Talking Bollox Podcast
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Dec joins us to talk about everything form growing up being bullied in school to becoming a huge DJ & radio presenter in Ireland. He also tells us how he set up Block Rockin Beats, which is a huge success and is getting bigger and bigger! Dec gets into detail about his health scare at the start of the year. He talks about the trauma that has come with that, how he tries to deal with it now & ow he's grateful to be able t do certain things with his life again.
The best insults, tales of spoiled dogs and planning holidays to Antarctica (without your appendix) - it's a meandering episode this week Your questions have Terence and Calvin considering if they'd sacrifice the internet to save the chipper (while questioning what became of Dublin's best chippers), and wondering why some people are producing gourmet meals for dogs. Terry is on Sky Scanner pricing up flights to the South Pole, and Calvin is wondering if there are more people in Antarctica or Leitrim. Send your questions and comments to us on email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahead of Friday's live show, comedian Danny O'Brien joined us to offer some of his own disaster stories from the stage and his tips for putting it all into perspective, like reminding yourself no matter how bad it went 'nobody died'. He told us about performing in the Ringsend flats and the community spirit he felt there, even after the event got broken up by the Guards. He also spoke about his work in addiction services and why its so personal to him, as well as sharing some gas tales from the workshops he does in prisons and schools.
Would Terence make a good cult leader? Is Calvin on the juice, or has he just been eating a lot of whole cakes? Terence decides he might skip the cult circuit and go straight for the Aras, if he can turn down his invite to the 27 club and makes it to 35. The lads give their best shot at inventing a conspiracy theory, Calvin is trying to explain Squirrel Stamps to Terence, and there’s a detailed debate about the world’s soundest animal (besides dogs).
MMA fighter Nathan Kelly joined us this week to tell us how fighting helped him both during his childhood in Finglas and later when he went down the wrong path with drugs and alcohol. He explained how he turned things around, even going on to fight at Madison Square Garden with a headline show in the 3arena coming up on the 8th of December.
From panicking in the shower to swearing by LL Cool J’s “iconic” Deep Blue Sea, Terence is thriving in the water this week. A film recommendation from Calvin sees Terence insisting he can be a world beating free-diver, but not without warning of the dangers of panicking in the shower. And some education on record breaking films leads to him swearing off all fish cinema – except one. There’s a debate on movie soundtracks, a reflection on awkward fan interactions, colonies on the moon, and a passionate endorsement of a local delicacy.
PJ Gallagher has been one of Ireland's most famous faces for the past two decades, and has lived his life in the public eye in that time - but he is only now telling the full story. He spoke to us about growing up in a house with alcoholic parents and 5 men with schizophrenia; how he got into comedy; the birth of Naked Camera and the inspiration behind Jake Stevens; how he found out he was adopted and contacted his birth parents, and how his struggle with depression very nearly saw him take his own life, but through the help of friends and the proper car he was able to come out the far side. We also hear about the time a young Calvin and his mates jumped PJ, during a recording of Naked Camera.
Terence has been conned by a DM of disinformation, while Calvin is outraged by the poor terminology used by one listener around breakfast. There are calls for the banning of hard crisps (to protect Terry's teeth), while Calvin makes a stunning admission about his own ignorance of one popular morning staple. The lads try to weigh up their chances in a race against Usain Bolt, and also decide on the one form of potatoes to live with for the rest of their days. A choice between the hiccups and sneezing leads to an existential monologue about the meaning of life and what comes in the after life. And Terence has been doing his homework, watching a few films, and he's wondering why the rest of the team at Talking Bollox can't keep up with his ferocious work ethic.
After giving up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer, Marcus Cowzer spent years being unsure of his future, feeling like he had disappointed his father and being unable to deal with the anger and fear of abandonment inside him. While he did eventually rebuild his relationship with his father, it wasn't without a struggle. He tells us about growing up feeling like nothing he did was ever good enough, and how his father's death sent him on his journey to becoming a psychotherapist. He shares some tools for self discovery he learned along the way, which are included in his journal ‘What was - What is - What now?’
Terence recalls his time spent recently on a strange hospital ward with some unusual, but lovable, neighbours - and Calvin wonders if there might have been more going on that Terry realised. Terence admits, quite proudly, he wants to cry more, while Calvin has an incredible true tale about the highest non-fatal fall in human history. A question about eating a bucket of onions make Terence seriously doubt if Calvin has become middle class. And the lads are making some interesting choices, between Oscars and Grammys, and between 24/7 cooks or cleaners.
This is a powerful tale of pulling yourself back from the brink, and escaping even the darkest moments. Chris found himself trapped in a spiral of drink and drugs that led to extreme paranoia and psychosis - to the point he believed a hitman was chasing him, and his family were aiding the plot to kill him. Today Chris runs 5km (at least) every day, and he has done that for over 200 days in a row now. The road between these two points was winding, often rough, and ultimately inspiring. Chris tells us this story in fascinating detail, explores where the root causes of his addictions may have been, and we talk about how the problems that caught Chris are right now impacting a lot more young people than we probably like to admit.
Terence has been paying extortionate prices for sandwiches and Calvin thinks it's time to strike back against the cost of living crisis, in his own particular way. Terence wants to get clarity on how murder charges work, and if podcasting can have any bearing on them, while Calvin wonders if the charge for murdering Tupac should be worth the same when it's taken almost three decades to get an arrest. One listener's question has the lads reminiscing about what might have been in some major sporting moments in Irish history; and burgers and soup meet in a question that threatens to derail the entire Talking Bollox project.
Jordan McCann has come through many obstacles and battled many demons to become a hugely respected musician. He talks to us about life growing up in Little Hulton, his experiences of prison, and the damage left behind by poverty and addiction. He talks to us about how everyone can turn their life around, and how he left behind a life on the streets to achieve his success.
What are the most valuable liquids in the world? Terence and Calvin attempt to make their own lists and include some questionable additions like Blue Powerade and Volvic Water. A listener gets in touch to share another random fact that has the boys wondering what defines a castle, while a different question has them debating the months of the summer season. And Terence is left to defend himself after being spotted heading to the Busted concert.
Since he first spoke to us over 2 years ago, Kiefer Crosbie has gone on to achieve his dream of fighting in the UFC - But he won't stop there. Kiefer told us all about the journey he's been on to get to this point, and what he sees in his future, including a return of the UFC to Dublin. He also talked about the power of martial arts in preventing violence on the streets and Terence called him out for potentially breaking his ribs during training.
If the zombie apocalypse came to Ireland, would Terence and Calvin team up for survival, or each go their own way? One listener's question about their survival plans kicks off a major difference of opinion, and leads to some strange revelations and worrying admissions. There's a seemingly unanswerable riddle that leads to deep thought on the importance of the element of surprise when it comes to your pain threshold and Terence threatening people with assault by a six-year-old. And a listener's tips on public toilet hygiene blows Terence's mind.
Hypnotist, magician and brain hacker Keith Barry joined us this week to explain how he got started with magic and mind reading, his work with some very well known names including Morgan Freeman and Nicole Scherzinger and he even hacks our brains and makes a promise to rid Terence of his smoking habit through hypnosis.
After a long hiatus we return to the studio for a very special bonus episode. Terence gives an update on what has kept him away for so long and why it's cost him two teeth, so far. Calvin argues he could be a pilot with minimal time spent training, while Terence argues he got the better of Lance Armstrong going up Howth Hill. There’s also some talk of clapping at funerals and on flights, while Terence admits to breaking out in applause in taxis - and gets thrown a Texas question to welcome him back.
Our biggest ever live show! We packed out the National Stadium for our show on the 28th of June and were joined by our most requested guest ever Willa White who had us all in stitches with his stories, illusionist Keith Barry also appeared and did a few tricks with us and we even got Maverick Sabre to sing us all a few songs!