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This week Robert speaks with Joshua Millage Co-Founder of Lifter LMS, a free, open source ‘learning management system’ plugin for WordPress aimed at people who want to sell online courses – AND make them ‘sticky’.
|ESTE PROGRAMA se emitió en directo desde los estudios de Contrabanda 91.4fm Barcelona el 20 DE ABRIL DE 2016. Invitado especial: Edi Barcelo (a.k.a. Chumbinho).Nos puedes escuchar en vivo todos los miércoles a la web de la radio! Localiza tu zona de horários abajo.|
THIS SHOW was broadcast live from the studios of Contrabanda 91.4fm Barcelona on 20 APRIL 2016. Special guest : Edi Barcelo (a.k.a. Chumbinho).Interact with us during our live broadcasts on the radio website, every Wednesday! Find your timezone below.
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This week on The Bugcast: we talk live with Kevie, Lainey, and Yannick about podcasting and Podcrawl, plus our usual mix of 8 amazing Creative Commons and independent tracks!
Lainey and Yannick on last week's show
Open Country – a new country podcast – launches Sunday 1 May 2016
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We've just done one of our free community events, performing at an old people's home in Liverpool. It was a lovely gig and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. But then at the end, chaos occurred.
As we bid everyone goodbye and made to leave, we heard a kerfuffle from behind us, and a cry of “wait” from one of the ladies. Looking round, we saw that some of the residents had started getting money out of their purses. We tried to stop them, but they were resolutely thrusting it into our hands. It was impossible to stop them and hand their money back, as more and more hands kept going, until everyone started joining in. As the enthusiasm for this exercise increased among the residents, the amounts of money that were being presented to us were getting larger and larger, with some people handing over notes. If we'd have accepted all the money that was being thrust at us then we'd probably have come away from this short afternoon performance in an old people's home with more money than we'd made on any of our actual gigs. We kept trying to hand people their money back, but it was becoming increasingly difficult as more and more people pushed their hands at us and dropped their offering on the table. The table was now covered with coins and notes. Plus, we had no idea who had given what. If we tried asking people what they'd given, so that we could give it back, they either refused to tell us or said they couldn't remember, which may have been true – after all they are ninety and their memories are probably not brilliant – or just an excuse to stop us returning the money to them.
The staff attempted to step in and reissue the money to people, but they had no idea who'd given what. The place was in chaos. Some people had gone to their rooms, realising that they hadn't got any money, and were now coming back to give us money, not realising that we'd actively been avoiding taking it for the last five minutes. Some people were pursuing us out of the place, still trying to give us money.
The staff are clearly not going to be able to give the right amount of money to the people who gave it, and so maybe we should have accepted. But it seemed wrong to offer a gig for free and then end up coming away with hundreds of pounds. But is it patronising of us to refuse their money just because they are in their nineties? We refused the money as soon as it was offered. Had we accepted, would staff have stepped into intervene? Regardless, it just seemed inappropriate for us to accept.
But maybe we are going about our performance career in the wrong way here. Maybe we should be using the money from benevolent old people to subsidise our gigs for everyone else. The beauty of this scheme is that the old people don't have to travel anywhere, because they live in the venue we'd be performing in, as it's sheltered accommodation. Therefore, with the money they're saving on travel, they can afford to pay a healthy amount to us. Also, the fact that these people are reaching the end of their lives means that they'll be able to afford to be extra benevolent.
The three of us wouldn't need to bother paying for a hotel, because we'd be able to stay in the residential home, either sharing a bed with a benevolent old lady, or taking advantage of any beds that have recently become free due to a resident dying. The bonus of this scheme is that there'll be some lucky ladies in their nineties who get to have a night of passion with a man in his thirties, which we'd be offering as a free extra. Or maybe we should be charging. After all, I doubt that any of these ladies in their nineties would have ever thought they'd get the chance to spend another night with anyone ever again, never mind someone so young and attractive. I mean, obviously there's a chance that they might be lumped with Michael or Sean, but at least they'd still be getting someone young. Then, with all this money we're making and saving from gigging to and sleeping with old people, we'll be able to lower the fees on our main gigs. I cannot see a problem with this scenario, and I intend to forward this Dollop onto our agent immediately.
I think it's very doubtful that the staff at today's home are going to be able to give the right amount of money back to the right people. Perhaps the residents will just decide to split the money between them equally. They may even elect to put all their money on the table and split all of it equally between them, and start a new utopian life where everyone is equal. This idea might then spread into other old people's homes, and this might eventually filter down to the rest of society. Sadly, this would eventually invariably lead to people being put to death, as yet another communist attempt fails to effectively get off the ground. We thought it would be nice to do some free gigs for people in the community, but we may have ended up accidentally launching a bloody communist revolution, resulting in the possible death of millions. Lesson well and truly learnt. We'll be sure to only do gigs for lots of money in the future, and hope that the people in the residential home in Liverpool either die or have a collective memory laps before they can set their communist plans to action.
Sorry if you were hoping for some showbiz stories from the folk awards and conversations with celebrities, but I find all of that massively daunting and intimidating. I am much more secure and content being in my own little bubble, writing blogs about having sex with ninety-year-old women. But come on, let's be honest, you would clearly rather read about fictional communist revolutions brought about by ninety-year-olds in a residential home than listen to me having a conversation with Martin Freeman, wouldn't you? What? Really? Oh, well, sorry.
The title of this Dollop, Money From Old Folk, is meant to be a sort of pun on Money For Old Rope, but I'm not sure if it works and was maybe a bit too subtle. That's the trouble with me: I am just too subtle. I'm sick of people constantly telling me that, time and time again. “Oh you're so subtle David,” they say. I would tell them to fuck off, but I'm far too subtle to do that.
While the UK economy has recovered from the economic crisis, few would argue that the recovery is built on strong foundations. Wages are only just starting to rise in real terms after a number of years of decline. Economic output remains weak compared to previous recoveries, and the state is still spending almost £90 billion a year more than it receives in tax. A particular concern for economists is low productivity – the amount of wealth produced by each worker – which is well below that of other countries and 15 per cent below where it would have been if pre-crisis trends had continued.
Yet across the main political parties there seems little vision of how the UK economy could look different in five, 10 or 20 years’ time. The chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has made much play about the creation of a ‘northern powerhouse’. The HS2 railway has cross-party support, but many are sceptical about its economic potential. Beyond this, there seems little sense of how the economy could be transformed. Indeed, many new industries with the potential to revolutionise the UK economy – like fracking, nuclear power and biotech – have faced considerable resistance.
In 2014, the Wright Report, an independent report commissioned by the Labour Party, called for ‘a modern, active industrial policy’ that was not about ‘government “picking winners”, investing in large companies, or trying to plan the economy’ but focused on ‘improving the environment in which companies operate, recognising the positive influence that government can have, and working together to tackle the challenges’. These included barriers to investment, the overall load of taxation and the lack of skilled workers, all still serious problems. That said, there are causes for optimism. In certain sectors, productivity has risen sharply in recent years. Productivity in car manufacturing is high, while in aircraft engine manufacturing and financial services, the UK is a world leader. Moreover, the UK’s universities offer excellent capacity for research and development.
If UK businesses can be excellent in some arenas, why is the UK apparently so unproductive overall? What are the barriers to a new and innovative economy? Why is new business investment so low? Do we need a bout of creative destruction, making painful choices about leaving some areas of economic activity behind, in order to allow new sources of wealth creation to flourish?
associate editor, Pieria; contributor to Nesta’s Our Work Here is Done, exploring the frontiers of robot technology
economist, Social Market Foundation
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Also revealed: We make light of the impending collapse of capitalism.
This is going to be another hastily written Dollop, as
on stage at Warwick Arts Centre in an hour. I've spent the day doing loads of interviews, plus we did another of our free community events today in a primary school in Coventry. So if this Dollop appears rushed and a bit uninspired then don't blame me, blame the BBC Radio 2 awards panel for having the temerity to vote us best group again. As a result, I was up partying all night, only got three hours sleep and have spent the day doing interviews. Plus there's been loads of Facebook comments, tweets and messages to wade through. Whereas if we hadn't won I'd have probably gone to bed a lot earlier, got a lot more sleep and wouldn't have had all the congratulatory comments to plough through, nor would I have had to do any interviews, meaning my brain would be a lot less frazzled and I'd have time to actually write something decent. The Folk Awards judges really have no consideration. What were they thinking?
While it was great to win the award for the second year running, the true highlight was that the Dollop got a shout out. We were standing on stage, and just before our acceptance speech, as the applause died down, there was a shout from the audience of “give us a Dollop David.” I didn't notice at the time, but listening to it back on the radio, it is clearly audible. The shouter is Irish Mythen, who's supporting us on tour at the moment. I mean she's probably just angling for a bit more money from us and thought that a Dollop-related shout out would soften me up.
I also had lots of lovely conversations with people at the folk awards who are Dollop listeners. There were quite a lot of people who were telling me that they listen everyday before going to sleep. I find it's strange to think that there are people who hear my voice and enter my mind on a daily basis, and also that for some people, mine is the last voice they hear before they go to sleep. There were quite a few women who told me this, although none of them accepted my half-joking invitation to have my none-recorded voice lulling them to sleep, for the very reasonable price of their body, by which I am referring to their live body in a sexual capacity, in case you were worried that I meant that I intended to kill them, which would probably be a bit much, even for such an amazing experience as the one I was offering. But no, I am not a psycho; just a slightly creepy sexually repressed idiot.
I didn't feel too rejected though, as it's obvious that the only reason these female Dollop listeners didn't take me up on my semi-jocular offer was because they didn't want to distract me from recording the audio versions of the Dollops, which I was two days behind on. So they gallantly decided to sacrifice their night of unbridled pleasure with me for the greater good, knowing how bereft they and all the other Dollop listeners would be if they had to go any longer without hearing the latest audio Dollop. I would like to thank you all for being strong enough to resist, what must have been, the overpowering urge to succumb to the pleasures of the flesh, and thus allowing me to leave the party at 3am in order to record the two pending audio Dollops. You are truly amazing and inspirational women. I take my hat off to you; though sadly not my pants.
I also spoke to the winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. You may remember from Dollop 22 that I mentioned that they'd put a thing on Twitter declaring their favourite artists. Included on the list was Maddy Prior and other big names in folk. But right at the top of the list was my name, not The Young'uns, but just me, and they had linked to my twitter account. Naturally I'd assumed that they'd meant to write The Young'uns and somehow accidentally just tagged me instead, however I spoke to them both yesterday, and they said that they had deliberately meant to mention me, because they listened to these Dollops everyday in bed before they go to sleep. Well, at least, I assume they listen to it and then fall asleep. They just told me that they listened every night in bed. Whether they find the Dollops an audio aphrodisiac or not is none of my business, and to be honest I wouldn't want to know. After all, it would be a bit of a kick in the teeth to discover that I was responsible for two people getting it on on a nightly basis, when me and my female followers are sacrificing our pleasure so that they can have their daily dose of audio arousal.
While it was really nice to hear that they were big fans of the Dollops, they sadly did not thank me in their awards speech. I'm sure they will next year, now they've listened to this Dollop and can appreciate the sacrifices that I and others make for them.
I have to go now, as I'm due on stage in two minutes.
You can listen/watch the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards here Our speech is in the last half an hour. See if you can hear the Dollop shout out before we start talking.