Month: February 2018

Current podcasts – 2018

I like to listen to podcasts while doing something else – gardening, cooking, exercising.  I cover a number of topics – politics, technology, films, health, current affairs, history, German etc. Here are most of the podcasts I currently keep up with – but I don’t listen to any particular podcast if the topic doesn’t interest me. They are very loosely separated into categories:

 

FILM & REVIEWS

The Dusty Den – book and film reviews – only broadcast occasionally

http://www.empireonline.com/podcast/ – film and TV reviews from the UK, but covers US too

 

GERMAN

Langsam Gesprochene Nachrichten – Deutsche Welle – http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 – comes with the script so you can read along

Was heißt das auf Deutsch – songs with English lyrics translated to German

DeutschTop-Thema – various themes in German, covered in two or three minutes

Germanpod101.com – short teaching podcasts

News des Nachrichtens – from Berlin about Germany but in English – I met the podcaster in Berlin once

Radio Spaetkauf – from and about Berlin but in English – http://www.radiospaetkauf.com/ – I once attended the live podcast in Berlin

Slow German – every couple of weeks or so, covering one theme for a few minutes

 

HEALTH

Healing with Jennifer Daniels – now on Republic Broadcasting

Kick it Naturally – natural approaches to solving health problems

 

HISTORY

The Dangerous History Podcast – fantastic history podcast – but much is US based

http://www.spingola.com/SpingolaSpecials.html – long running political, health, history etc. podcast

http://spingolaspeaks.wordpress.com/

 

IT

Gadget Lab podcast – from Wired Magazine US

http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast – from Wired Magazine UK

http://podcast.pcpro.co.uk/ – from PC Pro magazine – UK

Reply All – US – idiosyncratic topics – sometimes really interesting, sometimes I skip it

 

JAPANESE

News in Slow Japanese – and full speed, too – a few minutes on a specific topic

Disrupting Japan – in English – Tokyo based, in English, talking to start-ups

 

POLITICS & NEWS

http://www.corbettreport.com/?i=Interviews – Japan based, excellently researched politics, news, history

NovaraFM – far left UK broadcasts, but some more moderate coverage, too

Project censored – another mostly left wing leading podcast, that advocates no censorship

Free Man beyond the Wall – right oriented freedom podcast

Liberty Weekly Podcast  – right oriented freedom podcast

Brexit Central – mainly anti-Brexit

Brexit Podcast – pro-Brexit

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/podcast.php – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.blacklistedradio.com/ –  – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.sovereignman.com/category/podcast/ – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/nonsubscriber.phphttp://www.redicecreations.com/radio3fourteen/ – right oriented podcast

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/category/radio-archives/ – right oriented freedom podcast

Democracy Now – far left extremists – yesterday they were pushing marxism. Best are interviews with musicians, which they occasionally have.

 

SPANISH

SBS en español – from Australia, short podcasts on various topics

Radio Nacional de España – Nómadas – http://www.listenradios.com/en/radio-nacional-de-espana/

News in Slow Spanish – weekly or so

Duolingual Podcast – a series of podcasts in both English and Spanish

 

SPIRITUAL

Eschaton – eclectic, but interesting

The Mind Renewed – from the UK, sometimes also political or religious

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/audioarchives/2018/index.html – from Baltimore, sometimes ecological, music…

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/radio.html – from Australia – politics, too

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Skip the ferry for the moment if possible

this situation has not changed

I prefer to catch the ferry to Butterworth rather than drive, but at the moment driving is the better option, if you have it.

Currently, when you alight the ferry you’ll find the normal walkway blocked, and instead you’re ushered onto a bus – where you must wait for far longer than the time it would take to walk to the nearby station or bus station.  At least the bus is air-conditioned, though.  When the bus finally departs it heads off on a long round trip , down a major road past the bus station, makes a U-turn, and then finally arrives at the bus station.  Returning to the ferry is the same, but at least the route is less circular. Very time-consuming.

So, until the walkway is reinstated, if you have the choice, avoid the ferry.

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in January/February 2018

The four month cool and wet spell lasted into January, and then at last it warmed up as we approached Chinese New Year.  Thereafter it was hot and rained only occasionally of an evening. I have to water the plants almost every day now.

Canna Lilies happily grow and bloom all year.

this I grew from two cuttings from another crepe ginger – now there are over 10 stems

a young lime tree – some of its first fruit – still small

plumbago seems to be happy in this spot

I normally prune the passion fruit vines at this time of year – dry the cuttings in the sun, and then put on top of the soil to add nutrition back

I had put a lot of pumpkin seeds in the compost, so now in places where I’ve put the compost sometimes pumpkin plants appear. Then I transplant them. This grew from a tiny transplanted plant.

Another pumpkin plant I recently transplanted.

Lots of baby lines on my original lime tree

Over 60 passion fruit are on the vines now

I’m growing several papaya on the roof – today the first flower opened

Aloe Vera like this spot – I should harvest soon. They always have little babies growing nearby so there is always another crop coming

bought from Cold Storage – this plant is struggling

Basil is OK here

Mock Oranges are usually doing well

some of the many passion fruit growing

passion fruit I recently picked – or fell to the floor

these are very easy care – just water occasionally

some more crepe ginger plants

Bougainvillea

Duranta are happy if they have plenty of water

hibiscus

mini-eggplants. Great in soup.

So many mini-eggplants grow on one tree in a big pot

We’re spreading crepe ginger all over the place. So easy to care for and they look great.

One of our pandan collection

The original crepe ginger plant, from which we’ve cultivated about 15 pots

just starting cultivating more crepe ginger plants – it takes a few weeks.

The noisiest quietest day of the year

Happy New Year.

At around midnight one hears huge explosions. As firecrackers are set off. It’s Chinese New Year.

The roads are quiet – at least where I live.  Half of the shops in the mall are closed. Which is almost unheard of.

many of the shops in the mall are closed

But at times the clanging of a lion dance can be heard.  If it’s in a hotel or at a shop you can go and watch.

It’s very sunny and quite hot.

A nice time of year.