Podcast: Siddhartha, Herrmann Hesse – A Reflective Review

Podcast: Siddhartha, Herrmann Hesse – A Reflective Review

When Rishi sent me this book, I did not know how profoundly it would affect me and those close to me. Reading it gave me an insight into life. Any book which manages to do so is only to be lauded. I shan’t say any more because the podcast is just over 30 minutes long.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Please do let me know your thoughts, if you have any.

The insightful dialogue at the beginning and end of the podcast come from the Better Than Food book review of Siddhartha, accessible here:


St Nick’s Pontifical Hour – Episode 1 – Nomenclature

St Nick’s Pontifical Hour – Episode 1 – Nomenclature

St Nick and I ‘did a thing’ as the youth would say. Revision period was particularly tough and we faced the immense challenge of revising for half a dozen exams in tandem by writing and acting in a comedy podcast. Here, for your keen listening displeasure, is our pilot episode. If all of you don’t unsubscribe immediately, we may consider releasing another episode. Who knows? The night is young.

Enjoy the fruits of our misplaced labour and step into the world of St Nick’s Pontifical Hour…

Find the same episode on Soundcloud, if you dare.


Podcast: Edible Review, Saussie Edition

Podcast: Edible Review, Saussie Edition

Good grief, another Edible Review! The boys and I met up after our fifth exam in as many days to create this defiantly inappropriate podcast. The last edible review was so well received that we convened and set about reviewing a range of delicious saussies for your listening pleasure once again.

Our first saussie was the auspicious Polish garlic sausage from Lituanica in Snow Hill. 

Second on our salacious salami quest was the Bastides French minature salamis.

Keeping to the theme of dry cured French saussies, we moved straight onto the salami sec, from the deli in Waitrose Harborne.

From France, we sailed our saussie ship into the ports of Spain and England, for our next two sausages; the chorizo and pork & bramley apple from M & S Birmingham High Street.



Last, but neither yeast or least, the fabled cheese sausages from Lithuanica. Undeniably unhealthy, but equally devastating.

I hope you enjoyed this saussie poddy. Let me know what else you’d have us wrap our chops around for the next edible review!

Podcast – The Power and The Glory, Reflective Review

Podcast – The Power and The Glory, Reflective Review

Graham Greene is regarded as one of the finest writers in the 20th Century. His archetypal ‘Catholic novel’ made unfathomable contributions to the furthering of literature. This novel, suggested to me by Professor John McEldowney (who kindly assented to record an assessed podcast on Fox Hunting), moved me greatly.

We were privileged greatly to be able to record this podcast in St Mary’s Catholic Church in Harborne, a portentous location given the thrust of this novel.

Louise Griffiths; St Nicholas Jenkins and Steve Bavington join me for this momentous podcast. It contains major spoilers. If you wish to understand the book free from our perceptible influence, don’t listen to this podcast until after you’ve finished the book.

As I said in the podcast, there is something for everyone in this novel. The Power and the Glory is of universal importance and more relevant now than ever before. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Special thanks go to my cousin, Thomas, at White Noise Studios, who mastered the file for me, augmenting the quality of this podcast inestimably.

Podcast – Edible Review, Biscuit Edition

Podcast – Edible Review, Biscuit Edition

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg



St Nick sent me a message decrying the unjust comparative esteem in which Malted Milk biscuits are held. The only way I could fathom to remedy such a heinous misperception was to review a bunch of cookies and record the experience for everyone. I believe this podcast is a definitive piece which sets the true worth of the Malted Milk against a global background of baked delights.

Now if you haven’t picked up on my sarcasm by now, I have failed as a writer. In truth, the LPC has taken a lot out of us as people as well as academics. It is a blessed relief to be able to sit down on a Tuesday afternoon and eat biscuits with our friends. Below, for our delectation and your fascination, are pictures of the cookies we consumed. I’ve ordered them chronologically for a seamless conflation of viewing; tasting and listening experiences.

Firstly, as a control, we feasted on the malted milk.

Next we devoured some custard creams:

From Far Turkey (we think) came the next biscuit, the Ülker Biskrem

Lithuania was our next stop, with the Adugs chocolate and caramel biscuits

Thoroughly full from these, we drank some delicious coffee and ate some Amaretti

Next we journeyed to Poland to try Wykwinte Elegant biscuits

After this we tried honey cakes with poppy seeds

Penultimately we wrapped our mandibles around the Choco Leibniz

And finally, the moment for which we have all been waiting: Omas Nüsse, which are pictured in the featured image.

Thank you all for listening, I hope you enjoyed this podcast as much as we did. We shall see you very soon for the next one…

Podcast – Tuesdays With Morrie, a Reflective Review

Podcast – Tuesdays With Morrie, a Reflective Review

Morris (Morrie) Schwartz was a professor of sociology at Brandeis University. He is the main subject of Tuesdays with Morrie, a bestselling book by Mitch Albom, a sports writer and former student of his.

The events held within this book were set in motion by a Nightline interview, in which Mitch saw Morrie for the first time since his time at university. The interview is embedded below, as supplementary material.


Following this interview, Mitch visited Morrie every Tuesday for the final three months of his teacher’s life. Each week, a new topic was discussed. At the end of the book, one gets a full picture of Morrie’s stance on life and death. This is a stance which has moved me greatly.

For this momentous podcast, I am joined by Rishi and Chris, dear friends of mine from my time at Warwick.

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast (below) as much as I enjoyed making it.

PS: Small caveat: at 15.50 I say the latin for prejudice is ‘prejudicio’ when it is in fact ‘prejudicium’.