Regular readers will have noticed that these days Mum doesn’t have much time for writing. With my Aussie job, and Aussie family life and home renovations in full swing I don’t get to do much for myself (or for others that aren’t in my direct family or line of sight).
However, I have managed to acquire a new addiction; and it’s something that helps me stay in touch with the UK (where I’m originally from) and increase my awareness and appreciation of my new home.
Mum’s new addiction is: Podcasts.
I spend about five hours a week commuting to work by public transport. This time used to be spent browsing email and Facebook, or staring out of the window wishing the trip would be over sooner.
Since I recently expanded by Podcast library, my journey to / from work is now my favourite part of the day. I’ve lost count of the educational, inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking words I’ve listened to.
How to listen to Podcasts on your iPhone
I have an iPhone and use the free Podcasts app from Apple. From the app, it’s easy to search Podcasts by theme and topic.
I’m subscribed to a number of podcasts and regularly download their latest offerings.
There are other apps available that help you sort and store a high volume of podcasts, and create playlists.
Podcasts Mum recommends
For staying in touch with life in the UK, I have a two favourite Podcasts;
1. Graham Norton on Radio 2 – Graham Norton’s radio show has plenty of laughs and he generally interviews celebrities with music to release, or a new TV show or movie to promote. It’s a great way to stay in touch with the latest releases in the UK, specifically on British TV and in theatre (we know what to look forward to when things are eventually released down under!)
2. BBC World Service – I get my daily international news fix from the BBC World Service podcast.
For broadening my horizons on life down under, I regularly listen to several ABC podcasts;
1. Conversations with Richard Fidler is one of Australia’s most downloaded podcasts and a favourite of Mum’s. It’s a good way to learn more about Australian house-hold names, as well as learn about the latest book releases and current affairs.
2. Life Matters is another ABC show that conducts interviews relating to contemporary Australian life. Discussions often have a family / female focus.
Getting started with Podcasts
Hopefully you’ll enjoy Mum’s favourite podcasts, but if these podcasts don’t take your fancy browse through Apple’s Top 10 Podcast listings per country. You can also look at the charts from your iPhone.
Listening to Podcasts from UK-based presenters makes me feel more connected to my country of origin, and broadening my range of Australian-based podcasts helps me feel at one with my new home. It’s win, win with Podcasts!
If you’re a Podcast addict, like Mum, please share details of your favourite Podcasts in the comments below – especially if they help you stay connected with your past, or learn more about your new home. Thank you.
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