Trucking in English Podcast: Mary Smith

Welcome to the next in TIE’s 2013 podcast series: Interviews With Interesting People.

Today’s interview is with Mary Smith, author of Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni.

reviewed this book last week and if you want to know more about Mary and her writing you can check out her website. You can also buy the book of course, by clicking the link in the right sidebar.

We had an interesting chat, ranging from the usefulness of babies to the future of mankind, here it is..

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As usual, I asked Mary if she had any suggestions for music to top and tail our chat and she asked me to add something by Dawood Sarkhosh, a poet and musician of the Hazara ethnic minority. She chose him particularly because, as she tells us in the interview, the Taliban are still committed to wiping out the Hazara people completely.

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Trucking in English Podcast: Martin Crosbie

Welcome to the next in TIE’s 2013 podcast series: Interviews With Interesting People.

Today’s interview is with Martin Crosbie, author of the My Temporary Life trilogy, including My Name is Hardly, the second in the series.

reviewed this book last week and if you want to know more about Martin and his writing you can check out his website. You can also buy the book of course, by clicking the link in the right sidebar. If you’d like some background to his recent superstardom, here’s an article from Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.

We had an interesting chat, here it is..

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We spoke a few weeks ago and you will hear Martin refer to a book of short stories, it’s is just out so I am delighted to add one more link for you, to Lies I Never Told

As usual, I asked Martin if he had any suggestions for music to top and tail our chat and she asked me to add Handwritten by Gaslight AnthemRead on...

Trucking in English Podcast: Patricia O’Donnell-Gibson

Welcome to the next in TIE’s 2013 podcast series: Interviews With Interesting People.

Today’s interview is with Patricia O’Donnell-Gibson, author of The Red Skirt.

reviewed her book last week and if you want to know more about Patricia and her writing you can check out her website. You can also buy the book of course, by clicking the link in the right sidebar.

Patrica’s story couldn’t be more different to Jt’s, but I was fascinated by their similar reasons for writing their lives down. We also have a first this week, a post script! Patrica and I continued chatting after I’d said our formal ‘for the benefit of the tape’ goodbyes and she said something that I really wanted to keep, so listen right to the end….

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As usual, I asked Patricia if she had any suggestions for music to top and tail our chat and she asked me to add John Lennon’s Imagine. Read on...

Trucking in English Podcast: Jt Sather

Welcome to the first in TIE’s 2013 podcast series: Interviews With Interesting People.

(You can check out last year’s interviews here)

Today’s interview is with Jt Sather, author of How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out.

reviewed his book last week and if you want to know more about Jt and his writing check out his blog, An Author’s Thoughts or see more about the book by liking his page on FacebookYou can also buy the book of course, by clicking the link towards the top of the right sidebar.

Jt had a few suprises for me, which is remarkable when you consider that the book itself is pretty surprising. I also heard about the most unusual reason yet for starting to write a book!

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Trucking in English Podcast: David Antobus

Welcome to the third in TIE’s podcast series:
Interviews With Interesting People.

Today’s interview is with David Antrobus, author of Dissolute Kinship – A 9/11 Road Trip.

I reviewed his book last week and if you want to know more about David and his writing check out his blog, The Migrant Type and the website for his editing services, Be Write There. You can also buy the book of course, by clicking the link at the top of the right sidebar.

As it turns out, we both talk a lot. The conversation roams around security theatre, Irish roots, the politics of handing terrorism and the all important sequel!

Listen on…

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Before we started recording, I asked David if he had any suggestions for music to top and tail our chat.

He suggested two songs to try, the one I used…

Stars Gone Out by Low

And

Awake and Under by Calla

Have a listen to both before you go…firstly to hear those amazing harmonies before I shredded them with editing…and because David says, “The Calla song “Awake and Under” has the expansiveness of an American road trip, the feel of the wide, empty desert as well as the electricity of NYC.”


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Trucking in English Podcast: Helen Krasner

Welcome to the second in TIE’s podcast series:
Interviews With Interesting People.

What’s it like to be a female helicopter instructor?

My second interview is with Helen Krasner, author of numerous books about flying, most recently her warts-and-all diary of becoming an instructor.

I reviewed her book a few days ago, and if you want to know more about her Helen’s website is here.

Helen and I are old friends and we had quite a natter but I have edited together the pukka questions and answers about another sort of adventuring.

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Before we started recording, I asked Helen if she had any suggestions for music to introduce the piece. She mentioned Cavatina by Stanley Myers, also well known at the theme from the Deer Hunter. Helen says, it “feel like flight.” I had a listen and it does. Here is a link to a version by The Shadows from 1979,  have a listen before you go…

Cavatina


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Trucking in English Podcast: Fred Afflerbach

Welcome to TIE’s brand new podcast series:
Interviews With Interesting People.

(IWIP, hmm, not so snappy, I’ll work on it.)

Authors, truckers, travellers, adventurers, maybe another podcaster or two and…because it’s my blog…people who I just think are really interesting!

The first interview is with Fred Afflerbach, author of Roll On, a novel about the long-haul life, the perfect transition of blog, and Carolyn, from trucking to writing.

I reviewed his book yesterday, and if you want to know more about him Fred’s website is here.

I really enjoyed our chat, and as a treat for the UK listeners, he has one of those musical Texas accents you normally only hear in movies.

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Before we started recording, I asked Fred if he had any requests for music to introduce the piece. He made three suggestions, one of which you will have heard snatches of. But the others will take you down the highway in an 18 wheeler too, do have a listen before you go…

White Freightliner – Lyle Lovett

Mama  Hated Diesels So Bad – Commander Cody

Rambling Fever – Merle Haggard


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Trucking in English Podcast: Convoy, Part 2

Convoy!

Oh no, the final bit of the final chapter.

Snivelling a little, it’s been a lot of fun.

But books must finish or we’d never write new ones…and podcasts must grow and develop.

Stand by for some changes to the look and the feel of Trucking in English in the next few weeks, and if you’ve got something to say, a blog to plug or a book that is crying out for a TIE review, just let me know!

An absence of trouble this week, which leads to thoughts that it might be time to write about someone else.

Welcome to the second part of Chapter 21, and if you’ve missed the earlier episodes, they’re over at the Trucking in English Podcasts pages.

A blast from the past this week, some truly terrible French and surprising beer.

Trucking in English therefore presents:

Chapter 21: Convoy
Part 2: In which our heroine makes that decision.

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Trucking in English Podcast: Convoy, Part 1

Well, here it is, the final chapter.

I was about to say ‘I hope you’re as sad as I am that the romp is coming to an end’ but that’s not a nice thing to hope for nice listeners who write to me and stuff.

I do have some exciting reviews and interviews lined up for the future, after next week’s 42nd episode, plus a shiny new look for the website. And hey, how sad can a whole 42 yarns be?

The beginning of the end this week, an old friend and the possibility of a quieter life.

Welcome to the first part of Chapter 21, and if you’ve missed the earlier episodes, they’re over at the Trucking in English Podcasts pages.

The truckers rally round and another door opens this week.

Trucking in English therefore presents:

Chapter 21: Convoy
Part 2: In which our heroine revisits the Peterbilt conundrum.

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Trucking in English Podcast: Brakes Shouldn’t Fail When You’re Tired, Part 2

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Meeting with triumph and disaster this week, and totally forgetting the poem’s advice.

Welcome to the second part of Chapter 20, and if you’ve missed the earlier episodes, they’re over at the Trucking in English Podcasts pages.

Mountains and reversing may be beaten into submission but there’s a spot more trouble with trailer doors.

Trucking in English therefore presents:

Chapter 20: Brakes Shouldn’t Fail When You’re Tired
Part 2: In which it all goes horribly wrong.

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If you liked the song it’s I like trucks by Kendel Carson. Find her and hear the rest on Youtube, even if you don’t like country stuff!… Read on...