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Here is the largest podcast I have ever done and my last one of 2006.  For your enjoyment my Christmas/Holiday Extravaganza bursting full of seasonal cheer and kids singing.  This week features a interview with a friend of mine, James Mahon as we discuss having a holday in the magical Kingdom of Disney, then it is off to the world of video games with Chris Houle from Iceman Video Games as we discuss thePlaystation 3 and Wii launches and the world of action figures.  Also includes is talk on holiday specials, including a very Sci-Fi one, seasons greetings from listeners and fellow podcasters and more jingle bells than you can shake a stick at.  As a holiday bonous you will get to hear a visit from a certain man in red and a special edition of the audio drama The Scarifyers called the Yule Lads. Music this week is supplied once again by the band thehipcola and this time singer Ayla Brown. As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EST
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Here it is folks, my pre-holiday podcast.  First up this week is my audio book review of Body Double by Tess Gerritsen and then we double the guest count as well.  Joining me this week are fellow podcasters Paul Wilson of the DWO Whocast and James Naughton from Doctor Who: Podshock as we discuss being a landed immigrant and delve into a little Doctor Who, Torchwood and James Bond discussion as well.  I also drop some hints on what to expect for next week's Christmas spectacular.  The seaosn music in this episode is by the band thehipcola and their Christmas album that you can find at http://thehipcola.com/media/.   As usual your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_29.mp3
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This week it is gangs and secret agents take the stage.  First up is my audio book review of White Sister by Stephen J. Cannell, another Shane Scully murder mystery thriller and then it is off to the cinema with another big screen review with Rob.  This time around we went to see Casino Royale the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig.  Not only do we discuss around opinion on 007's newest outing, Rob also goes over the life of author, Ian Fleming, who created the secret spy.  Music on today's show is Uniforms motion picture score by Devin Anderson and Doctor 007 by our good friend Martin Johnson.  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42am EST
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This week we scour the wastelands of humanity and never ending expanses of the human mind and invention.  First up is my unabridged audio book review of Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks, as the Word and Void battle it out over the fate of the world torn apart by war.  My special guest for this week is Martin Johnson, composer of from the recent production of the stage play Evil of the Daleks that took place in England back in October.  We talk about what it is like to write music for such a production and the challenges that went into making music for a stage version of a lost Doctor Who episode.   Also listen to the end of the podcast for a very special announcement concerning our friends at the Lipstick Aliens Podcast.  As usual your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EST
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The wicked and wild are featured in this week's podcast.  First up, we hit the streets of L.A. in the audio book review of The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly a legal thriller where innocence is truly in the eye of the beholder.  Then it is a sidestep to the land of Oz as my friend and co-worker, Melanie Jacobs, joins me on the show for a review of the novel turned Broadway play, Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  So it is tales of murder and Munchkins on the menu for your merriment.  As always your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Direct download: Ramble_26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17am EST
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Well here it is folks, my silver anniversary edition of my podcast.  This week I take the show on the road and cover the D.W.I.N. (Doctor Who Information Network) Who Bash 2006 that took place on Nov. 18th at Rowers Pub in Toronto, Ontario Canada.   In one of my largest episodes ever I talk with 4 people at the mini convention as we discuss Dcotor Who, Science Fiction and even the movie Resident Evil : Apocalypse which was actually filmed in Toronto.  Fans of Doctor Who : Podshock will also be able to hear another first as I meet someone in person who also contributes to that podcast.  A word of thanks goes out to nice guy called Mitch who helped me navigate the subway system of Toronto.  So sit back, pull up your TARDIS, jelly babies and long flowing scarf to enjoy the very first On the Road edition of my podcast.  As always your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12am EST
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On this week's show, saucy and sexy arrives on the podcast.  First up is my audio book review of Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire, a very interesting take on the legend of Snow White.  We then move from the past and blast off into the future as my special guest this week are Lynne and Cat from the Lipstick Aliens Podcast as we talk conventions, revisit Snakes on a Plane, action figures and Science Fiction fun.  As usual your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm EST
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Hey folks, back again for another slice of my ramblings.  This week's show features my audio book review of the classic story The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, the story that started all of the tales from the land of Narnia.  My special guest this week is local businessman and fellow collector, Jake Norris, who runs the Pita Pantry in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada.   We discuss the challenges of running a small business and his very interesting collection of Coca-Cola theme merchandise. This week's podcast  features the song is Don't Wake me Up by Becky Bishop from her album Shapeshifting and promo for possible future guests from the Lipstick Aliens Podcast. As always you comments and suggestions are always welcome. 
Direct download: Ramble_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm EST
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As promised last week, episode 22 is my Halloween special as we take a journey into the unknown and spooky.  First up in one of my largest podcasts ever, is my review of the new DVD release The Hilarious House of Frightenstein : vol 1 as we look back at a cult classic from the 1970's.  The spooky talk continues with my review of the audio book Creepers by David Morrell and Classic Chilling Tales vol. 1, old fashion scares for a modern day audience.  My guest this week is John who talks about his forays into Urban Exploration in my region and some of the challenges he has faced in the field.  As always your comments and sugegstions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EST
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Hi folks, after a little bit of time off  I am back with my pre-Halloween Special this week.  My book review is the audio book Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle, a medical murder mystery thriller and his debut novel.  My special guest this week is fellow podcaster and all around good guy, Paul Wilson of The Whocast, who took some time out of his sick bed to chat with me.  We discuss the quickly approaching All Hallow's Eve, his newly re-vamped website and a very special offer for all my listeners on a new thrilling audio adventure series called The Scarifyers that has started up.  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EST
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I'm back with another fresh podcast and special guests this week.   My featured book review is the audio books The Colorado Kid and Stationary Bike by Stephen King.  My special guests this week are local horse riding instructors Jim and Michelle Ward at Valentia Equestrian who have coached over 200 young riders in my area since 1998.  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

Direct download: Ramble_20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm EST
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After a week break, I am back with another fresh podcast for your consideration.  Inspired by my recent appearance on another podcast called GeekWeek,  I thought I would do a Sci-Fi Special.  First up is my review of the new PS2 game Lego Star Wars 2 : The Original Trilogy that was just released.  My book review with continue the theme with my take on Betrayal by Aaron Allston, the first in the Legacy of the Force novels.  In the feature section for this week I go over the history of the classic science fiction charcter Flash Gordon along with my review of the recently released animated DVD set of the character from the 70's.  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

Direct download: Ramble___19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56pm EST
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This week's show we venture into the cyber world of adults and kids.  First up is my audio book review of Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly, a murder mystery thriller.  My guest interview is with Chris Houle who, along with her husband, Gary,  runs Iceman Video Games in Lindsay, Ontario Canada.  We discuss video games, E3 game show censorhip and the industry in general.  As always your comments and sugegstions are always welcome.

 

Direct download: Ramble_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:07am EST
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This week it is cold hard killers and reptiles in this week's podcast.  First up is my audio book review of The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver and then after that it is another co-movie review with Rob and we talk about Snakes on a Plane that opened recently.  As well as giving out takes on the film, Rob and I also discuss things I have talked about in past podcasts such as Aaron Spelling, ginger beer and the Canadian TV cult classic The Beachcombers.  As always your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm EST
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This week the ladies of power and influence are the focus of my podcast this week.  My audio book review is 2nd Chance by James Patterson with Andrew Gross involving police detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club and my guest is Tanya Gould from my workplace.  Tanya and I talk about her recent move to country life, the world of NASCAR racing and dating tips.  In addition to that I discuss the DVD release of The Best of She-Ra : Princess of Power 2 disc set and the phenomenon which is He-Man and She-Ra.  As usual your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_Episode_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51am EST
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This week is my skin and bones episode of my podcast.  Now, not that it is not full of rambling goodness, far from it.  My audio book review is of Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs, the latest Temperence Brennan mystery.  My guest interview is with Jesse Kalosza who runs the Lucky Devil Tattoo Art Studio in Lindsay, Ontario.  We discuss the art of drawing on skin and how popular it has become and some of his more interesting client requests.  The music for this podcast is by Universal Hall Pass and is called Dragonfly and a link can be found on the website for thier page on Garageband.com and was chosen for what some people get inked on thier bodies.  As always your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:05pm EST
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Well after a little bit of a forced hiatus we are back with a double dose of reviews. First up is my take on the audio book Mary, Mary by James Patterson and then joining me for a another book review and discussion is Anka Peters from Germany. This time around we have an in-depth discussion about the novel Perfume, The Story of Muderer by Patrick Suskind which is soon to be made into a major major picture. You can find the link to the trailer on the website. As always your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07am EST
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This week I have not one but 2 audio book reviews to listen to with my opinions on Rage and Gone by Jonathan Kellerman, 2 novels from his Alex Delaware murder mysteries.  The featured guest is Ray Marshall, former Theatre Manager of the Academy Theatre of the Preforming Arts in Lindsay, Ontario.  We sat down and discussed the live theatre business, ghosts and some of the more interesting things he has seen in his over 20 years in the business.  As usual your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Update 09/26/06 : Ray is now the manager at ShowPlace in Peterborough, Ontario.
Direct download: Ramble_episode_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EST
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This week we head off to the movies again, with a side detour into the land of the dead.  On the show is a book review of A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, a novel of grave consequences and we go to the movies, but this time it is a behind the scenes look. This time around I sit down with the Bill and Sheila from the Century Movie Theatre in Lindsay, who keep the place going.  We discuss the challenges of running a small theatre and where movies are going in this digital age we live in.  In keeping with the summer movie theme I included my long awaited Top 10 Gross moments in movies list.  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:58pm EST
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A mixed bag of podcasting goodness bursting at the seams this week.  This week I pay my respect and talk about legendary tv producer Aaron Spelling and my audiobook review is 1st to Die by James Patterson, the first in the Women's Murder Club Mysteries.  My interview guest is the rturning Paul Wilson of The Whocast and The Halstow Tales and we discuss home brewing and television on a warm summer weekend.  Hope you enjoy and your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_Episode_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:34pm EST
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Here it is folks a little late but jammed packed with podcasting goodness for this week.  This time around I have a sea-faring theme as we feature a audio book review of Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods  and two guests on the podcast.  First up is my friend and co-worker Fred Vselovsky who took part in Dragon Boat Race for Cancer research and my friend Rob as we review the movie Pirates of Carribean : Dead Man's Chest and talk on how we would improve the film and future pirate franchise.  As usual your comments and suggesitons are always welcome.
Direct download: Ramble_With_Russel_-_Ep_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm EST
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Here you go folks my Super edition of my podcast ready for listening.  This week I have a DVD review of Look, Up in the Sky!  The Amazing Story of Superman and the novel The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue.  In additon to that I have a movie review of Superman Returns  with my good friend Rob where we talk about the film and many things super-related.  As always your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

 

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:39am EST
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Here you go folks another episode uploaded and ready to go.  This week I have my semi-spooky theme going with a review of the audiobook Book of the Dead by Douglas Prestion and Lincoln Child and my guest interview is with Paul Wilson of the WhoCast and Halstow Tales.  We discuss  mythology, animation, censorhip and a whole wide range of topics so I hope you enjoy it.  As usual your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:58am EST
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Here you go folks, another fresh episode for this week.   On the show we have my audio book review of Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge and my guest is Dave Illman, Program Director of the radio station BOBFM in Lindsay, Ottario Canada.  We have an interesting chat about the radio business and I ask him a question I have always wanted to ask someone in radio.  I have also included a quick little promo from a future guest's podcast website you can check out at http://www.thehalstowtales.co.uk/ .  As usual your feeback and comments are always welcome at russel.hale@gmail.com.
Direct download: Ramble_With_Russel_-_Episode_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01am EST
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Here you go folks another Fresh podcast to start the week.  On this week's show I give my review of the audio book The 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and a special DVD review on one of the cartoons I discuss with my guest in the interview segment.  The topic of discussion is the highly popular Japanese animation called Anime and Magna with Nicole Scott who is about to pursue a career in the business of bringing these cartoons to your televisions screens.  We talk about the differences between North American and Japanese animation and try ot shed some light on this very pervasive form of art. On a Technical note : I did record the interview while chatting on a bench in a local shopping mall so excuse the background noise.  As always your comments and feedback is always welcome so I hope you enjoy it.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25am EST
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Well it is a few days late but I finally got the space to upload this week's episode.  In this semi-tropical show we have my reviews of Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston and the DVD Penn and Teller - Off the Deep End for you to enjoy.  This week's guest is Joseph Gomez who talks with me about the challenge of leaving his home in Columbia and the immigration process.   On a technical note :  Joe's audio is a little low because I was using my little portable mp3 player/recorder and he is normally a quiet talker.  I will be looking at getting better recording equipment for the future.  As usual your feedback and comments are always welcome.

Direct download: Ramble_episopde_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53am EST
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Well here it is folks, a little later again than I wanted but good to go. In this week's mini show I have my book review of Marley and Me by John Gorgan, a true tale about a trying Golden Lab and my take on X-Men 3 : The Last Stand that opened in theatres this past weekend. I had planned on including my top 10 movie gross out moments this week but ran out of room on the blog site.  Look for it to be included in a future episode.  Once again your feedback and comments welcome.

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_4.mp3
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Well folks here is another fresh podcast for everyone to enjoy.  On this week's show I review the audio book The Narnian by Alan Jacobs which is  about the famous author C.S. Lewis and my special guest is listener Anka Peters from Germany.  We discuss such wide subjects as dating, censorhip, paint ball, German misconceptions and the enegmatic David Hasselhoff.  On a technical note our internet connection was a little rough for the first 2 minutes of the interview so bare with it, it does clear up as the conversation goes on.  As always your comments and feeback are encouraged.

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:57pm EST
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Here you are folks another fresh podcast off the grill.  A little later than what I wanted but heck it is done. In this week's mini-episode you get a little bio on me and the website/podcasts I enjoy and a review of the audio book Digital Fortress by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown.  Plus I give my take on the recent E3 event in L.A.  Enjoy and your feedback is always welcome.

 

Direct download: Ramble_Episode_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:48am EST
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Well here it is my very first podcast uploaded.  This episode includes my review of the audiobook Cell by Stephen King and an interview with James Naughton on podcasting.  I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to any comments and suggestions.

Direct download: Ramble_episode_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST
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