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Baffling, erudite, funny, vertiginously bizarre, digressive, obsessive, eccentric and poignant. Hooting Yard the home of legendary pamphleteer Dobson, Blodgett Marigold Chew, home of the picnic for detectives and location of the palace of Hoon.A splendid place, much cake is eaten there.Written and presented by Frank Key.

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Baffling, erudite, funny, vertiginously bizarre, digressive, obsessive, eccentric and poignant. Hooting Yard the home of legendary pamphleteer Dobson, Blodgett Marigold Chew, home of the picnic for detectives and location of the palace of Hoon.A splendid place, much cake is eaten there.Written and presented by Frank Key.

    Hooting Yard: The Big Metal Fence

    Hooting Yard: The Big Metal Fence

    Freakishly tall, draped in a soutane, my brain pounding, I found myself standing before a trench full of sludge. In each hand, I discovered I was holding a bucket of pungent goo. My feet were encased in sturdy plastic bootees and at least two pairs of socks. I squelched across the trench, each step expelling from the sludge noisome fumes that wafted in the air behind me, shimmering and stinking. After some minutes, I clambered on to the other side, and rested the buckets upon the ground. Sulphurous fires ablaze within my skull, I had made the crossing from LIFE into DEATH. Eternity was before me.

    The Big Metal Fence
    The Smelly Castle
    In a German Forest
    In Another German Forest
    Water-Parties

    This episode was first broadcast on December 1st 2012.

    • 29 min
    Hooting Yard: Live at Brewer’s Bar, Part 2

    Hooting Yard: Live at Brewer’s Bar, Part 2

     
    This audio was recorded (badly) at Brewer’s Bar, Dalston, London. 9th March 2016.

    • 43 min
    Hooting Yard: Live at Brewer’s Bar – Part 1

    Hooting Yard: Live at Brewer’s Bar – Part 1

     
    This audio was recorded (badly) at Brewer’s Bar, Dalston, London. 9th March 2016.

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    Hooting Yard: The Vagabonds’ Ragatta

    Hooting Yard: The Vagabonds’ Ragatta

    If you are lucky enough to get a non-counterfeit ticket and still be in possession of all your limbs, you are certainly in for a treat! Down to the riverside you go, past the field where the Picnic For Detectives is in full swing. The spectators’ area on the riverbank is muddy and sloshy and the stink of unnameable effluence wafts through the foul air. There are the rowing boats! They are empty, of course, at this stage, just before dawn on the day of the regatta. You tuck in to your official regatta snack of compressed reconstituted meat ‘n’ gristle slices on a bed of contaminated lettuce leaves in a basket. Headphones jammed into your ears, you listen to your iFry, tuned in to Stephen Fry’s pre-regatta commentary. In recent years there have been moves to replace Fry with someone less ubiquitous, but, as so many others have learned, resistance is futile. You slurp your can of Squelcho! You leaf through the official programme, sponsored by Dignitas, casting your eye over the beautifully-executed mezzotints of the vagabonds, reading up on their form.

    On The Vagabonds’ Ragatta
    On Ping Pong, Imagined
    Acknowledgements and Disclaimer
    On Not Having A Dog In The Fight

    This episode was first broadcast on the 4th October 2012.
     

    • 29 min
    Hooting Yard: On Natty Dread

    Hooting Yard: On Natty Dread

    Natty Dread. Like it or lump it, it has become clear to any thinking person that Emperor Haile Selassie, or Ras Tafari, was indeed a living god. Admittedly, the thinking done by those persons is conducted with brains ravaged by pot, but that does not make their thinking any less cogent. Well, it does, and perhaps they might think a teensy bit more cogently with clearer heads. But they would surely reach the same conclusions regarding Haile Selassie and Jah Rastafari and the escape from Babylon and all that business. Natty Dread indeed.

    On Gas Rig Monkeys
    On Natty Dread
    Black is the Colour
    The Spitting Mills

    This episode was first broadcast on the 9th August 2012.

    • 28 min
    Hooting Yard: On The Ground

    Hooting Yard: On The Ground

    We can go over now to our reporter on the ground, Praxiteles Hubbard . . . Prax, what is the situation there on the ground?


    On The Ground
    On The Krummhorn Man
    On Life Without Ducks
    High Strikes
    Correct Forms of Greeting

    This episode was first broadcast on the 2nd August 2012.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

G Friday ,

Great Storyteller, now found on Mixcloud

I am very disappointed that so few of Frank Key's Hooting Yard podcasts are archived here. They date back all the way to 2005. It's always worth listening to, though. Look for Key in print as well!

Elliott Rosewater ,

Excellent

Fantastically bizarre and wonderfully absurd.

The first thing that runs through your head is that you aren't sure what you've found, but that it was definitely missing in your life.

Bonita Laguna ,

My Favorite Podcast

Frank Key is the unappreciated genius of contemporary prose.

Absurdist and antirationalist, the world that Key has envisioned is an masterpiece of aesthetic creation. I eagerly await each and every offering in this podcast feed, hungering for more glimpses into Mr. Key's imagination.

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