The 9pm Extruded Cheese Snack of Destiny with David F Porteous

David F Porteous in a shot from his final performance at the Acting Out Drama and Public Speaking School. David says: “I did Succession, Marvellous Mrs Maisel, and Frasier. I look mean all the time, by the way.” (Photo: Supplied)

This episode’s special guest is Scottish author and social researcher David F Porteous, who manages to deliver some fascinating commentary on happenings in Britain, while I increasingly suffer the totally unforeseeable effects of wine and gin.

We talk about King Charles III, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, and sewage. We also discuss the important differences between Twisters, Quavers, Nik Naks, and Twiglets, and what wine you should drink with them.

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  • The official website of Scottish Author David F Porteous
  • Author. Podcaster. Social researcher. Karaoke superstar. New novel ‘The Wicker Man Preservation Society’ is out 21 June 21.
  • Quavers are a deep-fried potato-based British snack food. Launched in the UK in 1968, they were originally made by Smith's. Since 1997 they have been produced by Walkers. The name comes from the musical note, quaver.
  • Twisties are a type of cheese curl corn-based snack food product, available mainly in Australia, and other Oceanian countries such as Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, the Southeast Asian countries Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, and the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. They are also available in Europe, but marketed as "Fonzies", and in France as "Belin Croustilles".
  • Nik Naks are a type of extruded corn snack previously manufactured by Sooner Foods in Scunthorpe, England.
  • Twiglets are a wheat-based snack marketed in the United Kingdom that have a "distinctive knobbly shape" similar to that of twigs and a speckled-brown-over-pale-colour appearance. The taste of Twiglets, which has been compared to that of Marmite, primarily derives from the yeast extract used in the coating.
  • The didgeridoo (/?d?d??ri?du?/; also spelt didjeridu, among other variants) is a wind instrument, played with vibrating lips to produce a continuous drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. The didgeridoo was developed by Aboriginal peoples of northern Australia at least 1,000 years ago, and is now in use around the world, though still most strongly associated with Indigenous Australian music.
  • Celebrities pit their linguistic and numerical skills against each other and the clock with often comedic results.
  • I would like to explore some unusual wine pairings. What would you suggest to of with Australia's cheese Twisties?
  • Crab Walk is drinkable average cocktail at 1.4 standard drinks. Stirred with 30ml aquavit norden and 10ml bitters celery kenny with 110ml consomme crab and best with lunch. Just warm serving glass then heat up the crab consomme and splash in the celery bitters. Add in the shot of aquavit and stir in the hot crab consomme and drop stick of celery into glass and served in a old fashioned glass warm.
  • [6 February 2024] King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, says Buckingham Palace. The type of cancer has not been revealed - it is not prostate cancer, but was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
  • Charles I, the king of England, Scotland, and Ireland, was executed on Tuesday, 30 January 1649 outside the Banqueting House on Whitehall, London. The execution, carried out by beheading the king, was the culmination of political and military conflicts between the royalists and the parliamentarians in England during the English Civil War, leading to the capture and trial of Charles.
  • [1 November 2023] King Charles III will attend the UN’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai this year and deliver an address at the opening ceremony, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.
  • [1 December 2023] King Charles delivered an opening address of the COP28 summit on Friday - his first major climate speech since ascending the throne. The monarch has devoted much of his attention to the environment over the last several decades. It will be the third time that the now-King will deliver the opening speech, having done so at Glasgow's COP26 and at COP21 in Paris.
  • [28 November 2023] Tory source says ‘it became impossible for meeting to go ahead’ after Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged return of antiquities to Athens
  • The Elgin Marbles (/??l??n/) are a collection of Ancient Greek sculptures from the Parthenon and other structures from the Acropolis of Athens, removed from Ottoman Greece and shipped to Britain by agents of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and now held in the British Museum in London. The majority of the sculptures were created in the 5th century BC under the direction of sculptor and architect Phidi
  • [1 December 2023] Athens press interpret attire at Cop28 as possible backing over Parthenon sculptures after Greek PM snubbed by Rishi Sunak.
  • Poundbury is an experimental urban extension on the western outskirts of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England. The development is led by the Duchy of Cornwall, and had the keen endorsement of King Charles III when he was Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall. Under the direction of its lead architect and planner Léon Krier, its design is based on traditional architecture and New Urbanist philosophy. The 2021 census showed a population of 4,100.
  • Corn production in Australia is small, producing 0.6% of total world production, compared with the USA which is responsible for about 43% of total world production.
  • [13 November 2024] Minister seeks to allay community concern about releases but admits ‘full ramifications’ of decision yet to be determined.
  • [8 March 2023] In Australia, hostile rhetoric has fuelled a toxic public debate and sought to dehumanise people fleeing harm.
  • [15 November 2023] The government's Rwanda asylum policy, which it says is needed to tackle small boats, is in disarray, after the UK's highest court ruled it is unlawful. The Supreme Court upheld a Court of Appeal ruling, which said the policy leaves people sent to Rwanda open to human rights breaches. It means the policy cannot be implemented in its current form.
  • The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, occurred between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War. During this period of around 100 days, members of the Tutsi minority ethnic group, as well as some moderate Hutu and Twa, were killed by armed Hutu militias. Although the Constitution of Rwanda states that more than 1 million people perished in the genocide, the actual number of fatalities is unclear, and some estimates suggest that the real number killed was likely lower. The most widely accepted scholarly estimates are around 500,000 to 800,000 Tutsi deaths.
  • [23 February 2024] Liz Truss was at the CPAC Conference in Washington D.C., where other speakers include Donald Trump, Argentina's Jaavier Milei, El Salvador's president Nayib Bukele and Nigel Farage.
  • [22 February 2024] Failed former Prime Minister flew across the Atlantic to speak at CPAC - America’s biggest right-wing conference - and all-but endorsed Donald Trump to return to power.
  • [22 February 2024] Liz Truss has told an audience near Washington that the civil service is being staffed by “trans activists” and “environmental extremists”
  • [23 February 2024] The former prime minister said she was thwarted by the 'deep state' which opposed her mini-budget and caused the downfall of her government.
  • Haggis pakora is a Scottish snack food that combines traditional Scottish haggis ingredients with the spices, batter and preparation method of Indian and Pakistani pakoras. It has become a popular food in Indian and Pakistani restaurants in Scotland, and is also available in prepared form in supermarkets.
  • [24 January 2024] To celebrate Burns Night (25th January), Ting Thai in Glasgow city centre and on Byres Road have created a haggis pad thai dish available to order on Deliveroo. Its a mix of haggis, egg, rice noodles, Ting Thai’s sweet and spicy sauce, topped with a crispy haggis crumble and Thai chilli flakes to bring extra spice. 
  • [26 January 2024] This year, restaurant Rosa's Thai have taken their signature chilli and basil pad kra prow and given it a limited edition Scottish twist for Burns Night.
  • [19 April 2021] Untreated waste regularly flows into waters across England and Wales. Is it time to radically rethink sewerage – or do away with sewers altogether?
  • [11 July 2021] Six years after Good Witch, I've written another book. It's called The Wicker Man Preservation Society and it's in all the places you would normally get books, in all the places around the world.
  • The Irukandji jellyfish (/?r??kænd?i/ irr-?-KAN-jee) are any of several similar, extremely venomous species of rare jellyfish. With a very small adult size of about a cubic centimetre (1 cm3 or 0.061 in3), they are both the smallest and one of the most venomous jellyfish in the world.

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