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Jim and John's review

"A star is born after this morning's programme," John says in his programme review - referring to newsreader Kathy Clugston's turn on the ukulele.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is to perform at the Proms and the audience have been invited to bring their ukuleles with them and play along. Speaking on the programme Matthew Reynolds, owner of the Duke of Uke specialist shop, discussed the appeal of the instrument.

Another topic discussed was whether the economy is showing green shoots. Reports from the Office of National Statistics show that manufacturing is showing gentle signs of recovery.

John Moulton, of private equity company Alchemy Partners and Steven Bell, chief economist at the GLC Hedge Fund, considered whether confidence has returned in the UK.

There was an interesting discussion about home education, and whether there should be any kind of regulation for parents who teach their children at home. A review of home education in England is expected to recommend a national registration scheme for home educators.

Finally, a moving report from Mike Thomson, undercover in Zimbabwe, talking to a 14-year-old boy forced to take on the responsibilities of parenthood as well as looking after his mother who is HIV positive.

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