David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Darkness at Dawn

David Bouchier

Two hundred years ago the essayist Leigh Hunt wrote a piece that was destined to become famous, called "On Getting Up on Cold Mornings," about the extreme difficulty of persuading oneself to get out of bed in winter. This appealed strongly to about half the population. Then as now the world was divided into Morning People and Night People. Morning People are energetic, immature and rash. They get up in what is more or less the middle of the night and rush cheerfully off to work in the freezing dawn. Night People are more mature, more thoughtful, and less impulsive.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon January 5, 2015

The Future Lies Ahead

David Bouchier

I like this turning point of the year when I can hang up a fresh calendar and begin a new diary. It's not a diary, strictly speaking, because it records the future not the past. Some people call them Appointment Books or Agenda Books, but I have very few appointments and no agenda at all. Whatever it is this little book serves some of the functions of a diary, so that's what I call it. For reasons not yet diagnosed by a competent psychiatrist I keep all my old diaries.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Democratic Weather

David Bouchier

Part of our eternal fascination with the weather is that we can do nothing about it, least of all predict it. The arbitrariness of the weather led our ancestors to assume that it was sent by capricious gods to annoy or punish mere mortals, or perhaps just for entertainment. This theory has persisted for thousands of years, and it makes sense to me. Weather forecasting, in spite of satellites and computers and sophisticated modeling techniques, remains almost as fallible as stock market forecasting.

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David Bouchier
2:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

David Bouchier's Christmas Pudding Recipe

An Authentic Victorian Christmas Pudding Recipe

From David Bouchier’s grandmother, who was born in 1884 (the 47th year of Queen Victoria’s Reign)

From Sunday Matinee : December 21, 2014

Ingredients

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Gift Relationship

David Bouchier

Proverbial wisdom tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. But this doesn't make much sense. When it comes to gifts most of us would much prefer to be on the receiving side. Gift giving is so complicated. It may be good for the soul but it involves shopping, choosing, paying for and wrapping your choice, and standing in line at the post office, and hoping you haven't made a dreadful mistake. A single gift can take hours to accomplish, which is why some people start buying them in January.

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