Welcome to Episode 22 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.
This episode gives an overview of what I found when I visited the Outer Hebrides of Scotland last summer for a couple of weeks. It’s the first in another two-parter; next week will look more at Scotland in general, including a couple of contributions from Tweeps about the Hebrides. This episode is another one of those which is purely my voice.
I go over some of the highlights of the island group, including the weather, the scenery, part of the vast history, religion, and a few of the quirkier things I found on my visit.
In personal updates at the start of the pod, rather than talking about what I’ve done recently, I give a potted history of my experiences of radio, especially radio comedy. It all makes sense, I think.
I may have sampled something I probably shouldn’t have done for this episode.
Warning: contains singing.
Topics discussed in this episode then include:
- An overview of my history of listening to radio, and why I like it
- My preferences for comedy on the radio
- Why I see my attempts at humour as being like ‘the straight man in a chaotic world’
- Mark Steel
- Easter Sunday – a run and some home-delivered beer
- I have created my Patreon page [see below]
- The many islands of the Outer Hebrides
- Stereotypes and the Hebridean weather
- Berneray’s beaches – good enough for Thailand
- The barefoot paradise of South Uist
- Machair and flood plains
- Mountains and my pathetic acknowlegement of their existence
- The religious divide
- Ancient sites of North Uist
- Ancient and modern sites of Lewis
- Whisky Galore!
- Beaches aren’t just for walking, but also flying
You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.
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There are no contributions this week, but I have some lined up next time (including a couple about the Outer Hebrides) in a more general pod about Scotland.