Episode 69: where do games come from?

It's back to school time, and as the summer draws to a close, chat turns to our memories of school days. How is it possible your hosts both know the same playground games and rhymes despite growing up in different parts of the country? Do you know them too? Did your school have a haunted tower?

Elsewhere, on a hot, noisy London roundabout, Roo and Leila are joined by snacklord Lee to try some of the most disappointing treats so far. Games, play, snacks, Bletchley Park, five finger fillet, deadly rollercoasters and more in this uncharacteristically on-message episode of Shift Run Stop.

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Posted: August 29th, 2013 | 3 Comments »



Episode 68: hot and sticky

Your hosts Roo and Leila are joined by treat-spert Lee for unusual snacks in Parliament Square. Chocolate melts and and baked goods become uncomfortably sticky under our scrutiny and the hot British sunshine.

Big news: Roo finally prepares to grow up.

Hark: is that the sound of wedding bells in Leila's future?

Plus: Big Ben, bum bags, hairdressers, Spar vs spa, sci-fi deadlines, and lots more.

Plan ahead: our next episode will include a Shift Run Stop commentary of X Files s01e03 ('Squeeze'), so acquire a copy soon if you want to watch along with us.

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Posted: July 25th, 2013 | 3 Comments »



Episode 67: Nat Buckley

natsmallThe beards theme continues in #67, an acoustically-diverse episode mixing cafe atmos, Other Podcasts, and a section recorded in a stairwell on a telephone. We chat to professional hacker (it's even on their business card) Nat Buckley about everything from Happenstance to Alarum to their hair and amazing dad. Digital Willy Wonka Lee Maguire returns with the latest from the snackfood front line. And we were interviewed about the podcast for Resonance FM's 'Little Atoms' show recently, weren't we? If you didn't catch it, don't worry, we've pasted all the best bits into this episode. All this, and therapeutic sounds too. Stick with us, you know it makes sense.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | 1 Comment »



Episode 66: Dogs and beards

What does a beard sound like? How do you pronounce 'Gif'? Which is the worst episode of the X Files? What's the political significance of Tab Clear? Which major US interactive festival do none of your hosts want to go to, ever? Find out in this brand new, hairier than average episode of Shift Run Stop. Warning: contains traces of puppy.

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Posted: March 14th, 2013 | No Comments »



Episode 65: Christmas Special

Ho ho ho! Were you good boys and girls this year? Hush your lips! Obviously you were, hence this wonderful present.

This year Lee Maguire joins us, and, like Magi of geek, the three of us bear anecdotes of obscure science fiction references and unexpected short-lived celebrity. The snacks don't disappoint, either. If you want to munch along at home for the 'full body experience', you will need: Haribo Jelicons, Walkers Sensations Szechuan Pepper peanuts, The Fantastic Fox's 'Magnificos' chilli & lime flavour, and Heston's spiced shortcrust mince pies from Waitrose. (If you get nothing else, get the mince pies. Trust us.)

Look out for listeners' jingles, some great geek stuff for you to WIN, a quiz that only works if you're over 30, and unique, specially-recorded sound samples from one of the world's oldest working computers, the WITCH, in action at The National Museum of Computing. You're welcome. Merry Christmas!

Linky Christmas: The National Museum of Computing | The WITCH | IBM tills map | Shift Run Stop Forum | Sarah Angliss (samples jingle) | Tom Stuart (BBC Micro "We Wish You A...") | PaulyG (jingle) | How to Fill a Black Hole by Benjamin Hendy (enter discount code 'shiftrunstop' at checkout for £1 off)

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Posted: December 13th, 2012 | No Comments »



Episode 64: Leila and Roo

Screen shot 2012-10-22 at 22.40.24Trick or treat? It's that time of year again, a time for celebrating all things spooky and autumnal, and sitting in silence in the living room with the lights off until they stop ringing the doorbell.

You're never alone with us though. As the soundtrack for your hallowe'en, we've made you a very different kind of episode – an episode in which your hosts chat to each other.

Learn about our compulsions and collections, hear our poetry, delight in our edible ancient astronauts, and play along at home with Roo's commuter hack tips. It's overdue and over there, packaged up ready for your ears, as spooky as a box of Jaffa Cakes.

(When you've listened to it all, why not send some food or other interesting things to the address we give out in the show? We'll talk about it, and perhaps you on the next episode.)

Link-well: Den of Eek | Roo's newsletter | Leila's newsletter | Boring 2012 (we're both speaking this year) | Leila's IBM tills map | Roo's collections | The SRS forum | @ShiftRunStop | Buy a tape of this episode, or any other.


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Posted: October 25th, 2012 | 1 Comment »