Friday, 11 April 2008

Gogol's The Nose, part vi

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We are adapting, no we have adapted, Gogol's The Nose for podcast. These are incredible events, but I assure you they are true. It is the 11th of April, and our story reaches a conclusion that is entirely satisfactory.

In this, the final episode, Zabet Stewart of The AntiCraft was the voice of reason.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Gogol's The Nose, part iii

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We are adapting Gogol's The Nose for podcast. Things lulled for a while, but the pace races on as we approach our miraculous conclusion. As I have tried to explain; this is my part three, which is the second half of Gogol's part two.

In short, Kovalev has lost his nose. He has found it again. I realise this sounds simple, but dear listener be aware of the tangled web we weave; barbers, police, a Doctor in a hat of questionable practicality, and even accusatons of witchcraft abound. Thank goodness we have Zabet Stewart of The AntiCraft and her inestimable talents.

Tomorrow, before the sun sets, I swear I will have for you the final piece of the jigsaw, the answer to the unanswerable, the concluding piece of


Friday, 28 March 2008

Gogol's The Nose, Part ii

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A litle more of Gogol's absurd story of nasal knavery. In the first part, Ivan Yakovlevitch finds a nose in a bread roll and attempts to dispose of it, only to be accosted by a constable.

Many questions linger unanswered; if Collegiate Assessor Kovalev had no nose, then how did he smell?

Enjoy, but do not allow yourself to become too excitable. It may be the 4th of April before the next installment is up.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Gogol's The Nose, Part i

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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol 1809 to 1852, which was too short a spell for such an interesting person to spend with us. I was reading a translation of Dead Souls and marvelling at the light, chatty tone with which Gogol wrote.

It's a shame, I thought, that Gogol died before the birth of the internet. He'd have been a great podcaster.

I will attempt to rectify this matter, and as re-animating Gogol is out of the question, (And how would we converse? I do not speak Russian.) for the next fortnight I'll run an adaptation of The Nose, an absurd and absurdist short story.


Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Graham's Star

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For those who know where to look it is as good a time for romance as any other. And it is a very good time to introduce the work of the authors Rabbit and Fischer, who should hopefully join us regularly.

Show Notes

Music is Bach 41:ii from Lara St Johns's Bach Violin Concerto's, provided by magnatunes.

Voices belong to Sage Tyrtle and Pete Pollard.

Stories Written. Titles Provided.

"In the usual sort of way, this is a tale about people. Like most tales, it begins at the beginning and never really ends, unfolding flower-like into the memories of its readers even after the echoes of the final punctuation have long since died away. This is also a tale about a partnership; for the world loves two heads far more than one. And, because the universe has a sense of obligation about these things, one of the two was very short, and quite squat; while the other was quite tall, thin and spindly. Some would whisper, secretly, with many sidelong glances, that sometimes, they had heard, it was the other way around.

"They had a small office which was wooden, and rickety, and old. The windows had a crust of unidentifiable grime on them, so that it seemed, on glancing down into the narrow street outside, that all the world was underwater, and the office floated like a bathysphere in the murk. Upon the frosted glass of the warped door, in bold black typeface, was simply printed 'Rabbit & Fischer. Stories Written. Titles Provided.' And this, sinking into the gloom, tossed by strange currents, is their tale."
~ ~ ~ Pete Pollard, Going Dutch

Rabbit and Fischer are writers, creators. One day I'll prise them from of their office and persuade them to let me in on the story of their meeting and their curious means of employment. For now, we will concern ourselves with the fruits of their labour.

It would be prudent to warn any potential customers that Rabbit and Fischer have an uncertain and oft times manipulative relationship with truth. Certainly no-one has seen much of Graham for a while. That said, the door is unlocked and appointments are not necessary. Titles are provided, stories are written, they just need to be asked.

Graham's Star,

Rabbit and Fischer are portrayed by:
Sage Tyrtle & Pete Pollard

Monday, 14 January 2008

Podcasters in chains

Todd Tyrtle very kindly invited me to take part in his new project.
This talking stick concerned the end of the world. And the progression through the piece, the serious, the light hearted, Brenda's brilliant resolution, I think it works rather well.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

My dad, the mummy, and I

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The short winter days flicker by, but the festive season nears an end and then this podcast should find a schedule. It's warm and bright outside, a weather that permeates todays stories and brings a certain morbidity. Or morbidness. Discuss.

Show Notes


The DoomSkulls of Power carol in the year. Later Prometheus Project lend us an echo of their bewitching Your Mother Suckled You With Bile Not Milk, You Brute.


There are two lies in this piece. Firstly, I was involved in the decision and the implementation of the pants on heads fiasco. Secondly, the whole thing with the mummy didn't actually happen. My father does work at a museum, and I am in love with the backrooms, but the story with unwanted cadavre is a Curator's Urban Legend that he collected while visiting other museums. I don't know if there is any truth in it at all. If you've ever incinerated a several-century old corpse contact me, I'd love to hear about it!


Coming soon, a season of Greek Myths!