Podwhat? Podcast!


(Previously posted on Facebook) (Last updated 28 January 2012 – further updates will undoubtedly follow.)


The new podcast “Ian Collins Wants a Word” will launch on 31 January 2012.
(Aside from that, you can catch Ian on radio weekly on Stephen Nolan’s show on BBC
5live on Saturdays after 10pm, and see him make regular TV appearances on BBC News and Sky News.)*

Some answers to questions (as previously posted in the Facebook page’s comments):

Q: How do I get Ian’s podcast(s)?
A: From Tuesday 31 January 2012 you can download it and/or subscribe to it using iTunes, or listen to it on iancollins.com.

Q: Why can’t I find Ian’s podcast on iTunes?
A: Because it’s not there yet. It launches 31 January 2012 and won’t be visible before then.

Q: Is there an RSS feed/URL for Ian’s podcast?
A: Not yet. It launches 31 January 2012 and any direct link(s) available from then will be shared when they’re available.

Q: What is a podcast?
A: A podcast is a media file made available on the internet for download to a computer, portable media player, smartphone or other compatible device. Besides Google, a good resource for information about podcasts in general and iTunes podcasts in particular is Apple’s website: click here to read Apple’s web page dedicated to the topic; they also have a page where they answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Q: But I don’t have / I hate Apple/iTunes/etc..?
A: You don’t need an iPhone, iPod or iPad to get podcasts; anyone with a PC or Mac can download podcasts using iTunes or listen to it on iancollins.com.

Q: What about my Android phone/tablet?
A: Android users can sync podcasts like any other files from their computer to their device or use podcast apps as listed on this online article by The Next Web and no doubt other information will be available elsewhere on the web.

Q: That rules me out then, I have a BlackBerry…
A: No, it doesn’t. BlackBerry users can sync from their computer to their device using BlackBerry Media Sync (an extension to your BlackBerry desktop software); once the URL for Ian’s specific podcasts is known you may even be able to download them directly onto your BB using the BlackBerry Podcast App, who knows.

Q: Yeah, but…
A: Bottom line is: any device that can play media files will be able to play podcasts. As for the Ian Collins Wants a Word podcast, if iTunes doesn’t tickle your (device’s) fancy, any web-enabled device should be able to get you to iancollins.com where the podcast will be made available as well.

Q: How can I contribute to Ian’s podcast?
A: Give him a shout on the studio mobile 07789 18 32 62 (from outside UK: +44 7789 18 32 62). He wants rants, opinions, things that annoy you, whatever you like! it’s a normal UK mobile number so not premium rates or anything. If he likes the message he may include it on the programme.

* Ian’s confirmed appearances from now until the end of February are as follows
  (list is subject to change and may not include all TV appearances):
  – Fri 28 Jan ’12 (TV) Sky News 10.30 & 11.30pm;
  – Sat 29 Jan ’12 (TV) BBC News 11.15pm;
  – Sat 29 Jan ’12 (RADIO) BBC 5live 11.30pm & 12.00am;
  – Tue 31 Jan ’12 (PODCAST) Ian Collins Wants a Word;
  – Sat 04 Feb ’12 (RADIO) BBC 5live 11.30pm & 12.00am;
  – Tue 07 Feb ’12 (PODCAST) Ian Collins Wants a Word;
  – Sat 11 Feb ’12 (RADIO) BBC 5live 11.30pm & 12.00am;
  – Tue 14 Feb ’12 (PODCAST) Ian Collins Wants a Word;
  – Sat 18 Feb ’12 (RADIO) BBC 5live 11.30pm & 12.00am;
  – Sun 19 Feb ’12 (RADIO) LBC 97.3 1-4pm;
  – Tue 21 Feb ’12 (PODCAST) Ian Collins Wants a Word;
  – Sat 25 Feb ’12 (RADIO) BBC 5live 11.30pm & 12.00am;
  – Sun 26 Feb ’12 (RADIO) LBC 97.3 4-7pm;
  – Tue 28 Feb ’12 (PODCAST) Ian Collins Wants a Word.

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Re: Collins on TV: Embarrasing Bodies

(Previously posted as a comment in response to Collins on TV: Embarrassing Bodies)

[Is Embarrassing Bodies] TV porn? Absolutely, no doubt about that in my mind. But sadly, besides entertainment this programme does serve another, very important purpose, and I don’t mean in terms of ‘educational’ value to viewers. If anyone ever wondered why any of the ‘patients’ featured on Embarrassing Bodies would be so brave to go on camera with their crooked, prolapsed or otherwise wonky body parts and/or cavities, the answer may well be this: because it gets them medical treatment or surgery they otherwise might not get.

With NHS primary care and hospital trusts already exceeding their budgets year on year, not every NHS trust will authorise surgery that they consider to be ‘cosmetic’ rather than ‘life-saving’ or even ‘functional’. As a patient suffering with any such medical problem you will be subject to the NHS’s now all-too-familiar postcode lottery. And even if the treatment or surgery you so desperately need or want does get approved, your name may be added to a long waiting list before you actually receive it. (Note: even if you thought your private medical insurance might provide where the NHS can’t ― or at least not in your area ― you have no guarantee).

So what better way than to take your fifteen minutes of embarrassment rather than fame on national television to get yourself booked in with a Harley Street specialist who ― at no cost to you* ― will ease your medical problem or possibly even rid you of it altogether? As someone whose life and career are severely blighted and often debilitated by a chronic medical condition, I have to admit that I would jump at such a chance: any such TV appearance, however embarrassing to the patient, would soon be forgotten, yet the impact of the medical treatment offered could be potentially life-changing.

While one of many reasons I got rid of my TV was the high level of ‘bear-baiting for the sake of bear-baiting’, crazy reflections of dumbed-down Britain, and entertainment at the expense of someone, this is one form of TV porn that might actually serve a purpose ― however sad (and pathetic?) that observation may be.

*This only applies to the UK version of Embarrasing Bodies; I don’t know what it’s like for non-UK versions/adaptations of the format, other than the recent exposure of TV fakery in The Netherlands on a similar TV programme.

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