Episode 80: splendid isolation

Skype-20200410-222042Isolation continues, but we continue to defy the microbe by finding fresh ways to connect with you across the airwaves. This time we take to live-streaming service Twitch for a special interactive episode of Shift Run Stop. Obviously it's not live now, but don't worry if you missed it: next time you're washing your hands just shout any questions or thoughts for us down the plughole. Alternatively, bang them out in morse code on the radiator pipes. We won't hear you, but it'll feel more interactive, and apparently that's the main thing these days.

If you don't know Twitch, we're basically on a video call in this episode, responding to things people are typing into the chat box. And if you missed the live session but are intrigued by the format and would like more like this, let us know and we'll see what we can do. Mind-blowing livestream format aside, the content is really just the classic ingredients of an SRS episode cake: lego, 8-bit games, sci-fi, quizzes, snacks and silliness. Enjoy!

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Posted: May 18th, 2020 | No Comments »



Episode 79: lockdown special

It's been a long time, but like your geek guardian angels or an unwanted announcement from a Government official, Leila and Roo can always be relied upon to emerge at times of crisis to interrupt your day. Whether you're staying in at home or staying in at home, this special isolation edition of Shift Run Stop is for you. No pandemic can stop us (though a couple of years of completely normal life apparently could). Sit back, relax, and allow us to fill your empty toilet roll holders with reams of pillowy, comforting nostalgia. Soft, strong and long, tear off as required: Red Dwarf, the X Files, movie chat, a quiz, and a visit from gaming royalty...


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Posted: April 3rd, 2020 | No Comments »



Episode 78: Easter special 2018

The ice is retreating, finally. To celebrate Aslan's return, your hosts gather in a pub at a noisy train station on one of the snackiest times of the year, with chocolate animal parts, questionable caramel, and a surprisingly tricky Easter-themed movie quiz, specially created for Roo, by Leila and Lee. With only a gossamer thread linking most of the questions to the theme, you're challenged to play along at home. How much do you know about Howard the Duck, Donnie Darko and Chicken Run? Egg-cellent.


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Posted: March 31st, 2018 | No Comments »



Episode 77: Christmas special 2017

What’s that I hear? Is it sleigh bells in the distance? Well, clear the snow off the roof and put a sherry out for Leila and Roo, and a carrot out for Lee, because another Shift Run Stop Christmas Special is about to land, and we’re ready to force some goodies down your ear chimney.

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For the first time since, let’s face it, last year’s Christmas special, your ageless hosts meet in a top London location to catch up. Join us as we eat a Santa’s sack full of snacks, take some listener questions, and take part in a geeky Christmas quiz. Keep sending in your snacks, questions and ideas, and we’ll try to get more than one episode out in 2018.


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Posted: December 14th, 2017 | No Comments »



Episode 76: Christmas special 2016

IMG_9528Yes, OK, it's been a little while. Alright a big while. Other podcasts have come and gone. World leaders have come and gone. But wait patiently enough, resist the urge to unsubscribe on iTunes, and when you least expect it there we suddenly are, streaking across your downloads like "dirty snowball" Halley's Comet, grit, chocolate wrappers and the stench of ammonia following in our wake. Thanks for sticking around.

It's Christmas, so top of the agenda, naturally, is the new Independence Day movie, and what could be more festive than some standard American confectionary you can buy all year round at WH Smith?

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Roo finds the snacks, Lee find the films, Leila finds a submarine listening station, we all answer listener's questions, plus much more in this special, festive, hour-long reunion.

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Posted: December 12th, 2016 | 109 Comments »



Episode 75: novelty automata and serious snacking

Yes, alright, it's been a while, but we're back with an earnest pledge to try to produce at least two shows this year.

There are snacks, sickness and surprises, and Lee joins us again, of course.

There's talk of fatherhood, films and the Marvel universe, a Minority Report from physicist Alby Reid, a real life field trip to Tim Hunkin's wonderful new Novelty Automation gallery in London, an incredible gift from a listener, and some very special music by our pal LJ Rich...

More photos from this episode over on Leila's Flickr.


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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 | 2 Comments »