This was an incredible surprise:
Being part of Radiotopia and making the Allusionist this year has been my best ever job anyway, but it was a real thrill for iTunes to pick it out thus. And Answer Me This as a classic! Classic like a car; classic like a 48-volume set of Sir Walter Scott’s novels…
I haven’t really sent Christmas cards for ten years or thereabouts, and accordingly, I now receive very few cards myself. The latest episode of the Allusionist will ensure that dwindles to nought. Though hearing Horrible Histories historian Greg Jenner describe Victorian Christmas cards (bacon! Killer wasps! Death!), I’m half inclined to get back in.
The episode is at theallusionist.org/christmas, and Greg also talks about why Father Christmas is called Santa Claus. Such a shame he narrowly missed being Captain Christmas…
PS This is your annual reminder to buy the Answer Me This! Christmas, if you crave an hour long special about different festive practices and problems. Helps drown out the sound of the traditional festive family argument.
PPS I know that people talking about sleep and dreams is pretty boring, but I tried to make it as interesting as I could in this interview with Van Winkle’s. Anyone know a cure for hypnopompic hallucinations? Please??
PPPS All the Radiotopians chose their favourite episodes they’ve made this year. Christmas party playlist!