Thursday, June 30, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Star Wars Characters From Episodes 1 to 3

Adam from Australia has emailed with his list of the best Characters From Episodes 1 to 3, so we proudly read them out on :-

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten People Rob Wont Miss When They Go

Rob from was in such a bad mood today that he started compiling hate lists, if you want to agree or disagree then email

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Ways To Cope In Hot Weather

In all this warm weather we are having recently Rob took it upon himself to knock out a Top Ten list for :-

Please keep those emails coming in to and don't forget we have 2 days left to get into the Top 50 at Podcast Alley, so please - today we are in the charts!

Monday, June 27, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Office Pranks

We all like to have a little fun when we work. Rob has compiled his Top Ten list of :-

Here is the video which goes along with the number one of the Top Ten Office Pranks (check out the podcast mp3 first though), and thanks to Terry W for helping film this:-


Sunday, June 26, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Scottish Misconceptions

Mark from the has not only been trying to get us into a decent position in , but busy writing lists. He was so fed up with peoples misconceptions about those wonderful Scottish people that he wrote the a list of them for us here at :-

Mark goes on to explain in depth in his email to about rain, this explanation is probably best kept to the shownotes:

"...a large piece of Scotland is made up of the ruggedly scenic Highlands, where annual rainfall exceeds 1600mm (63 inches). In comparison, a huge proportion of Scotland, some 3730 square miles, has an annual rainfall of less than 800mm (31 inches). Moreover, many districts in the north and east of the country have a total rainfall of less that 250mm (10 inches) on average over the four Summer months, which is comparable with the drier parts of England."

Saturday, June 25, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Non Human Actors

Humans ain't perfect, especially when it comes to acting (there is a list with J-Los name all over it somewhere). Sometimes its time to step to one side and let something else do the acting. Rob brings his list of the ten non human actors. Remember to keep your lists, comments, audio comments, podcast promos and sponsorship offers flooding into

Friday, June 24, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Office Time Wasting Techniques

Sorry to Giles from Australia who emailed us at a while ago, we have been so disorganised that we haven't had a chance to present his list of Top Ten Office Time Wasting Techniques on Due to the popularity of our iPodder advert we have been busy writing another script to appeal to our American audience :-

Thursday, June 23, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Cult Shows

Its listener list today, not only does Rowley from Dark Compass provide us with server space, but also writes excellent show material. He just wrote them, sent them in to, then we posted them here on - here are the Top Ten Cult Shows:-

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Alternate Doctor Who Actors

With Christopher Eccleston leaving the role of Doctor Who we compiled a Top Ten list of true Englishmen who we thought would make a great replacement. Stay tuned at the end of todays show on, we have produced an exclusive public information advert for podcasting. If you haven't already switched off half way through then wait until the end for some hidden outtakes:-

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We have recently switched hosting, thanks to Sir Rowland Cutler from the DarkCompass podcast for helping us out with our new servers. During the update we have made some changes to the MP3 tags including some new album art, please let us know if we have got things right or wrong by leaving us some comments on our web site or emailing Once everyone is happy we will be shifting the entire back catalogue over to the new server with the latest tags and filename conventions.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Things Everyone Thinks They Could Do

Thanks to Al from Rhode Island, USA for this list. He sent an email to and we just put it up on our web site :-

  • 10 – Write song lyrics
  • 9 – Design a web site
  • 8 – Write movie reviews
  • 7 – Be a comedian
  • 6 – Write comedy
  • 5 – Invent the next hot selling item
  • 4 – Work in sports
  • 3 - Write Top Ten Lists
  • 2 – Name anything
  • 1 – Write a book

Saturday, June 18, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Financial Surprises

Rob from is a right old skinflint. He hates parting with his hard earned green. He went bowling and hasn't stopped complaining about the rip-off since. He's got himself in such a tizz that he has put together a top ten list of financial surprises. Email us at and tell if you think Rob is right to moan about the price of bowling...:-

  • 10 – Going bowling
  • 9 – Extended Warranties
  • 8 – Holidays
  • 7 – Bank fees
  • 6 – Buying a house
  • 5 – When electrical appliances go wrong
  • 4 – Wine bar
  • 3 - Plumbers
  • 2 – Car repairs
  • 1 – Vets bills

Friday, June 17, 2005

TOTP - Jon's Top Ten Crisp Flavo(u)rs

Jonathan from likes crisps and eats far too many of them - so much so that he has had to employ a personal trainer to come round and kick his fat crispy ass into shape before he goes on his holiday. So to celebrate his love of crisps, Jon decided to list his top ten favourites... Email us at and tell us which flavours you like best:-

  • 10 – Walkers Beef & Onion
    Is this the brummies fave crisp? I heard it was once on a comedy routine.
  • 9 – Walkers Salt & Vineger
    Demoted. Not what they used to be.
  • 8 – American QuarterBacks
    New entry due to being reminded of their existance during conversation about top ten crisp flavours.
  • 7 – Tangy Toms
    At 10p a bag they were a bargain - do they still exist?
  • 6 – Scampi Fries
    Problem: they stink
  • 5 – Walkers Roast Chicken
  • 4 – Flamin' Hot Monster Munch
  • 3 - Roast Beef Monster Munch
  • 2 – Salt & Vinegar twists
    Not garage ones - they are always rubbish
  • 1 – M&S Prawn Cocktail shells
    Waitrose also do them, but pipped by M&S
    Why did Sainsbury stop doing them?

Thursday, June 16, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Reasons To Use Skype

Jonathan and Rob from like are crazy about Skype. So crazy in fact that Rob came up with ten whole reasons why you lot should use Skype too. Email us at and tell us if you are crazy about skype too. Or if you like, you could skype us - topofthepods is our ID:-

  • 10 – Skype Chat
  • 9 – Great studio integration
  • 8 – Skype In
  • 7 – You can use a traditional style phone with it
  • 6 – Runs on a Pocket PC
  • 5 – Voicemail
  • 4 – Skype Out
  • 3 - Portablility
  • 2 – Ability to call a complete stranger (Skype Me)
  • 1 – It's Free

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Cool Brands

Jonathan from likes his brands. Some might say he's a marketeers dream. Others might say he likes to waste money on overpriced crap. Well, Jon came up with some interesting if not lazy items in his top ten cool brands. The phrase scraping the barrel does come to mind on some of his choices. And where do you think Apple came in his top ten? Email us at and tell us what you favourite brands are - hopefully they wont include washing machine makers:-

  • 10 - Ferrari
  • 9 - MTV
  • 8 - Meile (????)
  • 7 - BBC
  • 6 - Carlsburg
  • 5 - Sony
  • 4 - Adobe
  • 3 - Smart
  • 2 - Apple
  • 1 - Howies

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Things Rob Can't Live Without

Here at we like our stuff. We like the little things that make our little lives that little bit more interesting. Some of these things we just can't live without and with this in mind Rob decided to put pen to paper and mouth to mic and let us in on a few little secrets - His top ten list of things he just can't give up. Email us at and tell us how many of these things you can't live without. There may be a few you agree with, but there are probably a few you are thinking are a little odd. Sorry about that. That's just Rob:-

  • 10 - Oscilating Fan
  • 9 - Ketchup
  • 8 - Podcasting
  • 7 - Music
  • 6 - Cheese (?)
  • 5 - Foreign Travel
  • 4 - Nice Cup Of Tea and Some Sugar
  • 3 - Cleaning Teeth
  • 2 - Pocket PC
  • 1 - The Internet

Monday, June 13, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Things you shouldn't have on your car

Here at we get very irritated by some car drivers. Rob has been spending too many hours behind the wheel in traffic jams getting upset by other drivers stupid bits attached to their stupid cars. Email us at and tell us how many of these you are guilty of:-

  • 10 – Baby on board notice
  • 9 – Nodding dogs
  • 8 – Travel blankets
  • 7 – Stupid blue lights
  • 6 – Beaded seat cover
  • 5 – Extra bodywork
  • 4 – Alloys
  • 3 - Bad paint jobs
  • 2 – Stickers saying Chas and Dave
  • 1 – Anything hanging from the mirror

Sunday, June 12, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Tips For Dealing With Bad Customer Service

Its the show about standing up for yourself as a consumer, try a few of these for tips when dealing with complaining. By the way, if you want to complain about the state of this show email :-

  • 10 – Don't get personal
  • 9 – Call up and hang up repeatedly to call centers
  • 8 – Dont complain about food unless you can see the kitchen
  • 7 – Keep a diary of events
  • 6 – Don't dial any numbers during a telephone menu system
  • 5 – Record your convesations
  • 4 – Stern, polite, calm but loud
  • 3 - Get full names and telephone extentions
  • 2 – Dont pay
  • 1 – Use a watchdog organisation

Saturday, June 11, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Brazillians

Felipe from Rio de Janeiro issued us a challenge at, it was to find the Top Ten Brazillians. We did our best. If you can issue us with a challenge like Filipe did then send your emails to

  • 10 – Nelson Picay
  • 9 – Erton Senna
  • 8 – Gizella
  • 7 – Brazillians Haircuts
  • 6 – Pele
  • 5 – Barachello
  • 4 – Nuts
  • 3 - Renaldo
  • 2 – Sorcatese
  • 1 – Jesus on the Hill

Also worth reading : Brazilian Star Wars Review

Friday, June 10, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten War Movies

Its Jons top ten war movies, and Rob has only seen half of them. Tell us if you've seen any of these by emailing, don't forget to express your dismay that Dr Strangelove isn't even in the chart:-

  • 10 – The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 9 – The Great Escape
  • 8 – The Deerhunter
  • 7 – Born on the Forth of July
  • 6 – Platoon
  • 5 – Zulu
  • 4 – Full Metal Jacket
  • 3 - Black Hawk Down
  • 2 – Apocolpyse Now
  • 1 – Saving Private Ryan

Thursday, June 09, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Failed Technologies

On today Rob brings you his top ten list of failed technologies, email us at if you still own any of these (and let Jon know who Dave Winer is) :-

  • 10 – Betamax video
  • 9 – Apple Newton
  • 8 – Laserdisc
  • 7 – Eight Track
  • 6 – Personal transport
  • 5 – Sega / Nintendo / Atari
  • 4 – The Amstrad Emailer
  • 3 - Java
  • 2 – iPod Batteies
  • 1 – Bluetooth

The BritPack - Probably the Best Podcasting in the UK

As proud members of we were delighted to be offered a spot on the showcase podcast known as Britpack. After much timewasting and several attempts at different formats we sent over a couple of off the cuff performances talking about why you lot should listen to us. They chose one and slotted it in near the end of the cast. Don't skip any though as there's a whole host of offerings from some of the UK's best podcasters, so there's definately something for everyone. Enjoy. We did.

The BritPack - Volume One.

Podcast Paul
Bitjobs for the Masses
A Minor Technicality
Dark Compass
Dissident Vox
Top of the Pods
A Brit Abroad
The Richard Vobes Radio Show

Thats it. You know the drill about emailing us at, we'll play your stuff on - no questions asked.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Horrible Foods

Don't eat whilst you listen to this, its Jons top ten list of horrible foods:-

  • 10 – Liver
  • 9 – Chicken Neck
  • 8 – Sushi
  • 7 – Hearts
  • 6 – Insects
  • 5 – Pig Trotters
  • 4 - Shellfish
  • 3 - Monkey Brains
  • 2 – Sheeps Eyes
  • 1 – Testicals

Yuk! Tell us if you've been ill listening to this by emailing - we'll read out any emails we get on

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Signs That You Are A Geek

Please run through this checklist, we have both scored 6 out of 10 in Robs top ten signs that you are a geek:-

  • 10 – Role playing games
  • 9 – You run Linux, and boy does everyone else know it
  • 8 – You wear sandals
  • 7 – You know every blooper and trivia in films
  • 6 – Been to sci-fi conventions
  • 5 – Engadget not just in your favourites, but also in your RSS feed reader
  • 4 – USB enabled everything
  • 3 - You compile your own software
  • 2 – Pinups are all scifi chicks
  • 1 – You look like one

How did you score in this? Let us know by composing a message in Emacs, piping out the results to Sendmail to email then pointing Lynx to

Monday, June 06, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Hard Animals

Can Jon stop laughing for one minute? Well no as it happens. Like two childish schoolboys Jon and Rob mess about and somehow get around to presenting the Top Ten Hard Animals:-

  • 10 – Pirhana
  • 9 – Snake
  • 8 – Killer bees
  • 7 – Rhino
  • 6 – Lion
  • 5 – Killer Whale
  • 4 – Scorpion
  • 3 - Black Widow
  • 2 – Crocodile
  • 1 – Shark

Hey, why not head over to our page on Podcast Alley and click the Vote Now! link to help us climb up those charts and get us noticed? We only need your help for one month to get our site into the public eye for a split second, then a few more people might listen to us. We hope. Also we need to know what you think of the show, are we getting the lists right? Email us at or just leave some comments on the blog.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Ways To Blow A Million

Easy come, easy go, here are the top ten ways to spend one million pounds / dollars / smackers WITHOUT any assets at the end:-

  • 10 – Blow it all on the lottery
  • 9 – Buy the house / entire street next to Bernard Manning and donate to foreigners
  • 8 – Rent a footballer
  • 7 – Hire an A List Hollywood actor to come and clean
  • 6 – Add all the Sky channels for life
  • 5 – Casino
  • 4 – Throw a party for tramps
  • 3 - Ticket to the moon
  • 2 – Put towards an animal hostal
  • 1 – Good holiday

Thats it. You know the drill about emailing us at, we'll play your stuff on - no questions asked.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Things To Do On The Toilet

We've finally scraped the bottom of the barrel, here is the Top Ten Things To Do On The Toilet:-

  • 10 – Read the newspaper
  • 9 – Play with your Pocket PC
  • 8 – Browse the Internet (on your Pocket PC)
  • 7 – Phone a Friend
  • 6 – Crossword
  • 5 – Read the shampoo bottle
  • 4 – Pick nose
  • 3 - Check email (on your Pocket PC)
  • 2 – Reading a novel
  • 1 – Send a text message

Texting on the loo? Yuk. Tell us if this is normal to and we'll read the results on