Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sir Patrick Moore 1923 - 2012

We are saddened to hear the news that Sir Patrick Moore passed away today. He was our third guest on our podcast back in March 2010. Dave interviewed him at his house in Selsey Walsh, it was in the morning and Sir Patrick was still in his dressing gown. A podcast first! (and last!).

I have been inspired by his programmes both as a teenager and as an adult, and he is instrumental in my interest in the night sky. He will leave a massive hole (maybe a black hole?) in science broadcasting, and will not be easily replaced on the Sky at Night.

Although our podcasts have vanished from their online home I have managed to put the Patrick Moore interview online, click the link below...

Words Fail Me Podcast interview with Sir Patrick Moore.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Words have finally failed us...

Words Fail Me at the Sony Nominations

As you have probably guessed by now we have brought the Words fail Me podcast to an end, I think the clue that it had had its day was when our Podbean subscription finished in May this year, and neither me, nor Dave, noticed!

I am afraid that none of the old podcasts are available online, they all vanished when we failed to pay our Podbean subscription! We had a fun two and a half years, met some amazing people, and got at least 300 downloads for every episode (The Mark Kermode episode was most popular though, with 600 downloads!)

The reasons for bringing it to an end were mostly geographically based, with Dave in the Westcountry and me up here in the South East, getting time to meet up was getting harder and harder, and we were trying to record two or three episodes at a time, which was draining, and left some episodes feeling flat.

Thank you all for listening these past years, we must of course thank Kat Arney of Talk in Colour for providing the title music, and to Podbean for hosting, and we must also thank the following list of guests, without whom the podcast would really have just been two men chatting...

Christoper Biggins
Mark Kermode
Sir Patrick Moore
Ted Sorensen
Jo Caulfield
Graham Taylor
Rick Wakeman
Sir Tim Rice
Ivan Mauger
Bill Pertwee
Peter Dixon
Karolyn Grimes
Robin Ince
Stephen K Amos
Dave Pegg
Zandra Rhodes
Eliza Carthy
Lady Elizabeth Anson
Mike Peters
Martyn Joseph
Corey Collymore
Richard Adams
Tony Hawks
Katie Hopkins
Paul Daniels
Peter Duncan

An amazing list when you see all those names together, and I must thank Dave who did the hard work and managed to secure interviews with almost all of the guests we have had!

Thanks again, see you in our next project!


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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Words Fail Me Podcast 26 - February 2012

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Words Fail Me Podcast at the Baftas

This month Dave and Neil are back in London, on the day of the BAFTA awards. Sadly our invites were not in the post, so we retreated to a noisy coffee shop in Convent Garden to record this months podcast.

Peter Duncan, in his car

Our Guest dictionary opener this month was Peter Duncan, ex-Blue Peter presenter, actor, and former Chief Scout. He chats to Dave about the Scout Movement, the importance of looking to the future, and the word 'only'.

Dave and Neil then go on to discuss Onions (this is an onion flower by the way), Haggling versus ONO, climbing steps and carefully avoiding the topic of One Night Stands.

Apologies for all the background noise, we will never learn! Download at itunes or here at Podbean

  Baftas 2012

This was the view of the BAFTAs being set up outside the coffee shop.

Thanks to Peter Duncan, his personal website can be found at and to Talk in Colour for the music, find out where you can see them at

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Words Fail Me Podcast 25 - January 2012

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It may only been a week since the last podcast went online, but we are back already!

In the first podcast of the New Year we visited the Comedy Pub in London, for no other reason than it was raining, and it looked nice and warm and dry.

Dave sorted a brilliant first guest dictionary opener for this month, none other than the magician Paul Daniels.

Paul Daniels

The interview was recorded just before the painful incident that recently got him in the news. Dave and Paul chat about how to do magic, the Olympics, the joys of being an entertainer and he even teaches Dave a new trick!

We then go on to talk about his chosen page, and the conversation covers topics such as the length of a novel, Super Nova and the concept of Nowhere.


Thanks again to Talk in Colour for the music, and you can find out where you can see Paul Daniels on his website.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Words Fail Me Podcast 24 - December 2011

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How late can a podcast be? Well here is your answer, the Words Fail Me Christmas special is released in mid January. Merry Christmas!

It's worth waiting for though, Dave and Neil revisit the British Library cafe and discuss words on a page of the dictionary chosen by Katie Hopkins.

Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins is known for being on the Apprentice and famously saying 'no' to Lord Sugar, and also took part in the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She chats to Dave about the meaning of celebrity, Christmas and Family.

Dave and Neil also give presents to each other, talk about typewriters and printing, and the most christmassy of all subjects... tyres.

Words Fail Me Podcast Dec 2011

Neil also has a bad joke day.

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Thanks again to Talk in Colour for the music, and to Katie Hopkins for opening our dictionary this month.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Words Fail Me Podcast 23 - November 2011

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Another month passes and it's that time again, a new episode of the Words Fail Me podcast! Dave and Neil return to Oxford this month to discuss Novembers page of the dictionary.

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This months guest dictionary opener is none other than author and comedian Tony Hawks, the fridgeman himself! Dave chats to Tony about his books being adapted into films, tennis, and the mystery woman...

tony hawks

Neil and Dave then pick up Tony's chosen page and do a few bird impressions, talk about Liverpudlians, and get attacked by Italians on bikes.

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As mentioned in the podcast here is a Little Grebe (with real sound effects!), and thanks to Talk In Colour for the music in this podcast.

Find out more about Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis at

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Monday, 31 October 2011

Words Fail Me Podcast 22 - October 2011

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Well that was close, it is just about still October, and the podcast is up just in time!

This month we visited the spiritual home of the Dictionary, Oxford. A coffee shop is our studio, and we discussed hummus, tails, U2 and Tai Chi.

Our guest this month was Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. Dave discusses all things rabbits, and Richard reveals what he thought of the film adaptation of his story.

Watership Down

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Podcast Episode notes...

Thanks to Adam, at Oxford University Press for letting us know about the Online Oxford English Dictionary, and the range available in the UK.

We can categorically say that Hummus does contain Tahini.

And, as usual, Dave is correct, the DC10 aircraft indeed has an engine on the tail!

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