Posts tagged #Craig

4/7 - I Was A Child Soldier

"You can't even play 'Call Of Duty' until you're 18."

When he was just 14 years old, Wayne Sharrocks realised he wanted to join the Army.  Within a year, he’d begun the process of signing up to serve his country. At 18, he had his regimental cap badge tattooed on to his chest.

In this searingly honest interview with Olly, he describes how the Army broke him down and built him back up again; training him to follow orders without question and desensitising him to violence. In postings to Afghanistan he saw courage, commitment - and life-changing injuries...


Britain is the only European country to recruit child soldiers, and Wayne now campaigns for the enlistment age to be raised. You can discover more about him, and the documentary film he’s crowdfunding, on his website  Thanks to Veterans For Peace for hooking us up.

In The Zeitgeist this week, Ollie Peart explains the purpose of a ‘high performance chicken’, undergoes a significant life-change, and reveals the Pervert Capital of Britain. Plus, mentions for meme make-up and Simon Amstell's new film, Carnage.

And, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox rejoices at the expansion of sex education in UK schools, and explores the world of the ‘furry fandom’ and ‘yiff’ erotic art. The Foxhole is supported by our friends at Want to stock up on lube, toys or condoms? Just use the code ‘Foxhole’ at Checkout to get 15% off!

Our song of the week is the new track by Kove & Joseph J Jones - All Or Nothing:

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And here's an extra special gift for the truly devoted - a brand new episode of Modern Mann Extra, featuring Ollie Peart jumping into a giant ball-pond. Enjoy:

See You Next Tuesday!

Posted on March 28, 2017 and filed under Season Four.

2/10 - The Man Who Lives In The Woods

Hanging out with a 21st Century Hermit

Daniel Pike is, technically, homeless - but he does have a home, which he built himself, in woodland near Watford.

He made it from clay and reclaimed wood, and it's amazing. Now, the landowners want to evict him.

In this extraordinary meeting, Olly travels to Daniel's hut to learn how he came to be living outdoors - and why he doesn't want to forage for mushrooms any more... 


Elsewhere this week, Ollie Peart investigates giant spider robots, new emoji symbols and SodaStream Beer in The Zeitgeist, and, in The Foxhole, Alix Fox previews the contenders for the Erotic Trade Only Awards, and offers advice to a listener who wants to cheat on his wife - in a tent at Glastonbury.

Finally, our song of the week is the Summeriest track we could find: Shine, by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, out now on Stax Records:

That's it for this season of The Modern Mann - be sure to catch up on our entire twenty-episode archive, and subscribe to receive season three when we return in the Autumn. In the meantime, please click Feedback to leave us a comment, submit a question of sex, or offer to sponsor the show; and click Beer Money to support the show with your, erm, liquidity.

There are plenty of our other shows online to keep your ears busy: Olly presents Answer Me This!, Chips With Everything and The Media Podcast; Ollie Peart has a vlog at and Alix has a brand new sex podcast for The Guardian, Close Encounters, kicking off very soon. Producer Matt makes an insane amount of excellent podcasts, including his excellent motorsport comedy show, For F1's Sake. 

Thanks so much for listening this series. See you in the Autumn!


Posted on June 7, 2016 and filed under Season Two.

2/2 - Shooting A War Zone

Earl Grey, body armour and preparing for War

Photojournalist Alison Baskerville was serving in the RAF in Iraq when she began documenting the lives of her fellow soldiers. She now independently produces astonishing images from the front line across the world, including Afghanistan, Mali, Israel/Gaza and the Philippines. 

In this episode, she tells Olly about the moments on basecamp that embedded journalists never get to see, the best way to pack to prepare yourself for a warzone, and why she needed to leave the armed forces to gain objectivity.


Here is just a sample of Alison's great work - you can see more on her website and by following her on Instagram.

Elsewhere in the episode, Ollie Peart talks Disney pet trends, 'Shakespeak', and the Chris Packham wasp controversy in this week's Zeitgeist; whilst Alix Fox considers the twenty-first century role of the Femidom and a question of cross-dressing in this week's Foxhole. Remember, if you have a question of sex for Alix, just fill out our Feedback form - you can remain anonymous if you wish.

And finally, our Single of the Week is the wonderful 'Walk To The One You Love' by Twin Peaks, out now on Communion Records:

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Posted on April 12, 2016 and filed under Season Two.