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VoK 283: Cold Comfort Farm (by Stella Gibbons)


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There’s something in the woodshed!

Amanda (Middlecylone) and Bina007 discuss Stella Gibbons’ hilarious 1932 novel satirising rural melodramas, as well as the 1995 British film adaptation starring Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Fry and Rufus Sewell. There is much mollocking, clettering, and heaving of porridge, not to mention some of the worst West Country accents committed to tape.

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VoK 281: Alas Poor Yoren! aka aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 17)


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In the 17th part of the Vassals’ epic re-read of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, we cover events from the 18th to 28th February 299.  This translates into Cat 1, Arya 3, Tyrion 2 and Arya 4 of A Clash of Kings.

Your podcast hosts are: Adam (DrownedSnow) Amanda (Middlecylcone),  Bina007, Claire (DarkSister24), Jackie (Joie-Olivier), Matt (Varley), Michael (Khal Wadege),  and Patrick (Ser Patrick The Tall).

Podcast announcements at 1hr 15m and Aftershow at 1hr 24m.

Picture credit: The A Podcast of Ice and Fire MS Paint project of A Clash of Kings. Cat 1 by Mimi Mieville. Music credits: Alpine Universe & the awesome Talking Heads.

The chapters for the next episode will be Sansa 2, Davos 1, Tyrion 3, Arya 5 and Bran 2.

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VoK 262: Brideshead Revisited (by Evelyn Waugh)


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Join Bina007 and Amanda (Middlecyclone) as they discuss Evelyn Waugh’s iconic novel of early twentieth century aristocratic tragic love and faith. We will also touch on the much-loved ITV miniseries and the more recent feature film as well as occasionally referring to works by Nancy Mitford, TE Lawrence, DH Lawrence, Christopher Isherwood….

Music credits: Geoffrey Burgon’s superlative soundtrack for the ITV miniseries is available on iTunes and other stores and streaming services.

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VoK 237: The Iron Bidet aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 3)


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In the third part of our linear re-read the Fellowship of Vassals expands both in numbers and chapters covered.  We go through the events of May and June 298 which sees an assassination attempt on Bran, Tyrion go north to the wall, Ned go south with Robert, and Dany visiting Vaes Dothrak.  Naturally, the podcast contains spoilers for all works in the Song of Ice and Fire series as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Bran 2 (0m); Tyrion 1 (20m); Jon 2 (45m); Cat 3 (1hr); Tyrion 2 (1hr 17m); Dany 4 (1hr 30m); Ned (1hr 40m); Aftershow (2hr).

For the listener playing along at home, the next instalment will cover the chapters in July 298 – Sansa 1 & Ned 3 – and the first half of August 298 – Bran 3, Cat 4 and Ned 4.

Hosts: Adam (Drowned Snow), Amanda (Middlecyclone), Bina007, Brett (Whiteraven), Calvin (KCenturion), Kelvin (Brum Riverlander), Matt (Varley), Nadia, and Tanja (Scilens).

Picture credit: HBO’s Game of Thrones. Music credit: Johnny Cash.

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VoK 233: The Virtues of a 9-Inch Meat Pie aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 2)


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The second podcast in our linear ASOIAF re-read begins with feedback on last week’s episode focussing on the character of Ser Weymar Royce and Lunar dragons.  We then cover the events of April 298, with the King and the Lannisters arriving at Winterfell as news of Jon Arryn’s death reaches Cat.  This translates into the Game of Thrones chapters Ned 1 (16m), Jon 1 (37m), Cat 2 (49m) and Arya 1 (1h5m).  The aftershow begins at 1hr 15m.

Spoilers:  All published novels in the ASOIAF series but neither spoiler chapters for The Winds of Winter nor the latest season of Game of Thrones.

Podcast hosts: FTWard (Thomas), Mordion (Michael), Claudius The Fool (Greg), Bina007, Middlecyclone (Amanda), Nadia, Varley (Matt) and Whiteraven (Brett) .

For those of you playing along at home, the next episode will cover the events of May 298, so Game of Thrones: Bran 2, Tyrion 1, Jon 2 and Cat 3.

Picture credit: HBO’s Game of Thrones. Music credit: Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean.

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VoK 232: Panspermia! aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 1)


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In the first in a new series of VOK-casts, the Vassals return to their roots with a linear re-read of George R R Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire.  This episode covers events from June 297 to March 298. This translates to the following chapters in Game of Thrones: the Prologue, Dany 1 (21 mins), Dany 2 (37 mins), Bran 1 (48 mins), Cat 1 (1hr 9m) and Dany 3 (1 hr 18m) in that order.  Whiteraven then shares his theory of why seasons change (1hr 28m).  In doing this re-read we are hugely indebted to the reddit author who compiled the linear timeline linked below.

Spoilers:  All published novels in the ASOIAF series but neither spoiler chapters for The Winds of Winter nor the latest season of Game of Thrones.

Podcast hosts: Bina007, Middlecyclone (Amanda), Nadia, Varley (Matt) and Whiteraven (Brett) with extra podcast goodness from the Podcast Bard, Jed O’ White Hart.

For those of you playing along at home, the next episode will cover Game of Thrones: Ned 1, Jon 1, Cat 2 and Arya 1 which corresponds to April 298.

Picture credit: Jon Neimeister. Music credit: Sammy Davis Jr’s superlative Old Black Magic.

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VoK 195: The Walking Dead – Season 5 (AMC series)


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave gather in the safety (relative) of Alexandria to review and discuss the 5th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Amanda (Middlecyclone), Augustine (linecom1) & Steven (SJLee) as we discuss how comfortable we are with a possible Ricktatorship, are the Alexandrians dumb or just ignorant of the reality in which they live, how awesome Carl is (just kidding, he’s still awful) and generally meander our way from topic to topic much as the survivors do on the show but still end up where we are meant to be in the end.

***Warning: This podcast contains spoilers for the first five seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead as well as references and spoilers for The Walking Dead Comic by Robert Kirkman (up to the point where the show has reached in the comics.  There will be no spoilers for the comics beyond that point.)***

Edited by Greg

Audio clip copyright AMC

Song: “Zombie” – The Cranberries

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