I really hate to do this, but money is extremely short this month after the month-end outgoings and a poor month for sales and I am not going to last out the month without a little help. I can't even think about moving away from an unsafe location when funds are this short.

My PayPal link is: paypal.me/radiosocial

(It shows up as a company name because that's my small business and my only PayPal account. This will not go in any way towards business things, but basic food and housing costs.)

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Christmas radio is back...! πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ (Don't shoot the messenger!)

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Why does Kosovo not have a proper country code yet, despite becoming independent in 2008?

A Python script I wrote that deals with countries and ISO codes threw a wobbler when it received a set of co-ordinates located in Kosovo, because it returned "XK" which it didn't recognise as an ISO code.

I had to literally code in a special case for XK (and a fallback to stop any more wobblers on unknown codes). South Sudan has had SS for ages and is newer.

"Travel, Trump and Tunes"? You're a local radio station in Oldham, for f***'s sake.

I seem to remember Revolution 96.2 used to play this kind of music all the time, back when it was actually good. But without the cringey "Madchester" references.


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This Austrian radio station, FM4, is doing a feature about repairs to the Hubble space telescope in between the music.

When was the last time Radio 1 (which is our closest equivalent) did anything about science in daytimes?

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Who wants to rent a cabin in middle-of-nowhere northern Finland in the middle of winter with 13 huge aerials and listen to the radio?

No? Just me?


Woofferton short-wave radio transmitter, which is on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border near Ludlow, "celebrated" 75 years on the air continuously the other day. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

It still transmits the BBC World Service, but these days also transmits independent programming into East Africa in particular.


This is what's left of BBC Radio 3 in a lot of Wales and North West England. The audio is just a loop telling you to tune to something else.

(Incidentally, it's the first time I've seen the _ character used in an RDS display.)

I want to make sure I put Mastodon security updates in place in a timely fashion but I don't want to follow Gargron as I'm not interested enough in him to read everything he says.

Is there an account I can follow that literally just posts when there's a software update?

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