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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.

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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.

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    James Billington - The original 'Excellence of Execution'

    James Billington - The original 'Excellence of Execution'

    We here at Consistently Eccentric believe that you should always chase your dreams, even if those dreams are a bit morbid and disturbing. With that in mind meet James Billington who, as a child, dreamed of being able to hang fellow humans from the neck until dead.
    This week we will follow his struggles to land his dream job and the subsequent career he forged as a hangman without equal. We even have a special guest appearance from Victorian poisoner Dr Thomas Neill Cream!
    Guest Host: Ollie Green

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    • 59 min
    The Quakers vs York Asylum - Retreat can be the best form of attack

    The Quakers vs York Asylum - Retreat can be the best form of attack

    We return to the depressing world of Asylums this week, only this time in Yorkshire.
    Following an unexplained death one York Quaker will challenge the system by setting up his own version of a hospital for the mentally ill, one without restraints and where you aren't even purged regularly. I mean can you even call it healthcare? I bet he doesn't even embezzle.
    Guest Hosts: Jack and Harry Heathcote

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    • 49 min
    Flodden field part 2 - My cannon is bigger than your cannon

    Flodden field part 2 - My cannon is bigger than your cannon

    This week we are finally going to talk about the battle of Flodden Field, the biggest scrap between England and Scotland that has ever occurred (apart from Wembley 1977 obviously).
    And for the fans of our random snippets of unrelated conversations, we have added it to the end of this episode. Also, you are weird and we like you.
    Guest Host: Matt Hare

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    • 38 min
    Flodden field part 1 - Hammering together an Auld Alliance

    Flodden field part 1 - Hammering together an Auld Alliance

    We are heading into uncharted waters this week as we present the first part of a two part episode on the history of England and Scotland beating ten bells out of each other. In this episode we chart the beginnings of the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France.
    Special guest appearance from a plucky Wales!
    Guest Host: Matt Hare

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    • 43 min
    William Williams - Not willing to hang around in Cornwall but was fine to hang in the USA

    William Williams - Not willing to hang around in Cornwall but was fine to hang in the USA

    Meet William Williams, son of a Cornish miner of limited imagination. This week we will be following him as he chases his dreams across the ocean to the New World.
    Unfortunately those dreams are questionable and lead directly to his morbid claim to fame.
    Guest Host: Jack Heathcote

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    The First Ascent of the Matterhorn - Who needs preparation when you are young, rich and English?

    The First Ascent of the Matterhorn - Who needs preparation when you are young, rich and English?

    Welcome to the Golden Age of Alpine climbing (meaning the bit where the British were suddenly doing rather well at it) and the race for the last great unconquered summit; the Matterhorn.
    Join us as we follow a young Brit called Edward Whymper attempting to make a name for himself in the crowded field of Victorian adventurers and explorers by reaching the summit of a mountain thought by many to be un-climbable . He may not have supplies, he may not have a plan, he may very well have alienated most of the competent local guides but what he lacks in all of these important areas he makes up for in a strong desire to beat the Italians!
    Guest Host: Harry Heathcote

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