This week’s show is largely to do with politics with Ant and Tom discussing Ed Milliband’s speech at the Labour Party conference where he pledged to freeze energy prices until 2017 if his party is voted in at the next general election.
On the lighter, but ultimately darker, side of politics a UKIP Member of European Parliament has stepped down after calling some women on a talk show ‘sluts’ – apparently he meant it in the original sense of the word. Also, African scientists have proven that gay marriage and homosexuality is wrong. A view supported by the president of Gambia while he addressed the United Nations this week declaring the homosexuality is worse than all the natural disasters put together! A view not supported by this podcast.
Soon, Tom will be going on the 3 Peaks Challenge, where he will be climbing the 3 tallest mountains in the UK in 24 hours. A Just Giving page will be advertised on all the social networks soon.
In the ABCs Ant talks about a cartoon from his childhood called Visionaries and Tom talks about a vagrant from High Wycombe who used to sing for the students… as well as his supper.
This week, on Anywhere But Here, Ant and Tom cover some stories sent in by listeners including Kanye West claiming he’s “the number one rock star in the world” while being interviewed by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and a mother being jailed for starving her child, the corpse of which was discovered by police two and a half years after the event.
They also discuss the latest news in technology including the iOS7 update and whether it’s a good or bad thing and also the furore around Grand Theft Auto V and whether or not people raving about things puts you off them. In this case: Yes and no… yet another example of the fence-sitting Ant & Tom have become renown for! On the lighter side of the news the guys debate the new design for the International Symbol of Access (or the Disability Badge to you and me), which appears to show a paralympian in the wheelchair. Tell us what you think when you see the picture we’ve posted below.
Tom tells us all about the films he hasn’t been able to review on the podcast recently including The Wolverine, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The World’s End, Kick-Ass 2 and Rush. In the ABCs this week Ant talks about the universe which sparks off a conversation about watching Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe/Solar System while stoned!
Ant and Tom decide to catch up on a few of the news stories they’ve missed out on in the last couple of weeks. Because of the banked episodes and themed episodes that have been recorded in the last couple of months there have been stories sent in by listeners that have been put on the back burner.
So, we discuss the reaction to the iPhone 5S and 5C, what the difference actually is and whether it’s worth buying it or another brand of phone altogether. Then, there are British people having sex with Land Rovers, kebab shop counters and goats, a sky scraper melts a car in London, a woman gets slung out of McDonalds in Oxfordshire for injecting herself… with insulin for her diabetes, while, in America, a woman attacks a drive-thru worker for not being able to sell her Chicken McNuggets.
The state of Iowa has allowed legally blind people the right to own firearms in which Ant and Tom debate whether people with visual impairments should own guns at all. There is terrifying 3 metre long Bobbit Worm that can cut a fish on half and could be living in an aquarium near you. NASA also respond to a 7 year old’s letter asking if he can be an astronaut one day, which is really heart warming and a great way to end the show.
In the ABCs this week Tom talks about his love of Transformers and the travesty which are Michael Bay’s films and And thanks the listeners/viewers who have been contributing recently. Thank you.
This week’s show focusses on phobias, we learn about some of our listener’s irrational fears including spiders, rats, cigarettes and even shortbread (Anywhere But Here invents the word for this phobia, just so the scientific community are aware; koulourákiphobia)! Ant quizzes Tom on strange celebrity phobias and Tom re-lives a harrowing event in his life involving his fear of small spaces and going pot-holing when he was in the Cubs.
Tom talks about one of his favourite metal bands, System of a Down in the ABCs this week, while Ant talks about Shaytards, a family who post their lives on YouTube.
They also discuss another podcast called The Nerd Church, who picked a bit of a comedic fight about the use of English against American. Tom’s girlfriend validates Nerd Churches stance with an explanation of how English isn’t a real language at all and how American is… when it’s written.
On this week’s podcast Ant and Tom discuss quite a bit of current affairs including the impending war in the Middle East and the stance the UK has adopted by not sending troops into Syria. The death of Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet who wrote many a poem still studied by English students. Rolf Harris has been changed in connection with the Operation Yewtree investigation and the boys discuss their feeling towards this revelation.
They then lighten the mood somewhat by reporting on the ‘meh-ness’ of the Nintendo 2DS, David Ackerman who launched his teddy bear, Babbage the Bear, into the outer atmosphere to beat Felix Baumgartner’s freefall record. Also, Tenterden (a town in Kent, where Ant and Tom live) has put up Christmas lights 121 days before Christmas!
Tom has a quiz for Ant this week on rude place names in the UK, which ones are true and which are false? Followed hard on the quizzes heels are the ABCs, which this week is ‘R’ and the boys deliver with two each! Tom talks about the video game Red Dead Redemption and the benefits of reading while Ant introduces a new game called ‘rain’ and a cartoon series called ‘RWBY’ by Rooster Teeth (which you’ll be able to see the full trailer for below as the sound was off the scale.).
Yet another fun-packed show for your listening pleasure.