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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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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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‘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 siteMind or getselfhelp.co.uk

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey, copyright 2017

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Thanks to Richard Sutton for advice and encouragement

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

Top Secret: Brexit Briefing

When a young Royston Lewis-Davidson (not his real name)  looked out over the playing fields of Eaton, he can’t have imagined his future career would come to this. Now a senior civil servant at the Department for Exiting the EU, he finds it challenging to hear some of the more ‘out there’ ideas relating to borders, cakes and fish.

From an unusual part of London’s Whitehall operation, he candidly gives his views on how the Brexit process is going.

A cartoon mole burrowing
Graphic (at Londonpodcast.net): a government mole assesses the public sector burrowing requirement

Royston Lewis-Davidson is played by Russell Thomas – Twitter: @arussthomas

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

London Borough of Charley!

This show centres on Borough in Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital. It demands an experienced guide: meet Charley Harrison of London Tailored Tours.

She takes your round the 1,000-year-old Borough Market, a foodie’s paradise, sampling cheese and oysters along the way. After a reflective moment by the River Thames, hear about a unique cemetery and finish off in a pub with a modern twist called The Gladstone Arms, which boasts a connection to recording stars including Ellie Goulding.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Charley by the Thames with the City behind/London Tailored Tours
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Charley by the Thames with the City behind/London Tailored Tours

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State of London: A Letter from London

London’s been taking a real hit recently. Three terror attacks in as many months, plus the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington. Newly re-elected Prime Minister has apologised for ‘failures of state’, but what state is London actually in? And, using the word differently,  should it actually be a state of its own?

In this second Letter from London monologue, Adrian Lacey reflects on tragedy, triumph and ‘8.6 million reasons to listen’. There are lighter moments around the M25 and Brighton & Hove. After all, London life must go on…

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Thanks to James Taylor of the James Taylor Quartet for the theme music

The London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames by night
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): The London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames by night

Pepys Plays Politics

Fed up with elections? So’s the original 17th-century London blogger, Mr Samuel Pepys. But his remedy may not be the same as yours..!

Sometime Royal Shakespeare Company actor Keith Dunphy returns as our reborn 21st-century version of the diarist who witnessed the Great Fire of London back in the day. Now his passions are aflame in a different way.

Thanks to R&R – script consultants Richard Kurti and Rich Sutton.

Music by James Taylor (Hammond organ) and Gavin Alexander (guitar).

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This show is dedicated to the memory of comedian and actor Bobby Bragg (1953-2016), who entertained thousands at London’s BBC TV Centre and beyond as a warm-up man.

Keith Dunphy as Pepys by Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Keith Dunphy stars as Samuel Pepys/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

East End Mindfulness

From an East End London council estate to the Royal Academy of Music – at the age of two! That’s part of the unique life story of clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob. There’s more in her new book Five Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting, which she talks about here.

Adrian also joins Genevieve on a pilgrimage back to the site of her Stepney Green home as a child. As well as happy memories, it has one huge tragic association for her, as you’ll hear. Will going back to her roots mean revisiting the trauma she suffered at the age of nine?

In the studio, Genevieve talks about what mindfulness means and how it can help you raise children – and how you can look after yourself better, whether or not you’re a parent.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net):

Adrian & Genevieve in Stepney Green, London E1, April 2017 in a local park
Adrian & Genevieve in Stepney Green, London E1, April 2017

Music by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Presented  and produced by Adrian Lacey (adrianlacey.com) © 2017

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