Some pictures from last month when Jane Christian and I were walking along a section of the Norfolk Broads near Loddon including: three mills ancient & modern; Swallows & Amazons are alive and well; and the Hardley Cross – the ancient boundary between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The "Philip & Mary" reference is to Queen "Bloody" Mary Tudor and her husband the King of Spain. (Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition at Loddon!)
In Episode 68 of the Weird Tales Radio Show: we learn the significance of Litha/Midsummer to Wiccans & Pagans from Naomi of Inanna’s in Norwich; before heading to the Great Yarmouth Comic Con to talk to members of the cast of some of the hottest fantasy & sci-fi TV and movie franchises of recent years including Clive Russell (Game of Thrones), Chris Rankin (Harry Potter) & Ross Mullan (GoT - the Whitewalker & Doctor Who); and we end with the cryptozoologist who believes the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch don’t exist – because if they did, someone would have photographed them by now. You can find us wherever you listen to podcasts or just click on the hare to hear without any further fuss.
And in more podcasting news... the Weird Tales Radio Show is now also available of the Castro iOS app. The app has some nice podcast library management features, as well as a neat ability to record a clip of a podcast to share on socialmedia.
In the latest Weird Tales Radio Show podcast - Episode 67 - we look at a new book on alien contactees called ‘A is for Adamski’ and ask: are they mad, bad or sad? We also report on the latest DNA evidence that supposedly identifies Jack the Ripper and review some of the 100+ suspects now named. We have the heartening tale of an old woman who was accused of being a witch - and had her revenge from beyond the grave. And we learn why in the 21st century a flood blighted a modern-day Noah’s Ark was an uninsurable Act of God. Ironic or what! You can find us wherever you listen to podcasts or just click on the hare to hear without any further fuss.
A book promoter in Las Vegas recently got in touch and said "We polled our fans on their favorite podcasts and that's how I heard of the Weird Tales Radio Show. You are well loved by the geekiverse, and fans of folklore history and monsters!"
Thank you so much – we shall try to live up to your expectations.
In Episode 66 of the Weird Tales Radio Show we take a look at Whitsuntide folklore and ask how did Old Mother Shipton get involved? We also investigate the sale of religious relics today - did you know your can bid for a vial of the blood of Jesus Christ or a piece of the Virgin Mary’s vest on the internet right now? We have a truth is stranger than fiction tale worthy of M.R. James from 17th century France where a murder was condemned to death on the strength of the wrong skeleton. And finally we revisit the perennial urban myth of the White Van Man. You can find us wherever you listen to podcasts or just click on the player and listen without any fuss.
It's a public holiday here in the UK today, so no radio show from me today on Smart Radio GY – however here are three videos of tracks I'll be playing on my Late Lunch Show this coming Wednesday: First up Healing Tide from the album of the same name by the duo The War and Treaty (pictured left), then Young Dreams from the upcoming solo album Outside Notion by Maximo Park guitarist Duncan Lloyd, and finally Chaperone by Smart Radio favourites Little Red Kings from their album Callous.
The War and Treaty - Healing Tide (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Duncan Lloyd - Young Dreams [Official Video] - YouTube
In the aftermath of a recent interview for the Weird Tales Radio Show, the mythographer Martini Fisher commented that the Urban Fantasist website was home to "fun and strangeness". We rather like that turn of phrase and from now on that shall be our official motto – Fun and Strangeness start here.