Guan is in the wilds of Malaysia with his family, so filling his shoes this week is none other than Kathleen Jennings. Unfortunately because I (Bec) forgot to properly brief Kathleen on recording things, there is occasionally a bit of an echo, the sound quality goes up and down throughout, and some of Kathleen’s comments are lost to history because I couldn’t tidy up the audio enough. Apologies, dear listener!
This is a bumper episode—over an hour long!—during which we discuss the animated movie Sing, Australian history and the irreverent book Girt, and aviation history and why Kathleen is passionate about it. We also talk about the Importance of Supporting Artists (one of Oscar Wilde’s lesser-known works), Patreon, crowdfunding and many, many other things. Enjoy!
3:10: The song our Happy Meal toy was singing was “Set It All Free”, sung by Scarlett Johansson (Spotify link).
(Incidentally, one of the best bits of the film is where Johansson does Carly Rae Jepsen🙂
Background to Sing (Sydney Morning Herald feature piece).
5:37: Taron Egerton on IMDB.
5:43: Kingsman: The Secret Service: based on the Secret Service comics by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (which I have not read), but a lot of things were changed in the adaptation. Being a Mark Millar project, however, it is super violent and unnecessarily gratuitous in places (like the final scene, which is apparently a reference to the James Bond film Moonraker). But the best thing about it is Colin Firth being superhero-ish—for example, this clip (2:21 min):
(The later scene where he completely tears up an American church under the influence of the supervillain’s frequency is very hard to watch though.)
(Also, for a very interesting but extremely long [i.e. about 16,000 words long] take on Kingsman, I recommend this article by Film Critic Hulk.)
6:03: Tori Kelly (official site).
10:45: Peppa Pig.
11:29: The Little Mermaid.
12:06: Robin Hood (the 1973 Disney version).
12:39: My Neighbour Tororo (one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films).
13:04: Whisper of the Heart (my FAVOURITE Studio Ghibli film).
13:30: Diana Wynne Jones.
14:18: Ponyo (Studio Ghibli goodness for very little kids).
14:46: The Ponyo theme song:
15:11: Girt: the Unauthorised History of Australia (David Hunt).
17:22: True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia Volume 2 (David Hunt).
17:50: Woolmers Estate.
20:37: Great British Tales of Terror: Gothic Stories of Horror and Romance, 1765-1840 (Peter Haining)
30:40: Kathleen’s Patreon. Also, we never really explained what Patreon is: it’s a site where fans can sign up to financially support creators they like, becoming, in effect, patrons of that creator. Creators offer their patrons exclusive bits and pieces depending on the amount of money the patron pledges.
31:38: Empire of the Clouds (James Hamilton-Paterson).
Marked for Death: The First War in the Air (James Hamilton-Paterson).
32:42: My God, It’s A Woman (Nancy Bird).
34:14: Flying Nurse (Robin Miller).
34:57: Early Birds (H.C. Miller).
36:46: The Wind Rises: Studio Ghibli feature biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, who designed fighter planes for World War II.
38:48: Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein).
40:28: Harriette Wilson’s Memoirs (with introduction by Lesley Blanch).
42:20: The Letters of Private Wheeler (ed. B.H. Liddell Hart).
43:26: The Lie Tree (Frances Hardinge).
43:42: Cuckoo Song (Frances Hardinge).
What we’re working on
46:19: Elastagirl from The Incredibles.
46:26: Helen Mirren in Red 2:
48:15: Kathleen’s masquerade ball drawings (January calendar).
56:10: Cranky Ladies of History (ed. Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely).
57:49: Ryan K. Lindsay.
1:01:41: Rory Shiner’s article on church scheduling, in which he talks about time, energy and money. Here are the relevant parts:
People have basically four things they can give—time, energy, gifts and resources—but the mix can vary enormously. Generally speaking, university students have copious amounts of time, significant supplies of energy, limited though fast-emerging gifts, and very limited resources. University-based ministries intuitively recognise this. It’s not uncommon (and in many ways not unreasonable) for a student to be involved in a couple of small groups on campus plus an evening small group at church, to be active in the church’s youth or children’s ministry, and to attend two or three conferences a year. Time and energy are the principle commodities students have to give, and they often given them generously …
Now consider the circumstances of the average family in a local church. Families have those same four resources—time, energy, gifts and resources—but the deck is dealt very differently. A family with young children; with one or two people working; with school and associated commitments; with life-administration; who also want to have meaningful relationships within their community… People in this stage of life have extremely limited time resources, and very limited energy. Their gifts have by now emerged and been developed, and there is often now a stable income with a base for sustainable giving. But time is very precious, and every draw on that resource is a zero-sum game. It’s the same with energy. A late-night, poorly-chaired elders meeting can take literally two or three nights to recover from in terms of the sleep-debt. The weekend lie-in is a long way off. At certain stages of family life, it does not exist. Time and energy are finite resources.