Blogcast #4 | Cabin Pressure


I’ts Friday again and I’d like first to apologise for the lack of blogcast last week, but it’s been a bit hectic with the holidays, so I thought I’d start again this week.

I’m going to make a few blog posts regarding books and audiobooks in the next couple of days, because I’ve been listening to some great audiobooks. I finished Anna Kendrick’s biography, Scrappy Little Nobody, I listened to Matilda read by Kate Winslet – which is fantastic – and I’m currently listening to The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer. I still haven’t posted about the three books I bought in December, because there’s still one in the mail on its way to me, but as soon as it arrives I’ll post a picture on the blog and on instagram.

The book I am currently reading is The Song Of Achilles. I’ve finished My Lady Jane, which is an hilarious book, on the last day of Decmber and I managed, therefore, to complete my Goodreads challenge of 24 books in 2016. It wasn’t exactly a fantastic amount of books read, I know, but I like to set plausible goals. I started late last year so I’m aiming for 30 books in 2017, but secretly – well, not so secretly anymore – hoping that I’ll break that mark. But if I do thirty I’ll be happy.  We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted about that as well.

Now, on to this week’s blogcast! I bring you Cabin Pressure!

TRJ Blogcast #4 (Youtube)

TRJ Blogcast #4 (Soundcloud)



Blogcast #3 | John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme

After last week’s introduction to radio shows on the blogcast, when I spoke about Wooden Overcoats, it’s time to start talking about John Finnemore.

First, and because series six is coming to BBC Radio 4 next week, I bring you John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.

Here, have a listen, and I hope you enjoy it!

TRJ Blogcast #3 (Youtube)

TRJ Blogcast #3 (Soundloud)

You can join me on twitter on the 27th to listen to series 6, here.



Here are the links to all of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme social media:


John Finnemore: twitter*blog


Carrie Quinlan: twitter*site

Lawry Lewin: twitter*site

Margaret Cabourn-Smith: twitter*site

Simon Kane: twitter*blog


Ed Morrish: twitter*site

Blogcast #2 | Wooden Overcoats

Radio is one of those things which accompany us throughout life. One of my first memories as a child is of a raspy-voiced Bryan Adams singing Everything I do I do it for you blaring from our old radio back at home. None of my parents was a music geek because none of them was weird about enjoying music, although my mother was a huge Júlio Iglesias fan and my father did have a collection of vinyls and a record player that became an entertainment to me, until the day I broke it and was no longer able to listen to Stevie Wonder calling just to say I love you.

It wasn’t until I moved to Belgium, though, that I actually realised the worth of a good radio station. I’m not trying to lecture Belgian radio stations on how to run themselves – yes I am – but they do suck. You get news every half an hour (seriously, news don’t change that often, specially when the main subjects are the weather and fries), and getting trafic news every twenty minutes is a bit of an overreaction; then there’s some advertising in between, some prattle between the hosts, and only then, if you’re lucky – mostly, you aren’t – good music. Are Portuguese radio stations better than this? Yes, they are, though we lack the diversity of British radio stations – which is the whole point of this article, so I may as well get to it.

Before moving to Belgium I had no regular internet access – talk to my parents about it – so when I got here and suddenly had a whole world of wideweb, it was heaven. I started to realise the possibilities of surfing on the internet (do they even use this expression nowadays?), although mostly I understood procrastination on a deep level. Still, I ended up on tumblr; I was a fan of BBC Sherlock even before that – I didn’t have internet access back home but I DID own a TV, thanks for asking (I do not own one now, though) – and for a Sherlock fan, tumblr is a bit like a place for cult meetings. People who actually like the same thing as you and are willing to discuss it??? In the same weird way as you??? Sign me up! So I did.

The beauty of the internet – and its biggest flaw sometimes – is that it is very often a spiral of information. Who hasn’t researched Finding Nemo on wikipedia, ending up knowing more about conspiracy theories than about Nemo itself? It was a simmilar situation that got me into radio shows.

The name John Finnemore appeared on my dash because Benedict Cumberbatch (a.k.a. Sherlock) was on one of the shows he wrote for radio. I was curious, so I checked that Cabin Pressure show out. A happy accident. In the end, I couldn’t really care less if Cumberbatch was or not on the show: everything Finnemore wrote was too good on its own. Not only Cabin Pressure, either, but EVERYTHING. From then on I started looking for more things to listen to: comedy and audio drama, podcasts, even audiobooks.

So, this is an article about radio shows. I never knew that a bunch of people being dramatic on radio could be so entertaining, yet now I get as excited for a new promising radio show as I get for a new book (plus, Sherlock only airs every two years and I need to while away the time in between).

This said – well, written – in this second blogcast I begin a series of episodes about my favourite radio dramas/comedies and about podcasts, in more detail. I hope you enjoy it.

You can listen to it on these links:

TRJ Blogcast #2 (Youtube)

TRJ Blogcast #2 (Soundcloud)


Now look here are the links to all of Wooden Overcoats’ social media!

Official Site 





David K. Barnes: site * twitter


Andy Goddard: twitter

John Wakefield: site*twitter


Beth Eyre: twitter*site*instagram

Ciara Baxendale: site*twitter*instagram

Felix Trench: site*twitter*instagram

Tom Crowley: site*twitter*instagram*tumblr




How About A Blogcast?


It’s Friday again and with it comes another blog post. And a new idea. But first things first.

It’s not like we need an excuse to buy ourselves a present but, in need of one, Christmas seems a good a reason as any. If we can help charity while treating ourselves, it seems too perfect to be truth, right? It isn’t.

Humble Bundle has joined forces with Neil Gaiman, to present us with a bundle of rare and /or no longer edited books by the author, in a pay what you want approach. If you go to the link bellow you can get 8 books for as little as $1, 20 books for $8 or, – go wild! – 25 books for $15 or more, two of which are audio books and you get Gaiman himself reading for you. What’s best: the money goes to charity. So, not only are you getting e-books (PDF/Epub/Mobi) for your own entertainment, you’re actually doing a good deed to free your soul from sin – all at a bargain.

Here is the link to buy it:

Now, on to the blog. I’ve decided to change the blog format or, rather, add something different to it. From now on, alongside the writing, I’ll publish a blogcast. Basically, an audio version of this blog. That will allow me to have some fun, use my recorder and do two of the things I like the most: talking, and talking about things I love.

Here is the link to the first… hum, episode?

TRJ Blogcast #1 (Soundcloud)

TRJ Blogcast #1 (Youtube)

I hope you enjoy it and I’ll write again next Friday!