131. Rickipedia

A conversation with my Dad, Rick Thompson. We answer various questions sent to us by listeners on Facebook.

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Rick is a journalist who worked for the BBC for about 30 years. He now runs his own media training company, called T-Media. He’s also been my Dad for 35 years. In my family we consider him to be like Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. His knowledge is pretty encyclopedic. If I have a question, he is usually able to give quite an extended answer to it, although sometimes the facts can be a little bit unreliable. That’s why I’ve started to call him “Rickipedia”.

In this episode I ask my Dad various questions which were sent in by fans of Luke’s English Podcast on Facebook. To visit and like the facebook page, click here.

What do you think of my Dad’s answers? Leave your comments below.

My Dad and I both hope you enjoy this episode, and find it interesting and useful as a way of practising your English listening.

Questions from Listeners
Here are the questions that some of my listeners sent in via Facebook.

[4:47] Tuan Do Sir What’s the difference between UK today and UK 30 years ago?

[12:25] André Domen What does it feel like to be British these days?

[13:52] Bruno Alves Which team is going to win UEFA Champions League this season?

[16:35] Stefano Pierini I’d like to know what he thinks about Eastern Europe, especially the South-Eastern part (Serbia and bordering states)… I know he worked there sometimes.

[21:56] Hiroshi Maruyama Why did you (Rick) get the good idea to present dram set to your sons for Christmas many years ago?

[25:45] Hiroshi Maruyama Have you ever had Tetrisitis?

[27:34] Hiroshi Maruyama Please tell me about the pleasure of bird watching. In Kumamoto, my home town, we have a lake and lots of birds come. I sometime go to watch them.

[31:16] Francesco Moscato Good afternoon Mr. Thompson. A few months ago Luke uploaded an episode about the Maya people and their prophecy about the end of the world. What do you think about them?

[32:25] Romain Bsn Hi Luke’s Dad, I’d like to know what are your thoughts about French people (it can be about any topics)?

[35:54] Lucianna Liveira Ask him if he can speak Portuguese or whatever language?

[37:09] Garoina De Vergerach Hi Mr.Thompson! What dou you think about the Spanish bullfighting?

[39:55] Стефан Слободяну Hi, Luke! Please ask him what he thinks about life in the UK! What are the best and the worst things? :)

[47:10] Claudio Natale Hi Luke! According to your dad, which are the most common stereotypes about Italy and Italians.

[50:12] Claudio Natale What’s his favorite food?

[50:37] Khazan Anna Hi Luke! Please ask your dad what his favourite dishes are. What does he think about English food. What does he have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.?  Does he have high tea?

[57:05] Mariana Ramirez Hey Luke. Does he have any funny anecdotes or stories of you and your brother when you were children.

[1:00:35] Ubiratan Silva Silva Why 2 + 2 = 4?

[1:02:10] Jairo Trujillo García Well, we could ask the Oprah’s legendary: “What are you sure of?” as a final question maybe.

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  • Adam

    Hi Luke,

    I really like to hear you father and I have noticed that you see comments to all podcasts, even the old ones.

    I have to say that LEPoholism is much better than alcoholism. Well I should not compare because I am abstinent and I do not know the C2H5OH taste, but for sure I can use one podcast many times what cannot be said about glass of vodka.
    I like to come back to old podcasts recorded before I was infected with LEPoholism. In this it was interesting story about first electronic watch in 1970s, which your father have seen.

    I can say story about awkward situation. In 1970s my mother was working in West Berlin and to sweet for me the time without her she have sent me digital watch. Among the children the information about my watch spread pretty quickly. The watch had 2 melodies. Our teacher asked me to present melodies to whole class. It was mixture between been proud and shamed. Can you imagine 23 children in the classroom hearing melodies of small digital watch? I will never forget my first digital watch ;-)


  • Lu BooBak

    I’m listening to this episode now, some time after Brexit and hearing your dad speaking about some british people having purely “intellectual” (not emotional) debate about their hostile feelings toward EU seems quite funny. Turned out people were pretty emotional in the end, weren’t they.

    • Definitely! I think we underestimated how emotional people were about the UK & the EU, but I also think people were misled about the influence of the EU, and their emotions were really stoked up by the leave campaign. I think a lot of people voted to leave as an expression of general dissatisfaction with the way things are. There is also an intellectual argument of course but this really took off when people’s emotions were brought into it.

      • Lu BooBak

        Yeah… I know it’s a very difficult topic to discuss but not everybody have let themselves to be misled by the leave campaign you know. So when you take a look at the referendum results it looks like a half of Brits may be intellectual whereas the other half is quite intellacktual.
        (Ha-ha, a lame joke I know, but I couldn’t help myself. Actually, I could, just wanted to share it :))

      • Bloody hell! Good one

  • IvanKorjavin

    Before this episode I was thinking that “bird watching” it’s kind of a joke.

    Now I started to suspect it’s a thing.

    • It definitely is a thing! There are plenty of people in the UK who love bird watching. I think it might be because we have so many migrating birds, and because the countryside is pretty accessible.

  • carlos arturo garcia

    Hi luke ..from this episode i learned that your father and many britons like and are fun of bird watching…

    So I want to recommed Rick and you this page www.xeno-canto.org . It is an amazing page where you can listen the singing of thousands of birds…

    So next time you can not go out for bird watching you can stay at home “bird listening”.

    By the way is it right: bird listening …..or bird hearing ??


    • Thanks Carlos!
      It’s bird listening.
      And “fond of” bird watching.

  • Comments from Podomatic.com
    Enter your comment (350 days ago)

    Sorry i cant find the transcripts please. (397 days ago)

    Transcript coming soon… (Luke) (396 days ago)

    Rick, you’re tremendous!
    All I can say is that Luke’s English Podcast is a real privilege for all English language learners and it’s not reserved for rich people. No, it’s available for everyone ! ! !
    Every single episode is creative, instructive, entertaining, captivating and last but not least funny.
    Your podcast is such a precious gift. I can’t thank you enough Luke. Bettina (419 days ago)

    Lovely podcast, I’m impressed by your dad’s knowledge , sense of humor and life attitude. And I’m very impressed by your podcast and the effort you’ve been putting into it, love your sense of humor , very witty and creative.By the way – you must be really tired and spoiled by all the compliments you receive every time but you deserve it winking elise (422 days ago)

    Oh my Goodness! I´ve really enjoyed this episode! Your dad is simply adorable and you were right: he´s a human encyclopedia! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. And… keep runing Luke! Cheers! Grace (427 days ago)

    Gorgeous! Thanks for answering my “food” questions))). Lots of interesting questions from listeners all over the world. Detailed answers. Nice English! By the way,I noticed one interesting thing in your pronunciation of the word “garage”;you do it differently (unfortunately I do not know how to depict the transcription signs here). I hope there will be podcasts with your Dad, Luke. The other relatives are welcome too!!! Anna Khazan (429 days ago)

    And he sounds really friendly just like you xD ( i’m italian) (431 days ago)

    You father pronounce la bella vita perfectly (431 days ago)

    It sounds like you get on well with your dad, that is great. He seems to be well-informed about Italian situation moreover (431 days ago)

    Great episode, it is definitely to my liking (thanks for this idiom by the way). I like your podcasts because they always sound very natural. Thank you. (432 days ago)

    Thank you for another great episode.I enjoyed it a lot, especially the jokes. Teodora Cimpean (432 days ago)

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