These Go To (Legs) 11


OneLouderThis 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.

Guns and Hair Pins


This week, we talk about Barettaour 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.

Some links to things mentioned: the always great Danny Baker show, the late, great Leonard Rossiter, the conspicuously white Steptoe and Son, and the Goon Show.

Like A Diamante Cowboy


RhinestoneCowboyThis 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.

Some links to things we talk about: the Sudeikis stuff (in case you missed it), the Glenn Campbell video, the B.A. Robertson song, and the Tommy Boy bit.

Mail Enhancement


Stamp_British_Honduras_1895_10cThis 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!

Let’s Talk Dangly Things


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.)

Some links: the gaming video we watch is here, and the Starbucks “Flat White” commercial is here (and tell me that doesn’t look delicious!)

We’re 100!


100It’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.”

Thanks for listening these last 100 episodes, and for your continued support! Some links to things we mention: the Rolf Harris “Stylophone” ad, and the clip of Tony Hancock with Irene Handl.

The Future Is Now!


MartySeriously, look at the size of that television! And you can hang it on the wall! Yes, it’s 2015, so we take the opportunity to discuss which predictions in “Back To The Future 2″ came true, and which they got horribly wrong. Then we discuss an important link between (The Artist Formerly Known As) Prince and Tonka Toys. Finally, Beth Kent gets in touch to fill us in on Red Vines and Twizzlers, and we, in exchange, give her some homework.

Some links to things we mention: Michael J. Fox as he should look now, the Dave Chappelle/Charlie Murphy Prince thing, and the public information film on British currency decimalisation.

A Christmas Quickie


KwikEThis week, despite a crippling hangover, Johnson bravely pulls some christmas crackers, so we naturally tell bad jokes, wear paper crowns, and discuss the noises made by animals in foreign countries. Hope you all had a terrific holiday, and have a safe New Year’s. Thanks for listening this year, and we’ll talk to you all in 2015!

Kicked in the Bunyans


Paul Bunyan webA packed episode! First we talk about rain, vol-au-vents, and what color liquorice should be. Then we read some listener mail about Where’s Waldo (and various other people), and the ongoing feud between the show’s Arsenal and Man Utd supporters. Later, Sam takes the quiz and tries to figure out what a “Sooner” is, while Johnson fancies a “dolly mixture.”

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.