Tuesday, June 18, 2019

SHY YETI'S SECOND HOLIDAY OF MAY!

ISLE TELL YOU A TALE...


Hello beasties!

This time on the blog I'm just back from ANOTHER holiday!! This time I was with Calum on The Isle Of Wight (Ancient Home Of The Yeti, according to me...), but I'll return to this in a bit...

First up though let's take a look at some of the podcast episodes that have been released recently...


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 257:

MISTER BROCANTE AND THE ANTIQUE WITH 8-LEGS!

Here we are for episode 257! Bettina is looking to make money by selling some of her assets and with help from Paul they seek the advice of antique dealer to the stars, Mr Brocante - who just happens to be in the UK on business. Does Bettina own anything valuable that she can sell which might help her with her money troubles? Thank you to ThatPeterG and Jay The Hauntcub from LOTSL for their help with putting this episode together. Additional praise must go to Nick Goodman for not only converting the Sutton Park clips - but also for acting in them too! Our next episode, #258 sees Paul and the gang uncovering a number of secrets deep down in the library podcasting studios! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti, Harry F and Luca. Sound effects by Soundbible and Shy Yeti. All content is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 257 was recorded between the 10th April and the 2nd May 2019, with Sutton Park clips from episodes 111 and 112 from Summer 1993.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

257: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-257-mister-brocante-and-the-antique-with-eight-legs

Next up - do you remember when we found an alien book down in the library store - well, this time we're going to learn a little more about how that actually occurred!

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 258:

SECRETS OF THE LIBRARY PODCASTING STUDIO...

Here we are for episode 258 and we return to the Library Podcasting Studio where Mr Yeti is busy recording his latest show; but Cromitty and Cuthbert have been busy researching and has some quite shocking revelations about an incident from last year involving Ikk and an alien book! Our next episode, #259 sees Paul celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of his poetry collections, IF POEMS WERE PIES; the regulars are on hand to help out! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 258 was recorded between the 7th and 19th May 2019, with clips from Sutton Park episodes between 762 and 765, as recorded in February 1995...

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

258: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-258-secrets-of-the-library-podcasting-studio

Next up we're celebrating a book of poetry which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary...

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 259:

IF POEMS WERE PIES (10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!)

Here we are for episode 259! This time Paul and the regulars are celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of Mr Yeti's poetry collections. There is plenty of chatter, not to mention clips from 1990s Sutton Park... Our next episode, #260 sees us live and unshackled for the first of two live shows on Pride48 this month! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 259 was recorded between the 12th December 2018 and the 3rd June 2019, with clips from episodes 283 and 284 of Sutton Park from New Year's Eve 1993.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

259: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-259-if-poems-were-pies-10th-anniversary-special


The poems from IF POEMS WERE PIES that appear in this episode are, as follows:

All poems read by Mr Paul Chandler (aka Shy Yeti) unless otherwise stated.

ANNABEL LUCRETIA
CAN YOU HEAR MY AWKWARD SILENCE?
CAUSE TO BRAG
CHILLI PEPPER FINGERS
CREDIT CRUNCH BOY-BAND
CAT THIEF
SEXY EXECUTIVE
TEXT ME
YOU'RE A TEASE BUT YOU PLEASE ME
A CRUEL SIDE TO COOL
THE CURSE OF LOVELY LOLA
THE DAGENHAM DIVA
DISGUSTING OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS (read by Yeti Uncle John)
EVERYTHING YOU DO IS WRONG! (read by Cromitty)
HOW IS HE? (read by Bettina Du Pres)
I CANNOT LOVE YOU (read by Ikk The Alien)
I'M BEING STREAM-LINED (read by Martin)
IF POEMS WERE PIES (read by Dameus Twinklehorn)
DAZZLE THEM WITH YOUR BEAUTY
MICE, TAP-DANCING

The original edit of this episode included the poems ALTERED STATES and YOU ARE CAT-NIP TO ME - but were not considered to improve the episode. These recordings may be reused at a later date, but they're not currently regarded as the best of this collection; an occasional fate when returning to old collections after many years.  A version of I CANNOT LOVE YOU read by Paul was originally included as the last poem of the show - until it was realised that Ikk had already read it; Paul's version will, however be used on another occasion. One of Paul's favourite pieces from IF POEMS WERE PIES - MICE, TAP-DANCING replaced this 2nd version of I CANNOT LOVE YOU in the final edit. Additional poems from this book were also recorded, but will be included in future episodes released around this time.


Coming up - here are some photos from my recent trip to The Isle Of Wight; although I'll save a few for when the episode is edited and released later in the year...



The trip itself went well - Calum and I travellled on Tuesday 28th May - going from our flat to Portsmouth (via Woking) where we then got the boat over to Ryde. After pie for lunch we took the bus to Newport - booked into our hotel and then visited a few pubs and had dinner at Wetherspoon's. I recorded quite a lot during the day. On the Wednesday we took the bus to a delightful location, Mottistone Gardens where I took a lot of photos and recorded more for the show - by lunchtime it was starting to rain, but we were able to sit outside under cover and enjoyed the gardens until it was time to get the bus back. A proposed trip to Carisbrooke Castle was cancelled - partly due to the weather and partly as it was more of a hike than we'd planned for. I still recorded some scenes which inferred that Yeti Uncle John had gone to this location. In the evening we did more pubs - had planned to eat at Prezzo, but their kitchens were down and so we returned to Wetherspoon's as time was getting on. On Thursday we visited Osborne House during the day - the weather was quite hot and the House and grounds quite crowded due to it being Half Term and they were also doing events to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. Exploring the House was quite tiring due to crowds and steep staircases - but it was a very interesting building and I also enjoyed sitting in the Walled Garden and tackling a jam scone with cream afterwards! We spent the evening in Cowes - visiting more pubs and having dinner (although we had to escape the pub when a singer began his set; managing to select songs that both Calum and I find excruciating!) We headed home on Friday 31st (C's bday), reversing our journey and it took about 4 hours door-to-door! A successful trip!


Before we bid goodbye for this post I should probably share with you a couple of photos from a recent trip to Radio Wey which was made on a rainy evening in June - Saturday 15th June 2019 to be exact (10 days off the date of it being 11 years since my 2nd ever appearance on Radio Wey back on the 25th June 2008! #obscurefactfans) There was lots of talk about music (the Beatles and some 80s bands), also quizzes and vinyl talk - even Yeti Uncle John showed up! There will be an episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST coming along soon to accompany the recordings that we made.
The poems/prose that I read were as follows:

PURRFECT (*)
IF POEMS WERE PIES (=)
WISHES DO COME TRUE (*)
NOT A HAPPY BUNNY (=)

(*) From PIECES OF SHY YETI (2019)
(=) From IF POEMS WERE PIES (2009)


Next time on the blog we'll return to discussing the remaining poems and prose from my new collection, PIECES OF SHY YETI...

That's all for now... Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx

SHY LIFE PODCAST SHOWS...

COMING SOON!!

June is a busy month for us - but we can already see July ahead on the horizon! We're almost half-way through the year! Don't worry though - we have lots of new episodes in the pipe-line! Our schedule list does tend to change every time I post, but right about now this is a pretty good guide to the episodes that we are hoping to release over the next few months; not to forget our monthly LIVE episode! Anyway - take a look at what else we have in store...

Anyway, here is our current schedule!

260. Live Pride48 Show - June 2019

Paul and the gang launch their first of two live shows during June 2019!

261. Shy Yeti's Extra Robots!

Nick and his friend Jo discuss robots - whilst Paul and Cuthbert discuss the new robot manager and Trowby and Lisa answer some quizzes via the wonders of the internet!

262. Live Pride48 Streaming Event - 2019!

Paul and Nick celebrate 2019's Live Streaming Event in a number of bizarre ways!

263. Back On The Radio

Paul is back on the radio with Tim and Nathan - whilst Yeti Uncle John thinks he should have his own show!

264. Shy Yeti... Shaken Not Stirred!

Paul catches up with Nick and Andy to discuss the big hits in film of 1987 - they also discuss James Bond as 1987 was the year that the franchise got a new face!

265. Shy Yeti's Cornish Adventure!

We join Paul and Toby as they head down to Cornwall for a week's holiday. However Paul has got a new manager who wants him to do more adventurous pastimes! (Recorded mid-May 2019) 

266. Live Pride48 Show - July 2019

Paul and the regulars are back in the studio for their ever-unpredictable live show for July!

267. Shy Yeti's Land Of Make-believe!

Paul and Nick discuss the big hits of 1982 in both the UK and the US!

268. Whatever Happened To Dusty The Scone-Eating Dandelion!?

Paul and the team receive a tip-off about an elusive acquaintance of theirs - Dusty The Scone-Eating Dandelion who went missing under mysterious circumstances some time ago... Paul, Yeti Uncle John and Calum head off to The Isle Of Wight in search of their friend; but will they find him!?!

269. Charlie Grrr and The Pie With The Pastry Plumage!

If all goes to plan with a trip to Venice in May then I plan to a record a pie-related giallo spoof with Charlie Grrr and some of the other regulars! I can promise that it'll be super silly.

270. Caveman Logic - 10th Anniversary show

The second of three 10 year poetry anniversaries for Mr Yeti during 2019.

271. What Are We Going To Do About Big Fatty?

As "Big Fatty Online" reaches episode 3000 and draws to a close - The Shy Life Podcast comes up with a number of ways to cope without "the little show!"

272. The Return Of Dameus The Interviewer

Dameus interviews all manner of podcasting celebrities as part of his return to the chat-show circuit.

273. The Will Of The People

There is bad feeling in Shy Life Podcast-land when a light-hearted popularity contest to celebrate 3 years of the show goes badly wrong and the results are declared as "the will of the people"! Is this true or have the results been rigged!?! Ikk also recalls when time travel was almost used to fix the results of the Big Fatty Online Number 1 Fan contest!

274. Live Pride48 Show - August 2019

Paul and the regulars are back in the studio for their ever-unpredictable live show for August!

### Additionally:

There will - most probably - be live shows every month; but we also have plenty of other episodes either in planning or partially recorded. 

### How Ikk Coped With The End Of The BFO!

Paul discusses with the listeners the rather bizarre thing that Ikk and the regulars did to mark the end of Big Fatty Online. They are left with a legacy... but what are they going to do with it!?

### The Dragon And The Cacti!

Paul and Yeti Uncle John check in on Dragon Albert to see how he is getting on with Bert and Gert; John presumes that it will be a bit of a rescue mission - but they are both shocked by all that they find!!

### The Truth About The Shy Life Podcast!

We look back at some of the scandal that has affected the little show over the years - the lives - the loves and maybe we'll even learn the truth about who pushed Zap down the stairs in episode 200!

### The New Caretaker / "Where's Me Booook!?"

What with Yeti Uncle John often being up in space - Bettina gives Paul the details of a caretaker who used to work on her Estate... It seems like a good idea until it becomes evident that this gentleman swings from being extremely lazy to shovelling every last thing into a bin bag... What ever will happen when he reaches the basement and finds all the tat in Cromitty's laboratory; what will happen to all those priceless Sutton Park tapes? For that matter will Cuthbert make it through the night!?!

### Re-connecting With The Past

Paul catches up with Cromitty and Martin and is excited to learn that Cuthbert has a few added advances that makes it possible to re-connect with the past via old episodes of SUTTON PARK... Ikk is slightly doubtful about it all - but he and Paul soon get to experience the process first-hand. Unfortunately his upgrade also unearths the control of a certain app that was once installed on him! 

### Bettina and the robot butler

This episode sees Paul visiting Bettina only to find out that the house has recently become robotically automated; also Wifey Jo play a card game with Cuthbert.

### The Great Bingo Scam

Someone is rigging the bingo so that they win - is it one of the regulars or someone more sinister?

### The Continuing Mystery Of Long Lost Cousin Algernon

A number of episodes that involve Martin's investigation into Long Lost Cousin Algernon. What will he find?

### Gordon The Crypt-keeper In Need!

Gordon is back - but he has recently lost his job! Mr Yeti does his best to try and help him out...

### Shy Yeti And The Ridiculous Sponsor!

Paul and Toppie Smellie do a show together - but thanks to interference from Paul's new manager they have to keep stopping to do live adverts for the ridiculous sponsors they've been set up with!

### The Shy Life (Poetry Collection) - 10th Anniversary show

Paul heads out and about to celebrate the third of three 10 year poetry anniversaries during 2019.

### Bits And Bobs and Bobs And Bits - Mk 2

More clips from the archives and recent conversations that don't have a home!!

### Shy Yeti And The Shame Inspectors

Shy Yeti gets more than he expects when he receives a visit from Isaac and Declan from That's A Shame podcast - they are constantly on the lookout for Shame sources - but this time they have Paul in their sights!

### Behind The Scenes - Fiction Within Fiction!

Paul looks back at how he used to film Sutton Park behind the scenes on some of Nick's films - with clips from both Tide Of Freedom and Evil Trophy and the equally as dramatic Sutton Park episodes recorded during these productions. 

### Shy Yeti Gets Back To Scotland!

We join Paul and Calum as they head back to Dunbar for a few days. Paul's management is keen that Paul should offer himself as Nessie's exclusive biographer; only Nessie really doesn't want to be interviewed as he has a very large secret! (Recording late-July 2019!) 

### Shy Yeti's Summer Retreat!

Paul heads back down to Kent for a week of creativity! Paul's manager wants him to stir up trouble to get more ghosts on the show!(Recording mid-August 2019!) 

### Shy Yeti's Three Birthday Treats!

Paul reflects on three treats that he had for his recent birthday - involving activities with Nick concerning Paul's manager, the usual silliness with Toppie and a trip away with Jay and Ikk; all these treats are quite unusual to say the very least... 

### Shy Yeti's Birthday Diary 2019

Paul shares his birthday diary with the listeners as he and Toby head off into the wilds of the UK for his birthday! Things are getting out of hand with his manager and Paul has some very shocking news! Can Mr Trowbridge be of any help?

### Episode One Billion

We look forward a year or two to see how things are going for The Shy Life Podcast as we hit episode One Billion. Things are a little more advanced - but all the gang are still on board!!

This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019

Monday, June 03, 2019

A JOURNEY DOWN TO CORNWALL...

WE'RE OFF TRAVELLING AGAIN...


Hello beasties!

This time we're just back from a trip to Cornwall - we've got some podcast episodes to discuss - a holiday diary and some photos too...

First up though - our latest episodes of the podcast... 


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 253:

LIVE PRIDE48 SHOW - MAY 2019

Here we are for episode 253?! Mr Yeti celebrates 3 years of the show in our live Pride48 show for May 2019! Paul, Yeti Uncle John and Cromitty look back to how the podcast began and those in the chat-room also make comment. Also - we have some especially daft extra material recorded with Andrew and Lisa from Round The Archives. Our next episode, #254 sees old friend of the show Toppie Smellie of The Smellcast joining Mr Yeti for an extra-special comedy extravaganza! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. Sound effects by Paul Chandler. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 253 was recorded LIVE on Sunday 19th May 2019, with extra material recorded the same day.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

Next up, Paul and Toppie get a chance to hang out together and to catch-up...


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 254:

THE YETI AND TOPPIE COMEDY HOUR... AND A BIT!

Here we are for episode 254! Shy Yeti and Toppie Smellie (from The Smellcast) join forces to present to the listeners with a jolly episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST which they hope will raise a titter or two! The two friends discuss vintage comedy from the 40s and 50s - but also attempt some funnies of their own; there are also some yeti verse and an old clip from a 1995 episode of Sutton Park. Thank you so much to Mr Toppie Smellie for all his help with this edition of the show and to Big Fatty for the use of a clip from episode 2951 of Big Fatty Online! Our next episode, #255 sees Paul celebrating the 10th anniversary of his poetry collection, IF POEMS WERE PIES. Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. Sound effects by Soundbible and Shy Yeti. All content is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 254 was recorded on the 11th May 2019, with clips from a November 1995 Sutton Park episode.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

254: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-254-the-yeti-and-toppie-comedy-hour-and-a-bit

Next up - we've got a returning guest who we've not heard from properly in quite some time...

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 255:

GUESS WHAT!?! BEV'S BACK!

In a change to the scheduled show - we have an exciting new episode with our old friend Bev From Work! It's episode 255 and Paul and Bev have a catch-up chat over in the college gardens - there is also poetry - some quizzes and some unusual phobias!! Thanks to Bev for coming back on the show and even recording for it during her lunch break!! Our next episode, #256 sees Paul and Nick discussing the big pop hits of 1981! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 255 was recorded between the 22nd and the 24th May 2019.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

255: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-255-guess-what-bevs-back

Next up - Nick joins us to discuss the big hits of 1981 on both sides of the pond!

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 256:

SHY YETI IS MAKING HIS MIND UP!

Here we are for episode 256! This time Paul and Nick join forces again to discuss the big hits of 1981 - the regulars also chip in some thoughts and, of course - Ikk shares some singing with us! Thanks to Nick Goodman for all his help! Our next episode, #257 sees us doing a favour for Bettina which causes us to meet face to face with antique dealer to the stars, Brocante! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2019. Episode 256 was recorded between the 30th March and the 1st April 2019.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

Next up - an exclusive interview with Mr Yeti which was recently published in the BEARGRRRIAN GAZETTE over in Beargrrria; but we've been allowed to share it with you here! Thank you! Enjoy!

SHY YETI'S 16TH OVER 60 SECOND CHAT!

Here is a recent interview from Beargrrria’s top magazine for chat; THE GROWL GAZETTE. They know me there partly due to my dubious connection with Beargrrrian superstar, Charlie Grrr. This is the 16th time that they have interviewed me in recent years – they like to check up on me every six months or so. As usual I mainly discuss what I’m up to creatively – so here’s what they asked and what I said in reply; straight from the yeti’s mouth, as it were!!!

Q. Welcome Mr Yeti!


Hello… It’s very nice to be here again – I have so much to tell you!


Q. Have you released any new books since we last spoke to you in the autumn?


A. At time of speaking I have just released my first book of 2019 – PIECES OF SHY YETI – a collection of “pieces” (both poetry and prose) written for my blog between 2015 and 2017; including over 50 “pieces” prose that have not previously appeared in book form – it’s good to finally be able to release it and is the first book of this kind that I have released since 2016’s A YETI WAY OF THINKING. I’m not sure when my next one will be as I’m not really writing much short prose or poetry as I am currently focusing on the podcast, on Sutton Park preservation projects and on scripts.


Q. Which title will be your next release?


A. My next book of 2019 will be the third season of my script series KENSINGTON GORE – which is currently going through final formatting and slight re-writes. Once again I expect the third season to be available on Lulu – with a compilation of seasons 1-3 released on both Lulu AND Amazon. There are plenty of other releases hot on the heels of this particular book – but I’ll mention those in a little more detail in a moment as I have just spotted your next question!


Q. What projects are you currently working on?


A. Well, I’ve been busying myself finishing various projects and working on scripts for the podcast – so I’m hopefully back on track to complete some of the projects that exist in first draft form. These are mainly related to KENSINGTON GORE, HOT STUFF!! or THE BEAST OF FRIENDS and the ones that exist in complete first draft form are almost ready to be released except they need spell-checking and the odd line tweak; but there are others in these series which are only half-written and I need to get back to those too.


Other books that I am working on at the moment next in priority after the KENSINGTON GORE Season 3 are as follows:


THE BEAST OF FRIENDS – THE LOST SEASON


This season fits in somewhere towards the end of the first season of THE BEAST OF FRIENDS and even includes a new regular character or two. This project is about half-way written in first draft.


KENSINGTON GORE – SEASON 4


The fourth season is in the final stages of its first draft – but will enter the formatting and rewriting stage during 2019. It will be the last KENSINGTON GORE script-book for a while after a successful run and some super support from readers.


HOT STUFF!! SEASON 4, 5 AND 6


Season 4 has been ready for proofing and rewrites for a year or more now – season 5 I completed the first draft of during 2018 and season 6 I am poised to begin whenever I get a spare five minutes any time soon; but clearly it’s not going to be released any time soon – as I have two other seasons to finish first! I do have ideas, however – and at the moment I’m thinking of the 6th season as (most probably) being the last.


There are also Mouse Of Commons stories – further Shy Yeti scripts for the blog and probably my number one project of the moment, THE SHY LIFE PODCAST which I tend to produce around 6 episodes of a month; although it is mostly either ad-libbed or just conversations I also write scripts for some of my special guests …


Q. What is the future for both KENSINGTON GORE and HOT STUFF!!?


A. Well, as I mentioned before I am currently resting KENSINGTON GORE – although there is still the 3rd season to be released and a 4th season due out in 2020 or 2021 which is already written, but which still needs proofreading. So – even though I’m not writing new episodes – I will be thinking about the series on a daily basis for another couple of years.


HOT STUFF!! is still ongoing… Season 4 will be out later this year or early next year – with season 5 released either in late 2019 or early 2020; meanwhile I am on the verge of starting work on season 6, right about now. It’s too early to say what the future of HOT STUFF!! is beyond season 6 – because doing the podcast leaves me with a lot less time for writing, although having finished so many long-term projects during 2018 and early 2019 I am now back to only having three or four… or five… or six! Oh, and the blog and podcast-related scripts! As a side point I should probably add that although KENSINGTON GORE is currently resting, season 6 of HOT STUFF!! is a sort of series cross-over – with a number of the key GORE cast members featured. I’m sure I’ll talk more about that later!


Q. Would you ever consider writing more BEAST OF FRIENDS episodes?


A. Yes! I am actually working on another “lost” series of adventures – which takes place towards the end of the first season during a period when Cromitty and Clive are away from the house. I’m writing it in slow time and it may not be ready for a while yet – although I have written first drafts of the first 3 episodes and have just begun work on the 4th episode of eight projected scripts. Each episode stands alone, although there is a season arc related to a new character who comes to live at the house during these new adventures. Once season 4 of KENSINGTON GORE is done it will probably move up to fill the space of that series.


Q. Are you working on another collection of poetry?


A. In very slow-time, yes – I’ll be going about it in the same way as my new collection, PIECES OF SHY YETI (formally known as GETTING BLOGGY WITH SHY YETI) in that it will contain poems and short prose that have already been posted on the blog in early draft form. At the moment there aren’t many short pieces in the pipeline – although I have begun toying with one or two poems that are already partially written – in the hope that I can finish them, sometime soon.


Q. Are you planning any live poetry shows for 2019?


A. As far as The Poetry CafĂ© and live venues are concerned it’s not something that I’m really planning on; but never say never! Doing something like that takes a lot of organisation for one person and I don’t really have the energy for it at the moment; I’d prefer to preserve it for the podcast which has a definite and potentially longer-lasting audience. As far as alternatives are concerned; live radio and live editions of the podcast are always fun to do, should the opportunity arise…


Q. Will there be further Shy Yeti scripts?


A. Yes, indeed – although I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get the chance to start the next one; although I have got plans for the first couple! I did a new one at Christmas, of course – although I’m not sure if that counts as I do one of those every year! It might be that I eventually do a collection of those scripts plus the ones that I’ve written for the podcast – but we’ll see…


Q. What are your thoughts on the podcast? Do you intend to keep going with it?


A. Most definitely, yes… I have plots that I am aiming for as far ahead as episode 300 (which would be towards the end of 2019) – but, to be honest, I will more than likely I’ll be continuing on beyond that. It’s become a way of life! (You think I’m joking; I’m really not! It’s what I spend most of my evenings doing – and most of my lunch breaks; but I’m not complaining about that at all!)


Q. Which episodes that you’ve released recently were you most pleased with?


A. I love all my episodes – but (shhh… don’t tell them!) I will admit to liking some more than others; especially if there is some element of creativity or dramatics. For instance, I enjoyed working on my episode behind the scenes of the Boxing Day episode of Big Fatty Online. The recent April Fool’s Day episode was also great fun to do – and, well – there are quite a lot of the silly ones coming up


Q. Do you still find the live podcasts a challenge?


A. Yes! I have to set a new challenge for every month – the main reason I do these live show is to challenge myself or to hopefully turn the show into an hour of improvisation where you never quite know what is going to happen. If I have a guest things are usually a little mellower – but sometimes things can go wrong…


For instance, during the LIVE April edition – I had plans for one type of show and then because the pride48 stream went down I suddenly had a chance to do a completely different kind of show and thankfully got support from Trowby, Lisa and Toppie who had been in the chat-room and who hopped onto Skype to record with me instead. It’s hard to think of these times as things going wrong when they turn into something different and were good fun to be involved with. The only shame being that I had intended it to be the launch of my new book – although I did launch it in the presence of my guests, I suppose.


The episodes that I pre-record and construct in the studio are still my first love – but I do very much enjoy trying to do something different when I’m live – some twist or shocking revelation is fun to ad-lib around. Sometimes it something suggested by the chat-room itself – like the chat-room itself being messy; which turned into a long-running sub-plot in its own right!


Q. Do you have any special guests lined up for future episodes?


A. Absolutely. There was a backlog at the start of 2019 as I recorded a lot in November during a week off but then Christmas interrupted – so a lot of those November episodes weren’t released until January and February 2019. So I’m currently considering who I’d like to chat with next, although we’ve recently been recording with a number of returning favourites as a lot of my special guests have now become semi-regular returning guests! I’ve just released scripted episodes with DeadieGrams and TLBTim and ThatPeterG and hope to spend a week in August recording a load more interviews with podcasters in the States. I could probably do some of those sooner, but we shall see!


Q. What do you have in store for the rest of 2019?


A. There are lots of trips and holidays coming up – although there are no more overseas vacations; we did Venice in March – but the rest of our adventures will be UK-based. Around the time that this article goes out I have trips to Penzance and The Isle Of Wight coming up and I’ll definitely be recording on those holidays. I’m in Scotland in July – down in Kent during the summer holidays in August and then for my birthday I’m in Colchester! Yes, Colchester! So there will be plenty of little travelogues – which always work so well in an audio format… Kind of… As long as I post a few nice photos on my blog around the same time. We’ve recently celebrated our 250th episode and our 3rd anniversary and there are also 3 different poetry collections out this year that are celebrating their 10th anniversaries and so will be getting their own special episodes. We also have an exciting episode in store for episode 300 – but that won’t be until near the end of the year…


Q. Are you still making new music for the show?


A. Yes, whenever I can… There never seems to be enough hours in the day; it’s a matter of realising that – actually there is – but it’s making the best use of the down-time. I do work quite well in small bursts – so even though I have sixteen hundred other projects on the go there is still time in the week to work on some loops; after all I really do enjoy it a lot. Sometimes the issue is that I don’t have enough space on my phone  - so I definitely do need to get one with a bigger memory next time around! That said, I did come up with a tune the other week which may or may not be the next theme tune of the series once we reach episode 300… Hopefully there will be a bit more time when I’m on holiday too – it’s nice to be able to relax in the sun, but you can also play around on Garageband at the same time; all I need is my phone!


Q. Are you still making cameos on other podcasts?


A. Occasionally yes – but of late these have mainly been via messages that I’ve sent into shows which I have later played back on my own podcast; short things for Tastes Like Burning, That’s A Shame and especially Big Fatty Online. Of course, I will always have connections with The Smellcast and LOTSL as their cast members (especially Toppie, Jay and Peter) have made a lot of appearances – although I’ve not been a guest on LOTSL since early last year! My good friend Ikk The Alien is waiting for the call and will let me know when it comes!


Q. Have you been back on hospital radio since we last chatted?


A. Yes, I was on Radio Wey in February – having previously recorded there just before Christmas; however there are plans to do something more in June – I’m not even sure which radio station we’re going on! Readers might remember that we thought we had made our last appearance on Radio Wey back in July 2018; so it’s been nice to get on there again and to get Yeti Uncle John back out there too…


Q. Is there any news on new Mouse Of Commons projects?


A. Not since our 2018 Christmas episode on the blog – but I expect that I will write another in 2019 and eventually I’ll have a book of Mousey short Christmas scripts which I can put out there into the world! I would like to get back into other Mouse projects – and I’m sure it will happen eventually.


Q. Would we be right in saying that your blog is still going strong?


A. Yes – I’m always working on one post or other – although we probably only post about once a fortnight at the moment; we have recently passed our 500th post…


Q. Exciting news! Thank you for talking to us, Mr Yeti. See you again later in the year!


A. I’m looking forward to it! Goodbye for now!

Next up - here are some photos from my recent trip to Penzance... There will be even more when the actual episode that I recorded during the trip is released!


The trip in itself was great - the place where we were staying The Egyptian House in Penzance (floor two!) was a great place to stay and we had great day trips to St. Michael's Mount and St Ives and I also took a mini-trip to Mousehole. Toby did most of the cooking - but we did manage to have fish and chips twice, a cream tea and a Cornish Pasty. Oh, and on the way down we had a night in Exeter just to break up the journey!

I recorded an episode of the podcast, of course - but you'll have to wait a month or two before that episode is released; along with those other photos that I mentioned earlier.

That's all for now...

Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx


SHY LIFE PODCAST SHOWS...

COMING SOON!!

We're in JUNE ALREADY - having just celebrated our 3rd anniversary, with lots of new episodes in the pipe-line! Our schedule list does tend to change every time I post, but right about now this is a pretty good guide to the episodes that we are hoping to release over the next few months; not to forget our monthly LIVE episode! Anyway - take a look at what else we have in store...

Anyway, here is our current schedule!

257. Mister Brocante Saves The Day!?!

Bettina needs to sell some of her treasures and Brocante The Antique Dealer is called in - but will he save the day?

258. Secrets Of The Library Podcasting Studios!

Cromitty and Cuthbert have been investigating the matter of the alien book which Ikk accidentally ate last year - and they have shocking news about a secret concerning the Library Podcasting Studios!

259. If Poems Were Pies (10th Anniversary Special)

Paul and the gang celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Paul's collections of verse!

260. Shy Yeti's Cornish Adventure!

We join Paul and Toby as they head down to Cornwall for a week's holiday. However Paul has got a new manager who wants him to do more adventurous pastimes! (Recorded mid-May 2019) 

261. Shy Yeti... Shaken Not Stirred!

Paul catches up with Nick and Andy to discuss the big hits in film of 1987 - they also discuss James Bond as 1987 was the year that the franchise got a new face!

262. Shy Yeti's Extra Robots!

Nick and his friend Jo discuss robots - whilst Paul and Cuthbert discuss the new robot manager and Trowby and Lisa answer some quizzes via the wonders of the internet!

263. The Return Of Dameus The Interviewer

Dameus interviews all manner of podcasting celebrities as part of his return to the chat-show circuit.

264. The Will Of The People

There is bad feeling in Shy Life Podcast-land when a light-hearted popularity contest to celebrate 3 years of the show goes badly wrong and the results are declared as "the will of the people"! Is this true or have the results been rigged!?! Ikk also recalls when time travel was almost used to fix the results of the Big Fatty Online Number 1 Fan contest!

265. Charlie Grrr and The Pie With The Pastry Plumage!

If all goes to plan with a trip to Venice in May then I plan to a record a pie-related giallo spoof with Charlie Grrr and some of the other regulars! I can promise that it'll be super silly.

266. Caveman Logic - 10th Anniversary show

The second of three 10 year poetry anniversaries for Mr Yeti during 2019.

267. Shy Yeti's Land Of Make-believe!

Paul and Nick discuss the big hits of 1982 in both the UK and the US!

268. Whatever Happened To Dusty The Scone-Eating Dandelion!?

Paul and the team receive a tip-off about an elusive acquaintance of theirs - Dusty The Scone-Eating Dandelion who went missing under mysterious circumstances some time ago... Paul, Yeti Uncle John and Calum head off to The Isle Of Wight in search of their friend; but will they find him!?!

### Additionally:

There will - most probably - be live shows every month; but we also have plenty of other episodes either in planning or partially recorded. 

### The Dragon And The Cacti!

Paul and Yeti Uncle John check in on Dragon Albert to see how he is getting on with Bert and Gert; John presumes that it will be a bit of a rescue mission - but they are both shocked by all that they find!!

### The Truth About The Shy Life Podcast!

We look back at some of the scandal that has affected the little show over the years - the lives - the loves and maybe we'll even learn the truth about who pushed Zap down the stairs in episode 200!

### The New Caretaker / "Where's Me Booook!?"

What with Yeti Uncle John often being up in space - Bettina gives Paul the details of a caretaker who used to work on her Estate... It seems like a good idea until it becomes evident that this gentleman swings from being extremely lazy to shovelling every last thing into a bin bag... What ever will happen when he reaches the basement and finds all the tat in Cromitty's laboratory; what will happen to all those priceless Sutton Park tapes? For that matter will Cuthbert make it through the night!?!

### Re-connecting With The Past

Paul catches up with Cromitty and Martin and is excited to learn that Cuthbert has a few added advances that makes it possible to re-connect with the past via old episodes of SUTTON PARK... Ikk is slightly doubtful about it all - but he and Paul soon get to experience the process first-hand. Unfortunately his upgrade also unearths the control of a certain app that was once installed on him! 

### Bettina and the robot butler

This episode sees Paul visiting Bettina only to find out that the house has recently become robotically automated; also Wifey Jo play a card game with Cuthbert.

### The Great Bingo Scam

Someone is rigging the bingo so that they win - is it one of the regulars or someone more sinister?

### The Continuing Mystery Of Long Lost Cousin Algernon

A number of episodes that involve Martin's investigation into Long Lost Cousin Algernon. What will he find?

### Gordon The Crypt-keeper In Need!

Gordon is back - but he has recently lost his job! Mr Yeti does his best to try and help him out...

### Shy Yeti And The Ridiculous Sponsor!

Paul and Toppie Smellie do a show together - but thanks to interference from Paul's new manager they have to keep stopping to do live adverts for the ridiculous sponsors they've been set up with!

### The Shy Life (Poetry Collection) - 10th Anniversary show

The third of three 10 year poetry anniversaries for Mr Yeti during 2019.

### Bits And Bobs and Bobs And Bits - Mk 2

More clips from the archives and recent conversations that don't have a home!!

### Shy Yeti And The Shame Inspectors

Shy Yeti gets more than he expects when he receives a visit from Isaac and Declan from That's A Shame podcast - they are constantly on the lookout for Shame sources - but this time they have Paul in their sights!

### Behind The Scenes - Fiction Within Fiction!

Paul looks back at how he used to film Sutton Park behind the scenes on some of Nick's films - with clips from both Tide Of Freedom and Evil Trophy and the equally as dramatic Sutton Park episodes recorded during these productions. 

### Shy Yeti Gets Back To Scotland!

We join Paul and Calum as they head back to Dunbar for a few days away. Paul's manager is keen that Paul should learn more about the private life of Nessie! (Recording late-July 2019!) 

### Shy Yeti's Summer Retreat!

Paul heads back down to Kent for a week of creativity! Paul's manager wants him to stir up trouble to get more ghosts on the show!(Recording mid-August 2019!) 

### Shy Yeti's Three Birthday Treats!

Paul reflects on three treats that he had for his recent birthday - involving activities with Nick concerning Paul's manager, the usual silliness with Toppie and a trip away with Jay and Ikk; all these treats are quite unusual to say the very least... 

### Shy Yeti's Birthday Diary 2019

Paul shares his birthday diary with the listeners as he and Toby head off into the wilds of the UK for his birthday! Things are getting out of hand with his manager and Paul has some very shocking news! Can Mr Trowbridge be of any help?

### Episode One Billion

We look forward a year or two to see how things are going for The Shy Life Podcast as we hit episode One Billion. Things are a little more advanced - but all the gang are still on board!!

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