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Beans Gallery

March 11, 2015

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In things-we-didn’t-know-we-wanted-but-are-sort-of-pleased-you’ve-decided-to-give-us news:

Following the baked bean bath chat in AMT309, some of you have, of your own volition, decided to get busy with the photoshop. Click on the images for the full-sized pictures, and bean artist credits.

If you are moved to do the same, email your bean masterpieces and we’ll add them to the gallery, for posterity.

PS Remember the AMT Photoshop Challenge? That was fun!

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Eight years down!

January 3, 2015
Celebrating in a way that we weren't allowed to on our own eighth birthdays.

Celebrating in a way that we weren’t allowed to on our own eighth birthdays.

Happy new year listeners! And happy birthday to us, for it was 2nd January 2007 that this podcast took its first wobbly steps on the interwaves. Thanks so much for joining us and supporting us along the way.

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Christmas sounds

December 15, 2014

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Digging through the AMT archives the other day, I turned up this gem of a Christmas song by Martin the Sound Man from 2007:

Martin’s proper music, including several albums, can be found at thesoundoftheladies.com, http://martinaustwick.bandcamp.com/, thesoundoftheladies.bandcamp.com, and Spotify. The perfect Christmas gift! (If you think it is alright to give people digital files, which you obtained for free.)

Also, reluctant as I am to badger you, HAVE YOU LISTENED TO THE AMT XMAS ALBUM YET?

If not, redress before the festive season has expired: go to answermethispodcast.com/Christmas, whence you can follow links to buy it from the AMT store, iTunes and Amazon. It’s the perfect track with which to drown out the sound of the family row about the best way to achieve the crispiest roast potatoes.

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Do Something! (Something = podcasting)

November 11, 2014

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Rifling through your copy of the Guardian’s Do Something magazine last Saturday, you may have spotted some familiar mugs. Yes, that’s us, doing the AMT thing in the AMT home studio. Yes, Martin the Sound man does have a lot of guitars.

If you want to read about how to make a podcast the AMT-way, the article is available online HERE. As is my accompanying list of podcasts to stock up on.

PS If you’re interested in starting a podcast, or want to talk about what to do with one you already make, or you want to meet and mingle with other podcasters, come along to my free quarterly Podcast Clinic: 24th November, Brixton Ritzy, details here.

PPS Another article just appeared about the stuff I make that isn’t audio.

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Every single time I read Do Something magazine, brain radio torments me by playing the Britney Spears song of the same name. Not her finest hour – hardly surprising, since that hour occurred at peak-Federline.

Oy, it’s even worse than I remembered:

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get a mouthful of Ole Man

October 15, 2014

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Many of you already think Olly Mann is a bit of a dish, but listener Matt has sent confirmation:

This is a dish served in a restaurant called Angelica Kitchen across the street from where I live.

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Technically I think the accent makes it not ‘Olly’, but I like to think of it as Olly when I’m waiting for takeaway listening to you.

Good enough for me! Now keep an eye out for dishes that sound a bit like the rest of the AMT crew – Melon Salt-spam, Martin Ostrich…

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embroidering the truth

September 30, 2014

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Mary in New Zealand has done a callback to something I said on an AMT episode so long past, I can’t actually find out which one (possibly 81? If you’ve recently been listening to the back catalogue and can identify the relevant episode, do let me know (UPDATE: Chris has kindly pointed out that it was AMT75, so call off the search.)).

You probably know I do love handicrafts, so the most brilliant thing about Mary’s callback is that it is in the form of EMBROIDERY!

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This adage was also immortalized as a cartoon by listener Luke, so it must be Very Wise Indeed. Hang onto my every word, listeners, because I am a great sage. Now go forth and make cross-stitch samplers of everything I have ever said.

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separated at mirth

September 3, 2014

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Here’s a funny* thing: my brother Andy (of the Bugle podcast) and I were interviewed by the Guardian about why GSOH runs in the family.

It’s here, if you’d like to read it; it’s worth a look just for the childhood photos.

*as in funny peculiar; the interview isn’t funny haha, despite the subject matter.

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How Graham are you?

August 6, 2014

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Competition time, dears! Time to fight each other to the death do a fun little quiz!

Our favourite chat show host, Eurovision commentator and Father Ted guest star, Graham Norton, has written a new memoir, The Life And Loves of a He Devil, and as it’s all about love, it promises to be a pretty lively and delightful read.

It’s not out till 23rd October, but you – YOU! Little old you! Sweet, innocent you! – can win a free copy AND the chance to meet The Graham himself. Here’s how:

Step 1: Play the How Graham Are You? Quiz, which is right here.

Step 2: Share your score – call your loved ones, shout it at passersby, confess it to your priest, embroider it on a cross-stitch sampler – but also by sending an email entitled ‘I am Graham!’ to us at
answermethispodcast@googlemail.com.

Step 3: There is no Step 3. It’s just a two-step process. You are free to go outside and play.

Disappointingly, this is what I scored:

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Clearly I need to work on my Grahamness.

UPDATE: The Graham competition is now CLOSED. Grahams and non-Grahams alike must wait on tenterhooks to find out the results.

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What could have been

July 12, 2014

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This morning, I stumbled upon a relic from before Answer Me This! was born. A terrifying relic that shows how different everything could have been.

In November 2006, Olly and I met up in a long gone basement bar in Covent Garden, and over a plate of mezze brainstormed our plan to start a podcast. Here’s the list of names we came up with:

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Let’s call this a lucky escape.

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fine leather goods

May 22, 2014

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Welcome to the first AGM of the mutual appreciation society, members: us, and Sarah from Oakland, California:

I am the owner and designer of a small leather accessory line based in Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California. I have recently discovered your awesome podcast and have passed the long hours of getting ready for upcoming trade shows with your wonderful humor. In response to how much I love your show, I would love to send a thank you gift to all three of you.

And she bloody well did! Here we are, modelling the beautifully handcrafted leather passport wallets from Sarah’s line:

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Louis Vuitton, we ARE available to front your A/W 2014 print campaign if Michelle Williams has a change of heart.

To gawk Sarah’s wares without our stupid mugs getting in the way, head to the website for Martine Satchels. Now that my passport is looking so smart, I’m saving up to be able to clothe every single one of my possessions in matching encasements.

NOTE: this is not a paid endorsement, but a thank you note to Sarah for sending us lovely gifts.

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erotic bargains

October 1, 2013

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We usually enjoy listeners’ gushing emails in private, but we decided to share this one from John because he is kindly offering to make YOU gush from your privates*:

I wanted to say thanks for the amazing podcasts that you’re putting out, every time I listen to one there’s tears of laughter and sometimes shame.

And as I don’t think you get enough gratitude for this I thought why not give you 10% discount in my store. Feel free to let your listeners know as well (open to UK customers only).

All you need to do is go shopping at www.erotic-moment.co.uk [LINK NSFW OBVIOUSLY] and enter the code podcast1 in the gift voucher section upon checkout. Easy.

There’s a selection of thousands of sex toys; I am sure you could find something to suit.

As well as all of this they’re all delivered extra discreetly so no one has any idea what’s inside.

Which is perfect, as it’s only 84 shopping days till Christmas!

*sorry.

NB: This is not a paid endorsement, just an AMT listener offering wares.
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Become a friend-magnet, the AMT way

August 8, 2013

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We were delighted by this email from Terry, offering a marvellous bit of advice for people going to the Edinburgh Fringe this month:

Wear your AMT t-shirt, people will be much nicer to you.

Since I got my t-shirt at Christmas I’ve worn it in plenty of different places and been seen by many people, but only in Edinburgh have I got so much love.

On August 1st I was stopped by someone flyering for the show The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner telling me that he followed me. I explained that I wasn’t you but it is nice meeting him.

When I arrived at the Assembly Rooms, the girl at the entrance was so pleased to see a fellow fan of the show she lead me all the way across the courtyard and to the door of the room I was heading for. I’m sure any other day I would’ve been pointed over there and left to it. However I would like to say sorry to her as on the way out she did ask how the show was but unfortunately I didn’t hear that and just smiled at her like a simpleton.

Later that afternoon I also met the very nice Jay Foreman who told us he has written some of the jingles for the show.

Anyway after such a nice day I will be ordering some more merch right away.

May I recommend the mug? Mine has survived nearly six years of service without a single chip; furthermore, it’s enormous, which means less time making teafills.

Have any of the rest of you had happy experiences whilst adorned with AMT merch? Of course none of you have had bad experiences. That time you were pelted with rotten eggs was NOT because you were carrying the AMT bag (100 per cent egg-proof, by the way).

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