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Driving Home For Christmas

By on Dec 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pack your bags and load the presents, it’s Christmas and it’s time to go home. Your other ‘home’. The one you moved out of as soon as you possibly could and swore never to go back. Except at Christmas. Which it is. So get in the car. You could spend the drive plotting strategies to finally win at Cluedo, but instead, why not download one of our Long Listens and let us take you into the arms of your loving family fully relaxed… or ready for anything.     Let’s get right into the Christmas spirit with a proper winter’s tale. HarperAudio’s got a huge selection on audioBoom, here’s an extract from bestseller Julia Williams’s Coming Home for Christmas. Seems a good place to start. listen to ‘Coming Home For Christmas, By Julia Williams, Read by Penny McDonald’ on audioBoom   Fact: 98% of humans are “hardwired...

The Alternative 12 Days of Christmas

By on Dec 19, 2014 in Staff Picks | 0 comments

Christmas audio is glorious, isn’t it? With just seven days to go, why not find a new set of lyrics to Christmas classic ‘The 12 Days of Christmas‘? Here are some of our suggestions :   Ian McMillan is first up, kicking us off with some with racist pigeons #5RacistPigeons   listen to ‘LISTEN: Ian McMillan @IMcMillan helps with the 12 #Yorkshire Days of Xmas’ on audioBoom   In Yorkshire, there were pints of Tetley’s and trouser ferrets. #6TrouserFerrets   listen to ‘LISTEN: Fantastic version of the 12 #Yorkshire Days of Christmas @LeedsMarkets @newsgirlTracyG @RichardStead @BBCLeeds’ on audioBoom   Funnily enough, at RAF Brize Norton there were some military related items #4TypesOfAircraft   listen to ‘BFBS Brize Norton 12 Days Of Brizemas’ on audioBoom   This list probably epitomises a modern, 12 days to Christmas...

Happy Hanukkah

By on Dec 17, 2014 in Current Affairs | 0 comments

Hanukkah is here! Also known as the Festival of Lights, this eight-day Jewish holiday is observed by the lighting of the nine-branched menorah – with one candle lit on each night of the holiday. To celebrate, enjoy our Hanukkah card. Roll over the image below to see our nine picks over the holiday season   Share this...

25 Years of The Simpsons

By on Dec 17, 2014 in Current Affairs | 0 comments

Its been 25 years since the first full episode of The Simpsons aired on the Fox Network. Ever since, we’ve had many years of “Don’t have a cow!”, the infamous “D’oh!” and family disputes from our favourite dysfunctional American family. The Simpsons’ success story began in 1989 and now after 26 seasons, it has become America’s longest running sitcom and a massive global brand. Stephen Hawking, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Paul McCarthy and Venus Williams are among the many celebrity cameos that have graced Springfield. In tribute to The Simpsons, we’ve put together this interactive video.  Click on the the blue pop-up facts to hear more facts about the acclaimed cartoon. Share this...

A different kind of Winter Wonderland…

By on Dec 16, 2014 in Music | 0 comments

Didn’t get tickets for XFM’s Winter Wonderland? Us neither. So the next best thing, in our humble-totally-unbiased opinion, is to listen to it all here on audioBoom. Monday’s Manchester leg of the show was jam packed with the likes of Wild Beasts, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liam Fray, Circa Waves and Jimi Godwin. And that’s just Manchester. The London finale (Wednesday 17th December) features the likes of Frank Turner, Billy The Kid, To Kill A King, Billy Bragg, Catfish & The Bottlemen (again!), and The Horrors. The annual event is proving to be the highlight of XFM’s calendar and we can see why. The Catfish and the Bottlemen boys are performing both nights, and  just over a week after winning the BBC Introducing Award at the BBC Music Awards the boys are ready to turn things up full throttle.   listen to ‘Van...

#LeadersLive Debate : Nick Clegg takes the hot seat

By on Dec 16, 2014 in Current Affairs | 0 comments

Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg has become the fifth UK party leader to face a panel of 16-24 year olds in the latest ‘Leaders Live’ debate, organised by Bite The Ballot.     When the Liberal Democrats went into coalition with the Conservatives, the party’s youth wing had around six thousand members. Just one year later, that number had halved. Perceived “betrayals” over tuition fees and controversial benefits cuts were among the reasons given for students deserting Nick Clegg and his team. Some seemed to have joined the Greens , others may be among the 800,000 young people who the Electoral Reform Society say are not registered to vote. The Lib-Dems need young voters back.   Clegg claims to have “learnt my lesson” on the issue of tuition fees. Check out some of the best bits from the debate here.   listen to ‘Nick Clegg : Leaders...

The Christmas Party

By on Dec 16, 2014 in Staff Picks | 0 comments

Today is the audioBoom Christmas party! Woohoo!!!   Bring on the Turkey! (Or the vegan alternative!)     So as we pull our crackers and sip our mulled wine, I wonder if we’ll have any of these Christmas party mishaps to giggle about tomorrow morning?       At this Christmas party, there was double denim, karaoke and a challenge to run up the bar tab. (No, its not ours)   listen to ‘The Office Christmas Party’ on audioBoom   1 in 6 will do the ‘walk of shame’ the next morning #Awkward   listen to ‘Christmas Party stats – 4 Dec’ on audioBoom     Ally McCoist: “There is a time and place for a festive enjoyment period”. (Just not during a economic recession).   listen to ‘Rangers cancel Christmas party’ on audioBoom   This is a gem of 1980’s radio.   listen to ‘Radio 2 DJ’s...

Lewis Hamilton wins BBC #SPOTY

By on Dec 15, 2014 in News, Sport | 0 comments

Lewis Hamilton has won BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, the bookies favourites, was runner-up. “I was sitting there saying Rory’s going to have it,” Lewis told the BBC. Hamilton won 34% of the #SPOTY public phone in vote, ahead of Rory McIlory’s 19%. The two time F1 world title winner spoke to the BBC’s R4 Today programme after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix just under a month ago.   listen to ‘Today: Lewis Hamilton’ on audioBoom   It was also a special night for some of the volunteers watching at home as Eddie Izzard asked Sports stars to call from the red carpet to some of the un sung heros of british sport as part of the #BigThankYou Izzard is patron of the charity Join In who teamed up with BBC Get Inspired for the Unsung hero award. This year it was won by Coach Jill Stidever for helping thousands of...