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Rum Doings Episode 30

by on Jun.10, 2010, under Rum Doings, The Rest

As you know we mark our every 10th episode with something very special. Our Now Show edition, special celebrity guest John Finnemore, and then for episode 30… John’s girlfriend Laura! Calm down.

Yes, indeed, episode 30 of Rum Doings contains a girl.


The topic of this episode to not discuss: What are we to do about the tragedy of the increasing dearth of Britain’s dwindling bees. Population.

Obviously we recognise that a girl being on the podcast will upset a lot of people, so if you wish to send her hate mail, please address it to this address.

We wonder at how a couple splits its mp3 collection, slander John’s childhood girlfriends, and and listen as John’s cat Dexter pathetically mews at the door. We concur that the Midlands are in the North, and then make sure we lose all our Midlander listeners.

There’s discussion of how bad episode 1 was, and how Laura is mad. Which science is best, and why Nick doesn’t believe in Thor. John’s job is pulled to pieces, with suggestions of features about Dexter in the Economist. Nick then sings the arcades. And what’s wrong with a job building sandcastles?

Then we become Top Gear, with our amazing analysis of cupholders in a Toyota Yaris. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, listen to this part of the podcast. Or start knitting. And would Eurovision work in America?

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22 Comments for this entry

  • Lewis

    The Midlands are absolutely predominantly in the South. Below Nottingham. That’s the rule.

  • Bryce

    Your voices haunted me in my sleep last night due to my leaving podcasts running, tainting my mind with tales of ketchup, paedophilia and breast milk; triggering inexplicable bouts of laughter throughout the day.

    These new words will bring me peace, thank you very much.

  • Lewis

    Also, the best (and only) maths joke I know:

    There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who do not.

  • radomaj

    Of course, there are also those who know about Gray code.

  • Colthor

    Finally I am in a demographic offended by Rum Doings! I look forwards to listening to it.

    Something told me Northampton was in the South East the other day, and as Wikipedia claims the centre-point of England is just north of Nuneaton that seems fair enough.

  • Me

    No matter how people you have on the podcast Nick fills up 2/3’s of it. If I were more inclined to mathematics I’d work out a formula to describe this phenomenon.

  • Freudian Trip

    The thing that’s always bothered me with ‘segue’ is its spelling. It just looks wrong.

  • EthZee

    That’s only because, like me, you’re thinking of the weird scooter thingy whenever someone says it.

  • Gassalasca

    Before listening to this episode, I just want to say that Episode 1 was the best ever. If nothing else, just by virtue of introducing me to Flanders and Swann.

  • Tris

    I think Laura is a delightful addition to the rum doings team. Thank you for another entertaining. Podcast.

  • EthZee

    Oh, was that the one where they discussed Mitch Benn and Deus Ex (and John fancying Kieron Gillen, in his towel)?

  • Alex

    This is a tangent on the eurovision song choice, but-

    English Canadian music/movies/tv can be pretty dull, because they’re competing directly with the massive industries just to the south of them, but without the economies of scale (and it becomes a Big Deal when a show like Flashpoint or Being Erica gets sold out of the country). The language barrier in Quebec is pretty helpful in that regard, because it lets the local artists do their thing without feeling the same pressure conform/rebel/whatever from the US media. If there was some equivalent international contest show here, I’d want them to pick a song like Les Deux Printemps to represent the country.

  • Five

    Yoko Ono indeed.

    And I thought Episode 1 was the perfect introduction to Rum Doings even if it didn’t have a name at the time. If I hadn’t have enjoyed Nick interrupting John then I wouldn’t have listened to Episode 2 and so on.

  • Nick Mailer

    Much of the time, John interrupts me, but he does it with a more Christly air, so you don’t notice.

  • Colthor

    That’s only because “Nick shouting” is the default state of the podcast, with second place going to “Nick stammering between shouts” ¬_¬

  • Bod Notbod

    Well, Laura seemed lovely but I’m not sure whether you ought to have guests on as you don’t really let them get a word in edge ways!

    The only remedy I can see for that is that you ask your guests questions (yes, I know you asked Laura a couple, but that’s not much in 45 minutes) but that would change the format of the show quite a lot; but if you’re only doing it once every ten shows then perhaps that doesn’t matter so much.

    At one point one of you made the comment that “this episode is one to fall asleep to”. Well, I can tell you that’s quite wrong. I listened to it at 4am after several unsuccessful attempts to sleep from 11pm and I lay down hoping to drift off. I’m afraid you’re entirely unable to compete with The Today Programme which reliably (last night aside) sends me off within an hour.

    Enjoyable enough episode but I think when you have a guest I put myself in the guest’s shoes and imagine what I’d say at certain points, so I got set of maddened on the guest’s behalf if they get cut off mid sentence or don’t say much.

  • John Walker

    To be quite honest, we find it rude that guests speak at all. They should sit there quietly.

  • Bod Notbod

    Fair enough.

    As long as you don’t get a guest wielding a vuvuzela on I don’t mind too much.

  • Nick Mailer

    Any guest wiedling a vuvuleza had better get used to blowing it anally.

  • Chris

    That’s fine Nick, but what about the vuvuzela?

  • Alex

    Why did the chicken cross the mobius strip?

    To get to the same side.