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Can Your Spine Think? And other problems

The marvel that is your mind, and more mysteries of consciousness in this fun workout for your grey matter! If your brain’s like a computer, then your spine is carrying a load a of data cables to it. So does that mean it’s ‘thinking’?

Top consultant neurologist Dr Angus Nisbet addresses this and other knotty nerve-based issues with Adrian Lacey. Join both on walkabout in Bloomsbury’s Queens Square, home to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where Angus trained in his specialism. It’s also where a pub may hold the key to King George III’s madness, and where a medical device sounds like you’re on the set of Dr Who!

This podcast includes the second part of a studio-based interview with Dr Nisbet – companion to the edition called How Do We Know We Know? Angus is currently writing on the themes explored here, with the working title The Treble Soul: the Three Mysteries of Human Consciousness.

Angus in dinner jacket with bow tie, smiling to camera
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Dr Angus Nisbet (Nuffield Health)

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There’s more on Angus here

And there’s more on Adrian here

Produced by Adrian Lacey ©2019

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

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Apollo 50 & Lunar London

In this oblique angle on the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon in the Apollo 11 mission, presenter Adrian Lacey talks to Ron Burkey. He’s made it his mission to reconstitute the computer code that got humans to the moon, in order for you to be able to reproduce some of that experience on your own computer!

You’ll also hear how Adrian met the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, in London, as well as the story of a hairy happening in the same BBC building while the lunar module came into land. Quite literally far out, man!

Ron Burkey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Ron Burkey at home in Dallas

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2019

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Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

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How Do We Know We Know?

Neurologist and sleep physician Dr Angus Nisbet, who did part of his training in London, is writing a book on consciousness. So what is it, and what are some of the difficulties with it? And what’s going on in the brain to make it happen?

In part one of this interview with Angus, prepare to make your grey matter work out!

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Angus (L) and your host dressed for the British summer in The Green Man, W1

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2019

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Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Money, the City – & Supriya

The City, the Square Mile, London’s financial district – different names for the UK capital’s money hub. And your expert guide to some of the things that go on there is Supriya Menon. She works in asset management in the City (she’ll explain all!), but has Indian roots and has also worked in the States.

This show might not make you a millionaire, but it will help you understand markets, bonds, equities – and optimal sales of vegan hot dogs.

Supriya in a cream coat photographed against some stylish London greenery in the City
Supriya Menon in Finsbury Circus, EC2

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2019

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

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Gems from 2018

From the sounds of a bustling Chinatown to the eccentricities of the rehearsal room with TV Drama Commissioner Tobias L. Watt, enjoy several slices of London life from the past 12 months.

Adrian selects some of the best moments from the London Podcast, bringing you new angles on the UK capital.

A continental-style road sign with 2018 crossed out and 2019 above
Graphic at Londonpodcast.net: Sign of the times (Pixabay)

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

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Pilot of the Nightwaves: Dotun Adebayo

Nigerian Londoner and broadcaster Dotun Adebayo is an overnight success. Night after night! He’s cornered the market in nocturnal radio on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio London for years. But can he really have learnt Swedish within weeks, or have been a child movie actor, or have lived in a London squat (or two)?

Listen and learn as Adrian Lacey teases out the facts. And what’s that saying about truth being stranger than fiction?

Dotun at the BBC in London
Dotun at the BBC in London

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Idris Elba & Me: Teaser

Londoner Idris Elba has just made his film directorial debut with Yardie. But he could’t have done it without Adrian’s guest, Dotun Adebayo. Why? Because Dotun, a Nigerian Londoner, was behind the publication of the book Yardie by Victor Headley in 1992.

In this excerpt from a longer interview with Dotun to come soon, Adrian teases out the story behind the story, as the two chat outside Euston station. Subscribe to hear the full interview soon!

Dotun outside Euston
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Dotun Adebayo outside Euston station

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

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Trump in London (& out of It)

Reflections on American president Donald Trump’s visit to the UK and how he was based in London but spent less time there than his blow-up effigy!  Along the way you’ll encounter everything from A to Zen: airborne food mixers, buddleia, parts of London inspired (or owned) by the monarch, lots of things in north west London or north west of London and a Zen Buddhist anecdote.

Another in Adrian’s occasional monologue strand, Letter from London, written by him.

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Graphic of Donald Trump
Graphic (at Londonpodcast.net) Stars, stripes… and The Donald (Pixabay)

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Matt Monro: Singing London Bus Driver

Born Free, Softly As I Leave You, From Russia with Love and Walk Away were just some of the big hits from silken-voiced Londoner Matt Monro (1930-85). His admirers included such stars as Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey.

But before stardom called, Matt graced the capital’s roads as a bus driver! Monro expert Mark Hemmings tells this fascinating story from roads to riches on top of a real-life London bus. And before he and interviewer Adrian Lacey take their return journey, hear from bass player Martin Elliott about his experience performing live with Matt Monro, not long before Matt’s untimely death.

Have your ticket ready for inspection before this engaging edition and enjoy the journey – from rush hour with love!

Mark Hemmings (top) and Martin Elliott
Your conductor Mark Hemmings (top) joins bassist Martin Elliott in telling Matt’s story

Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s tribute show Polka Dots and Moonbeams: the Story of Matt Monro in Words and Music.

And there’s more on bassist Martin here including a play-along demo!

Thanks to acoustic band Arcelia and to The Duke of Cumberland.

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

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The Drama Commissioner: Tobias L. Watt

Spoof documentary. Creator of hit NetBox TV series Uptown Abbey, Tobias L. Watt is in a league of his own. Find out why he’s in this lonely position!

The podcast provides unique behind-the-scenes access to Tobias’s rehearsals, plus excerpts of some of his shows.

Starring Russell Thomas as Tobias, and Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton as actors Mike Power and Karen Wright. All other characters are played by Keith and Sarah.

Photo of Sarah with her beautiful curls up looking to camera
Portrait of Sarah Kempton by Michael Shelford

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Tobias L. Watt wearing a brimmed hat and florid scarf
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Tobias L. Watt (Russell Thomas) in an off-guard moment

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music:

… from Barney’s Barnacles: His Last Share Of The Stars by Doctor Turtle

… from Uptown Abbey series one: Denouement by Kai Engel

… in Tobias interview: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence