Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

posted 18 Mar 2015 11:39 by podcastchart

Few of us, I suspect, would be brave enough to return to our teenage and childhood scribblings and re-read them, let alone read them out loud for the whole world to hear.

That though is the rationale behind Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids... and if you’ve ever been young you will cringe with recognition. In fact, you might even go and hide behind the sofa, but I doubt that you’ll be able to turn it off.

Wanting to be liked, wanting to be cool, wanting great hair, wanting to have a girlfriend or boyfriend, not wanting to be 'friend-dumped'... all the eternal hopes and fears of our young selves are here.

Oh yes, and be warned; there’s excruciating adolescent poetry too.

There’s the young Jason on his new hair-drier and getting laughed at for his ‘gay’ hair cut by members of his own family - and complaining about ‘bitter' bus drivers. Not an adjective I’ve heard applied to bus drivers before now.

Nicola spent her baby-sitting hours reading romantic novels which did rather have an effect on the style of her own diary entries. She swoons over Neil (the object of her teenage desires) spinning the bottle with him, and 'being obliged' by a long kiss. Honestly, Nicola deserves a distinguished service medal for public embarrassment for reading her journal out loud.

As a young teenager Cheryl wrote about having a lazy eye and mucus. She wrote her own self-help book at the age of eleven, and updated it four years later with her thoughts on her new boyfriend; his 'wandering male eye', being in love ('a splash through the heart'), and the romance of giving him boxer shorts on Valentine’s Day.

Another precocious young lady was nine year-old Eleanor, who wrote a ‘get rich quick’ book. Unfortunately it included fiscal tips that might be deemed illegal in most territories.

There is a sadder side to all this, be it bullying or the terror of not having friends. Again, this will resonate with many adults; who among us wouldn’t want to cuddle and console out younger selves in those moments?

The show is recorded in front of a live audience whose whoops and hollers are a slight distraction, but I suspect that you will laugh – and wince – along with them.


You can listen to Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids here

Listen To Lucy

posted 18 Mar 2015 11:28 by podcastchart

Be warned... you have to pay attention when listening to Lucy Kellaway’s podcast Listen To Lucy.

In her day job she is the management economist at The Financial Times, and as you would expect, she’s not only ferociously intelligent, she really knows her subject.

Born in London to Australian parents Lucy has a hugely impressive CV as a business journalist; her FT column is syndicated around the world, she wrote and narrated the series ‘A History of Office Life’ and ‘In Office Hours’ for BBC Radio 4, and can be heard often on the BBC World Service. She has been the British Press Awards’ Columnist of the Year. She has written two very questioning books about business.

Curiously she also writes as an agony aunt.

Oh yes, and somewhere in the middle of this very busy career she has brought up no fewer than four children.

Lucy Kellaway's subject is the business world in general, but she doesn’t employ a broad brush; she goes for the detail, and in doing so is then able to make wider points.

If the devil is, as they say, in the detail, then by looking at those details she opens up the bigger picture for her listeners. Her horizon is enormous. If you are in business you will know just how complex it really is, and also how much of the business world seems to be hidden behind a fog of jargon and ambiguity.

Lucy cuts through all that.

Believe me, you’ll be wiser and better-informed at the end of every one of her podcasts - and you’ll be mulling over the points she makes all day long.


You can hear Listen To Lucy here and follow her on twitter here


posted 7 Mar 2015 00:00 by podcastchart

Welcome to the first post on the Podcast Chart blog.

We are working way too hard on building a podcasting site... to actually have time to write about podcasts!

I realise this is amongst the worst blog posts ever written; I apologise hand-on-heart and promise greatness on these pages in the very near future.

Meanwhile, I'm off to listen to this.