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Loose Units: The Podcast

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The true crime book Loose Units, out now through Penguin Publishing (and in bookstores everywhere), had one thing it couldn't do: it couldn't fit everything. So each week, Paul and John will sit down and delve into cases too surreal, brief or contentious to fit into the book.
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This week on Loose Units, John and Paul continue their look at bullying and suicide in the Emergency Services. If you're feeling vulnerable or triggered, or like you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 131114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. You can also get in touch with the folks over at standbysupport.com.au.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
TW: SUICIDE. This week, we have a long overdue talk about bullying and suicide. John brings several very personal stories to the table, and Paul talks about his experiences being bullied. Part two will air next week. If you're feeling vulnerable or triggered, or like you need to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 131114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flaming Rats

Flaming Rats

2020-06-2331:08

This week on Loose Units: Hot Stuff Coming Through, we talk flaming rats, listener questions, using acid to get rid of bodies, and even what happens when a beloved brand of doll gets stuck where the sun doesn't shine. Prepare for a very odd, very special chat between Paul and John.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's bonus Loose Ends, John tells Paul that his grandma taught the Crossbow Killer, and they discuss whether there may have been any early warning signs. They also answer a fiery listener question, and delve into the difference between a synthetic and an ivory snooker ball, specifically ones stuck into bodily orifices!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week on Loose Units: Hot Stuff Coming Through, John talks Paul through some of the hazards that come with trying to keep a house warm during the winter. They chat about how heat can render a corpse impossible to identify, what happens when someone sits on a pavlova magic egg, and about fresh laundry busting into flames!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
You heard us. An actual ghost story. This week's bonus episode of Loose Ends begins with a super-creepy tale, features a cracker of a listener question, has some talk about the upcoming Electric Blue release, and finishes with imagery so gross, Paul had to terminate the call!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Time for our Queen’s Birthday special episode of Loose Units! We talk watching the Royal Wedding overseas, which swiftly leads to a truly shocking story about Dad finding a body by the side of the road whilst living in Thailand. Paul and John then discuss the infamous 1992 Windsor Castle fire! It’s a jam-packed Queen’s Birthday episode, so grab some scones, string up some bunting and have a listen!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week on our bonus Loose Ends, Paul and John discuss booby traps, what happens when firefighters enter an apartment and the occupant has no idea they’re there, and more! Paul and John even learn that they both harbor some truly odd, and embarrassing, bathroom secrets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Your Burning Questions

Your Burning Questions

2020-06-0131:562

This week, John answers some sticky questions, leading he and Paul to some uncomfortable places... including how this ex-cop John would dispose of a dead body. Hypothetically, of course.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's Loose Ends, Christine comes on to tell about the time someone cut her brake lines. No, really. Also, John and Paul finally talk about that vital pillar of father-son relationships: the bad Dad joke  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Police Scanners

Police Scanners

2020-05-2528:19

This week, we return to stories about the police! John and Paul talk police scanners, breaking into police stations to steal uniforms and weapons, and what happens when someone takes an APC for a joyride.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John and Paul talk about getting off your f*cking phone whilst driving, then they dive into stories about skydiving, basejumping and other hair-raising falls. They also talk, for some reason, about the logistics of catching a very, very heavy baby. And they even talk about how John would survive if he jumped out of a building. It's a hilarious, and truly stupid, episode of Loose Ends!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Crossbow Killer

The Crossbow Killer

2020-05-1830:101

This week on Loose Units, John and Paul follow a lead from last week's episode... and end up discussing John's weird link to a truly horrifying series of murders carried out by a disturbed individual. TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic violence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Loose Ends 7 - Antiques

Loose Ends 7 - Antiques

2020-05-1422:561

This week on Loose Ends, John and Paul talk antiques! John tells Paul all about his time as an antique dealer, about treasures hidden in furniture, and more weird tales.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Backburning

Backburning

2020-05-1127:091

This week, after a chronic case of the giggles, John and Paul talk back-burning. What is it, how does it work, and just how wrong can it go? John also talks Paul through a back-burning related incident which took place during his time helping run a funeral home. Don't forget: You can now pre-order Paul's second book based on John's stories, Electric Blue! Grab yours ahead of time right here: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/electric-blue-9781760897772  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Paul's sequel to Loose Units, ELECTRIC BLUE, is available for pre-order now! You can grab it right here: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/electric-blue-9781760897772 - and the boys discuss what it's like for Paul to have a second book about John hitting bookstores this father's day. They also talk about Paul and Tegan's car getting written off and their interactions with some truly lovely police, and John reveals that he once tried to create a kids book about a... wait. A talking sausage?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tragedy

Tragedy

2020-05-0437:371

This week, John tells Paul a terrible story he was entrusted with involving an unspeakable tragedy that took place on the side of the road one morning many decades ago. It's a disturbing story which provokes a very intense talk between John and Paul about the responsibilities of people with jobs as high-stakes as firefighters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's bonus episode of Loose Ends, Paul and John delve into spontaneous human combustion, John tells Paul a truly bizarre and eye-opening story about firemen rescuing a possum, and they get to the bottom of what being a "koala" really means!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Turns out that being a relief firefighter leads to some pretty weird nights at the station. In this revealing episode, John takes Paul through one weird night involving undies, KFC and a mysterious snooker room. he also reveals what it was really like moving from station to station, and explains to a horrified Paul one of his stupidest station  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this bonus phonecall episode, Paul and John discover that... yeah. John maybe DID drive an ambulance. He also tells Paul the story of the time he helped deliver a baby, and Paul confesses that maybe John didn't nail it when he named his son! It's a bumper bonus Loose Ends this week, and we hope you enjoy it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Amanda Averay-Jones

A dryer fire happened to me in our flat 30 years ago.

Jun 15th
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Emma Thomas

Jocularity 😆

Jun 7th
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Georgie McLean

hmmmm so what happened to the dear old lady after you surprised her in the shower? #unfinishedstory love your work John and Paul

Jun 5th
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Michael Walsh

antique stories are Fantastic! they're such a curiousity. keep them coming

May 15th
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Simon Fry

takes me back.

Mar 25th
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Amanda Averay-Jones

I agree you can really start to tell the different smoke/fire smells. After being smack bang in the middle of the South Coast Bushfires, I can now differentiate fresh fires from already burning fires smell, fires being put out , fires still smouldering, put out smell. Walking outside and sniffing the air became a natural thing to do and still is something I do daily during this recovery period. Lived and went to highschool in Sydney in the 80's, love all the stories.

Mar 3rd
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Alison Wonderland

do you reckon the person who rang about the steam coming off the building aircon was the one who lit the luna Park fire ?

Mar 3rd
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Michelle-Marree Parry

yep you were right this collab is strange!! it's nothing that I could have ever predicted. not in a bad way! holy crap!

Feb 11th
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Jessica Cole

Laughed so much!! So wrong, so funny!!

Feb 10th
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Lisa Smythe

you guy are hilarious, luv the podcast

Dec 28th
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Alison Wonderland

Hearing these stories certainly puts into perspective what police have to deal with. and I'm certainly glad that the detectives got payback on that disgusting German rapist. 👍🏻

Dec 27th
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Alison Wonderland

I reckon that the prostitute had an important client and she threatened to tell the media about him. that's generally the reason they get killed or over an unpaid drug debt. 🤔

Dec 26th
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Stephanie de Sousa

Love this so much. I have just had to forward through Sunday Roast because it was just a bit much for me. Keep them coming boys.

Dec 14th
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Libby Harpham

I think Mikayla Banas to play your Mum!!!

Dec 10th
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Amanda Averay-Jones

In Sydney Bank Robbery, in 1984, one of the Police was shot between the eyes and a Dr walking past recommended to put on his stomach in in the Ambulance so he did not drown from his lungs filling up with blood.

Nov 6th
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Alexandra Russell

Ok so I have finally found an episode of Loose Units that made me queasy!

Oct 23rd
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christine vial

Love the podcast Bit over hearing about the book

Oct 10th
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mia norris

awesome! a 13 minute old episode!!! it is going to be a good day

Aug 19th
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David Oliver

OMG that car wash story is one of the best yarns I have ever heard!! I'm sure it was terrifying at the time but it is very funny!!! Onya Paul 👍👍

Aug 12th
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Sue Frew

Worst Murder Yet.. had a good chuckle when John said he leaped the fence then Paul said he was hiding from it all !! Love the Podcast am just about to buy amd download the book.. Thankyou for sharing..

Aug 6th
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