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Consistently Eccentric

The British Isles have thousands of years of history, so it's weird that all most people were taught at school was World War Two, how many wives Henry VIII had and that the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 (always worth a try if you are trying to guess someones pin number).If you've always wanted to learn about all the bits between these events, but only if it can be done in a random and eclectic manner why not try Consistently Eccentric? A podcast where each week you can listen in while I… Continue Reading >>
The British Isles have thousands of years of history, so it's weird that all most people were taught at school was World War Two, how many wives Henry VIII had and that the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 (always worth a try if you are trying to guess someones pin number).If you've always wanted to learn about all the bits between these events, but only if it can be done in a random and eclectic manner why not try Consistently Eccentric? A podcast where each week you can listen in while I tell one of my friends a story about a lesser known person or event in British history, the weirder and less believable the better. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. << Show Less
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Helen Duncan - Witch offence should we charge her with? We enter the world of the supernatural this week as we discuss a Scottish Woman who claimed to be able to summon spirits. Helen Duncan and her pet spirit Albert spent the inter-war years happily reuniting the living and the dead at seances in the two most important cities in Britain... Edinburgh and Portsmouth. However when WWII started Helen's knack of 'knowing' sensitive state secrets led to one of the weirdest trials the Old Bailey has ever hosted.William Churchill will not be pleased!Guest Host: Emma Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Helen Duncan - Witch offence should we charge her with? We enter the world of the supernatural this week as we discuss a Scottish Woman who claimed to be able to summon spirits. Helen Duncan and her pet spirit Albert spent the inter-war years happily reuniting the living and the dead at seances in the two most important cities in Britain... Edinburgh and Portsmouth. However when WWII started Helen's knack of 'knowing' sensitive state secrets led to one of the weirdest trials the Old Bailey has ever hosted.William Churchill will not be pleased!Guest Host: Emma Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1396 Perth Battle Royale - Red hot Clan on Clan action, now by Royal decree This week we are heading back to the middle ages to tell the tale of the most bombastic end to a blood feud in Scottish history.Not content to wait for the complex politics of the Clan system to resolve a dispute that had lasted for over 26 years, King Robert III decided to get a bit Roman and built a mini colosseum in Perth where the two sides could thrash things out (literally). Featuring booze, blacksmiths and a cat's bot!Guest Host: Ollie Green See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Dee - Putting the 'D' in ADHD since 1527 We explore the world of the spiritual in this week's episode, heading back to Tudor times to meet a Polymath called John Dee who wanted to know all the things.Convinced that Mathematics was the key that could unlock the gates of heaven itself all he had to do was convince the royal family that he was not a heretic, and find some way of talking to angels. Both tasks that proved to be quite difficult.Guest Host: Emma Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
William Burkitt - It can be Hull searching for true love This week we are going to Hull to follow the romantic career of trawlerman William Burkitt. Forced to support his mother and eight siblings from the age of 14, William never had the chance to let his hair down and sow his wild oats at the time that most young men do. However after a (very) brief jaunt in the Navy William finally found time for love. Join us as we see how this worked out for William, and the women of Hessle Road. Now with two extra Burkitts for no extra cost!Guest Host: Ollie Green See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jessie Jordan - I spy with my little eye... Military installations in Aldershot On this week's episode we switch allegiances to talk about a woman who was a spy for the Axis powers in WWII. But mainly, she was a hairdresser.Born in Scotland, Jessie Jordan was a woman on a lifelong mission to find a place to belong. Burdened with a family curse forbidding her to be able to find a satisfying romantic relationship she was more than willing to seek a sense of family in more clandestine circles. Because hairdressers are well known for keeping secrets... Right?Guest Host: Emma Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A quick British pre-history - Land bridges, ice ages, bears, oh my! This week we will be going further back than we ever have before (by at least 3 billion years) to try and answer the question 'why did anyone ever want to settle on this rainy little rock that we call Britain in the first place?'In order to answer that question we have to discuss the origin of Humans, the rise of the Homo Sapiens and, of course, bears. With special appearances by: Diprotodon! Gigantopithecus! and more! Guest Host: Jack Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sweet FA - A darker joke from history than anything we have ever said on this podcast This week we are looking into the origin of a piece of Naval Slang from the Victorian Era. An origin that has nothing to do with sailors, boats or the sea.So join us in the Market Town of Alton to see how a little girl called Fanny Adams became famous in the worst possible way, with a legacy that endures to this day, Guest Host: Ollie Green*WARNING - This episode does contain graphic descriptions of child murder. If this is triggering for you please feel free to give this episode a swerve* See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aubrey Beardsley - A Decadent who barely got two decades Join us this week to meet a man who wanted nothing more than to be famous. Aubrey Beardsley was a truly modern artist, a man who curated his persona and artistic output to create the most drama possible in pursuit of his goal to be more notorious than any one else in 1890s Britain (Oscar Wilde included)With a bold style and liberal use of nipples and penises he quickly rocketed to the top of the London artistic scene... Unfortunately the only way to go from the top is down.Guest Host: Emma Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Tawell - Had women quaking in their boots This week we are heading back to the Georgian era to meet what may be the only example of a dishonest Quaker. John Tawell was a man who only wanted to do two things in his life; join a strict religious organisation and lie, cheat and steal his way to fabulous wealth...... and no, he didn't see the inherent problem in wanting these two diametrically opposed things at all.As you can imagine his life was not the smoothest sailing (though he did end up spending quite a bit of time on boats).Guest Host: Jack Heathcote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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