This week, Johnson hijacks the show; firstly with something called “Periscope” that, apparently, those crazy kids are into. And later, after me griping about how everyone gets me name wrong, and some chat about silly things we said and did as kids, he weighs in on the Rachel Dolezal story which was breaking at the time.
Very, ridiculously late with this one, but finally, we get to hear the Belize trip debrief. Caves! Cash! Crabs! Crashes! This episode has them all. Then we chat about the fall of the British empire, and how we magnanimously gave all those countries back, minus anywhere nice. Then I lament the end of the football season, and we discuss soccer’s popularity (or lack thereof) in the USA, and whether or not we’re sexist gits.
Very late with this one, but we talk about the (at the time unnamed) new princess, and then I make the Kentucky Derby sound more British, which is to say, better. Then, it’s time for another round of our annual tradition: “Star Wars Character or NFL Prospect” which is much harder than it sounds. Finally, we talk about Johnson’s upcoming trip to a mysterious place that, according to modern maps, doesn’t even exist…
This week, my recent dental surgery gets us into Niki Lauda jokes, stealth Australians and Ken Branagh’s lips. Then we talk about Hot Cross Buns: what they are, how much they cost, and why Puffy remixed the song. Then Paul takes a below-the-waist guess at what “The Old Grey Whistle Test” might be, and finally, I am proven spectacularly wrong about, well, dontists.
This week, I prove that, though they don’t know it, most Americans have heard the voice of one Magnus Pyke. Then we chat about some conspicuously British Bingo calls, and something in British newspapers called “Spot The Ball.” Then, I read a nice email from my big brother, in which his podcast listening lands him in trouble.
Links to things mentioned: Lenny Henry‘s impression of David Bellamy, the actual David Bellamy, the Thomas Dolby video, Spinal Tap going to 11, the Spot The Ball for all those who want to play too, and oh my, Danny La Rue.
This week, we talk about our recent one-hour jet lag, and I frighten Americans by telling them it’s Mother’s Day. Then, I play a clip of someone trying to identify individual members of the Jackson 5 using only European culture references. Then we talk about how Americans don’t know about the Goon Show, despite one of its members being really famous. Later, my mum takes the quiz, and violence ensues with pins, guns, wellington boots and Robert Blake.
This week, a letter from our Kansas chum Jeff gets us arguing over who should be allowed to call their sport “football.” Then, I give Johnson chocolate spiked with something, and share one of my famous (and slightly stupid) observations, this time about large paper clips. Beth gets in touch, with a story from the UK involving donuts and white supremacy, and finally Cocker takes the quiz, which leads to everything from cheesy snacks to Kiefer Sutherland.
This week, we talk about Black History Month — what it used to be called, and which month they went with in the UK. Then we discuss the latest British chocolate drama, and read some mail from the listeners: Ed criticizes my pronunciation, Rebecca talks about Twizzlers and Red Vines, Ron reminisces about kids’ games, Jochen worries about Johnson’s well-being, and Beth delivers her undies homework. Thanks to all our correspondents for making the show better!
A packed episode this week: First, we talk about the “New” versions of lots of places, then I confess to over-thinking the way to say a colleague’s name. Then, I compare the British “Wagon Wheel” to the American “Moon Pie.” This leads to the Creme Egg fuss currently going on, and the introduction of the Starbucks “Flat White.” Finally, we address the confusion in the U.S. about the names of cable cars (or trams, or gondolas, or sky carts, or whatever the hell they are.)
It’s our 100th episode, and Johnson celebrates by becoming a woman! Not really, but he does have more holes in him than he used to. We discuss what Brits call “styrofoam,” which gets us onto the Stylophone, a kid’s toy endorsed by a convicted paedophile. Then, listener Irene asks us for names like hers that are pronounced differently in each country, and finally we learn about “backronyms.”