Tom S, Chris and Marsh try to fathom the bloody ways of Stoneshard, bloody the fathoms in Maneater, embrace doldrums in Sludge Life, bang the old drum for Fez, make other things go bang in Receiver 2, and probe wholes, holes and souls in The Witness.

At the beginning of this episode we express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and Black and minority communities throughout the US and across the world who are protesting racial injustice.

We understand the responsibility that we have as people with privilege to educate ourselves, and to contribute our time and resources to combatting racism and discrimination in our day to day lives and in the industry to which we contribute.

We are taking some immediate action in the form of charitable donations to Black Lives Matter and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. We are also investigating ways that we can use the podcast to support worthy causes in the future.

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On with the show notes!

  • Why does Stoneshard want me not to play it?
  • Tag up late-capitalism in Sludge Life
  • Meticulously modelled mechanisms of troubling purpose: Receiver 2
  • Eco-chomp through a world of decrepit, indolent human dipshittery in the resolutely 6-out-of-10 Maneater.
  • Go beyond the infinite (in two delicious flavours) with Fez.
  • Gallop at the speed of a free and beautiful horse in The Witness.
  • This is Portmeirion, by the way.

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Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.

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