#1443 Christmas Again

Back in 2011 ghost of All The Best past Eliza Sarlos and her partner hashed out what Christmas would look like for their brand new family, right here on the show. We decided to check back in – when does the tree go up? What goes on it? Importantly, does their little boy leave a glass of whiskey for Santa?
This week on All The Best we revisit a few of our favourite Christmas tales. Traditions both old and brand new, goblins wreaking havoc, and a most unlikely pair – Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock – a nun and an ex-con who are making their own Christmas miracles.

Goblin Night
Did you ever leave milk and cookies…or a scotch out for Santa? Well for Madelyne, her childhood was also filled with the tale of the Christmas Goblin…created by her dad Billy so he could watch the football.
Produced by Madelyne Cummings
With help from Radio Pro mentor Adam Zwi
Original music and sound design by Andrew Simmons

The Scallywag and the Saint

Sister Myree Harris and Vic Hitchcock are perhaps as different as two people could get. She’s a no-nonsense nun. He’s a larrikin ex-criminal. But the two of them work together every year to bring a bit of light to those who find Christmas to be the loneliest part of their year. As it turns out, their own story is something of a Christmas miracle.

Find out more about Sister Myree’s work here.

Produced by Kate Montague
Music: ‘Indian Love Song’ and ‘Kim’s Dirt’ by The Dirty Three; ‘Writing Poems’ by Ludovico Einaudi, from ‘The Intouchables’ soundtrack; ‘Kolapot’ by Amiina; ‘Familiar Ground’ by Cinematic Orchestra

Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Image Credit: Murilo Cardoso

#1442 In The Air

You walk down the aisle, trying not to whack anyone in the head with your carry on, dodging elbows hoisting things into the overhead locker, receiving passive aggressive glares when you pause to check your seat number.
You take your seat, mad that you got the window because you won’t be able to get out and go to the bathroom when the guy beside you falls asleep, or mad that you got the aisle because the other guy got the window.
Flying. It’s both the best and the worst. This week on All the Best we look at those things that hurtle us through the sky, make the world seem smaller and elbow rests seem like a bigger deal than they are.
We’ll ask all the big questions and planes and flying. Only we won’t ask ‘how the hell does it stay in the sky?’ We don’t want to look too closely at that.
Flight Manifest
Bart Denaro has never enjoyed flying, but this time he takes us along for the journey, longing, the whole time, for the ding that will signal the end of the flight.
Produced by Bart Denaro
The Pilot
Joe is a pilot, and here he tells his sister, Yasmin, about the different places he’s had to fly, strange cargo he’s had, and what happens in the air over the center of Australia.
Produced by Yasmin Parry
At any given point in time, there are over half a million people in the sky. One of those half a million was Made Stuchbery, who once caught 17 separate planes in a three week period. Airplane travel has become as common and uneventful as jumping in and out of the bath, a fact that always rings true until, occasionally, something goes wrong. Made discusses the time that she was reminded of the miracle, and sometimes the terror, that comes with the gift of flight.
Produced by Made Stuchbery
Music Credits: ‘This Time Tomorrow’ by The Kinks, ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops, ‘Leaving on a Jetplane’ by Peter Paul and Mary
Thanks to Mariana Dale, Allison K Williams and Tess Lawley for their airplane recordings.

Presenters:  Pip Rasmussen & Michael Brydon

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: My Daily Sublime

#1441 The Best Spag Bol

The last mandarin you peeled in the high school library. Sticky date pudding in the oven when you come home after a long time away. Hot fish and chips on a cold blustery day. Bacon sticky with maple syrup on your birthday.
The tastes and smells of food are so entwined with our memories. You might now know how much until you take a spoonful of something, hold it in your mouth, and find yourself falling through time.
This week on All the Best we tell stories of food and memory. A soup that’s travelled through nations and generations. 75 dates and 75 meals around the world. And a really great kids meal – the Fishy Dishy.
The Fishy Dishy
This first story comes from Pip’s boyfriend Luke and his family. They all sat on his mums bed and talked about the time they visited Nambucca Heads, about 5 and half hours north of Sydney. Featuring freak waves with a side of kids meals.
Produced by Pip Rasmussen
Men on the Menu
First dates, especially first dinner dates, can be so nerve-wracking and confronting. Do I have spinach in my teeth? Should I have ordered the spag bol? For Melbourne author Bambi Smyth, a world tour was accompanied by 75 first dates with men from 24 countries, all taste-tested on an 80-day round trip. Bambi gave producer Bec Fary an appetiser from her book, Men on the Menu.
Produced by Bec Fary
Cucumber Soup
All The Best producer Aidan Molins never got to connect with his grandparents, who travelled around the world representing the Republic of Ireland at diplomatic events in places like Luxembourg, Germany, and the United States. However, during her stay in Lagos, Nigeria, one young girl did, who grew up to be an economic advisor in Toronto, and food writer. Due to the internet and a little bit of serendipity, Aidan got in touch with Shayma, and his heritage.
Produced by Aidan Molins
Image Credit: Laura D’Alessandro