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The B Show - E3 2019

The B Show - E3 2019

E3 rolls around once more and Ben & Liam get all excited about the new game announcements, up-coming releases and updates. Listen in to see what titles are exciting them and which ones make them go "oh, really? OK..."

The B Show - A Game To End All Games

The B Show - A Game To End All Games

A spoilerific episode in which Ben & Liam discuss, in detail, the new Marvel movie, Avengers: Endgame. We talk about deaths, character arcs, actor's contracts and much, much more. Suffice to say, if you give a damn about spoilers maybe leave this episode until you've seen the film, yeah?

The B Show - Any Good Books?

In this episode of The B Show Ben & Liam discuss books and authors they've enjoyed in the past and other's they look forward to indulging in. Liam reveals too much about his problematic brain, and Ben takes control of a book store.

The B Show - Poor Eating Decisions

In this episode of the B Show, Ben & Liam talk food: poor eating decisions and Gordon Ramsey is less than impressed by Ben's noodle.

THE CONVERSATION HAT PODCAST - Se3ep14 ft Hannah Touhey of P.S. Bipolar

This week we welcome blogger Hannah Touhey who writes about her experiences with bipolar disorder. Her website and blog, P.S. Bipolar has become a valued mental health information resource. We talk about ear-worms, The Cornetto Trilogy and much more besides.

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This episode features Mumble Mia, a re-worked version of a classic song by Liam.

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Our plan is that this show will always be available for free, but super fans are encouraged to support The Conversation Hat via Patreon. There's a plethora of rewards available for doing so, including the merch packs pictured below, and extras like behind the scenes content: www.patreon.com/conversationhat

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The Conversation Hat is hosted by Ben Pierson and Liam Taylor, and edited by Laura Elmer.

Artwork by Lauren Garnett. You can find her on Facebook, and visit her Etsy Store, (both are musts)

Music by Liam Taylor.

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Zombie Facts!

In Episode 16, The Conversation Hat team, along with very cool kid, Jay Plent (some would say too cool), we had to decide whether they would be a vampire, zombie or a werewolf. The team unanimously decided against spending eternity as slowly rotting brain-eaters, however, have they misjudged undeath? Zombie’s aren’t all shambling sacks of viscera you know! We intend to list some possible zombie types to in an attempt persuade the team that there might be more to this option than they first thought.

Voodoo Zombies

The concept of Zombies originated in Haitian folklore, where people would be killed and reanimated by voodoo magic to act as slaves controlled by their creator.  The term was first recorded in 1810 by historian Robert Southey whilst writing History of Brazil. The "Zombi" he referred to wasn't a brain eating monstrosity, but a West African deity. Later, the word came to mean a human lacking self-awareness, intelligence or indeed a soul, due to the human force leaving the body.

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First seen in 1932's White Zombie, (that's a film, rather than a band fronted by Rob Zombie), these zombies echo the slow moving and brainless zombies of later films, but thankfully are more interested in following orders than snacking on living humans.

 

Rage Zombies

Echoing the modern understanding of, and concern regarding infectious diseases, these zombies are a relatively new type seen most notably in in 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later These zombies are technically alive human hosts for a virus that turns them into super speedy, marathon running, enraged murderers, (yikes!). Not satisfied with the usual zombie bite, you could also risk infection through kisses, licks, or by being bled on, (not necessarily in that order). So, having accidentally exchanged bodily of fluids, you’ll be ripping out your loved one's eyeballs before you realise your mistake.

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A mutated strain of mad cow disease is the zombie catalyst in Zombieland. These infection zombies are maybe too close-to-home with the films demonstrating how truly devastating these viruses could be. This film becomes more realistic with the random appearance of Bill Murray.

Shambling Zombies

Most people consider George Romero’s zombies to be the classic: slow, unintelligent and bumbling along trying to have at your cankles. First seen in1968’s Night of the Living Dead, these zombies can, thankfully, be stopped by a bullet to the head. However, anyone who dies will be reanimated as a zombie, regardless of bite status. This makes the slow moving, clumsy zombies a lot more terrifying as they have no trouble recruiting more zombie pals from cemeteries and old people's homes across the world.

shaun-of-the-dead-fightingPopular comedy horror Shaun of the Dead sees pub surrounded by these zombies. Despite being easy to deal with individually, they become a deadly force en masse, (especially when your main weapon is a pool cue).

Intelligent zombies

The most intimidating of all as they not only want to eat you, but can also devise a plan to do so without just waiting for you to stumble upon them. (They probably have a reasonable idea of how to season your entrails as well)

There have been a few types of intelligent zombie such as in Land of the Dead where Big Daddy organises them into an almost indestructible army of the hungry. Bub in Day of the Dead is actually regains the ability to use a gun and remembers to salute sarcastically - which is impressive as most of the living seem to have trouble with it.

The idea that zombies crave brains was introduced in 1985’s Return of the Living Dead, although not officially a member of Romero’s -of the dead series. These zombies can talk, with weird wiggly tongues emerging from skeletal mouths, and need brains to ease the pain of being a zombie. The ability to speak and to recognise they feel pain would classify them as intelligent, even though it’s unclear how a decomposed body could feel anything at all.

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Nazi zombies are the most disturbing combination of zombie and, supposed, intelligence. Already evil prior to death, being a zombie doesn't seem to change much about the Nazis, except for making them much harder to kill, (again). To use a zeitgeisty term....

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Most notably shown in Dead Snow, the Nazi’s are obsessed by their hoard of shiny things and will gruesomely kill any happy-go lucky Norwegian teenagers that stumble upon it. Other examples include Frankenstein’s Army where a descendant of Frankenstein makes Nazi monsters who surprisingly aren't very friendly; Blood Creek in which a whole lot of nonsense surrounding a Viking rune and Michael Fassbender occurs; and the atmospheric British series Outpost, where Nazi zombies are trying to play with the very fabric of reality… Because why not?

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The Conversation Hat Podcast - Episode 16

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In this episode we talk about fighting schoolchildren, our spirit animals and whether we'd prefer to be a werewolf, vampire, or a zombie. Included are a sketch titled Armageddon, and the song King Werewolf.

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Here are some of the things we spoke about in this episode.

First off, What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary film featuring some of the chaps from Flight Of The Concords. A household of vampires are interviewed about attempt to integrate in society and deal with the everyday trials and tribulations of being a vampire.

When we spoke about zombie movies, we accidentally referred to World War Z as something else... Whoops... The book version of World War Z is a series of mini stories about a zombie out-break and what different people do to combat it or survive around the world. The film version puts Brad Pitt in the role of all the people, and awkwardly throws him around the planet with little information given as to why...

 

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Our plan is that this show will always be available for free, but super fans are encouraged to support The Conversation Hat via Patreon. There's a plethora of rewards available for doing so, including the merch packs pictured below, and extras like behind the scenes content: www.patreon.com/conversationhat

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Super Loot want to deliver a box of nerd merch and geek chic to your doorstep each month, and will do so for a hilariously affordable price: www.superloot.co.uk/ConversationHat

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Ep16 thumbThe Conversation Hat is hosted by Ben Pierson and Liam Taylor, and edited by Laura Elmer.

Artwork by Rebecca Timmons. You can find her blog over here: danshou.tumblr.com

Music by Liam Taylor

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The Conversation Hat Podcast – Episode 13

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The Conversation Hat is hosted by Ben Pierson and Liam Taylor, and edited by Laura Elmer.

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Maximum Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy dressing often used as a condiment. Other people would also says its disgusting (Can we stop talking about mayonnaise please?-Liam) Our guest Tom guessed he could eat a teaspoon at once but Liam started convulsing violently and claims to have no memory of the event. Ben talked a good game on the Podcast, stating he could eat a 'heaped table spoon' of the white creamy stuff.

Good effort.

However, Ben could never beat this crazy strong stomached man:

Oleg Zhornitskiy ate  four 32-ounce bowls of mayonnaise in 8 minutes. 8 MINUTES! That's roughly 8 of the squeeze bottles of mayonnaise. The website notes he is also an avid disco dancer. Good.

Check out Major League Eating  website for more crazy and stomach churning competitive eating world records.

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The Conversation Hat Podcast - Episode 9

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Included is a new instalment of Super Ultra Mega Hyper Man Thing, where he fends off the evil Fleshy Hood! ... Or does he? I guess you'll have to listen and find out. We also include the 5 minute jingle, which you can view right flippin' here:

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The Conversation Hat is hosted by Ben Pierson and Liam Taylor, and edited by Laura Elmer.

Artwork by Rebecca Timmons. Check out her blog: danshou.tumblr.com

Music by Liam Taylor

http://patreon.com/conversationhat

 

The Conversation Hat Podcast - Episode 6

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This week the conversation hat has tracked down the very entertaining Mandy Holliday . Due to her skills as a children's entertainer, actress and writer she has been called upon for Hat-Duty.  (She also happens to be Roman's mother)

Nestled in the podcast is sketch 'We do things a little differently around here'. Ooh, isn't it cosy.

Right, are you ready?Click on the Soundcloud player above and get schwifty!

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The Conversation Hat is hosted by Ben Pierson and Liam Taylor, and edited by Laura Elmer.

This weeks sketch features Ben Pierson, Si Pettit with extra writings from Liam Taylor and Danielle Wager. Additional music from Uprising Cambridge.

Artwork by Rebecca Timmons.Check out her blog: danshou.tumblr.com

Music by Liam Taylor.

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