Podcasts I’ve been listening to

I thought I’d share with you the podcasts that I’m listening to at the moment.

They are, in no particular order:-

The Danny Baker Show – Danny Baker and Lou Pepper present this two hour extravaganza live on a Saturday morning (9am – 11am) on Radio 5 Live.  The format each week is mostly the same in that Danny will tweet a selection of topics for listeners to peruse before he leaves for the studio.  The person with the most obscure and/or funny story will share it on air.  There is a guest which Danny will chat in-depth to and then there is the Sausage Sandwich Game.  Ahh the Sausage Sandwich Game – a hilarious game in which two callers (playing for any team they support) score goals against each other by answering trivia questions about the celebrity that week, including whether said celebrity has red sauce, brown sauce or no sauce at all on their sausage sandwich.  My description doesn’t do it justice – you really have to listen to the show to get the full effect.

Kermode & Mayo Film Review – Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo broadcast on Friday afternoons (2pm-4pm) on BBC Radio 5 Live.  During the show, Mark will review the latest films, there are guests, actor interviews and listeners emails.  The podcast does have extras that are not included in the live show.  Mark and Simon have a great rapport and make the show a joy to listen to.

Desert Island Discs – I’ve just finished listening to the Ed Sheeran episode – what a lovely down to earth guy.  I’ve written a post on my Desert Island Discs here.

At Home With Colin Murray – There are (at the time of writing) 5 episodes in the series but I’ve only listened to Jamie Carragher and Gary Lineker.  The guests are interviewed either in their own home, or they visit Colin in his.  The first 4 episodes are football related but episode 5 is all about Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh who are hockey players.

At Home With……… – Presented by Lily Pebbles and Anna Gardner.  This is a new podcast that was launched last week.  Lily and Anna are beauty bloggers who have added this podcast to their expanding empire (my words, not theirs).  There is only one episode at the moment – Jo Elvin who is the Beauty Editor of Glamour Magazine.  The guests are interviewed in their own home so the girls get to have a snoop as well as ask the questions that we would all like to know the answers to.  As well as listening, if you download the podcast via the Acast app, you get to see photos of the items that they talk about in the episode.  It shows how popular the girls are, as it went straight to number one in the iTunes audio podcast chart just based on people listening to the trailer.

The Emma Guns Show – another recent discovery but I absolutely love it.  It’s a beauty related podcast where Emma interviews a beauty insider and quizzes them on everything.  Topics to date have included online content, music taste, saving lives, and anxiety.  So far I have listened to Sam & Nic from Pixiwoo, Caroline Hirons and Fleur de Force.  Each one is over an hour long and it does feel like you are listening to friends having a chat as the conversation flows and it not forced.

So there you have it, my favourite podcasts at the moment.  What are you listening to – let me know in the comments.

Free Comic Book Day

Did you know that the first Saturday in May each year is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide promotion with the sole intention of getting more people to read comic books.

As in previous years my favourite comic shop, Limited Edition Comix are participating and will be giving away free comics to their customers.  Visit their Facebook page to see details of what else is happening in store on that day.

Limited Edition Comix are located in Stevenage (10 Market Place, SG1 1DB) and are sellers of not only comic books but Pop toys, action figures, tabletop games, Hot toys and much more.

If you visit the shop, you will be greeted by either owner Rich, Ed or Alice and if you need any help or recommendations on what you should buy they will only be too happy to help.

If you are unable to visit the shop, their website is updated regularly with the latest comic books which you can order and have sent direct to you.

For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit this page on the Free Comic Book Day website.

Do you have a favourite comic?  Mine is the Fables series.  Set in Fabletown, we follow the adventures of the townsfolk (the characters are based on people from fables, fairy tales and folklore) who have been forced out of their home by “The Adversary” and are living amongst us, blending in so as not to be found out.  Those who are unable to blend in are hidden at “The Farm”.  Residents of Fabletown include Prince Charming, Snow White, Rose Red, Red Riding Hood, Mowgli and many many more.  I read the “trade paperback” and there are twenty-two of those.  These are made up of four or five single issues.  I’m currently on issue 8.

Enjoy Free Comic Book Day and if you visit Limited Edition Comix, tell them I sent you.

Loves & Hates – April


Pretty Iconic – Sally Hughes – my full review of this fantastic beauty book is here.

The Good Fight – this is a spin-off show from The Good Wife – it follows various female lawyers as they deal with the fall out of a financial scam which wipes out the savings of Diane Lockhart, and destroys the reputation of one of the newest young lawyers.  Written by the same team as The Good Wife, The Good Fight is a grittier more rounded drama.  It is laugh out loud funny in places – this is due to the appearance in episode 5 of an old friend (I’m not going to spoil it for you but I cheered when they appeared on-screen).

iZombie (TV series) – Oliva (Liv) Moore, a medical student, is at a boat party when she gets scratched by a zombie which subsequently turns her into a zombie.  She takes a job in a coroner’s office so she has access to the brains she needs to eat to keep the zombie in her at bay.  The upside to being a zombie and having to eat brains is that Liv temporarily takes on the personality of the person whose brain she has eaten including all the quirks.  These range from a cheery coffee shop owner to a grumpy old man.  She has flashbacks of their memories which she is able to use to assist local Police Detective Clive Babineaux in solving their murders.  She passes herself off as a psychic in order to keep her secret from him.  The only person that knows her secret is her boss Medical Examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti and he agrees to keep her secret.  Netflix is currently showing season 3.

Speed Beauty by Caroline BarnesCaroline is a make-up artist who has a YouTube channel in which she shares her tips and tricks but, and this is genius, most of the videos are under two minutes.  Even her introduction video is concise.

St George’s Festival – an event held at Wrest Park every year to celebrate St George’s Day.  Hubby and I have been the last few years and we love it.  It’s a great celebration of everything that is good about our country.  There are stalls, jousting, re-enactments, medieval encampments and the battle of St George and the Dragon.  A fantastic day out for all the family.


Big Little Lies – I watched the first episode and half of the second and I was bored.  I’m not sure what all the hype is about.

Tomatoes – still don’t like them.

What are your loves and hates this month?

REVIEW: James Wong – How To Eat Better

Whilst browsing for healthy eating books on Amazon, I came across James Wong – How To Eat Better – How to Shop, Store & Cook to Make Any Food a Superfood and after reading the reviews, I decided to buy it.

I’m quite a fussy eater and do not like a lot of the foods that are meant to be good for you which means most recipe books are useless, so I was looking for a book that told me which foods I should be eating and how best to eat them.  This book does that. Continue reading “REVIEW: James Wong – How To Eat Better”

REVIEW: Fast & Furious 8

I went to see Fast & Furious 8 (also known as “The Fate of the Furious”) on Friday and thought I would write a quick review for you.

Fast & Furious 8 is the eighth movie (see what I did there) in the Fast and The Furious franchise and follows Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) as he settles down to married life with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), until they are rudely interrupted by Cipher (Charlize Theron) who blackmails Dom into helping her and turns him against his team. Continue reading “REVIEW: Fast & Furious 8”

REVIEW: Sali Hughes – Pretty Iconic

Nothing beats receiving a book for Christmas, and whilst the younger me loved the Beano and Dandy annuals, the older me is gravitating more towards beauty books and last year I received a copy of Sali Hughes’ new book Pretty Iconic.  Sali is a journalist, broadcaster and writer.  She has her own beauty website salihughesbeauty.com/ and also a YouTube channel – there you can watch her brilliant series called “In the Bathroom with….” where she interviews people in their bathroom and has a good old nosy at their beauty products. Continue reading “REVIEW: Sali Hughes – Pretty Iconic”

My Desert Island Discs

I’ve been listening to a lot of old episodes of Desert Island Discs recently after stumbling across and enjoying Bob Harris’ episode from February 2014.

For those of you that don’t know, Desert Island Discs is a BBC Radio 4 programme in which a guest is invited by the presenter to choose the eight recordings (I think originally they were gramophone records) they would take with them to a desert island.  The first episode was recorded by the creator Roy Plomley in 1942.  Michael Parkinson took over in 1985 and Sue Lawley presented for 18 years from 1988.   Kirsty Young is the current presenter. Continue reading “My Desert Island Discs”