The Vobes Show is Back

Jun 12

I am back! This time to the show is on video – watch out for the new shows coming to you weekly. All a bit of fun! As you know I am a podcaster, film maker and entertainer. In my new video show I am exploring everything that is great about Britain. Discussing the news, sampling beer, walking the countryside, chatting to listeners, debating the price of eggs.

Richard Vobes Radio Show RV180

May 08

On 19th July 2005 the Richard Vobes Radio Show, a podcast started at the beginning of that reached it’s 180th show. (It went on to make 2000 shows) In a special show I was invited to visit the BBC at broadcasting house and take a tour with journalist Darren Waters, including a visit to the scene doc where I am the only podcaster, as far as I know, to have recorded a podcast from the real DR. Who Tardis!

All good fun. And blimey, what a daft show it was.

On the way to work

May 04

VBC1596 – Visit to Ironbrdge.

Jan 18

1592This is a re-run of a visit to Ironbridge in Shropshire with Harriet, originally podcast in November 2010. I thought you might like to hear it.

The Royal Tournament – Chapter 3

Jan 15

Groggins shows Splidge is special clothes.

Groggins shows Splidge is special clothes.

Splidge the Cragflinger – The Royal Tournament: Book 1 Chapter 3

Splidge ran home and told his mother that he had a job and was required to work for the King of Gud straightaway. He stuffed some clothes and the few home comforts he could find into a bag and explained that he needed to report to the Palace within the hour.

The Royal Tournament – Chapter 2

Jan 14

You don't look like a Cragflinger!

You don’t look like a Cragflinger!

Splidge the Cragflinger – The Royal Tournament by Richard Vobes – Chapter 2

Splidge had never been to the Palace before, but he could see it from his village. It wasn’t always visible. The City was often shrouded in a thick layer of smog. Rain made everything damp, so people stoked their fires to keep warm causing smoke to belch out of hundreds of red brick chimneys. The foggy atmosphere hung low and smothered the Guddian folk as they walked along the grimy streets.

The Royal Tournament – Chapter 1

Jan 13

Splidge looked at the strange advertisement.

Splidge looked at the strange advertisement.

Splidge the Cragflinger – The Royal Tournament – Chapter 1

It was always raining in the land of Gud. It never stopped, so umbrellas were essential. One boy who didn’t have an umbrella was Splidge. He was dripping wet and soaked to the skin, and surprised the City hadn’t flooded long ago.
Seeking shelter, the boy ducked under an arch of the venerable Market Hall. The ancient timber-framed building sat on tall stone pillars in the City centre and made a perfect respite from the constant drizzle. As puddles formed around his shoes, Splidge shook the water from his bedraggled jacket and dried his sandy-coloured hair with a handkerchief.

The Royal Tournament – Prologue

Jan 13

I make this for the King!

I make this for the King!

Splidge the Cragflinger – The Royal Tournament – Prologue

The door creaked open and the Clockmaker looked up. A tall thin man dressed in black stood in the doorway, a hood hiding his face. The cold February chill blew into the room. The old hunched Clockmaker hated interruptions when he was working. It was early and he was not expecting any visitors.

Interview with Author: Juliet Barker

Oct 02


Juliet Barker is the author of the extremely well researched book Agincourt about the famous battle of that name. I interviewed her a while a go. Enjoy!

A Visit to the West Hoathly Priest House

Oct 02

Some of our houses in the UK are very old and we are lucky to have such a long history. I popped out to the West Hoathly Priest House to discover how life is like in 600 year old timber-framed building in East Sussex: