EPISODE 201 – House is called ‘Maison’ in France

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Hello listeners!

Welcome to Answer Me This! Episode 201: the first episode of the year, and the first since the podcast turned five years old. Helen’s niece Matilda turned five the other day too; she celebrated by eating a plate of spaghetti with her hands, and we’re only moderately more civilised:

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Wherein we consider:

cake pops
Al Capone
moon plots
The Gun Seller (or should we say Le Gun Seller?)
pease pudding
Catch-22
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
supermarket trolleys
Ready Steady Cook
pushy parents
the North Wales Police
and
Anthony Worrall Thompson.

Plus: Olly harks back to when he won an election – he claims democratically, but then so did Putin; one day, Helen dreamed a dream of becoming Brian Turner, but never did it come to pass; and after twelve and a half years in the dark, Martin the Sound Man finally hears the sad news that the Two Fat Ladies will not be returning to his television screen.

This week’s Bit of Crap on the App (available for iDevices or Android) concerns the only thing we don’t like about Mexican restaurants: the unwelcome phenomenon we like to call ‘Guac Tax’.

Well, that’s the new series begun, but please help us make it an absolute corker by sending us your exquisitely finely-honed QUESTIONS, as emails to answermethispodcast@googlemail.com and voicemails on the Question Line (dial 0208 123 5877, Skype answermethis).

And although our birthday has passed, we’re stuck with the PO Box for another four months, so do please send us a token of esteem if you are so moved:

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Also, if you want to be moved to tears of derision like John, the final caller in the episode, scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the pictures of our parents (oh alright, Olly’s lovely mum).

See you next Thursday,

Helen & Olly

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12 Responses to “EPISODE 201 – House is called ‘Maison’ in France”

  1. Snowy Says:

    If Dave of Smethwick is interested there is a handy book that explains the answer to his question.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Not-Catch-21-Stories-Behind/dp/0711227969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327419973&sr=1-1
    I have read it, and originally 22 wasn’t Keller’s first choice, but I have forgotten why it was changed, and I have given the book to my daughter.

  2. Garry of Sussex Says:

    There’s nothing as enchanting as wit – the AMT bloodline has it in abundance – super models on the other hand…

  3. Maria Hayward Says:

    Dear Joel, thank you for posting the rhyme.
    I am a Colonial Commoner from the Antipodes and even I know that one. I was getting shouty in my head at Helen and Olly as I was listening to that part of the podcast – it wouldn’t do to say it out loud on the bus 😉

  4. hiksmash Says:

    I was inspired by that hilarious caller to see for myself, and yes Olly’s mom is a knockout! Also my husband will be delighted to hear this episode, as he looks a lot like Martin.

  5. Beth Says:

    Can I just say, I have never been as disgusted by someone’s insults that weren’t aimed at me! John is a ridiculous human being. Martin is very lucky to have Helen, and vice-versa. Olly is 100% not ‘a munter’, and his dad is a fine specimen of manhood!

    Definitely a very sad, pathetic man to feel it’s okay to phone someone and call them ‘a lying old hag’, and so on.
    I was absolutely furious on your behalves!

  6. Catherine Says:

    Also, that last caller was an idiot. Helen is beautiful!

  7. Catherine Says:

    Joel already got there with the pease porridge nursery rhyme, but I also wanted to say, weren’t the Friends actors paid a million dollars per episode by the end? Wouldn’t that make them the highest paid?

  8. joel Says:

    Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold,
    Pease pudding in the pot nine days old.
    Some like it hot, some like it cold,
    Some like it in the pot nine days old.

  9. Molly Says:

    Helen looks lovely! It’s not ridiculous for you to be with Martin.

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