Bull & Specs

Bull & Specs

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.... Show More

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July 9, 2018 42 min
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 o...
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July 2, 2018 41 min
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...
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June 25, 2018 41 min
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 marke...
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June 18, 2018 38 min
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...
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June 11, 2018 42 min
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 o...
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June 4, 2018 43 min
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 emplo...
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May 28, 2018 41 min
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 ...
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May 21, 2018 39 min
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 g...
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May 14, 2018 42 min
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 a...
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May 7, 2018 39 min
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 pati...
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April 30, 2018 41 min
Never mind Papa, Adrian's got a brand new bag for his mic stand so that he can take it out in public without fear of ridicule and Shane finally gets his septic tank emptied and learns so much about the subject that he is officially a cesspit bore.
Recorded less than twelve hours before the tragic death of Alfie Evans, we discuss whether the British courts have gone too far by telling parents what care their children will be allo...
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April 23, 2018 36 min
On this episode - Adrian, normally never one to air his dirty laundry in public, takes the opportunity to get his socks and shorts out on display whilst Shane showcases his shopping and fridge repair skills.
As British Prime Minister Theresa May comes under further pressure over the impact on the Windrush generation of the government’s immigration policy, we explore if the damage can be repaired and whether racism is responsible.
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April 16, 2018 40 min
On this episode - Shane unveils his brand new "on Air" sign but has less luck with his broken "nearly new" garden hose trigger whilst Adrian goes back to unbranded drinking vessels and shows us the literal Banana skin that he metaphorically avoided.
Recorded just hours before the joint British / French / US strikes on Syria, we discuss the complexities and brutality of the current conflict in the middle east and the ...
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April 9, 2018 39 min
On this episode - Adrian gets all 1970's retro with his kitchen roll as orange becomes the new white and shares his experiences of drama at The Harold Pinter Theatre whilst Shane questions the wisdom and efficiency of UK Border control and in the best traditions of fellow Brummies UB40, comes home to find a rat in his kitchen.
As a 78 year old man, Richard Osborn-Brooks is told that he will not face charges for stabbing a man th...
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April 2, 2018 38 min
On this episode - Shane's in Spain, he got there mainly on a plane and brings us up to speed with the Spanish Easter festival Semana Santa and roadside prostitution, whilst Adrian relives some of the finer moments from his burgeoning Katie Boyle tribute act.
Following the Mallorcan rapper Josep Miquel Arenas Beltrán, stage name Valtonyc, being sentenced to three and a half years in prison over the content of his song lyrics, we ...
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March 26, 2018 40 min
On this episode - Adrian brings along his double hemi-sphered mystery object so that we can have a guess what it is (once he's given it a wipe down) and Shane rediscovers his childhood asthma, some 40 years later.
As whistleblowers reveal that personal information from over 50 million Facebook users was sold to data analysis company Cambridge Analytica we discuss the implications for ordinary users and ask if there should be an ...
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March 19, 2018 36 min
On this episode - Shane gets a brief look into the future as he helps his dad move into retirement sheltered accommodation and Adrian wonders if you can ever get used to a regular early work start.
Two weeks on from the attempted assassination of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter and the subsequent glimpse into the world of espionage, will life ever be the same again, will we ever be as trusting and will the west's re...
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March 5, 2018 40 min
On this episode - As snow grips parts of the UK, an Englishman's thoughts turn to the weather and Adrian tells tales of staying in hotels to be close to work and wandering around M&S looking for his undercrackers whilst Shane recounts his first rural snow fall, deftly dealt with by the farming community.
Lots of worrying news from the high street this week as we discuss the fortunes and misfortunes of retail big boys Maplin,...
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March 4, 2018 41 min
On this episode - Despite Adrian struggling to remember what he did this week and them both running out of time before Shane could tell us what he did, they still manage to cover train spotting, the north and south. Peter Sellers, the state of British comedy and Adrian's dad's artistic talent.
Also this week, as a police officer is hauled before a disciplinary committee accused of stealing a colleagues biscuits and a woman i...
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February 19, 2018 41 min
On this episode - Adrian is torn between telling us about his latest showbiz party and his new mobile phone, so does both and Shane finally qualifies for a special parking space only to find that they get snaffled by people who shouldn’t park in them.
As research shows that using certain cleaning products around the house is as bad for women's lungs as smoking up to 20 cigarettes a day, we ask what alternatives we have and are t...
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