Two things have happened in the last 48 hours. I have been told to self isolate for 14 days and the British Library has closed its doors.
I am fine right now it’s just a precaution. I am not taking any time off. I am working on the podcast as usual. I am very lucky that about 80% of the material I need is now available online. So I can continue to research and prepare episodes throughout this difficult time.
Unfortunately some articles and books are only available at the British Library and if I judge that I need to see them before completing an episode then the podcast schedule will suffer.
So the good news is that the work is being done and episodes are being pummelled into shape. But the bad news is I may not be able to release them all until the world outside regains some normality. I know this is not what you wanted to hear when many of us are starved of new content.
I recently asked listeners on social media about their ‘History of Byzantium’ likes and dislikes. The depth of research was mentioned many times as a plus and the schedule of release as a negative. It’s a constant dilemma when putting the show together. The more I read the better the show gets but the longer it takes to produce. Now with Coronavirus this conflict may become even more acute.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding,
Hi Robin One of the things I love about your podcast is as you say, it is so well researched. It’s also very well produced. I’d much rather wait and have a high-quality podcast then have a rather rushed one. One of the reasons Fawlty Towers is so much loved is that it didn’t dilute its quality. Keep up the good work and thank you. Roger
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