Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SOMETHING OLD - SOMETHING NEWER!!

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST GETS SPIKY!?!

Hello beasties!

This week we'll be talking about a new episode of the podcasts and also about something new that I've revived and completed from the recent past!
What do I mean? Well, this week we have a new poem - it's been a while in the making, to be honest - but more about that in a bit... First here is more information and links to the two latest podcast episodes that have been released since our last post. One is a Bert and Gert Special recorded in Hamburg back in June and the other a snapshot of varied activities - chats on the radio, by a lake and in a restaurant all recorded back in July 2017.


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 107: BERT AND GERT'S BIG MOMENT...

In which we learn some secrets about Ikk and Bert and Gert get a chance to shine!

Here we are for episode 107 - where this time we finally return to Hamburg to hear that exclusive interview that Cromitty recorded with Ikk back in the summer. Why is Ikk so afraid of water? Will Cromitty be able to shed light on this mystery? Will Paul still get to read some of his poems? Will we hear from the regulars? Who are the mysterious callers phoning in to Bert and Gert? So many questions!! Our next episode, number 108 is a snapshot of a busy summer's day in London - a postcard from a season gone by as we head into autumn. 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, 2017.  Episode 107 was recorded between the 23rd March and the 9th September 2017, with some mysterious inserts recorded about 25 years ago.
This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:
107: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-107-bert-and-gerts-big-moment


THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 108: A SUMMER SNAPSHOT FROM OLD LONDON TOWN...

Here we are for episode 108 - where this time we take a trip to Greenwich with Paul and his friends - we also hear Mr Yeti on the radio and catch up with the regulars to find out what is going on with Bettina and Nathan! Thank you to OtherPaul, Alex, Tim M and anyone else involved in this edition of the show. Our next episode, number 109, is coming soon and in it we catch up with a number of different people who we have spoken to before. To find out who please 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, 2017.  Episode 108 was recorded between the 27th June and the 11th September 2017,with an additional piece of archive material from 25 years ago!
This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:
108: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-108-a-summer-snapshot-from-old-london-town

We first talked about the recording of the radio scenes from episode 108, here:

http://thedaffypoet.blogspot.co.uk/2017_07_02_archive.html#4680533153422936555

All that and now that show is out and available for you all to hear!

So... What have I been recording since we last talked... err... communicated...
Errr... Well, I began a new episode just the other day - it's all about a semi-regular of the show returning home after a bit of a break and how excited everyone is to see him; only he's not quite as nice to be around as he was the last time he was there. I won't say any more for the moment as I don't imagine that this episode will be out until November or December. I have other episodes that are yet to be recorded which will be out towards the end of this month, moving into October and November. I'm quite excited about them too, but won't say any more for the moment... Sorry! I'm being very vague today, aren't I! I promise there will be more news as we get closer to the end of the month.

What other recording have I been up to? Well, I've focused on a few scenes here and there to add into episodes that I'm currently working on. Both episode 106 and 107 were recorded quite a while ago before I'd decided exactly the format of the episode. 106 had links recorded with Bert and Gert as far back as March - with most of the rest of the episode recorded in Hamburg back in June. 107 was recorded in a number of different locations during the summer. When I returned to the project I discovered two conversations that were long enough to add to another episode that was potentially under-running, so I moved that footage about. Although 107 was over 3 hours long even after these conversations were removed I knew that not all the material would be used and some of it would be layered over each other as background sound...

All the same - both 106 and 107 needed a few extra bits adding to them - just another 10 minutes, but an important 10 minutes...

In the case of 106 I needed more Bert and Gert input - which also allowed me to use some more of my archive recordings. In 107 I wanted a little more of Bettina, Dameus, Yeti Uncle John and Ikk - as I planned to update events that were going on with Nathan and Ikk's big plan; once again I also recorded something that allowed me to use some more of those archive recordings that were originally used on Sutton Park back in the day.

I hope you enjoy both 106 and 107, both which are out now!

Moving on, as mentioned before, we have a new poem - which will be included in my next collection of prose and poetry which I am beginning to work into a book. It'll be things that I've published on the blog between 2015 and 2017, so most probably I won't have got the full content for the book until the end of this year.

The new poem is called I DON'T KNOW YOU AT ALL and it's one of those pieces that has been rather a long time in the writing - I started it on the 23rd January 2014 and worked on it until sometime in February the same year, but then it was left for a long while with only two of verses completed. Last week I decided to return to some of my unfinished poems and this was one of the random few that I revisited and I swapped a few lines around and worked on the unwritten verses and had the piece finished on the 7th September 2017. The version included here is a finished draft and I may still tinker around with it between this post and the time that it is published in my next collection, sometime in early to mid 2018.




Next time we'll be looking at what I've been up to - both recording new episodes, returning to Radio Wey - and also which episodes I have just released or am about to release... Also it's nearly time for Harry and I to head off to Lille for an extra special edition of the podcast, so that will probably get a mention too!
Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx
I DON'T KNOW YOU AT ALL...

I don't know you at all...
I am facing a stranger...
I am facing a myth...
My sweet flower arranger...
Oh my muscle bound prince -
Won't you just come and steal me?
Come and save me from hell -
Come on - ravish me - feel me!
You know why we are here -
By the rules of attraction...
So just turn down the lights -
Give me love, give me action!
Oh good grief - give me you.
I'm a puddle of lust...
I'm a bundle of nerves...
See me fall into dust...
I'm completely in awe -
I am actually shaking…
I don’t know you at all…
But now my interest’s awaking!

I don’t know you at all…
You are ever so busy…
When you ask for the time -
I go into a tizzy…
I go into a spin -
Cos to me you are speaking…
I'm afraid I might drool -
That my brains might be leaking!
I can’t put into words -
I'm so suddenly shy…
You are asking me things -
But I can’t even reply…
I'm repeating myself -
Such a vandal of grammar…
Can you not hear my heart?
It is starting to stammer…
See me watching you breathe -
See me worship each move…
I don't know you at all...
But you have nothing to prove!

I don't know you at all...
Made a dreadful decision...
Made a way awful choice -
That has led to division...
But when I flutter my lids -
Will I find me some luck?
I am not chicken-hearted -
No, you won't hear me cluck!
Soon be back on my feet -
You can say what you like...
I'll not put up with your moods -
But I might go on strike!
Won't you make up your mind -
What you'd like to achieve?
Wear your heart in your chest -
Not placed there on your sleeve.
I've been studying your moves -
An opinion is forming…
I don't know you at all...
But your embrace is so warming…

I don't know you at all...
But that almost appeals!
I am starting to like just -
How soothing it feels…
I am starting to love you –
You’re so hard to ignore…
You’re a figure of fun…
You’re the one I adore!
You’re the one who can send me –
To faraway places…
With a smile that disarms –
One that doesn't leave traces…
Can you not hear my heart?
It is beating out Morse…
Sending outrageous texts -
Like some turbulent force!
Please do make up your mind!
Let your presence be felt…
I don’t know you at all…
But you've made my heart melt…



This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler 2017.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

RECORDING THE PODCAST WITH A GOOD MAN...

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST KEEPS BUSY...

Hello beasties!

More Deeley photos! Yes, indeed... Well, how can I resist! He's such a handsome fella! It could be worse - there could be more photos of me - and the internet simply doesn't need that!

This week I've been busy back in Salisbury... So what have I been up to? We're going to be taking a look behind the scenes of recording some of the future episodes of the podcast - this time with Mr Nick Goodman, who also - in different ways - plays a big part in the contents of two of our most recently released episodes, as detailed below:

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 104: STORIES AND STORYTELLERS...


Here we are for episode 104 - where this time we investigate stories and storytellers... It's a bit of a writer's special where Mr Yeti speaks with Nick Goodman about inventing characters for their creative projects over the years! Experience the wonder of The Mighty Twiddler along the way, why don't you? But that is not all... There are plenty of tall tales to share with you! Thank you to Nick G and Aunt Tappie for their contributions to this episode. Our next episode, number 105 is all about how misunderstandings can suddenly break out between podcasts? Which podcast is it and what did they do to cause such dismay? To find out all the goss do please 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, 2017.  Episode 104 was recorded between the 31st January and 24th August 2017. 

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

104: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-104-stories-and-storytellers

Next up, our second episode this post is really rather different from the previous one - it's kinda crazy to be perfectly honest - but it was such great fun to put together!!!

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 105: A L.O.T.S.L. DILEMMA...


Here we are for episode 105, where trouble has broken out after Mr Yeti misunderstands random comments about Bigfoot and aliens during an episode of the L.O.T.S.L. podcast! Can rifts be repaired? Will Ikk and his alien pals invade the earth in revenge? Will there be poems this episode or might things really get out of hand? Thanks to the  L.O.T.S.L. team - Toppie, Jay, Brenda, Peter and Wes for their contribution to this episode - and for use of several clips from old shows. Thanks also to James and Tim - Tim and James for hosting Ikk on an episode of Tastes Like Burning, a clip of which also appears this time. In our next episode we find out what happens when Bert and Gert hop aboard the podcasting train and also we finally learn why Ikk is so afraid of water! To hear all that and more do please 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, 2017, except for the aforementioned clips from other shows.  Episode 105 was recorded between the 7th August and 2nd September 2017. 

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

105: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-105-a-lotsl-dilemma

Finally, our third episode is one that really delves back into the archives - we do hear from Paul, Yeti Uncle John and Ikk - but most of the rest of the episode was recorded between 1989 and 1991!!

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 106: THE FIRST PODCAST (A.K.A. LOST IN LONGLEAT)


Here we are for episode 106 - and in place of our scheduled episode we have a surprise from the archives! This week's podcast was only recently converted from tape by Mr Nick Goodman and is - well, it's almost a podcast and it was recorded way back in Autumn 1989 when Mr Yeti was just 15 years of age! It features his mum, dad, brother Graham and also his favourite Great Aunt Jessie. Listen as he visits a Dr Who exhibition - survives Graham's screams and then gets lost in a maze! Yeti Uncle John and Ikk are also here to comment on this new discovery and we also get to hear a rare episode of a series called "Spectrum" that Paul wrote in the very early 90s. You may well recognise some of the voices involved in this brief production. Enjoy this and... well, one or two other bits too! Thanks to Nick Goodman for his help with this episode - additional thanks to Andrew T, Keith M and Lee F. Our next episode, number 107 is the show that I promised last time that involves Gert, Bert, Cromitty and the secret of Ikk's fear of water - all recorded in Hamburg back in June 2017. Do please 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, 2017.  Links for episode 106 were recorded between the 4th and 5th September 2017. "Lost In Longleat" was recorded during October 1989 and the other archive clips come from unknown dates during the early 1990s.

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

106: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-106-the-first-podcast-aka-lost-in-longleat

Before we move on - here are some more photos of a completely adorable cat... (Deeley!!!)



 So... What have I been up to with recording with Nick? Here are the details!

Q. What did you record?

A. A number of things - a little piece where Nick and I are planning on taking Dameus out for a night on the bingo for a specific autumnal episode - I also recorded new bingo sounds at the same time on Friday 1st September 2017. The following day we also recorded chats on some of our adventures back in the day - travelling to Sheffield, Plymouth and London and we also talked awhile about how the tapezines and podcasts aren't a million miles away from one another. It's funny how things go full circle and having done tapeszines in the late 80s and early 90s suddenly we're all about the audio again in 2017! 

Q. When should we expect to hear these recordings?

A. I'm not yet sure which episode the travel chat will appear in - but the tapezine one may well feature in an episode where some of the show regulars go to a convention for a favourite TV show, which I intend to record in early October. The bingo sounds will appear in episodes in November - as we've a three part story coming out around then which focuses on Dameus and this scene appears in the first of these. I'm really excited for our autumn schedule as there are lots of exciting episodes in the can and a number that I've yet to record that I really can't wait to get busy on.

Q. What else did you get up to whilst back in Salisbury?

A. Aside from the bingo at the Dust Hole I also caught up with my friend Robin (one of the three original Sutton Park cast members) for a spot of lunch and also recorded the first half of an article for Trowby and Lisa's Round The Archives podcast. My next commission for them is a review of a 1974 Dr Who story called Invasion of the Dinosaurs, but as Nick was around he appears during the first half of the piece. Goodness knows what I'll do when I talk about episodes 4 to 6, without Nick to help me out with facts and figures! I'll just have to manage... Maybe Ikk (my alien friend) will show up and help me out!

Q. We believe that some of Nick's digitising work has featured on a recent podcast episode!

A. Absolutely! You're referring to episode 106 of the show which I've entitled The First Podcast - because one of the tapes that Nick converted was as close as you'll get to a podcast (or at least the type I do!) only it was recorded back in 1989. It features a day out to Longleat in Wiltshire with my parents, brother Graham (only 7 and half at the time!) and my Great Aunt Jessie. I visit the Dr Who exhibition, speak to Irene in the shop and also spend a lot of side 2 of the tape getting lost in the maze. I was 15, almost 16 when I recorded it and it was intended for a number of my pen-friends to hear. It's all transferred surprisingly well - and the only things I really edited out were the "clicks" when I paused the machine. I hope it's an enjoyable listen - I only wish I'd recorded a few more like this - but as far as I can remember this is the only podcast comparable audio that I recorded back then. It's lucky to have even survived! Of course I have many, many camcorder tapes out there with SUTTON PARK episodes on them which Nick is also converting - there's a lot of talking on those and I'm sure I'll select audio for the podcast, as well as visual clips for youtube.

Q. In addition to the Longleat tape we believe episode 106 features other archive treasures...

A. Yes, indeed... The thing I'm most excited about in the whole episode is a random episode of a series of mine called "Spectrum" that I've long been searching for copies of. It's from the very early 1990s and I'm still hopeful that I will track down the scripts, one day. I never throw away any of my writing, but there was only ever one copy; hand-written on spiral-bound note pads. "Spectrum" was the first project that I wrote which featured the characters Mavis, Edie and Fatima The Fantabulous, who have since appeared in many of my series, most recently, HOT STUFF!! Anyway, an audio version of episode 2 turned up a recent tape that Nick converted, which features me and my friends, Nick, Trowby and Keith playing all the parts. Presumably we recorded more than just this episode - but I am yet to locate any more. It's lovely to have even one episode and I was still very pleased with what I'd written (and even more so by our daft performances!). "Spectrum" was later revived in a slightly different format by Andrew Trowbridge later in the 90s - I remember writing a story myself (around 1996), but I don't think it was ever produced.

Q. We hope you find more "Spectrum" - what about the voices at the end of the episode - the wood nymph, for one... That's not you doing the voice, is it?

No... Not me... The two little scenes that Ikk and Yeti Uncle John uncover at the end of episode 106 are actually inserts that we original played in episodes of Sutton Park (probably from around the mid-90s.) They were meant to be played either as answer-phone messages or (supposedly) via the radio. They were done by my friend, Lee Freeman, who we lost contact with in the early 00s. As I still had the tapes I wanted to find a way to re-use them - originally the nymph voice wasn't as high pitched as he appears in 106; that was done with an effect that I added during editing as it wasn't really possible to do those kind of things at home back in the early 1990s. There will hopefully be more of Lee on THE SHY LIFE PODCAST in future episodes as we have found quite a lot of material which could potentially have a second life on the podcast.

That's about it for now, thank you.

Next time we'll be looking forward to a number of other notable recording sessions over the next few weeks - recording with Toppie Smellie on Saturday the 9th September, for instance and returning to Radio Wey with Tim and Nathan on Saturday 16th September and then my 30th anniversary trip to Lille with Harry F the following weekend... It's all go - but that's all for now...

Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx








This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BACK IN BRAITHWAITE...

INTRODUCING THE PODCAST TO DERWENTWATER...

Hello beasties!

This week we're in the Lake District!! More about that in a minute...

Of course, even when I'm on holiday I don't take a break from recording and editing; why would I? It's my idea of fun! I finished episode 100, as you saw in the previous post, during the first few days of the trip and then moved on to the next three episodes, as follows during the rest of my time off: 

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 101: MY FAMILY AND OTHER YETI...


Here we are for episode ONE HUNDRED AND ONE - where this time we return to Mr Yeti's home town of Salisbury to catch up with some of his family at the same time as Alena, his niece, is visiting over from America. Alena encounters the regulars, answers some random questions and also investigates Mr Yeti's Harry Potter credentials. This episode we also chat with Nick G about some of the adventures from the early days of their friendship - and, of course, there are also poems. Thanks to all who took part in this edition of the show! Our next episode, number 102 - features an interview with a familiar name from Pride48, but you'll have to wait and see who that might be! Do join us, won't you? It'll be fun! 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, 2017.  Episode 101 was recorded between the 6th May and 21st August 2017. 

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

I hope you enjoy the episode! You'll get to hear my mum, dad, brother and niece all in one episode! Oh, and Nick, of course - and he's honorary family! :) I've also released another episode...

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 102: CAUSING A HULLABALOO - WITH BABALOO!!


Here we are for episode ONE HUNDRED AND TWO - where this time we listen into a chat between Mr Yeti and Pride48's Babaloo! There are also poems and we hear from some of the regulars; Aunt Tappie is also hoping to connect with Ikk! Thanks to Babaloo for agreeing to be interviewed, to our regulars for connecting and also to Aunt Tappie for contributing some important messages. Our next episode, number 103 is our 12th live Pride48 show and Ikk is looking for someone to share a secret with! Do join us, won't you? It'll be a party! 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, 2017.  Episode 102 was recorded between the 22nd July and 8th August 2017. 

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

102: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-102-causing-a-hullabaloo-with-babaloo

This episode was with Pride48's Babaloo who had his own podcast in the past and is also closely related to the show "Pod Is My Co-Pilot" in that he is the husband of Taylor The Latteboy and good friends with Taffy and Rodan. We interviewed Taffy back in episode 94 and she also made a brief appearance during episode 100! Do check out "Pod Is My Co-pilot" on iTunes etc, if you don't already subscribe.

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 103: OUR 12TH LIVE PRIDE48 SHOW!!


Here we are for episode ONE HUNDRED AND THREE - where this time we catch up with the chat-room and discuss what's been going on since our last live show... We hear from some of the regulars, Aunt Tappie is in a panic and Ikk has a plan that Dameus approves of! There are also some of Mr Yeti's poems as extra content in the podcast version of the episode. Our next episode, number 104 is all about stories and storytellers and there are a number of special guests lined up to tell their tales! Do join us, won't you? It'll be a blast! 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, 2017.  Episode 103 was recorded on Sunday 27th August 2017, with some pre-recorded inserts recorded on the 22nd August 2017. Thanks also to Toppie Smellie for liasing with Aunt Tappie for her contribution to this episode.

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

103: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-103-our-12th-live-pride48-show

I was determined to get a live episode out in August, as I'd been away the week before when I was supposed to do my show! It was good to get on the stream and catch up with some of the listeners!

Right, time to tell you more about my week in the lovely Lake District!!

Friday 18th August 2017

Well, our journey up to Braithwaite wasn't ideal - mainly due to the train between Euston and Penrith being packed and despite having paid £120 return per person we'd still not been designated an exact seat and ended up sitting on two mini seats in a corridor by a smelly toilet. Well done, Virgin Trains! Thanks for that. Thankfully our buses to Braithwaite via Keswick were more comfortable and well-timed. We didn't do much once we'd arrived - just had dinner and watched some TV, Michael Palin's 80 Days Around The World, and the 70s detective show, Jason King. As I watched I worked on Episode 100 of the podcast, whilst Toby retired for an early night.

Saturday 19th August 2017

We didn't go very far today - well, into a rainy Keswick to WHSMITHS to buy postcards and BOOTHS to get food; but that was about it. We'd have stayed longer - but it was busy and wet and so our enthusiasm was quite literally dampened. I did record a little for our Lake District episode of the podcast - which unlike the Scottish episode will be recorded out of order to make it less of an diary and more of an actual story. I was able - not without some considerable effort due to the poor internet quality - to get episode 100 completed, loaded up and released by the evening and so our anniversary show was finally out there, less than 15 months since the pilot episode was released. The rest of the evening was spent watching movies, namely Mr Holmes (which was new to me and which I thoroughly enjoyed) and Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie (one of the few films that I've seen at the cinema in the last couple of years.)

Sunday 20th August 2017

Today we were quite the action men; at least compared to Saturday! We caught the bus into Keswick and then headed for Derwentwater (the lake) and took the boat around to Lodore Falls. We had planned to visit them - but the path to them was closed and the re-directioned route went out of the way by 20 minutes or so; and so we headed on around the lake instead. We stopped for lunch just short of the landing stage at High Brandelhow - watching dogs swimming in the water; I also recorded a section of the podcast before we headed on. I had intended that we'd catch the launch again at Low Brandelhow but, despite there being no warning hat we had seen anyway - Low Brandelhow landing stage was in a state of disrepair (literally not connected to the land!) Quite how that had occurred, I'm not sure... Had a boat backed into it? Had - as our podcast humorously theorises - Nessie knocked it over in a fit of pique? At any rate - it meant we had to walk on to Hawes End, which wasn't too much further - but we missed the launch we'd hoped to catch and ended up going the long way back to Keswick. After picking up more shopping we caught the bus back to Braithwaite and spent the evening watching films - Ghostbusters (2016) and the first half of Alien (1979). I also watched more of the 70s show, Thriller (Double Kill) whilst working on the next podcast episode.

Monday 21st August 2017

Today we decided to stay closer to home - so I watched some more Thriller and started working on episode 101. Just before lunch I headed up to a quiet spot in the gardens and recorded slightly short of 30 minutes worth of voices to dub over the sounds that I recorded when we were on the lake yesterday. Other than that it was a pretty quiet day...

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Today we headed for Carlisle, via Penrith! Quite a journey too! Buses and train trips all over the place... When we got there it was really busy and also muggy and so all we did was have lunch in Marks And Spencer and buy food for dinner - plus a quick stop at HMV to buy a DVD each. We caught the train back to Penrith only a couple of hours after we'd arrived (we'd both done most of the main tourist sights, castle etc on previous visits) and were back in Braithwaite (via two buses) a good while before dinner. I took the chance, once again, to record more voices for the beginning of my Lake District episode - as well as recording voices to insert during my next live episode on Sunday 27th August; not to mention recording messages for future Big Fatty Online, Vera Speaks For Real and Tastes Like Burning episodes. After dinner I had an early night for a change.



Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Today I headed out on a solo mission - taking the number 77 bus (or was it the 77A!?) up the Whinlatter Pass via Buttermere. I wasn't 100% sure what my intentions were or if I was even going to get off the bus at Buttermere as it didn't look like there was much there. Thankfully I did get off and followed other walkers down to a path which quickly led down to the lake at Buttermere. I took plenty of new photos - most of which I will probably set aside for use when I eventually post the Lake District episode; although you may see some of them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook if you follow me before that episode is released. The weather was mainly sunny, slightly overcast but it was a very good location for eating lunch and podcasting. As I hadn't expected to have the time to record I came up with an additional scene to include in my Lake District episode - a flashback to the time that I met a friendly spook called Francis, The Ghost Of Buttermere. I didn't really have the time nor energy to do a lap of the lake - so just fed the invisible ducks (I had bread, there were no ducks - but I still threw the bread into the stream - hoping it would reach them eventually!) I took a look at the waterfall before heading back to the cafe and the bus stop. I had planned to have tea and an ice cream, but due to indecisive customers ended up only having time for tea before the bus came. Never mind though - I did have time to get a Victoria Sponge for Toby and I when I had to change buses at Keswick briefly. The home journey from Buttermere was very dramatic - travelling up over The Catbells and along the side of Derwentwater that we had walked along earlier in the week, although much higher up and therefore with different views. I also had company in the form of newly downloaded podcasts from Pride48's Big Fatty and Adam Burns - not to mentioning listening to the latest edition of Round The Archives, my friend Lisa and Trowby's podcast about cult tv; which I was also on talking about the TV show, Bergerac! I was home by about 3 - but it all felt like quite a busy day and there was plenty of time to give mum a bell, catch up with some editing and then watch films with Toby over dinner.

Thursday 24th August 2017

We didn't go far - but I did finish episode 101 which was an episode that I recorded with my niece and family back in late July. The episode also includes conversations between Nick Goodman and myself about the early days of our friendship; recorded earlier in the summer. 

Friday 25th August 2017

Friday was going home day and we headed off early, so nothing to report - other than a long journey; but we were back by mid-afternoon as we took an earlier than intended train which ran without delay. Once home I began editing again (of course I did!) Moving on to episode 102, editing the sketches that I'd recorded for other shows and also preparing for my next live show on Sunday...

Here are some photos from the trip - most of these were taken in the first couple of days and are either of Braithwaite, where we stayed - or of our walk around Derwentwater...




















We also met our old friend Mystery Hen who we first encountered up here about four years ago and who inspired a poem in me; only he (shouldn't it be "she", now I'm not sure!) has had a make-over and is now made of pottery... Apparently he no longer solves crimes, merely clucks.

This bench became my favourite place to record voices to over-dub on sounds that I'd recorded on our troubles... I sat up here on Monday and Tuesday evenings before dinner just talking to myself (well, recording it for the podcast) and there was a lovely view to be had from up there with only a minimum of scrambling up slopes.


Next time we'll be... Actually, I'm not 100 percent sure what we'll be up to next... I'm thinking of writing a new prose piece or something to go with whatever podcast chatter that I have in mind! Anyway, check back next week and I'm pretty sure there will be something!

That's all for now...

Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx

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