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  • 00:50

    Too little, too late for Villa

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    Five games unbeaten! Can you believe it? Jack and James are back with this week's episode of the Holtecast discussing Aston Villa's best run of form in... far too long.


    In addition to the normal recap of the last match and preview of the next fixture as well as Twitter questions, we got caught up in a few other recent Villa happenings.


    Some of the topics we lingered on were the terrible decisions that have doomed Villa prior to the arrival of Tom Fox and Steve Hollis, a lack of business in the transfer market partially due to the Football Association's biased rules and the merit of giving a run in the FA Cup a proper go.

  • 00:57

    Next year will be better for Villa

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    Over the Christmas period, Aston Villa were presented with a chance to dig themselves out of trouble. After reviewing the last two matches, we discussed possible transfer targets that could be heading to Birmingham in the coming month. To conclude transfer talk for the week we speculated on which players could leave the club. Things haven't exactly gone to plan, and it's starting to look pretty bleak. We got a lot of Twitter questions, like one asking the best and worst matches of the year. We wrapped the episode up by previewing Sunderland, a true do-or-die match. 

  • 00:49

    Villa head to Newcastle in hopes of a win

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    Another demoralising loss to Arsenal last week means Aston Villa are still at the basement of the Premier League, and time is starting to run out. But, the toughest part of the schedule is past us and a busy holiday period of fixtures offers a chance for Villa to start to climb. This week, James joins Jack to talk about the matches, as well as a few transfer rumours and of couse the hilarious quesitons posed by our readers and listeners via Twitter.

  • 00:43

    Aston Villa riding a streak into West Bromwich Albion clash

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    Does something feel different around here? Is it the air? Maybe the water is different. Or maybe it's the fact that we're getting to do our second podcast in a row that doesn't talk about losing. That's the most likely answer.


    Jack and Robert return to delve into all of the important issues. Issues like, "How bad WAS that ref against Leicester City?" and "Does a 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup count if no one was able to watch it?"


    We also get to your twitter questions on this, the 77th episode of the Holtecast.

  • 00:52

    Villa continue search for the elusive second win

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    It's been months. Literally. Months since Aston Villa traveled to Bournemouth on the season's opening day and got their first (and last!) win. And yet, we go again. After a pretty poor defeat at the hands of Watford, Villa will travel to St. Mary's to face Southampton for the second time this season. The first, of course, resulted in a 2-1 loss that saw Villa dropped from the League Cup. 


    With Robert out this week, Jack was joined by James and the two of them delved into everything we need to know ahead of this weekend's pivotal match. (Must they all be pivotal? Why do we have to put up with this? Which one of you committed a grievous sin and has thus made us endure this?)

  • 00:33

    Nightmare week puts an end to Aston Villa's unbeaten run

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    Jack and Robert are back, and it's safe to say that neither of them are too happy after what Aston Villa have done in the past week. After a glorious five-match unbeaten run that saw hope revived, Villa managed to get curb-stomped by Manchester City in the FA Cup and rode some Jordan Ayew anger to a two-goal loss against West Ham United.


    Goodbye hope, it was nice knowing you.


    We get to those matches, of course, as well as this weekend's tilt against Norwich City. Plus, your twitter questions, transfer ratings (hahaha) and more!

  • 00:30

    Delivering Fun, Memorable Vacations - Carnival Cruises

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    We are starting 2016 with fun!! Join us next week on Travel Talk to for our first show of the year when we welcome Jennifer Buenrostro-Carnival Cruise Lines Business Development Director. 


    In addition to learn what Carnival Cruise Line has planned for 2016, we hope to dive into these other questions.



    How Carnival delivers fun and memorable vacations
    Why cruises are a cost-effective vacation option
    For travel agents, how easy is it to create group cruises or event driven cruises (like workshops at sea or our favorite Philanthropy Cruises)


    Cruise Critic listed their Top 10 Reasons to Take a Cruise as Your Next Vacation. If you are a first time cruiser, you should definitely check it out.


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  • 00:43

    From one point to three: Villa try to build on pre-break success against Everton

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    Well let's see, what's happened since our last podcast? Rémi Garde managed his first match at Villa. And in one match he did 25% of the point total that Tim Sherwood and Kevin MacDonald had gotten in eleven. That's not bad! And then you remember that the point came against league-leading Manchester City and that becomes downright great!


    Then we had the international break, and of course with that comes injury. Usually it's not to bad, but this time it cost us left-back Jordan Amavi for the rest of the season with a horrific knee knock.


    With Villa back this weekend, though, they'll try to soldier on and build on a great performance against City. Going to Everton is never easy, but a win here could mean that Rémi Garde's team have the momentum they're going to need.

  • 00:48

    Breaking down Aston Villa's win over Palace and previewing the Leicester clash

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    Aston Villa have won again! It happened! No, really, it did! And to celebrate, we're having all three Holtecast hosts on this week for episode 76 of the podcast. Jack and Robert are reunited and it feels so good and James joins us to tell us what it's like being at Villa Park for an honest-to-goodness win.


    After reveling in the glory of three points for a while, we take a look at what Villa might have in store for January, this weekend's match against tied for points at the top of the table Leicester, and plenty more.

  • 00:36

    Romantic Cities

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    Join our Travel Pro, Ja'Vonne Harley as she looks at the top cities for Romance, with Paris, Montreal, San Francisco, Maui and South Africa. How each one offers ways to share special moments of Romance and a special memory. From what to see, where to stay and what to eat for that memorable trip. Also enjoy Travel News, Travel Tips and Ja'Vonne's Travel Minute.

  • 00:36

    Aston Villa ease back into the Premier League with a visit to 16th-place Chelsea

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    That may have been the most refreshing week ever. We're back and ready to talk about Aston Villa again. That's not to say that the club have become any better, but we're recharged!


    And what a match to come back for. With speculation swirling that Tim Sherwood may only have two matches to save his tenure at Villa Park, he must lead his club to Stamford Bridge for a tilt against Chelsea. Sure Jose Mourinho's squad aren't as good as we've come to expect this year, but that doesn't mean this won't be difficult. It's Chelsea. It's always difficult.