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Berkhamsted Revisited: A Teenage Diary Podcast

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In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conquerer’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'. Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going to parties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff? Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.

In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conquerer’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'. Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going to parties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff? Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.
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In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conquerer’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'. Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going to parties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff? Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.

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English


Episodes

Personal statements, Copella bongs, and common room politics

12/10/2018
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This week, we're remembering the privileges of being top of the school, like tea and biscuits at break time, and staking your claim for a particular corner of the common room. We're also reading aloud our Personal Statements, and marvelling at the flowery language and grandiose statements that we thought would impress UCAS and the universities. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us:...

Duration:00:22:37

Berkhamsted Revisits: London Hughes (Part 2)

12/7/2018
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In the second half of our chat with London Hughes, things are getting juicy. London tells us about auditioning for Big Brother three times, how she got fired from her presenting job at Babestation, and the big one – losing her virginity in front of a well known Saturday night show. (If you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back and do that now!) To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com. We’re...

Duration:00:27:59

Berkhamsted Revisits: London Hughes (Part 1)

12/6/2018
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On Berkhamsted Revisits this week, Laura K meets comedian and presenter London Hughes. In Part 1 we’re chatting about our celebrity crushes (well, politicians in London’s case…), wearing pedal pushers with bandana boobtubes, and keeping an online diary of ‘potential suitors’. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited ***Please take the...

Duration:00:20:51

Drugs, Barcelona, and sexting

12/3/2018
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This week, with a holiday to Barcelona ruined on the last night, we're discussing our first experiences of drugs - from looking after friends who've gone too far, to how our school tried to teach us about them in PSHE. We're also discussing sexting, and sharing our opinions on dick-pics... ahem To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram:...

Duration:00:24:08

Work experience, lingerie, and boob jobs

11/26/2018
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In the first episode of Season 4, we're reminiscing about work experience, and finding out that being a ‘proper adult’ in an office isn't all it's cracked up to be. Now that we've popped our cherries, it's time to get a bit more experimental with lingerie, so we're discussing buying bras from Ann Summers, and considering drastic measures to get bigger boobs... To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us:...

Duration:00:34:55

Berkhamsted Revisits: Tom Grennan

11/22/2018
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In this episode of Berkhamsted Revisits, Laura G meets singer-songwriter Tom Grennan. Initially wanting to be a footballer and playing for Luton Town, he finally discovered he could sing whilst drunk at a party. However when he was 18 a brutal mugging changed his perspective on life and, in this interview, Tom reveals things he’s never said out loud before. To get in touch with questions, comments, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com We’re also on Twitter and Instagram:...

Duration:00:26:44

Berkhamsted Revisits: Roman Kemp

11/8/2018
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In this week’s episode of Berkhamsted Revisits, we’re talking to Capital FM presenter and former Berkhamstedian, Roman Kemp. Son of Martin, music was a huge part of his childhood - resulting in an obsession with both Slipknot and 50 Cent in the space of just two years. He now presents the biggest show on radio and even has Justin Bieber on speed dial. But was he always this cool...? To get in touch with questions, comments, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com We’re also on Twitter and...

Duration:00:34:34

UCAS, army parties, and fancy restaurants

10/29/2018
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In the final episode of the season, we’re discussing our first experiences of fancy restaurants, from being confused by an artichoke, to mispronouncing Rioja. We’re also reminiscing about ‘rave parties’, and our favourite fancy dress outfits. And finally, with university on the horizon, we’re remembering signing up to UCAS, and contemplating the end of school. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us:...

Duration:00:23:21

Berkhamsted Revisits: Louisa Lytton

10/25/2018
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In this week's episode of Berkhamsted Revisits, we’re talking to actor Louisa Lytton. Despite joining Eastenders before she'd even taken her GCSEs, Louisa's experiences of growing up had all the makings of a normal teenagehood - hanging out on the estate, ranking friends and crushes in her diary, and getting suspended from school for chewing gum. She also talks to us about her time on Strictly Come Dancing, including one particularly memorable night spent with some very famous friends... To...

Duration:00:26:12

Contraception, Snow Days, and being Head Girl

10/22/2018
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After a brief hiatus from Berkhamsted, we're back to school this week, or at least we're trying to get there through all the snow. We're also discussing our earliest memories of contraception, from the humble pill to a particularly traumatic experience with the coil. Finally, it's crunch time in the race to be the next Head Girl of Berkhamsted, and Laura K is optimistic about her chances. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us,...

Duration:00:24:57

Eight things we wish we’d learnt before losing our virginity

10/15/2018
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After last week's episode about losing our v plates, we received so many emails that we simply had to spend another week talking about this major milestone of teenagehood. That's why in this week's episode, we're taking a temporary pause from hearing about Winger and life in Berkhamsted, to discuss the eight things we wished we'd learnt before having sex, as inspired by our listeners. From buying condoms in vending machines, to sneaking in a cheeky session before a GCSE exam, these are your...

Duration:00:26:12

Berkhamsted Revisits: JaackMaate

10/11/2018
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We're leaving the dramas of Berkhamsted and Bromley and making some new friends instead. In the first of our Berkhamsted Revisits specials, we’re talking to Jack Dean, or as he’s more commonly known, YouTuber JaackMaate. We discuss growing up in Norwich and on the internet – building Habbo Hotel empires from your bedroom but breaking down if a girl speaks to you IRL. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us:...

Duration:00:31:03

Condoms, bases, and popping your cherry

10/8/2018
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This week, we're discussing one of the major teenage milestones: having sex for the first time. Laura Gallop gives us a lesson in the various 'bases', some more intimate than others, and we get to grips with condoms, just. This is the episode we have been dreading the most – one of us cried, one of us was terrified of bed sperm, and one of us had the motto “if you’ve touched that, you’re not touching me.” To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like...

Duration:00:24:01

Driving lessons, The Honeymoon Period, and meeting the parents

10/1/2018
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This week, things are getting very serious indeed with Winger, so we're discussing the perils of meeting the parents for the first time. We're also remembering those blissful first few weeks of a relationship, and the ridiculous things we did to impress during The Honeymoon Period. Finally, it's the start of 2009 and with it comes new challenges, like learning how to drive, and deciding what to do with old bouquets of flowers. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a...

Duration:00:30:34

Snowdonia, urban myths, and the problem with modern dating

9/24/2018
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This week, we're off to Wales for Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, battling snow storms and employing creative ways of staying warm. We're also discussing our favourite urban myths, and the lies our parents used to tell us to protect our innocence. Finally, with Laura K still agonising over her feelings for Winger, we're debating why it's so hard to tell someone how you feel, and whether it gets easier with age. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d...

Duration:00:27:18

Co-education, Many Vile Earthlings, and the first 18th birthday party

9/17/2018
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This week, Laura K has somehow managed to swindle an invite to her first 18th birthday party, so we're discussing our favourite party memories, some more pleasant than others. Back at school, we're joining the co-ed vs single sex debate, and remembering what it was like having boys in the classroom. Finally, we're looking back on our education with a critical eye, reminiscing on all those important things we memorised at school but have never used, and imagining the more useful things we...

Duration:00:27:18

Weddings, stationery, and sixth form

9/10/2018
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This week, we’re remembering that glorious back-to-school feeling, and the joy of buying new uniform and new stationery. As we enter sixth form, we’re also discussing how much we’ve changed since senior school - bidding farewell to girly silliness and hello to womanly sophistication. Finally, with Laura K attending her brother’s wedding in Edinburgh, we’re sharing our thoughts on marriage, including rings, hashtags, and an ill-advised black wedding dress. To get in touch with questions,...

Duration:00:26:12

Shaving, ghosting, and fancying your friends

9/3/2018
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First up, we’re discussing the perils of hair removal, from stealing our dads’ razors to putting hair removal cream on our cheeks. Laura K is agonizing over confusing feelings towards a new boy, so we’re debating whether it’s normal to fancy friends of the opposite gender. And finally, after a dramatic party on the last day of summer holidays, we’re discussing the best way to break up with someone and sharing our experiences of ghosting. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you...

Duration:00:28:23

Dating, Reading Festival, and a Ferrari in Nice

8/27/2018
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First up, with GCSEs out the way, one of us is celebrating at Reading Festival, so we're discussing tent politics and the allure of spending three days without a shower. We're also reminiscing about our very first proper dates, including trips to trendy restaurants and the London Eye. And finally, we're off to Nice, where Laura K is practising her flirting far more than her French. To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email...

Duration:00:23:45

Results Day Special

8/23/2018
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After 6 weeks of summer spent necking Strongbow in Newquay, it’s GCSE results day. Time to see whether those 150,000 Post-it notes were worth it. At Berkhamsted Revisited, we wondered if our twenty-something maturity and insight would allow us to, naturally, ace the exams we angsted over in our teens. So we sat a GCSE Biology paper, and... well, you can find out how we did in our Results Day Special.

Duration:00:19:30