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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 24 December 2014

Yesterday we ran an interview with English journalist Alan Cleaver, on the unofficial truce between some German and English soldiers on the Western Front in December 1914.

The story prompted a great deal of comment from listeners, and we’ve been sent this link which includes several photographs apparently taken during the World War One Christmas truce.

1:10 New Zealand Live Christmas Eve Extravaganza

With three musical acts performing live on-air from three locations

Will Wood (Akld)
The Andrew London Trio (Wgtn)
Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers (Chch)

2:10 The Queen's Speech - Robert Hardman
It is a Christmas tradition in its 82nd year. It started in 1932 with the words "I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all". That was King George the Fifth's introduction to the first Royal Christmas message. Queen Elizabeth the second has recorded her message, and as usual New Zealand will be the first country in the Commonwealth to broadcast it. Robert Hardman is an observer of the monarchy, author of Our Queen and writer for the Daily Mail Online.

Radio New Zealand will be broadcasting the Queen's Message at 6:06 pm on Christmas Day.

2:20 The Whanganui Riverboat - Amelia Nurse New Zealand Society
Peter Hardy has an odd uniform - a full Edwardian costume which he dons daily to impersonate Alexander Hatrick, who amongst other pursuits owned a fleet of boats on the Whanganui River and was mayor for a stint. Amelia Nurse joins him aboard NZ's only paddle steamer, the fully restored Waimarie, to find out more about the boat, and the man.

2:30 NZ Reading

Lyndee-Jane Rutherford reads Pohutukawa Candle by Robyn Brinkman.

2:45 Feature album

Christmas Album (1968) - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

3:10 The Panel Christmas Eve Special 

Recorded before a live audience at the Tyler Street garage on the Auckland waterfront