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Author: Ian Smith, Amanda Danells-Bewley

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Join Amanda Danells-Bewley and Ian Smith as they take an irreverent look at the plethora of odd, interesting, and occasionally ridiculous celebration days from around the globe.
15 Episodes
After some initial confusion on Ian’s part, the crew gets together with Yoga teacher and all-round awesome person Marie Burns to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Yoga. Marie explains how anyone who can breathe can do yoga, Amanda explains why she used to like playing Sleeping Lions, and Ian makes some rash promises.Episode Links Yoga with Marie, where you can sign up for her amazing classes - remote or local! UN International Day of Yoga Yoga music by Ian, with special guest vocals from George, and inspiration from the Ilkley train.
National Walking Month

National Walking Month


Links Swastika stone "Tell them of us" iPhone Ordnance Survey app Golf balls at RAF Menwith Hill
It’s Mole Day, and Ian & Amanda have to figure out which of the many meanings of the word “mole” they are supposed to be celebrating. Fortunately, scientist Dr Anna Watson from CHEM Trust is there to help. The resulting conversation contains almost no moles, but does have some top tips for keeping Bad Chemicals at bay.Links CHEM Trust, where Anna works. The weight of a mole of water, a mole of alcohol, and of the animal. Links to more information on the harmful chemicals and substances mentioned in the episode: New investigation finds harmful PFAS chemicals in UK food packaging (CHEM Trust) Briefing on parabens (Breast Cancer UK)
It's World Postcard Day, and Ian and Amanda talk to John Sheehan from Ghost Postcards, who tells some great stories about old postcards, and shares how he has been able to reunite some of them with the relatives of their original senders and recipients. So have a listen, send a postcard for World Postcard Day, and if you haven't received one for a while then... well we have that covered too! Listen to find out more. The World Postcard Day website, and their Official Postcard. Links for Ghost Postcards: John's first postcard, from his Ghost Postcards Origin Story. Other postcards referenced including The Evolutions and the Mirror Writing postcards one, two and three. The mysterious Spy Postcard. Ghost Postcards on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Ian's Grandad on a Tower of London postcard. Postcard from the Past Twitter account Pete Doyle on Twitter Hartleys Auctioneers and Valuers in Ilkley
Arrrr me hearties, it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Ian and Amanda get a whole new perspective on pirates from special guest Alex Barker from Be More Pirate. They talk about causing good trouble, challenging the status quo, and why we think pirates sound like that. Arrrr. Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff How To: Be More Pirate by Alex Barker and Sam Conniff Be More Pirate website. Robert Newton on IMDB and playing Long John Silver in the 1950 movie version of Treasure Island.
It’s Roald Dahl Day, and Ian and Amanda are celebrating in the Grove Bookshop in Ilkley, with manager Mike Sansbury. Amanda shows off her vintage book collection, Ian explains why he spends so much time in the loo, and Mike tells us which Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film is the best.Links 1970s cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as owned by Amanda. Episode of Jackanory from 1974 featuring Kenneth Williams Find The Grove Bookshop on the web, and like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ian & Amanda celebrate International Bacon Day, and are joined once again by Farmer Jan from Muckleton Meats who schools them in how to cook a full English breakfast.Links Pershore Plum Festival Mastication Homeground Podcast - Kendal Muckleton Meats
In this mini-episode, Ian and Amanda's banana splits are judged and found wanting.Links Banana split Silly time lapse video of Amanda and Ian making banana splits
In this bumper episode, Amanda and Ian have a wide ranging conversation with photographer Mark Waddington, who picks just one of his shots to share for World Photography Day, where we are all encouraged to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share our world with the world. Links World Photography Day Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world Mark Waddington on Flickr Ian on Flickr Mamiya C330 Twin Lens Reflex Camera Five Times Bigger Than Full Frame at a Fraction of the Cost: The Mamiya RB67 Heber’s Ghyll Waterfall by Mark Waddington How to Use Ansel Adams’ Zone System in the Digital World | Fstoppers• Cyanotypes Ilkley Toned Cyanotype by Mark Waddington
Welcome to our first mini-episode, in which Amanda and Ian celebrate National Prosecco Day by opening a bottle, and accidentally pouring some into their shoes.Links Wine Folly - Champagne vs Prosecco Decanter - What’s the difference between Champagne and Prosecco Google Trends: Champagne, Prosecco & Cava Champagne O’Clock
Ian Smith and Amanda Danells-Bewley get together to celebrate National Lollipop Day, but is the looming spectre of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang holding Amanda back? They are joined by Ian from Panda Sweets, an amazing retro online sweetshop, who reveals some of the unusual lollipop flavours that he has offered in the past. Amanda worries about Kojak’s dental bills, Ian is astonished to discover that cake pops are a thing, and they both wonder if they attended the same Marillion gig at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1988.Links The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Watch Amanda's favourite scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. My Boy Lollipop. Cake Pops. Kojak, the fictional lollipop-eating NYPD detective. Get your retro sweets from Panda Sweets. Follow Panda Sweets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We’re celebrating National Hotdog Day in the wrong country on the wrong day. Listen in to hear Amanda and Ian talk to Farmer Jan from Muckleton Meats. Jan explains how sausages are made, Amanda learns why they are called “bangers”, and Ian recycles an old sitcom joke.Links Is Today National Hot Dog Day? A Look at the Hot Dog Day Mystery National Hot Dog and Sausage Council “Veally good” Bangers & Mash Left Bank Two by the Noveltones Muckleton Meats And finally...Let us know your thoughts on this episode by getting in touch with us via our Twitter account or Facebook page. Visit our website at for more information about us and the podcast, and to subscribe!
It's National Don't Step on a Bee Day, and your hosts Ian Smith and Amanda Danells-Bewley are proceeding undeterred by the absence of a bee expert. Listen in as Ian is defeated in the bee quiz, Amanda gets excited about the Chocolate Mining Bee, and they both debate whether bee hotels should be more like the Ritz or more down-market.Links Bee Quiz Bee Saver Kits Building a Bee Hotel Don't Feed Sugar Water to Exhausted Bees Chocolate Mining Bees And finally...Let us know your thoughts on this episode by getting in touch with us via our Twitter account or Facebook page. Visit our website at for more information about us and the podcast, and to subscribe!
World Chocolate Day is here, and so is our first episode! Get the gourmet chocolate in, and join us, Amanda Danells-Bewley and Ian Smith, for our debut episode where we talk to very special guest Frank Laws. Frank is the proprietor of Frankly Delicious, and operates his own ethical chocolate factory in his flat in Leeds. Listen in as Frank shares how he makes chocolate, Amanda learns something about chocolate buttons, and Ian discovers his New Favourite Thing.Links to some of the things discussed World Chocolate Day Maillard Effect Tony's Chocolonely Links to Frankly Delicious Frank’s Kickstarter - it finishes on August 2nd 2020, don’t miss out! The Frankly Delicious Website Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn And finally...Let us know your thoughts on this episode by getting in touch with us via our Twitter account or Facebook page. Visit our website at for more information about us and the podcast, and to subscribe!



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