This week marks our birthday: Skylines is a whole year old. I’ve done thirty episodes of this stuff now.
Aaaaanyway: to mark this momentous occasion, I decided to invite two people who’ve been key to the success of Skylines back, to talk about whatever weird stuff they wanted to. First up, one time co-host Barbara Speed is back, to tell us about her long-time obsession with Greggs.
Yes, the “popular high street bakery chain”.
No, really, that’s what we’re talk about. I mean, we talk a bit about what the success of the chain tells us about the British High Street, but for the most part, we’re just talking about Greggs, and why Barbara is obsessed with it.
If you want to know more, she wrote about this map of the chain’s 1,600 odd branches back in December 2015:
This Map of Greggses in the UK and How We’re All Going To Die pic.twitter.com/YIoUmiDDcD
— Barbara Speed (@bspeed8) September 24, 2015
Then, a man without whom we wouldn’t be here at all – our erstwhile producer, Roifield Brown, who was responsible for giving me the push I needed to start a podcast in the first place – pops by to tell us about his own obsession.
In his case, it’s the failings and future of his home town, England’s second city, Birmingham. (I wrote a lot about Birmingham, and the wider West Midlands, in this series last year.)
Thanks to Barbara, Roifield and Stephanie, and to all the other people who’ve deigned to come and talk nonsense into a microphone with me over the last year. And, y’know, thanks for listening, to it, too.
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