This Way Up
Saturday 15 May 2010, with Simon Morton
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What's in our margarine?
We're lifting the lid on margarine to see what's in the stuff with Jennifer Moss of Unilever, the makers of Flora margarine.
With the weather getting colder rats are heading inside to nice warm lofts and houses. Pest controller Paul Chapman has some tips on how to keep them out of your home.
Norway: The Russ
The Russ is a traditional party time for graduating high school students in Norway. They cruise around in pimped up coaches dressed in multi-coloured boiler suits wearing peaked caps. Jorn Tomter's a photographer who's been watching the event for 5 years.
Rugby World Cup tickets
Tickets for the 2011 Rugby World Cup started going on sale last month to the general public. So how easy will it be to buy a few extra tickets and sell them on for a profit? We check out the fine print with consumer lawyer Bill Bevan.
Tech news: mobile termination rates
Peter Griffin on the government's plan to regulate mobile phone termination rates. Could the threat of regulation mean cheaper calls and increased competition?
Turning chicken poo into power
John Logan's a chicken farmer based in the US who's perfected a way of turning chicken poo into power and fertiliser.
Mobile phones in Africa
Cell phone use has exploded in Africa over the past decade. Jenny Aker's looking at the way this is transforming the way people do business and buy goods and services.
Saturday, Midday - 2pm
Paul's baits of choice
The Norwegian Way
2011 Rugby World Cup: the fine print
Turning poop into power and fertiliser
400 million mobile phone subscriptions and rising
That Beep by Architecture in Helsinki digital download
Never a Frown with Gordon Browndigital download by The Chap
12:10 What's in our margarine?
12:20 Rattus rattus
12:50 Norway: The Russ
13:15 Rugby World Cup tickets
13:30 Tech news: mobile termination rates
13:40 Turning chicken poo into power
13:50 Mobile phones in Africa
THE SMALL PRINT
First up this week we're lifting the lid on margarine to see what's in the stuff because it's not always clear from the label. Palm oil, trans fats and pork gelatin on hot toast anyone?!
At 12.20pm 'rattus rattus' is the black rat (aka the ship rat or roof rat) and with the weather getting colder they're heading inside to nice warm lofts and houses. I'm off with a pest controller to exterminate a few. Plus we find out what you can do to keep them away from your home. Link here for Paul's baits of choice.
Then at 12:50pm we head to Norway for the Russ. It's a traditional party time for graduating high school students who cruise around in pimped up coaches dressed in multi-coloured boiler suits wearing peaked caps. And it all goes on BEFORE final exams! Not exactly the best form of revision.
After the news, tickets for the 2011 Rugby World Cup went on sale last month to the general public. So as well as renting out your spare room or the caravan for millions to a cashed-up rugby tourist and heading to Rarotonga for a few months, how easy will it be to buy a few extra tickets and sell them on for a profit? We check out the fine print.
At 1:25pm Peter Griffin's in to talk technology and this week the government's threatening to regulate mobile phone termination rates. These are the charges the telcos pay each other every time a Telecom customer calls someone on Vodafone's network. It's a nice little earner, especially as its the telcos who set the charges. So could the threat of regulation mean cheaper calls and increased competition?
Then at 1:40pm chickens don't just lay eggs. They deposit quite a bit of crud, poop and excrement too. Well a guy in the US has just perfected a way of turning all this lovely stuff into power and fertiliser.
And before we go cell phone use has exploded in Africa over the past decade. In 2000, 16 million people had a mobile phone subscription. Today that figure's about 400 million and rising and it's having a major impact on the way people do business and pay for goods and services.
WE'RE PLAYING THESE TRACKS TOO....
Track: That Beep
Artist: Architecture in Helsinki (Radioclit's French Mix featuring Marina)
Digital download here:
Broadcast at: 12:20
Artist: Richy Pitch featuring Wanlov the Kubolor
Album: Ye Fre Mi: Made in Ghana
Label: BBE Records
Broadcast at: 13:10
AND OUR THEME IS:
Track: The Green Termite
Artist: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars
Catalogue #: RTM 2009