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 juggler Gillian Kirby, who doesn’t want your money honey but does want your memories of an unidentified episode of Dramarama about two youngsters trying to walk around the perimeter of England via the coast, late-night adult text service Teletext After Hours, misunderstanding references in Transvision Vamp lyrics, Lava Lamp-esque soft drink Orbitz, pre-Starbucks chain Seattle Coffee Company, early social media site bolt.com and the S.T.A.R.S. novels by Hunter Davies. Along the way we’ll be finding out how much vomiting was involved in the average episode of Children’s Ward, shouting sexist heckles at the male members of The Mock Turtles, saying a big hello to Fourth Bloke From Transvision Vamp, and exploring the little-known friendship between Kate Middleton and Honey Monster (Puffs). Whether this has any bearing on Gillian’s suggestion for the new National Anthem, we’re not saying…
Gillian Kirby is a juggler; you can follow her on Twitter at @Mippy.
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You can find more strange stories about Teletext’s unusual extra-curricular activity in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Chris Hughes here. Gabby Hutchinson Crouch recalled Orbitz’ ‘Irish’-themed alcoholic contemporary Craic in Looks Unfamiliar here.
Gillian also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Paul Putner on Treborland, Andy Lewis on Vintage Anti-Enoch Powell Graffiti, Chris Shaw on Rock School, Bob Fischer on Giant Hogweed and Tim on Round The Archives talking about Chigley, which you can find here.
You can find more about the last day of Ceefax in Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea…, a look at the best ever endings of all time, here. Transvision Vamp’s Born To Be Sold enjoys dubious pride of place amongst The Ten Least Effective Protest Songs here.
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