“I knew a guy who once found a box of live iguanas by a motorway,” is as good a start to an anecdote as I have heard all month. This is from the Pope Lonergan is Plimmin’ and Lompin’ podcast. Pope is a care home worker, Quaker, former drug addict and comedian, which is also as good a start to thinking, this person may well have something interesting to say, and he often does.
The guy who found the iguanas was repeatedly bitten and whipped by their tails, but would not have a tetanus shot as he believed all such things were government-mandated and engineered to make you behave erratically and cause you to commit crimes.
It is this mindset that leads to the iguana-bruised man expressing support for Laurence Fox and his new right-wing party which seems to be for snowflakes in black shirts.
Lonergan sums it up as “If those are the people you are attracting, maybe stop being you”.
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Plimmin’ and Lompin’ is a very honest piece of conversation covering free speech, Frosty Jack’s Cider, women’s liberation, Finnegans Wake and anything else that is at the forefront of his very busy mind. His experience of life and his work in the care home mixed with his voracious reading make this a podcast that is a good alternative to much of the more-publicised popular opinion. You never know when it is going to turn from Dostoevsky to some disaster with a diuretic or a story of finding some sick in a tin. It is the fluid way he travels across so many levels that makes it so captivating, even when it teeters towards the nauseating.