Joining Tom Jackson to discuss the postcards from their pasts are broadcaster SAMIRA AHMED and journalist and author PETER WATTS. We discover a postcard bemoaning the life of a sports journalist at the World Cup, see the postcard that set Samira on the path to arts journalism, and consider how developments in domestic refrigeration may be responsible for the decline of the picture postcard. Come as you are, but have your splash ready. Wish you were here?

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“There is no point you meeting me in Leeds. I have a most awful rash all over my body.”

Peter’s card making sure he has money to pay for his Reading Festival tickets. Peter will go to Reading. Peter will leave before Nirvana play.

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Samira’s National Gallery card of Christina of Denmark by Hans Holbein. 10-year-old Samira bought the card, wrote the essay, and embarked on a career in arts journalism.

 

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“This is a district remarkable for its trees.”

 

“Having a great holiday. Have been to many places including Cornwall, Bude, Totnes. I would of course enjoy it more with Sean and Sarah. But these things I am trying to learn to forget – one being Sarah.”

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Peter’s card of a Florida moon from the 1994 World Cup. “It would be Scunthorpe.”

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Samira’s card from the Geffrye Museum: The Arrival of the Jarrow Marchers in London, Viewed from an Interior by Thomas Dugdale (1880–1952)

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