Category Archives: Journal

Tanesha & the Troubled City

It’s no secret London’s been suffering an upsurge in knife crime, and suspected murder victims are often younger now. Tanesha Melbourne-Blake was shot and killed in Tottenham on April 2nd, an innocent victim of a possible gang feud. Adrian starts with her fatal shooting to illustrate the wider problem and to put it in context, in this reflective ‘Letter from London’ monologue.

Ultimately, he asks how the capital can move on to a safer future?

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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

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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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Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

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

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)

Please rate on iTunes

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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

 

Terror & Tenderness: London Attack

London’s terror attack on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 in Westminster left five people dead and over 40 injured. Here, Adrian Lacey retraces the route of both the attacker, Khalid Masood and the medical staff from St Thomas’ Hospital who ran across Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament to help the victims.

Hear from a London firefighter and his family as they visit the area days after the atrocity, plus Adrian’s personal reflections on having walked the same route a few years before having been a patient at St Thomas’.

This show is dedicated to the memory of the deceased victims of the attack – PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes – and with condolences to their friends and family and with thoughts and well wishes for the injured.

A woman carries a placard with the initials of the victims of the Westminster attack who died
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): A woman carries a placard with the initials of the victims of the Westminster attack who died