Our Faves: What we’re listening to

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Our Faves: What we’re listening to

by | Apr 19, 2020 | Online Resources, Our favourites, Podcasts

We don’t know about you but we’re listening to more podcasts and music than ever before since going into lockdown! Anything to keep us sane! 

We thought now would be a good time to reignite the Our Faves blog we always promised! So here goes….

Audiobooks (from Jess)

I have listened to some brilliant audiobooks in the last couple of months. They’re my way of blocking out the inane mum stuff you have to do each day, making you feel like you still have time to read a book! You don’t. But you can listen to one! 

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell was brilliant. A layman’s take on the psychology behind why we respond to other people in the way we do, it was performed brilliantly and fascinating to listen to. It’s one of those books that always seems relevant and pops into my mind frequently. 

Fiction wise, my favourite two books recently have been Everything Under by Daisy Johnson and The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. Everything Under is not the most uplifting but it’s gripping and different and I really enjoyed it. I was actually looking for excuses to go and fold washing!

The Rosie Result is just amazing. I haven’t actually finished it yet but I’m loving it. It’s made me laugh out loud countless times, which I don’t often do, and yesterday it had me in tears. Books don’t get much better than that! 

Dermot Kennedy (from Nic)

I’m probably a bit late in writing this post as I’m pretty sure Dermot Kennedy is now a household name. 

But for those that have been living under a rock for the past 6 months Dermot Kennedy is an Irish Singer Songwriter who burst onto the scenes with ‘Outnumbered’ – a song I heard everywhere last year.

I was lucky enough to stumble across Dermot’s music in late 2018 when I heard the song ‘Lost’. It was one I instantly liked and had to listen to again straight away, His lyrics, his voice, the sound. It was all perfect and really struck a chord with me. I love it when that happens with a musician!

I was then thrilled when I heard he was performing at the Isle of White Festival last summer (no more of that this year….sob!). The sad part was that none of my friends had heard of him at that time so I went to see him with Auntie Kim (not my Auntie….we were at a festival, you know how it is) 

As a performer I couldn’t have asked for more. Between each song he took a few minutes to explain the inspiration behind his lyrics. He was almost better live, which I think is a rarity these days.

If you haven’t heard of him I’d definitely try and listen to his debut album ‘Without Fear’, you won’t be disappointed. He’s also very pleasing on the eye 🙂 


Podcasts (from Gem)

There are few things (apart from boozing, eating and sleeping) I prefer to do than listen to a podcast. It’s like having a chat with a coupl’a pals without having to open your mouth! I love it.

Here are some of my best picks at the moment:

For the laid back food lover: Off Menu Podcast – this one features funnymen Ed Gamble and James Acaster have a celebrity chat them through their dream meal. If you like thinking about food but don’t need Masterchef level intensity every day of your life – this is the poddy for you! Fave eps from me are Sindu Vee, Suzi Ruffell and Tom Kerridge. Very funny. 

For the amateur detective: The Teachers Pet sees an Australian journalist personally investigate the cold case of a missing mother and wife from the 90’s. This one was a total phenomenon in Oz whilst the episodes were being released weekly. More and more people came forward at one point that the journalist had more of a case than local police! A brilliant example of how modern communication changes everything. Super gripping.

For the perfect mix of celebrity, crime and tipsiness: Drunk Women Solving Crime – does exactly what is says on the tin! A group of funny pals get together with a celebrity, often in front of a live audience, to solve an interesting crime. One of them knows the outcome and the others have to guess. Sometimes the crimes are outlandish and ridiculous and sometimes they’re absolute nail biters, but as the hosts get further through their prosecco the predictions and guesses get more and more ridiculous. This is a bit of good old fashioned fun! 

We hope you guys are coping OK out there! If you’ve really enjoyed something you’ve read or listened to recently then let us know! We love a good recommendation! 

Jess, Nic & Gemma x