"The horse-shoe is the mystic symbol of the Wizard's Foot..."—Hargrave Jennings (1870)
As a welcome distraction from the media's wall-to-wall coverage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we present the second of TMR's new Movie Roundtable podcasts, in which we welcome back Frank Johnson and Mark Campbell for a lively, entertaining and revelatory discussion on the classic 1966 film Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
Well-known and well-loved, Batman : The Movie (as it's also known), continues to delight audiences around the world as, arguably, one of the finest comic movies of the 1960s. But what if—unknown to the vast majority of people—it turns out that this familiar movie also contains profound hermetic messages, buried deep within the thinly-veiled symbolism of its colourful screen play? The least likely candidate for such hidden doctrines, one might suppose; and yet maybe therein lies the secret of its power: to telegraph to The Powers That Should Not Be a Grand Plan—a blueprint for world domination ("Today Gotham City, Tomorrow The World" [?])—while the watching masses look on in ignorant bliss.
Applying some of the very principles of deduction depicted in the movie itself, and with careful reference to works by arch theosopher H. P. Blavatski, Rosicrucianism scholar Hargrave Jennings and classic anthropologist Sir James Frazer, we pick through the scenes of the movie and reveal much that has remained hidden (to the uninitiated) since its release in 1966.
Would you sip a drink made with elephant dung? Are you brave enough to perform DIY cat surgery? Will Uri Geller stop Brexit by the power of his mind? And will Frank Johnson raise enough cash through this evening's kickstarter to fund his expedition to the centre of the Doughnut Earth to look for jam?
These (and other important questions) are answered as we kick off 2020 here at TMR with our annual New Year's Eve show—a crazy roundtable chat with high-ranking members of The Fireside Nephilim Persons, the secret society affiliated to The Mind Renewed, Like Flint Radio and The Iron Show.
Join us—GK and Crusy (of Like Flint Radio), Johnny Iron (of the Iron Show), Jenifer Thyssen (classical singer), Frank Johnson (Doughnut Earth researcher), Mark Campbell (TMR's roving reporter), Jeff Bankens (strongman), Bob Purse (singer-songwriter), Mrs Trellis (from North Wales), Donald Trump (President of the USA), Chook (a chook from Down Under), Jeff Goldblum's Laugh and Yours Truly—as we put aside the cares of this world for two short hours and chat our socks off in aid of Frank's research.
"If you don’t usually vote, then vote unusually. Vote for me!"
For TMR's General Election Special—in anticipation of the UK General (S)election on 12th December—we welcome to the programme once again Alan "Howling Laud" Hope, leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
Back in 2017, "Howling Laud" joined us to discuss the history, aims and achievements of the UK's most well-known unconventional political party. This time we scrutinse the party's recently-published Election Manifesto and ask why it makes sense to "vote for insanity"—whichever party that happens to be.
In 1999, following the death of the party's founder Screaming Lord Sutch—who had led the party through its previous incarnations, such as "National Teenage Party" and "Go To Blazes Party"—OMRLP members voted for their new leader, choosing jointly a cat called Cat-Mandu and his owner Alan "Howling Laud" Hope. Although Cat-Mandu died in 2002 and now serves as one of the party's "spiritual leaders", "Howling Laud" proudly continues as the UK's longest-serving party leader.
"Things go missing. Things get moved from room to room. And things happen in the gardens. It's strange. One day there's a beautiful crop of something; the next morning 'tis all gone, or 'tis all rotten on the trees. How do you explain that?"—Madam Bell Caps
We are joined by our roving reporter Mark Campbell, who shares and discuss with us a fascinating interview he had recently with the 107-year-old Madam Bell Caps (a.k.a. Isabella Caps), one of the few surviving keepers of the Ooser tradition, whose grandparents—she insists—were witnesses to the Dorset Ooser itself.
Is the Ooser just a mask, traditionally used in "skimmity riding"? Or is there something more sinister behind that peculiar face—perhaps a spine-chilling reality that few are prepared to mention? Join us as we listen to Bell's captivating words and discuss in studio this rare—indeed exclusive—conversation.
Would you eat a "maggot bag" with a Nazi spoon? Is my antique chandelier secretly in love with Blum Jeffgold? Will Frank Johnson kickstart enough cash to research dinosaurs inside the doughnut Earth? And is it safe to fly a Rhodes-scholar-designed-wheelless-African-fixed-up-Russian helicopter with automagic pilot?
These, and other important questions, are answered as we kick off 2019 here at TMR in a friendly, entertaining (and sometimes borderline crazy) rounddiv chat with high-ranking members of The Fireside Nephilim Boys, a secret society affiliated to The Mind Renewed, Like Flint Radio and The Iron Show, which this year celebrates its very first female initiate.
Join us—Garth Kennedy, Andie Tyd and Crusy (all of Like Flint Radio), Mark Campbell (a.k.a. Campbell Adams and Ed Balsam-Clamp), Frank Johnson (of Spiderman hoodie fame), Jeff Bankens (strongman), the irrepressible Johnny Iron (of the Iron Show), Jeff Goldblum's Laugh and Yours Truly—as we put aside the cares of this world for two short hours and share items from the news in 2018 that tickled our chuckle organs.
"No one has even been given a chance to comment on this momentous publication, and yet it threatens to change the English language forever. Not only is this an affront to linguistic evolution, it's a shameless attack on democracy itself."—Ed BC
We are joined by Ed Balsam-Clamp, former UK Member of Parliament and (until recently) senior etymological consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary working committee, for an exclusive interview on his tireless efforts to blow the whistle on the forthcoming Oxford Brexish Dictionary, due to be published in March 2019 as the UK finally exits the European Union.
Happy New Year from Niburu and the Mariana Trench!
In place of our traditional "Fireside" with "The Nephilim Boys" to see in the New Year, we are joined by a subset of that august secret society—Frank Johnson (of Ancient Aliens Debunked) and Crusy (from Like Flint Radio)—for a conversation on the weird and wonderful subject of "Our Wacky Solar System : Planet X and the Theories that Love Him".
Later in the evening, the party is gate-crashed by an underwater Mark Campbell—whose second cousin's daughter's former best friend's uncle, Campbell Adams, appeared on the show last year to speak about Yarndling—and we end 2017 with that no-expense-spared champagne toast to the New Year as the clock strikes twelve.
"Hello everyone it's Uncle what are you been thinking some"—Uncle
For this fortnight's programme we are privileged to be joined by the co-hosts of Uncle (the podcast)—"the number one uncle-themed podcast online today"—namely, Uncle John and his nephew-in-law Aaron Franz.
Would it be accurate to call Uncle (the podcast) a comedy show? Close, but not quite right. Perhaps it's more a podcast "happening"? Possibly, but still not quite satisfactory. Or maybe all such attempts at categorisation are doomed to failure. Perhaps Uncle (the Podcast) is just one of those things that you have to experience.
"Uncle is the star of the show. Originally from New York City, he has lived many places throughout the years and now resides in Orange, CA. This podcast is a fun way for Uncle to cut loose and talk about anything and everything. In addition to presenting an infinite amount of topics this podcast also features audio clips taken from Uncle's daily life. Get to know Uncle by listening today."
"Vote for insanity! You know it makes sense."—OMRLP
We are joined by Alan "Howling Laud" Hope, the current leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, for an entertaining—yet oddly illuminating—conversation on the history, aims and achievements of the UK's most well-known unconventional political party.
In 1999, following the death of the party's founder Screaming Lord Sutch—(who had led the party through its previous incarnations, such as "National Teenage Party" and "Go To Blazes Party")—OMRLP members voted for their new leader, choosing jointly a cat called Cat-Mandu and his owner Alan "Howling Laud" Hope. Although Cat-Mandu died in 2002 and now serves as one of the party's "spiritual leaders", "Howling Laud" proudly continues as the UK's longest-serving party leader.
Was God an astronaut? Is there evidence that ancient peoples were visited by technologically-advanced aliens? Or are such ideas the imaginings of "an over-caffeinated bumblebee"?
This week we are joined by our good friend Frank Johnson of the Ancient Aliens Debunked blog for a casual and light-hearted chat on the subject of the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Long-term listeners will recognise Frank from his photograph here, and will recall that he has joined us twice before as one of The Fireside Nephilim Boys for our TMR New Year celebrations of 2016 and 2017.
Frank Johnson has for several years researched and written for Chris White's Ancient Aliens Debunked blog, and was involved in researching for Chris's "debunkumentary" Ancient Aliens Debunked.
This week we are joined by Graham of the excellent "FiveRedPears" YouTube channel, for a fascinating and entertaining discussion on contemporary Flat-Earth Theory.
We mostly discuss some of the more well-known flat-Earth proponets, such as Eric Dubay, Mark Sargent, jeranism and TheMorgile, and I ask Graham (a mathematics teacher by profession) to assess some of their key arguments, using the logic, observation and straightforward geometry so characteristic of his video presentations. Graham also explains why the standard, spherical Earth model is in every way to be preferred, and shares with us from his experience of interacting with people caught up in the flat-Earth scene.
The FiveRedPears channel—that "somehow ended up being mostly a flat-Earth debunking channel" but which (says Graham) may one day "disappear back into the festering, stagnant corner of social media that spawned it"—can be found here. (https://www.youtube.com/user/fiveredpears)
"The best news is, that we have safely found Our king and company; the next, our ship—Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split—Is as tightly yarndled and bravely rigg'd as when We first put out to sea."—The Tempest, William Shakespeare
This week we welcome the writer, educator and expert yarndler Campbell Adams, who joins us for an in-depth conversation on the ancient art of yarndling. (We are also grateful to the historian Dr. Chris Taverstock of New College, Cambridge for his invaluable contribution to this programme.) [This show was first published on April 1st, 2017.]
Campbell Adams was for many years President of the Ancient Order of Yarndlers in Walberswick, Suffolk, where he lives with his common-law wife and their twelve hairless cats. His books include Looking Through Binoculars at Yarndling (1987), Yarndlers in High Places (1995) and the controversial I Was Forced to Yarndle (2005). He has lectured on yarndling in schools and colleges across the UK and is researching his latest book, entitled Never Too Old to Sing the Yarndling Blues, an overview of yarndling folksongs from mediaeval times until 1967.
What if the moon is really a hologram? How many memes can dance on the head of a pin? Why hasn't Frank Johnson been abducted by the Nephilim Fairies? How many thylacines does it take to change a light bulb?
To kick off 2017 here at TMR we welcome back high-ranking members of The Fireside Nephilim Boys, a semi-secret society and multinational think-tank affiliated to Like Flint Radio, for another friendly and entertaining New Year roundtable chat. Joining together from diverse regions of the globe we look back over the last year and discuss pretty much anything that managed to get our collective goats during 2016.
Join us—Garth Kennedy (Australia), Frank Johnson (US), Cliff Garner (US), Jeff Goldblum's Laugh (US) and Yours Truly (UK)—as we discuss these and many other subjects and put the world to rights in just under ninety minutes.
To kick off the New Year here at TMR we welcome The Fireside Nephilim Boys—a multinational think-tank affiliated to Like Flint Radio—who join us from diverse regions of the globe for a friendly, entertaining and sometimes controversial roundtable chat about... well, pretty much anything that managed to get under our collective skin during 2015.
Is NASA hiding the truth about all our washing machines? Do missing socks hold the key to Nephilim reproduction? Was Jade Helm secretly organised by Turkish President Erdoğan as a means of distracting the US people from the dangers of termite-generated global warming? Join us—Garth Kennedy (Australia), Frank Johnson (US), Crusy (South Africa), Cliff Garner (US) and Yours Truly (UK)—as we discuss these (well, perhaps not precisely these) and many other subjects and put the world to rights in just under two hours.
To begin 2015 we welcome back Antony Rotunno for a relaxed and engaging discussion on the subject of "Truth Comedy". Why is comedy so powerful? Why is it able to open our minds to uncomfortable truths, both in the world around us and within our own minds? And what are its dangers? These and many other issues are explored as we discuss a wide variety of comedy and comedians, each aimed (in their various ways) at uncovering truth through the art of comedy.
Our discussion includes: the BBC comedy series Yes Minister, the 1970s movie Being There, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Spike Milligan, and much, much more...
We welcome again Pete Griffiths of Ex-Scientologists Ireland who joins us for an informative, entertaining and surprisingly musical update on the current state of the so-called Church of Scientology.
Covering everything from Lord Xenu and his frozen alcohol and glycol, through Arpen Polo's first song 3 million years ago, to an improbable music album featuring John Travolta and L. Ron Hubbard, Pete Griffiths guides us through the bewildering world of Scientology and its founder, and shares with us from his experience as an activist working to alert people to the dangers of this fast-declining organisation.