Episode 96: Any and All Honking

Ben Wiggins, the Wizard, is the man of a couple of voices. I got a chance to speak to him about some of his passions. Odd snack food, cricket and another topic that we are legally not allowed to talk too much about. Let’s just say some geese work is involved. We also cover part 2 of the 8 hour Beatles: Get Back documentary. Lots of Tea and toast.

Clipped along at quite a pace.

(Remember to ask questions for the 100th ep coming up. You can ask here: https://forms.gle/j6SJ2kTTrsf2gtgy5)

(65 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 43.5 mb – 21/1/22)

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Episode 95: The Stuff I Like

This is the first solo podcast I’ve ever done and maybe the only one I’ll ever do. I cover my favourite songs, films and books from 2021. They aren’t all new things, but rather stuff I found throughout this very odd time. Remember to ask questions for the 100th ep coming up. You can ask here: https://forms.gle/j6SJ2kTTrsf2gtgy5

(62 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 44.5 mb – 14/1/22)

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Episode 94: British Rickets

Paul Hirons has lived in many a country, well 5. Paul and I went to school together, until he left to see the world and has rarely returned. We caught up while he was in quarantine in Naples and we discussed many of our shared memories, usually obscure. Paul also discusses the exchange student experience, good and bad versions, as well as the delights of his other homelands.

May we all stay at least a night in the Jolly Hotel.

(58 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 37.3 mb – 7/1/22)

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Episode 93: Get Back Stu

In this ____ episode series I cover the 8 Hour Peter Jackson documentary ‘Get Back.’ If you have no real interest in the fab 4 I suggest you come back later, after having a good hard think. We cover the band as a family, the stress of giving yourself restrictions when you don’t have to, and Paul being very very annoying to be around. 

(53 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 35.6 mb – 31/12/21)

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Episode 92: A Very Mel Brooks Christmas

Merry Happy to one and all. We here at the Chattering Classes think there’s not a better time to talk about Mel Brooks’ classic double feature of Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs. I talk to my daughter and both my brothers about these two films and the place they hold in our pizza the hutt hearts. Memories from years ago and memories from weeks ago. Watch them over the holidays, if you are lucky enough to have a holiday.

Blucher!

(56 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 36.0 mb – 24/12/21)

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Episode 91: Moody and Broody

Alyson Hill once again joins me and of course we zoom all about the place while the sun literally goes down. We cover male and female authors, The Beatles (might be a bit of that coming up), being an empty nester, and the absolute wonder when you find the synchronisation of music, mood and surroundings.

Who tells the stories in your house?

(58 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 36.4 mb – 17/12/21)

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Episode 90: Made to Feel Unusual

Hannah Venn Brown has packed it into her years. I guess that’s what happens when you are married straight out of school and ready to start life. We cover dealing with change at 13, controlling what people say about you, the benefit of kindness and empathy and really not getting along with your children.

Year 11 Maths brought us to this conversation 26 years later.

(55 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 35.7 mb – 10/12/21)

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Episode 89: Focused on the Banana

Craig Philips and Ben Wiggins are here to spin many a tall tale. I was there for most of the stories and they are all true. Craig (the Phil) has a way of creating wonder wherever he goes and throughout this conversation we look at so much whimsy, cleverly disguised as a lack of forethought. Really we may do an entire episode one day on Scotland, New Year’s Eve 2002/03. Epiphanies all round.

(65 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 42.1 mb – 3/12/21)

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Episode 88: The Dead Crow Tea House

Adam Lovgren joins me from California to talk about the two of us. How we met, experiences we shared in Japan, including one of the best days of our lives. A day which shaped one of our futures in a very big way. Lungren also covers only some of his world travels in his early 20s, and how each experience brought him to encounter my wife and me in a karaoke booth, a fully formed friend.

There will certainly be a part 2 to this chat.

(46 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 30.2 mb – 26/11/21)

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Episode 87: I Remember You

Amy Dorfling came into my year 7 class with a brave hair style and we’ve been friends ever since. We cover 30 years of standing up for yourself, struggling with teenage identity then and now, rocking out in very small cars, the different approaches to drama and dealing with caring for your carers.

(59 mins – Right click / long press here to download – 35.5 mb – 19/11/21)

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