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Episode 174

Live Your Best Life, Contract and Cheesy Tommy

Show broadcast on 17 June 2017

Busy show today - and it's a belter! Elis' gift for John finally arrived, despite Elis losing confidence in it, and Vin reports back from an Alt-J gig. And the whole gang prepare to see The Stone Roses at Wembley - with some help from Johnny Vaughan. All this plus the usual Humble Brag Of The Week, Email Of The Species, Beta Bet and a Light-Hearted Paper Review.

Podcast intro

Recommendations for instrumental artists/albums to write a dissertation to.

John's introduction of Elis

"To my left is a man so fertile that his essence is being synthesised for use in compost by Wyevale Garden Centres in association with the Ministry of Agriculture."

Conversations and riffs

Elis has just started filming the third series of 'Josh' and has set himself some pointless middle-aged goals during it, to keep it 0.0% session and not eating biscuits. John has a song about it, and decides he is not going to have balsamic vinegar until 2019 and will walk in a circle twice a day for half an hour.

Johnny Vaughan rings the show to clear up the definition of 'a monkey' in monetary terms.

Elis gives John his belated birthday present: an original contract for one of Frank Zappa's concerts, signed by his manager and various other people but not Zappa himself.

John is going to the Stone Roses concert at Wembley Stadium and gets some advice from Elis and Vin about how to prepare.

Elis James' Light-Hearted Paper Review

Elis' selection of humorous stories from this week's newspapers.

Cricket team wins its first tour game in 35 years - their manager puts it down to a lack of skill. From The Times, an article about a robot chef that makes great pizza, Giles Coren criticises the Biro.

John's Shame Well

John frees another listener of their shame.

Innocently sending a bullet through the post as a gift for a new friend, which alarms them and causes them to cut off all communication.


Elis and John compete to name as many things as possible on a theme in alphabetical order in 30 seconds.

Oscar-winning films. John beats Elis 5-2.

Email of the Species

Listeners' emails into the show.

A listener tells of her inspiring decision to quit a job that was making her unhappy, find something she enjoyed more and 'live her best life'. John and Elis are fully supportive that if there is something you really want to do, make the decision and "begin it"!

This begins an ongoing, occasional series of PCDs writing in to describe changes they have made to 'Live Your Best Life' (LYBL).

The 'Keep It Session' Sessions

A special section at the end of the podcast for music recommendations.

Money Mark, former keyboardist with Beastie Boys and Beck (Elis)

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