#1514 Grapes of Ridicule

What are you looking for when you buy a bottle of wine? If you’re alone do you reach for the cleanskin? If you’re sharing it with friends maybe you want something a bit more fancy, a wine to show off, mark you as someone who knows their shit.

If you’re taking it to your parents house or giving it as a gift perhaps you’ll look closer to the top of the shelf, or judge the wine by it’s cover. Maybe you’ll look for the award stamps that mean other people have swirled and spit out your cabernet and judged it to be worth your time.

This week on All the Best, producer Yasmin Parry delves into the world of wine, and the stories that come with each bottle.

Image Credit: Evan Wood

#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

#1432 Borrowing Sugar

There’s a lot of mythology around neighbours. A good neighbour can turn into a very convenient friend, one who lends you a cup of sugar when you run out mid-bake, or who’ll water your plants when you’re out of town.

Then there are the neighbours who are a pair of eyes over a back fence, or a passive aggressive note stuck to your front door. The people who steal your newspaper subscription. The mysterious Boo Radley at the end of your street.

This episode we found out that when it comes to neighbours, the truth is much more interesting that fiction. Some of our listeners should probably move house. Or at least have quieter sex and parties.


All My Neighbours Are Dead

We’ve all had bad neighbours, right? The loud ones, the ones that are up all night playing awful guitar, the ones that host endless parties. Well Yasmin Parry moved house earlier this year and she thought  she’d scored the perfect place. It was big, with lots of light, in a good neighbourhood.

And it was quiet. Really quiet.

Produced by Yasmin Parry

Music Credits:

Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, Get the Party Started by Pink, Smile Like You Mean it by Mika, Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult


Sex sounds, torn up trees and marriage

We asked for stories about your neighbours. Stories about people who really did fall in love with the girl or boy next door, current affair style feuding neighbours, and the neighbours you actually do borrow things from. Turns out most of you guys hate your neighbours.


Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Johnny Ainsworth