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#784 Bugchill

This week on The Bugcast: we’re joined by a Doctor, discuss rhubarb and bed bugs, discuss the Doctor, and eight tracks of fantastic Creative Commons music.

#784 Bugchill

Songs played

Intro: Chris Juergensen – Bug Lips
Outro: Mark Marshall – Man Walking


Dave is joined by Andrew Conway as his special guest co-host this week!
The Guardian: UK bans giant rhubarb after study finds popular garden plant is invasive species
BBC News: Two arrested in France over alleged bedbug scam
BBC iPlayer: Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder

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Saturday 16 December 2023 from 18:00 UK time


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    • ro on December 20, 2023 at 08:42
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    I know someone who brought bedbugs back to Nottingham from Spain in their luggage. They did not respond to “Hola, cómo estás” – they might have been ignoring them though.

    I also remember a hostel local to me when I lived in London having to get rid of all the beds, matresses, sheets and fumigate the place because of bedbugs.

    They can survive, dormant for a year, so they are hard to get rid of.

    • Dave Morriss on December 20, 2023 at 18:50
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    Loved the show. Nice to hear some different music 🙂

    I’m fascinated by unusual musical instruments so listened with attention to the nyckelharpa section.

    I can’t remember where I heard of this instrument, maybe Wintergatan, the Swedish band ( Not sure.

    We had two shows on HPR by ‘Fred Black’, one with nyckelharpa music and the other talking about the instrument. Shows 3905 and 3931.

    The nyckelharpa may be played with a bow, or plucked (like a violin). The autoharp, on the other hand can’t be bowed I suspect – wrong shape. I follow a French musician called ‘Pomme’ who often plays the autoharp with her songs (

    The nyckelharpa is considered to be related to the hurdy gurdy. Thereby hangs a digression…

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