Podcast: Wake up, it’s the 21st century! When people rubbing their hands clock up more YouTube views than Ed Sheeran (figures not verified). Yes, it’s ASMR. Not sure if you can dig nine minutes of pickle chewing or half an hour of keyboard typing? Then you’re in the right place, with Robin and Sean. Contains triggers.
Author: Robin Gibson
MMR #18: John Lee Hooker and Word Is Bond
Podcast: Is the TV music doc a shagged formula? Can we get Keith Richards in and is he actually black? What way up do you play and are you in a non-ego zone? Can you find out watching John Lee Hooker: Boogie Man and Word Is Bond? Robin and Sean give it a try. Contains bum notes.
MMR #17: Change UK and the Brexit Party – who’s the best?
Podcast: It’s exciting. New parties are springing up like plague buboes on the body politic. But have Change UK-The Independent Group (catchy) or the Brexit Party got anything fresh? Robin and Sean unbox the websites. Contains spoiled ballots.
The Brexit Party: let’s get this party finished
Nigel Farage’s new party has carefully pre-selected its candidates. Presumably they thought they could sieve out the wonky veg and present a sane line-up. But given they’ll be beneath the Farage banner that’s a bit optimistic.
MMR #16: Buying a pint in the cashless society
Podcast: Do you wave a card in the general direction of the bar, or hand over a tenner? Folding fans are being left behind – and the elders can’t get their Parker pens to work with their banking apps. Robin and Sean count the cost. Contains loose change.
Britain’s Favourite Takeaway: will the celebs ever escape?
It’s a C-list humanitarian crisis in here. The captive slebs have had their guts crammed with sweets, chocolate and crisps and now they’ve had to scarf down chips, pies, burgers, kebabs and parmo in one sitting.
MMR #15: Britain’s Favourite Crisps – Wotsit all about?
Podcast: The celebs are back on Channel 5 with Britain’s Favourite Crisps, in the series that’s turned into a cult. Dom Joly, Vanessa Feltz, Basil Brush and all that lot, holed up in the studio, chewing fatty snacks. Robin Gibson and Sean Gollogly crunch the numbers. Contains salt and vinegar.
MMR #14: Mail Online: Scrolling to the bottom of the barrel
Podcast: You browse the Sidebar of Shame every day? You know Vogue Williams, Lauren Goodger, Carol Vorderman? You like fights in Wolverhampton, nipple removal (in Wolverhampton) and Brexit? Who doesn’t? Well, no one, and some people, on MailOnline. Robin and Sean scroll right down. Contains fake tan.
MMR #13: ITV Racing at the Cheltenham Festival: Bet now!
Podcast: Robin and Sean get their betting boots on for the Cheltenham Festival on ITV Racing with Ed Chamberlin, Matt Chapman and all the rest of them. And the bookies’ ads. When the fun stops, should you stop? Contains heavy going.
MMR #12: MasterChef: The kitchen never closes
Podcast: Robin and Sean digest MasterChef – the bottomless stew of sustenance where the beating, boiling, grinning and gurning go on for ever and ever.
MMR #11: The government’s EU exit Brexit website: let’s go!
Podcast: Robin and Sean discover the UK government’s Brexit advice website. But is it definite, or maybe? Will you need to come back next week? And how do you handle an EU car crash – literal, or figurative? Who knew there was so much in it? Contains uncertainty.
MMR #10: The BRIT Awards 2019, a Whitehall farce
Podcast: It’s the BRITs. But was there any upset, chaos or controversy? Or was it the proof of the rise of the poshos with a side dish of seventies-style smut served up by Jack Whitehall? Robin and Sean watch and listen in search of the zeitgeist, or a good joke. Contains bad jokes.
The Independent Group: Do you know where you’re going to?
Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger and five (now six) other ex-Labour nobodies gambling on becoming somebodies have launched an independent group. To run away from the party, Brexit and pretty much everything else, apart from the Tories, as three of them have joined too. Making it look a lot more Tory.
MasterChef, episode one: wet-bottomed soufflés make the cooking world go round
You cannot beat the first round of the first episode of 239 of a new series of MasterChef. Clumped noodles (Gary). Soggy plums (Maria).
MMR #9: Icons, Turing, Bowie and Bandersnatch
Podcast: Alan Turing is the greatest. Fair enough, you might say. But what about Mandela? Ali? Bob Nudd? Or some women? Robin and Sean lament the all-male Icons final, and search for alternatives. Like in Bandersnatch. Contains greatness.
MMR #8: Britain’s favourite chocolate bar … and Britain’s favourite sweets!
Podcast: Dairy Milk? Haribo? Black Jacks? What confection sums up pre-Brexit Britain? By popular demand, Robin and Sean visit the Channel 5 celeb factory. Contains sugar.