Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Firstly, I'd just like to thank you all for the incredible response to my decision to focus on university for the next few months. I've been completely overwhelmed and appreciate every message. Now, on to the matter at hand. Some of you will be aware that iTunes decided to delete all my podcasts from iTunes, and despite my requests for a reason has not told me why. I think I know what the problem was though, but it means that the old feeds have died and I've had to reupload all my episodes. They are now back in iTunes, but you'll need to resubscribe. And I hate to do this, but if you could leave a few nice reviews that would be lovely of you, considering that they've now disappeared from the charts. The feeds are here:

Hannibal -

Arab Spring -

Alexander -

For those of you who do not use iTunes, the new feeds are and

Because of the rather bizarre set-up I've created to solve the problem which removed the other feeds from iTunes, these new feeds work differently from the old ones, and will try to download themselves if you click them, so just copy the link into your podcatcher.

Best wishes,

Friday, 21 February 2014


Hi there listeners, I have some very important news which I don't want to say, but life has a terrible habit of getting in the way of plans. It is with much regret that I'm announcing the show is going on a temporary hiatus, probably until June. I've just received my exam results for January, and while they are good, they are not as good as I wanted. I'm currently averaging at 68.5%, and I need 70% for a first class degree. No matter what I do for the next 4 months it is going to be a fine line between a first class and an upper second class degree, and I need to do everything I can to do the best I can with university. Unfortunately, after much thought, I've decided that I need my weekends for studying rather than podcasting. If I was off my target by a few marks, and hadn't done everything I could to get it, I just wouldn't be able to live with myself. I would hate to harbour resentful thoughts against the podcast when it brings so much joy to my life. I'm not saying there will be no podcasts between now and June, but there will be no schedule, and there may be very long gaps between episodes. You all have my most sincerest apologies.
Your humble podcaster, Jamie

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A History Of: Hannibal. Episode 61 - Greece 101

 This week we turn to the fifth theatre of the war, Greece. We have a high speed historical overview, before getting into the narrative with Philip V of Macedonia in 217. Featuring special guest Rob Monaco of The Podcast History of Our World.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Arab Spring: A History. Episode 21 - Iraq to Revolution

This week, for the first time since episode 9, we return to Iraq. We follow the turbulent period after 1939 which Nuri al-Said dominated until the Iraqi Revolution of 1958.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

A History Of: Hannibal. Episode 60 - Let's Talk Teutoburgerwald

This week we are joined by token Welshman Tom Vaudin for Let's Talk Number 4 - Teutoburgerwald. As my friend Tom is something of a specialist on the Teutoburgerwald we talk about the lead up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath, as well as the Roman army in the early imperial period. Now this is a Let's Talk, so we must have tangents. We talk about The Hobbit, Les Miserable, the geography of Mordor, Manchester City's excellent run of form, the disasters that have befallen Manchester United (YES!) and a very detailed analysis of the first Formula One test of 2014 at Jerez, with particular attention given to the problems that Red Bull are having.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Arab Spring: A History. Episode 20 - Turmoil

This week we take Turkey through the rise of collapse of the Democratic Party, as the economy turns sour and chaos envelops the country. The army is left to hold everything together.