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Binge Thinking History

Published: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:00:00 +0000

Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:25:34 +0000

Copyright: Tony Cocks

24 Binge Thinking History: Introduction to Battle of Britain News Bulletin

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 17:59:21 +0000

There's a new BTHP series on its way.  And it’s a blast from the past.  No pun intended.

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23 Binge Thinking History: Three V-bombers and one atomic bomb

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:21:15 +0000

The post war reality soon became nuclear. With the US and Russia forging ahead with atomic weapons the British aircraft industry proved they could lead the way in aircaft design.



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22 Binge Thinking History: The Decline and Fall of the British Aircraft Industry

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:12:41 +0000

The post war years are often seen as a golden age for the British aircraft industry but Government bungling and a fragmented industry meant this wasn't going to last for very long.



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21 Binge Thinking History: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:43:44 +0000

Episode 21 is here.

The Govenment gets desperate and is keen offload the national debt to the South Seas Company.  And it looked for a while that the share price might rise forever but as always the bubble bursts.



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20 Binge Thinking History: When is a Trading Company not a Trading Company?

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:33:24 +0000

Back after almost a year with the first part of a two series on the South Sea BUbble.

War maybe Hell but it’s also very, expensive and like every other country in 1700 England was deeply in debt.  Enter the South Sea Company and a story that mixes avarice, corruption, deceit, international intrigue and vast sums of other peoples money.



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19 Binge Thinking History: The Putney Debates

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:38:51 +0000

The 1647 Putney Debates saw the development of many of the key democratic ideas we take for granted today. As Thomas Raisborough put it. 

the poorest he that is in England has a life to live, as the greatest he: and therefore truly, Sir, I think it is clear, that every man that has a life to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not bound in a strict sense to the government that he has not had a voice to put himself under

All of this was of course against the backdrop of the English Civil War which in many ways makes if even more remarkable.

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18 Binge Thinking History: 1914 to the decline of Empire

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:38:00 +0000

The First World War marks the end the supremacy of the battleship and the beginning of the end for Pax Britannia.  The decline of Royal Navy mirrors the that of the British Empire for obvious reasons and the it's future is unclear.

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17 Binge Thinking History: Ironclads, Big Guns and the road to World War One

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 16:37:00 +0000

Sails are finally done away with as steam power takes over and the race between armour and guns gets under way.  Pax Britannia turns maps of the world red as the Americans, Japanese and Germans aspire to have navies just like the British; the road to World War One begins.

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16 Binge Thinking History: The demise of Bonaparte to the introduction of steam power

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:48:00 +0000

This episode covers the end the Napoleonic Wars and what Britain did next, how the Royal Navy had to change and the technological advances that might threaten or enhance it's dominance.


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15 Binge Thinking History: The Reign of Terror to Trafalgar

Sat, 29 May 2010 08:34:00 +0000

The episode looks at the period from the start of the French Revolution to the Battle of Trafalgar.

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New website for the podcast

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:19:00 +0000

Hello everyone.  Just to let you know the podcast now had a new website.

The mp3 files will remain hosted on Libsyn as it's a great service and the new site will link to the individual files, in fact I'll probably have to run the two sites along side each other.  You don't have to adjust anything.

Episode 15 is under way too!

14 Binge Thinking History: Cook, Terra Australis Incognita, Bligh and mutiny

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:43:00 +0000

This episode takes a look at explorers not the usual fighting and politics.  Cook sails to the Pacific times and Bligh is only remembered because of a certain mutiny.

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13 Binge Thinking History: America, Rodney and reputations

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:53:00 +0000

Episode 13 at long last. 

The American colonys are lost and things look bleak.  However the reputation of the Royal Navy and Britain is saved by someone whose own was highly suspect. 

Merry Christmas everyone.

All the best


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Sorry for the delay

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:40:00 +0000

Hello everyone, I seem to be endlessly apologising for delays and this is 'mother of all delays' as Episode 13 tries to make it to completion.  I'm in a perfect storm of delay if you will; work and everything else is taking up far too much time and I decided to try and make this the longest episode I've done.

So worry not BTHP is alive and well, very well in fact as it's almost at 10,000 downloads, it's just not got a well defined schedule.

All the very best


12 Binge Thinking History: Anson, Hawke, Pitt and the first 'World' war

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:10:00 +0000

Finally a new episode and sorry for the long hiatus.  I'm going to try and make sure that doesn't happen again.

This episode covers what happened during the mid 18th Century and the all important Seven Years War, seen by many as the real 'First World War'.  It also saw Britain become the dominant European power without actually having an army on the continent and the continuation of the century long on/off conflict with France.  The road to Waterloo and Trafalgar was set.

Hope you enjoy


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The next episode is written...

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:54:00 +0000

Hello all...just thought I'd let you know I've finished the writing/research for Episode 12 so it's time to do the fun part and record.  Or I would were it not for an onslaught of technical gremlins which I'm currently trying to resolve.  I'm still hoping to get the initial recording done ASAP so fingers crossed.

All the best


How's Episode 12 coming along?

Thu, 28 May 2009 19:40:00 +0000

Hello all, just thought I'd let you know that I haven't forgotten about Episode 12.  It's slow going largely as I've been distracted by work, even to the extend of creating some tech podcasts.  Then there is the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain next year and I've come up with a few ideas, just one of which might involve a redux podcast.

If you're interested there is now a Facebook group which is a bit empty at the moment but feel free add some comments.

Right...I've promised you a podcast, be back soon.


Update and what's the theme music?

Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:18:00 +0000

Hello all.  Just to let you know Episode 12 is currently under way, it's early days but the production process has kicked off, as I've said a few times work etc sadly puts BTHP at the bottom of the 'to do' list.  Bear with me dear listener.

I have asked more than once what the theme tune is at the beginning and end of each episode.  It's Beethoven's wonderful Bagatelles for Solo Fortepiano op. 119 no. 1.  If your interested I found the MP3 at which is a great place to find podsafe music of all kinds.

All the very best

11 Binge Thinking History: Revolution to a definition of 'epic'

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:12:00 +0000

This episode follows the initial fortunes of the English and the Dutch Navies as they take on the French.  It also covers the Golden Age of Piracy and it's demise and sees George Anson be the third English sailor to capture the Manilla Galleon.

All the best


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Updates, news and gossip...well just updates and news really.

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:13:00 +0000

Episode 11 is underway and if the Lords of DIY are kind I might have something before the New Year but it not something just after.  Hopefully!

BTHP would seem to have lots of new listeners, so many in fact that it currently, or the last time I looked anyway, found itself at number 3 in on the UK iTunes History Podcast chart, surrounded by the BBC as it happens, and in the top 100 Podcasts.  November was a bumper month with almost twice as many downloads than previously.  A huge thanks you all.  And of course a equally huge thanks to all you who've posted comments here, send me email or are now following me on Twitter.

Have a great Christmas and New Year and all the very best.


10 Binge Thinking History: Longships to The Golden Devil

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 06:49:00 +0000

Here we look at the origins of the English Navy the development of the Navy Royal and the reorganisation and formation of the Royal Navy.  This is the first part of I think three episodes on the Senior Service.

Apologies again for the delay, hopefully I won't take to long next time.

Enjoy and all the best


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Recorded Episode 10

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 09:36:00 +0000

In case you're wondering I completed the recording of Episode 10 a few days ago and I've started the edit.  So hopefully I'll have something very soon. 



Here's the deal...

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:57:00 +0000

The answer it seems was simple. Stop sodding about and produce a podcast, any podcast. Don't bother with the monster special as frankly it'll take until far too long and people will start saying, "Tony who?" So I've abandoned plans for a 'Number 10 special' and as soon as I can, probably this weekend, I'll record the material I already have. Then if the gods of podcasting smile upon me I should have something for you next week. All the best Tony

Here's a question

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 08:55:00 +0000

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about the current pace (or lack of) with which BTHP currently finds itself.  As I already have about forty minutes worth of material, maybe more, it was suggested that I should record what I have already and revert to a multi part series like the previous two topics.

Does anyone have an opinion one way of the other?  Should I just plow on and get the larger episode out as soon as I can (this side of Christmas he says laughing) or record what I have?

All the best


It's been how long?

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 09:05:00 +0000

I've just realised that it was back in July that I posted the last episode of BTHP and it looks as if I am going to have to rethink how I organise my podcasting...I don't want to leave such huge gaps between episodes. Number 10 is about half done, it's going to probably be the biggest one so far, and I hope to have it written as so as possible. Thanks for your continued patience and I'll keep you posted. Tony