the seaside holiday

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Another podcast I quite like is the bbc history magazine. They recently went to a weekly format so there’s plenty of listening. It’s all English history so you have to be into that kind of thing. I did have a look around the <a href=””>radio national</a> podcast page to see if they had any regular history stuff but no go. I’d rather hear AU history but there’s less of it (white, at least) and less people researching it and less people broadcasting it.

Anyway, sometimes there’s overlap like this <a href=”″>podcast</a>  from the page <a href=””>here</a> on the beginning of the seaside holiday –> the north of England, 19th century. This is one of those cultural things that got picked up in lots of places around the world including argentina etc.

The above photo is of one of my aunts and I guess it might not’ve officially been from a beach holiday but awesome nonetheless. We’ve got a whole bunch of these photos of relis standing next to town signs.

And way back when I was living in Anglesea I remember seeing a photo exhibition of scenes from the 50s in the town. It looked really hoppin’.

all we know is, he’s called …

I’ve been watching Top Gear quite a bit this year. It’s taken over as what I look at while eating dinner I’ve cooked. I completely stopped watching the SBS news because is was so much garbage. It’s part of admitting and getting back to my boyhood roots. I like cars. For a while it conflicted with my ‘oh what about the environment?!’ phase but I’m not really thinking that we humanoids and out contraptions are the real problem.

Top Gear is a bit formulaic but it’s good fun. I was really impressed with the Arctic special they did. They were the first ones to drive a car to the North Pole, they raced there against a dog-team, documented it and shoved it all into one 60minute episode. On American tv of the ‘survivor’ calibre that’d be strung out into a 14-part series.

I have been watching from the early series’, when they didn’t even had May, they had some fat bloke who like to talk about used cars. They used to have a black Stig. But I guess he had other job offers so he left. They got the white one.

And recently, in the news I see that the guy who is/was the stig won some court appeal to release a book about himself. Like when Luke got Darth’s mask off at the end of _Return of the Jedi_ it was a bit of a disappointment. He’s just some formula 3 driver. I thought it was Damon Hill.

The interesting thing is that it seems like in this day and age, no one can be famous and not want to get the recognition the think they deserve. Surely this guy was getting paid enough by the BBC, so I am thinking the money from book sales was not the motivator. He just couldn’t not be famous. The thing is, I think he’s a lot less interesting now.