Sunday, November 08, 2009


When I work weekends and there is nothing on the wireless to listen to that appeals to me, podcasts save my sanity.

Boys for Noise Episode 11. The lads are very amusing. Their show is essentially pop culture and boy do they know there pop culture, but there is plenty else mixed in. Mind you, they both need their mouths washed out with soap and water. Ah, reminds me of a video I saw the other day where this guy was made to bite on soap, better stop.

Hindsight is a marvellous show on Radio National. Take what might sound like the most boring subject and they make it listenable, in fact fascinating. One podcast over the weekend that sticks in my mind was about Kings Park in Perth.

Rear Vision, also RN, comes up with some rippers at times. Today I listened to a program about the origins of the Freemasons. Yes, they were actually masons, right back to the time of the construction of the pyramids.

There was another I listened to, which seemed to be English PM Gordon Brown's political obituary, written before he is out of office. Also very interesting.

A very interesting one from Ireland's national radio broadcaster I think, about Irish reform schools. Sounds like worse things happened in Ireland than here.

Joy Melbourne came up with an interview with a Maltese born man who was a seventy eighter, that is, he was in the first Mardi Gras demo in Sydney, 1978. He is now a historian focusing on the gay history Malta.

Jayne pointed me in the direction of a talk by Age columnist Martin Flanagan when he had published a co-written a book with ex politician and WWII prisoner of the Japanese, Tom Uren. The talk was extra interesting because it was made when Howard was still in office. Flanagan must be disappointed. I certainly am.

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