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Episode 17 – Albums

Sep 25, 2022 | Season 2

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The Cat is back! Kicking off Season 2 with some little-known pub trivia, some Australian TV kitsch, and special guest, er… J. Ashley-Smith? Kaaron warns against the dangers of cigar-shaped UFOs, and Aaron researches insects that kill other insects to wear their corpses. Joseph delves into his ancestry to discover unknown family members, moustaches, and the mystery of the missing Rodin. Also discussed are secret societies, our receptivity to particular kinds of ideas, the joys of the longest of long-form fiction, and family sagas as told through a photo album. Not forgetting Aaron’s accordion philosophy of compressed time, Slaughterhouse Five, gutter-fudge, and Kaaron’s delicious flying-saucer biscuits. Also sadness without sentimentality, and the Jim Jones Kool Aid Space Telescope.

That English guy who’s not Andy Garcia is, in fact, Mark Strong. And, of course, the pub quiz should have referred not to Andy Garcia’s Siamese twin, but to his conjoined twin.

Some of the bits and bobs discussed in this episode include:

  • The mighty @BoschBot
  • Junji Ito’s ‘Honoured Ancestors’, from the collection Shiver
  • Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Dwayne’s Depressed, Where the Light Goes, Rhino Ranch, and Terms of Endearment
  • Neville Shute’s On The Beach, A Town Like Alice, and In The Wet
  • That old Sony ad (which we’ll share if Kaaron can find a link…)
Sepia photo of J's great-grandfather and a bicycle
Old photo of J's great-grandfather and his extraordinary moustache
J's grandfather Ewart (the little one), with sister Doreen and elder brother Ronald
J's grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandfather on holiday. Last photo of Ashley Smith alive.
J's great-grandmother and Doreen at the grave of Ashley Smith
Outside the Officer's HQ in Dusseldorf 1945
Inside the Officers HQ Dusseldorf 1945
B&W photo of Rodin's Age of Bronze, with story by Ewart
J's grandfather Ewart at the Officers HQ in Dusseldorf 1945