A couple of weeks ago I was invited to talk with Laurie Taylor on his programme “Thinking Allowed” about our new book: “The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain”. Subsequently I had lots of messages from old friends pleased to know that I was still alive and kicking! The interview concentrated on a time in this country when there were miners, and focused on the long story of the mining districts of south Wales and Durham. It was this time that my old friends were pleased to be reminded of. If you are interested too it is available on the BBC website.