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OddJob Pod Episode 17 - Bond spin-offs we's like to see
On this edition of the OddJob Pod , Gary, Graham and Terry talk about what spin-offs from the Bond franchise we'd like to see turned into films/TV Shows/tribute bands. Which characters deserve fleshing out and which would be best left alone? Click here to d...

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In the latest episode of Whom Pods Destroy Derek, Graham and Terry rejoice in the glory that is Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This is a film that is close to the heart of both Graham and Terry who consider it to be the best, most well rounded, of all the Star Trek films. Better even that Wrath Of Khan.

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Oddjob Pod 16 - James Bond Soundscapes (or Crab Key Island Discs)
In this episode of the Oddjob Pod, Gary, Graham and Terry take a personal journey through the music of the James Bond films. Each of them select two pieces of music that correspond with classic scenes from Bond films and tell us what it is about that music ...

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Oddjob Pod 15 - Sean Connery
Join Gary, Graham and a little bit of Terry as they discuss the Bond films of Sean Connery. We ponder his legacy and the qualities that the actor brought to the character. We also examine how much he influenced Ian Fleming's interpretation of 007 as he cont...

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We're back with another edition of Whom Pods Destroy: A Star Trek Discussion podcast. This time we talk about the Prime Directive.
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Six episodes into our new +Star Trek podcast and it's taking shape nicely. Give it a listen and if your like it, why not share it.

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I wrote this on poppies and Football back in 2011.
On Poppies

Expressing solidarity with soldiers who have died in battle is a political statement. Wearing a poppy symbolises that statement. The poppy is a fundraising device for the Royal British Legion which, although charitable in nature, is political. As much as the poppy may represent a harmless act of charity and remembrance it is still a political symbol and as such is against FIFA rules on political neutrality. That is why England players are not allowed to wear poppies for the match against Spain football match at Wembley this Saturday.

FIFA have to deal with some federations whose national Governments have some pretty strange political views. This is one of the reasons why they ban political symbols on football shirts.

I know it is easy and fashionable to attack FIFA. However, on this occasion, they are right. Were the poppy to be exempt from the rule, the door would be open to politicians and other ne’er do wells to use football to propagate odious ideologies and dodgy politics. If FIFA were to refuse then they would be accused of bias and perhaps colonialism. If they were to agree they would be accused of supporting those same views by the same people criticising them now for not allowing the England team to wear poppies on their shirts.

Unfortunately, there are some folk who are using the poppy ban to push their own anti FIFA agenda. I find this distasteful and disrespectful to the memory of those who died and to those who survived.

Between banning political symbols and people who exploit the memory of the fallen to pursue their own agenda, I am with the former.
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