I love living in the USA: The weather is fantastic, people are friendly, I can see palms trees out the window,
petrol gas is cheap and I can own a gun. Life is good.
Saying that… I’ve been here over five years now and I’ve definitely noticed that I’m picking up a few verbal american’isms. I find myself developing a transatlantic inflection on many of my speech patterns. I’m frequently asked either (a) “Are you Australian?” or (b) “My cousin lives in England – do you know him?”. Luckily, the answer to both questions is “No”
I regularly recharge my English Accent Batteries by listening to podcasts from the BBC. A fun alternative to the incessant twang of country music geeetars on my local radio. If you haven’t played with podcasts yet grab yourself a free podcast listener like Juice (or even iTunes if you have gone to the dark side) and click one of the links below.
The big list of most excellent British Broadcasting Corporation Podcasts follows:
|BBC Radio 4 Podcasts||RSS FEED|
|What The Papers Say takes a look at how the broadsheets and red tops treat the week’s news.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/wtps/rss.xml|
|The Documentary of the Week podcast brings you our pick of the week’s documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A new episode is published every Friday.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/r4choice/rss.xml|
|BBC World Service Podcasts||RSS FEED|
|Newshour Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service, twice a day, every day of the year. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/newshour/rss.xml|
|Global News The best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world. Listen to up to 30 minutes of highlights from Newshour, Newsday and The Newsroom. Compiled twice a day from the 24 hour News coverage from BBC World Service.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/globalnews/rss.xml|
|Outlook The place where the world tells its story. Join Matthew Bannister, Monday to Thursday. Includes our daily history programme Witness.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/outlook/rss.xml|
|BBC Radio Podcasts||RSS FEED|
|Iain Lee – The best bits of Iain Lee’s programme on BBC Three Counties Radio brought to you every week on a Friday. If you can’t wait until Friday listen live each weekday between 6am and 9am.
note: This is my favorite podcast. Iain is a funny bloke and even though I prefer him in a pure talk show format its great that the podcast edit out the music 🙂
|Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 – Bringing you a satirical take on the week’s news with The News Quiz and The Now Show from BBC Radio 4. Enjoy a satirical take on the week’s news with the cream of UK comedy talent.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fricomedy/rss.xml|
|Radcliffe & Maconie – The best of Radcliffe and Maconie; Intelligent music, conversation and a variety of guests.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/6music/radcliffemaconi/rss.xml|
|7 Day Saturday – A unique take on the week’s events. Al Murray is joined by regulars Rebecca Front and Joe Wilkinson to sift through the Saturday papers and offer up their opinions on the week gone by.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/7daysunday/rss.xml|
|Best of Chris Moyles – Weekly highlights from the award-winning Chris Moyles breakfast show, as broadcast by Chris and team every morning from 6.30am to 10am.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio1/moyles/rss.xml|
|The Danny Baker Show – Danny brings his unique outlook to 5 live with two hours of weekly fun and frolics from his Saturday morning programme, with fans and special guests. Expect surreal streams of consciousness, along with Danny’s trademark wit and repartee.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/dannybaker/rss.xml|
|Shaun Keaveny – Tune in for a podcast that attempts satire, hi-NRG Breakfast fun and sage comment, and by failing to tick any of those boxes attains a mercurial brilliance. It MAY change your life. You MAY change your socks. You can catch Shaun Keaveny’s Breakfast show every weekday at 7am on 6 Music.||http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/6music/keaveny/rss.xml|
Most of my podcast lists are changing on a weekly or monthly level.
So if you want to see what I’m listening to right now then check out /opml
IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Alpha Nerd and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and in the words of the most interesting man in the world: Stay thirsty my friend.
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