Before I introduce Episode 97 of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST in more detail I'd like to tell you a little story about how it all came together and why it replaced the originally scheduled edition...
I had intended episode 97 to be our episode from Hamburg and I had been intending on editing it whilst I was away in Scotland, last week. However, partly due to the fact that the episode is made up of lots of small sections and partly due to finding a slight issue in episode 96 which I corrected (oh, and being on holiday and busy!) I simply didn't get it anywhere near complete. I decided instead to alter the schedule slightly and to record an episode with Yeti Uncle John in one take which would mean quicker editing; this I did as soon as I got home on Friday the 28th July 2017. In the back of my mind I had decided that it would be nice to include some audio that my friend, Nick Goodman, had recently digitised; although I was yet to listen through to it and had no memory of exactly what I had recorded. When I finally did get a chance to listen back to the file I discovered the best quality audio was not the recording of my Muddled Memoirs Of Roland Quaverall, but a sketch concerning a character named Candleman; co-created by myself and my friend, Lee Freeman. There was also a one-act audio play called Shadow Play which I didn't even realise existed on audio; I'm pretty sure it no longer exists in any printed format - so was very happy to discover that I still had a copy in some form. I'm unsure, thinking back, but I think (as this was written around 1990/91) that it is related to a piece that I presented at school during one of our class assemblies, as I always used to organise them for our form. Either that or Shadow Play is a more developed version of something that I produced around that time; as most of the assemblies were learnt ad-libs. Anyway. these recordings are swampier than the audio during the rest of this episode - but it's perfectly clear for your listening pleasure and you'll get to hear me doing silly voices during the Candleman sketch which really shows you that I was just as daft back in the early 90s as I am now. There really is no hope for me. (Yay!)
Anyway - here is the episode that I'm talking about...
HOT STUFF!! – SEASON TWO
So Far: The team at Spectrum City Library are protecting a phoenix egg which is about to hatch – but unfortunately there are many rival factions also after the bird!
SCRIPT 1: THE FEATHER
Horner and Fatima get to know the new Fiona – but they tell everybody that she is Fiona’s niece, Jo. Horner is curious to see how Nixon will react to her…
SCRIPT 2: THE TEMP
A temp arrives which neither Fatima nor Horner can recall requesting. His arrival causes much discussion; giggles from Edie and Mavis – an awakening of repressed feelings for Felix – whilst Arthur is left shaken by flashbacks from his past...
SCRIPT 3: THE QUIZ
The team are surprised to find a monster in their midst, but his presence proves a positive experience. Felix goes on a first date – and Fatima lends a helping hand.
SCRIPT 4: THE PICNIC
Horner and Fatima make peace with one another when they take Jo and Nixon for a picnic. Nixon goes missing however and a lady helps them, but issues a warning. Meanwhile, back at the library the past begins to cause all manner of havoc…
SCRIPT 5: THE PAST
Fatima confides in Horner her choice for new librarian. Will he approve? Sebastian receives a warning and discusses it with Felix… Is the past at war with them?
SCRIPT 6: THE PHONY
On the day of Arthur’s leaving party the truth behind Fiona’s return is finally revealed! Meanwhile the ghosts are scaring away all the customers…
SCRIPT 7: THE REGRESSION
Inferno the phoenix hatches, whilst Arthur confesses to Horner his reasons for leaving – just as Tula arrives having had an awful journey. Sebastian asks Fatima to help – but the library begins to regress into the ghostly past.
SCRIPT 8: THE FUTURE
Time is running out to find the book and banish the ghosts as the past invades. How will the matter be resolved? Arthur and Fatima say farewell… Inferno and Nixon get on very well – but Jo has some surprising news! Will Horner and Sebastian leave too? Will Tula have second thoughts? Are the library’s days numbered?
Take care - more soon,
Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx