Thursday, September 07, 2017



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:


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 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:


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!!!


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 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:


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!!


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 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:


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 tapezines 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.