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These short top tips and skills for the Amazon Echo are for everyone who's simply dotty about Alexa






DTD239 Europe City Quiz and So You Think You Know America

Today we’ve another transatlantic double. As you’ll see, I don’t know my European capital cities nearly as well as I should and I know even less about key facts about the American civil war. So sit back and squirm or stand up and pace - whatever gets you through.

Duration: 00:09:35

DTD238 Forest Adventure

It sure is quiet in this forest but, despite the lack of sound effects, let’s put on our sturdy adventurers britches and, er, sally forth (To leave a safe place in a brave or confident way in order to do something difficult: Cambridge English Dictionary)

Duration: 00:11:37

DTD237 Radio Hancock’s Half

Another in the series of skills that bring classic radio echoing around your house. You can’t get more classic than Hancock’s Half Hour. Enjoy.

Duration: 00:07:01

DTD236 Guard Dog and Catastrophic Cat Jokes

Today’s episode is a bit of a catastrophe all-round really. It starts strong with the opening jingle and then kinda goes downhill from there… Actually I’ve just thought of something vaguely funny to pep up this episode; fend off cat burglars with your own virtual guard dog! (3 out of 10)

Duration: 00:07:20

DTD235 National Grid and Number 10

Two skills today; National Grid provides a real-time break-down of power supply across the UK from a range of sources, and Number 10 gives you the latest tweet from our esteemed Prime Minister’s office. If you need perking up after this one then why not go back and listen to the 4ABurp episode?

Duration: 00:06:50

DTD234 Star Trek tribute episode

Today we look at a few built-in Star Trek-related abilities of the A-Lady, and then follow it up with a go at the Star Trek TOS Fan Trivia skill that quizzes you on the original series (hence ‘TOS’) that’s now 51 years young. It’s podcasting Jim, but not as we know it.

Duration: 00:10:45

DTD233 Mental health matters

Today’s episode is all about mental health and includes a few reminders about earlier episodes that touch on this topic, an update on Reminders and how they can now also notify you on your phone, and lastly we look at the Depression Tracker skill which can advise on whether you may be experiencing depression. Look after yourselves out there.

Duration: 00:16:17

DTD232 Gallifrey Fan Trivia

Today we look at another Dr Who-related skill, topped and tailed with what is probably the best theme tune of all time…

Duration: 00:05:50

DTD231 As the Crow Flies

With some slightly suspicious distances dished out in this demo, we take a look at how far a weary crow would have to wing it to get from A to B around the world. As you’ll see for yourself, someone should really point these crazy corvids in the right direction before they set off…

Duration: 00:12:15

DTD230 Food Jokes and Banana Trivia

Two food-related skills today; some (I think) groovy jokes about consumables in general, followed by some fascinating facts about everyone’s favourite curved yellow fruit. BTW if you don’t like bananas please do show your displeasure by recording a podcast (of around 5mins or so) on your favourite echo skill and send it to me at

Duration: 00:07:46

DTD229 Earplay again: Codename Cygnus and Half

We’ve looked at Earplay in a previous episode in which we covered the demo and I mentioned that there was one story available; Cygnus. Now there’s a second called ‘Half’ so let’s take a quick look, or listen, to see what’s what.

Duration: 00:17:52

DTD228 Radio Elven Quest

If you’re into The Hobbit and you like comedy then you’ll love this skill. Hilariously funny, it’s a spoof of all things fantasy and well worth a lengthy listen. Definitely a case of one skill to rule them all.

Duration: 00:12:11

DTD227 Jingle Pop and Mind the Gap

Two completely unrelated skills today, except that they cater to the interests of both sides of the li’l old pond that separates us from our American cousins. If either advertising jingles or avoiding falling between tube train and platform are your thing then there may be something in today’s episode for you. I also put out a plea for suggestions and/or contributions to either @usa2day or - and of course for reviews on iTunes. Ta.

Duration: 00:12:50

DTD226 Teen Jeopardy and Sports Jeopardy

Two more skills from the Jeopardy stable aimed at teens and sports fans. Unfortunately, I don’t qualify as the first and only as a completely inept example of the latter, so enjoy just how bad I am at both. My reputation as a total doofus is not at all in jeopardy here.

Duration: 00:10:17

DTD225 Television Porridge

The sadly missed British comedy trasure that is Ronnie Barker features in this hugely popular 70s and 80s TV show about inmates of a British prison. I also encourage you to check out other classic British comedies from that era such as ‘Open All Hours’, ‘The Two Ronnies’ and ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ on Youtube or wherever time-honoured comedies live these days… Still no fish.

Duration: 00:10:29

DTD224 Colossal Cave

In today’s episode we roam around this faithful reproduction of the hugely-popular text adventure game that’s been Alexified for our listening pleasure. Make sure you take a sandwich … or several. Didn’t find any fish, though.

Duration: 00:09:34

DTD223 Additional - Big Sky reminder

It’s raining. There’s some thunder too. It feels like a good time to remind ourselves about the Big Sky skill.

Duration: 00:04:50

DTD223 Go Fish

You may well know the card game Go Fish (I’d heard of it) and this skill does a pretty good job in bringing it to the A-lady. Fish for the right cards from your competitor and you could have the upper hand - just don’t expect any sound effects along the way. Hmmm… fish have been mentioned in 3 shownotes in a row now.

Duration: 00:09:33

DTD222 UK Driving Time and Pizza Facts

Two totally unrelated skills today - the second making up for the fact that the first is UK-specific because everyone loves pizza, right? If wrong then let me know post haste so I can mention you in a future episode to correct the sweeping generalisation (@USA2DAY or Oh and please also use those methods to more generally let me/the world know about DTD… pretty please with anchoves. Make that rhyme and you’ll like it so much that you’ll be using it in...

Duration: 00:10:57

DTD221 Naughty Elf and Dad Jokes

Neither this jokey elf nor random Dad we’ve collared for this episode entirely deliver in the comedic department. Still, it’s better than a slap in the face with a wet fish as the saying goes. Oh, and Bob’s back.

Duration: 00:10:56

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