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Liddypod is the new podcast about The Beatles from their home city of Liverpool. We will be discussing all things Beatles and Liverpool, plus will have special features and exclusive interviews, as well as having some fun along the way.
 
Welcome to Beatles City, the podcast that brings you the story of the band that shook the world from the place where it all began. Join us on a journey along the sandstone-lined streets of John Lennon’s childhood Woolton, into the Kensington living room-turned-recording studio where the Quarrymen cut their first record and down the steep steps into the Cavern’s cellar nightclub. This podcast is brought to you by the Liverpool Echo. Hosts Ellen Kirwin and Laura Davis.
 
Footnotes: The Cicerone Podcast is a podcast to inspire you about outdoor travel and activities in the UK and across the world. As specialists in outdoor travel guidebooks for over 50 years, Cicerone Press has published nearly 400 guidebooks to walking, cycling, trekking, mountaineering and running all over the world. The Cicerone team is based in Kendal, near the Lake District, and we look forward to sharing our love of the outdoors with you. Through conversations with our guidebook authors ...
 
Hi and welcome to Talking Books - my regular radio show devoted to the written word in all its forms. I interview authors, poets, features writers, editors etc and anyone who supports their work. I am a writer, researcher, proofreader and editor, published in national publications on the subjects of health (focusing on mental health), women's issues and social history. My book, 'Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War's legacy...' was published by Pen & Sword Books in 2014 and I am curren ...
 
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Joss Naylor and Mhairi Helme join us for our September Live event and it's a book launch special! Joss chats about his favourite running route, the Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District, and we hear how Mhairi found it on her recent challenge. We also reveal Joss's favourite sheep. Yes, really. Find out more about the guidebook on https://ww…
 
Comedy writer Daniel Radosh initiated the Twitter hashtag #BD969, celebrating every officially released Dylan song, as well as posting four Spotify playlists for The 80th Birthday: Bob Dylan For Beginners. We discuss these gems and open up the contentious topic of Dylan’s album cover art, from best to worst and everything in between. Other albums c…
 
Iconic locations in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt and Saas-Fee have plenty of offer walkers of all abilities, from low-level lake walks that are suitable for all the family to more serious outings on steep and rocky mountain trails. In this episode, Jonathan and Lesley Williams tell us all about their new guidebook to walking in Zermatt and Saas-Fee and …
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 81 part 3 takes another look at a horrible pair of maniacs, the Hillside Stranglers; Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono. This section covers t…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 81 part 2 takes another look at a horrible pair of maniacs, the Hillside Stranglers; Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono. This section covers t…
 
Join author and Andalucia-expert Guy Hunter-Watts to find out everything you need to know about walking and trekking in Andalucía. The diverse landscapes of Andalucía offer a huge variety of walks and treks for those wishing to visit one of Spain's most evocative regions. Guy Hunter-Watts has lived and worked (and walked) in Andalucía since the 198…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 81 takes a look at a horrible pair of maniacs, the Hillside Stranglers; Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono. Turns out there's other things to …
 
Jonathan Taplin, former road manager for The Band, has done it all. He set up the equipment for Dylan’s electric set at Newport in ‘65 (“the soundcheck lasted ten minutes”) and was production manager for Dylan and The Band at the Guthrie Tribute in ’68. He organised the groundbreaking Concert For Bangladesh and produced the concert and film of The …
 
While most famous for the challenging GR20, renowned as Europe's toughest long-distance trail, Corsica also offers several shorter treks including the Mare a Mare and Mare e Monti that explore the brilliant Mediterranean coastline and vibrant fishing villages. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone authors Paddy Dillon…
 
Offering walks that explore gristone moors, wooded valleys, and expansive coastline, Lancashire is a county that showcases some of the most varied walking in the UK. To share his love for this often-overlooked county, Cicerone author Mark Sutcliffe joins us to talk about his new guidebook to walking in Lancashire which features plenty of family-fri…
 
Ann Powers, writer and lead music critic for America’s National Public Radio, joins us from her East Nashville home to discuss gender, sexuality and “the body” in Bob Dylan’s work. Sparked off by an emotional encounter involving Joni Mitchell, Ann compares Mitchell’s work with Dylan’s and discusses other groundbreaking female artists like Roberta F…
 
With just a sleeping bag and a bivvybag, bivvying allows you to immerse yourself in the landscape and enjoy sunsets, sunrises and the stars. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we hear all about bivvying on hillsides and hilltops in the UK from Cicerone author and bivvying enthusiast Ronald Turnbull. Ronald has enjoyed many …
 
The Beatles in Aldershot The Beatles in Aldershot – December 1961 The disastrous Beatles gig in Aldershot in December 1961 ended Sam Leach’s hope of becoming the manager of The Beatles and confirmed the feelings of John, Paul, George and Pete that Brian Epstein was the man to manage them. Liddypod 21 is a fascinating chat with Alan Hope, founder me…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 80 takes a look at a prolific Scottish serial killer, The Beast of Birkinshaw, Peter Manuel. Obviously the girls find time to chat about oth…
 
Filmed on location in the Lake District and starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, 'Supernova' follows couple Sam and Tusker on a campervan roadtrip as they come to terms with Tusker's early onset dementia. In this special episode of the podcast, we speak to writer and director Harry Macqueen and cinematographer Dick Pope about their experience of…
 
Journalist Richard Williams joins us to talk Dylan and to surf “the waves of his career”, from Freewheelin’ (“one revelation after another”) to Murder Most Foul (“I was astonished by it. The level of detail. It’s like a John Coltrane quartet.”). Richard reminds us of “one of the great things I learned from Dylan: if you don’t understand something, …
 
Coming to the UK on 17th July is the first ever Beatles-Themed Drive in Movie festival. With the greatest pop film, “A Hard Day’s Night” as the main film, it is supported by the National Film Award-nominated “Looking for Lennon” and the story of the most famous club in the world, “The Cavern (The Beat Goes On), it is an unrivalled film list. With l…
 
In our second #AskCicerone episode focusing on long-distance walking in the UK, we speak to Cicerone's Business Development Director Joe Williams about navigating on long-distance routes in the UK. From discussing how much navigational ability is needed for long-distance walking in the UK to the pros and cons of print and digital mapping, Joe offer…
 
From classic scrambles on Striding Edge and Pillar Rock to lesser known routes and ghyll scrambles, the Lake District has plenty to offer scramblers and climbers. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone author John Fleetwood and special guest Paul Rose join us to share their experiences of scrambling in the Lake Distric…
 
The Savage Young Beatles – The Birth of Beatlemania Here is PART 2 of the interview with Chas Newby, the bass player who stepped in for Stuart Sutcliffe in The Beatles on their return from Hamburg. If you missed Part 1, listen here. Here, Chas talks about the birth of Beatlemania at Litherland Town Hall on 27th December 1960 and being part of that …
 
Music and political journalist John Harris joins us just before Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday to celebrate the man with “the wink and the nod and the little impish skip” as well as the man who gives us “the solace of emptiness”. Mr Harris is not afraid to go against the grain: “”Love And Theft” is as good as Highway 61 or Blood On The Tracks”. As for J…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 79 looks at someone dubbed the world's first serial killer, Gilles de Rais. A French nobleman and War hero who was also a massive wrong un, …
 
In our latest #AskCicerone episode, we ask Marketing Director and guidebook author Lesley Williams for her advice on equipment for long-distance walking in the UK. Offering tips for both summer and winter, Lesley covers footwear, waterproofs and walking poles, as well as the importance of duct tape and midge spray. This is a brilliant introduction …
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 78 looks at one of the UK's first female serial killers, Mary Ann Cotton. This serial poisoner had a grim old life but she made a lot of peo…
 
As one of the most travelled pilgrim trails in the world, the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago is an unforgettable experience rich with history, culture and community. In 784km, the Camino Frances journeys from St Jean-Pied-de-Port in southern France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and visits some of Spain's most important artistic…
 
Nashville musician Charlie McCoy’s Dylan-related achievements include those distinctive guitar licks on Desolation Row, that blues harmonica on Obviously Five Believers (a rare example of another person playing harp on a Dylan session) and the inventive bass lines on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait. His motto: “Say yes - an…
 
Chas Newby, one time bass player with The Beatles This is the first of a two-part chat with Chas Newby, a friend of Pete Best who was drafted into The Beatles line-up for 4 important gigs over the Christmas of 1960. What did he remember of The Casbah, The Quarrymen of John, Paul, George and Ken Brown, and how did he end up playing bass with The Bea…
 
Travelling the length of Britain from Cornwall and the Somerset Levels to the Cairngorm Mountains and northern Scotland, Land's End to John o' Groats is an iconic route and life-long aspiration for many cyclists. In this episode, Cicerone author Richard Barrett joined us to talk about his new guidebook to cycling LEJOG and spoke about the delights …
 
An ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy, the Via Francigena explores medieval cities, vineyards, lakes and mountains as it travels through England, France, Switzerland and Italy on its journey to the Vatican City. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we hear from Cicerone author Sandy Brown abo…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 77 Part 3 is another look at The Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala. This episode focuses on his many, many trials. Get your bingo cards out …
 
Musician and writer Michael Simmons has written dozens of Dylan cover pieces for MOJO magazine, as well as incisive liner notes for Another Self Portrait and Bob Dylan 1970. “I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated and I remember the exact moment I heard Like A Rolling Stone. It sounded like freedom.” He praises Bob as both “a revoluti…
 
With iconic lakes and mountains, the Lake District National Park is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations and attracts millions of visitors every year. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone author Mark Richards and Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism Gill Haigh join us to celebrate the new Walking the Lak…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 77 Part 2 is another look at The Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala. This episode focuses on the majority of his murders and the girls still …
 
From the Coast to Coast to the West Highland Way, Contours Walking Holidays offer a range of self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Many of Contours' holidays use Cicerone guidebooks, and the support provided by Contours makes their holidays perfect for both first-time and experienced long-distance hikers who want to …
 
To mark our 50th episode, writer and podcaster Tom Jackson gives us his clear-eyed take on Dylan’s “Born Again” albums: Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot Of Love and Trouble No More. “Slow Train Coming is not a smooth record, not a pleasant record, but I enjoy the tension.” And the accompanying live performances? “They were church services, really. Bu…
 
Whether trekking the Kungsleden in Sweden or choosing a shorter hike from Cicerone’s new guidebook to Hiking in Norway: South, the beautifully varied landscape of Scandinavia is a paradise for hikers. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, Cicerone authors Ute Koninx and Mike Laing share the delights of hiking in Norway and Swe…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 77 is loosely linked to Valentine's day because this episode takes a look at The Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala. He's a horrible one so s…
 
Based between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people of any age or ability. For this episode, we are joined by Martha Wood from Bendrigg Trust to talk about what services and experiences the trust offers, the benefits of a trip…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 76 is a listener request and it's a good one. Guilia Tofana is a poisoner who knocked around Italy in the seventeenth century and if reports…
 
Novelist, former A & R man and screenwriter John Niven begins by summing up Bob’s generally unloved Neighbourhood Bully: “I have a soft spot for Heritage Rock acts trying to do Punk in the late 70’s and early 80’s” before summing up the Dont Look Back days: “When you’re in your 20’s, you’re all about the cruelty”. His response to attending a New Yo…
 
President of the Backpackers Club and guidebook author Paddy Dillon joined us to give his top tips for lightweight backpacking, including advice for starting out, lightweight gear, and food. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we also spoke about Paddy's early backpacking trips, how to wild camp responsibly, and his love for…
 
In 2011, Zoe Langley-Wathen stepped out of her comfort zone and completed her first solo long-distance walk along the South West Coast Path. In this episode of highlights from our Cicerone Live event, we discussed resilience, outdoor medicine and facing fears in relation to Zoe's first challenge and subsequent outdoor adventures, as well as her con…
 
Edward Docx (novelist/screenwriter/journalist) is a hyper-articulate defence witness for some of Bob’s least understood albums: Street-Legal, Infidels, Empire Burlesque and Together Through Life. “There is no uninteresting Dylan album. He opens his veins and says "This is what it’s like for me now."” How passionate is Ed Docx about Bob Dylan? After…
 
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. Each episode the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a right laugh doing it. Episode 75 is the last one of 2020 and a Christmas special, we look at Adolph Theodore Laundenberg, also known as The Santa Strangler. Festive. It's…
 
In our first #AskCicerone episode, we discuss the Tour of the Lake District and the Cumbria Way with Marketing Director and guidebook author Lesley Williams, exploring the highlights, practicalities and camping options on both long-distance walking routes. As the final episode of 2020, we also look back on the past year at Cicerone and share our gu…
 
The Country of Liverpool In this bonus episode, listen to David Bedford being interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside by Sean Styles as they discuss his latest book, “The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of the North”. David Bedford on BBC Radio Merseyside discussing the Country of Liverpool Find out more about “The Country of Liverpool: Nashville of th…
 
As the first and only Briton to climb all 14 peaks over 8000 metres, Alan Hinkes OBE is an expert in Himalayan and Karakoram mountaineering and successfully summited mountains including K2, Kanchenjunga and Annapurna. In this episode of highlights from our December Cicerone Live event, we explore Alan's lifetime of mountaineering from Roseberry Top…
 
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