Category Archives: History

Episode Fifteen: Live! From Ben’s Living Room! (March 30, 2012)

Two of the many historical signs around Edinburgh

Today we were recording in Ben’s living room, and unfortunately had some technological problems which is our excuse for the poor sound quality!

Mike Shmidt & Other Musical Trivia
By: Jake Barber
Jake offered him up to Ben’s whim today, and had his feature’s topic given to him right before he presented. It led to a discussion about Billy Ray Cyrus, and other nonsense.

Estrogen in Fish
By: Ben Garlick
Ben had a very-well original research piece today on the show about the history of estrogen in fish, a report that was definitely not entirely made up. From the early research of Bernard Matthews, to his later hanging in Luxembourg, Ben talked about it all. Then, Jake corrected just a few minor mistakes he had made.

Street Signs Around Edinburgh
By: Henry Hawkins
Based on a recent call for more historical plaques around Edinburgh, Henry talked about a few of the plaques around the city. Plaques for the Ratho murderer, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Charles Darwin, & The Hammer of the Witches are just a few of the many interesting plaques around the city that were highlighted on the show today.

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Episode Thirteen: Take This! (March 16, 2012)

Perhaps the most famous picture of Take That, everyone’s favourite pop superstars

Henry took the week off, so Ben and Jake were left to dedicate an entire show to everyone’s favourite pop sensations, Take That!

Take That Trivia
By: Jake Barber
Ben and Jake started things off with some Take That trivia, highlighting some of the lesser appreciated facts about Take That in a fun game. Jake threw some questions at Ben, who did astoundingly well, despite having to phone a friend at one point.

A Short History of Take That
By: Ben Garlick & Jake Barber
Jake and Ben then presented a detailed history of Take That, from its early formation, the departure of Robbie Williams, and their triumphant reformation and return to form. A brief review of all the Take That albums followed, breaking of course for some of the greatest (Take That) songs ever.

Listen [1:00:35]

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Episode Seven: Christmas (December 12, 2011)

The SPF Team in the Christmas spirit

This week we had a christmas special, looking at the history of Christmas, as well as playing lots of classic Christmas songs. Since it is also exam time, we didn’t have much to present this week, and instead rambled on for a while, occasionally about something geographic.

Contested Landscape of Christmas Lights
By: Ben Garlick
Ben discussed an article about Christmas light displays, and the class differences of display styles, with colours and size varying between neighbourhoods. He takes issue with it though, and tries to break down the ‘chav-bling’ stereotype of gaudy christmas displays.

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Episode One: Halloween (October 31, 2011)

The very first episode of SPF Edinburgh started with a discussion of the history of Halloween from its origins as a Celtic ceremony, the spread of Americanized Halloween culture, and the geopolitical context of horror films.

Jake brought us the week’s news, and Ben discussed the environmental song of the week, Oh, Larson B by British Sea Power.

We also had some problems with the station’s online feed, so this episode was never broadcast, and is an online-exclusive!

Listen: [56:56]

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