22nd May 2021 – Desert Island Discs II



On Saturday 22nd May 2021 we held our second “Ataxia NW London Branch – Virtual Desert Island Discs”. Following our first Desert Island Discs session, we received some very nice comments about the event plus a suggestion that next time we should have some members of the branch committee sharing their choice of music. Thus, in addition to a new branch member, Yasmina, we had Ray, Talita Deanna and Tony sharing their choices with us.  

The format we followed was similar to that used on the BBC radio programme with some slight tweaks. Ahead of the event, folk were encouraged to share with Tony their top 3 pieces of music, plus their choice of book and luxury item. The music video clips were collated and assembled and those who submitted their music choices were interviewed by Tony and their choices played. Tony didn’t interview himself, Talita interviewed him!

It worked really well and we were all amazed at the range of music chosen and intrigued by the reasons why they were chosen. We had a very diverse range of music, which included:-

The theme tune to TV’s Neighbours
Salt by Ava Max
Radio Gaga, by Queen
Walking Back to Happiness, by Helen Shapiro
Gustav Mahler’s 1st Symphony

There was also an eclectic mix of books which included:-

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Cards on the table, by Agatha Christie
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – The Tropical Hothouse, by Chris Thorogood
Arsenal 125 Years in the Making, 1886-2011, by Phil Soar
100 Years of Brentford FC, by Eric White & Graham Haynes

You can probably guess which two members of the committee choose the books about football! We had some unexpected luxury items which included a microscope, an everlasting supply of jig-saw puzzles, a pack of cards and a solar powered iPad!