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Very English Reactions









By the time the next edition of Life Elsewhere airs, the World Cup will be over. The fate of the English team will have been decided. Could masses of English people be celebrating and dancing in the streets? Coincidently, another momentous event will also have come and gone. But, we can safely predict the masses of people will be gathering in the street but they will certainly not be dancing. Donald Trump’s visit to the UK is promising to enrage such large numbers of protesters that police forces across the country are drafting officers into London to maintain “law and order”. Meanwhile, a gigantic orange Trump Baby balloon, 19 feet high with tiny hands, dressed in a diaper was approved by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan to fly for two hours on the morning of Friday, July 13, at the same time as the “Stop Trump” march in central London. In anticipation of these two historical events, we have assembled a trio of thoughtful Englishmen to hear their reactions to the visit that has caused so much advanced fury in England. We may even glean a World Cup prediction. Tim Orchard is a droll fellow, he imparts a particularly English vein of wit in his novel, Stickle Island. While he insists his views on the visit of Trump to Blighty are his own, you can be sure Tim is speaking for a quite a few fellows down at the pub. While Peter James, author of quintessential English crime-thriller novels is never at loss to share an opinion. The debonair, best-selling, writer, takes to the task with the panache we expect from the creator of the Roy Grace series. Dead If You Don’t, the latest in the detective-thriller series has just been published. Our third guest is a man Norman B says, “I’ve always wanted to chat to Rat Scabies, even after forty years, his amazing drum-roll-intro to The Dammed”s now classic, New Rose, remains unsurpassable!” Chris Miller, aka Rat Scabies, joins the show and amiably talks about his new and first solo album titled P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt). True to form, Chris, one of Punk’s legends, opines about everything from punk to the visit of Mr. Trump.

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The Beautiful Game

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 11.13.48 AMThe 2014 FIFA World Cup, takes place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The 2014 tournament will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup in history. Forecasts on the eve of the tournament estimate the cost to the Brazilian government will be $14 billion. FIFA is expected to spend $2 billion on staging the finals,with its greatest single expense being the $567 million prize money pot. Although organizers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion,a reported US$3.6 billion has ultimately been spent on stadium works. The Brazilian government has pledged $900 million will be invested into security forces and that the tournament will be “one of the most protected sports events in history”.

Life Elsewhere joins in with World Cup fever by inviting onto the program Robert Priest, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eight by Eight, a brilliant new magazine all about the beautiful game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee,have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan. As we talk with Robert we encourage you to join in by going to 8by8mag

FanChants is a site run by soccer fans, who say they live and breathe football. Their mission is simple, they proclaim, “We bottle the sound of the terraces and put the passion of match day in you pocket.  The best thing about football they say is the banter, the wit and the passion that you only get when crammed in next to a few thousand of your fellow die hard fans.  The game may be increasingly about the money, the business, the suits and all the flamboyant trimmings, but we all know it would die on its arse (ass) without the real fans”. Michael Dennis of FanChants joins Life Elsewhere to explain exactly what FanChants means and why the unstoppable passion for singing the praises of your favorite team at the top of your lungs.

The World Cup Edition of Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, June 9

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Catching Up.

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 12.41.02 PMThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Podcast featuring an extended interview with Dr. Dan Peters on the aftermath of the recent shooting in Isla Vista, California, is available here and here.

Coming up, June 9, at Life Elsewhere, we will celebrate World Cup Brazil 2014 with acclaimed creative director and soccer aficionado, Robert Priest who is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Eight by Eight a brilliant new magazine all about The Beautiful Game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee, have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan.

June 2, Jowita Bydloska, joins the program, author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, a new book that pushes boundaries as she courageously shines the light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful transformative love of one’s child. Norman B will explore with the author, the harrowing details and how her new book also gives hope, especially to those struggling in some way .

Further ahead on Life Elsewhere we will be talking with Richard Gabriel about his new book Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts which reads like fiction, only the explicit detail is all too real.  New York Times Best Selling author Kate Kelly has a new book, 
“>The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Trader 
We’ll ask Ms. Kelly, “What shocked her the most during her research for this book” and “Should we the 99% be worried by the antics of traders?”. The Devil’s Workshop (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad) is a new historical thriller by Alex Grecian. perfect book for reading on vacation, lying in the sun as the author takes into dark, dank places where Jack the Ripper roamed. We’ll ask Alex Grecian how he researches his books to provide such chilling detail and why his fascination with the past?

Last week, as way of showing our gratitude for your support of Life Elsewhere, we made an exclusive music mix for you to download. The response has been outstanding, but our server space can only handle so many downloads before it begins to cost us money to upgrade in order to accommodate the traffic. We want you to have the music mix, go download it now! To economize on our costs the download link will be disabled on June 1, 2014.

Here is a sample of the music we have included in the FREE mix, the late, great Gregory Isaacs from a Jamaican 12″ EP, Soon Forward

Download Norman B’s Exclusive Thank You Mix Here