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012016122620191229 (BBC7)
20191230 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets - perfect strangers who act as guides to where they live.

First stop is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - a spiritual place, with a rich history. Life on Lindisfarne is ruled by the tides and it's cut off from the mainland twice a day.

Producer: Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

Paddy and Bob are on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a spiritual place with a rich history

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

011. Holy Island2016122620191229 (BBC7)
20191230 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets - perfect strangers who act as guides to where they live.

First stop is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - a spiritual place, with a rich history. Life on Lindisfarne is ruled by the tides and it's cut off from the mainland twice a day.

Producer: Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

Paddy and Bob are on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a spiritual place with a rich history

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

Today they're on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. It's a spiritual place, with a rich history. Life on Lindisfarne is ruled by the tides and it's cut off from the mainland twice a day.

Producer: Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

022. Neath2016122720200105 (BBC7)
20200106 (BBC7)

Paddy O’Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets – perfect strangers who act as guides to where they live.

This time, Paddy and Bob wander the streets of Neath in South Wales, in search of the story of Harry Parr Davies. In his 1940s heyday, Davies composed many of our most famous wartime tunes, including Gracie Fields’ Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye. When he died, Fields paid tribute to him on BBC radio.

Today he’s largely forgotten – even in his hometown.

With thanks to the Neath Antiquarian Society for their generous assistance.

Producer: Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob. Today they're in South Wales.

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

033. Stroud2016122820200112 (BBC7)
20200113 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets - perfect strangers who act as guides to where they live.

In Stroud, locals are fiercely proud of their independent retail tradition and the independent spirit it reflects.

From the owner of a health food shop opened in 1927 to a New Zealand artist who's made the town his home, people seem to agree that there's something rather special about Stroud.

Producer: Jo Coombs

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

Paddy and Bob are in Stroud, where locals are proud of their independent retail tradition.

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

03Stroud2016122820200112 (BBC7)
20200113 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets - perfect strangers who act as guides to where they live.

In Stroud, locals are fiercely proud of their independent retail tradition and the independent spirit it reflects.

From the owner of a health food shop opened in 1927 to a New Zealand artist who's made the town his home, people seem to agree that there's something rather special about Stroud.

Producer: Jo Coombs
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Paddy and Bob are in Stroud, where locals are proud of their independent retail tradition.

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

044. Newham2016122920200119 (BBC7)
20200120 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets.

The London Borough of Newham is one of the most diverse areas in Britain. It was once home to Tommy Flowers, inventor of the Bletchley Park codebreaking machine, Colossus. Paddy visits Flowers' former college and wonders why this local hero isn't as well remembered as his colleague Alan Turing.

Producer: Jo Coombs

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

How much do locals in Newham know about local Bletchley Park codebreaker Tommy Flowers?

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

04Newham2016122920200119 (BBC7)
20200120 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets.

The London Borough of Newham is one of the most diverse areas in Britain. It was once home to Tommy Flowers, inventor of the Bletchley Park codebreaking machine, Colossus. Paddy visits Flowers' former college and wonders why this local hero isn't as well remembered as his colleague Alan Turing.

Producer: Jo Coombs
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

How much do locals in Newham know about local Bletchley Park codebreaker Tommy Flowers?

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.

05Peterhead2016123020200126 (BBC7)
20200127 (BBC7)

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets. In Peterhead, he's on the harbour with local trawlerman Jimmy Buchan, a man who has fishing in his blood.

The fortunes of Peterhead's fishing fleet haven't always been smooth, but the town is proud of its harbour which has never been closed by a storm.

Producer: Jo Coombs
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

Paddy is on the harbour with trawlerman Jimmy Buchan, a man who has fishing in his blood.

Paddy O'Connell and a small dog go in search of modern-day local pride in where we live.