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Berkhamsted Revisited: A Teenage Diary Podcast

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In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conqueror’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'.Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going toparties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff?Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.

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In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conqueror’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'.Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going toparties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff?Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.

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Really different perspective, lots of fun!

By Unf34(5 - Aug 09 2018
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I remember this era of Brit pop culture really well, and it’s really fascinating to explore Laura’s life. I am M/47/USA so I have never had an opportunity like this to share the experience of a public school educated British teen girl, it’s totally fascinating. The random moments that she is mortified by are hilarious and it’s really fun to dissect these things. Why was it so bad, looking back on it, what motivated her to react a certain way, etc. so great!

One of my favorite podcasts!

By Freckles the Cat - Aug 06 2018
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This show always gives me a laugh, and what more do you need!

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
0
1
0
1

Really different perspective, lots of fun!

By Unf34(5 - Aug 09 2018
Read more
I remember this era of Brit pop culture really well, and it’s really fascinating to explore Laura’s life. I am M/47/USA so I have never had an opportunity like this to share the experience of a public school educated British teen girl, it’s totally fascinating. The random moments that she is mortified by are hilarious and it’s really fun to dissect these things. Why was it so bad, looking back on it, what motivated her to react a certain way, etc. so great!

One of my favorite podcasts!

By Freckles the Cat - Aug 06 2018
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This show always gives me a laugh, and what more do you need!
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Berkhamsted Revisited: A Teenage Diary Podcast

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In 2005 a 13 year old Laura Kirk started writing a diary, chronicling her life in a small town just north of London famed for a beautiful cinema and a 12th century castle built by William the Conqueror’s half-brother. Her adolescence in Berkhamsted was a fairly quiet life of school, boys, MSN usernames, sport, growing up awkwardly and using words like 'phwoar' and 'lush'.Laura kept a diary for six years, right up until she went to university. Now, along with her friend (unhelpfully, also called Laura), she's reading back over them and trying to make sense of the key issues - what exactly did ‘topping’ mean; why she was so anxious about going toparties with her friends; why did she make her family name their cat after a sixth former she fancied; and most importantly, why on earth was she so obsessed with England cricketer Andrew Flintoff?Berkhamsted Revisited is a romp back through those awkward teenage years, as seen through the eyes of two twenty-somethings. It's a must listen for anyone that grew up wondering what life was all about.…and how to build the funkiest MySpace profile.

Rank #1: Berkhamsted Revisits: London Hughes (Part 2)

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In the second half of our chat with London Hughes, things are getting juicy. London tells us about auditioning for Big Brother three times, how she got fired from her presenting job at Babestation, and the big one – losing her virginity in front of a well known Saturday night show.


(If you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back and do that now!)


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com.


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Dec 07 2018
26 mins
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Rank #2: Season 1, Episode 3: Fashion, summer holidays, and Freddie Flintoff

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It's finally the summer in 2005 - just what did we do with all that free time?


Join us this week as we discuss summer holidays and trying to chase our teenage dreams, the best (and worst) fashion trends that 2005 had to offer, and returning to school in September, gripped by dreams of a certain English cricketer.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or to share your own teenage memories, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We're also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


And if you like the show, please leave us a review on iTunes, or wherever you get your pods.

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Mar 19 2018
30 mins
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Rank #3: Season 4, Episode 1: Work experience, lingerie, and boob jobs

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In the first episode of Season 4, we're reminiscing about work experience, and finding out that being a ‘proper adult’ in an office isn't all it's cracked up to be. Now that we've popped our cherries, it's time to get a bit more experimental with lingerie, so we're discussing buying bras from Ann Summers, and considering drastic measures to get bigger boobs...


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com.


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Nov 26 2018
34 mins
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Rank #4: Season 1, Episode 4: Trapping men, Viktor Krum, and seasonal affective disorder

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The winter of 2005 is upon us, and as Laura begins Year 9, life starts to feel that little bit tougher…


This week, we’re discussing dealing with change, and asking ourselves if we are happier now, or when we were at school. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire has hit cinemas, and while most teenage girls are pining for Robert Pattinson’s Cedric Diggory, another actor takes Laura’s eye. Finally, we’re talking about seasonal affective disorder, just as the memories of those long summer days are beginning to fade…


To get in touch with questions, comments, or to share your teenage experience, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited



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Mar 26 2018
23 mins
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Rank #5: Season 3, Episode 1: Dating, Reading Festival, and a Ferrari in Nice

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First up, with GCSEs out the way, one of us is celebrating at Reading Festival, so we're discussing tent politics and the allure of spending three days without a shower. We're also reminiscing about our very first proper dates, including trips to trendy restaurants and the London Eye. 


And finally, we're off to Nice, where Laura K is practising her flirting far more than her French.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Aug 27 2018
23 mins
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Rank #6: Season 1, Episode 7: Blockbuster video, school teachers, and Shine Jesus Shine

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With exams out the way for another year, there’s just a few days left of school before that glorious 10 week summer holiday…


This week, we’re journeying back to a time before Netflix, when a Friday night staple was a trip to Blockbuster and begging your parents to let you have popcorn. Back at school, we’re discussing (and singing!) our favourite school hymns, and reminiscing about our most memorable school teachers. Finally, with the summer holidays just around the corner, we’re remembering one of our favourite indoor past times – playing on the Playstation Dancemat.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary that you’d like the share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Apr 16 2018
31 mins
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Rank #7: Season 1, Episode 5: School trips, MySpace, and getting caught shoplifting

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It’s now 2006, and we’re trying to remember what we actually learnt from our education… 


Join us this week as we look back at life during school, from cooking strange recipes in Food Tech to trying to flirt with boys on school trips. Everyone who is anyone is busy designing the coolest MySpace layout and counting their pic comments, and we’re discussing an absolute staple of teenage-hood – smoking. 


To get in touch with questions, comments, or to share your teenage experience, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Apr 02 2018
29 mins
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Rank #8: Season 1, Episode 6: Exams, fake tan, and school sports day

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It’s exam term at Berkhamsted School, and while one of us is trying to revise, the other one is hanging out with a boy in the local library…


This week, we’re talking about the trials and tribulations of exams - from our best revision techniques to the biggest mistakes we made under pressure. We look back at school sports day, which was the perfect opportunity to both mingle with the boys and show-off some neat javelin-throwing skills. And we remember the first time we dabbled with fake tan, with considerably mixed success..


To get in touch with comments, queries, or to share your own teenage experiences, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Apr 09 2018
29 mins
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Rank #9: Results Day Special

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After 6 weeks of summer spent necking Strongbow in Newquay, it’s GCSE results day. Time to see whether those 150,000 Post-it notes were worth it. At Berkhamsted Revisited, we wondered if our twenty-something maturity and insight would allow us to, naturally, ace the exams we angsted over in our teens. So we sat a GCSE Biology paper, and... well, you can find out how we did in our Results Day Special.

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Aug 23 2018
19 mins
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Rank #10: Berkhamsted Revisits: Tom Grennan

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In this episode of Berkhamsted Revisits, Laura G meets singer-songwriter Tom Grennan. Initially wanting to be a footballer and playing for Luton Town, he finally discovered he could sing whilst drunk at a party. However when he was 18 a brutal mugging changed his perspective on life and, in this interview, Tom reveals things he’s never said out loud before.


To get in touch with questions, comments, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Nov 22 2018
26 mins
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Rank #11: Season 2, Episode 7: Basshunter, first kisses, and love triangles

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2007 is nearly over, and if the first week of 2008 is anything to go by, it's going to be a dramatic year.


First up, we're talking about our first kiss, something which came naturally to Laura G but left Laura K a bit confused about the technique. It's also time for a week’s worth of GCSE mocks, but with all the Ben and Celia drama happening in the background, we're mainly discussing the politics of two friends fancying the same guy..


And finally, we're reading out your celebrity encounters, as well as sharing our own memories of a certain Swedish singer.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Jul 16 2018
29 mins
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Rank #12: Season 2, Episode 9: Break-ups, dancing, and checking your boyfriend’s phone

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There’s drama in Berkhamsted this week, with potential heartbreak on the horizon…


First up, it’s a charity ballroom dancing event at Berkhamsted School, so we’re remembering our best and worst moves. We’re also finding out if Laura K’s drunken kiss on The Ski Trip will get back to her boyfriend, as well as discussing the ethics of going through your SO’s phone..


Finally, we’re reading the grand gestures you’ve made to your crushes, featuring far too much Hero by Enrique Iglesias, and a CD burnt for a very specific purpose…


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Jul 30 2018
32 mins
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Rank #13: Season 2, Episode 10: GCSEs, crashing parties, and Muck Up Day

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It’s the last episode of the season, and time to bid a fond farewell to Year 11...


First up, we’re discussing Muck Up Day, as those pesky school rules threaten to get in the way of our fun. With GCSEs over, all we want to do is let our hair down and celebrate the end of 6 weeks of exams, but teenage party politics are causing havoc with our plans.


Finally, we’re reflecting on our 16 year old selves, and how much we’ve changed since the dark days of 2005 back in Season 1.

To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Aug 06 2018
23 mins
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Rank #14: Season 3, Episode 3: Weddings, stationery, and sixth form

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This week, we’re remembering that glorious back-to-school feeling, and the joy of buying new uniform and new stationery. As we enter sixth form, we’re also discussing how much we’ve changed since senior school - bidding farewell to girly silliness and hello to womanly sophistication. 


Finally, with Laura K attending her brother’s wedding in Edinburgh, we’re sharing our thoughts on marriage, including rings, hashtags, and an ill-advised black wedding dress.  


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Sep 10 2018
22 mins
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Rank #15: Season 2, Episode 6: Hangovers, daydreams, and drunk parents

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The Christmas Party season is upon us, and if we’re grown up enough to have WKDs... it's time to face the consequences.


First up, we’re reminiscing about our first hangovers, from feeling slightly queasy, to emergency trips to McDonalds with our parents. It’s also two years since Laura K obsessed over Freddie Flintoff, so we’re reflecting on our biggest secrets.


Finally, it’s time for a Christmas Party at the Kirk household, complete with a living room dance floor, and drunk parents doing the conga.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Jul 09 2018
26 mins
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Rank #16: Season 2, Episode 8: Love, infatuation, and The Ski Trip

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This week, is love in the air, or is it just the usual cocktail of uncontrollable pubescent hormones?


First up, as Laura K gushes about her first boyfriend, we’re wondering whether our teenage selves actually knew what love was. We’re also discussing the rumour mill, and delving into the pressures of not only losing our virginity, but telling our friends all the gory details.


And finally, we’re heading to Italy on the Berkhamsted Ski Trip, spending minimal time skiing, and maximum time drinking the strongest spirits we could lay our hands on.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Jul 23 2018
25 mins
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Rank #17: Season 3, Episode 4: Co-education, Many Vile Earthlings, and the first 18th birthday party

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This week, Laura K has somehow managed to swindle an invite to her first 18th birthday party, so we're discussing our favourite party memories, some more pleasant than others. Back at school, we're joining the co-ed vs single sex debate, and remembering what it was like having boys in the classroom.


Finally, we're looking back on our education with a critical eye, reminiscing on all those important things we memorised at school but have never used, and imagining the more useful things we wish we'd been taught.


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Sep 17 2018
24 mins
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Rank #18: Season 1, Episode 8: Fad diets, under 18 nightclubs, and Pope John Paul II

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It’s the summer time, and we’re feeling fine, showing off our moves in night clubs and prancing down Hemel Hempstead’s finest catwalk.


This week, we’ve left Year 9 behind us and are reminiscing about Under 18s nights at local clubs, and sneaking into Tiger Tiger Croydon. When a modelling competition comes to town, Laura K can’t resist the allure of stardom and enters, with mixed fortunes. Finally, we’re remembering world events beyond the safe haven of Berkhamsted, including Michael Jackson’s trial, and the funeral of the Pope. 


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Apr 23 2018
26 mins
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Rank #19: Season 3, Episode 7: Condoms, bases, and popping your cherry

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This week, we're discussing one of the major teenage milestones: having sex for the first time. Laura Gallop gives us a lesson in the various 'bases', some more intimate than others, and we get to grips with condoms, just.


This is the episode we have been dreading the most – one of us cried, one of us was terrified of bed sperm, and one of us had the motto “if you’ve touched that, you’re not touching me.” 


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com.


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Oct 08 2018
21 mins
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Rank #20: Season 3, Episode 2: Shaving, ghosting, and fancying your friends

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First up, we’re discussing the perils of hair removal, from stealing our dads’ razors to putting hair removal cream on our cheeks. Laura K is agonizing over confusing feelings towards a new boy, so we’re debating whether it’s normal to fancy friends of the opposite gender.


And finally, after a dramatic party on the last day of summer holidays, we’re discussing the best way to break up with someone and sharing our experiences of ghosting. 


To get in touch with questions, comments, or if you kept a teenage diary you’d like to share with us, email us: show@berkhamstedrevisited.com


We’re also on Twitter and Instagram: @berkorevisited


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Sep 03 2018
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