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What is 'British-ness'? This podcast explores all aspects of British culture from the perspective of an Englishman based in China and Turkey. Perhaps you know Thomas already from Instagram's @FlemingNeverDies or @JamesBond_Turkiye , both centered on Ian Fleming's classic creation, James Bond, 007. Here, we can see a wider background of where our British hero sits.
 
Bass Culture UK is the Black Music Research Unit at the University of Westminster, an academic research project exploring the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music on British culture. Covering the period from the 1960s to the present day, with an initial focus on London and a particular interest in the years 1976 – 1981. We explore the impact of Bass Culture through the explosion of Jamaican genres like ska, reggae and dub in the UK to the development of distinct British variants ...
 
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That's right! If you can guess the topic of my forthcoming episode, on a certain Edwardian children's story, then you can win an 'A is for... Albion' mug! Just for fun, and for the three other reasons I give, along with many, many clues in the episode. Send answers to me on Instagram... ...or by e-mail: AlbionNeverDies@gmail.com Recommended Rabbit …
 
Thanks to Frank on Instagram (@HansGruberr) for suggesting this topic. In fact, ‘007’s Drinks’ was the request, but since I have covered some of these on my Youtube channel already (www.youtube.com/britishculture), I thought I’d broaden it out to include food from the original James Bond novels by as well. The key reference books I use in this epis…
 
If you’ve lived under two British monarchs and three Prime Ministers, you may only be a few months old. Recent events have been (almost) unprecedented, as since so much of the UK’s image abroad can depend on our political representation, I touch on the topic of politics once again. This episode in in three parts: first I give context to recent even…
 
By request of many, many listeners, I am covering 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) in the final episode in my trilogy covering the films of British Imperial history. I previously covered the events that inspired the films Zulu (1964) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975), each with Michael Caine. This time, it's the David Lean classic starring Peter O'To…
 
This is a REISSUE of my Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) special episode from last year. My style has changed a little since then, and I considered simply re-recording this, but there is honestly so much information packed in here, I truly think I cannot do better. Whether it is new to you (many people have discovered my podcast in the last year), …
 
I take a NO SPOILERS look at the 1975 film ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, and the original 1888 short story by Rudyard Kipling. I also recommend the books: ‘The Great Game’ by Peter Hopkirk' ‘Inside the Kingdom’ by Robert Lacey If you are one of the 47% of my Instagram friends who hasn’t seen the film ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, check it out! Do let…
 
Did you know that Halloween has its roots in the British Isles, especially from an ancient festival called 'Samhain'? Welcome back to our special returning guest, Caine, who gives us all the details. He previously gave us: the 'Deep Dive Into Tea'; the 'Deep Dive Into British Men's Wardrobes'; the 'A Deep Dive Into Ink: British Tattoo Culture'; the…
 
Thank you very much to the chaps in the Facebook Group, 'The Gentlemen's Society for the Appreciation of the British Empire' who provided so many great insights into the REAL Battle of Rorke's Drift, portrayed in the 1964 movie. There were over 300 comments, and I draw from as many as I am able to, as well as the following books: 'Rorke's Drift' by…
 
Every year, on October 28th, the Royal Navy celebrates Admiral Nelson’s most famous victory. But, what if Nelson had lost? And how can we celebrate this night? I draw upon three books: ‘The Rise and Fall of the British Empire’ by Lawrence James ‘Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World’ by Brian Lavery ‘HMS Victory’ by Peter Goodwin…
 
What's coming up on the podcast? A trilogy of British Empire classics, the first two as part of our 'season of Michael Caine'! Next week (24th October, 2022): 'Zulu' (1964) starring Michael Caine, and based on the Battle of Rorke's Drift (1879). The next week (31st October, 2022): 'The Man Who Would Be King' (1975) starring Sean Connery and Michael…
 
Last week, I appeared on the podcast 'From Tailors With Love', talking about the 1987 movie 'The Fourth Protocol'. That film was adapted by Frederick Forsyth from his own novel after Michael Caine read it and loved it. I also appeared on 'The Bond Experience' on Youtube, talking about Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III, and of course James Bond 0…
 
It is the guiding question of this whole podcast! After a tumultuous month, it's time to get back to basics. I asked a Facebook group, 'What is Britishness?' and their answers were outstanding. Thank you to everyone who took part in the discussion and made this episode possible. *** Subscribe to my newsletter: https://youtube.us9.list-manage.com/su…
 
I watched Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession from The Mall, the road that leads to Buckingham Palace. It was a moving occasion. I this episode, I talk about how the news broke for me, how the transition looked from West Yorkshire, and my trip down to London to pay my respects. Subscribe to my newsletter: https://youtube.us9.list-manage.com/subscr…
 
I spent this morning at The Mall, in London, watching the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth II. These are my brief thoughts as I travel home, a longer episode is coming soon. This is a day to be remembered. Support the showThomas Felix Creighton
 
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. With her passing, we mark the accession of Charles, formally Prince of Wales, as King Charles III. Prince William is the new Prince of Wales. The initial announcement was made from Balmoral, with a statement from Prime Minister Liz Truss…
 
Liz Truss has just been elected leader of the Conservative Party in the UK. As the leader of the party with the largest number of Members of Parliament, it is expected that The Queen will invite her to become Britain's third Prime Minister... ...But who is she? I draw largely upon the (online) Encyclopedia Britannica article on her, giving my own o…
 
What is a Bank holiday? Why do we have Bank Holidays? What do people do on Bank Holidays? Most importantly, what am *I* doing on this August Bank Holiday. Listen to this little episode and all will be revealed. I also have a question for all listeners; have you ever tried to teach a dog to read? If so, let me know your findings. The reason for this…
 
In Ian Fleming's 1957 novel, James Bond 007 visits Istanbul. The city is wonderfully described, from a British perspective. Having studied Turkish for over 20 years, I go through Fleming's chapters on Turkey, and give my own perspective. This is Part 3 of a series initially focusing on Fleming. You can listen to these in any order, having read the …
 
This week, I am looking at the Darlington and Stockton Times (North Yorkshire), seeing what I can learn about this very rural area of England. A schoolboy saves a man's eyesight, the merits of solar panels verses potatoes are debated, ospreys return after more than 200 years, and much more. The series 'James Bond in Istanbul' *will* return... You c…
 
In Ian Fleming's 1957 novel, James Bond 007 visits Istanbul. The city is wonderfully described, from a British perspective. Having studied Turkish for over 20 years, I go through Fleming's chapters on Turkey, and give my own perspective. This is Part 2 of a series initially focusing on Fleming. You can listen to these in any order, having read the …
 
In Ian Fleming's 1957 novel, James Bond 007 visits Istanbul. The city is wonderfully described. Having studied Turkish for over 20 years, I go through Fleming's chapters on Turkey, and give my own perspective. This is Part I(i) of a series that will initially focus on Fleming. After that, how far I go, you can decide! You can contact me using any o…
 
Thank you to everyone who messaged me about my last episode. This week, I'm answering the top ten questions (decided by me) that I was asked this week about UK politics. They are (in order of me receiving them): 1) How is Brexit going? Did it work? 2) Is there anything like a libertarian party there? 3) How could politics be made more interesting, …
 
The Prime Minister is the most visible representation of the UK, after the Queen. Travelling around the world, I have often been asked my views on Thatcher, Blair, and the most recent incumbent of Number 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson (BoJo). Since Boris Jonson announced his resignation on the 7th July, the Conservative Party has been focused on …
 
Enjoy this special bonus episode, just a couple of minutes long. It was originally made for my Chinese social media account several years ago, as part of a campaign to promote a large James Bond themed event. Mixing Martinis and Vespers was a highlight of the event, as was our Goldfinger singalong (aided by the libations). On Youtube, my "007's Dri…
 
Hello there! Many of you know me from my Ian Fleming / James Bond themed Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/flemingneverdies/ In this podcast episode, I delve into the importance of Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Regent's Park, London to the James Bond canon, which I recorded on location. The garden features in the second chapter of Ian Flem…
 
What could be more English than an Englishman abroad? Having spent the majority of my adult life outside the UK, and much of my time in the UK supporting international students, I'm giving my insights into the phenomenon of 'Culture Shock'. The five stage are: (1) Honeymoon (2) Denial (3) Anger (4) Escape (5) Maturity I give an outline of each stag…
 
There were no strange stories about travelling on the busses here in the UK for the first few months, then suddenly, three mad stories all come along at once! I hope you enjoy this episode, recorded once again as I was out and about on a country walk. There's a bit of wind at the beginning, but I realized when I was recording and found a better spo…
 
I've been back home for 3 months now... how is it wearing on me? Honestly, watching 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) in the cinema was pretty cool, and attending the Institution, Induction and Installation of the new Dean of Bradford Cathedral was wonderful. I talk about these two events, my house-hunting, and reflect on the last 3 months. Enjoy! You …
 
In this episode, I respond to questions from my Instagram friends over at @flemingneverdies Who should be the next James Bond? Should 007 ever look at British 'street culture' like Kingsman? Why do British people have terrible teeth? Are red trousers okay? Why do people think UK food is appalling? Why do British people love curry, when it isn't Bri…
 
Britain has just celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with a four-day national holiday. Rather than do a Deep Dive into the life and times of the Queen, which is done elsewhere and done well, I recorded my own audio diary as I joined celebrations in North and then West Yorkshire. Thank you very much to the City of Bradford Brass Band wi…
 
Just a quick slice of life from me this week. I haven't been travelling, except to go to Ilkley to take a friend to Bettys Tea Room (no apostrophe) . I talk about that, look forward to the Platinum Jubilee coming up, and tell a tie story too. A fuller episode coming next week. You can find me on Instagram: @FlemingNeverDies You can e-mail me: Albio…
 
After the last episode went out, I was flooded with responses to my question, "What's the most interesting UK/US differences?" - Thank you to everyone who contacted me! I also talk about toilet twinning, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and Howarth's 1940s weekend. With plenty to talk about, I still find time to digress to talk about Michael …
 
I've largely avoided comparisons between UK and US culture until now, despite it being a terribly popular topic online. It's really a whole sub-genre, and there are some people putting out great content on this topic, but it was a video by David Zarinksky - better known as 'The Bond Experience' - that has prompted me to make this episode. His video…
 
In this episode, I ask three fellas in a pub in London, "What's the most British thing you've seen today?" - but these aren't just any random fellas: I'm talking to Pete Brooker of "From Tailors With Love", Daniel Gaster (who writes for the 'tailors' blog), and Chris, better known as @BritishBondAddict . You can find them all on Instagram, and see …
 
That job interview I mentioned in "Back in Britain #2"? I got the job!! Telling them it was my birthday was clearly a good idea during the interview! I'm really looking forward to it. In this episode, I talk about visiting: Sheffield, and meeting Peter Brooker (From Tailors With Love) Pontefract, and eating Pontefract Cakes in Pontefract castle. Ch…
 
The Alphabet of Britishness is back! Thank you to all those who suggested the following: R is for… Royalty R is for… Royal Warrants R is for… Royal Navy R is for… Royal Air Force R is for… (Walter) Raleigh R is for… Robin Hood R is for… Remembrance Day R is for… Railroads R is for… Risico R is for… Roger Moore R is for… Range Rover R is for… Regime…
 
This week, I talk to Caine (normally in Fuzhou) about St. George's Day, which is coming very soon. It is often taken as a celebration of English culture and identity. But, who was St. George, where was he from, why is he important to the English, and how can you celebrate this special day? We ask "Does it matter that St. George wasn't English?" and…
 
This week, I talk to Edward Biddulph, author of 'License to Cook' and the blog 'James Bond Food'. We discuss his new book COMING SOON called 'Double-0 Dining' from the publishers Bear Manor Media. We ask "Does Bond like Marmite?" and I feel we get a definitive answer. For those who don't know, Marmite is a British condiment, normally spread on toas…
 
The end of March consisted mostly of snow, an art exhibition, a trip to Derby and Nottingham, and the Derby Telegraph. I'm now over jet-lag and enjoying catching up with old friends and new sights. As I go through the local Derby newspaper, Alfred Chocolate Yumyum is with me once again, although largely silent. Must discuss his voiceover rate. Thes…
 
A quick episode, quickly put together as I am still settling back into life back in Britain. I give some of my personal updates, like visiting the exhibition ‘Top Secret’ at Bradford’s Science + Media Museum. I then browse the Telegraph and Argus, Bradford’s local newspaper. I look at: A gas engineer who uncovered an organised crime A ‘Miss Hitler’…
 
This is my live audio diary as I return to the UK after 7 years away, recorded at: LAX airport; London Heathrow Airport; an airport hotel; and in a town and the countryside in beautiful West Yorkshire. I intend this to be a series, charting my own responses and reactions as I return to my home country. Is this still the same country I remember? Wil…
 
Bill Koenig runs "The Spy Command" blog which provides news and commentary about James Bond, “The Other Spies,” and other entertainment-related topics. You can find his blog at: https://hmssweblog.wordpress.com E-mail me at: AlbionNeverDies@Gmail.com Check out my Youtube channel at: www.youtube.com/britishculture Intelligent Investing with Glenn Le…
 
A 'shallow dive' or a quick briefing about Wales, a beautiful and interesting country, part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but often overlooked. I try to correct that a little here. I talk about an impressive weatherman (Liam Dutton), small things, cute things, and the *real* home of tennis. I also explain what's comin…
 
This is the 17th episode in 'The Alphabet of Britishness'. I ask, what could possibly be more British than the Queen? Many, many people requested this topic. Rather than doing a simple biography of well known monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth II or Queen Victoria, I've taken a look at three lessor known, but equally interesting, female rulers: Queen…
 
After the popularity of the previous episode looking at local news stories, I have another roundup of the goings on in Yorkshire's local newspapers. I start with news of a storm from the Yorkshire Post (founded 1754) and the Ilkley Gazette. I move onto a serious crime case from the Telegraph and Argus, before delving into the local take on the Prim…
 
We start with the interview with Matt Spaiser, author of "From Tailors with Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films". We look at the clothing influences of two Princes of Wales, Prince Charles and his grand-uncle, once known as Edward VIII then as the Duke of Winsor. After that, I take a look at: P is for the Plantagenates (minute 44)…
 
Joe Darlington began his podcast 'Being James Bond' back in 2006. He is a published author and a much loved member of the 'James Bond community' on Instagram and Youtube. This is a wide ranging discussion, which does touch on events in the latest 007 film, "No Time To Die", without dwelling on it. Plenty elsewhere for that! Intelligent Investing wi…
 
There is so much to say about Oliver Cromwell that this is really just my first attempt at the topic. There is so much more, I recommend the documentary on Youtube called "Oliver Cromwell And The English Civil War - Full Documentary", and the 1970 movie starring Richard Harris (also known as Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). …
 
In June 2022 a team will land on Rockall Island, more than 200 nautical miles from the West Coast of Scotland and the nearest civilisation. Their intention is to survive on the island for one week and to raise £1,000,000 for Children’s Hospice South West & The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. https://www.rockall2022.org/ Support the show (http…
 
This week, I start by looking at the UK's National Health Service. I look at an academic study examining the differences in healthcare in the UK and US. It provides the perspective of two twin sisters who were both successfully treated for the same cancer, one in the UK and one in the US. I then look at how the NHS was represented at the 2012 Summe…
 
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