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Episode 23 – The Election Special – including a debate about the debate, and which wife we’d like to see in Number 10!

23/04/2010

Who is going to mend our broken politics? The BSB team, of course! Yes, having Sky Plus-ed the first prime-ministerial debate, we give it a vicious but at the same time balanced and impartial mauling, before touching on other election-related topics, such as which wife of a leader deserves an extra round of voting, and which policy gives us both the heebies, and indeed the jeebies.

Bullshit Bingo Episode 23

For want of a better visual representation of our latest episode, here are some snaps of the aforementioned leader’s wives (which is also a section in this month’s issue of Razzle, as far as we know…) to help you decide which one is the great woman behind an average man.

And in case you fancy working out which party you should really vote for, pop over to this little site, which cunningly disguises the parties behind their policies.

voteforpolicies.org.uk

As always, give us your thoughts, leave us your comments, and remember to vote BSB on 6th May!

Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy…

29/06/2009

As an aside to Episode 18, this is what the BSB team watched a couple of weeks ago as a kind of comedy warm-up for the recording process. Even though we had no idea who Louis CK was until we saw it, we think it’s very funny indeed, and has a kind of zeitgeist-defining quality that sums up a lot of things about the modern world and Western society.

If you feel as philosophical (and perhaps pessimistic) about this kind of thing as we do, and you also don’t mind reading something that includes franky made-up words like ‘millenarianism’, you may also want to check this out.

Corporate speak – an apology and a bonus or two

18/03/2009

You remember when last month we asked for your examples of corporate speak? We promised – promised, I tell you! – that Episode 16 of BSB would feature a lengthy, insightful and at the same time amusing discussion around the topic, but I’m afraid to say that we have let you down. We did talk about corporate speak over our usual bottle of wine, pasta-based evening meal and fancy dessert, but when it came to editing together Episode 16, for reasons of brevity, levity and, er, something else ending in ‘evity’, the item was consigned to the proverbial cutting room floor.

We feel so ashamed about this that we’ve decided to grant you two extra-special bonus items, namely the aforementioned corporate speak discussion, in glorious mono, with all jingles and stuff to make it sound more fancy, and a very long list of the latest in corporate bullshi…er, I mean management terminology, hot off the presses of the Local Government Association.

Click, listen, read and enjoy:

*The BSB Bonus – Corporate Speak!*

WORDS AND THEIR ALTERNATIVES

Across-the-piece – everyone working together
Actioned – do
Advocate – support
Agencies – groups
Ambassador – leader
Area based – in an area
Area focused – concentrating on the area
Autonomous – independent
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DO YOU SPEAK MANAGEMENT-SPEAK?

02/02/2009

Hopefully you don’t. Because then you’d be like this man:

david07

We want to know what the word is in your office. Literally. Apparently, everyone at the BBC has suddenly started talking about “scoping” and “de-scoping” things. You know, projects, marriages… Which begs the question why? whatever do they mean?

The world has come a long way since blue-sky thinking, peeps. Although not so far that they’ve been able to take it offline. So we want to know what supremely irritating phrases or words are doing the rounds out there, in the Real World Of Work*, right now. Let us know in a comment below. And we’ll scope it, or de-scope it, in the next podcast.

*Because I work from home, and quite frankly, can only speak in internet-speak. OMG! See?

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN?

02/02/2009

But enough about you. Where were we when? And by when, we do of course mean: during earth-shatteringly important world events. Such as: Live Aid. Lennon being shot. Live Aid being shot. Lennon being on Live Aid. Etcetera.

In Episode 15, Andrea raves about being in Washington for Barack Obama’s inauguration, Tom reveals his childhood take on Charles and Diana’s wedding, Eddie reminisces about Nelson Mandela’s release from prison – he never did get that nail file back – and Sean… well, Sean was hit hard by this moment:

buster-tyson

Aww.

NEW YORK, LONDON, PARIS, MUNICH…

24/11/2008

nyc1…everybody’s talking about which is the most polite city.

New York topped a recent survey to find the most polite city in the world – no, really – while our own beloved London scored rather poorly.

The BSB team discuss their experiences of the Big Apple, the Big Smoke, and the Big Hello Kitty. Or whatever Tokyo is known as.

Which city has Sean found to be the most helpful whenever his bike breaks down?

In which city did Eddie get asked for money in rhyme?

And where did Tom hear nothing but praise for Londoners (clue: it wasn’t in London)?

Listen to Episode 13 to find out!

Photograph taken by Andrea, on one of her many trips to New York where people were unfailingly polite to her.

MODERN INVENTIONS – GOOD OR BAD?

20/10/2008

Sat Nav’s great – but will anyone under 25 ever be able to read a map (or know that Slough’s not that far from Maidenhead)? Digital cameras are great – but in the hands of teenage girls, they’re narcissistic weapons of mass social networking destruction.

The Bullshit Bingo boys discuss whether modern inventions are good or bad… and seem to fall down on the side of ‘bad’. Up for discussion: mobile phones, travelcards, iPods and warm air hand-driers. But what’s Orville The Duck got to do with it?

Apart from looking like he’s been put through a warm air hand-drier, that is?

*CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 12*

EPISODE 11 – BOARD GAMES, CONSPIRACY THEORIES, FILM THEME SONGS – AND OLYMPIC ATHLETES WE FANCY

31/08/2008

The name’s Thompson. Daley Thompson.

It’s the August podcast – and Tom’s missing. Has he been kidnapped by aliens? No, because that would be a conspiracy theory, and we don’t believe those.

Yes, we’re back – back! – and this month, we’re pontificating about the greatest ever film theme songs, the most believable conspiracy theories, the board games we used to know and love, and the athletes we know and would love to do.

Technical note: because Tom is our technical guru, Andrea and Sean had to learn how to record and edit this podcast using Fisher Price’s My First Podcasting Software – so it sounds ever-so-slightly different from our usual episodes. Hopefully, however, we still retain our charm.

*Click here to listen to this month’s podcast*

Please leave comments and tell us what you think. And who you’d like us to discuss schtoofing next time.

Yours with a licence to podcast,

The BS Bingo crew (three-quarters thereof)

CONSPIRACY THEORIES: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. SOMEWHERE.

31/08/2008

To promote the new X Files movie I Want To Believe, a poll of British adults shows that they want to believe… any old rubbish.

Did the American government orchestrate 9/11? Was Princess Diana murdered? Were the moon landings faked? Is Lindsay Lohan for real?

Discuss.

EPISODE 9 – PILFS, NEW SINS, FOOD THAT TIME FORGOT – AND ACTORS THAT WE FORGOT

13/06/2008

We’re on iTunes!  And we’re celebrating with a new format.

From now on we’ll be compiling and discussing quirky cultural lists designed to entice your opinions.  For example, in this month’s episode we list PILFS (see below), food that time forgot, a bunch of 21st century sins and actors whose careers never lived up to their early hype.

*Click here to listen to this month’s podcast*

And *click here* to get our monthly episodes via iTunes.

Enjoy, comment and spread.

The BS Bingo Crew