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The unofficial episode guide for vibe tasters of the Elis James and John Robins Podcast

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Episode 252

Riffing With Impunity, iPhones In India & 5 Litres Of Soup

Show broadcast on 5 January 2019

It was a very ratty Robins today, but at least he's not had any nicotine this year. Why on earth did Elis choose this week to argue with him about Queen??? Still, a smashing show full of gut-wrenching Humblebrags, a stomach-churning Shame Well and an absolute hammer of a Made Up Game!

Podcast intro

When has the podcast got you into trouble with other people?

Turns out John got his own 'toughest tune quiz question' wrong on the New Year's Nuggets bonus episode (1 Jan 2019).

Any suggestions for a hobby for John to fill his hours of solitude? (Can't involve heavy lifting or talking to strangers.)

John's introduction of Elis

"To my left, a man who is at the coal face of addressing juvenile delinquency in Neath, quite literally. Those between 10 and 16 found guilty of antisocial behaviour can avoid detention by opting to take part in his four-week mining skills course. has so far saved over 200 youngsters from prison. "

Conversations and riffs

John is wearing his coat in the studio because he's cold. At the end of university, a girl told Elis she'd fancied him for two years but was put off by his coat.

John hasn't had any nicotine so far in 2019 but has made loads of soup. He is looking to purchase some binoculars for bird watching in his garden.

Elis was on Celebrity Mastermind, his specialist subject the Wales national football team 1990-2018. He and John compare notes over their respective experiences on that programme. Elis also has some celeb gossip from the filming.

John did a voiceover for a vegan cheese brand he really loves.

Elis and John come up with names for mash-ups of bands / musical artists.

John's Shame Well

John frees another listener of their shame.

Soiling yourself outside your house then hiding your soiled jeans nearby, which are then linked by the police to a local crime scene.


More examples of that scourge of social media, the humblebrag.

A very long and probably offensive Instagram post about a westerner losing then retrieving their iPhone 10 in India.

Welsh Word of the Week

Elis picks out a curious Welsh word.

'Dial' = 'revenge'.

The Potato Potato Years

A trip down memory lane to a classic game of 'Potato Potato' from yesteryear.

This week, 'The Potato Potato Years' goes back - all the way back - to 24 November 2018.

Made-Up Games

Listeners suggest made-up games that Elis and John can play.

Predicting the P: Players are given a destination in the UK and have to guess how much time Google Maps says it would take to walk there from the current location.

Tick Off a Taste

The gang try a new taste sensation sent in by a listener.

Japanese garlic boiled sweets. Also, Elis tries the durian fruit sweets he missed last week.

The 'Keep It Session' Sessions

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

Portishead (Elis)

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