Podcast 303: This is our Everest, Part Forty-Nine – Look at Life

by | Jul 22, 2021

On this week’s Bonus Everest there’s a special treat for all of you long-suffering listeners who miss Ian desperately and are yearning to be free. Because this time, Edward has been joined by Chris Oakley from (among many other things) The Football Attic: Rewind podcast, a fellow avowed enthusiast of all things retro, to help take you through five episodes of the venerable Rank Organisation documentary series Look At Life.

As Edward and Chris look on and learn about subjects as varied as dangerous jobs, waste disposal or the rise of the supermarket, there’s no shortage of issues for discussion. We meet a 55-year old man called Tornado who rides the Wheel of Death on a professional basis, while Chris recounts similarly precarious circumstances from his own CV involving two ladders, a plank and a recklessly negligent Kiwi signwriter.

Britain is rebuilt using her two most abundant natural resources: rocks and household waste, we encounter the hippest and most pallid cats on the coffee bar scene and Tubby Isaac is on hand with lashings of malt vinegar to top the whole thing off to a nicety. How might Sid James have felt about Brexit? Was Jack Brabham a closet Englishman? And what is the best thing to serve as an accompaniment to a tin of bees? We attempt to find out. You can find all the episodes of Look At Life we watched here. You can keep up to date with Chris by looking at his website, www.kitbliss.co.nz.

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