Possibly the most terrifying meal of my life took place in Paris.
This week it's the history of Indian cricket with Dr Prashant Kidambi of the University of Leicester.
His latest book, Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, tells the story of the first All-India team to visit Britain in 1911 and much, much more.
Those of you who under the age of 40 who have seen Murder on the Orient Express would imagine that any travel to Paris in pre-Eurostar days involved personalised leather suitcases, glamorous travelling companions and silver service dining on a sleek machine-missile headed straight to the heart of lovetown. And murder.
It's often the case that it's only when you move away from a place that you appreciate the finest things about it, which until then you'd either been ignorant of, or had taken for granted. Such was the case with Romanas in Ferryhill.
This week on the podcast it's the history of black college basketball in the twentieth century with Raja Rahim, who is currently researching a PhD at the University of Florida.
There being no opportunities to practice being a lounge lizard or a Roman Emperor in 1990s County Durham (or that's what Miss Roddam said anyway) I put in for sixth form work experience in a bookshop.
The history of international cricket in this week's podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Geoff talking to Allister Webb about Yorkshire and Glamorgan County Cricket Clubs.
It's a pandemic special in this week's podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Raf joining Geoff to let BSSH members and the sport history community more widely know about the changed planning for the BSSH Conference 2020, as well as arrangements for the Society's AGM.