The end of the football season draws near. The thing I'll miss most is The Game, the weekly podcast that Danny Kelly fronts for The Times. Danny has always had the kind of energy that's slightly frightening when you're in the same room as him. It works perfectly in this medium. He's joined in the studio by Gabriele Marcotti (a cosmopolitan Italian who's a permanent reminder of how insular British football can be), Alyson Rudd (the original one-eyed Liverpool fan who graces each show with a terrace anthem done solo) and Bill Edgar (whose anorak can actually be heard crackling in the background). The producers bring in guests, some of whom are OK, but actually it's the sameness of it all that's so appealing. I download it and listen on the way home from the office. Sometimes twice.
I don't know what I'm going to replace it with during the summer. Podcasting's a tremendous medium but I've heard a lot of rather shrill stuff in search of potential new friends. Any suggestions?