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Samuel’s Persiflage #1

December 30th, 2005 at 10:29pm

Samuel's Persiflage
Well, it’s been a long time coming, and now, at long long last, after lots and lots of behind the scenes work, my podcast, Samuel’s Persiflage, is online.

This, being the first episode, I run through what Samuel’s Persiflage is all about, and why I chose the name, then there is a brief discussion of the John Kerr situation.

Next up we have an interview with Dave Smith from the Plain English Campaign where we discuss all manner of things to do with Plain English and the campaign, including a look at some of the gobledegook they found in their latest Plain English Awards. A minor technical issue created some telephone line echo during this interview.

There are some interesting little news stories and even an email from a listener.

There is also have an interview with Gary Floyd, a teacher/librarian who used to work in radio, he has an interesting tale or two to tell.

There is a bit more news, and then it is time to wrap up the show.

The file itself is available here, and is 49:01 in length (22.4MB) at 64kbps mono.

For those of you who are using podcast software to receive your podcasts, the feed can be found here. I actually decided to hand code the feed as I didn’t like the way WordPress produced it, and also felt that I had more control over it by hand coding it.

I am currently waiting for the podcast to be added to Itunes, I have submitted it, and just have to wait for it to go on the list. I will also be submitting it to other podcast directories shortly.
(Update: iTunes Subscribe Link here)

Podcast related questions and comments can be sent to podcast@samuelgordonstewart.com or left in the comments section of this post.


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  • 1. bacco007  |  December 31st, 2005 at 4:00 pm

    iTunes link – http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=112296283&s=143460

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 31st, 2005 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for that. I got an email from Apple earlier in the day saying it could take a few hours for it to appear, but haven’t had a chance to get onto iTunes to see if it had appeared. So a very big thanks for that bacco007

  • 3. John B1_B5  |  December 31st, 2005 at 6:40 pm

    Not bad for a first podcast .

  • 4. Samuel  |  December 31st, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks John,
    It has shown me a few things I could improve on, but I’m glad I got the first episode out this year. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Dave Smith and Gary Floyd who agreed to be interviewed. I was expecting it to be harder to find willing interviewees for a first podcast, but they pleasantly surprised me!

  • 5. Samuel  |  December 31st, 2005 at 9:41 pm

    Grant has informed me by email of an error in the podcast. He has corrected the section about indictments being delivered by mobile phone in South Korea. Grant (who works in Seoul) points out that I named North Korea, which is an error on my behalf. I’m not entirely sure how I got it wrong, as I had South Korea printed in front of me.

    Thanks Grant for the info, and apoligies to anyone who was confused by the mistake.

  • 6. heatseeker  |  January 1st, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Is it my imagination, or am I getting Satanic messages when I play your Podcast backwards?

  • 7. Samuel  |  January 1st, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I think that would be your imagination…or a different podcast

  • 8. gav  |  January 3rd, 2006 at 11:01 am

    Well done Samuel – you obviously have a desire to be on radio, and the podcast seems to me to be a good start.

    I must admit when I heard the into music I cringed, but found the rest to be quite professionally put together.

    Good luck with the others.

  • 9. johnboy  |  January 3rd, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    Sam, your ignorance of history and the royal family is staggering for anyone seeking to hold an opinion, especially with the benefit of preparation.

    Firstly it would be unprecedented for a monarch to retain their birth name on ascenscion the throne. Whatever name Charles chooses to take the biggest surprise of all would be if he kept Charles.

    As you alluded to in horrifying ignorance, the previous Charles’s had a grim history. Charles I’s arrogance plunged our ancestors into a bloody civil war which lead to his execution. Charles II’s bloody repression of all those who had brouhght his father down assured that no monarch seeking to uphold the democratic tradition of the constitutional monarchy would ever take that name.

    George V and VI on the other hand were immensely beloved 20th century constitutional monarchs.

    And you think this decision is poor because you’re a historical ignoramus?

  • 10. Samuel  |  January 4th, 2006 at 12:04 am

    I think it has more to do with the fact that I generally find the royal family quite amusing. Personally I think the whole name changing thing (whilst not confined to the british royal family) is utterly ridiculous, and the idea of being associated with former first names equally ridiculous.

    Oh, and even ignorant people are able to have opinions. I’m quite happy not knowing the entire history of the world. Still, I’m glad you’ve corrected me, as you have brought some interesting information to my attention.

    I had fun creating that intro, but you’re right, it is cringe inducing. Thanks for listening.

  • 11. johnboy  |  January 4th, 2006 at 9:13 am

    you’ll fit in well on talkback sam.

    can you put “breeding ignorance” on a business card?

  • 12. heatseeker  |  January 4th, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    There’s a TSSH contibutor who has suggested your podcast contains subliminal messages to kill prominent radio celebrities … is this true, or is that guy just a whacko seeking an excuse to indulge in some ultra violent behaviour?

    That said, I have to admit to an irrational longing for chocolate donuts, and an obsessional desire to steal an ACTION bus and take it for a joyride after reading your interpretations of your dreams.

    Should this be a cause for concern? It has been said this blog has a cult following, and when I think “cult” I think the Manson Family, David Koresh and, dare I say it, Son of Sam.

  • 13. Samuel  |  January 4th, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    No, just a very clear message to “help keep John Kerr on weekdays”.

    Thankfully my dream reports are only reports, and rarely contain any form of interpretation, and when there is some, it is clearly noted. They certainly don’t direct you to mimic them.

    I think I may have worked out the relationship between chocolate donuts and my former workplace. I recently attended the coffee shop which I visited on my last day at my former workplace, and ordered a coffee and a chocolate donut, the staff gave me an extra free chocolate donut.

    As for a cult following, well I wouldn’t know about that.


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