Appropriately for Halloween, this week was strange. We talk about the end of British Summer Time, the huge storm about to hit the south of England, and the last big British hurricane in October of ’87. Then we get into Halloween itself, and the Mexican tradition of “the day of the dead.” Instead of the quiz, my wife Jennifer and I chat about the show, podcasts in general, divine intervention, and mysterious wheelchairs that appear and disappear like the fog. Or quiz guests. Or something.
This week, we talk about how the thing Americans call a “chaise lounge” isn’t that at all; then we talk about the weird British shop that is Argos. Then, Simon from Halifax (Yorkshire, not Canada) sends us an article all about British cheekiness, and we discuss where the Geico Gekko is from. Later, Helen calls in to take the quiz, and tries to guess what “RoShamBo” is; Johnson, meanwhile, tries on “Y-Fronts.”
We celebrate Columbus Day (and my first wedding anniversary) by discussing the discovery of a continent, and Americans’ pronunciation of “lever.” Then Johnson is underwhelmed at the idea of school curry, so we talk about the Tottenham “Yid” controversy. Then we move onto the weightier issue of whose electric plug sockets are better (verdict: a draw), and later Cocker calls in to take the quiz, and tries to imagine what “Rocky Mountain Oysters” might be; Johnson, meanwhile, is in trouble with the “rozzers.”
This week, Johnson gets a letter from listener Chris about race codes used by the police, and I get one from Andrea with a list of midwestern words in it. Then, fitness trainer and award-winning blogger Claire McGill calls in, and we chat about everything from drive-thru banking to exercise positions which are, bizarrely, named after Mexican food. Later, Sam takes the quiz, and tries to guess what a John Deere might be, while Johnson tries to identify his wedding tackle.
This week, a random assortment of things, poorly joined together. We discuss flannel, then Latoya gets in touch to talk about Shipley’s in Houston, and Krispy Kreme in London. Then we meander between Apple Jacks, Coke (both new and classic,) a game called Horse, Patrick Stewart and Robert DeNiro mispronouncing things, and how to say the word “Caribbean.” Later, James (not me) takes the quiz and tries to figure out what “layaway” might be, while Johnson goes “on the game.” Yup.