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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This Week In London - Xmas Shout Out Podcast

Full shownotes to follow but here's a link


And a special video link to my favourite Christmas song. Evar!!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Free Copy of London Nobody Knows and Les Bicyclettes de Belsize DVD


Here's a quick one for you. Send me an @parkylondon message on Twitter and give me a 140 letter or less reason why you should have it. The best Tweet (IMHO) will get a copy of the above DVD which has two films on it. "The London Nobody Knows" is particularly interesting as it shows London in the early sixties. It's a Region 2 (Europe) DVD but that shouldn't stop anyone with skillz from watching it! I'll let the competition run for 3 days from today so get cracking.

I was going to set up a competition in the show but have something else in mind - so here's a freebie.

Here's a review of the disk from Amazon. I couldn't say it better:

"This DVD consists of two films, 'The London Nobody Knows' and 'Les Bicyclettes De Belsize'. There are similarities in both films: both are short, the first 45 minutes, the second 30. Both were filmed in London, in colour, in the 1960's. And both are collector's items.

'The London Nobody Knows' is, as the title suggests, a look at some lesser known sights of London and is narrated by James Mason. We begin in an old music hall in Camden which is almost literally falling down. There is a sense of eery seediness here; one of the singers who performed here was the wife of the notorious Dr. Crippen. It was clearly a beautiful hall in its heyday, but was caught on film just before the very final curtain fell. We move through some street markets, and to an extraordinary sight in Holborn. Here we see a gas-lit gent's toilet, with, above the urinals, a fish tank- complete with living fish! Apparently some goldfish suffered the indignity of being moved into this tank (which really did house fish once) for the cameras, and were then safely taken back to a better place afterwards. Another old gents' toilet is shown down an alleyway, and it's in the style of the classic French pissoir- completely unexpected in London. We see an ornate gas lamp near the Savoy theatre which acts as a ventilation system for the sewer underneath. Is that still there I wonder? But this film is about people more than things, and we see a number of, mostly, men who are down on their luck. The Salvation Army Hostel provides a home for many, and Mason is seen chatting with a number of the men, all of whom seem quietly resigned to their lot. But this is not a film where the presenter intercedes too often; most of the time the director allows the camera itself to tell the tale. We can let our own minds decide what life journeys these men have experienced. There are true London characters too, the sort who seem to have disappeared off the streets altogether now. A couple of true street entertainers are shown, flamboyantly dressed. And one of the delights is seeing little incidentals; these entertainers take a break in the pub, and a pump on the bar is clearly visible- the dreaded Watney's Red Barrel! The Salvation Army band is seen marching the car-free streets, children in tow; remember that sight? And there is a really moving moment where a man, poor but obviously proud, sings a sad lament (in Hebrew or Yiddish, I think) whilst the demolition ball is seen crashing into walls, bringing them crumbling down. This is not a morose film though, far from it. A sense of community was just about hanging on in there in the sixties, and we see crowds of people everywhere. In the streets, in a huge family shop where all the staff wear white coats, in markets. And children actually lark around in the streets. This is all wonderful stuff, and is professionally filmed and edited.

The second film, 'Les Bicyclettes De Belsize', is a real oddity. It is more in the French style than the British, from the very opening which features a long continuous pan across the roofs of Hampstead Village. A very French-sounding song plays in the background. A man in underpants is seen escaping through an open window. Another man in underpants is seen, through a window, shaving. Then we see another chap, not in underpants, cycling across the roofs. As you do. This ultimately leads to him chasing a blonde beauty. Will there be a happy ending? Watch it and see. This film was photographed by Wolfgang Suschitsky, the father of the distinguished cinematographer Peter Suschitsky, incidentally, so again we are seeing a high quality production. It may not be your cup of tea, but you must see it.

Two outstanding and original films then. The picture and sound quality is excellent in both. There are no extras. You don't need them. I had just read that day's listings in Radio Times and seen what dross was on T.V, watched this DVD, then watched it all over again.

This is a collector's item; buy it while you can. "

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I am sending emails!

To : Jennifer

I am sending replies - I sent a quick one today. Can you check your spam bin and see if my emails are in there? Could you let me know via email (so I know it's okay)

And yes, if it's possible I'd be happy to do that!



Thursday, November 27, 2008

This Week In London #37 HMS Belfast

Hi everyone

Thanks for visiting me again - it's always good to see you here! I've got another show for you today. It's the long-awaited HMS Belfast show. I've been going on about it for a while so here it is. Discover some history, some visiting information and a "special guest" take on the ship.

Remember you can contact me on Twitter and Facebook as well as here or by mail. I am "parkylondon" on Twitter and you can search for This Week In London on Facebook.

You can listen by pressing the player button at the top or by pressing play or by pressing this here. See? It's easy!

Finally, if you like you can subscribe by email. Just pop your email addy in the box above and we'll make sure you never miss an update. If you're "au fait" with RSS you can use that too!

If you haven't already done it can I ask you to complete the survey? Just click the multi-colored box above!

Music in this show is from Jamie Cullum, Adrienne Pierce and Ehren Stark - links below!

The piece at the end is from Diamond Geezer - you can check his site out here but the piece he wrote about HMS Belfast is here

Ehren Starks can be found here and on Magnatunes here

Jamie Cullum
"I Want To Be A Popstar" (mp3)
from "Pointless Nostalgic"
(Candid Productions)
Amazingly it's exactly a year since I played this track last. To the day... Weird.

And finally, Adrienne Pierce can be found here

There you have it. Another show is in the can.. Have fun and keep in touch.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

TWiL #36 - How Many Rivers?

Greetings one and all and thank you for sticking with me.

Before I get into the show notes proper I completely forgot to mention the survey up there on the top left of the web site. If you have already completed it thank you - I really appreciate the feedback. What I am trying to do is understand how I can improve the show, what I can do to make it better for you my loyal listeners! I have no idea who says what (it's totally anonymous) but it does tell me what you think is good and bad. SO thanks if you can find the time to fill it in.


This show is about the rivers of London. Most people know that the Thames flows through London. But what about The Lea? Or The Quaggy? Or the Ravensbourne? Listen and join in!

You can listen to the show from the player below or by clicking here

All the music in this show is from Ingrid Michaelson. You can get her album from Amazon here or from her website here

Sunday, November 09, 2008

How to ride a London Bus - 1950's style

This is interesting from an historical perspective but quite horrifying to these 21st Century eyes and ears. The film was designed to "educate" newly arrived foreigners in London in the intricacies of bus-riding. The films unravels the mysteries with helpful advice like, "Be sure to board a bus headed to your destination," and explaining that drivers aren't allowed to run over school-children.

1950 was a long time ago...

Monday, October 27, 2008

TWiL 36 How Many Rivers?

In preparation. How many London rivers do you know?

Monday, September 08, 2008

What's this England Britain Scotland UK thing all about?

[Before I get started - there's a new This Week In London below this post - all about Pubs and Beer]

A lot of people get confused by the number of ways we here in Her Majesty's lands refer to ourselves. You could be talking to someone who is from any of the following:

Great Britain
United Kingdom

So I thought I'd try to clarify things a bit for you.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is formed of two bits - Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain itself, is England, Scotland and Wales.

We English were an aggressive bunch back in the day (some would say we still are but thats a different story) and we essentially invaded and subjugated Wales and Scotland. Wales is now a "Principality" - as in the Prince of Wales and Scotland is a country in its own right. The Scots would argue that they merged with us and not us with them - but that's them rewriting history IMHO. We lost the King (James I and James VI) but we won the war. As for Ireland - where do you start? England treated the Irish like dirt for several hundred years. In the end they fought for and won their independence in 1921 when The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed which created the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland or Ulster.

So to summarise:

Great Britain is comprised of England, Scotland and Wales plus a number of smaller islands such as the Isle of Wight, Anglesey, the Scilly Isles, the Hebrides, and the island groups of Orkney and Shetland. It doesn't include the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands who form a Federacy with the UK as "The Crown Dependencies of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man".

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island is Great Britain plus Northern Ireland plus the 14 overseas territories we still own[1].

So there you have it. We're a bunch of small islands with a lot of history, a few chips on the shoulder, and the ability to be the best and worst of things.

I love my country. British by birth, English by the Grace of God.

And in the words of Bill Shakespeare:

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'"

[1] (British Antarctic Territory / South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
/ British Indian Ocean Territory / Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia / Pitcairn Islands / Falkland Islands / Saint Helena / Anguilla / British Virgin Islands / Cayman Islands / Montserrat / Gibraltar / Bermuda
/ Turks and Caicos Islands)

Saturday, September 06, 2008

This Week In London #35 - Great British Boozer

Pubs! Yay! Boozers! I'll have half! Yeah right - I'll get you the top half..

Greetings all and I'm really happy to be releasing this, the 35th This Week In London. Today I'm covering the Great British Boozer. Lots of stuff to talk about and stay tuned after the end for a special.

Listen to it here

The piece on pub names is here 

Mitre Tavern
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

Dirty Dicks
Link 1
Link 2 Read the comments!
Link 3

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

The Wheatsheaf, Borough Market
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3 Oh yes.. London is a rich tapestry alright

No mention of the British Boozer would be complete without a mention of CAMRA, the Campaign For Real Ale. Camra has been around since 1971 and I've been attending beer festivals organised by them for some years. The Catford Beer Festival is a particular favourite.

Here's a decent summation of the various types of beer. Lager is noticeable by its absence (!)

Finally here is the list of pubs with special things going for them.

Da Moozik
Three Blind Mice - Watchstar
Amplifico - Logic Kills The Fire 
Keith Varon - Intoxicated

Hope you enjoy the show!

HMS Belfast will be next. Probably.

Monday, September 01, 2008

A new show is in the works,

Profuse apologies for the lack of shows. I've been holidaying and partying (and working!) for the past month but I do have a show in the works and it should be with you mid week all other things being equal.

It's either going to be about HMS Belfast OR about pubs in London. Which would you prefer first?


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cheapside Market

Here are selection of pictures taken from my trip to London yesterday for the Cheapside Market - the first one to be held on Cheapside for over 250 years.

London airship video

I saw the airship flying around London last week and when I saw this courtesy of Londonist I couldn't resist a cross post. An excellent video.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This Week In London #34- Ruby Murray

Hello loyal listeners. Sorry it's been soooo long - I explain why in the show but it was too long. This TWIL is all about a British institution - the curry. I talk about the history of the curry, where it came from and how the British have changed it in its home country as well.

Listen to it here

Music is by Slashed Seat Affair, Nick Cave and Bad Seeds and Black Lab.

Please do email or leave comments - I really do appreciate and reply to every single one. Thanks!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Next show

Right. Mr. Gates and Mr. Ballmer take some of the blame for this post along with the muppets at Nvidia who cannot write a Video Card Driver to save their lives.

I was all geared up, research ready, voice in good working order and ready to record last night. Went to my PC, switched on and the next thing I knew was that it was 01h30 and I had just got my PC back up and running.

What had happened? I had updated my graphics card software. Big mistake. BIG mistake.

In the end I had to format my C: drive and reinstall Windows. So - until my PC is back up properly - it still has issues - and all the audio software is back on it - my latest show "Westminster Abbey" will have to wait.

Believe me I am as narked as you. Later.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New show in the works

Just to let you all know that I'm working on a new show. It's been a while but This Week In London will be back in the next couple of days. Thanks for bearing with me. June was tough.

I'm taking requests for the music. What would you like me to play?


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June - a great month and a miserable month

Hi there one and all.

I just wanted to post a quick update and let you know what was going on. Long and the short of it is that June is going to be a right-off for new This Week In London podcasts. I've got a strong need to record one but no time.

I just got back from a fortnight in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Next Sunday I'm off to Orlando and then on to the Bahamas. Yeah, I know "you. poor. thing".

Trouble is YoungestSon pointed out to me that I will only have seen him for six days in June. Which is a massive downer. I haven't travelled for a while and this month is exceptional. But...

Anyway, I want to do a show, I have a show to do (two out of three ain't bad) but have no time to do it. D'oh. And that's the third thing I need. Time.

Please do keep the comments and emails coming in - don't forget, you can leave me a message on the Skype phone and I can pick them up. I'll reply to everyone. Just maybe not in June! :-(



Saturday, May 31, 2008

Downloads on This Week In London

I just wanted to post a huge thank you to all my listeners out there in Podcast Land. I've been looking fairly closely to my stats and realised that for the last few months I've been averaging 10,000 downloads a month!

When I first started doing This Week In London I always thought that it would be niche audience - how many people want to listen to me warbling on about London after all? It seems I was wrong! 10,000 downloads wrong...

So, thank you for your support. I really appreciate your continued participation in the show.

Don't forget you can send email, leave a comment or even ring me up and leave a message. I'll reply to everyone and if you do leave an audio comment I'll do my best to use it in the show.

I'm always looking for ideas for the show so don't be shy!

Did I say thanks? Thanks.

Monday, May 26, 2008

TWIL #33 - Docklands Light Railway

Greetings! In this show I interview two top guys from the Docklands Light Railway. I hope you enjoy it. It's my usual blend of interesting background information combined with my irreverant prattlings.

You can play the podcast by clicking the PuPu Player (no, really) up there at the top of the page. Alternatively you can listen to the show here:

I have one of the DLR Goody Bags here if anyone wants it enough. Best comment detailing why they should have it will get it.

Music is by
Twelfth Night - Sequences
Wes Brookes - Parka
Black Lab - Ghost In Your Mind


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

TWiL #32 - Buckingham Palace

Greetings one and all and welcome to This Week in London #32 - Buckingham Palace.

You can play the podcast by clicking the PuPu PLayer (no, really) up there at the top of the page. Alternatively you can listen to the show here:

This time I'm putting Buckingham Palace under the viewing glass. Interesting place and a builders dream. It's been built and rebuilt since the early part of the 18th Century with some humungous heavy lifting jobs done to it.

The picture at the very top is a great panoramic by Meichimite from FLickr under Creative Commons. The rather wet one is one I took when Flat Stan went on his trip round London in 2002. The lower one is of a Garden Party, courtesy of the CC-licensed image from Flickr by Mark Hillary. Thanks to them both for making it available under Creative Commons.

Music this time out is:

Black Lab with Ghost in your Mind - where you can buy the album Passion Leaves a Trace and See The Sun (strong recommendation for both these albums - awesome stuff )

Beyond7 with Smoke. You can buy the album at iTunes - click here
Thanks to Steven for the CD and a strong recommendation to go listen to the music.


DJ Earworm with Funky goes to Hollywood
Which I thought was just terrific and worth playing on the show even if it is "just" a mashup.

As always, your feedback is appreciated and all emails ARE read AND replied to by yours truly.
I hope you enjoy the show and look out for another show PDQ!

Monday, April 21, 2008

This Week In London #31 - Three Very Important People

Hi everyone. Here's Episode 31 where I talk about three very important people. The three are the Chelsea Pensioners, the Pearly Kings and Queens and the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

You can listen to the show here:

Music is by Sender with Sleepwalker
Wes Brookes with Autumn Sun and
We The Living with Atlantic. Also at the Podsafe Music Network and at iTunes.

Update: I just had a lovely email from Wes Brookes:
"Thanks for the request! My name is Wes Brookes and the band was called the Wes Brookes Band simply because we couldnt think of a suitable name. We are called Resination (for now) but I think that will change it to Resonation in the next week or so (we are currently debating the spelling - we were Rezination last week).....just advertise us as the reggae band from West Yorkshire (I think we are the only reggae band up here) called Resonation featuring Wes Brookes ! Cheers for interest."

I got a phenomenal response to the the Sender track last time out so I was delighted to receive an email from the band's manager with a link so you can go download the tracks. There are 8 tracks for download here (updated with correct link)

I wanted to play Beyond 7 tonight but the track kept bombing out my Acid Pro set up. If I can ask Steven to send the tracks again that would be v. cool.

Anyways, enough prattling on from me. Thanks to Paul Nicholls for the idea and heartfelt commiserations on your bad luck mate. I hope they catch the *^$£%$ thugs and kick some sense into them. Chances are though they'll get away with it in this country. You need to be... Nope - not for this site. Please send messages of support to Paul Nicholls at www.podcastpaul.com

Take care.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

TWIL #30 - The Crown Jewels

Greetings all!

Tonight's show is all about the Crown Jewels of the royals of Britain. I changed my format with this show - rather than having general bullet points I have actually written out a script of sorts (I still deviate a little ;-) so it flows better. It's a bit more work upfront but better in the recording stage. I'm *really* interested in what you think about it - please do email me with your thoughts!

You can listen to the show here:

Music on the show is provided by

Sender - Alive and Kicking (demo)

Penda's Fen - Walking on the Edge

Ehren Starks - The Tale of Room 620

Please do support the bands who give their music to be played on podcasts - we get to play it to you for free - they make nothing from the podcast plays on shows like this. They hope you will like the music enough to go buy it!

So there you have it - a tad longer than usual but not as much as I thought at the beginning of the show. I hope you enjoy it and if you feel the need to send me a mail, call me on Skype or leave comment then please do! Thanks.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

TWIL #29 - London Heathrow Terminal 5

Hi all. This show is all about London Heathrow Terminal 5. I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours earlier this week being given a guided (chaperoned) tour of LHR T5.

For the record, the building is amazing - deisgned by the Richard Rogers Partnership and opening on 27th March 2008 it's going to take London Heathrow into the 21st Century in a big way. Everything about LHR T5 is huge - from the 96 check in desks to the 18km of baggage belts... mind blowing.

You can listen to the show here:

I'm sure I've left stuff out so I suggest you go visit www.BA.com for the most up to date information. In fact it's essential you do so as the various terminals that BA uses at the moment are gradually transitioning over to T5 but some are NOT. Be aware of that and double check before you go to the wrong one!

Plenty of pictures from Terminal 5 are available here.
Thanks for link to the pictures at the BBC (see comments in previous post) but I have permission to post these ones.

Other bits of news are the new "enhanced" security checks for internal flights in the UK. I think Civil Liberties people should dig a little deeper here. Taking Liberty? You betcha. Listen for the low down.

Music is by

Esteban with Santiago

Lato with London Girl

Finniston with Another Love Song from the Organised for Hi Fi album

So, to wrap up. An awesome building, great logistical feat to get it built. Not sure about the domestic flight civil liberties issue but elsewise - fab.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Next Show: London Heathrow Terminal 5

Very nice, very interesting, visit to London Heathrow Terminal 5 yesterday afternoon. Fascinating place and wonderful looking. I'll be doing a show about it over the next couple of days but watch out for the Civil Liberties issue I've uncovered. They've been keeping this very quiet and no wonder...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

TWIL#28 - Marylebone

Hi all!

This show was prompted by an audio comment sent to me by Paul Nicholls, a good mate and great podcaster who recorded something for me while he was in London. He mentioned Marylebone and I thought that's a great place. I hope I do it justice.

You can listen to the show here:

I cover 221B Baker Street, the "home" of Sherlock Holmes, Madame Tussauds, the London Planetarium and Lords with a bit of a detour to talk about the movie "Plunkett & Macleane" via the River Tyburn, the hanging tree and Newgate Prison.

The music in this show is provided by Sera via www.myspace.com/seramusic

Don't be shy - send me email (I reply to every mail!) and comment below.

Have a great day.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

This Week In London #27 - BT Tower / Post Office Tower

I'm on my last legs as I write this; the jet lag is almost gone - but it's done. This Week In London #27 is available for your musical and Londonist needs. This time I take a peek at The BT Tower or as I keep calling it, the Post Office Tower. My pictures are at the bottom of this post....

Built in 1964, opened in 1966, the Post Office Tower was the tallest building in London for quite some time. The views from the (still)(just) rotating restaurant area are stunning (see below) but only if you go to the Tower - you'll need to listen to the show to get that joke.

You can listen to the show here:

Music from the Podsafe Music Network courtesy of

Manic Street Preachers with two tracks from their "Send Away The Tigers" album
first up was "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" followed by "Autumn Song". Good solid rock out tracks. Don't forget the fast forward if they are not to your taste. But - for heavens sake - it is the Manics!

The bonus track this evening is from Punam Verma who is also on the PMN - this was HUSH...

Thanks for all your emails and comments over the past few weeks. Daz - if you're reading this - send me the file and I'll edit and link to it here.

I'll be back with another show, in a week or so. Three for February - or should that be FreeFerFeb? Peace.

I've posted them to my Flickr page... you know how to find me right? Just google parkylondon... Or if you're feeling less inquisitive click here

Ow to tork saff essex

This has been an invaluable guide to me and I live in London! If you need help (and you might, even taking into account the explanations) just drop me a line or leave a comment!

alma chizzit - A request to find the cost of an item

amant - Quantity; sum total ('Thez a yuge amant of mud in Saffend')

assband - Unable to leave the house because of illness, disability etc

awss - A four legged animal, on which money is won, or more likely lost ('That awss ya tipped cost me a fiver t'day')

branna - More brown than on a previous occasion ('Ere, Trace, ya look branna today, ave you been on sunbed?')

cort a panda - A rather large hamburger

Dan in the maff - Unhappy ('Wossmatta, Trace, ya look a bit Dan in the maff')

eye-eels - Women's shoes

Furrock - The location of Lakeside Shopping Centre

garrij - A building where a car is kept or repaired(Trace: 'Oi, Darren, I fink the motah needs 'a go in the garrij cos it aint working proper')

Ibeefa - Balaeric holiday island

lafarjik - Lacking in energy ('I feel all lafarjik')

OI OI! - Traditional greeting. Often heard from the doorway of pubs or during banging dance tunes at clubs

paipa - The Sun, The Mirror or The Sport

reband - The period of recovery and emotional turmoil after rejection by a lover ('I couldn't elp it, I wuz on the reband from Craig')

Saffend - Essex coastal resort boasting the longest pleasure pier in the world. The place where the characters from TV's, popular soap opera, Eastenders go on holiday

tan - The city of London, the big smoke

webbats - Querying the location something or someone is. ('Webbats is me dole card Trace? I've gotta sign on in arf hour')

wonnid - 1. Desired, needed. 2. Wanted by the police

zaggerate - To suggest that something is bigger or better than it actually is. ('I told ya a fazzand times already')

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Next show

I'm in New York next week so the next issue of This Week In London is going to be delayed. That's the bad news. The good news is that I am going to try my very best to get three shows out in February (I put January before, hence the edit). Should be fun!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

TWIL #26 - London Zoo

Hi everyone and happy New Year!

Sorry I didn't get my second show out last month - I just got caught up in time off from work and spending time with the family and Christmas and all that (yes I know the grammar is bad but it flowed well)

Today's show covers London Zoo, or more correctly the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London. You can find them here so go and have a read of what they do! It's a great organisation and one worth supporting.

You can listen to the show here:

The winner of the competition is announced in the show and if you haven't been emailed it wasn't you I'm afraid. Better luck next time!

The companies were Bentley Motors; Calders and Grandidge, Colmans of Norwich, Kimberly-Clark and Weetabix. What did they have in common? They are all suppliers to the Royal Family. This means they can use the Royal Warrant on their packaging and letterhead etc. I had loads of entries so thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

Music this time was by Amplifico (www.amplifico.net) and I recommend you go over there and subscribe to the newsletter so you know when the album comes out. As soon as it does buy it! It's gonna be great!

Tracks were from the Logic Kills The Fire EP and were

1. Logic Kills the Fire
2. Open Our Eyes
3. We Believe In Something Unusual

Thanks to Donna for giving me the okay to play the tracks.

So there you go. TWiL #26 is in the can....

PS the voice in my head is called LEO....