Thursday, November 16, 2017



Hello beasties!

This week I'll be telling you a bit about what I got up to on my birthday - I'll be sharing with you some stories, some photos and we'll also be looking at recent podcasts. Maybe in the next few weeks I'll be telling you about some of the episodes that we have in store for the rest of 2017, but we'll leave that for another time.

First up though - here are our most recent podcast episodes:


Here we are for episode 121 and whilst Mr Yeti remains under lock and key he reflects back to and shares a recent chat that he and the regulars had with DJ Starsage from The Faraway Nearby and Surely, You Jest! podcasts. Along the way we also get to hear a recording of Paul from 1991 as he reads us the first episode of his series, The Muddled Memoirs Of Sir Roland Quaverall. Thanks again to DJ for chatting with me for the show! Our next episode, number 122 returns to the cellar - but also finds us in Italy... Or does it?! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017.  Episode 121 was recorded between the 4th and 5th November 2017. This episode also includes archival material over 25 years old which might be of a slightly lower sound quality.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:


Next up - some photos from my recent trip to Verona... There will be some this week and then more the following post once I post our podcast recording out there... In fact I may even save a few for December, as there is another episode set in Italy that I'm saving for closer to Christmas. Anyway, first of all here's a brief diary of what we got up to...



Monday was all about travel - flying from Gatwick to Verona before getting a bus to the centre and walking to the hotel. We had a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant, Olivo 1939 - but it wasn't a late night! We didn't really have any late nights the whole holiday - who needs it!?!


On Tuesday we explored Verona. The weather wasn't too great in the morning, but it did improve a little as the day went on... We visited the Basilica of San Zeno - took photos along the river side and visited a gallery in an old castle. I kept on recording for the podcast as we went along - recording two different episodes side-by-side. In the evening Calum and I went out for an Indian meal down the road from our hotel: The Maharajah. Curries are one of my favourites, of course - and this one didn't disappoint!


On Wednesday we took a train to Desenzano by Lake Garda. There were no boats on the lake but it was nice sit in the sun, record for the podcast and admire the view. We also had some nice ice cream and caught the bus home to Verona. By now we had worked out a little tradition of going for cocktail or beer in our hotel for their happy hour between 6 and 7.30! Nibbles were provided! Having had our treat we then headed down the road for dinner at Scaligero.


On Thursday we spent the day back in Verona; pottering about - taking photos and recording once again. Ice cream was also on the cards again and we also visited the Arena where I read some poems from my IF POEMS WERE PIES collection. Having stopped for the happy hour we headed to another restaurant near the hotel; Enocibus.


On Friday - my birthday - we took a bus out to Simione; another town by Lake Garda. I recorded the last few bits for the podcasts that I'd been working on and we stopped for another ice cream. It was another lovely day, as it had been when we were in Desenzano earlier in the week. Having bought a few trinkets we headed back for the bus - only to learn that there was a bus strike which nobody had bothered to tell us about! We ended up having to share a taxi back to Verona - which wasn't cheap, but... well, it was my birthday! We were back in time for happy hour and then went to have birthday dinner back at Olivo 1939 as I had enjoyed it there on our first night in Verona.


Saturday was all about us returning to London. We had an early breakfast and then headed back to the airport - flying out on time at midday. We were back in the flat soon after 3pm and I got to work on editing episode 121 of the podcast; the episode that I have previewed at the top of this blog. All in all a very successful trip with mostly good to very good weather.

There will be more photos next time - I took plenty, believe me... In fact there are some more at the end of this post.

Anyway, that's about it for now. Enjoy the photos and we'll be back in a week or so!

Yeti hugs,

Paul xx

This post and all contents are Copyright, Paul Chandler 2017.

Sunday, November 05, 2017



Hello beasties!

This time it's just a quick little post before I head off on European adventures to celebrate my birthday! I'll be recording out in Italy, of course - so hopefully I'll be photographing, posting and podcasting about the trip over the next few weeks; but first there is a new episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST that leads into all this... Oh... And Mr Deeley using his iPad, apparently...


Here we are for episode 120 and it's almost time for Mr Yeti to head away to Italy for his birthday holiday - but the last thing that he plans to do before he goes is to take Dameus Twinklehorn out for the night to help cheer him up after his recent upset with Bettina Du Pres! The team head to the bingo with Nick G and friends - but, of course, things don't quite go as planned... Our next episode, number 121 reveals what has happened to Paul... Did he make it to Italy or is something else going on? Find out soon! Do join us, won't you?! Please email me at if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. This episode also includes Mr Yeti's new single "The Swooning", which is not available from any good record shops - because most of them closed years ago. Sound effects by Paul Chandler and Soundbible. All content of this episode is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017.  Episode 120 was recorded between 1st September and 31st October 2017.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:


Why the photos?

These were just some of the photos that I took the other week as part of a social media photo project that I was challenged to do on Facebook. The original photos were posted in black and white - but I preferred the colour versions and so posted those too. They're all quite random as they were just meant to be a snippet from my day.

Next time we'll hopefully be talking about Verona and Lake Garda - and whatever else I get up to whilst we're away...

I've also posted some new music on Soundcloud that you might want to check out - both tracks will be used in future episodes of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST and from the looks of it Apple have loaded a lot more loops in Garageband, so I'm going to be diving right in!!

Here are the tracks:



Before we sign off I have some silly limericks for you that I wrote to cheer up an otherwise quite dull moment - they're Halloween-themed, but don't let that put you off... Horror isn't just for Halloween - it's for all year around! Enjoy!

Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx

P.S. These limericks were written on Monday 30th October 2017, just to keep me awake whilst I smiled and nodded and tried to look interested during a meeting that I was not really required at, but which I'd been called to sit in on just to make up the numbers. As I result of keeping myself distracted and my mind awake I was one of the few people who didn't fall almost completely asleep. Fact.


There once was a werewolf named Susan,
Who was always out late, simply cruisin'!
But she was bit by a bat...
Her libido fell flat...
Now she stays in at night, home just boozin'!

There once was a ghoul, who was scary!
He was tall, dark and so very hairy!
But when he married his wife...
Took a less sinister life...
And now he works as a Christmas Tree fairy!

There once was a fiend, quite a growler...
Whose body odour grew fouler and fouler...
Despite his life as a beast...
He was a qualified priest -
So on Sundays was a heavenly howler!

Vampires can be pretty bitey,
I don't mean to sound all high and mighty...
Invite those vamps for a snack...
Then stake them quickly, attack!!
Then - hurrah - you'll be safe in your nightie!

There once was a zombie called Trisha...
Who was part of the undead Militia...
She waged wars, but with style...
To fight those in denial...
Munching brains - such a delicate swisher!

This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017.