Pods and Blogs

Technology. The Revenge. Calling this a technology post is fraudulent in the extreme. If you could see me trying to change the font size on this blog you would know that technology in all its forms is a mystery to me.

However, I have got the hang of the following to a lesser degree – Spotify – The joy of playing the most uncool, 1970s music in my own earphones with no one to mock me cannot be overstated. ( Edison Lighthouse, Crispian St Peters, Limmie and the Family Cookin’ – they are all there and don’t even think of getting me started on Sweet).

Blogs. Is Blogging a dying art? According to Analytics, my reader numbers are up (I knew that holding people prisoner in their homes for three months would sort it) but comments are down. Speaking of incomprehensible technology – Analytics – what on earth is that about? I rarely look at it because I am afraid of pressing the wrong button which will connect me to a matrix and world chaos will ensue. I am still not entirely sure that I didn’t cause the pandemic by trying to find out why so many women in Ohio read this. I pressed buttons I didn’t understand you see. I only read a few blogs now and I miss it. I dropped one or two. There was a bossy woman who had a skincare blog which was always trying to get me to spend a small fortune to stop the march of time being written large in the bags under my eyes. Then there was a seemingly perfect woman with long legs and always clean and attentive children that had me looking into the price of hitmen on Google. If you have a blog. Please feel free to send me details. I would love to read it. I am nosy and I like to read about people.

Podcasts. I like some of these. I am a news junkie which is a weird addiction for someone who often watches the news with a sort of permanent Scream-mask expression. But, I do like news and newsy facts….

…So, this is one of the reasons I like this. Given my lack of any mathematic aptitude, you are probably surprised that I am recommending a statistics podcast but the first thing to say is that it doesn’t assume that any Maths “O” levels have been passed by its listeners. Also, the subjects are interesting and engagingly discussed. It’s only about 15+ minutes long usually. Finally, during the early weeks of the pandemic, when leaders of all political hues were taking turns to see who could come up with the wildest sets of figures, this was the place I went to to see those claims challenged.

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Actually, this one has changed its name again. I think it’s just Newscast now. Initially, it was Brexitcast. It’s just news really. BBC news – which despite what lots of people on Twitter will tell you, is still striving I think to be fair and free. No-one is saying they get it all right but I still would rather have their take than a lot of daily newspapers. Anyway, there is analysis, interviews and reports. Also Katya Adler, a particular favourite of HOH.

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Do you remember when cinema existed? When we all used to pay money to sit next to each other in a big room with reclining seats and watch a film? If you miss that, then this might help. (Also, if you just like lots of minute detail about film stars and their private lives – this is the place) It’s a podcast about Hollywood – its film its actors etc. Karina Longworth is a film academic and critic and I wouldn’t like to give the impression that her stories are salacious – in fact, she debunks a lot of old Hollywood gossip but it is fascinating. I know how this sounds but she did a series on Charles Manson which was serious and sober and purposely took all the so-called gloss off him. It was excellent.

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Lastly, if you are a woman of a certain age I have recommended the Fortunately podcast before. Jane Garvey is a Woman’s Hour presenter and Fi Glover is also a Radio 4 person – she presents The Listening Project. They just have a chat really. I suspect that I am a bit past their target age now but I still like it. They do talk about menopause, hair dye, hairy top lips and big knickers but also anger on the Internet, misogyny in the workplace and how they coped with the lockdown (not always that well). They have guests. Top-notch some of them. (They were really thrilled when they got Anne Tyler) It’s also very funny. They seem nice. And more and more these days I find I’m a sucker for nice.

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  1. July 24, 2020 / 8:21 am

    My stats up too. And comments down. Except for a strange person sending obscenity to historic posts from years ago. I am not really into podcasts, but I have been enjoying crime dramas on Radio 4 Extra recently while I’ve been knitting., or tidying cupboards. Like you I enjoy More Or Less. From Our Own Correspondent has wonderful little gems of interesting news from round the globe. Most of my family are currently listening to Tunnel 39 about the Berlin Wall. That was brilliant I heard it months ago (was it before lockdown, can’t remember) BBC Radio is great

  2. July 24, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    My stats jump about but are mostly up. Comments are around the same, not too many but enough to make me feel there are people out there who read my sometimes feeble postings. It’s hard to find anything to write about some days.
    I have had a couple of odd ‘financial advice’ comments, which I see have appeared on many other blogs. Certainly over the last year or so there have been many blogs which have closed.

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