Golden Grenades is a weekly podcast about birds and those who worship them, all set against the heart-warming, upbeat backdrop of the end of the world. Each week, YOLOBirder chats to a special guest about their five favourite birds, one of which must enter a best bird duel against the mighty peregrine falcon! Twitter: @YOLOBirder. Artwork, music, bells and whistles by Will Rose.
Episode 28: Samuel West
53:44YOLOBirder's guest on Golden Grenades in this new episode is actor and sometimes director Samuel West. He’s played Hamlet and Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jeffrey Skilling in Enron in the West End and the voice of Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmations II. His television work includes Slow Horses, The Crown, Small Axe, Mr Selfridge and his films include Darkest Hour, Suffragette, Van Helsing and Howards End. He plays Siegfried Farnon in the new TV adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. As a narrator, he has appeared with all the major British orchestras. Sam is an Associate Artist of the RSC and a trustee of the Campaign for the Arts. In his spare time he grows chillies and goes birdwatching. Twitter: @exitthelemming Mastodon: https://mas.to/@exitthelemming
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Episode 27: Hector Gannet
43:55YOLOBirder's guest on the podcast this time is North Shields born singer/songwriter Aaron Duff, who works both solo and with his full band under the name Hector Gannet. Aaron talks about his five favourite birds, the five species that he would protect above all others when the environmental apocalypse arrives. We chat about how he started in music, his connection to the natural world, and the birds he would include in an all-bird band! Birds that mean home, the bird that "writes all his own stuff", the bird with the "slicked-back hairstyle" and the bird that seems "as hard as nails"! Hector Gannet's new album The Land Belongs To Us arrives on Jan 27th 2023 – On limited edition coloured vinyl, standard vinyl, CD, digital formats. Exclusive bundles available, a gig on an island, take part creating a Hector Gannet video, special celebratory gig on release day. Head to the Bandcamp page for more info. https://hectorgannet.com/ https://hectorgannet.bandcamp.com/music
Episode 26: Brian Briggs
44:03YOLObirder's guest in the post-environmental apocalyptic wasteland is Dr Brian Briggs, a conservationist and musician on a lifelong quest to tune into the natural world. Brian is both a manager of an internationally important nature reserve, and the singer/songwriter for the band Stornoway. Stornoway were the first unsigned band to appear on Later… With Jools Holland and have subsequently toured worldwide and enjoyed main stage appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Isle of Wight. Stornoway's three acclaimed albums and three EPs combine Brian's two great passions of music and nature and their most recent, Bonxie, entered the UK Charts inside the Top 20 and featured the songs of twenty different species of birds. ‘I am a nature manager but I don’t manage nature - I nudge it and fight it and kick it about on a small scale, but really it manages me and my days - it is my church, and its power shapes and drives everything I do’ In this episode Brian talks about using birdsong in his music, having seabirds in his bath and the time finding a rare bird led to the deployment of riot vans! Stornoway online Stornoway Youtube Stornoway on Twitter Stornoway on Instagram
Episode 25: Kerrie Gardner
42:21YOLOBirder is back with a brand new Golden Grenades episode with the fantastic artist, writer and all round nature lover Kerrie Gardner. Kerrie is a nature inspired artist and writer living in Devon who likes to dabble in a variety of crafts. Before becoming self employed she worked as an ecologist and prior to that was an environmental educator with the Dorset Wildlife Trust. She contributed to the BTO's Red Sixty Seven book and has written for Penguin, discussing the loss of biodiversity in the UK over the past 70 years. Kerrie talks to Kit about her five favourite birds, particularly those that look like foliage, and why she has a tendency to load dead animals into her wheelbarrow! Do follow Kerrie on Instagram and Twitter to see her wonderful artwork, which is available to buy on her online shop (links below): Kerrie's website is here Kerrie's art shop is here Instagram: kerrie_doodles Twitter: @kerriedoodles Thanks for listening! Golden Grenades is a DIY, independent and unsponsored podcast without any funding. If you like the podcast and feel like leaving us a small tip here towards our expenses it would be greatly appreciated :)
Episode 24: City Girl in Nature
37:43YOLOBirder's special guest on the increasingly infrequent Golden Grenades podcast is Kwesia, AKA City Girl in Nature. Kwesia is from South East London, and her experience of the outdoors growing up was playing football on the streets with dustbins for goalposts. She developed a secret interest in nature documentaries, and did not expect that a visit to her youth club from the British Exploring Society would change her life... Now Kwesia is on a quest, through her "nature connection activism", to share her story with other young people to help them experience the benefits of the wild world too. Please donate to Kwesia's crowdfunder here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/city-girl-in-nature City Girl in Nature website: http://citygirlinnature.com/ City Girl in Nature YouTube Channel Twitter https://twitter.com/citygirlnature Instagram https://www.instagram.com/citygirlinnature/?hl=en --- Howdy! Thanks for listening! The podcast has been of a bit of a hiatus, but fear not! We've set up a Ko‑fi page to hopefully raise some funds to pay for Zoom Pro to make recording further episodes so much easier. Tips massively appreciated!
Episode 23: Jamie Dunning
42:37After a bit of a hiatus, Golden Grenades is back! Joining YOLOBirder this time is ornithologist, Jamie Dunning. Jamie is working on his PHD at Imperial College on the social lives of House Sparrows, has discovered that Puffins' bills fluoresce and has an amateur project on the go on Twite in England. Some of us are interested in birds, but Jamie has taken it to the next level! Contains the birds that led to the creation of the Muppets, birds that go to the pub and the bird that keeps Jamie awake at night!
Episode 22: Nicola Chester
42:30In this episode of Golden Grenades nature writer Nicola Chester discusses her work and recently published memoir, On Gallows Down. Why do people keep giving her dead things in a Bag For Life? Which bird would she like to rename the Spangle Speaker? And which species did she use to spook armed American servicemen? Have a listen to find out!
Episode 20: YOLOBirder and Will Rose
40:36For the final episode of the second series, YOLOBirder is joined by his Golden Grenades partner-in-crime Will Rose for a bit of last day of term, bring-a-toy-in, do-no-work tomfoolery. Includes unacceptable bird tattoos, coot skills and Will flips the table on Kit making him reveal the five species of bird he would choose to survive the environmental apocalypse.