It is our 3rd anniversary episode, as calculated by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.

When Steve had a major birthday milestone this year, he asked a handful of close friends to come for dinner and to bring a eulogy for him. They were recorded in secret and have been edited by Michael to share in tonight’s program. He had not heard them yet. You and he will hear them together, for the first time.

Steve believes we should all write and record eulogies for our friends and present them at birthdays, and then update them as each year passes. It would spark deeper levels of conversation between us (for most of us) and give us time to steer our ships back from danger or to forge on towards worthy treasures.

To discuss this tonight, we have Brett Williams, Steve’s longest serving friend, who is a former Anglican priest and is now a systems/family therapist at Adelaide Night And Day Therapy, and Andrew Reimer, one of Steve’s radio buddies who is now also a sought-after celebrant.

We hear eulogies by:

  • Brett Williams
  • Michael Shanahan
  • Simon Butters
  • Adam Claridge
  • Nigel Dobson-Keeffe

We discuss

  • The importance of ritual
  • The three things to say to our loved ones ritually each day
  • What to add and remove from eulogies
  • How to write eulogies
  • What is the purpose of a eulogy
  • Do eulogies help with the grieving process

Also appearing on life and death in Adelaide episode

In the musical pilgrimage, we hear a track written by our musical curator and sung by Alan O’Toole from the Shambolics

The SA Drinks Of The Week are from Bleasdale and Bygone Era

In IS IT NEWS, Michael tests us on death

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TIME SEGMENT
00:00:00 Outtake
 Thank god it’s not boring anymore
00:00:18 Theme
Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
00:00:00
Talk Of The Town

David is on extended leave and will return later in 2016.

David Washington, editor of In Daily, gives us a midweek wrap of the news we’ve been talking about in South Australia this week.

00:02:28 SA Drink Of The Week
Bleasdale 2013 Mulberry Tree Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon and Byegone Era2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz   … tasting notes
00:07:24 Items Without Notice
We are three years old today. We began as Another Boring Thursday Night In Adelaide as an ironic title to stare down anybody who held that statement as being plausible. We rebranded as The Adelaide Show in episode 80. Now, I had thought our third birthday would have been last week (episode 52 x 3 = 156) but Nigel corrected the record:

Each year is 52 weeks plus 1 or 2 days. this year it’s 2 days. So you need to add 4 days on, which kicks it into the following week. 4 days after August 17 Just go by the date? Episode 1 was August 29th. So birthday is August 24th. Glad to be of service.

I have two things to play you. First, the opening two minutes of episode number one in which myself, Brett and Colin gathered around a small table in a room out the back of my house.

[Play intro of episode 001]

Next, Brett Monten eventually created the theme by about episode 11 but little did we know that he had been playing with ideas for a theme while home alone with a few bourbons in hand. He was also trying to work out how tongue-in-cheek to be with our ironic title and this draft is not quite ironic enough. I shouldn’t REALLY play this but it’s not a bad little toe tapper and it stars a cat, which has to be good for internet popularity.

[Play Brett’s draft theme song]

00:22:52 Brett Williams and Andrew Reimer

When I had a major birthday milestone this year, I asked a handful of close friends to come for dinner and to bring a eulogy for me. They were recorded in secret and have been edited by Michael to share in tonight’s program. I have not heard them yet. You and I will hear them together, for the first time.

I asked them to do this because I believe the closest we get to learning about what our lasting impact and memories will be within our communities and families, are mainly shared in eulogies, at which point it is too late for us to get an inkling as to how much or little those around us valued us and our interactions with them.

I believe we should all write and record eulogies for our friends and present them at birthdays, and then update them as each year passes. It would spark deeper levels of conversation between us (for most of us) and give us time to steer our ships back from danger or to forge on towards worthy treasures.

To discuss this tonight, I have Brett Williams, my longest serving friend, who is a former Anglican priest and is now a systems/family therapist at Adelaide Night And Day Therapy, and Andrew Reimer, a radio buddy who is now also a sought-after celebrant at Andrew Reimer Registered Civil Celebrant.

Eulogies are presented by:

  • Brett Williams
  • Michael Shanahan
  • Simon Butters
  • Adam Claridge
  • Nigel Dobson-Keeffe
02:26:07 Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe. Read the stories. They get published each Sunday. This week, Michael Shanahan delivers the quiz.
00:00:00 Adelaide Visa Council
No cases this week.
02:39:27 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week is Oh Brother by Alan O’Toole, selected by our musical curator Dan Drummond.
02:51:22 Outtake
 What do you call yourself, Andrew Reimer?

Here is this week’s preview video:

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from freesfx.co.uk for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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