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VOK 701 – Agatha Christie Minipod 9 – The Mystery of the Blue Train


In this spoiler-free episode Bina007 reviews the novel Agatha Christie struggled with before her disappearance, The Mystery of The Blue Train. In later life, she complained it was commonplace, but I find it to be a compelling Hercules Poirot murder-mustery set aboard a luxurious train, complete with a reckless heiress and her stunning jewels. A spoiler-filled discussion of the solution is after the closing music.

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VOK 700 – The House of the Dragon preview


Bina, Kevin and Adam quickly discuss the last 100 episodes of VOK before Kevin, Abby, Adam, Casey, Matt, Michael, Michal and Zander preview House of the Dragon at 10 min 30 secs in.

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VOK 698 – Agatha Christie Minipod 8 – The Big Four


In this spoiler-free episode Bina007 reviews the compendium mystery novel The Big Four, published by Agatha Christie in the wake of her mysterious disappearance in 1926 when she desperately needed money. She hated it, the critics hate it, but it’s actually a rather fun and satisfying set of mysteries with a bizarre James Bond twist – complete with secret evil lairs, poisoned darts and international criminal conspiracies!

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VOK 695 – Agatha Christie 7 – Her Mysterious 1926 Disappearance


Join Zander, Abby and Bina for a minipod that explores the 1926 disappearance of Agatha Christie that caused a nationwide manhunt and it still the subject of controversy today. Many of the themes around marital betrayal can be found in her later books; and the need for financial security after her divorce led to the rushed publication of some of her weaker late 1920s novels.

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VOK 694 – Agatha Christie 6 – The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd


Join Zander, Hannah and Bina for the first full-length review of the murder-mystery that made Agatha Christie a household name – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926. The team discuss the plot twists, characters, themes and politics of the novel as well as the adaptations. Novels spoiled in this episode: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Man In The Brown Suit. Also discussed without spoilers: The Secret Of Chimneys and The Mysterious Affair At Styles.

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VOK 693 – Agatha Christie minipod 5 – The Secret Of Chimneys


In this brief episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s mystery-thriller-adventure-comedy mash-up, The Secret Of Chimneys, originally published in 1925. It’s a story of blackmail, murder, hidden jewels, and royal coups! The novel is great fun and incredibly silly but tells us a lot about Christie’s attitudes toward men, and gives us a more grown up version of her New Woman. More negatively, it tells us about a certain kind of lazy racial prejudice circulating at the time. Spoilers after the end credit music.

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VOK 692 – Agatha Christie minipod 4 – The Man In The Brown Suit


In this brief spoiler-free episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s fourth novel and first standalone adventure, The Man In The Brown Suit, originally published in 1924. Smart, beautiful, courageous Anne Beddingfield sees a man murdered at a tube station and follows the clues all the ways to South Africa and romance! The novel is great fun and slightly silly but stars both my favourite Christie heroine AND my favourite villain. That said, it is of its time when it comes to depicting racial attitudes and has some rather bizarre things to say about marriage.

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VOK 691 – Agatha Christie minipod 3 – Murder on the Links


In this brief spoiler-free episode Bina007 critically discusses Agatha Christie’s third novel and second Hercules Poirot murder-mystery, published in 1923. The novel is flawed and doesn’t repay a reread other than to show us Christie in debate with herself about what kind of detective novelist she wants to be – and that is very much NOT a Gaston Leroux or Arthur Conan Doyle but rather someone who focuses on logic and psychology rather than material clues.

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VOK 690 – Agatha Christie minipod – The Secret Adversary


In this brief episode Bina007 continues her brief introduction to the full-fledged VOK Agatha Christie reread by reviewing Christie’s second novel and first Tommy and Tuppence thriller, The Secret Adversary, published a hundred years ago. It is a fast-paced fun novel that reads like a cross between John Buchan and PG Wodehouse with a side order of Evelyn Waugh’s Bright Young Things. It reflects the economic travails of post-war England – the rise of the New Woman – and the fear of communist revolution.

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VOK 688 – Intro to the Agatha Christie reread & The Mysterious Affair At Styles


In this brief episode Bina007 introduces a new VOK Re-read series that will cover some of the most famous and beloved novels from the Queen of detective fiction, Agatha Christie. In order to whet your appetite and perhaps tempt you to join along, Bina007 describes Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published just over a 100 years ago, and introducing the world to the famous Belgian detective Hercules Poirot. There are spoilers toward the end but these are clearly telegraphed.

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VoK 683 – Yellowjackets S1


Join Bina, Matt and Thomas as they discuss the first season of the hit mystery-thiller TV show Yellowjackets, airing on Showtime. The aftershow starts at 42m. Twin Peaks spoiler at 48m.

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VOK 675 – Mystic Shenanigans – Dune Book 1 Discussion


Join Bina, Patrick, Kat and Hannah as they discuss the the first book of Frank Herbert’s Dune series.

We discuss Patrick’s viewing of the new film; Paul as an elf; the gender of Kynes; Alia as a Star Trek alien; Fremen vs Mereen; the tenuous position of Chani; the lack of nuance with the “bad guys”; the Fenrings as Lannisters; and the Bene Gesserit’s mystic shenanigans.

No spoilers for later books.

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VOK 674 – Lynch’s Dune DVD Commentary


Join Bina, Patrick, and Kat as they watch the notorious commercial flop but iconically designed David Lynch version of Dune.

Spoilers for book one of the Dune series.

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VOK 670 – Dune – Book 1 Discussion


Join Bina, Patrick, Jock, Kat, Hannah and Zach as they discuss the first book of the first book of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. The Atreides family move to Arrakis in a planet-swap with their enemies, the Harkonnens, and we get our first look at the infamous sandworms. We discuss how we came to the book; the role of the Bene Gesserit; the nature of Paul as a hero; and the various centres of power in the Dune universe.

No spoilers for later books.

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VOK 665b – Soccercast – Euros 2020 Semi Final Review and Final Preview


Join Bina, Bing, Noah and Patrick as they review the semi-finals and preview the final of the Euros 2020.

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VOK 665 – Bitesize Soccercast – Reaction To England’s Semi-Final Victory


Two short clips of Bina and Noah in jubilant mood; Patrick gracious in defeat; and Bing neutral as always. Football’s Coming Home! Join us on the Discord for live Finals chat on Sunday.

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VOK 664 – Soccercast – Euros R16 and QF Review and SF Preview


Noah, Patrick and Grand-Maester Bing review the Round of 16 and Quarter Final matches and preview the Semi Finals with the aid of Noah’s quote unquote amazing wall chart.

The Round of 16 review plays out as follows: Boyos vs Denmark up at the start; Italy vs Austria at 6 mins in; the shock upset of Netherlands vs Czech Rep at 9m; Belgium vs FC Ronaldo at 14m; Croatia vs Spain with Most Weird Shit in a football match at 17m; RIP France vs Switzerland at 23m; and FOOTBALL COMING HOME at 28m; Sweden vs Ukraine at 40m.

The Quarter Final coverage starts at 44m with the entrance of Ser Patrick The Tall and moves into Spain vs Switzerland; Belgium vs Italy at 49m and the potentially fateful injury of Spinnazola; Czech Republic vs Denmark at 59m in that footballing mecca of Baku; and finally England roflstomping Ukraine 4-0 at 1hr 3 mins in.

The semi-final preview begins at 1hr 10mins in on England vs Denmark and Spain vs Italy at 1hr 20mins in.

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VOK 662 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 R16 Preview


Bina and Bing review the final week of group games, and preview the Round of 16.

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VOK 660 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 Week 1 Round Up


Noah and Bing review the first week of group games, recording at 4pm UK time on Friday 18th June. They discuss Turkey’s poor form; Wales’ outperformance; whether Denmark should’ve still played their opening match; and make some ballsy predictions for the England Scotland match.

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VOK 657 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 Preview


Football’s coming home! Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they wrap up the European soccer season and then, at 27 minutes in, preview the Euros 2020/2021, making predictions for how each group will play out. Also watch out for new footie chants for Bing, Bina and Marie in the aftershow.

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