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Back from across the ditch, it's the Mosen Explosion! And go Team new Zealand!

As I write this wee promotional message in a desperate attempt to encourage you to choose the Mosen Explosion over the many millions of other choices you have, we’re packing up in our hotel in Melbourne Australia, ready to spend the day at a few more great Melbourne cafes and then head home.

We get in super late, but the Mosen Explosion must go on. Oh yes it must. And what a fun, unpredictable show it promises to be.

The Mosen Explosion celebrates Sir Paul McCartney's 75th

Sir James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942, so this week on The Mosen Explosion, all the music we play will have a Paul McCartney connection. We’ll hear music from him as a solo artist, songs he’s written that were recorded by others, songs he has produced, songs he did with Wings, and of course, plenty of Beatles.

On A Cuppa at the Mosens, Blind Like Me. Is it right to blindfold the sighted?

This week on A Cuppa at the Mosens, we’d like to know what you think of blindfolding the sighted, or even the visually impaired.

Can blindfolding be a useful educational tool, heightening the empathy sighted people have for the challenges we face? Or, when suddenly deprived of a sense on which sighted people are so dependent, does blindfolding result in creating distorted pictures of what our daily lives are like.

On The Mosen Explosion, we're supplying you with some air

Another Sunday, Monday morning for me in New Zealand, and another chance to hang out with you for some great music and fun conversation on The Mosen Explosion. I can’t wait.

I consider myself quite fit these days, exercising as I do for 30 minutes each day. But I’m nowhere near as exercised as the franchise in Britain. And it looks like it may not be too long before the old franchise in Britain gets even more exercise. Golly!

Programme Note: No Cuppa this week

This is just a quick programming note to advise that there’ll be no A Cuppa at the Mosens this week. We’re taking a break to watch the UK election results come in.
See you next week.

This week on A Cuppa at the Mosens, blind people being taken for a ride

We’re talking taxi and ride sharing services this week on A Cuppa at the Mosens, Mushroom FM’s live global call-in show where you can sound off on the issues that matter to the blind community.

The Mosen Explosion, same dodgy show, possibly better sound

Here at Mushroom FM, we’re constantly striving to compensate for the mediocre Mosen Explosion with even better audio. Over the last couple of years, we’ve been embarking on a systematic programme of upgrading the equipment at Mosen Towers with new microphones, a new mixer, and now the programme is complete with the retirement of the trusty audio interface we’ve been using since 2009, and the introduction of a super duper new one which offers all sorts of capabilities of awesomeness. It may mean that the show sounds brighter, clearer, cleaner and just generally sparkly.

On A Cuppa at the Mosens, coping with the overly helpful, well-meaning sighted person

A Cuppa at the Mosens is a live, weekly, global talk show, where we can discuss issues from a blindness perspective.

This week, most of us have been there. We’re going about our business, when someone arbitrarily decides that because we can’t see, we need help, and that assumption is made without asking first. Sometimes it can be quite a scary and violating experience, when unwanted hands are laid on us and we’re propelled in a direction we never intended to go. Yet there are times when we do need help, and we know others may be less independent than we are.

The big reveal. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary remix

On 1 June 1967, the most significant album in the history of popular music was released. In recent weeks, thousands of column inches worldwide have been devoted to this album and how it changed the face of popular music. But nothing beats hearing it, especially in its new, glorious, remixed stereophonic form.

BRRRR! It's another Mosen Explosion from a cold wellington

Think of me struggling out of bed at 4:30 AM! 4:30 AM I tell you, to be ready to present another Mosen Explosion at 6 AM my time on a very cold morning. Sympathy? Na, I don’t deserve any of that, because it’s the highlight of my week catching up with listeners old and new, getting tweets, emails, voice messages and phone calls, as well as playing some of the greatest music ever made. I mean who could seriously ask for more than that on a Monday.


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