My Favourite Podcasts.

In the last 6 months I have discovered podcasts, I know I’m a little late to the party but at least I’m here. Throughout my teacher training year I’ve had to commute an hour to school and an hour back, which has given me ample time to enjoy some hilarious and thought-provoking conversations. I sometimes switch back to music when I’m in the car. depending on my mood, but generally I have relished having the opportunity to listen to people talking about subjects I wouldn’t normally hear about or that I don’t have the chance to discuss in my everyday life.

 

So I thought I would make a quick list of my favourite podcasts that I listen to regularly. Some I have gone back and am listening to all of the episodes and others I have just jumped in and ran with them.

 

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First up is Stuff You Should Know. This podcast takes on a different subject every episode and sees Josh and Chuck dissect these topics with skill and hilarity. They have taken on such varied theme as Remembering Stonewall to How Seed Bans Work to How Champagne Works, all in the last few months. So if you love finding about the weird and wonderful from two really funny and knowledgeable guys (and Jeri) then this will be the podcast for you.

 

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Next is the Elis James and John Robins podcast of their Radio X show on a Saturday 1pm-4pm. These are two of my favourite comedians and listening to their podcast is like being in heaven.  With John’s Shame Well, the Light Hearted Paper Review with Elis James and Humble Brag of the Week there’s something for everyone and if you’re anything like me you’ll end up laughing out loud on a train and have old people looking weird at you. Seriously, this podcast with the Hammer Legends is just too good you need listen to it.

 

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Then, we have No Such Thing as a Fish a podcast from the QI elves and researchers. Basically, four of the QI elves go around and present their favourite fact that they have found that week. The four then proceed to discuss these facts and they end up in some odd tangents, but it is so much fun. A great mix of knowledge and fun where I always learn something.

 

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Finally, we have BBC Radio 4 Seriously a podcast of seriously interestingly stories told a little sideways. This again, tackles some really varied topics that are always told from a slightly off centre perspective. My favourite episode so far concerns a woman telling the story of her grandfather who was a witness to the 1917 Russian Revolution and he had recorded his memories. She then goes to St Petersburg to see where he lived and what he saw. A truly fascinating and personal way to look at such a huge and significant event in history. This is a seriously good podcast (I am so funny).

 

This is just a list of my current favourites, I also listen to many other podcasts and am always looking to discover more. So, if you have any recommendations please comment and let me know.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Currently Obsessed With…

I should probably start by saying that if I find something I like I get obsessed with it. I have been known to listen to the same band non stop for 6 months and watch the same film twice in one day. I can’t help it, it must be how I’m wired. So, I go in and out of phases of being obsessed with certain things and I thought I would share what’s currently got my undivided attention.

 

1. The Gilmore Guys podcast.

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As you probably already know Gilmore Girls is one of my many obsessions (I’ve seen every episode at least 7 times). But, recently I found of a way of revisiting the whole series without having to commit to another complete run through of all 7 seasons. I stumbled upon The Gilmore Guys podcast a few months ago and it has become the soundtrack to my 2 hour commute to work and back everyday. Demi and Kevin are hilarious and its really made me think a little deeper about a show I have loved for so long. I am a little late to the party (it started 2 years ago) but I am so loving the journey so far and can’t wait to make it all the way through, I’m on season 3 so only 4 left to go.

 

2. The River by Bruce Springsteen.

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A young Bruce Springsteen may just be my idea of the perfect man, he is bae! But this album in particular has been my soundtrack to the last couple of months, when I haven’t been listening to podcasts. Its perfect blend of upbeat dance alongs like ‘Hungry Heart’ and more thought provoking slow songs like ‘Independence Day’ and songs I must have at my wedding like ‘I Wanna Marry You’ work together to create an album that has everything you could ever need on it. Bruce fan or not, this album is everything.

 

3. Films starring a young Tom Cruise.

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Recently I have watched; A Few Good Men (pictured above), Rain Man, Top Gun, Risky Business, Jerry Maguire and Cocktail. Not only was a young Tom Cruise just the most handsome man in all the land, but this is also when he did some of his best acting work. Cocktail will forever be in my top 10 movies of all time and A Few Good Men is just sublime. Cruise’s early work was phenomenal, he was funny and charming and powerful and sexy and had gravitas. Do yourself a favour, and if you haven’t watched any of the films mentioned watch them, and if you have rediscover them. He’s allowed to jump on couches like a loon with a filmography like that.

 

That is basically it for the time being, but believe me it takes up a lot of my time. Let me know if you get obsessed with things too and what you’re currently in to. Now if you’ll excuse me I feel like I’m about to go deep into a young Robert De Niro phase, if anyone needs me I’ll be watching The Deer Hunter.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

50 Happy Things

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So I have borrowed this from Alice of Wooden Windowsills, I saw her tweet about it in my half asleep daze yesterday morning and said to myself: yes! I must daydream and be wistful to wake up fully. I stayed pretty dozy, but it made me happy

  1. Unexpectedly bumping into friends and family.
  2. Going for coffee with Hannah, and neither of us being able to stay on one conversational track for any period of time.
  3. #PlymouthBlogMeet and any form of blogger event: talking Makeup, Beauty, and Fashion to other people who are equally obsessed? Perfection!
  4. Finding a chocolate bar in my backpack id forgotten about.
  5. New magazines at the start of the month.
  6. Being given magazines by a friend when her workplace replace theirs with the newer issues.
  7. The new design Cosmopolitan Magazine, seems to be knocking Glamour off my top spot.
  8. Starting a new book and falling in love with it.
  9. Book Club.
  10. Knowing that if I don’t like my new book, my kindle is full of books I do love.
  11. Rereading any of the Harry Potter novels.
  12. Pinterest
  13. Winter sunrises on clear mornings.
  14. Living by the water.
  15. Working by the water.
  16. Good films, whether that’s a trip to the cinema or watching Rocky Horror for the hundredth time.
  17. When Matt sends me photos from his dog walks, including updates on the swans and their cygnets.
  18. Hanging out with my sister and acting our weird and random selves.
  19. When the bus is on time and the bus driver is happy, and there is no one I know on the bus so I can sit quietly at the back and read.
  20. When I get home from work and someone has made me tea, whether its hot or leftovers ❤
  21. Not having to buy a meal deal, as I made a packed lunch the night before.
  22. The OC.
  23. Breaking up my workday by grabbing a coffee or lunch with a friend.
  24. Making the working week more exciting because I have after work plans with friends.
  25. When my dog gets so excited to see someone she starts shaking and squeaking and wagging her tail.
  26. Cornish beaches (though Devon beaches are also lovely)
  27. A warm mug of peppermint tea.
  28. When you climb into bed, after the hassle that is changing the sheets.
  29. When you wake up after falling asleep on a coach or bus journey, to discover you haven’t been snoring.
  30. Baking brownies. The smell of the chocolate butter, then the kitchen when theyre baking away in the oven, being able to share them and freeze some for another day.
  31. Baking anything really.
  32. When the event ive worked so hard on and stressed out over goes smoothly and everyone looks happy.
  33. When I meet someone else who’s studied my degree subject, or works in that industry. I get far too excited!
  34. Running a blog with a friend I truly value, and who is equally obsessed with all things bloggy.
  35. Joining twitter chats where people value your input and you bounce ideas off each other.
  36. Charity shopping. An aladins palace of a shop where you can find fashion from different decades, books, homeware, and the most random of things for less than a tenner? Perfect!
  37. Car boot sales, well worth an early start to look for bargins or just have a little peak into peoples lives.
  38. Miss Ivy Events: single handedly developing my vintage style by providing access to amazing stalls and inspirations.
  39. Watching American Horror Story, episode by episode with my brother.
  40. Finding someone else who has the same random obsessions or loves as I do (Horror films, Steven King, The OC…)
  41. Matt cuddling me.
  42. When I get a hug from my family, especially when I persuade my brother to hug me.
  43. Seeing old friends, and feeling like no time has passed.
  44. When you pull an outfit together, and you look amazing in it.
  45. Photos on your camera roll that take you back (such as these from this spring, or my graduation party photos)
  46. When I have a migrane and all I want to do is cry in a dark room and be cuddled, and Matt is very obliging.
  47. That smile when someone is genuinely happy to see you.
  48. This quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t: your right.” Henry Ford

  49. Or this quote: “Do or do not. There is no Try.” Yoda: The Empire Strikes Back

  50. Writing a blog post about all the best things in life and it really perking up your day! (stolen from Alice)

I feel as If i’ve completed one of those old facebook or myspace surverys. Im not going to tag anyone, but if youve completed this (or one like it) please post the link in the comments below, I’d love to read it!

-Emily

 

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