Doubtcast 2: HISTORY

Hello. Second Doubtcast here. It only took about 3 months.

If you missed the last one, it’s an art, culture and philosophy podcast. This time it’s on the theme of history; comprising stories, journals, histories, herstories, audio blogs, music, noise, copyright-free medieval dance music, and poetry. It’s hosted by me, Alexander Velky, and it’s about an hour and a half long.

I sought submissions via my online network, and was lucky enough to get some fantastic submissions from artists I admire for all sorts of different reasons; from talented friends old and new, and even from people I’ve not previously heard of, let alone met.

You can listen to the Doubtcast here:

Please note: there is a deliberate pause before the first thing happens. This is deliberate. It’s art.

Here are a list of the composite artefacts in the order they appear:

Mark Bowen – Prehistory [Poem]
Martin Locock – Scribe and Scripture / Resting Place [Poems]
Holly Cruise – Christina of Sweden [Broadcast journalism]
Ben Farnell – Dada ist Meine Tasse Tee [Broadcast journalism]
Retarder – Unter den Linden [Music]
Alexander Velky – What Really Happened [Poem & sound]
[Anonymous] -Time [Song]
Phil “Blogley” Ogley – History [Audio blog]
Gaptooth – Plans and Friends and Records [Song]
Julia Indelicate – Hustings [Poem & music]
[Anonymous] – [Copyright free medieval dance music]

In-between there’s thoughts on the theme of history, and the directions in which the concept is pulled by each of the above artefacts.

You can contribute to future Doubtcasts here. I don’t know what the next one should be about. This one was cynically themed to tie in with my new book, but then I didn’t publish my book anywhere near the date of finishing it. Suggestions (or submissions to help guide theme) very welcome.

Further information on the contributors, in reverse order:

Julia Indelicate wrote “Hustings”. Some of her poems are available in Words by Simon and Julia Indelicate, which you can buy from Lulu. Look at: for Julia and her husband’s music, books, clothes, puppets, and fudge. They’re also on Facebook and Twitter and Occulus Rifts, whatever they are.

Gaptooth’s album Connections/Departures is available from Her website is

Phil Ogley, hater of history lessons at school is a prolific and accomplished blogger and writer. Phil’s fantastic blog:
A choice selection of Phil’s least coherent ramblings:

The writer and performer or “Time” wishes to remain anonymous, for the time being.

I am me: Alexander Velky. My stuff is all here on My new book will be out later in 2015 if I’m not too heartily sick of everything in it by then. Jon Prior who recorded that poem for me has a plethora of interesting sound recording projects on 12 is the number 12. Gates is the word gates. To. The AND City: likewise.

Retarder’s first album Enquiries is available from As are numerous Naevus albums, also written and performed by Lloyd James with various accomplices; these are very much worth your time and money. The song “Unter den Linden” is from an as-yet unreleased second Retarder album. We are privileged to have heard it here first. PEOPLE IN OR NEAR LONDON: there will be a live Retarder performance at Electrowerkz in London on 22nd August (2015). Mark the date on your calendar.

Ben Farnell is an imminent children’s book author and illustrator. No further information forthcoming at this time. But he’s very good. (I’ve seen some of the pictures.)

Holly Cruise is a history enthusiast. She writes and illustrates the regular(ish) history zine Badass Wimmin Of History. She can be found at

Martin Locock works for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and was involved in the research programme at Strata Florida Abbey.  He is also a poet and publisher, and edited the anthology “Poetry From Strata Florida” including medieval and modern poems inspired by the abbey. The anthology is available from Carreg Ffylfan Press or Amazon, or the visitor centre at the Abbey.

Mark Bowen did not reply to my email asking what he is. But my historical experience tells me he is a rather tall man who wakes very early in the morning to write barmy novels. He is from North America. I met him in Central Europe. He now lives in South America. He has a prehistoric beatnik vibe.

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