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 Bristol Broadband Co-operative 
 Martian RIP, acoustic and digital musician, software engineer and impresario
 Weekly Program
 Annabel Provansal
 Bristol Broadband Co-operative  
 For non-profit use only.
 Attribution No Derivatives (by-nd) 
 Warning: Program may contain strong or potentially offensive language, including possible FCC violations.
This week we pay tribute to Martin Cosgrave, Martian, who co-founded Dialect with Tony Gosling back in 2001. The germ of an idea to produce a weekly radio programme better than so-called professional broadcasting networks was discussed in 2000, with Martian preferring a music based and Tony a current affairs show. The end result, once money had been raised from the Scarman Trust for the equipment, was a blend of the two, being produced every Thursday evening at a studio in Armada Place by Martin Cosgrave, Pru Fowler, Rich Ayres, Tony Gosling and Mike Tonks. Only a few recordings are known to remain pre 2007 when Dialect moved from Trinity Centre to Anthea Page's basement off Queen Square. Here are some, including two satirical songs from Stanley Forbes and one of Martian's tunes from 2002: 'I Tried To Write A Song'.
Free download of Martian's tunes from the 2002 CD here

From Universal Credit to Robin Hood, by way of the Dreyfus Affair and the Battle for Seattle, the discussion at Redland Library’s latest Desert Island Books ranged over subversion, conspiracy and direct action, as expert panellists recommended their favourite ‘Books & Dissent’.
Moving to the glamorous but turbulent world of 1890s Paris, Tony Gosling recommended The Prisoner in the Mask (1957), by Dennis Wheatley. Set against the background of the Dreyfus Affair, he tells the tale of a conspiracy to restore the French monarchy. Wheatley is, Tony said, “a master of the cliff-hanger.”
The Duke de Richleau had British nationality. But why? Why should a French aristocrat renounce his country and live in exile? The answer lay in the Paris of the nineties; a world of superficial glamour, and under the surface, deep social and political trouble. The army, discredited by the Dreyfus case, was being purged. The young de Richleau, cadet and then instructor at the military academy of St. Cyr, became involved in a conspiracy. A conspiracy to restore the French monarchy. The Duc de Vendome was secretly coached in his future role of King.
Then, the conspiracy was betrayed. The results: death for some. For Richleau, the life of a fugitive, but a fugitive who had declared a single-handed vendetta against the government; who was determined to rescue the Prince.

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