New Podcast: The X-Cast – ‘X-Fest 2019: The Breakdown’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

In a break from Season 4 coverage, I’m joined by a collection of guests who attended the recent X-Fest II convention in Chicago to discuss the event and their hopes for the next one.

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TV, Book and Movie Roundup – April 2019

Welcome to May! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books.

Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’ve just been watching for enjoyment with Mrs Black.

Let’s start this month with Film…

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New Podcast: The X-Cast – ‘Home’

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Continuing coverage of The X-Files Season 4, TI’m joined by Andrew Brooker of Character Unlock to discuss the season premiere, ‘Home’.

You can listen to the episode below on Spotify, on Spreaker, on Apple Podcasts and your podcast player of choice, or via direct download below.

Also if you enjoy the show and want to support the costly production, I’d love to see you join our thriving Patron community on Patreon. You can find subscription tiers if you click here.

New Podcast: The X-Cast – Herrenvolk

Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events.

Returning for coverage of The X-Files Season 4, The X-Cast kicks off as I’m joined by Darren Mooney of The 250 and The M0vie Blog to discuss the season premiere, ‘Herrenvolk’.

You can listen to the episode below on Spotify, on Spreaker, on Apple Podcasts and your podcast player of choice, or via direct download below.

Also if you enjoy the show and want to support the costly production, I’d love to see you join our thriving Patron community on Patreon. You can find subscription tiers if you click here.

Tony Talks #9: Friends, Patrons, Countrymen…

So I’ve gone and done it, guys… I’ve launched a Patreon for Cultural Conversation which you can find here.

Some of you may subscribe to, or know about, my fairly successful Patreon for The X-Cast, my X-Files podcast, which has built a terrific community around itself over the last few years, so I have some experience with the platform. It’s a great way to try and make a little income doing what you love and I’d recommend it to anyone.

Originally you see, my hope was for Set the Tape to be a financial going concern but for various reasons (chiefly my own effort in doing it), that didn’t really happen, for me or the writers Owen and I assembled. Maybe we should have launched a Patreon for that site, I don’t know. Either way, this seems like an easy to maintain optional means of funding what I do for love anyway, which could facilitate me writing more full time.

FYI – nothing about the site will fundamentally change with this. I’ll still write with the same frequency. Some stuff will just end up a bit more bespoke and become Patron-only…

So why should you donate your hard earned moolah to help me out?

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Tony Talks #8 – Setting the Final Tape

Howdy folks, it’s been a while since I did a Tony Talks post, indeed this is the first one of 2019. It feels fitting for events that have come to pass this week.

So today is my final day, essentially, as the co-editor of my website Set The Tape, which I founded just under two years ago with my friend Owen Hughes. The decision came as a bit of a shock when we announced it to the STT team but, in truth, it’s been something I’ve been moving towards for the better part of the last six months.

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