Podcasts – an update

(updated 28th Oct 2017)

My last blog post, almost a year ago, was about podcasts. It’s fair to suggest that my love for them has not abated, but that the ones I listen to has changed, and increased massively…

So, an updated list! (with some text directly copied from the last post, if it hasn’t changed)

True Crime

My Favourite Murder –  I was unconvinced by the 1st few episodes, but stick with it it’s massively addictive, I’ve even got O convinced

Brutal Ends –  Short episodes, not much indepth content but a nice filler

True Crime All the Time (& Unsolved) –  The opposite to the above! Quite a lot of filler, 2 men chatting about crimes (mostly/all US)

They Walk Amongst Us –  a little monotone, but good info, mostly UK crimes

What the Crime?! –  weird crimes, an awful lot in Florida!

Felon True Crime –  Aus crimes

Serial Killers –  a bit AmDram, but good research and goes into the psych aspects too

Crimetown –  I don’t tend to like mob stuff, but this focuses on 1 place and 1 group/branch

In Sight –  1 Aussie and 1 American tell us about crimes, nice rapport and decent research

Small Town Murder – I struggled with this one at first, it’s 2 (male) comedians and can seem to mocking at times, but they’re mocking the small towns and murderers, not the victims, so give it some time

Beyond the Blood –  The tone/guy reading this is a bit off, but they’re well researched and short!

Unsolved – This one seems to have stopped, but there’s a handful of episodes

Casefile True Crime –  Aussie guy doing UK crimes!

Real Crime Profile – Former FBI profiler and UK behaviourist go through cases and motivations

Generation Why – Murders, mysteries, conspiracies and general “huh?” things. Bit hit and miss, but when it’s spot on it’s great

Criminal – I keep going on/off this one, it seems to have content but also not…

Court Appointed – (yet to start) –

Most Notorious – olde worlde criminals, a little long winded but stuff not really covered by other podcasts

Noir Factory Podcast –

Reveal –

Already Gone –

Curiosity Kills –

Detective –

Bone Palace Ballet –

Court Junkie –

Criminology –

The True Crime Enthusiasts Podcast –

The Mind of a Murderer –

UK True Crime –

All Killa No Filla –

True Crime and Mysteries –

Misconduct –

Serial Killers –

Once Upon a Time –

True Crime Japan –

Hollywood and Crime –

Behind True Crime –

Small Town Murder –

A Stab in the Dark –

True Crime Asia –

Sex Love and Murder –

Beyond the Blood –

True Crime Fan Club –

Brutal Ends –

Criminal Record –

Crime Bites –

Crime in Sports –

The Minds of Madness –

Cults

Zealot –

Cults –

For news/opinion 

LBC – Only listen to James O’Brien. Only. Ever. DO NOT WAVER. I pay the £2 a month to podcast the entire show. I can also save/ignore topics or days when it’s too much to deal with. Thursdays also contain mystery hour. He covers a range of topics, not just the news.

The News Quiz – Sadly seasonal. It’s currently Dead Ringers The Now Show on that link, subscribe now and ignore it until it changes back the the News Quiz (Now Show just about makes it). I also have entire back seasons of this, from the 90s+, it reminds me that the things that are shit now have always been shit, and we (liberals) thought we were doomed then also

Myths and Legends

Myth – I cannot recommend this one enough. I’ve inhaled the first 30 or so episodes, and now thrown money at him for membership (with extra episodes and source materials)

Lore – I’m less convinced by this one, but I do love his voice so I’m persisting. It’s a bit more “woooOOOoooo ghoooosts…”, but kinda fun nonetheless

Unexplained –

Know Your Legends –

The Singing Bones –

Once Upon a Crime –

Mostly Murder –

Hollywoodland –

Spirits –

Myths and History of Greece and Rome –

Thinking Sideways –

The Mythology Podcast –

Classical Mythology –

Celtic Myth Podcast –

Astonishing Legends –

Myths and Legends of Europe –

Iroquois History and Legends –

MonsterTalk –

Inappropriate Folktales –

Feminist Folklore –

Five Minute Folklore –

Know Your Legends –

Mythos Bites –

The Folkolore Podcast –

Folk Brothers –

The Folktale Project –

Celtic Tomes –

Uncanny Japan –

Oddity –

Strange –

Macabre London –

Spectral Asylum –

Feminists Ahoy!

Hidden Histories – I’ve only done the 1st episode, and there’s only 6, but this is women writers, from the New Statesman

Stuff Mum Never Told You – This covers a wide range of topics, from a feminist perspective

The Guilty Feminist –

Hidden Histories –

100 Women –

Yesterladies –

History

The History of England – It’s quite dry, but I am still in “Ethelred etc” territory. It’s about to hit Cnut and 1066, so I’m expecting to take a bit more in from here on!

Stuff You Missed In History Class – I’m finding this one fascinating. Not only is it as the title suggests, but also I was taught history in the UK, from a very UK perspective  (sadly ended now, but still 100s in the archive)

History in 5 Minutes –

Something True –

History of Pirates –

The Pirate History –

Our Fake History –

The Strange and Unusual –

National Library of Scotland –

The Dirty Bits –

Those Conspiracy Guys –

Great Lives –

Expanded Perspectives –

 

Err, Feminist History

The History Chicks – I’ve only just started this one, the sound quality is dodgy in the early episodes (though a disclaimer also acknowledges this!), I’ve already learnt a load and the other episode titles look promising

Herstory – Not started this one yet, but it was recommended along with the History Chicks, so I’m looking forward to it

General Nerdery

No Such Thing As A Fish – QI. Podcast. Do you need more?

More or Less –

Science vs –

British Library Podcast –

The National Archives –

Music / Media / Culture

The Scottish Song Guide –

Coverville –

Composer of the Week –

Stuck in the 90s –

In Our Time: Culture –

ReadSwell –

A Stab in the Dark –

Medical 

Ouch (disability talk) –

Health Check –

Being Human

All in the Mind –

Oh No Ross and Carrie –

Sawbones –

Note to Self –

Laughter is the Best Placebo –

Don’t Salt My Game –

Misc

Desert Island Discs – I’m mean when it comes to this, I tend to only listen to about 1 in 10. But it’s quite comforting, and you get to know the celebs a little more than a standard interview

Comedy of the Week –

Alan Davies As Yet Untitled –

Monster in my Podcast –

The Dave Gorman podcast –

The Comedian’s Comedian –

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast –

Ada Lovelace Day Podcasts –

Global Pillage –

The Edinburgh Fringe Show –

Comedy Bang Bang –

Rumor Files –

Fictional –

Unfiltered –

Probably True –

Stash –

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On Podcasts

I’ve started listening to a lot of podcasts lately. The current news is just. too. much. (and has been since the last general election tbh), so instead I listen to podcasts, recent and ‘archived’.

Here’s my current line up:

For news/opinion 

LBC – Only listen to James O’Brien. Only. Ever. DO NOT WAVER. I pay the £2 a month to podcast the entire show. I can also save/ignore topics or days when it’s too much to deal with. Thursdays also contain mystery hour. He covers a range of topics, not just the news.

The News Quiz – Sadly seasonal. It’s currently Dead Ringers on that link, subscribe now and ignore it until it changes back the the News Quiz (Now Show just about makes it). I also have entire back seasons of this, from the 90s+, it reminds me that the things that are shit now have always been shit, and we (liberals) thought we were doomed then also

Myths and Legends

Myth – I cannot recommend this one enough. I’ve inhaled the first 30 or so episodes, and now thrown money at him for membership (with extra episodes and source materials)

Lore – I’m less convinced by this one, but I do love his voice so I’m persisting. It’s a bit more “woooOOOoooo ghoooosts…”, but kinda fun nonetheless

Feminists Ahoy!

Hidden Histories – I’ve only done the 1st episode, and there’s only 6, but this is women writers, from the New Statesman

Strong Female Lead – Nerdery/geek culture with a firm feminist stance, from Standard Issue magazine

Stuff Mum Never Told You – This covers a wide range of topics, from a feminist perspective

History

The History of England – It’s quite dry, but I am still in “Ethelred etc” territory. It’s about to hit Cnut and 1066, so I’m expecting to take a bit more in from here on!

Stuff You Missed In History Class – I’m finding this one fascinating. Not only is it as the title suggests, but also I was taught history in the UK, from a very UK perspective

Err, Feminist History

The History Chicks – I’ve only just started this one, the sound quality is dodgy in the early episodes (though a disclaimer also acknowledges this!), I’ve already learnt a load and the other episode titles look promising

Herstory – Not started this one yet, but it was recommended along with the History Chicks, so I’m looking forward to it

General Nerdery

Stuff to Blow Your Mind – Still not convinced by this one, 4-5 episodes in, but not not-convinced enough to unsubscribe…

No Such Thing As A Fish – QI. Podcast. Do you need more?

Misc

IRL UK –  I’m not sure about this one still, it’s 2 women chatting about those “I woke up and was married to my hamster” type stories in trashy magazines. Fun, but not entirely sure I’m comfy with it

Gods of Comedy – I’m loving this so far, comedians gather and chat about what they believe/what belief means to them. So far they’ve had a range of different faiths/denominations in each episode and so much respect for each other’s opinions. How faith/lack of should be discussed

Do Who I Say, Not Who I Do – I love the woman who does this, though I’m not yet convinced by the podcast itself. Willing to give it a bit more of a chance because of her

Desert Island Discs – I’m mean when it comes to this, I tend to only listen to about 1 in 10. But it’s quite comforting, and you get to know the celebs a little more than a standard interview

One Minute Norwegian – The man is annoying, I don’t think I’m getting anything decent from it, for some reason I can’t delete it… ! It’s only 10 episodes, I should rush through it really

 

On Why I Run

I’m a runner

That’s still a hard thing to type, and I’ve been running for about 18 months now (not non-stop, shush). I have a medal to say I completed a course (it was a fast walk mind you, never have your MMR the week before something energetic)

I lumber, I jog, I stumble as I tire, I pick up injuries easily. I’m bigger than most ‘active wear’ clothing ranges go up to. I haven’t really done sports-stuff since 6th form, a year or so gym going when I had a ‘real job’, that’s about it.

But I’m a runner

I’m a runner because my legs are strong. I’m a runner because when that high hits it’s like nothing else (legal). I’m a runner because I’m a leaf on the fricking wind don’t ya know! I’m the runner that other runners smile patronisingly at, I assume they think I’m super-new to this, that I’ll get faster and thinner. I’m the runner that is lip-syncing to TayTay and Kesha and doesn’t care you think that’s weird

I’m also a runner because it helps quiet my mind. I’m an over-thinker, a worrier. I’m still not convinced the train guard wasn’t pissed off at me a few weeks ago, despite him smiling as he joked he was… The running stops my brain, it makes the world all ok again, it’s like the sweat and energy takes the worry away with it…

I’m a runner. And if I keep repeating it to myself I might start believing it

And yes, I’ll be hitting you up for more sponsorship sometime soon… 😉

How’s it going?

I’m half way. Over the hump.

So how is it?

It’s hard. Thinking is hard. Moving is hard. Motivation is hard. Words are hard. Keeping concentration is hard. Keeping my mood up is hard…

I’m constantly tired, my sleeping has gone back to 9-10 hours, and it’s taking me sometimes an hour to get out of bed after waking. My body is weak, I can’t turn myself over in bed because my stomach muscles are so sore.

I’ve managed to work out if I have the gluten in the middle of the day that gives me some productive time in the mornings, and makes it easier to sleep.

I was hoping to get some yoga/upper body work done whilst I’m not running, but everything feels like lead, adding to that seems unwise. I have managed to get quite a bit of reading done though, and my attempt at language learning has had a boost. The brain fog doesn’t last as long as the body fog…

I have managed to get through some lovely foods, and some ‘not as good as I remembered’ ones. There’s going to be some recipe hunting once this is done!

Essentially I’m good. I’m ok. Don’t expect lots of chatter, I’m struggling to interact unless it’s on my own terms (and I’m mostly trying to let the time pass as quickly as possible). Pictures of cats, kittens and yarn are all welcomed.

And thank you for asking.

On Remembrance #NaBloPoMo

Death is an odd thing. We, British, tend to shy away from saying “X has died”, and not always because of the person affected.

I often tell people we ‘lost’ my dad (a sign of ageing is that this is no longer greeted with the shock it once was). But we didn’t did we? We knew where he was, but using the word ‘death’ just isn’t the done thing.

I’m just as guilty of this as others, this week at Rainbows we’re continuing the Poppy badge challenges, which means dealing with 5/6 year olds and their concepts of death… How do you explain war to a child? “some grown ups got mad at each other so the soldiers had to go fight”? Because surely the answer to that is “the grown ups who are mad should work it out, like the 5 year olds are taught to”… (this is mostly a moot point, they’re taught enough at school that they were all aware, or not speaking up, about war and remembrance day)

But it’s always bothered me that, as the person who should be grieving for a loved one, I’ve had to deal with others (unconnected to dad I hasten to add) sorrow and emotion. It may seem ungrateful, but I don’t want to have to deal with your upset at the loss of a parent. I’m unlikely to break down in tears at the mere mention of him, but that seems like that’s what’s expected… And it makes me angry… “I’m sorry”, are you? For what? I get you’re attempting to express sympathy to me, but you didn’t know him, most of the time you barely know me, and death happens… but I can’t appear ungrateful, so I have to do the ‘thanks’ mumble and look, and you get the impression that you’ve done your bit, but how is that helpful to the grieving person? They’re putting you above their own feelings here

This is much more of a ramble than a post. It’s been 20 years since dad died, but I still get the “pat on the shoulder and sad look” treatment, and as each year passes it annoys me more. It means I rarely talk about my dad (the conversation will inevitably lead to me having to tell the other person), and that itself makes me sad.

I’m a big believer in remembering the person, not the death. So, if I bring up a dead person in conversation, a much better way of showing me you care? Ask me about them, help me celebrate their life, help me smile when I think of them.

She doesn’t even go here… #NaBloPoMo

I didn’t blog yesterday. Why? Well, I’ve been avoiding this post for some time…

I currently live in Surrey. We exist on my husband’s (well above the country average) wage. I’m an actual Surrey housewife.

I’ll let that sink in…

We earn enough that we have a nice flat, feed ourselves and 3 cats (organic high protein only), eat out/have take aways when we fancy, buy new clothes and gadgets because we fancy them, have food delivered by Ocado, and John Lewis and Lakeland Limited are my idea of shopping heaven.

For at least 15 year of my life I lived in houses with no central heating or double glazing. I can’t comprehend how people can afford to drive a car when it’s not absolutely essential for work. I don’t know how you’re meant to fund a university degree (not the fees, dear Gods not the fees. The everyday living). I can’t bring myself to set up a direct debit to charity, because “what if we need that bit of cash?”. I’ve never been skiing, and I’ve never even sat on a horse (this last one might be a lie. I don’t remember sitting on a horse… A donkey, yes, horse? no).

I owe a massive amount of gratitude to my parents. I was well into my late teens before I realised we’d grown up quite poor. Between creative cooking and handmade clothes I had no real idea. We enjoyed days out (museums, parks, stately homes and castles) and seemed to have an abundance of present for birthdays and christmas. I realise now that’s because my parents, mum in particular, were (and are) bloody amazing.

Yet, despite this oblivion, and despite now living the middle class cliche, I feel I don’t belong here. Each time I go to a ‘posh shop’ I wait to be stopped and asked to show them my bag (it’s worth noting this has NEVER happened).

And we don’t talk about it. Not generally anyway. I mean, I joke occasionally, but to friends whose parents have given them deposits to buy their first house with (!).  So I often feel like I’m ‘just visiting’ this world, and I’ll soon get found out. That I’ll be made to move back to the “ambulances won’t go into this estate without a police escort” areas I used to live in and have my only food options to be ASDA smart price.

I was extremely lucky to be gifted with a brain. That, good schools (which we walked miles to go to, thanks again mum!) and parents that took an interest and played ‘educational’ games (I have vivid memories of word and classical music based amusement) meant that I sailed through school. My GSCEs took very little effort. But, then I hit the world of selective education. An all girls school. I was handed a posh (expensive) uniform and titles for my ‘summer projects’. Umm, what? What’s a summer project? But there was no-one at the school to answer, it was summer, and everyone knew what was expected of them right? I started my first week knowing I was already behind, knowing I was already the outsider, and knowing I’d have to embarrass myself in front of my “we already fit in this system” classmates (who, I feel the need to point out were always lovely. They never made me feel like I was an outsider, the poor kid, it was entirely the expectations of the system we were in).

Any time I see about how non-private school kids need to be encouraged into university I get angry. Not angry about my own life, I’m very happy where I’ve ended up, but angry for those kids who don’t have the support structure around them like I did. For the brainy kid whose parents couldn’t give a crap about their education, or can’t be bothered to read a story with the kid trying to learn new words.

If I didn’t fit in, how will they?

I’m slowly getting used to the idea that I’m ‘allowed’ to be in ‘posh’ places. I doubt I’ll ever be comfortable with tipping service people on a much higher wage than I’ve ever earned. And it’s unlikely that I’ll ever feel confident walking in to a restaurant and paying more than £15 for a non-steak main.

John Lewis however? You can pry that out of my cold, dead hands…

ETA: A hat tip to this blog post for, eventually, prompting me to write about this

On bras! #NaBloPoMo

This is a short post, GET FITTED SOMEWHERE DECENT

Your back, shoulders, neck and boobs will thank me for it.

Feel free to buy me Bravissimo vouchers as thanks :p

On Grey Hair #NaBloPoMo

I quite liked being a kid, but I don’t now wish I still was. And with each ‘big’ birthday it feels like I’m more ‘me’ than I ever have been.

But then there’s the grey hairs…

I’ve dyed my hair almost continually since I was about 15. My natural hair colour is a kind of dull brown with random shades of red in it, and those pesky grey ones. The grey ones aren’t new, and they’ve never bothered me really, it’s a novelty to be under 30 and have grey hairs, right?

Under 30…

I’m approaching 40. It’s more normal for people my age to have grey hairs, and it feels like a sign I might be almost a real grown up…

And I’m not ready to be a grown up. We don’t (and never will) have a mortgage, or a car (equally as unlikely), and we don’t have ‘grown up’ jobs (I do most of my work in my PJs whilst fussing cats, that’s not a grown up job. And O goes to work in his jeans, that’s not a real grown up thing), and we don’t have kids (and never will, barring horrible accidents and some insane person entrusting their kids to us. Though, do warn us if you’re doing this in your wills, yes??). The absence of all these means I can kid myself that I’m still young-young.

And then those grey hairs reappear…

I’ve recently totally revamped and rediscovered my hair, finally finding out that I’m a curly! The upsides to this are numerous. The downside is that the hair dye I’ve used for as long as I can remember is no longer an option…

But, those grey hairs…

I tried to embrace it, I tried to grow out the dye (henna that time), I did really try to be a grown up…

But they stare at me in the mirror, taunting me.

A 93 year old once told me she still didn’t feel like a grown up, I want to be like her in many ways. So, if you’re aware of a nice hippy (red) hair dye… ?

Meal planning #NaBloPoMo

I’ve yet to get into my stride with meals in the new place. I keep going to reach for items, then finding we used them up in preparation for the move…

The last flat only had (once our now-dead beautiful side by side departed) a small freezer, so I was always playing a balancing game between empty and full.

But, rejoice! A normal sized fridge freezer! (if not slightly bigger? My perception is shot, having one tiny and one huge means I’ve no idea now)

So, cue today. After about a week of planning and researching I finally had a collection of meals that I could collate, bag and label before throwing into the freezer.

I’d like to say it was a breeze, but standing chopping and bagging for about 6-7 hours took its toll on my back and hips (thanks there to Hubs for the massage this eve!), but it does mean we have a good few weeks worth of homemade meals, from fresh ingredients, with the ease of a ready meal (they’re all either slow cooker or “cook meat, add sauce”).

I’ll try and work out the actual cost over the next few days, but almost all the ingredients (and lots of the ‘pantry items’ I had to replace) came in under £100. That’s (once the remaining 5 are done) 14 meals for 2, carb to be added later (veg was in the order too!), and 7 sauces (needing meat, veg and carb).

What’s that? Yes, that’s the sound of a smug housewife :p

Pinterest board for recipes

ETA: having done the maths, the actual cost of things I used was under £50. There’s quite a bit of ‘pantry’ stuff left over, but none will go to waste. Including the leftover stuff it’s still only £62, so about £4.50 a meal!! (not taking into account the extra sauces)

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On Procrastination #NaBloPoMo

This tab has been sitting open for about 3 hours now

There’s a pile of ‘stuff’ next to my desk, waiting to be parceled up

The thank you notes for our wedding presents have been waiting for so long that it’d be strange to send them now

My physical photos are over flowing and my digital ones are full of out of focus or otherwise unwanted ones

I wouldn’t claim to be a procrastinator, certainly I’m not the worst at it of the people I know. But I am quite a perfectionist. This can be useful (nothing goes out work-related unless it’s as flawless as I can make it), but it can also mean that I don’t actually start a project I think I might not do ‘right’.

To-do lists have never really worked for me, I do use Habit RPG, but only for daily tasks (clean the cat trays, do my physio stretches). My longer term items on there stay, and go amber… then red…

I’ve tried to take part in 6 week project-a-longs, but trying to think of the projects at the beginning of the time doesn’t happen, my brain suddenly forgets about what I’ve planned.

This also extends to replying to emails. I was trying to work this out earlier this evening and I think my brain associates emails with letter writing. I should be sat quiet, at the table, and concentrating just on the correspondence. This actually worked quite well when I was 10, and writing to my nan, but it’s less helpful when it’s someone waiting for a reply to “are you meeting me in 10 minutes”. I hope that, in identifying what I’m doing, it’ll help resolve this a little…

I’m also hoping that daily blogging will help with putting off the posts I’ve been meaning to write

But know, if you’re waiting on a reply, it’s not you, it’s very much me.

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