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  1. I bought this in the RNLI charity shop at the lifeboat station in Littlehampton in the summer. Written in 1982 and published the following year - the 10th anniversary of JY's move to Radio 2 to commence a daytime current affairs Prog - it's a slim but interesting take on the world that we've left behind. In those days, I never listened to R2 through choice, and in any case I would have been working when JY was on, so I really don't remember any of the ground-breaking shows and interviews which took place during those times. The trips to the USSR, Israel and several other challenging venues provide the highlights, along with the occasional insight into politicians of the day - Healey, Thatcher and Heath are all shown to be - shock! horror! - human beings with something akin to a sense of humour. You don't actually get to learn much about JY himself, to be honest, but that was never the point of this book. You certainly do get the impression that Jimmy had found his vocation in current affairs, and that the records he played were there to fill the gaps. From what is written, you wouldn't actually realise that he did play records, as he never refers to a single one, although he does make reference to the fact that he used to sing on his own show back in his Radio 1 days... which nowadays almost beggars belief!
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