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Lee and Simon get off to a rocky technical start before having a conversation about mistakes, being given notes, Wagatha Christie, judging others, Thich Nhat Hanh's Teachings on Love, and a conversation with a drunk young man.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on Instagram.Related links:Douglas Wright Dance Company: http://douglaswright.netWagatha Christie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagatha_ChristiePeter Andre chipolata story: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/peter-andre-rebekah-vardy-wagatha-trial-b2077529.htmlThich Nhat Hanh's "Teachings on Love": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Teachings-Love-Thich-Nhat-Hanh/dp/8176211672---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon go on a weird trip together and talk about furniture, moving, photographing dead people and consumer capitalism. They also try to remember each other's birthdays.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on Instagram Related links:Chet Hanks (known professionally as Chet Hanx): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Hanksnominative determinisn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinismMan and van: https://www.comparethemanandvan.co.ukGimme Shelter (documentary): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimme_Shelter_(1970_film) Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Altamont-Rolling-Stones-Angels-Darkest-ebook/dp/B018E2H3PAGrey Gardens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_GardensLee Miller war photographer (famous image of dead SS soldier): https://onlyoldphotography.tumblr.com/post/28610021513/lee-miller-dead-ss-guard-floating-in-canal ---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Moving house, disassembling emotions, being in relationships, more on the scam (is it or isn't it?), and thinking about other people having sex. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on InstagramRelated links:Relate campaign: https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1647938/relate-campaign-joy-sex-later-life-intimate-images-older-peoplePrisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall: https://earthbound.report/2016/08/17/book-review-prisoners-of-geography-by-tim-marshall/Angela Raynor and Basic Instinct: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-61228236---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon talk about being scammed, being back out in the wild, and hand gel.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod  on InstagramRelated links:nothing more serious than a speeding ticket: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-partygate-fine-police-b2064208.htmlRwanda asylum plan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda_asylum_planAkshata Murty’s non-domicile tax status: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rishi-sunak-wife-tax-green-card-b2062534.htmlThis too shall pass: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_too_shall_pass---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon talk about judgement, cynicism, hope, forgiveness, communities of the spirit, and surprises.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on InstagramRelated links:Lisbon tree planting: https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-03-29/lisbon-to-plant-two-trees-for-every-one-felled/66082Milan's urban forestry: https://www.treehugger.com/milan-urban-forestry-greening-project-5201037Ben Rawlence's The Treeline: https://blackmountainscollege.uk/the-treeline/Nick Cave on cynicism and hope: https://www.theredhandfiles.com/do-you-still-believe-in-us/we are not our thoughts: https://medium.com/@marjoriedadhich/you-are-not-your-thoughts-8dc916959e53Trello: http://trello.comintroversion / extroversion: https://positivepsychology.com/introversion-extroversion-spectrum/ ---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
This is another strange one. Simon starts with a lie and they go from there to talk about, well, mid-life, merch, getting caught up in the ambitions of children and a not-quite-existential moment.Warning: parts of this episode might not make sense if you haven't listened to Episode 74. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on InstagramRelated links:Oliver Spencer clothing: https://oliverspencer.co.ukecru: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EcruOn circlusion (25 December 2020): https://www.midlifing.net/1480717/6984637-on-circlusion Wework: https://www.wework.com/Hipster timeline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_(contemporary_subculture)news aggregator: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_aggregatorflipboard: https://flipboard.comreal-time bidding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_biddingdumb phones: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/nokia-8110-kaios-experience-review/air gap: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_gap_(networking)Edward Snowden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_SnowdenPeter Gabriel song 'The Veil' about Snowden: https://youtu.be/nqFKjz4l9u0---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Simon and Lee wander all over the show: smart speakers, Bridgerton (spoiler alert – Antony and Kate get it on), getting cut, listener questions (and feedback), making horse lips and cosmetic surgery.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on InstagramRelated links:Ezra Miller injunction: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/actor-ezra-miller-ordered-stay-hawaii-couple-83793977Bridgerton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BridgertonBrad Pitt in Thelma and Louise: https://www.theringer.com/movies/2020/5/21/21266834/thelma-and-louise-brad-pitt-masculinityWho else might have played Brad Pitt's role in Thelma and Louise: https://www.moviefone.com/2017/06/27/brad-pitt-thelma-and-louise-role-robert-downey-jr/Sam and Dianne (Cheers): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_and_DianeQuarter-life crisis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarter-life_crisisThe Human League 'Don't You Want Me': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeSPbHPnOksJackdaw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_jackdawZoom makeover: https://familyapp.com/10-minute-zoom-makeover-prepared-polished-present/Lee's new job announcement: https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/news/dr-lee-miller-appointed-head-postgraduate-researchBought the farm: https://writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary/bought-the-farm1000 true fans: https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Simon and Lee start with some follow up and listener feedback and get stuck there. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net or @midlifingpod on Instagram.Related links:Sniffari: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/sniffaris-training-treats-raise-happier-dog/rethink.org: https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/carers-hub/suicidal-thoughts-how-to-support-someone/man cave: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_cavelowkey shitty: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Lowkey%20shitty---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon get stuck in an acronym loop while discussing perceived value and worth at work (and in life). Then they move onto talking about dicks on TV and in films.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links:Steel Magnolias: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_MagnoliasIt was Bette Midler in Beaches! "That's enough about me": https://youtu.be/9IJvgD7c1KoP&O Ferries sackings: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60792039Three poisons of Buddhism (greed, hatred, delusion): https://tricycle.org/beginners/buddhism/three-poisons/Bristol stool chart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scaleTrading Places, PCP: https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/18ea9d01-4d93-4fcf-aed6-acb231268accInga from Sweden requesting help with her rucksack (from 2:00min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goSeIDDMwgEKPI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Performance_indicatorIt's KTP not KPT: http://ktp.innovateuk.org (do NOT click on this link else your soul will die)Euphoria (TV series): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphoria_(American_TV_series)Pam and Tommy (TV series): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam_%26_TommyHow 'X' And 'Minx' Unpack The Politics Of Porn In The '70s: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/x-minx-70s-porn-politics_n_6234a9f2e4b046c938db4eae'I was running naked with a fake penis’: how Simon Rex found redemption playing a washed-up porn star: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/mar/11/i-was-running-naked-with-a-fake-penis-how-simon-rex-found-redemption-playing-a-washed-up-porn-starHow the Sausage Gets Made: Inside Hollywood's Prosthetic Penis Craze: https://theconversation.com/more-penises-are-appearing-on-tv-and-in-film-but-why-are-nearly-all-of-them-prosthetic-146906Average penis size by country -- worldwide comparison: https://www.worlddata.info/average-penissize.phpWhat size is the average penis?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271647---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Simon and Lee talk about depression, suicide and asking for help.UK: https://www.samaritans.orgUSA: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.orgAustralia: https://www.lifeline.org.au NZ: https://www.lifeline.org.nzWorldwide: https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicideGet in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links:The Sorrows of Young Werther: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorrows_of_Young_WertherNot saying 'committed suicide': https://www.irmi.com/articles/expert-commentary/language-matters-committed-suicide13 Reasons Why: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837492/Katherine Langford: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Langford Male to female suicide rates by country: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/male-female-ratio-of-suicide-rates---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon talk about their responsibility to keep up with the news, and what news to keep up with.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Moustafa Bayoumi in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/02/civilised-european-look-like-us-racist-coverage-ukrainewhat Russia wants in Ukraine: https://kottke.org/22/03/why-russia-is-invading-ukrainered top newspapers: https://wordhistories.net/2017/03/02/red-top/red circle of shame: https://partner.studentbeans.com/blog/gen-z-trends/circle-of-shame/Tucker Carlson and Ketanji Brown Jackson's LSAT score: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/04/tucker-carlson-ketanji-brown-jackson-lsat-scores-credentials---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon struggle with the news and talk about responsibility for things that are too big. They also respond to some relieving questions from a listener, and weigh in briefly on Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marvelous_Mrs._Maiselminority rule (Nassim Nicholas Taleb): https://medium.com/incerto/the-most-intolerant-wins-the-dictatorship-of-the-small-minority-3f1f83ce4e15#.z5ry4bucqLayla Moran naming 35 oligarchs: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216395989Midlifing episode about miscarriage and unspoken tensions: https://www.midlifing.net/1480717/6965252-it-hurts-so-much-to-hear-you-say-that-part-2-of-2Fury Road, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/feb/23/charlize-theron-tom-hardy-mad-max-fury-road-bookAtomic Blonde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_BlondeNena, 99 Luftballons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpu5a0Bl8eY---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Simon and Lee start with a little bit of ambition-related follow up, before slipping into a conversation about retirement, the future and the intrinsic value of doing things.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Paul Simon, Graceland (1986) - Lee wins! - https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_(album)Brene Brown dealing with Joe Rogan situation: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/brene-brown-spotify-update-1235089635/Storm Eunice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_EuniceAnthropocene: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AnthropoceneCarbon shadow: https://www.iema.net/articles/casting-carbon-shadows---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Simon and Lee start talking about how the pandemic has shown their characters and Lee suspects he has joined the great resignation.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Kath and Kim 'look at me': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSMmxyGeEb4I am legion and we are many: https://biblehub.com/mark/5-9.htmWhitman, 'I contain multitudes': https://poets.org/poem/song-myself-51Exorcist 'Your mother is in here': https://youtu.be/LHnDyOr0DfIThe great resignation: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210629-the-great-resignation-how-employers-drove-workers-to-quitReacher (TV show): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reacher_(TV_series)Lee Child's Jack Reacher: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_ReacherKea flies off with Go Pro: https://youtu.be/WvHZy9i9LMA---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon start by livin' on a prayer but the conversation gets tainted by hope, disappointment and despair. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):taint: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=To%20TaintBoosey & Hawkes: https://www.boosey.com spit valve etiquette: https://wilktone.com/?p=3440Ball culture: https://lgbt.fandom.com/wiki/Ball_cultureParis is Burning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Is_Burning_(film)
Lee and Simon deal with the fallout from episode 64 when some (faithful) listeners demand a public apology. They then talk about forgiveness. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Apple cider vinegar and hair: https://www.healthline.com/health/apple-cider-vinegar-hairOlive oil and hair: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/olive-oil-hair-careRichard Serra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_SerraWhat am I, chopped liver?: https://knowyourphrase.com/what-am-i-chopped-liver---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon talk about making new friends.Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):making new friends as an adult: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/18/theres-no-easy-way-to-make-new-friends-as-an-adult-and-sometimes-our-friendships-can-feel-like-a-chorehamsters, covid and Hong Kong: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-60095060frolleague: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=frolleaguereminiscence bump: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reminiscence_bumpparasocial interaction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasocial_interaction---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon talk about Conrad the seagull and (unrelated) how ambitions seem to change in mid-life. Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Marie Kondo sparking joy: https://konmari.com/marie-kondo-rules-of-tidying-sparks-joy/Bad Batch: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Bad_BatchSeagull development: https://animalwhoop.com/about-seagulls-and-seagull-babies/Seoul Olympics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_Summer_Olympicswhakapapa: https://teara.govt.nz/en/whakapapa-genealogy---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
Lee and Simon indulge in a personality test (separately and together).(Sorry about Simon's crackly audio)Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Jon Kabat-Zinn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinndon't know mind: https://jackkornfield.com/practice-dont-know-mind/Novak Djokovic as political pawn to Scott Morrison: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-06/novak-djokovic-the-unlikely-hostage-in-petty-political-saga-/100741720Florence Griffith Joyner: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Griffith_JoynerScarJo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_JohanssonBennifer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BenniferEnneagram of personality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram_of_PersonalityEnneagram test: https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-testEnya "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)": https://youtu.be/2zkjQVh5KmQ Suzanne Vega "Left of Center": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_of_Center_(Suzanne_Vega_song)Suzanne Vega "Luka": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_(song)---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
61: Chicken steps

61: Chicken steps

2022-01-0529:05

Lee and Simon take Midlifing outside for a walk, and treat listeners to bonus airplanes, wind, traffic and heavy breathing. In the conversation, they try and answer the question, "What are you good at?" Get in touch with Lee and Simon at info@midlifing.net.Related links (and necessary corrections):Gary Lineker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_LinekerCristiano Ronaldo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristiano_RonaldoRauhnacht: https://www.invest-in-bavaria.com/en/blog/post/a-ghoulishly-beautiful-tradition-rauhnachtin-bavariaLisbon housing and money: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/22/luxury-homes-short-lets-and-shacks-inside-lisbons-housing-crisisFour Thousand Weeks: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/01/four-thousand-weeks-by-oliver-burkeman-review-a-brief-treatise-on-timeHobby: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HobbyJay (bird): https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/jay/Paying it forward (Simon didn't really understand what it meant when he used it in the episode): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward---The Midlifing logo is adapted from an original image by H.L.I.T: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29311691@N05/8571921679 (CC BY 2.0)
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