Ground Level Podcast

(A discussion show for the rest of us...)


Life. Despite what we'd like to believe, it's hardly ever the way it is in the movies. For better or worse, everyday life for most people is a lot more... real.

How many times a day do you roll your eyes, sigh a deep sigh or just grimace in utter disbelief at the behaviour of the people around you? Or, against all odds, you manage to walk away from an otherwise awful day because someone or something managed to make you smile?

And what about your loved ones, friends & work colleagues? They are cool most of the time. Yeah, Most of the time...

No, it's not all bad. Every now and then there's a little diamond in the rough. A nugget of beauty that shines bright enough to lift your spirits.

This podcast is a discussion show about those things and more. The everyday things that we encounter that we love and hate. Those moments that make us think that the world is crazy... and every now and then that life is beautiful.

Each week we'll be talking about a number of diverse topics that affect us all, answering questions, imparting wisdom and shining a light on the things that make life a daily grind.


 "It Just Depends how close to ground level you are" - Stereo MCs




GL021 - Is there life on Mars?

Mars. Not the chocolate. Not the singer. The Planet. It's the opportunity of a life time. But it comes with a pretty serious catch: One way ticket. Would you go? If not, why not? And what would you do when you got there... apart from the science? What one thing would you bring with you?

Music maybe? But what music? Do you still listen to the same music now than you did say... 10 years ago? Have your tastes changed as you've aged or is music just shit now? Isn't that what our parents told us? It was waaay better back in their day!

On this episode of Ground Level we ponders these things and other. more difficult conundrums such as, 'what's the point of Birthday Cards?', 'Why is everyone so crazy about Eastenders?' and 'Should you always claim all your over-time at work?'

To find the answers to all these questions and more, jump on the Ground Level funk express as it heads... Uptown! 

 Join Denis-Jose, Dan, Lofty & Browny for the way out funky space edition of Ground Level Podcast.

Ground Level Podcast Ep021 - 02nd March 2015


GL020 - The barely traditional Xmas episode

When it comes to Christmas, it seems that everyone has a different idea with regards to doing things traditionally. What should be for dinner on the big day? How are presents wrapped and when should they be opened? Do you send cards... and what do you write in them? And what about those Christmas crackers, eh?

But its not just about Christmas. This episode we also look at the more serious issues of being very qualified and being unemployed, breast feeding in public and the media driven political battle between Mr Brand and Mr Farage.

oh, and the less serious issue of weird shop names and the way people mis-pronounce words.

All that and we ask another question of concious: Should you correct questionable behaviour in other peoples children?

Join Denis-Jose, Dan, Lofty & Browny for the barely traditional Xmas episode of Ground Level!

Ground Level Podcast Ep020 - 22nd december 2014


GL019 - What? Who? Sausages?

We all have colleagues at work who can't be bothered or just don't care. But surely if a jobs worth doing, its worth doing right, right? Yet that's not always the case. Why is that? Is it cultural perhaps? And should people get a tip for just doing their job? Do you take the service charge off a bill if you think the service wasn't good? How do you decide?

Does the sound of other people eating and drinking grind your gears (or rather, your teeth)? Slurp, chomp, munch! Where are your manners? Or is it someone elses problem?

Here's a tricky one: Would you come clean if you won the lottery... on a ticket meant for someone else?

All this and the subject of taking a lunch break, A competition winner and another 30-day update.

Hosted by Denis-Jose Francois, with (Real) Lofty & Browny


Ground Level Podcast Ep019 - 29th October 2014


GL018 - Lipstick on your collar, dog poo on your heel

If a friend of yours is doing the naughty - cheating on their significant other - do you have a moral obligation to spill the beans? or should you keep out of it? What if it was you? Is being unfaithful ever justified? and if has been you... are you forever tainted, regardless of why or how it happened?

In this episode, we discuss the very serious subject of adultery, infidelity and downright cheating.

Everybody loves a good scare don't they? But when you are sitting alone, in the dark, watching late night horror on the telly, where do you draw the line? When is it too much?

Perhaps there's something else on... like a quiz show? Everybody loves a quiz show! But why? what is the fascination in watching other people strike it rich? And what the hell is the deal with deal or no deal?

Also in this episode we introduce a brand new section called 'a question of conscience', along with an update on the 30 day challenges and an explanation of 'The Fappening'.


with Virtual Lofty, Dan Collacott, Browny and Denis-Jose Francois.

Ground Level Podcast Ep018 - 17th September 2014


GL017 - Guilty until proven... guilty!

Election time. It's that recurring thing we never think about until our more politically savvy friends start hassling about who we are voting for. Sadly, far to many of us haven't even considered voting at all. Why is that? And whatever the reason, is it even a good reason?

While we are pondering that, why don't we ponder life as a guilty celebrity. Guilty until proven innocent or is it the other way round? Why do we increasingly let the media play the role of judge, jury and executioner? Do we even care wheither the famous are given a fair trial or do we just want to see them go down in flames?

What's the worst injury you've had for stupid reasons? Are you too embarrassed to say? Did it happen while you were drunk? or in bed? Maybe when you were a kid? Maybe if you hadn't been rushing to get somewhere you'd have avoided A&E?

Do you rush? or do you walk slowly? Are you a competitive streetwalker? One of the ground level crew is, but which one? Is it Lofty, the big fella with the heart of gold, but only one good foot? Dan, running away from Brits Abroad? Browny, who always has something to do and doesn't waste time? Or Denis-Jose and his love for 30-day challenges? You can find the answer to this mystery and more in episode 17 of Ground Level Pod! 


with Lofty, Dan Collacott, Browny and Denis-Jose Francois.

Ground Level Podcast Ep017 - 03rd June 2014