Podcast Confirmed


You know when famous people say “my mum is my greatest fan”?

Well there’s a chance they’re right.

My son now creates a podcast every week.

On gaming.

And religiously I listen every week.

Yes. Because I am his mother.

What? You think I am interested in DOTA2??!


But I am interested in him. He’s my son.

And here’s something I didn’t realise after nearly 25 years in radio.

(Well I kind of did but it’s only as I write this that it’s really crystallised it for me.)

You reveal A LOT of yourself on radio.

Sure you think you’re just talking gardening/politics/cars/economics/surfing/fishing/gaming… no.

I listen to Podcast Confirmed and I hear about my son’s life.

I hear his relationship with his friends.

I hear his growing independence and confidence.

His sense of humour and his kindness.

I hear another side to this person that I’ve spent the last 18 years with.

And I’m glad to know this person.

Okay, I’m also learning a bit about gaming.

Of course the poor boy does have a mother who works in radio so he gets some feedback…


I think he knows I’m proud of him.

Probably his greatest fan.

Baring all at The Bird

Don’t get too excited – the clothes are staying on.

Artwork by Matt Cipov

What am I saying?

Get excited!

This is stage two of the story-telling project I’m involved in.

You remember part 1 don’t you?

Barefaced Stories.

Part 1 was me doing the course and then telling my nude beach story at the Blue Room in February.

There is a lot more detail in the story that was told on the night and you can listen to that below.

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Did you have a listen?

Well that gives you a good idea of what we are doing – true stories told in front of an audience without any notes.

Tonight I’m telling a story about my first time in Bali.

It’s a gentler story.

Not quite as racy but I hope will be entertaining.

After my first experience I’ve been dying to have another go.

It was so exhilarating!

And we’re opening the floor up so if you think you might want to have a go, come along to our fortnightly Sunday practice sessions.

Or just come along tonight and enjoy the party.

It’s all happening at The Bird, a tiny little pub on William St, Northbridge, just opposite the new State Theatre Centre.

And come up and say hi!

Here’s the official blurb:

Perth’s newest underground storytelling night.

Barefaced Stories recently featured as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights  and is moving to The Bird in Northbridge.

This exciting new regular storytelling series features trained solo raconteurs, from comedians to prowrestlers, who will take the stage with nothing but their true life tales – some humourous, some sad, and some downright perverse.

Join Barefaced for an entertaining night of intimatedisclosures and heartfelt anecdotes.

“Storytelling has exploded into a thriving genre all itsown.” – New York Times

Last Tuesday in March, the 29th.

Show starts at 8pm

Tickets: $10 at the door.

The Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge

Barefaced Stories website

Barefaced Stories on Facebook

Barefaced group on Facebook

Red or Blue


Remember this scene from The Matrix?

Take the blue pill and you stay asleep… take the red and wake up to reality?

Why did they choose those colours?

Why blue and red?

It might be based in science.

I was listening to some back-episodes of my new favourite podcast – RadioLab – and one of the stories that stood out for me on the Placebo episode was the story about why the colour of pills is important.

Apparently – and this is true for everyone except Italian men – if you take a blue pill you sleep better than if you take a red pill.

Same ingredients – very different effect.

So why the anomoly with Italian men?

According to the scientist – it’s because of their football team:
The sight of that blue colour excites Italian men so much they can’t sleep… or don’t sleep as well as say other men taking a blue pill.


I wonder if Viagra is more effective in Italy?

Now there’s a research project people!

Tick in a box

justine kelly
So this next podcast is all about encounters with ticks.

The good thing about ticks in Australia is that they don’t tend to have Lyme disease… which is a big problem in places like Connecticut.

But they are still gross and disgusting to discover on one’s person.

In this episode, Justine tells us her story.

It had me in stitches.

Click here: Tick in a Box

But luckily not her – she survived.

If you like this podcast you can subscribe to my podcast on iTunes (just click the button to the right) or your RSS reader.

Interview with The Food Pornographer

Please go to Aussie Bloggers and check out my interview with The Food Pornographer.

tfp was charming, fun and open to interview and I’m sure you will love getting to know her as I did.

If you like, download an mp3 of our interview, which is only slightly edited. 🙂

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Or check out the youtube video below to see how the tfp photographs the food in front of her.

You can also go to her site to see the photos of the food we ate. Yum!

Easter salutations

It is with some trepidation that I wish you all a Happy Easter.

The last time I politely wished a lovely old lady Happy Easter, she snappishly returned:

“Don’t say that to me! Don’t you know what happened on Good Friday? There’s nothing happy in that!”

I was too taken aback to say another word and today – two years later – think twice before wishing anyone happy Easter before Sunday.

Well, except for people I know… like you… 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you get up to. It’s a great chance to catch up with family and friends and relax.

Barack Obama v Matt Santos

Obama and wife west wing

If you’re looking for something to pod over the weekend and you’re a West Wing fan – Gerry Ryan has done an interview with someone who wrote for the series on the similarities between Matt Santos and Barack Obama.

Eliattie is A Writer And Producer Of West Wing – He Discusses The Final Seasons Of The West Wing.

How it works is right!

How it works

Have just discovered this blog.

Absolutely. Classic. Cartoons.

Check it out.

And while I’m recommending favourites… here’s my favourite podcast. The Weekly Ryan.

I discovered Gerry Ryan (yes me – I discovered him – previously nobody knew he existed. Okay obviously I didn’t discover him…) in late 2006 when we went on a driving trip around Ireland. Groover and I actually changed our itinerary – getting up a bit earlier so we could be in the car when his show was on. Disappointed when it was the weekend. Devastated on our last day when he was away sick (in fact it turned out he was in hospital!). Delighted when we discovered his podcast.

We are absolutely addicted.

I’m also getting into Susan Maushart’s podcast Multiple Choice. I loved her piece on those wretched automated answering service thingys corporations are so fond of at the moment. You might know Susan’s columns in the Weekend Australian.