the centre of a custody case uses an SOS signal to demonstrate his distress. His interpreter is receiving other, less obvious, signals in her own life but does not know if she should acknowledge them.
Read by Natalie Bennett.
2/5 The Longsight Branch
By Paul Magrs.
Raise your eyes skyward and consider a complex communications network that could exist in the branches high above our heads. Manchester's squirrel community relies on the trees for food, shelter – and to spread a distress call when one of their number is in danger
Read by Laura Smales.
By Colette Paul.
The neat, ordered life of a retired Post Office manager who, a lifetime ago, worked as a war-time telegraphist and believed that, "her life was so much raw clay in her hands" is jolted out of its routine.
Read by Barbara Rafferty.
4/5 The Fishwife's Lament
By Stuart MacBride.
An elderly fish-gutter spins an unconvincing yarn in this darkly humorous tale of murder, deception and ice cream.
Read by Lisa Gardner.
5/5 The Weight of the Earth and the Lightness of the Human Heart
By Linda Cracknell.
A climber teeters between life and death on the slopes of a remote mountain.
Read by Ralph Riach.
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