Lens Flare Edition


star-trek-2009-lens-flareJohnson’s back, and after discussing whether or not Yosemite and Yellowstone exist outside of cartoons, we chat about Thanksgiving football and the correct way to say “Detroit.” Then Johnson complains about KPCC stealing our ideas again with a bit called “Americanisms creeping into the UK” and finally we learn some American phrases Brits don’t understand, which somehow devolves into a rant about Greek terms in the American education system. Then we add some lens flare.

Happy Yorksgiving


PudsIt’s Thanksgiving week, and them’s my wife’s first ever attempt at Yorkshire Pud. Not bad, eh? We also chat about Sirie’s confusion about the Home Depot, and dissect the 1960 Max Bygraves song “Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be,” which brings up everything from Teddy boys to trams to Morecambe & Wise. Happy Yanksgiving, everyone!

Some links to things mentioned: the Max Bygraves song itself, plus the evocative music video to “Come Dancing” by the Kinks, and some Morecambe & Wise.

Englathonocalypseborough 2014!


ENGSorry again for the delay in posting, but here it is: the big post-trip debrief. We talk about what a great time we had, plus cabbies, toilets, clocks, road safety, pumpkins, toilets, coffee, toilets, card readers, soccer, disabled access and toilets. Also: toilets!

Photo credit: Paul Johnson, cuz he took the most photos.

French Barbarian Comics


AsterixApologies for the late posting of this show, but as regular listeners will know, we’re in the UK at the moment. In this show, Johnson and I chat about our (then) impending trip, after which the quiz triumphantly returns: Cocker tries to define “Navajo white,” while Johnson has a go at the “coconut shy.” See you when we get back everyone!

Earth, Neutral, Live


plug-originalThis week, Jennifer and I discuss the word “downtown,” after which I complain about how Americans mispronounce the word “voila.” Then I play a clip of “The Young Ones” parodying the TV show “Dallas,” and finally, the Kansas Cricks get in touch to sing the praises of British ingenuity in the field of not getting electrocuted.

The Young Ones clip is here; the British plug clip is here.

Like, Totally Bitchin’


CaliPlateThis week, after hearing Johnson’s harrowing story about his adventures in Mexico, we discuss my huge voltage adaptor (that’s not a euphemism.) Then I reveal that we’re away for the all-important mid-term elections, and then we discuss the cultural impact of the California accent. Finally, I tease a future Kinder Egg event. Watch this space!

Some links to stuff mentioned: the surfer/valley girl slang documentary, the “Valley Girl” song, the Jon Lovitz interview, the SNL “Californians” skit, plus its bloopers.

Phoning It In


Star-Trek-Data-PhoneSorry about this, but I’m shamelessly re-posting our clip show from July of 2013. I’m not even changing the intro, so when I say “out of town” please substitute “a bit poorly and very busy.” It’s a crazy time right now; we have Myrtle’s 98th birthday, the 15-year anniversary party of Jennifer’s business, and of course the big UK trip coming up. Rest assured though, there will be a brand new episode next week!

Did I Mention I’m Sick?


$(KGrHqZ,!hgE7k4SFmbTBPFwMKvQHw~~60_35A shorter than usual show this week, because I was, well, not well. But it’s still a good one: we talk about the Scottish referendum result, and get letters from listeners Amy and LaToya. Amy talks about how the “ABC song” doesn’t work when sung the British way (and it’s hard to argue.) LaToya chats about London, flags, and haggis. Then I go and lie down, because, did I mention I’m sick?

Oh, here’s Toyah Willcox, even worse than I remember.

Whatever, Scotland


1280px-Flag_of_Scotland_(navy_blue).svgInevitably, this week we discuss Scottish independence, which at time of posting is still undecided. We talk about how sad it’ll be, and how it’ll ruin the lovely British flag. Then we dip into the Ed Files to discuss some U.S. products banned in other countries (everything from lipstick to hairstyles) and then some foreign products banned in the U.S. (including haggis. That’s right, Scotland, nobody wants your bloody haggis. Good luck running an economy on haggis! Okay, I’m done.)