44 episodes

Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined.

Presenter: James Ward

Updated: Weekly

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    • Society & Culture

Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined.

Presenter: James Ward

Updated: Weekly

    # 43 - The Sounds of Computer Games Loading

    # 43 - The Sounds of Computer Games Loading

    James Ward introduces another curious talk about a subject that may seem boring, but is actually very interesting.... maybe.

    The clunk and click of the datasette machine. The white noise of the tape loading. The strange and compelling soundtrack of the loading music.
    The author and video game Keith Stuart remembers the forgotten whirrs and clicks that made up the soundtrack of his youth.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Contributor: Keith Stuart
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 14 min
    #42 - The Lexicon Of Breakups

    #42 - The Lexicon Of Breakups

    James Ward introduces another curious talk about a subject that may seem boring, but is actually very interesting.... maybe.

    In 2011, comedian Rosie Wilby was dumped by email. (Though she did feel better about it after correcting her ex’s spelling and punctuation).
    Obsessing ever since about whether technology has enabled abrupt endings to relationships, she discovered an entire new language. But what are ghosting, breadcrumbing, submarining, pocketing, benching and curving?

    Rosie Wilby is a comedian and presents The Breakup Monologues podcast.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Contributor: Rosie Wilby
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 15 min
    #41 - Pencils

    #41 - Pencils

    James Ward introduces another curious talk about a subject that may seem boring, but is actually very interesting.... maybe.

    Brian Mackenwells is passionate about pencils. In this Boring Talk he shares his passion for good pencils.
    He talks us through their history, and explains why having a good pencil gives you a pleasurable 'small pivot point that can change your whole mind set'. He also talks us through his favourite pencils, and shares the very personal reason that he can't part with one particular pencil in his collection.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Contributor: Brian Mackenwells
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 27 min
    #40 - Thank You (again)

    #40 - Thank You (again)

    James Ward says thank you for listening to series two and chooses the best numbers from each of the talks.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 1 min
    #39 - Doormats

    #39 - Doormats

    Can a doormat actually increase the value of your property by £30k?
    Alex Baxevanis explains all in his study of the doormats from his block of flats.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Contributor: Alex Baxevanis
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 13 min
    #38 - Markham Moor Roof

    #38 - Markham Moor Roof

    Just off the Markham Exit on the A1 motorway lies an architectural wonder. Ed Carter shares his love for an unusual roadside roof, with help from a whistle or two.

    Presenter: James Ward
    Contributor: Ed Carter
    Producer: Luke Doran

    • 15 min

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