Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.
Joining Tim this time is musician and voice artist Darrell Maclaine, who’s trying to solve a big plastic mechanical puzzle involving Carols At Christmas by The Greater Manchester Police Choir Featuring The Cast Of Coronation Street, FunFax: Disguise And False Identity, Rubik’s Clock, The Brennan JB7 Advert, The VTech Master Video Painter and The Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard 1996 April Fool’s Day Hoax. Along the way we’ll be debating whether the Chief Constable Of Greater Manchester was secretly either Paul Morley or Phil Spector, contemplating the legend of Patrick Bossert’s Rubik Elves, learning how to fake having a limp by actually having a limp, and discovering how to hide your copy of True Identity on VHS in plain sight.
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Darrell Maclaine is a musician and voice artist. You can find Darrell’s YouTube channel here and follow him on Twitter at @darrellmaclaine.
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You can find a feature on the strange story of Rubik’s Clock’s direct ancestor Rubik’s Magic – the ultimate unwanted Christmas Present – in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
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Darrell has also been on Looks Unfamiliar talking about Luv’d Up by Crush, Trev And Simon’s World Tour, Blockbusters Bubble Gum, Learn With Sooty: Be Safe, Find Out More and Spike Milligan’s cameo in Steps Into Summer here, and the Rutland Weekend Television Christmas Special here.
You Can Do The Cube, a bafflingly best-selling book about completing Rubik’s Cube written by a child, featured in Looks Unfamiliar with Stephen O’Brien here.
Darrell also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Jonny Morris on Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights, Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia, Garreth Hirons on Sweet 75 and Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, which you can find here.
Could It Be Magic? is a look back at the somewhat limited thrills of Rubik’s Magic; you can find it here.
Looks Unfamiliar is hosted by Podnose. You can help Podnose to continue providing quality podcasts for free by donating to their Patreon here.
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