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    Quiet Mark appear on BBC Watchdog

    Quiet Mark appear on BBC Watchdog

    Watchdog, 2017-08-08

    Quiet Mark appeared on BBC Watchdog, July 19th, 2017. Brian Blessed and Poppy Szkiler investigate the issues with product noise.The programme also discovered Brian Blessed is louder than a jet engine at 117 decibels.View programme from 43 minutes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08yz40t/watchdog-series-38-episode-4  ...

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    How to protect your home from the infernal racket of everyday life: Golden property rules for peace and quiet

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    How to protect your home from the infernal racket of everyday life: Golden property rules for peace and quiet

    Daily Mail, 2017-09-17

    We’re living in a hullabaloo. Whether it’s barking dogs, road traffic or builders thrashing away next door.Peace and quiet has never been so hard to find and it’s even affecting our health. A recent study of 65,000 people by the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre in Copenhagen found that couples living close to busy streets took from six months to a year longer to conceive than those living in quiet areas. Read more:  ...

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    Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules

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    Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules

    The Guardian, 2017-08-12

    A ban on the sale of deafening vacuum cleaners, with a noise level above 80 decibels, will come into force at the start of next month in the UK (and other EU countries) under new European rules designed to boost energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.When Which? tested most new vacuums, it found that noise levels varied dramatically from 65 up to 90 decibels – that’s the difference between the sound of a conversation a metre away to ...

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    Silence is Golden

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    Silence is Golden

    The Sunday Times, 2016-10-09

    The founder of Quiet Mark is on a mission to turn down the noise of modern life. Her tip for achieving serenity? Spend an hour a day listening to the birds, she tells Caroline Scott ...

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    Bliss: silent rise of the quiet home

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    Bliss: silent rise of the quiet home

    The Sunday Times, 2016-06-19

    DISTURBED by a powerful hairdryer blaring at dawn or house-proud neighbours vacuuming late into the night? Help may be at hand. High street retailers are facing growing pressure to put noise ratings on household appliances as sales of “soundproofed” products reach a record high. Some domestic items, including vacuum cleaners, already often provide decibel ratings but others, such as food processors that can make a racket of up to 90 decibel ...

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    EU energy labelling and 80db noise limit for vacuum cleaners

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    EU energy labelling and 80db noise limit for vacuum cleaners

    ITV, 2017-09-04

    The new energy rule means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 900 watts.Vacuum cleaners are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.See clip: https://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-01/last-models-to-be-hoovered-up-as-powerful-vacuum-cleaners-face-ban/  ...

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    Organise Your Laundry Room : Soundproofing

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    Quiet Mark helps consumers lower the racket coming from the laundry room ........

    The Sunday Times, 2017-07-16

    Noise can be an issue in the laundry room. Some spin cycles are loud enough to interfere with listening to the radio in the kitchen next door. Rather than investing in soundproofing for the room (though you could replace the door with a more substantial one, or hang a curtain on the kitchen side), check out the new, quieter appliances on offer. John Lewis sells a range with Quiet Mark certification. ...

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    Quiet Mark Reveals UK’s Top 10 Quietest Hand Dryers

    Quiet Mark Reveals UK’s Top 10 Quietest Hand Dryers

    Hotel Business, 2017-08-08

    The noise of super-fast hand dryers in public washrooms can be startling – for many small children they are terrifying and a distressing experience. Those with dementia, autism, or hearing problems can also be upset and disorientated by the sudden bursts of loud noise. Even people with stronger sound tolerance dislike roaring hand dryers which are uncomfortable to bear.For facility managers, reducing hand dryer noise is high on the washroom age ...

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    How City noise is slowly killing you

    How City noise is slowly killing you

    Harpers Bazaar, 2017-08-08

    When Kasia Galazka, a 31-year-old marketing writer in Atlanta, hears a car horn, she feels like she’s been electrocuted. “It’s like my nerves are permanently doused in kerosene, and any loud noise is like throwing a match,” she says. “I don’t talk about it often, because I feel like people would think I'm exaggerating or complaining.” But it turns out Galazka’s not overly sensitive or strangely wired—she just might notice the co ...

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    Review: Silence is indeed golden in the documentary 'In Pursuit of Silence'

    Review: Silence is indeed golden in the documentary 'In Pursuit of Silence'

    LA Times, 2017-08-08

    A lone tree sits in a field of the greenest grass. That’s it. It’s nothing but it’s everything, a vision of the kind of wordless tranquility we are likely searching for but even likelier finding hard to achieve.That shot opens “In Pursuit of Silence,” a remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.Read more: http://www.latimes.com/ ...

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    10 futuristic household appliances that will make your life so much better

    10 futuristic household appliances that will make your life so much better

    Metro, 2017-08-08

    Domesticity needn’t be the domain of the dull.As smart technology becomes more and more accessible, it is rapidly transforming even the most mundane of household tasks into something kind of wonderful.From a kettle that welcomes you home and offers you tea to a smoke alarm that can tell the difference between a house fire and burned toast, gadgets have got smarter than ever before.You can control almost all of them from your phone too –Read m ...

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    How noise-cancelling gadgets like Hushme and Muzo are revolutionising Londoner's commutes

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    Drown out the racket with gadgets to mute secret conversations and accessories for stealth silencing, says Samuel Fishwick

    The Evening Standard, 2017-03-20

    The best gadgets should be seen and not heard. Noisy ringtones and tinny earphones, for so long the commuter’s most infuriating bugbear, are being given the silent treatment by new technologies that, like us, simply yearn for a moment of calm.Noise-cancelling headphones are now so effective that they’ve created a whole office sub-culture: headphoning, verb, when a person puts their headphones on and pretends to be listening to music, when in ...

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    Reducing noise can help us feel healthier

    House Beautiful, 2017-03-20

    Poppy Szkiler, founder of Quiet Mark, explains the potential effects excessive noise can have on health and how we can minimise the impact at home. Read more: http://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/  ...

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    Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

    Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

    Film Journal, 2017-08-08

    In certain corners of the world, human beings are making so much noise that people literally cannot hear themselves think. That’s just one assertion, backed by expert testimony and some cited scientific study, used in the relatively one-sided documentary In Pursuit of Silence to prosecute its case against the mind-numbing hubbub of the modern world.The film, directed by Patrick Shen, begins as less of a screed, and more a meditation o ...

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    In Pursuit of Silence: Film Review

    In Pursuit of Silence': Film Review

    The Hollywood Reporter, 2017-08-08

    You’ll feel compelled to turn up the volume during Patrick Shen’s documentary about the beneficial effects of silence. For one thing, your hearing has probably already been affected by the pernicious noise levels afflicting our everyday lives. For another, every commentator in the film speaks in the sort of quiet, measured tones apparently meant to signify inner calm but will mostly leave you asking, “What did he say?”The sort of document ...

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    Review: ‘In Pursuit of Silence,’ a Guide to Tuning Out the Racket

    Review: ‘In Pursuit of Silence,’ a Guide to Tuning Out the Racket

    New York Times, 2017-08-08

    “In Pursuit of Silence” isn’t what you would call a well-rounded or intellectually rigorous documentary — it’s too messianic for that — but it is an interesting one. Partly inspired by George Prochnik’s 2010 book of the same title, this elegant sermon by Patrick Shen on why we should dial down the racket of our daily lives will make you consider turning off and tuning out. ...

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    Celebrate the magic of silence in this enchanting sound-proof treehouse

    Celebrate the magic of silence in this enchanting sound-proof treehouse

    InHabitat, 2017-08-08

    Visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew can now celebrate the sound of silence in the park’s amazing new Quiet Treehouse. Also referred to as the Woodland House, the eco-friendly, sound-insulated treehouse was designed by Quiet Mark to highlight the many health benefits of noise reduction in our daily lives.Developed in partnership with UK retail chain John Lewis, Quiet Mark created the cool, sound-proof struc ...

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    Quiet Mark - launch of Woodland House, Kew Gardens

    Quiet Mark - launch of Woodland House, Kew Gardens

    Psychologies , 2017-08-08

    True quiet can be hard to come by these days; particularly in our cities, suburbs and satellites. From the steady drone of traffic and the blaring of horns, to the panicked incision of a siren, muzak from the retail outlets, pedestrian clatter. In our homes there is the functional noise of all those necessaries; the insect hum of the fridge, shudder of the tumble, the hairdryer held by an ear reaching decibels that damage within a ...

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    Silence is Golden

    Silence is Golden

    Choice, 2017-08-10

    In this noisy, fast-paced world it is increasingly difficult to find a silent place where we can be still and calm and recharge our batteries, but for our health's sake it is important that we do.Noise pollution is now considered so severe that the World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is the second most pressing threat to human health after air pollution.Read more:  http://www.choicemag.co.uk/category/health/silence_is_golden ...

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    Help! My home is driving me beeping bonkers: The kitchen appliances that just won't shut up

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    Help! My home is driving me beeping bonkers: The kitchen appliances that just won't shut up

    Daily Mail, 2016-06-30

    We have a new oven and, at the risk of being dramatic, I think it is trying to torture me. It just doesn’t stop beeping.It beeps when you switch it on. It beeps when you set the temperature. It beeps when it’s too hot. It beeps when even the tiniest drop of water gets on it. And then some days I think it’s beeping just to torment me.The dishwasher, fridge and freezer are in on it, too.The other night I was settling in down in front of the t ...

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    We all know noise pollution can be an annoyance, but could it also be doing real damage to our health? Wellbeing expert, Louise Chunn investigates

    Elle Decoration, 2017-03-20

    A washing machine pinging, a pair of foxes shrieking, a team of leaf-blowing gardeners blasting the park across the road. The Grime mix ringtone on a teen's mobile in a Tube station, the revving of competing cars on a summer's evening, the ear-splitting din of J-Lo played in a gym class labelled 'yoga'.These were the sounds I noticed crashing into my consciousness on the days soon after ELLE Decoration asked me to write about the effects of noise ...

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    Is cutting out noise the answer to a stress-free life?

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    Is cutting out noise the answer to a stress-free life?

    CBC Radio Canada, 2016-01-01

    It is everywhere - noise that is! The World Health Organization has called noise pollution the second biggest environmental issue after air pollution, and for good reason. Exposure to unwanted sound is detrimental to our learning, health recovery, and mental and physical wellbeing. None of this would come as a surprise to the late John Connell.In 1959, John Connell became fed-up with being assaulted by "noise pollution" in London, England. He fou ...

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    In Pursuit Of Silence Makes Noise About Emulating The Inconvenient Truth

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    In Pursuit Of Silence Makes Noise About Emulating The Inconvenient Truth

    Forbes, 2016-04-11

    When the musician John Cage was researching the essence of silence in the 1940s, he wanted to find the quietest place on earth to experience a place without noise.This place was an anechoic chamber, buried deep below Boston’s Harvard University, but when Cage came out of the chamber he complained to the engineer that there must have been a leak in the soundproofed space. He reported hearing two consistent noises; one high-pitched and the other ...

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    It's harder than you might think to appreciate silence

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    It's harder than you might think to appreciate silence

    New Scientist, 2016-06-15

    If you live in a modern city, finding a quiet spot is a challenge. The buzz of traffic, planes, sirens and the racket of construction are probably the backing track of your daily life. And you’ll get no respite by sitting at your computer even with headphones on: browsing the internet, you’ll be interrupted by ads on autoplay or telltale beeps announcing a new message.Most people seem to adapt to the cacophony, but are we paying a price?In Pu ...

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    Household offenders go on trial

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    Household offenders go on trial

    The Sun, 2016-06-19

    IT seems we really do all want a quiet life.Consumer organisation Quiet Mark has teamed up with the Good Housekeeping Institute to highlight the noise and nuisance factor of various household appliances.The public often complain about excessive noise from domestic goods – with washer-dryers and fridge freezers being the worst offenders.So Quiet Mark will now incorporate a new sound quality test into its domestic appliance trials – and include ...

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    BBC Radio 4 The Film Programme

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    BBC Radio 4 The Film Programme

    Radio 4, 2016-06-23

    The Film Programme on Radio 4: http://bbc.in/28ZLcwLThe interview runs from 16:18 until 21:27.Quiet Mark’s founder Poppy Szkiler is interviewed along with Movie Director Patrick Shen on the Radio 4 Film programme where they discuss the upcoming release of In Pursuit of Silence. ...

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    Silence has stealthily become a must-have commodity for those in the know

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    The Sunday Times, 2016-11-27

    The world has never been louder and it’s affecting our health. Is it time to turn down the volume? You might want to avoid taking popcorn to the film In Pursuit of Silence by Patrick Shen. You’d feel about as welcome as president-elect Trump at a feminist convention if you did, as much of the film is dedicated to the absence of noise. This isn’t to s ...

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    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester - Malcolm Boyden show

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    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester - Malcolm Boyden show

    BBC, 2016-06-23

    Malcolm Boyden show on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester: http://bbc.in/28NhpYfQuiet Mark’s founder, Poppy Szkiler is interviewed by Malcolm Boyden in relation to the noise that surrounds us in every day life and what we can do to make our soundscape more peaceful.The interview is broadcast in its entirety once, with an edited version repeated later in the show: Between 09:47 and 19:01Between 2:44:51 and 2:48:10 ...

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    The eco guide to noise pollution

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    The eco guide to noise pollution

    The Guardian, 2016-09-18

    Silence is golden – or at least it should be. But according to the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), it’s increasingly rare. “Peace is a precious commodity,” says Poppy Szkiler, of Quiet Mark, part of the NAS.Anti-noise campaigners suggest we have a “sliding baseline” in terms of our expectation of quiet time. This ecological term refers to an incremental lowering of standards as each generation progresses.Meanwhile the World Health Orga ...

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    'In Pursuit of Silence': the film that says we need more quiet in our lives

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    'In Pursuit of Silence': the film that says we need more quiet in our lives

    The Telegraph, 2016-10-08

    Three minutes into a preview screening of In Pursuit of Silence, a new film about the impact of noise on our lives, a member of the audience shouted out: “What about the sound?!” The producers groaned, but the interruption perfectly proved the film’s contention: that the balance of noise and silence in our lives has fallen drastically out of sync.We’re so used to ubiquitous sound that even a couple of minutes of quiet feels unnatural. To ...

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    How to find peace at home

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    How to find peace at home

    The Times, 2016-10-09

    The founder of Quiet Mark is on a mission to turn down the noise of modern life. Her tip for achieving serenity? Spend an hour a day listening to the birdsAs I write this, a sound like a jackhammer is carving a jagged path through my brain. It could be a drill or a stonecutter or a really noisy lawnmower, but it turns out to be one of those things the council uses to blow away leaves. Overlaying this, like an acoustic Armageddon, are the roar of ...

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    How noise can make you FAT, stressed and more likely to have a stroke

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    Daily Mail, 2016-10-31

    What is your idea of luxury? A deserted beach? A Private jet? A Moment to yourself?The one thing that unites them all is that they shield you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.Because in today's world, where fridges and washing machines beep, traffic roars, cars talk, rail announcement seem endless and phones demand attention, the ultimate luxury is silence.Read full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3887890/How-no ...

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    Silence is Golden in new documentary

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    The Argus, 2016-10-29

    Even the most extrovert of us appreciates a bit of quiet time now and then. But listening to silence enthusiast Poppy Szkiler makes you realise how important tranquility is to mental and physical wellbeing and how regularly it is neglected in the modern world. Szkiler is executive producer of In Pursuit Of Silence, a documentary by Patrick Shen that exposes the dangers of noise pollution across ...

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    Lilliput chic! Why our furniture is shrinking

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    Daily Mail, 2016-10-24

    The department store’s collection of small sofas includes a ‘Design Project by John Lewis’ leather snuggler at a not-so-small £1,799. It will also sell a hallway mirror that doubles as a coat rack. The firm said the fact homes are small and open plan means sales of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines that carry the Noise Abatement Society’s ‘Quiet Mark’ are up by 10 per cent. ...

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    Ssshhh! How the cult of quiet can change your life

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    The Guardian, 2016-10-23

    Silent retreats, silent ?restaurants and even silent dating events are? on the rise. Now a new film aims to – quietly – spread the word Once the preserve of monastic retreats and hardcore meditators, simply being quiet is growing in appeal. Whole businesses have sprung up to meet a rising demand for quiet time, from silent weekend getaways to silent dining, silent reading parties an ...

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    Don't shout about it - but a film about the benefits of silence is coming our way

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    The Chronicle, 2016-11-03

    Fancy a bit of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle? Then a trip to the cinema might be a step in the right direction. Not to catch the latest action adventure movie but to see a new film called In Pursuit of Silence. It is a documentary by award-winning director Patrick Shen which looks at the impact of noise on our lives – and also the benefits of tranquillity. It was made to rais ...

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    BBC Radio Kent - Julia George show

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    Poppy Szkiler interview

    BBC, 2016-10-25

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed by Julia George on BBC Radio Kent: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049xncg 01.34.00 ...

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    BBC Radio Leeds - Johnny I’Anson Breakfast show

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    BBC Radio Leeds Johnny I’Anson Breakfast show

    BBC, 2016-10-29

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed on Johnny I’Anson Breakfast show, Saturday, October 29th, 7.45am: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bswvc 01.46.50 ...

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    BBC Radio Berkshire & Oxford - Bill Buckley show

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    BBC Radio Berkshire & Oxford - Bill Buckley show

    BBC, 2016-10-30

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed on Bill Buckley show, BBC Radio Berkshire & Oxford, Sunday, October 30th at 1pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bw4l9#play 02.08.50 ...

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    BBC Radio Sussex - Neil Pringle breakfast Show

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    BBC Radio Sussex - Neil Pringle breakfast Show

    BBC, 2016-11-01

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed on Neil Pringle Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Sussex 7.25am November 1st -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bs3mn 01.28.10 ...

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    BBC Radio Newcastle - Lisa Shaw show

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    BBC Radio Newcastle - Lisa Shaw show

    BBC, 2016-11-10

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed on Lisa Shaw Show, BBC Radio Newcastle, Thursday, November 10th at 11.10am http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04cpwhr 01.11.00 ...

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    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester - Tammy Gooding show

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    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester - Tammy Gooding show

    BBC, 2016-11-04

    Poppy Szkiler interviewed on Tammy Gooding show, BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester Friday November 4th - 3.35pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bwg27 02.35.00 ...

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    BBC Radio Suffolk - Lesley Dolphin show

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    BBC Radio Suffolk - Lesley Dolphin show

    BBC, 2016-11-30

    Interview with Poppy Szkiler, BBC Radio Suffolk - Lesley Dolphin show, Wednesday, November 30th - 3.48pm,  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fkrlh  02.48.00 ...

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