What's what on the wireless. The blog accompaniment to The Lady magazine's radio column, overseen with a stern eye, a keen ear and an educated pen by Louis Barfe.
At some time in the 1980s, it was decided to liven up an underpass beneath the Westway with murals. Including this one. Don't look for it, it's not there anymore, having been painted over, but we must be profoundly grateful that someone captured it with their camera. What's that in Tony Blackburn's mouth? Some uncommonly milky BBC tea? Ectoplasm? Worse?
It's not that the likenesses are particularly bad. In fact, they're rather good. Apart from Mike Smith, obviously, which requires a certain amount of mental and retinal detachment to be readily idenitifable. It's just the composition, the use of the old BBC logo and the fact that it was no doubt used as a lavatory for the dogs and drunks of W12 that make it so very special.
I don't often make a point of listening to the 15 Minute Drama that features at the end of each edition of Woman's Hour. Quite often, I'll catch the Monday instalment, resolve to listen to the rest of the week and then forget all about it. This week, there was no chance of that. Not A Love Story by Shelagh Stephenson was all about a young woman's rape ordeal. It showed brilliantly how the attack itself is only the start of the horror, and chronicled the woman's progress through the justice system, in the face of family and supposed friends who wanted her to drop the charges. I remained gripped throughout, and recommend that you listen to it before it falls off the iPlayer.
Daily tip from the lady archive
"BE careful with your mouth make-up. By careless work you may obliterate well-cut lines, and you will always achieve a badly groomed look if your lipstick is smudged and badly applied."The Lady, Make-Up for Mouths, 8th January, 1942