Wednesday, November 02, 2016

WRITING TO REACH YOU...


A RETURN TO RADIO WEY...








Hello beasties!

This week we're back on Radio Wey - at least our latest episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST is... It was actually recorded back at the start of October, Saturday 1st October 2016 to be exact... The actual episode is all about a busy weekend and so the radio visit is only about half of the duration - but I hope you'll enjoy it. The rest of the episode sees Toby and I exploring some lesser-known areas of London...

Anyway, back to the radio...

I was lucky enough to get the chance to read three poems from 2009's SHY YETI RULES O.K. compilation, as well as chatting with Tim and Nathan, the other guest of the evening. The podcast is out now and you can find all about it at the following link:

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 31: A BUSY WEEKEND...

Here we are for EPISODE 31!!! This edition sees Mr Yeti having a pretty busy weekend for a change! He heads to IKEA, then appears on local radio with Tim and his guest, Nathan - before heading off for a walk around the City district of London - exploring some of the areas that a lot of people don't even know exist! All this - and also poems and comments from the regular team. Thank you again to Tim Mitchell for inviting me onto his show and to Nathan A. Jones for allowing me to include extracts of his story in this episode. Thank you also to Toby for all his help and for being such an excellent tour guide and companion during the recording of this episode. 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. This episode and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2016. Episode 31 was recorded between the 1st and 2nd October 2016 with an additional link recorded on 20th October 2016.

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


The three poems that I read were as follows:

RABBITS DON'T REALLY LIKE LETTUCE

THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE - PT 1

READY, TEDDY, GO...

I haven't read any of those three in quite some time, so it was nice to return to them. Although, as mentioned, these poems were compiled for 2009's SHY YETI RULES O.K. the individual poems were from different collections... RABBITS... written in December 2007, but published in 2008's SHY YETI'S INCREDIBLE PIE-CRUST COLLECTION... THINGS... from 2002's THIRD TIME LUCKY... and READY from 2001's JUNK/FOOD. 

You can get SHY YETI RULES O.K. at:

You can get Nathan's books at:
BOGAMUS THE TROLL:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E6VF3JM
VILLAINOUS VIC:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E6UZCHG

Here are a few photos taken on the night - mostly of me getting in the way... The first three were taken by Tim and the rest on this post by myself.

But these are not the only photos I have for you this post - next up we have some pictures from our explorations of the City area of London where I recorded the second half of the episode.

I'm off to Venice next week - but expect my next post just before I go... Never fear, I'll be working on some posts whilst I'm away!

More soon...

Take care - yeti hugs,

Paul xx


All contents of this post are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2016.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

FREAK OUT - IT'S HALLOWEEN!!

SETTING FREE OUR INNER GHOUL...

Hello beasties!!

This week we're feeling kind of sinister! Yes, it's...

HALLOWEEN!!!

Which means we're allowed to get all spooky-creepy!

That said, as readers will know I like to watch a good horror film all year around (or often a pretty bad one!), so in a way it's business as usual - only more so!

This week we also have a special spooktacular podcast - but first I'd like to quick announce the release of my new album, MUSIC FROM A SHY PLACE - VOLUME 1, a collection of mainly instrumentals which appear in episodes during the first six months of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST... It is available for £6.99 on Bandcamp and includes 22 tracks, as follows:

MUSIC FROM A SHY PLACE - VOLUME ONE


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST THEME (MY FIRST YETI DANCE)
SINISTER FUNK
A BIT OF A RAVE!!
ELECTRO DUDES (INSTRUMENTAL)
FOUR-EYED GROOVE
GET UP!!
I'VE GOT A MAN
THE 32ND OF MAY
WHERE DID I LEAVE MY KEYS?
YETI RHYTHM
REMAIN
THE LONELY M.P.
CHRYSALIS HEART
DANCING IN THE SHADOWS
FROZEN BEATS
STRINGS ETC.
MY SPIDER PRINCE
THE GHOSTS OF SUMMER
DANCE UNTIL DAWN (80s Remix)
THE CALL OF THE ALIEN
ELECTRO DUDES (VOCALS)
END THEME TO A PODCAST

MUSIC FROM A SHY PLACE - VOL. 1 is available Bandcamp at: https://shyyeti.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-a-shy-place-vol-1

Talking of podcasts - our Halloween episode is also just out!!


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 30: SAY HELLO TO HALLOWEEN...


Here we are for our feature-length episode THIRTY - it is also our HALLOWEEN edition!! This time we revisit some of our earlier guests to enquire about their favourite Halloween memories... There are also a few Halloween-themed poems, some comments from our regulars and even a spot of ghost-hunting! Thanks to Elaine, Erik, Jay The Hauntcub, Nick and Aly Goodman and Toppie Smellie for their contributions to this show! Our next episode, number 31 - sees Paul and Toby getting out and about around "Hidden London"... 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. This episode and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2016. Episode 30 was recorded between the 23rd July and the 18th October 2016.

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



Also included in this post are some photos of slightly sinister things that I doodled during a meeting recently - not to mention some rather autumn-y views of me out and about in Hampstead whilst recording some introductions for the new Halloween episode...


I've also done a little Halloween piece for this post... It's pretty daft - but then I'm pretty sure that you've come to expect that sort of behaviour from me!


Next week we'll only be days away from my next overseas trip and I've done a special podcast episode to celebrate a birthday... Who's birthday?! Mine, of course!! This also means that I get to talk all about myself (as usual!!) as The Beargrrrian Gazette has been calling up to ask me some questions... Yay!!! (Ahem!!)

Next time I've got a post about another episode of the podcast - plus loads of photos from behind the scenes on recording it!

More soon - take care!

Yeti hugs!

Paul xx


P.S. The following piece was written between Monday 26th and Friday 30th September 2016, with some tweaking done until date of posting.

SOMETHING HALLOWEEN-Y

Random musings on Halloween...

Spooks...
Poltergeists, even...
Okay - maybe that's going a bit far...
Let's take a quick back-step...
Spooks...
Ghosts with chains that rattle...
Angry ghosts...
Ghosts who just received another electricity bill -
But who have been dead for seventeen years...
Of course they're mad about it!!
"You do know that ghosts don't actually have to pay electricity bills, right?
What are you? Some kind of idiot? I'm dead... I no longer have a bank account..."
Sure, I still have a little stashed away under the floorboards...
A gold necklace and a vintage snood that you might get a tenner for online...
But I don't see why any ghost need share that secret with some twatting jobsworth...
Keep that fact to yourself - save your treasure for a special occasion -
And just remind the electricity board that ghosts don't need heat because you don't feel the cold, "Good day to you, sir!" *slams down phone*

Witches...
Warlocks...
Black hat and broomsticks...
A dirty-looking cauldron bubbling away in the corner...
Goodness knows what's inside it?
Slugs and snails and puppy dog's tales...
And - oh my - the tales those dogs can tell will make your ears wilt!
Worse than anything you've heard witch's cats say down the tavern...
Whilst we're on the subject, why not take a look around...
Over there on the shelf spell-books
Second hand, of course - passed down through families...
Or borrowed - possibly stolen - from the local library...
Who can afford a new spell-book these days...
They're all E-books! It's just not the same...
It's amazing how often you find typos in the more recent editions...
It may not sound much but it can mean the difference -
Between turning your foes into frogs or into traffic wardens...
The world really doesn't need ANY more traffic wardens...

Vampires...
Blood-suckers...
Really? Does it have to be blood? That's so 1970s!
Listen, we have a nice selection of alcoholic beverages...
But if you're driving then we have coffee... We have tea...
I'm pretty sure I could run to a mug of hot chocolate if I turn out the cupboards...
I'm not being insensitive, but we do have tomato juice... Okay, blood is it...
Go on then, impress me; turn into a bat or something...
It's okay - I didn't put garlic in it - the curtains are drawn -
Although this really isn't my idea of "mood lighting..."
Unless this is the kind of mood you are trying to encourage!
Biting the guests puts nobody in a very positive frame of mind...
I thought modern vampires had evolved past having to avoid sun-light...
Don't tell me - it turns you to dust - you're very old-school, aren't you?
Oh well... At least they won't be in for any big surprises...
Well, other than finding out that their host wants to sip on their jugulars -
And maybe enslave them for the rest of their existence...
Too cheap to pay for a cleaner? Some people...

Werewolves...
Moon-barkers...
Sorry, is that offensive? I really don't want to offend anyone..
Especially if they're a werewolf...
You know... Sharp teeth and all; sorry another stereotype there...
I'm sure some of them are really nice people...
Actually - that's probably not what I meant...
Because even the bad werewolves who eat folk -
Might be lovely when you meet them in their human form...
I suppose what I was trying to say -
Was that some werewolves are probably nice too; even when transformed...
Blood-lust doesn't affect everyone the same, right!? Don't look at me like that...
Werewolves... They're all misunderstood... Oh, who am I kidding!?
Ghosts and witches and vampires and werewolves...
They're a miserable bunch when all is said and done and get far too much publicity...
What about me? I've got a new book out...
But I don't suppose you're interested in that, are you?
So will that do? Shall we call it a day now? I've done my part...

Thank goodness Halloween only comes around once a year...

This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2016