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:



The Dusty Den – book and film reviews – only broadcast occasionally – film and TV reviews from the UK, but covers US too



Langsam Gesprochene Nachrichten – Deutsche Welle – – 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 – 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 – – I once attended the live podcast in Berlin

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



Healing with Jennifer Daniels – now on Republic Broadcasting

Kick it Naturally – natural approaches to solving health problems



The Dangerous History Podcast – fantastic history podcast – but much is US based – long running political, health, history etc. podcast



Gadget Lab podcast – from Wired Magazine US – from Wired Magazine UK – from PC Pro magazine – UK

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



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 – 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 – right oriented freedom podcast –  – right oriented freedom podcast – right oriented freedom podcast – right oriented podcast – right oriented freedom podcast

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



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

Radio Nacional de España – Nómadas –

News in Slow Spanish – weekly or so

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



Eschaton – eclectic, but interesting

The Mind Renewed – from the UK, sometimes also political or religious – from Baltimore, sometimes ecological, music… – from Australia – politics, too

the neverending quest – for crisps

I like a nice packet of crisps occasionally.  Judging from the huge amount of shelf space they occupy in Malaysian supermarkets and convenience stores, I am not the only one.

However, whenever I find a nice brand at a reasonable price it soon disappears.  Or the price inflates enormously, then it disappears.  The cheap, local brands all seem to be full of nasty chemicals.  The more expensive imported and / or foreign brands are often way too expensive, and still have chemicals I avoid.  Anything that comes from the US is suspect and they do terrible things to what they call food – and you don’t know what they’ve done.  Have they irradiated it?  Does it have genetically modified ingredients?  For example, I think most canola oil from the US is GM – and many packets say that it may contain this.  And the labelling is often misleading. “Natural flavour” may not mean that the flavour is natural and not chemical, but rather that might be their (registered) name for some chemical concoction.  Artificial MSG may be hidden in another ingredient on the label, so you don’t know whether it is included.  And so on. It’s complicated.  Plain crisps are the least likely to have chemically enhanced flavours, so they are the ones I always check first.

So yesterday I found some crisps from Germany.  Looking at the label they seemed OK.  And Germans tend to reject GM substances.  And they love their potatoes.  And the price in Cold Storage is only RM5.99.  I bought a packet.  There is a strong MSG flavour, but it is quite possibly natural MSG, which is perfectly OK.  I enjoyed the packet.

Berlin Buddy Bears

Today I went to the Esplanade in Penang to see the Berlin Buddy Bears.  For more information see here:

They are here in Penang until October 30th.

It has rained so much for the past few days that the ground is sodden in many places, so either rain boots or flip flops and shorts are preferable.  Parking, is, of course, not easy.





There are seven groups of 21 bears each in a circle , plus the odd bear elsewhere, making around 150 bears.  Almost every bear represents a country, and there is only one bear per country.



















All the bears are good, so here are a few photos of my favourites.


Australia – by Ken Done




Cuba, of course















Berlin – one of the few that don’t represent a country



Berlin – behind



Berlin – close up






And then a few bears I photographed in Berlin, October three years ago





It’s so much fun seeing the bears I want to go back again.







meine Hausaufgabe für diese Woche – Eine der wichtigsten Sportarten

Eine der wichtigsten Sportarten in England


die Freiwilligen – volunteers


Eine der wichtigsten Sportarten in England ist natürlich Käse Rollen.

Käse Rollen

  • Es ist ein Rennen
  • Eine jährliche Veranstaltung
  • Es findet am Frühlings Bank Holiday Wochenende statt – der letzte Samstag im Mai
  • Es findet bei Coopers Hill in der Nähe von Gloucester statt


  • Es erfolgt ohne Management – aber es gibt freiwillige Hilfer bei der Vorbereitung
  • Es gibt keine Anmeldegebühren oder Formulare um teilzunehmen
  • Wenn Sie teilnehmen möchten, kommen Sie einfach vorbei
  • Es gibt vier Rennen – drei Männer-Rennen und ein Rennen der Damen
  • Es gibt auch ein viel sichereres Kinderbergrennen – den Berg hinauf


  • Es gibt wenige Regeln
  • Von der Spitze des Hügels ist einen 9 lb (4KG) Runde doppelter Gloucester Käse geworfen
  • Teilnehmer starten das Rennen auf dem Berg und sie rennen nach unten und versuchen den Käse zu fangen
  • In der Theorie streben Konkurrenten um den Käse zu fangen
  • Der Käse hat etwa eine Sekunde Vorsprung und kann Geschwindigkeiten von bis zu 112 km / h erreichen
  • Dann kann niemand ihn fangen
  • Die erste Person, die  über die Ziellinie geht,  gewinnt den Käse



  • Es heißt “The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake”
  • Etwa 20 bis 40 Personen konkurrieren in jedem Rennen
  • Es gibt bis zu 15.000 Zuschauer
  • Normalerweise verletzen sich mehrere Personen
  • Im Jahr 1997 wurden 33 Konkurrenten verletzt, aber normalerweise sind es nur wenige
  • Das Spiel gibt es seit mehr als 200 Jahren.  Es wurde in den frühen 1800er Jahren erfunden


Wie ist ein Durian-Rennen in Penang von Penang Hill?


unfinished blogs – no. 1 – The German invasion of Penang

I’ve been writing this blog for three years this month, and have accumulated many partially written blogs that remain unpublished. I may as well just publish them as is, and if I ever feel inspired to finish any, do so later.


From February 15, 2012


I think it’s great. The German restaurant invasion of Penang – there are suddenly so many German restaurants here. For years there was only Ingolf’s in Hillside, Tanjung Bunguh. And it’s still there. But there are so many others. Here are the ones I am aware of:

Tanjung Bungah:

Ingolf’s Kneipe German Restaurant and Bar

Weissbrau – Weissbräu German Bistro & Bar at Straits Quay

BERLIN‘S BIER HOUZ 3E-G-3B Straits Quay Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang Tanjung Tokong 10470 Pulau Pinang I at Straits Quay. (NOW CLOSED – but a branch near Queensbay Mall.)

Cheers – Cheers Restaurant & Bierhaus

Gurney Drive

Brussels Beer Cafe – Brussels Beer Cafe OK, it’s not German – but not too far off.

Queensbay Mall
one near queensbay

However, they are fairly pricey.  At Tesco you can buy a variety of German sausages for a reasonable price, some potatoes, pick up some beer somewhere, but probably have to make your own sauerkraut. (My recipe to follow sometime.)