Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers discuss a selection of their favourite London books with readings to music by Europa51. They delve into Montague Sharpe’s Middlesex in British, Roman and Saxon Times (1919); William Margrie’s The Diary of a London Explorer (1933); Gordon S. Maxwell’s Highwayman’s Heath (1935) and HV Morton’s London (1926).
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Sexsomnia sells! Dr Rob joins us to talk about a whole host of sleep disorders including chronic insomnia, sleep paralysis, night terrors, Kleine-Levin syndrome, narcolepsy, exploding head syndrome, homicidal somnambulism, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, myoclonic jerks, encephalitis lethargica and the horrible fatal familia insomnia. All this plus weird sleeping habits in the animal kingdom.
This is a soundwalk called Walk With Me and it is just under 10 minutes long.
To try the soundwalk, right click the download link and ‘save as’. Sync the downloaded file to you MP3 player of choice, wait until the next time it rains, and take it out with you. Put your headphones on, press ‘play’.
This soundwalk is best experienced in a not-too busy (but still urban) setting, in the rain. The rain bit is important.
This week Nick and John take a languid winter stroll along the arbours of the pleasure grounds and spa resorts of Finsbury and Pentonville.
Heading by way of a dank Saffron Hill with talk of Oliver Twist and the Sabini Gang they take in Coldbath Square, The Islington Spa, Bagnigge Wells, St. Chads and others mentioned in Old London’s Spas, Baths & Wells by S.P. Sunderland (1915).
They discuss the cluttered local history of the area now under the auspices of the London Borough of Islington and some of the more imaginative mythology concerning the Penton Mound.
With reading by Heidi Lapaine and music by Europa51
Inspired by Thomas Burke’s The Outer Circle: Rambles in Remote London, Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers explore the far-lying eastern suburb of Ilford. Burke , like other writers of the early 20th Century, was disdainful of Ilford. Writing in 1921 he said of ‘the Eastern Queen’ that, “After Walthamstow it comes as tepid soda-water upon an August noon. Ilford wears an expression of unfulfilled desire. It hungers for colour. Even the rush and turmoil about the Broadway have a frigid tone.”
Nick and John ignored his advice and headed out along the Romford Road to find a visionary landscape, optimistic and vibrant, ‘rising from alluvial Essex’. With reading by Heidi Lapaine and music by Europa51.
Ventures and Adventures in Topography, S02E04: Plumstead to Cross Ness along the Southern Outfall Sewer
This week John and Nick follow their noses out along the Southern Outfall Sewer or the ‘Bazalgette Express’ across the marshes from Plumstead to Cross Ness.
Guided by The Lure and Lore of London’s River by A.G. Linney (1920′s) they perambulate the raised path that follows the final journey of south London’s sewage to its terminus at the sewage colony at Cross Ness Point, ‘the place where all things end’. John and Nick cast this 32 acre site as one of London’s most significant sites, sat at the river’s edge at the end of the marshes. The flat expanse of Plumstead Marshes now accommodates Belmarsh Prison and Thamesmead Estate, with the dark ridge of Bostall Woods rising above.
Josh and Dursin go one-on-one for The Walking Dead finale, Doctor Who, Hunger Games and why Michael Bay is an idiot, which could take the whole hour. Plus, this awesomeness:
For Episode 15 of the Visser of Ozcast, we welcomed dear friend and fellow podcaster Pieter Baker into our continental Skype studios for a fun discussion. This episode breaks our usual mold of systematically discussing a handful of select topics. Instead we let the good vibes and good company direct us in a myriad of fun tangents. Don’t worry, regular listeners, we still hit on all of the usual pop culture and sporty goodness you expect and love from the two-man wrecking ball crew at the VoO, but Pieter injects some welcomed easy going vibes to our usual buttoned-up affair. It’s tough to nail down a theme from this ep, although we do spend a good portion at the beginning of the episode discussing the Hunger Games phenomenon. SPOILER: kids get mutilated by tridents and we all agree to disagree about its artistic and entertainment merits! Anyways, buckle up for this free form ride and be sure to check Pieter out on Twitter and at his own podcast when you get a chance.
Until next time!
HitFixs Dan Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall talk Walking Dead, Mad Men, Touch, Bent and… Tim Tebow in Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 120.
John, Josh and Dursin return for discourse on John Carter, Comic Book Men, Walking Dead, bad passwords, and bad Amazing Spider-Man hype.