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London vs Birmingham: Shane O’Connor

The London Podcast raises its eyes beyond the M25 to take in the view from the Midlands. This edition is a mash-up with another podcast, Bull & Specs. Adrian Lacey is the solo presenter (and producer) of the London Podcast, but co-hosts Bull & Specs with talented broadcaster Shane O’Connor, whom he interviews in this show. You’ll also hear tempting treats from an edition of Bull & Specs – including a section in which Adrian and Shane talk about the London Podcast!

Shane O'Connor in the Bull & Specs studio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shane O’Connor in the Bull & Specs studio

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Bull & Specs is available in video on YouTube and in audio on Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and iTunes

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

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

Chinatown to Trafalgar Square: Slow Podcasting

Snatches of conversation (some in Chinese), church bells, the familiar chug of black cabs, fountains – they’re all here in a special ‘slow podcasting’ walk from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. Join Adrian in real time through these different audio corridors and feel you’re really there!

Listen responsibly, preferably on decent stereo headphones… ūüôā

A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1.
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1
Fountains and Nelson's column at Trafalgar Square, London
Fountains and Nelson’s column at Trafalgar Square, London

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

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

Gems from 2017

As we step into 2018, a listen back to some of the best bits of the London Podcast from 2017. From smartphones that know how you feel to Mr & Mrs Pepys reborn, and from your worst worries on the Shoreditch stage to spoof rocker Norman Castle with a guest appearance from Kim Cattrall.

All linked by Adrian Lacey and put into context with some updates.

Full details with each of the respective shows.

Set in stone? The year 2017.
Set in stone? The year 2017

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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)

Rock Legend: Norman Castle

Spoof rock’n’roll documentary starring Russell Thomas with guest appearances by Kim Cattrall and Gavin Alexander. From the pop high of Sugar ‘n’ Spice to the breathtaking ambition of rock opera The Tanktop Mikado, Norman Castle – former frontman of the Broadwicks – occupies a unique place in British musical life.

This profile hears how he got into the business due to a misunderstanding and how his foray into rap was electrifying… almost literally.

You’ll also hear from former Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock on touring with the boys, plus lead guitarist Neville Rice on Prince and plumbing.

Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (right) with personal assistant
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (Kim Cattrall) with personal assistant
Guitarist Neville Rice models NHS designer headgear
Guitarist Neville Rice (Gavin Alexander) models NHS designer headgear
Norman Castle as he likes to think others see him
Norman Castle (Russell Thomas) as he likes to think others see him

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music:

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

NotDrunk-stem-bass by the Joy Drops (short excerpt)

A Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh by Samuel Corwin (mixed with spoken word)

used with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Soho Square Stories

Pay a visit to London’s vibrant Soho Square to get a flavour of how its bustles today, as well as having roots back to the 17th century. Adrian walks you round a part of the West End which has connections to two of the Beatles, as well as classical composer Handel. He also talks you through personal recollections of visiting the area as a child to join his father at his commercial artists’ studio in Carlisle Street, next to what is now the offices of Private Eye magazine.

All human life and history is here!

A statue of Charles II with added foliage(!) foreground, and the gardener's hut beyond
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): A statue of Charles II with added foliage(!) foreground, and the gardener’s hut beyond

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Blogger Pepys’ Old Pain

On an innocent walk in west London, our 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys, who’s come kicking and screaming into the 21st century, revisits his younger self and his ‘old pain’.

There’s also a hint of romance in the air and mild ale references.

Samuel Pepys is played by sometime RSC actor Keith Dunphy

Picture (at Londonpodcast.net): Painting of Samuel Pepys
Picture (at Londonpodcast.net): Painting of Samuel Pepys

Keith Dunphy is represented by Jonathan Arun and Babble

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Sean Hughes: ‘Not Nana Mouskouri’

Irish Londoner Sean Hughes, comedian, writer, radio presenter, poet and actor, died on 16 October 2017. He was 51. In this monologue, Adrian recalls being on the same comedy bill as him upstairs in a pub in Stoke Newington, just as Sean’s career was taking off.

Their paths crossed again on a TV show years later, and Adrian  remembers that as well as near-misses on the phone and reflections on how things might have been different.

Above all, he celebrates Sean’s range of talents, his comedy legacy and his one-off way of seeing the world.

No Greek pop singers were harmed in the making of this show.

Portrait of the artist as a young comedian
Illustration (at Londonpodcast.net): Portrait of the artist as a young comedian

 

If you’re experiencing problems with alcohol, try drinkaware¬†or ¬†Alcoholics Anonymous

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Artist in (London) Residence!

Alice Finbow is an east London-based visual artist, photographer and teacher. Hear her talk about her art, her dyslexia and how she studied at Chelsea School of Art.

Producer/presenter Adrian Lacey and Alice base themselves in Alice’s kitchen, and there’s also a walkabout in the surrounding area of Clapton in the Borough of Hackney. See some of Alice’s work on Adrian’s Instagram account: lacey.adrian

Alice’s website: alicefinbow.com

Artist Alice Finbow relaxing in the Mermaid pub in Clapton, east London
Photo: (at Londonpodcast.net) Artist Alice Finbow relaxing in the Mermaid pub in Clapton, east London

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

Apples & Cares: Mrs Pepys’ Diary

While the ‘original 17th-century London blogger’ Samuel Pepys has been hurled by the London Podcast into the 21st century, his loyal wife Elisabeth has stayed in 1669.

Here she shares the pleasures of scrumping for apples with a childhood friend, along with coming to terms with being childless. Could there be a solution..?

MAY CONTAIN NUTS!

Sarah Kempton - portrait by Carl Proctor
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton – portrait by Carl Proctor

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Mrs Pepys’ Diary was conceived, written and directed by Adrian Lacey

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

 

‘I Interview Myself’

If talking to yourself is a concern, interviewing yourself is deeply worrying! Here, Adrian opens up – to himself – about how he was drawn to radio, as well as sun and clouds in family life on the outskirts of London. Plus, he’s guilty of industrial quantities of namedropping over his radio hero, Kenny Everett, with whom he worked at BBC Television Centre in west London.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio

If you identify with any of the mental health issues in this show, try visiting this NHS site, Mind or getselfhelp.co.uk

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey, copyright 2017

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London [at] adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Thanks to Richard Sutton for advice and encouragement

Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence