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Drive - 9th - 13th

The previous week on Drive and I spoke to Simon Drane of Havering College about the visit of US astronaut Charles Duke - he was on Apollo 16 and was one of only 12 men to walk on the moon. Was good to hear how such a visit can inspire pupils, and children from many surrounding schools were also going along to see him. We know now, of course, how visits to the moon inspired the people who went there and totally changed their lives. And - it's also seen by many as the birth of the green movement as it was the first time we had seen such pictures of the earth from space and how special and fragile a place it was viewed as. Of course the space race was all about politics really but lots of technical innovations might have never come about had it not been for the billions of pounds which was plouged into space and Simon said the visit of Charles was all about also tying in with the work of their technical college. For more info visit: www.havering-college.ac.uk

Also spoke to new band Gliss this week - they're a trio from LA who've come up with a new glistening, guitar, wisp-based sound and were playing in London last week - check them out at www.myspace.com/gliss

And! Also spoke to music artist Nicol on Thursday - really like her new song Fall Down which is out now and she was explaining how she moved from LA to London in her teens and so her music is a mixture of US and UK influences - with 70's artists like Stevie Nicks, Carole King, Tom Petty, the Police, Bowie etc. - for more on her go to www.myspace.com/nicolsongs


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