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dave greenham07/05/2013 08:30:15
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Hi Guys

Having just read a post where the author could not decide whether to go into the shop, or listen to an audio book. This prompts me to ask . When in the shop, what do you listen to? Radio ( what station ) CDs, what type of music. Tapes, music or Audio book. I personlly tend to have Radio 4 on myself not really listening to it, but now and again something catches my ear which is interesting. So, what do you listen to?

best regards


Geoff Theasby07/05/2013 08:42:29
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I prefer silence, whether writing or machining, then I can concentrate. I listen to music on the Hi-Fi in the living room, where it can be appreciated properly, not through little tinny speakers, and I listen to Radio 4 in bed. I listen to the Amateur Radio bands when I'm not doing anything else, since it demands my attention to do properly.



MichaelR07/05/2013 08:43:06
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I don't listen to anything, just get engrossed in what I am doing in the shop, same when I am driving no music or radio, sad really but that's how I am.

OuBallie07/05/2013 09:15:14
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I decided to go the audio book route as my back felt as if had been pummeled by some heavy weight boxer.

All I did yesterday was to sort out the Boxford spanner and handle material and then the Excel file clamping jaws that weren't closing onto the file shanks.

Oh, I did take the table off of the machine, but it isn't that heavy.

I have, however, learned to my misery that just turning whilst holding something of weight can throw my back out, but yesterday it was just general aching all over, and perspiring as well.

Getting bl**dy old and big C treatment

I listen to Internet music stations via my 6 year old iPod plugged into a Bose dock, and that's more than loud enough.

Geoff - Coffe then workshop

Robbo07/05/2013 09:27:53
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Radio4Extra, so I can listen to comedy shows I last heard when I was a lad. Including "Educating Archie", that great mystery of why have a ventriloquist on the radio (it was called the wireless in them days my boy)


John Stevenson07/05/2013 09:34:35
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After buying a 3.3 metre length of 2 1/4" brass hex bar last week £££££££££ I'm now into heavy metal blush

Seriously I do like audio books but unlike music where you can break off, make a phone call or work a loud machine, with audio books you need continuity.

I tend to listen to these whilst driving or knowing it's going to be a quiet day.

NJH07/05/2013 09:56:32
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I usually have Radio 4 as background and don't find it affects my concentration. I guess, if heavy metal "bashing" is required, then the Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore would take some "beating"! ( Sorry)



Boiler Bri07/05/2013 10:11:49
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Usually nothing as my mind wanders and i loose concentration, which by the end of the day is pretty thin.

Now i have two toys to play with, i set one running auto and listen for any changes in rhythm so that i know to go and look at it.


john kennedy 107/05/2013 10:19:41
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I'm a Radio 4 man .... Will Matt catch Lillian out ?

colin hawes07/05/2013 10:35:10
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I've had a radio/cd player in my workshop for years and have never used it. I think the shelf space could be better used for storage. Colin

Bob Perkins07/05/2013 11:13:37
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I have either radio 4 or 4 extra on in the back ground. Usually via the iPad and I player. I agree with Phil there are some good old programmes. I started to listen to dads army again last week, still laughed even though I almost new the lines off by heart.

Andrew Johnston07/05/2013 11:30:02
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I don't have anything in the workshop. One I wouldn't be able to hear it properly when the machines are running, and two I'd find it a serious distraction with safety implications.



Speedy Builder507/05/2013 12:03:04
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Living in France, I listen to Radio 2 or 4 via the netbook and WiFi.

John Coates07/05/2013 12:48:14
558 forum posts
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Planet Rock ...... I likes me heavy rock do I

Phil P07/05/2013 13:01:36
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I usually listen to a walkie talkie, hoping the wife has made a cup of tea I need to go and collect from the house


John McNamara07/05/2013 13:38:26
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E = Mc^2

Except in the workshop where time is suspended......

Beam me up Scotty.



Andyf07/05/2013 13:46:12
392 forum posts

Interesting how often Radio 4 has cropped up in the preceding responses. I wonder if the BBC knows that there may be a correlation between the R4 demographic and men in their workshops.

Bound to catch her out, John Kennedy 1. But her paramour's a heel, so it will be no good her running to him for solace.

I'm enjoying Samuel Pepys's diaries this week: 15 minute doses at the end of Women's Hour, repeated at 10.45pm. He really was a bit of a Jack the Lad.


GaryM07/05/2013 14:03:46
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Another thumbs up for Radio 4 here. Although I only like some of the programs (factual and comedy). The plays and The Archers drive me round the bend so I either turn off or play my iPod through the radio (all kinds of rock and folk).


modeng200007/05/2013 15:21:36
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I prefer Classic FM.


dave greenham07/05/2013 15:54:39
100 forum posts

Well. Considering the number of you that listen to R4 perhaps we should tell the BBC of their followers in MEW and ME perhaps they might put some engineering programmes on either telly or radio you never know

But don't hold you breath waiting for it lol

best regards


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