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Mark and Pete

Commentary on social, economic and religious issues from a Christian worldview perspective. Faith and culture and economics are intertwined, Mark and Pete's analysis brings in their experience in the differing words of hard hitting business and caring pastoral church settings. Features a poem with each episode on the theme. Mark and Pete: a businessman and a pastor. Listen on Flame Radio 1521MW in NW England and podcasts on iTunes. Website: markandpete.comTwitter: @markandpeteBecome a supporter of this podcast:


Should MPs be suspended for airing their political views?
Become a supporter of this podcast: Anderson has been suspended from the Conservative party following comments he made about Sadiq Khan. The former deputy party chairman used an appearance on GB News on Friday to claim the London mayor had ‘given our capital away’ to Islamists, who he referred to as Khan’s ‘mates’. What do we make of all this?
12:14 2/25/24
Is Britain Riding on the Crest of a Slump?
People spending less, doctors' strikes and a fall in school attendance dragged the UK into recession at the end of last year, official figures show.The economy shrank by a larger than expected 0.3% between October and December, after it had already contracted between July and September.The UK is in recession if it fails to grow for two successive quarters.The figures raise questions over whether Rishi Sunak has met his pledge made last January to grow the economy.What is happening, what's to be done, and what of the future?Become a supporter of this podcast:
13:25 2/16/24
20th Anniversary of Facebook: how it changed the world!
Facebook's 20th anniversary: ​​3 billion people connected around the world. A lot has changed since Facebook emerged 20 years ago, in 2004. From a modest social network created by students in a Harvard dorm, it has transformed into a gigantic platform for global connection between billions of people. We celebrate and analyse how it has changed the world.Become a supporter of this podcast:
14:02 2/16/24
Elmo for President!
On social media this week, Elmo – yes, the red fuzzy Sesame Street character – posed a question to his followers, with nothing but good intent. "Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?" the X page for Elmo posted. A barrage of responses – tens of thousands of them – were brutally honest and downright cynical about the dread people are feeling. What does this say about politics and society today? Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
08:58 2/4/24
Doomsday Clock: is mankind running out of time?
The “Doomsday Clock” of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was kept at 90 seconds to midnight this week—the closest to midnight that the clock has been set since it was created in 1947. Midnight is defined by The Bulletin as “nuclear annihilation.” Is this the right approach? Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
12:07 1/28/24
Tata Steel’s Port Talbot: what should the UK government do next?
Tata Steel will close its two blast furnaces in Britain by the end of this year, with the loss of up to 2,800 jobs at its Port Talbot steelworks in Wales. The closures are part of India-owned Tata Steel's plan to turn around its loss-making UK steelmaking business by switching to lower carbon electric arc furnaces. What should be done? Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
14:03 1/21/24
The post office scandal: the worst corporate injustice in history?
This scandal is hard to believe, it is that bad. Those in charge of the Post Office wanted to protect their bonuses, they didn’t want to make their own jobs a little more difficult, or admit that they might have made some errors. More junior staff just didn’t want to make a fuss, I suspect. Frankly, if they had come clean and said “look, the Fujitsu system is flawed, so maybe it is not the sub-postmasters fault”, then it would not really have been that big a deal. But out of greed, laziness and apathy, they were happy to see other lives destroyed.They should be ashamed of themselves. Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
14:07 1/14/24
Is DIsney's expired copyright taking the Mickey?
It is now the case, as of 1 January 2024, that it is possible for individuals and companies to rework and use the earliest version of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This is because the US copyright has expired in the earliest versions of the cartoon characters which were shown in the Steamboat Willie film. What does the mean for the future of Disney and its beloved characters?Become a supporter of this podcast:
12:51 1/7/24
New Year Gongs and Bongs
On Sunday (31st Dec 23), London’s Big Ben commemorated the 100th anniversary of its New Year’s “bongs” being broadcast worldwide. Also the New Years honours list of knighthoods and the like was announced. Mark and Pete comment with a mix of jollity and abject horror.Become a supporter of this podcast:
09:33 12/31/23
Foretelling for 2024
Peering into our crystal ball for 2024, we predict that businesses will keep churning out AI tools, and that this will effect everything from wars to elections to religion to business opportunities. As ever Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
17:33 12/24/23
What is the true meaning of Christmas?
The true meaning of Christmas is found in a certain gift give to us by God. And in presents given and the presence of loved ones. Mark and Pete give the real meaning a business, religious and popular music perspective. Includes music by Mariah Carey a supporter of this podcast:
09:04 12/16/23
Has the game of golf become too hard hitting?
On Wednesday, the USGA and R&A released a wide-ranging and detailed look at distance in the game of golf, and specifically, how it’s changed over the years. It’s part of the governing bodies’ years-long investigation into whether technology in golf needs to be reigned-in. In sharing the findings, the duo makes clear that their focus is on “the longest hitters,” and not “impacting hitting distances for shorter hitters at the recreational level.”What's to be done? Mark and Pete have the answer.Become a supporter of this podcast:
10:25 12/10/23
Should Taylor Swift be Time Magazine's Person of the Year?
Time magazine named US pop superstar Taylor Swift as its Person of the Year, calling the musical force of nature the "hero of her own story".Swift has smashed industry records this year with both her tour and the film of the globetrotting musical cavalcade that is estimated to bring in over $3 billion (US$2 billion) of revenue as her adoring fans flock to see her in the flesh.But is that really enough? Mark and Pete have the answer.Become a supporter of this podcast:
07:22 12/10/23
Should the Elgin Marbles remain in Britain?
Seen as symbols of freedom in Greece, the Parthenon Marbles were controversially removed from the country by Elgin a British diplomat in a move which ignited a debate which has lasted for more than two centuries - and which could now be about to take another significant twist. What is to be done? Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
14:24 12/3/23
Global Wine Production Disaster!
Poor weather around the world is likely to cause global wine production to drop to a six-decade low this year.The International Organisation of Vine and #Wine (OIV) says that wine production around the world is likely to be about 7% lower in 2023 than last year.Such a yield would be the worst since 1961.Become a supporter of this podcast:
09:02 11/26/23
The Desperation of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
The upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! has been hit by a last minute glitch weeks before the launch - with a huge star being asked to fly to Australia at the 11th hour to complete the line-up.Become a supporter of this podcast:
12:03 11/19/23
Social media: should Gary Lineker shut up?
Carol Vorderman and Gary Lineker have been very vocal on social media, but only one of them have lost their job.The BBC’s announcement of an independent review of its social mediaguidelines was aimed at defusing the crisis over Gary Lineker’s tweets over government ministers’ language about its asylum policies and bring the presenter back into the fold, at least in the short term.However, the practicalities of creating a set of rules to rein in star behaviour, while avoiding accusations of stifling free speech, are far from straightforward. What is to be done: Mark and Pete have the answers.Become a supporter of this podcast:
13:41 11/12/23
The Beatles Now and Then: an AI future?
Following a lot of hype—and a quarter century of work—“Now and Then,” presumably the last song to feature all four original Beatles, is here. Is AI the future?Become a supporter of this podcast:
10:17 11/5/23
Getting away with smuggling Cocaine.
The war on drugs has failed. Why, with cocaine smuggling at recorde "highs" what can be done. Mark and Pete weigh in.Become a supporter of this podcast:
15:32 10/29/23
Who is better for Britain: Keir Starmer or Rishi Sunak?
With the recent by-election losses the Conservative party led by Rishi Sunak looks like it maybe in trouble at the next genereal election which would mean Keir Starmer replacing Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister. Is this a good thing? Who is better for Britain?Become a supporter of this podcast:
13:34 10/22/23
Throw away clothes cause a textile mountain
Europeans throw away 2 million tonnes of textiles each year. Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. Many of us donate our unwanted clothes to charity shops & clothing collection banks - but do we really know what happens to them then? What is the solution?Become a supporter of this podcast:
10:11 10/15/23
Bedbugs: an infestion in France
Marc et Pierred enqueter. Paris is burning its luggage and bed linen as it battles a “scourge” of bedbugs, stoking fears of infestation around the world as pest controllers report an uptick in inquiries and transport operators and hoteliers seek to assuage concerns.The city of light is reportedly under siege from the nocturnal bloodsuckers, leading the French transport minister, Clément Beaune, to meet transport operators. “It’s a real nightmare,” says Yacine, a schoolteacher in Paris who declined to give his surname. “I’m so afraid to take the Métro, I don’t go to the cinema – it’s very alarmant.” Marc et Pierre enquêterBecome a supporter of this podcast:
09:03 10/8/23
Why was Hadrian's Wall Sycamore Gap Tree Cut Down?
The world famous Sycamore Gap tree may regrow after being felled in a shocking act of vandalism, but it will take years to reach any height and is unlikely to be as “statuesque” as before.The sycamore, which was in the 1991 Kevin Costner hit Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, was one of the world’s most photographed trees. People had got engaged under it, loved-ones’ ashes were scattered at its base, but the 108ft tree next to Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland was felled overnight on Wednesday. `Mark and Pete investigateBecome a supporter of this podcast:
09:29 10/1/23
Should women still do most of the housework?
Both men and womenagree that women spendmuch more time eachweek on average - bothon household work andon looking after familymembers. What do we do abou this? Mark and Pete have the answersBecome a supporter of this podcast:
14:35 9/24/23
The UK national anthem is too boring.
'God Save the King' is the national anthem of the United Kingdom, and it has been in use since the 18th century. The question of whether it should be changed is a matter of public debate. Some people argue that the anthem should be updated to reflect the diversity of modern Britain, while others argue that it is an important part of the country's cultural heritage. Ultimately, whether or not to change the national anthem is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make. What should replace it? Mark and Pete have the answer.Become a supporter of this podcast:
06:25 9/17/23
Daniel Khalife and the poor security of prisons today
A soldier turned terror suspect, Daniel Abed Khalife has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt, having finally been captured 75 hours after outwitting the guards at a London prison. What is the state of the prisons in the UK today?Become a supporter of this podcast:
15:19 9/10/23
Why are over 100 English schools closing down?
104 schools and colleges are told to partially or fully close due to concrete fears. It comes as children prepare to return to their classes after the summer holidaysBecome a supporter of this podcast:
12:27 9/3/23
Paddington Bear stamps released by Royal Mail
Paddington Bear is to appear on 10 special stamps released by the Royal Mail to mark his 65th anniversary.Six of the stamps feature images from animator Ivor Wood's comic strip cartoons first published in the London Evening News in the 1970s. The other four stamps capture moments from the BBC television series that Wood designed and directed from 1976. The Peruvian bear first appeared in 1958 in Michael Bond's book A Bear Called Paddington. What next for characters on stamps? Mark and Pete have the answers.It is the first time he has been dedicated his own stamp set.Become a supporter of this podcast:
09:09 8/27/23
The Carbon Footprint of Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak has insisted he cares about reaching net zero but that the 2050 target needs to be achieved in "a proportionate and pragmatic way".The prime minister has faced criticism from environmental groups and some of his own MPs that he is not committed to tackling climate change and in fact flies everywhere and had a masive carbon footprint.Become a supporter of this podcast:
14:34 8/20/23
A hawk a snake and a wounded woman.
A hawk and a snake were involved in a sneak attack on an innocent woman. Is this part of a wider wildlife conspiracy? Mark and Pete investigateBecome a supporter of this podcast:
10:36 8/12/23

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