64 – Gremlin Napier

This episode is a chat with Gremlin Napier of Fanmore, in the North West of Mull. 

Gremlin came to Mull in the late 70’s and has been here since then, with interludes for adventures in Africa. 

We talk about the origin of his name, the incredible work of his parents, his school days, life in the 60’s and 70’s and the people who he met in the area when he moved to the island. 

There’s a couple of trigger warnings for you with this episode.  Our conversation features strong language, in fact some of the finest swearing I’ve heard in a long time, references to dead bodies at about 10 minutes into the episode and references to the smoking of marijuana.      

I’m so chuffed to share this conversation with you, we recorded it over a year ago and I’ve been only just managed to sit down and edit it to get it to you.  Gremlin has one of the most beautiful voices you could wish to hear, it’s been an absolute delight to spend time with his words again.

Thanks for listening!

Episode Links:

Radlett, Hertfordshire

St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Prudence Napier, obit, Gremlin’s Mother

  • Quote from the obituary: Her influence on two genera-
    tions of British primatologists—those who knew her when she was working
    with John at the medical school in the 1950s and 1960s and those who
    worked with her at the museum in the 1970s—is incalculable.

John Napier, Gremlin’s Father, world renowned primateologist.

The Natural History of Primates by P & J Napier

Hugo Napier, Gremlin’s Brother

If you have a recording of John Napier’s Royal Institute Christmas Lecture, it’s one of the missing ones, which people would love to hear.

Louis Leakey, Paeleoarchaeologist

Olduvai Gorge

Alice Roberts

Twycross Zoo

Bristol Zoo

Toque Macaque

A history of Kenya

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