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57 minutes | Feb 3, 2023
Suffragettes - Or, why you will be able to vote in 11 years
This week Evie is learning all about how women gained the right to vote in the UK (as well as how they lost the right in the first place). It is a tale of steadily increasing tension with an inspiring cast of characters and a surprise twist-ending that no one could have predicted. With special guest appearances from Winston Churchill and the Daily Mail (neither of whom come off well). Deeds Not Words! Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
64 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
Black Dogs of Britain - What is it with the Devil and bridges?
This week we are entering the world of British Folklore to look at some of the many accounts of supernatural Black Dogs that have troubled good God-fearing people since at least the middle of the 14th Century. So prepare for tales of blood, flame, mind-bending terror and a lord of darkness seemingly obsessed with building civic infrastructure. Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
66 minutes | Jan 6, 2023
George Wombwell - A man who saw the natural world purely in terms of profit margins
To start the new year we are dipping a toe into the world of the late-Georgian/ early-Victorian world of the travelling menagerie. Caravans of cages that offered the people of Britain their only opportunity to see animals from different continents. Possibly the most successful of these pre-zoo proprietors was George Wombwell, a man who traded in a shoe making business in Soho to start his own travelling menagerie in 1810. But did 40 years of travelling in close quarters with some of the most awe inspiring animals ever lead him to question if his business was ethical? You better believe it didn't! Guest Host: Emma Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
84 minutes | Dec 23, 2022
Colonel Thomas Blood - All I want for Christmas is an extensive range of Irish estates
For a special extra-long Christmas episode come with us into the swashbuckling world of Colonel Thomas Blood. A protestant Irish landowner who was determined to keep alive his family legacy. Claiming things he hadn't technically been entitled to by cosying up to whoever was in power at the time. But when the powers that be took away his lands and titles Thomas decided that he would just cut out the middleman, arrange a quick coup and make himself ruler of a country (preferably Ireland, but any country would do at a pinch). What followed was a decade of daring escapades that made Thomas the king of all traitors in the British Isles. All he really needed to confirm it was a crown of his very own.... Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44 minutes | Dec 16, 2022
John Snow - The smell of that poo might knock you out, or will it?
This week we are discussing the most deadly disease of the 1800s and the self-made doctor from the poorest part of York who set out to defeat it. John Snow may have been born into filthy conditions but he grew up to be a poster boy for clean living. A vegetarian teetotaller who regularly attended church, he seemed like the kind of guy you would listen to when he suggested that contaminated water might be the cause of Cholera... You know, as long as posh London doctors wouldn't discriminate based on what class someone was born into. Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Dec 9, 2022
Isabella Bird - It is a rocky road to freedom when you are a Victorian woman
It's time to book passage on a steamship (of questionable reliability) this week, as we follow in the wake of Isabella Bird, a Victorian travel writer for whom staying at home was literally bad for her health. Born into a rich family Isabella would almost certainly have lived as a respectable, if boring, upper-class Victorian housewife, but luckily for her she developed a spinal tumour and was prescribed travel by her doctors as part of her recovery. This sparked a lifelong love of going places and writing about what she saw. Which would see her visiting five continents, observing many buff young men and even managing the most impressive feat of all. Being accepted as competent by Victorian men! Guest Host: Emma Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Emperor Norton - Who says America should be a republic?
This week we are learning all about the relative nature of mental illness with Joshua Norton. A man born in Kent who decided to promote himself to Emperor of the USA after an unfortunate incident with Peruvian Rice. Join us as we travel from the UK to South Africa and beyond before settling in San Francisco to look at how one of the most liberal cities in America was happy to accept the rule of an Emperor from England for over 20 glorious years. Featuring Freemasons, false arrest and a dog called 'Bummer.' Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
53 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
The Spanish Armada - Let's settle our religious differences... with full scale Naval warfare!
This week we discuss what happens when former siblings-in-law have a disagreement, and access to hundreds of warships. Following the death of Queen Mary, her former husband, King Philip of Spain, was determined to continue the enforcing of Catholicism in England by moving on to Mary's half-sister (and new Queen) Elizabeth. When she rebuffed his advances, he did not take it well. Leading to a decades long spat that eventually escalated to Philip deciding that his only option was to plan an all out invasion of England. The resulting marine mobilisation has become known to history as The Spanish Armada, a sea based army that surely could not fail... Right? Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
68 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Borley Rectory - A ghost story full of Bull
We are venturing into Essex this week to explore the tale of the most haunted house in England! Borley Rectory may have only been build in the mid Victorian era but it's holy custodians were convinced that it was a hotbed of paranormal activities. Join us as we discover ghostly nuns, spectres in dressing gowns and all manner of poltergeist shenanigans over the course of nearly a century. Featuring special guest star, Harry Price! Guest Host: Emma Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Ulric Cross - How to be overqualified, no matter the job
We are heading off to warmer climes this week. To the island of Trinidad, in order to meet Ulric Cross, a man who can claim to have both helped to preserve and dismantle the British Empire. After seeking adventure as part of the RAF in WWII, Ulric yearned to reinvent himself as a lawyer. Struggling for opportunities in England he accepted an invite to head over to West Africa to help in the process of disentangling brand new nation states from their colonial pasts... Which was sure to be a relatively simple task, surely? Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
39 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
A quick tour of Henry VIII's wives - Quantity is never a replacement for quality
We are going a bit more in depth than the rhyme everyone knows this week to give Evie a primer on the love life of our most corpulent King. Six wives in less than six decades on the planet, Henry was a marrying machine. But were any of the marriages good? And more importantly why does Evie insist that he once married a woman called Amber Lynn? Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
63 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
The original Murder on a Train - You can't escape Tanner and Clarke!
Thomas Briggs was an old banker who will go down in history as the first person who was murdered on a train in the UK in 1864. But who killed him? Why did they do it? And what pair of amazing Met Detectives could be relied upon to crack the case whatever it took? Tune in this week to find out the answers to all of these questions and more. Guest Host: Emma Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
75 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
A second helping of alphabet themed mini-stories (M-Y)
Following on from last week we complete the alphabet (mostly) with tales including the snobbiest man England has ever produced, a prolific poisoner and yet another elderly fraudster! *Warning - There is discussion of suicide in this episode* Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
70 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Eleventy First Alphabetical extravaganza! (A-L)
Over the next few weeks Consistently Eccentric HQ is moving, so to tide you over we are doing a collection of mini stories about eccentrics throughout history in a two part special. 24 stories in alphabetical order (I couldn't find a good one for X or for Z at short notice) So settle in for 12 stories including: An avid fan of funerals, a terrible murderer, an elderly fraudster and an attempted assassination... of a Queen! Normal service will be resumed with episode 113 on October 21st. Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
57 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
The Peasants Revolt - Because there is never a wrong time to teach a child to fight the power
We are taking a trip back to the 1300's and the aftermath of the plague this week, to talk about how the decimation of the English population impacted on the working classes. While you would expect that there being few workers for many jobs would push up wages, the King and his nobles decided that they didn't want to pay more so they instead introduced laws to force the working class to accept a real terms cut in living standards (Imagine a government trying to do similar today?!) I am sure it didn't cause any long term issues though.... Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
60 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Mr Cratwell and Stump-leg - willing to execute even the weirdest of commands
This week I am joined by Ang and Mel from 'Dissecting Medical History' to talk about a pair of executioners working in London at the time of Henry VIII. Needless to say they were never short of work, or variety, from a monarch who sent tens of thousands of people to their deaths during his 36 year reign. What kind of impact does a lifetime of torturing and killing have on the human mind? Well, needless to say that neither man died peacefully in their bed. Guest Hosts: Ang and Mel Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
116 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Elizabeth II - A bumper takeover episode, curated by HRH Oliver Green!
Due to the events of the previous week we at Consistently Eccentric are finally going to dip our toes into the world of current events, with an episode dedicated to the recently deceased monarch. Due to the time constraints I asked co-host Ollie if he wouldn't mind taking the lead, writing a few brief words.... anyway, buckle up for nearly 2 hours of Royal facts and borderline treasonous chat. Guest Host: Joe Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
Boudica - For your seventh birthday? A lesson in mortality with a Celtic Queen.
Time for another history lesson with my daughter as we cover someone almost as strong-willed as she is! Boudica, queen of the Iceni We talk about the reasons Boudica became a bit miffed with the Romans, and how she decided to teach them a lesson. All to the backdrop of many, many people dying. With a special guest appearance from Caractacus. Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
65 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Thomas Topham - Who needs to be nice when you can be super buff?
This week we are meeting the first Strongman in England, former carpenter Thomas Topham. A man of limited business acumen but abundant muscles Topham was a strength savant who was lucky enough to be befriended by an upper class Frenchman who was able to channel his raw power into a money making machine. But how would Topham cope with his sudden fame and fortune.... ...badly. Really, really badly. Guest Host: Ollie Green Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
44 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Explaining 1066 to a child - All history is weird the first time you hear it.
This week we are covering a year in history that is so well known is is the PIN number of choice for 30% of all pensioners in the country, 1066! However everyone has to hear the story for the first time at some point and I have found a willing six year old volunteer (my own child) to hear about it all for the very first time. Will she understand the reasons for the conflict? Will she be happy with the outcome? Does she have the attention span to complete the episode? All these questions and more will be answered! Guest Host: Evie Heathcote Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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