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Two friends. One has never lived outside of the UK (that's Matt.) The other is currently living in New Zealand (that's Sarah.) Though born in England Sarah is quickly finding that she needs to adapt to her new surroundings. In an effort to make the transition as smoothly as possible Sarah champions the cause of her adopted homeland against Matt and the UK every week. Join us every Monday as we discuss who does it better. Just remember: it's not xenophobic, it's funny.

Two friends. One has never lived outside of the UK (that's Matt.) The other is currently living in New Zealand (that's Sarah.) Though born in England Sarah is quickly finding that she needs to adapt to her new surroundings. In an effort to make the transition as smoothly as possible Sarah champions the cause of her adopted homeland against Matt and the UK every week. Join us every Monday as we discuss who does it better. Just remember: it's not xenophobic, it's funny.
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Two friends. One has never lived outside of the UK (that's Matt.) The other is currently living in New Zealand (that's Sarah.) Though born in England Sarah is quickly finding that she needs to adapt to her new surroundings. In an effort to make the transition as smoothly as possible Sarah champions the cause of her adopted homeland against Matt and the UK every week. Join us every Monday as we discuss who does it better. Just remember: it's not xenophobic, it's funny.

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English


Episodes

Episode 24: Composers (Series 3)

4/9/2018
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This fortnight we continue our journey across Europe and arrive in Austria. There we encounter the sound of music and an Austrian super-group composed of three fantastic composers. But will the plucky newcomer from the UK, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry be able to best them all? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:25:24

Episode 23: Here There Be Dragons (Series 3)

3/26/2018
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This fortnight's episode is a clash of the titans. Wales' big red dragon versus Poland's dragon of Krakow. Expect myths and legends, flags and statues and a surprising cameo appearance from everyone's favourite wizard. Who will come out on top? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:26:46

Episode 21: Castles

2/26/2018
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In our latest episode we're in Germany discussing castles. Taking our cue from Location, Location, Location we'll be trying to convince each other why our country's castles are the best to live in. With one sensible choice and one 'wild-card' who will win? Listen to find out.

Duration:00:20:57

Episode 20: Baking (Series 3)

2/12/2018
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In this Episode Sarah and Matt discuss which country, the UK or Denmark, have the best baked goods. Will the Danish and cinnamon snail beat the UK's offering of pigeon pie and dead man's leg? Listen in to find out!

Duration:00:23:13

Episode 19: Nobel Prizes (Series 3)

1/29/2018
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This fortnight's episode sees our hosts in Sweden, the home of the Nobel Prizes. Listen as Sarah and Matt quiz each other about Alfred Nobel and the modern day ceremony, debate which is better literature or medicine and decide who the definitive Nobel laureate is.

Duration:00:23:44

Episode 18: Coasts (Series 3)

1/15/2018
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In this fortnights episode we discuss which country has the best coastline. Expect talk of Fjords, fossils, fractals and fresh filleted fish. If you like this episode, please give us a review on the iTunes store so more people can find the show. If you have questions, comments or feedback send us an e-mail at Universaladapterpodcast@gmail.com

Duration:00:23:30

Episode 16: Transport

12/19/2017
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This fortnights episode is the penultimate in our South East Asian series. Sarah is on her way home and so our chosen topic is transport. Matt discusses the longest train route in the UK while Sarah picks tubing, which she experienced in Laos. We also spend some time quizzing about comics. Want to hear who Matt and Sarah's super-hero boyfriend ought to be? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:25:37

Episode 15: Customary Quizzes

12/5/2017
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In this weeks episode Sarah and Matt compare customs. Matt prepares a quiz relating some of the strange stuff people living on the British Isles have done for the past 1000 years or so. Sarah, meanwhile, picks choice phrases used throughout Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and has Matt guess their approximate English translation. Your hosts also engage in a smattering of time travel thanks to the magic of audio editing. What, exactly do we mean by that? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:24:17

Episode 14: Mid Autumn Festivals

11/20/2017
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In this weeks episode Sarah and Matt discuss mid-autumn festivals. Since she accidentally took part in celebrating it, Sarah plumps for the Mooncake Festival. Despite his misgivings about the effigy burning and undertones of religious oppression, Matt goes for Bonfire Night. Listen as your hosts quiz each other on how much they know about these festivals. You might think, since Sarah spent 20 something years of her life living in a country where Bonfire night is celebrated, and Matt...

Duration:00:21:11

Episode 13: An Extravagant Weekend in Birmingham

11/7/2017
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In this fortnight's episode Matt counters Sarah's expensive Singaporean extravaganza with a hypothetical trip to Birmingham. He has everything: Steven Speilberg, urban octopodes and a cocktail with an egg in it. Will these be enough to beat Sarah, Singapore and the Anne of Cleeves diamond experience? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:21:28

Episode 12: Weekend Away Part 1 (Singapore)

10/23/2017
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The challenge this week stretches over two episodes. In this episode Sarah lays out the most extravagant way to spend two days in Singapore. With the bar set high Matt will have to try and match/beat Sarah's total next episode in Birmingham. Given that Sarah's itinerary involves at least two diamonds, Matt has his work cut out. If you like the show please rate us on iTunes. If you have any episode ideas let us know on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail.

Duration:00:21:19

Episode 11: Deadliest Animals

10/10/2017
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This week Sarah and Matt discuss the deadliest animals in their chosen countries. As always Matt is representing the good old U of K. In a surprise twist Sarah, in the middle of her South East Asian extravaganza will be championing Indonesia. Who will win, the mighty komodo dragon or the many rats. Listen in to find out.

Duration:00:20:17

Episode 10: A New Zealand retrospective

10/1/2017
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To celebrate our 10th episode we're doing something a little different. Since Sarah has won the majority of points since we started, and since she has now left New Zealand behind this episode is a celebration of New Zealand and a look back on episodes 1-9. With Sarah travelling throughout South-East Asia you'll hear us talk about lots of different countries in the coming weeks but, for now, enjoy our final New Zealand episode for a while.

Duration:00:24:40

Episode 9: World Records

9/24/2017
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In this weeks episode Sarah and Matt discuss world records. Who's broken the highest number of records? Who has the weirdest ones? Which country has the most impressive record to their name? We've relied heavily on Guinness for this one, but we haven't received any compensation for that fact. Also apologies for the audio quality, Sarah is now on the road so things may me more variable over the next few months.

Duration:00:15:25

Episode 8: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings

9/16/2017
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In this weeks episode we compare two literary giants: Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. We discuss where we would rather live. Will the draughty castle/boarding school of Hogwarts help Matt finally secure a point? Or will the gorgeous New Zealand vistas of Middle Earth allow Sarah to continue her streak? Tune in to find out!

Duration:00:18:27

Episode 7: Natural Landmarks Part 2

9/5/2017
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Continuing from last weeks theme we have another round of Natural Landmark Top Trumps (TM). Will Matt finally be able to score a victory with opinion and patriotic fervour being replaced by cold, hard facts? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:18:15

Episode 6: Natural Landmarks Part 1

8/29/2017
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In this Episode Sarah and Matt discuss the natural landmarks their countries have to offer. As an ex-geography student Sarah has the edge, but will Matt be able to claw a win as we use facts and figures to decide who's biggest and best.

Duration:00:18:07

Episode 5: Man-made Landmarks

8/15/2017
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In this weeks episode we discuss man-made landmarks. Would the Pic's Peanut Butter Factory make a good venue for a royal wedding? Would Stonehenge be a good location to film a Get Your Own Back inspired game show? These are the questions we'll be answering on Universal Adapter

Duration:00:20:31

Episode 4: Sport

8/9/2017
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In this weeks episode we talk about sports unique to our countries. How long could you keep a ferret down your trousers? How quickly should you shear a sheep? Should you do either of those things in the name of entertainment? All this questions, and more, answered on Universal Adapter.

Duration:00:20:48

Episode 3: Heroes

8/1/2017
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In our third episode we send the best heroes the myths of New Zealand and the UK have to offer. Matt's pick is the powerful, yet decidedly human Beowulf. Sarah has chosen the gigantic demi-god Maui, capable of wrestling the sun and pulling islands from the sea. Who will win? Find out on this weeks Universal Adapter.

Duration:00:30:52

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