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Adrian Lacey & Shane O'Connor have more than 30 years of TV and Radio broadcasting experience in the UK. They get together every week, to share their thoughts on anything and everything that's making the news. For UK listeners, this is a chance to hear frank and refreshing views on the news agenda, whilst international listeners will get a fascinating insight into the British news and the people making it.All that and some good old fashioned English humour too. Who could ask for more?Join them and subscribe for a new episode each Saturday.You can find us on iTunes by searching Bull & Specs and do the same on Youtube to find the pictures that go with the noises.

Latest Episodes

36 Hairs & Graces

On this episode - Shane discovers the power of the word "Vintage" when added to the front of a description of "any old piece of tat" and Adrian comes away from the gym with a bit more than he bargained for, after standing next to a long haired blonde man. MEPs have voted to reject a proposed overhaul of EU copyright law which had received the support of high-profile musicians like Paul McCartney but given that half of The Beatles got no royalties at all, does the system need and even bigger rethink? And as a 'Bleeding' vegan burger is set to get it's UK supermarket launch next month, we ask who the concept is aimed at, if it could be a success and if there is even a need for synthetic food that imitates meat. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 JUL 10
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36 Hairs & Graces

35 Boilers & Beauties

On this episode - Shane has spent his week either watching football or giving blood but thankfully, not in equal measure whilst Adrian chooses the height of summer to have a new boiler installed. As a leading UK beauty pageant vows to keep its swimwear round, despite a US equivalent deciding to scrap the event from its competition, we ask if the beauty contest has become a thing of the past or should it stand or fall by it's own popularity. William Hague has asked if Britain should join the many other countries that permit medical-grade marijuana, or even follow Canada and prepare for a regulated legal market. Is he right and what can we learn from areas where it has already been legalised? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 JUL 3
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35 Boilers & Beauties

34 Romaines & Centenarians

On this episode - Shane sings the praises of a world cup related ad campaign, which is a good job really because it turns out that he knows one of the people in it and Adrian is torn between tales of trading lettuce related puns with the self appointed 'Mayor Of Balham' and bemoaning the distinct lack of 'Happy 100th' birthday cards. As Airbus warn that it could leave the UK if we exit the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal, we discuss the future of air travel and look at the context In which the manufacturer is making their claim. The Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself. He's already been gifted the land, but is he just daydreaming out loud or could his utopian vision actually work? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 JUN 26
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34 Romaines & Centenarians

33 Flora & Fawners

On this episode - Adrian has a bash at flower arranging and Shane, desperately disappointed that the flowers aren't for him, shows off his horticultural plant nurturing skills. As new research claims to show that religious people live on average four years longer than their agnostic and atheist peers, will it count if you lapse in your religious belief's and will any pious bonus years drag? The Royal Mail has banned patriotic postal workers from flying England flags during the World Cupon their delivery vehicles but is this a reasonable request, a case of petty bureaucracy or is our inability to be honest forcing us to hide behind feeble excuses. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

38 MIN2018 JUN 19
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33 Flora & Fawners

32 Ploggers & Future Bloggers

On this episode - Shane's Squirrel settles down to family life whilst Shane picks out another fine example of casual sexism against men and Adrian bangs out a power chord to accompany his tale of a trip to the theatre. Plogging seems to be the latest craze to sweep the nation and sweep up the nation as they pick litter and jog at the same time but shouldn’t we ensure that we educate people not to drop litter in the first place or are Lycra clad Wombles the answer? As the French are set to pass legislation outlawing mobile phones in schools, we ask if this could work in the UK and reduce pupil distractions and we accidentally discover just how distracting modern life can be. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 JUN 12
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32 Ploggers & Future Bloggers

31 DJ's & Nuts

On this episode - Adrian gets his information in analogue form after finding a 1980's self improvement book called How to Be A Disc Jockey and Shane discovers that he has been mugged by a local squirrel. As Roseanne Barr is fired by ABC for an insulting tweet aimed at a former presidential aide, what now for social media protocol and the need to tone down the way that we interact. We look back at the characters and methods employed by advertisers of the 1970's and 80's in the light of calls to outlaw child friendly figures that could make unhealthy food more appealing to youngsters. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

43 MIN2018 JUN 5
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31 DJ's & Nuts

30 Rollers & Playthings

On this episode - Adrian talks about how his week has been emulsional but tries to gloss over his roller coaster week decorating while Shane wonders what kind of personality disorder inhabits the mind of children's toy designers. As Irish people vote to repeal their law banning abortion, we ask if this is the sign of a civilized society, an historic day for women's rights or a sad day for the rights of unborn babies. And the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain’s post-Brexit trade prospects could be bolstered if he had his own Foreign Office plane. Can we afford it or can we afford not to have it? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 MAY 29
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30 Rollers & Playthings

29 Bride & Prejudice

On this episode - Shane recounts the details of his latest trip to the dentist and reveals if it's his teeth that are rattling in that little white box whilst Adrian takes a moment to shamelessly plug his latest mockumentary on the fabulous London podcast (www.londonpodcast.net). Well, it pays to advertise. Also this week, delivery employees at Deliveroo are set to receive a bonus, whilst their self employed counterparts will get nothing. Is it fair that the people at the sharp end of the company won’t get a bonus? And love it or loath it, you probably haven't been able to escape it. This week saw a right royal wedding as Harry and Meghan gave their troth a good old plighting. Will it be Shane or Adrian* that goes all romantic and mushy at the thought of it? *It could be neither See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

39 MIN2018 MAY 22
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29 Bride & Prejudice

28 Gas Masks & Grandads

On this episode - Adrian heads off to yet another of his swanky cocktail parties but this time he may not be recognised as he dons a Gas Mask and Bowler Hat whilst Shane wonders if he should correct people who think that he is his son's grandfather. The assisted suicide of David Goodall at a swiss clinic this week sparks an interesting debate around choosing the time of your own death, not least because David was 104 years old and not terminally ill. And as the Institute for Public Policy Research suggest that all UK-born citizens should be given £10,000 as a “universal minimum inheritance” when they turn 25, we ask if the idea would ever get off the ground and what it would mean to our ageing population. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 MAY 15
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28 Gas Masks & Grandads

27 Rhubarb & Rubber

On this episode - Adrian joins the new world economy and trades some of his time for everybody's favourite herbaceous perennial- a nice bit of Rhubarb while Shane struggles to get his new rubber gloves on and off. Whilst the Department of Health are still trying to ascertain exactly how many women missed routine breast cancer screening because of a computer glitch, we ask where we go from here and if clinicians can restore patient confidence. The British bank TSB has spent the last ten days trying to rectify computer problems which have left customers without some key services. How much longer will their account holders suffer, what are the long term PR implications and are politicians helping or hindering the problem? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

39 MIN2018 MAY 8
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27 Rhubarb & Rubber

Latest Episodes

36 Hairs & Graces

On this episode - Shane discovers the power of the word "Vintage" when added to the front of a description of "any old piece of tat" and Adrian comes away from the gym with a bit more than he bargained for, after standing next to a long haired blonde man. MEPs have voted to reject a proposed overhaul of EU copyright law which had received the support of high-profile musicians like Paul McCartney but given that half of The Beatles got no royalties at all, does the system need and even bigger rethink? And as a 'Bleeding' vegan burger is set to get it's UK supermarket launch next month, we ask who the concept is aimed at, if it could be a success and if there is even a need for synthetic food that imitates meat. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 JUL 10
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36 Hairs & Graces

35 Boilers & Beauties

On this episode - Shane has spent his week either watching football or giving blood but thankfully, not in equal measure whilst Adrian chooses the height of summer to have a new boiler installed. As a leading UK beauty pageant vows to keep its swimwear round, despite a US equivalent deciding to scrap the event from its competition, we ask if the beauty contest has become a thing of the past or should it stand or fall by it's own popularity. William Hague has asked if Britain should join the many other countries that permit medical-grade marijuana, or even follow Canada and prepare for a regulated legal market. Is he right and what can we learn from areas where it has already been legalised? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 JUL 3
Comments
35 Boilers & Beauties

34 Romaines & Centenarians

On this episode - Shane sings the praises of a world cup related ad campaign, which is a good job really because it turns out that he knows one of the people in it and Adrian is torn between tales of trading lettuce related puns with the self appointed 'Mayor Of Balham' and bemoaning the distinct lack of 'Happy 100th' birthday cards. As Airbus warn that it could leave the UK if we exit the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal, we discuss the future of air travel and look at the context In which the manufacturer is making their claim. The Grammy-nominated artist Akon is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency named after himself. He's already been gifted the land, but is he just daydreaming out loud or could his utopian vision actually work? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 JUN 26
Comments
34 Romaines & Centenarians

33 Flora & Fawners

On this episode - Adrian has a bash at flower arranging and Shane, desperately disappointed that the flowers aren't for him, shows off his horticultural plant nurturing skills. As new research claims to show that religious people live on average four years longer than their agnostic and atheist peers, will it count if you lapse in your religious belief's and will any pious bonus years drag? The Royal Mail has banned patriotic postal workers from flying England flags during the World Cupon their delivery vehicles but is this a reasonable request, a case of petty bureaucracy or is our inability to be honest forcing us to hide behind feeble excuses. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

38 MIN2018 JUN 19
Comments
33 Flora & Fawners

32 Ploggers & Future Bloggers

On this episode - Shane's Squirrel settles down to family life whilst Shane picks out another fine example of casual sexism against men and Adrian bangs out a power chord to accompany his tale of a trip to the theatre. Plogging seems to be the latest craze to sweep the nation and sweep up the nation as they pick litter and jog at the same time but shouldn’t we ensure that we educate people not to drop litter in the first place or are Lycra clad Wombles the answer? As the French are set to pass legislation outlawing mobile phones in schools, we ask if this could work in the UK and reduce pupil distractions and we accidentally discover just how distracting modern life can be. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 JUN 12
Comments
32 Ploggers & Future Bloggers

31 DJ's & Nuts

On this episode - Adrian gets his information in analogue form after finding a 1980's self improvement book called How to Be A Disc Jockey and Shane discovers that he has been mugged by a local squirrel. As Roseanne Barr is fired by ABC for an insulting tweet aimed at a former presidential aide, what now for social media protocol and the need to tone down the way that we interact. We look back at the characters and methods employed by advertisers of the 1970's and 80's in the light of calls to outlaw child friendly figures that could make unhealthy food more appealing to youngsters. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

43 MIN2018 JUN 5
Comments
31 DJ's & Nuts

30 Rollers & Playthings

On this episode - Adrian talks about how his week has been emulsional but tries to gloss over his roller coaster week decorating while Shane wonders what kind of personality disorder inhabits the mind of children's toy designers. As Irish people vote to repeal their law banning abortion, we ask if this is the sign of a civilized society, an historic day for women's rights or a sad day for the rights of unborn babies. And the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain’s post-Brexit trade prospects could be bolstered if he had his own Foreign Office plane. Can we afford it or can we afford not to have it? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

41 MIN2018 MAY 29
Comments
30 Rollers & Playthings

29 Bride & Prejudice

On this episode - Shane recounts the details of his latest trip to the dentist and reveals if it's his teeth that are rattling in that little white box whilst Adrian takes a moment to shamelessly plug his latest mockumentary on the fabulous London podcast (www.londonpodcast.net). Well, it pays to advertise. Also this week, delivery employees at Deliveroo are set to receive a bonus, whilst their self employed counterparts will get nothing. Is it fair that the people at the sharp end of the company won’t get a bonus? And love it or loath it, you probably haven't been able to escape it. This week saw a right royal wedding as Harry and Meghan gave their troth a good old plighting. Will it be Shane or Adrian* that goes all romantic and mushy at the thought of it? *It could be neither See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

39 MIN2018 MAY 22
Comments
29 Bride & Prejudice

28 Gas Masks & Grandads

On this episode - Adrian heads off to yet another of his swanky cocktail parties but this time he may not be recognised as he dons a Gas Mask and Bowler Hat whilst Shane wonders if he should correct people who think that he is his son's grandfather. The assisted suicide of David Goodall at a swiss clinic this week sparks an interesting debate around choosing the time of your own death, not least because David was 104 years old and not terminally ill. And as the Institute for Public Policy Research suggest that all UK-born citizens should be given £10,000 as a “universal minimum inheritance” when they turn 25, we ask if the idea would ever get off the ground and what it would mean to our ageing population. See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

42 MIN2018 MAY 15
Comments
28 Gas Masks & Grandads

27 Rhubarb & Rubber

On this episode - Adrian joins the new world economy and trades some of his time for everybody's favourite herbaceous perennial- a nice bit of Rhubarb while Shane struggles to get his new rubber gloves on and off. Whilst the Department of Health are still trying to ascertain exactly how many women missed routine breast cancer screening because of a computer glitch, we ask where we go from here and if clinicians can restore patient confidence. The British bank TSB has spent the last ten days trying to rectify computer problems which have left customers without some key services. How much longer will their account holders suffer, what are the long term PR implications and are politicians helping or hindering the problem? See the video here: http://bit.ly/2z0P93k

39 MIN2018 MAY 8
Comments
27 Rhubarb & Rubber

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