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VOK 735 – Soccercast – World Cup Group Stage Round-Up


Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they summarise 60 matches in 100 minutes, and preview the Round of 16 results. Group A chat (3m); Group B including Iran protests and armband chat (11m); Gonzo Group C inc obligatory Mexico rant from Bing (26m); Group D (46m); Group E with mighty Japan (49m); Group F with mighty Morocco and Bing’s defence of Canada (55m); Group G and H predictions (65m); Aftershow (77m).

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VOK 733 – Soccercast – World Cup Preview


Join Noah, Bina007, Bing and Neil for a discussion about the controversy surrounding Qatar as hosts; the likely results of the group stages; who will win the tournament and the Golden Boot.

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VOK 732 – Agatha Christie Minipod 11 – The Murder At The Vicarage


In this spoiler-free episode Bina007 reviews the first Mrs Marple novel, Murder At The Vicarage, originally published in 1930. This is the novel people think Christie always writes! A pretty English village and the narrator is a clergyman and the victim is a retired military man. But the novel is actually spikier, nastier and more subversive than the chocolate-box cosy image. A spoiler-filled discussion of the solution is after the closing music.

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VoK 730 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e10 review


Join Sara (DrBlood), Elle (Nettles), Michael (Khal Wadege) and Zander (The Lord Baron) as they discuss the season finale of House of the Dragon. The birthing bed (3m); the council (14m); the power grab (24m); dragons (35m); Storms End (46m); season chat (1hr5m); after show (1hr16m).

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire as well as all aired episodes of House of the Dragon.

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VoK 729 – FlashVOK – House of the Dragon s1e10 quick take


Join Bina, Jeff and Jock for their quick take on the final episode of season one of the House of the Dragon. Stay tuned for a special song from the Podcast Bard at 38 mins in!

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire as well as all aired episodes of House of the Dragon.

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VoK 728 – Rings of Power S1E8 review


Join Alix (Aiwendil), Eddie (Teddard), Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege) and Zach (Alias) as they discuss the final episode of season one of Rings of Power. Lemoncake ratings to start then Harfoot & Stranger chat at c4m; events Numenorian (13m); Eregion (21m); Halbrand (32m); and flotsam and jetsam (43m).

Spoilers for Tolkien’s published works and the Peter Jackson movies.

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VoK 723 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e8 review – Essence of Wolfcast


Join Bina(007), Marie (Nymeria) and (Ser) Patrick (The Tall) for a small but perfectly formed all-curator edition of Wolfcast. We open with our lemon cake ratings (2m) before getting into whether Corlys is dead and the premise for getting the gang back together (6m); the ghoulishness of Viserys, House Hightower’s assent and the handmaid’s tale (9m); the succession ruling in the Red Keep and Vaemond’s reaction (13m); the copacetic dinner (18m); the prophecy and what makes for a meaningful change from the books (25m); odds and ends (37m); and after show (41m).

Spoilers for all published works by George R R Martin including Fire and Blood but not for Game of Thrones beyond the books.

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VoK 718 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e6 review – Darth Hightower


Join the wolves Bina(007), David(HHH), Hannah (ShadowBaby), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege) and (Ser) Patrick (The Tall), as they review episode 6 of House of the Dragon, “The Princess and the Queen”. We open with a quick intro to the hosts, Marie and Patrick, and then give our lemon cake ratings (6m). We then discuss the choices of Laena (14m); the choices of Rhaenyra and Alicent (28m); the role of Cole and Alicent’s paranoia (38m); the Sith Lord that is Larys Strong (48m); whether or not we’re invested in the kids (57m) and the Lady Jane Grey analogy (1hr2m).

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VoK 717 – Rings of Power s1e5 review – The Mithril MacGuffin


Join Alix (Aiwendil), Bina007, Brett (Whiteraven), Marie (Nymeria) and Matt (Varley) as they discuss the lovely singing of the proto-hobbits (4m); the likely identity of Adar (7m); the Mithril MacGuffin (21m); and Numenor spending a whole episode deciding to go to war (30m). Spoilers for the Silmarillion.

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VoK 716 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e5 review – Dumb Kids


Join the wolves Bina(007), David(HHH), Elle (Nettles), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), (Ser) Patrick (The Tall), Sara (Dr Blood) and Zander (The Lord Baron) as they review episode 5 of House of the Dragon, “We light the Way”. We open with our lemoncake ratings out of 5, and then discuss the momentous, if slightly confusing, events of the episode. Discussion includes the character development of Alicent and Criston, Viserys’s legacy, and how dumb all of these kids are. The aftershow starts at 1hr27m. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books. TW for sexual violence and suicide..

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VoK 714 – Rings of Power s1e4 review – Daddy Issues


Join Bina007, Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the motives of Elrond (3m) in Moria; the identity of Adar and whether its Theo or his sword that really matter in the Southlands (11m); and how far Miriel has agency in Numenor (17m).

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VoK 713 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e4 review – The Dysfunctional Bloodworm


Join Bina(007), David(HHH), Elle (Nettles), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Michael (Khal Wadege), (Ser) Patrick (The Tall) and Sara (Dr Blood) as they review ep4 of House of the Dragon. We open with our lemoncake ratings out of 5, and then discuss how sex and power relationships in Westeros are intertwined with and complicate each other by focussing on the following couples: Alicent and Viserys (9m); Viserys and Otto (19m); Alicent and Rhaenyra (26m); Rhaenrya and Daemon (35m); Viserys and Daaemon (48m); Rhaenrya and Criston (52m). The aftershow starts at 1hr9m. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

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VoK 711 – Rings of Power s1e3


Join Alix (Aiwendil), Bina007, Eddie (Teddard), Jock (MunroJock2), Marie (Nymeria), Matt (Varley), Michal (Inkasrain) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the hotness of Elendil, the stubbornness of Numenorians, the impatience of Galadriel, the selective compassion of Harfoots and the stupidity of Elf-cops. Spoilers for the Tolkienverse abound.

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VoK 709 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e3 review


Join Bina007, Elle (Nettles), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Jock (MunroJock2), (Nuncle) Kevin, Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege) and (Ser) Patrick (The Tall) as they review ep3 of House of the Dragon. Once again, we will not spoil the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

Lemoncake ratings 0m; Rhaenyra character discussion 12m; Viserys/Alicent 40m; Daemon 49m; odds and ends (1hr).

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VoK 707 – Rings of Power s1e1/2 – Can you hear the drums, Palando?


Join Amber(rocks), Bina007, Brett (White raven), Casey (Blue Eyed Queen), Eddie (Teddard), Greg (Claudius The Fool), Matt (Varley), Michal (Inkasrain) and Michael (Khal Wadege) as they discuss the first two episodes of Amazon’s new Rings of Power. Spoilers for all of Tolkien’s published works and adaptations thereof.

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VoK 704 – Wolfcast – House of the Dragon s1e1 review


Vassals Assemble! Wolfcast reconvenes to discuss the new series in the A Song of Ice and Fire Universe – HBO’s House of the Dragon. Join us to review s1e1 with spoilers for all of George R R Martin’s published works but NOT for Game of Thrones, the TV show as it moved ahead of the books.

Hosts: Bina007, Bing (Shoeshiner), Patrick (The Tall), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Eddie (Teddard), Jock (MunroJock1), Marie (Nymeria), David (HHH), Zander (The Lord Baron) and Elle (Nettles)

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VOK 702 – Agatha Christie Minipod 10 – The Seven Dials Mystery


In this spoiler-free episode Bina007 reviews the hilarious thriller, The Seven Dials Mystery, originally published in 1929. Slated by critics, the novel is a superb pastiche of po-faced boys-own spy novels of the time and stars Bundle Brent as a Bright Young Thing out to unmask a secret society. A spoiler-filled discussion of the solution is after the closing music.

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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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