Is This Thing On?

Is This Thing On?

By Sachin Nakrani/Lindsey Bowers
A podcast about life, drinking... and other stuff
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Episode 8 - The Clive Whittingham Break
"It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling, and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it's the most wonderful time of the yeeeeaaarrrr!!!!" OK, so it's not Christmas quite yet, but it is the last episode of Is This Thing On? before the decorations go up and the mince pies are purchased so Sachin and Lindsey are in festive, end-of-year mood as they gather over a bottle of red wine at The Duke. The pair reflect on their highs and lows of the year, which includes chats about the Royals and a footballer who has apparently never heard of the Nazis. Before that there's also a discussion about Twitter etiquette, which gets pretty heated.  Finally, as ever, there is the quiz (PUB QUIZ!), which also has an end-of-year feel to it as Sachin and Lindsey test how much the other person has been listening to them during the previous seven episodes of ITTO? Sadly, this particular episode contains some sound issues. Yes, the crackling and popping is back, but it's only around for the first 20 minutes and, like last time, does not mask the discussion during that period. So please tune in, stick with the episode and, as ever, enjoy. HO! HO! HO!
1:02:04
December 2, 2019
Episode 7 - 176 Goals (with Matt Forde)
Sachin and Lindsey are on their travels, heading over to The Holly Bush in Hampstead, north London, to speak with the brilliant comedian and broadcaster Matt Forde. Matt proves to be wonderful company over a few pints of London Pride and a few glasses of white wine, talking at great length and with incredible passion about a topic that is close to his heart - politics. Hear why he thinks Brexit is not actually about Brexit and why he has well and truly fallen out of love with Labour, a party he joined as a teenager, worked for as an adult but simply cannot vote for while Jeremy Corbyn remains leader - including at the upcoming general election. There's plenty of laughs too, including when the group discuss their favourite House of Commons Speaker and Lindsey recalls the weird cuddle dream she had with a less-than-cuddly politician. Oh, and as ever there's the quiz, which provides a truly jaw-dropping moment for all concerned.  So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please Rate and Review. Cheers!
1:19:12
November 17, 2019
Episode 6 - I Hate Apples
Sachin and Lindsey are back on the red wine as they delve into a couple of really interesting topics - meeting famous people and the idea of a mid-life crisis.  Is it actually a good thing to meet famous people and, specifically, your childhood heroes? Sachin once thought 'yes' but after a recent, horrible experience with someone he has adored for most of his life, he's no longer sure. Lindsey, on the other hand, is all for it. She also has an unexpected and fascinating shout for the famous person she'd most like to sit down with and talk to about their life. A mid-life crisis: is it actually a thing? Yes according to Sachin, who is adamant he is going through one right now. Lindsey, too, is struggling with a few things having recently turned 35. Both of your hosts are incredibly honest and articulate on what is a bit of a taboo subject. Finally, as ever, there is the quiz (PUB QUIZ!), and the lead-out song, which is a banger.      So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please Rate and Review. Cheers!
1:03:21
November 3, 2019
Episode 5 - Baby Sitter (with Bella Hull)
It's miserable outside but lovely inside as Sachin and Lindsey are joined at The Duke by comedy star of the future, Bella Hull. Sachin saw Bella perform stand-up at an open mic night in London and immediately thought, "wow, she's great - we need to get her on the pod", and thankfully she accepted the invite.  Listen as Bella talks about doing comedy as part of Cambridge University's fabled Footlights society and how she's transferred that to the gruelling environment of the open mic circuit. Oh, and she does her 'Portuguese joke', which is pretty fantastic.  There's also chat about Lindsey's recent birthday celebrations, the benefits of dry shampoo and Joker, the movie which has divided opinion on social media and does so again at a certain pub in east London.  Finally, as ever, there is the quiz (PUB QUIZ!), which on this occasion is all about the greatest decade ever - the 90s. So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please, PLEASE, Rate and Review. Cheers!
1:00:33
October 20, 2019
Episode 4 - Ignore and Block
Sachin and Lindsey are back at The Duke for a very different episode of ITTO? This one is really raw and really honest as the guys discuss their experiences with online trolls and anxiety. Over two bottles of red wine (yes - TWO), Sachin and Lindsey open up about some very personal stuff and how it's had, and continues to have, an impact on their lives.  But don't worry, it's not all heavy going. There's also some TV-related chat as well as a couple of stories regarding weird experiences with people who cut hair.  Finally as ever, there is the quiz (PUB QUIZ!), which this time is a Lindsey-led round of 'would you rather?' Warning - it involves talk about poo.  So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please Rate and Review. Cheers!  
1:00:15
October 6, 2019
Episode 3 - Grandmother called me The Baby (with Storm Huntley)
It's a special episode of ITTO? as Sachin and Lindsey leave The Duke and head over to The Blue Boat in Hammersmith, west London, in order to talk to Storm Huntley, co-host of the Jeremy Vine Show and, as Sachin and Lindsey discover, a stinking-rich property baron (sort of).   Storm chats working with the legend that is Jeremy Vine, meeting the legend that is Louis Theroux and being a woman in the media - the challenges and the choices and what needs to be done to make the entire industry more equal and fair.  Over quite a few glasses of red wine, Storm also reveals the origins of her kick-ass name and takes part in a quiz with Lindsey, all while keeping an eye on her dog and best buddy, Boo. What a woman and what a brilliant, brilliant guest.  So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please Rate and Review.  Cheers!
55:28
September 22, 2019
Episode 2 - Pitch Beef
Guess who's back, guess who's back? That's right, Sachin and Lindsey are back, and they're here with the next installment of the podcast critics are calling "vague", "nonsensical" and "like two weirdos sitting in a boozer and wasting everybody's time, including their own". Well sod 'em because Is This Thing On? is a great podcast and this second episode proves it as Sachin and Lindsey, back at The Duke and with alcohol in hand, discuss a brilliant HMV-related thread on Twitter, where they were when Princess Diana died, the merits of wedding speeches (spoiler alert: they're rubbish) and wrap things up with a quiz. Is Brad Pitt still really good looking? They discuss that too! So download, listen and love. And after you have - tell your friends to do the same. And all of you - please Rate and Review. That would be so, so lovely. Cheers! 
57:16
September 8, 2019
Episode 1 - Freddie Mercury or Dinosaurs
NEW PODCAST KLAXON!  Yes, that's right, some more schmucks have decided to get into the podding game and these schmucks are called Sachin Nakrani and Lindsey Bowers; Londoners in their 30s who like a drink and like a chat and thought, 'Hey, why don't we do those two things at the same time, hit record on a nearby laptop and put the whole thing out as something other people can listen to?' So that's what they've done. Is This Thing On? is a fortnightly podcast that will tackle literally each and every topic Sachin and Lindsey can be bothered to talk about, and in this debut episode, recorded at ITTO? headquarters - The Duke pub in Wanstead, east London - they discuss how they met (on Twitter), what they do for a living (both journalists) and exactly how they came to creating a podcast that is about everything but also about nothing. There's also some chat about Instagram, weddings, hangovers and a Q&A that leads to Lindsey, who by this stage is quite clearly very tipsy, telling a truly awful  joke about a man called Keith.  Enjoy! 
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August 20, 2019