David and Russell would like to welcome you to Old News! In each episode we'll be discussing news items from the past, sometimes recent past, sometimes much older. News items that might make people think “I wonder what happened about…?” We’re new to podcasting so constructive feedback is always welcome. Please get in touch with us by using the comments section, using our email oldnewspodcast@gmail.com or Tweet @oldnewspod


We'd like to thank: Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music Peter Kitson for the use of his voice.


Episode 22: The Bhopal Disaster

October 22, 2018 @ 10:29 pm

Episode 22 in which we remember the 1984 Bhopal disaster, David takes a natural break and Russell tells "The Toilet Story".

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Episode 21: The North East Regional Assembly

August 25, 2018 @ 5:49 pm

Welcome to Season 2 of the Old News Podcast!

Freedom from the Humber to the Tweed! In this episode we have more referendum talk, this time about the North East England regional assembly referendum.

David calls for the establishment of the People's Democratic Republic of Northumbria while Russell agitates for the Royal and Ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. Eventually we settle on re-establishing the Danelaw and requesting admittance to the Nordic Council. We also consider annexing Strathclyde.

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Episode 20: Ben Johnson

April 7, 2018 @ 10:56 pm

First of all I would like to apologise for how late this episode is, it was recorded in March when the Winter Olympics were still on and it was snowing rather heavily here in the UK. It is all my fault not Russell's, I have been struggling to concentrate on editing for any period of time and have only been able to do it in short bursts. Here it is though, I hope you enjoy it.


In this episode we leave our comfort zone and talk about sport. Yes, anyone who knows us knows that neither of us have a clue when it comes to sportsball, but we’re going to get a little bit controversial talking about nobody’s favourite Canadian sprinter - Ben Johnson.

We also thank a man in a Land Rover and Russell suggests the possibility of allowing outboard motors in Olympic swimming.

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Episode 19: The Millennium Bug

February 25, 2018 @ 10:43 am

And...we're back! In this here episode 19 we discuss the Year 2000 or Y2K problem. What it was, what caused it, similar issues in the past and future, and the effects it has had on today's world.

David unleashes the Haylinator on an unsuspecting world and we also welcome our Wikipidean overlords after a very strange interruption...

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Episode 18: Old News Back In The News

December 31, 2017 @ 12:21 am

We're looking back over all our old episodes and bring them up to date with anything that has happened over the last two years. There's a surprising amount.

There's trips down several memory lanes and of course Russell has more car problems! He should probably just get the bus.



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Last Tuesday’s News

November 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

This is the episode you've all been waiting for! We've been trailing it for over a month now but this is the joint episode we did with the guys from The Last Tuesday Project.

Just to explain what happens: Russell and David acted as the first ever joint "Dimblebies", we gave them one subject to discuss but they're allowed to veto that subject and move on to our second choice but if they do that they aren't allowed to go back to the first. We all then get one hour to research the subject (David and Russell may or may not have cheated on that) and then come back and talk about what we found out. You'll have to listen to find out how it went.

It was great fun to record and we can't thank Alex from TLTP for doing all the hard editing work, it can't have been easy.

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Episode 17: The BALTIC

November 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

We're getting out of our comfort zone this time and talking about art, specifically the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Meanwhile, Russell is having yet more car trouble, uses the word "bunkum" and David reveals how much he reviles a particular dead art critic.

If you'd like to feed back on the subject matter or the advertising that we are trying out get in touch via e-mal oldnewspod@gmail.com, tweet @OldNewsPod or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

We'll also be posting pictures of the Quayside area of Newcastle and Gateshead on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can see what we mean about the area.

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Episode 16: The Human Genome Project

November 8, 2017 @ 12:09 am

Remember the Human Genome Project? Remember how it was going to change all our lives? We look into what happened. Is it going to take another 40 years?

Meanwhile, Russell discovers "Some kind of bacterial thing", David gets his third new job in a year and we have 3 whole new "Old News" stings! Plus a little treat at the beginning!

Remember if you'd like to send in a sting for us just record yourself saying "Old News" in any way you like and send it to oldnewspod@gmail.com

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Episode 15: BSE Mad Cow Disease

October 2, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

After Russell's trip to Canada Old News is back with another marathon about BSE, or Mad Cow Disease as you might know it.

We find out about how boring David's job sounds, which countries we're big in and we invent the Trudeau Scale of Canadian-ness.

We're still looking for "Old News" stings from our listeners. Record them on any device you like, in any format you like, and send them to us at oldnewspod@gmail.com

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Episode 14: The Boxing Day Tsunami

August 21, 2017 @ 6:00 am

A tired sounding Russell and David discuss the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (known in Britain as the Boxing Day tsunami), the events of the day, the reconstruction, the charity effort, and the unexpected outcomes.

David also reveals his yearning to own a fez as his podcasting hat and we invite our listeners to send us recordings of themselves saying "Old News" for us to use as links.

If you would like to send us an "Old News" record it in any way you like, in any file format, and e-mail it to us at oldnewspod@gmail.com

**This episode was recorded two weeks ago which is why there is no mention or condemnation of current events**

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