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Audio-producers Anna Perrott and Sophie Little navigate the chaos of starting a business, being parents and staying creative, from their non-profit podcast studio SOUNDYARD. Each episode follows the same rhythm: they candidly pull apart the challenges of running a small business, share something they've recorded, and discuss the podcasts they've been listening to. GASBAGS is released every Sunday at 7pm SOUNDYARD.org
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Nature, wildlife and countryside living with Chris Skinner from High Ash Farm. Join Norfolk farmer Chris Skinner and broadcaster Matthew Gudgin every Sunday morning as they talk nature, wildlife and countryside living. Enjoy walks and talks around High Ash Farm with Chris, and conversations between Chris and Matthew in the studio, answering your questions. New episode released every Sunday at 0700 GMT To support and donate to the podcast: donorbox.org/countrysidepodcast For updates, join the ...
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Enter the confession box with comedian Lucie Isle, as she decides whether to send her guest to their own personal heaven or hell. In each confession session Lucie's guest proves their worth before the final judgement. A trial of honesty, confession and redemption, prepare to see the very best, and absolute worst sides of people you thought you knew. Featuring guests from trans, queer, drag and SW communities, and our allies. New episodes monthly. Sponsored by Facialteam, experts in Facial Fe ...
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Matthew Gudgin marvels at the superb parenting skills of Mother Duck who is raising her ten ducklings at High Ash Farm. Chris Skinner drives Matthew to the local quarry to show off the incredible wildlife zooming around this unlikely location. Matthew then watches on as Chris forages in the undergrowth for a Wimbledon themed treat after explaining …
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Send us a Text Message. This week’s episode is recorded over beer in the studio (thanks to SOUNDYARD’S micropub neighbour, The Malt And Mardle). In Good Bits they Anna and Sophie look through their photos to remember the week, and Anna receives a whittled gift. In Bad Bits they lay out the woes of funding applications and vow to do better. Anna lon…
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Chris Skinner starts this episode by capturing the song of a nearby Blackcap Warbler. Matthew Gudgin arrives at High Ash Farm and the pair observe the corkscrew flight of Rooks at what is the riskiest time of the year for the bird. Rat comes along for the ride in this episode and takes umbrage to dog walkers on the farm. Chris dons his wellies to s…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie are reunited after Anna's successful surgery. In Good Bits, they shed a tear at something written in Anna's phone notes. In Bad Bits they examine the items on the day's to-do list. Found Sound is a special soundscape from the West Coast of Scotland. In Podcast Swap, Anna recommends a show that dives deep on s…
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Chris Skinner starts the episode by capturing the dawn chorus from song thrushes, wood pigeon and a bantam cockerel. Matthew Gudgin is shocked to be greeted by a stoat before they've even started! They learn about how this small predator hunts and navigates its way around High Ash Farm. Chris managed filmed the stoats and you can see this footage h…
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Send us a Text Message. Author, activist and the official Grinch of the Trans Community™ Charlie Craggs (she/her) brings sheer chaos, hilarity, and heart to the confession box. In this no-holds-barred episode: - We delve deeper into the infamous cream sofa incident - Charlie advises us on whether a bad orgasm is worse than no orgasm at all - And we…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna is recovering from surgery, so Sophie catches up with their friend Paul. In Good Bits - Paul celebrates something found in a book shop, and Sophie marvels at a natural death. For Bad Bits they come together to lament the absence of Anna. Found Sound is a sonic experience of the future, found in the present. Paul brings …
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Chris glimpses the morning routine of the swallows first thing. They're considering whether they can fit in a final brood. Matthew Gudin and Rat the dog keep up with Chris as he shares with us the super powers of clover. Chris also talks about the predators at High Ash Farm, a topic that often divides the farming community. He describes his footage…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie lap up biscuits, tea and the time together before a week spent apart. In Good Bits, Anna is scheduled for surgery. Bad Bits is about big boy bills. Anna has outsourced Found Sound to a family member. In Podcast Swap, Sophie brings a show all about live storytelling on stage, and Anna's is about walking in oth…
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This morning's morning chorus comes from the geese visiting the pond at High Ash Farm. Chris Skinner takes Matthew Gudgin to the High Ash Farm Bog. He tells the story of something once swallowed up by this bottomless bog! This wonderful habitat provides the perfect conditions for one Chris's favourite flowers, the ragged robin. The pair then compar…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie consider turning the SOUNDYARD production area into a factory. In Good Bits - they praise an unexpected helper. In Bad Bits, the gallbladder strikes back. Sophie's Found Sound is an insight in to her home life this week. In Podcast Swap, Anna goes to a town meeting in Vermont, and Sophie brings an XXX rated p…
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Chris Skinner listens in as the corvid take to their nests for their final chatter of the day, an evening chorus . The following day, Matthew Gudgin joins Chris and they go in search of the Common Spotted Orchid and the striking Pyramidal Orchid. Chris explains how the geology and soil types at High Ash Farm dictate what grows where when it comes t…
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The dawn chorus provided by a blackbird whilst Chris Skinner describes how much he enjoys doing the rounds first thing at High Ash Farm. The goslings swim over to wish Chris a good morning! He's joined by his broadcasting companion Matthew Gugdin and they marvel at the mystery of the bee orchid and discuss other orchids on the farm and their soil p…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie rip open an exciting delivery. In Good Bits - they chat about their half term weeks - soft play and music studios. In Bad Bits - a serious problem arrises with childcare. Anna's Found Sound was captured from an inflatable boat. Sophie's Podcast Swap sparks a tangent about the rise of 'trad wives' on social me…
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Send us a Text Message. Musician, van-dweller and brain surgery survivor Nia Cain (they/them) has some BIG stories to tell. Join us in the confession box to find out: - The naughty yet niche business Nia started in lockdown to pay the bills - How to cope with losing your memory - Is there a worse hell than Crazy Frog for all eternity? - And why is …
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie catch up in the SOUNDYARD studio. In good bits - they celebrate some wholesome family moments, and Anna is visited by something majestic. Bad Bits sees them hang their heads in shame at some money mishaps. Found Sound is inspired by a dominatrix. And in podcast swap - Anna goes deep on history, and Sophie has…
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Chris Skinner has been busy counting the swallows on the farm. He catches their early morning chatter as the thirty-seven birds prepare for the day ahead. Chris takes Matthew Gudgin and terrible terrier Rat, to a field full of creeping buttercups. They return to the woodland where the bluebells were. They're long gone now, but standing in their wak…
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Chris Skinner gives Matthew Gudgin an impromptu tour around his house and garden showing the many ways he welcomes wildlife. The pair then venture out onto High Ash Farm to look at the badger set. Chris has recorded some incredible footage of the teenage badgers getting up to mischief in the dead of night. Click here to see the video of the badgers…
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Send us a Text Message. Things have settled down after last week's dramatic flood. In good bits, Anna and Sophie celebrate the new rule on the door, and read out some touching correspondence. To keep spirits high they race through the bad bits. Anna's Found Sound is a roar from up above. Sophie breaks the rules of podcast swap to share something th…
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The wren conducts the dawn chorus for this episode of Chris Skinner’s Countryside Podcast. Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin stomp through the woodland to chomp on the edible wild garlic. The dwindling bluebells are going over and their shadow brings the early purple orchid to the fore. Chris explains their many names and mentions throughout history…
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Send us a Text Message. An unusual episode - Sophie and Anna lay bare big feelings and reflect on a rollercoaster of emotions they've faced as business owners this week. From disaster at the studio and wanting to end the business, to hysterical laughing and an exciting new beginning. A sopping wet Found Sound illustrates their week. Get in touch - …
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie are joined in the studio by a furry guest. In Good Bits, they take a moment to explain the nature of being non-profit. Bad Bits sees them acknowledge a big mistake that caused a painful voicemail. Anna's Found Sound features the furry guest. The pair share two podcasts focussed on home - one is a look at the …
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Chris Skinner is up at the crack of dawn on the 1st of May to capture the sounds of the morning at High Ash Farm. Part of daily duties involve checking in on the swallows. Matthew Gudgin joins later on in the sunshine and the pair begin their journey around the farm by looking at crab apple trees. Chris and Matthew head to a bird hide and Chris exp…
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Send us a Text Message. In good bits this week, Anna and Sophie receive a visit from someone special, and an unexpected compliment. Bad bits details a day that was derailed. Found Sound comes from a machine brought down from Sophie's loft. In Podcast Swap, Anna's choice is about how internet culture affects women, and Sophie has been learning fasci…
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Chris Skinner shares a moments reflection whilst waiting to see the first swift arrive at Aldeburgh beach. He pinpoints the exact moment when his relationship with wildlife changed forever. Matthew Gudgin arrives at High Ash Farm and the pair take a look at the hidden wonders of the horse chestnut tree. They also study the hawthorne in flower befor…
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Send us a Text Message. The confession box gets sweatier than a hog at high noon as Freddie Main (he/him) bares all. Free of his Babs Romance satirical drag act, we discover the person behind the parody politician. You'll find answers to questions you hadn't even asked, like: - Why did the cops raid a Singstar party? - Can a hog roast destroy a fri…
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Chris Skinner starts the day with his elderly geese before checking in on the swallows busy spring cleaning their nests. Matthew Gudgin joins Chris and Rat, his terrible terrier to see the bluebells at High Ash Farm. He explains how these bluebells return year on year and bring a lot of joy to a lots of visitors. Chris takes Matthew to another wood…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna picks up a new joke. In good bits, they celebrate a great event, a new lunch option, and some parenting highlights. Bad bits is about negatively anticipating something in the diary. Anna is in charge of Found Sound, and takes the opportunity to school Sophie in the countryside. Podcast swap contains a show where inanima…
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Chris Skinner and terrible terrier, Rat take refuge in the farm truck from Storm Kathleen and share the benefits of wind for farmers and for pollination. Chris explains the life of the ash trees and why they thrive in certain areas. Matthew Gudgin joins Chris at the yard and they delight at the arrival of swallows at the farm. The pair marvel at th…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie get giddy at some kind words aimed at them. Good bits covers a new connection round the corner and a wobbly lunch. Bad bits is about a screen time conundrum. Sophie’s Found Sound is a live surprise for Anna. In Podcast Swap, Anna goes deep on the internet, and Sophie has been contemplating madness and walking…
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Send us a Text Message. Sophie and Anna catch up over a quiet Easter break. In good bits they celebrate the luxury of flexible working. Bad bits is about how you deal with a never ending to-do list. Anna has a Found Sound from an item she bagged in a charity shop. In the podcast swap, Sophie reflects on a blockbuster pod that’s back with a new seas…
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Chris Skinner shares his early morning by showcasing the dawn chorus featuring solos from a sparrow, collared dove and song thrush. After a very wet winter and now an even wetter spring, Chris reflects on what high rainfall means for the farm in the next few months. Chris and Matthew Gudgin observe a family of inquisitive Little Owls at the farm. W…
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Chris Skinner captures the eerie sound of a roe buck barking in the woodland and High Ash Farm. He talks us though the risky behaviour of a particularly brave fox at the entrance of a badger set that he caught on his night vision camera. Click here to see the video on High Ash Farm Facebook Page Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin take a punt and enjo…
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Send us a Text Message. Someone's put people off coming in to the studio. In good bits, Anna and Sophie catch up after a week apart. In bad bits, they reflect on why money is just so awkward. Sophie's Found Sound was a stolen moment of outdoor bliss. In the podcast swap, Anna brings to the table a look at the first year of life as a human, and Soph…
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Send us a Text Message. Lucie Isle meets performer and drag icon Zane Brightwell (they/them), aka Zoe Promiscuous. We find out - Why Zane can't stand sand - How their drag career began on a sofa in the street - What happens when a client's girlfriend catches you in the act. In this episode's confession session, we hear Zane's juiciest secrets and m…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie rip apart a parcel that's arrived at the studio In good bits they discuss lots of little nice things. The bad bit is so bad, they are hesitant to share it. Anna gets up close and personal to a bottom in Found Sound. The podcast swap sees Sophie bring a family friendly pod about Greek mythology to the table, a…
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Chris Skinner treats us to a special chorus as he captures the dawn of the vernal equinox. Matthew Gudgin then joins Chris at High Ash Farm to admire the spring blooms and varieties of nettles before embarking on a mathematical counting and concentration challenge. Using the truck and very long piece of string, the pair try and spot as many hares a…
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Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin are joined by Rat the dog who is especially keen to explore the holes of an active warren at High Ash Farm. Rat is busy excavating while Chris explains our relationship with rabbits down the years and the fluctuation in popularity as a source of food and fur. They look at the ground ivy and elm that are both in flow…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna wraps herself in a new curtain and gets stuck. This week the good bit involves Sonic The Hedgehog, and the bad bit is an energy bill sequel... Sophie's Found Sound is quite wet. The podcast swap features a worldwide community brought together by horror films, and a 7-part classic podcast that broke download records when…
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Send us a Text Message. Sophie and Anna get excited by a package that's arrived at SOUNDYARD. In good bits/bad bits they talk about unexpected cancellations and the relationship between chronic health conditions and working. Anna brings the Found Sound - from a church that faces technical difficulties... They swap podcasts: a long running look at l…
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This week Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin see and hear a wide range of wildlife at High Ash Farm including kestrels, Chinese water deer, and skylarks. They explore a field filled with hundreds of small mammals, particularly the long-tailed field mouse or wood mouse, which is the most common rodent in the UK. Chris explains the mouse's habits, favo…
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Send us a Text Message. Sophie and Anna lament the canopy of dead plants at SOUNDYARD. In good bits/bad bits they chat about nice guests they met in the week, their rent-free period for the studio, and the general endless juggle. Sophie brings the Found Sound - recorded over 800 miles away, somewhere very cold. They swap podcasts: a popular fiction…
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Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin delight at the arrival of spring at High Ash Farm. They observe the nesting rooks, the blooming daffodils and violets, and the budding pussy willow. They explore the presence of harvest mice and deer in the area by observing the tracks and footprints left in the soil. Chris shares some historical and botanical knowl…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie pull apart a rather dramatic week at SOUNDYARD. The good bits/bad bits involve a cosy lights-out event, an unusual review, and some dire after effects of a lemon sherbet. Anna brings a Found Sound to the table that makes Sophie wince. They swap podcast recommendations: one is a fictional comedy set in a 1980s…
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Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin lament the unusually wet winter and its impact on the British countryside. Chris shares with us his favourite type of tree, the Yew Tree, which flowers in the winter months. He tells us about its historical significance and association with religious sites. They observe roe deer in the woodland and discuss its behav…
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Send us a Text Message. Anna and Sophie pluck up the courage to open the energy bills that might wipe out their business. They chat about the good bits/bad bits of the week - birthdays, death, and a tricky situation with a client. This week the Found Sound is recorded by somebody else, in Sophie’s house. The podcast swap includes a show about medie…
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In this episode Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin explore the history and importance of hedgerows in the UK. Chris describes how the landscape has changed over time, with hedgerows being removed and then replanted to recreate wildlife corridors. He ponders his own role in this process and shows deep remorse for removing hedgerows in his younger year…
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Send us a Text Message. In this first episode of GASBAGS, Anna Perrott and Sophie Little talk shop; they share their current biggest business fear & discuss a surprise arrival at the studio. Anna plays Sophie the first Found Sound of the series, recorded on her phone during a family day out. The duo swap podcast recommendations - one is an expansiv…
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In this episode Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin observe the successional woodland and its natural growth at High Ash Farm. They delight at the array of winter flowers on the woodland floor including snowdrops, violets and pansies. Chris shows how the pollen from hazel catkins moves around and Matthew points out the various types of fungi nearby. T…
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Chris Skinner and Matthew Gudgin go on a nocturnal safari drive around High Ash Farm. They talk about the different wildlife that comes out at night, such as deer, birds, and rabbits. They encounter a barn owl and see what is lurking on the edge of the dark wood. Chris and Matthew head to the office to answer listener questions. They discuss pied w…
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