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Episode 130
March 1 , 2022

130. Alex Kapranos; Growing up Half Greek, Rock n Roll Chefs, Moscow Arrests and Colombian Bull’s Testicles

Lisa is utterly delighted to have Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos on the podcast to talk about growing up half Greek, the rock and rolls side of cheffing, how Franz Ferdinand partly emerged from a kitchen, Ethiopian instruments, Colombian bull’s testicle…
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Episode 129
February 15 , 2022

129. Minnie Driver; California Contrasts, Barbados v Boarding School, European Trains and Hawaiian Ukuleles

A childhood divided between her father’s home in Barbados and the cold grey of a wintery London gave Hollywood actor Minnie Driver a love for the laid-back sunshine of the coast of California. Minnie and Lisa talk America’s contrasts of…
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Episode 128
February 1 , 2022

128. Dr. Rebecca Johnson; Crossing the US in a Hearse, Greenham Common, Driving Aid to Bosnia, Dancing in Cuba and Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Peace Activist and Nuclear Disarmament Expert, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, grew up in a Hutterite community in the rural US. After living in Japan and visiting Hiroshima she was moved to join the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common, protesting against…
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January 18 , 2022

127. Pete Bennett; Big Brother, Peckham Transvestites, Hollywood Agents, Mexican Chicken-Sacrifices and Celebrating Tourette’s

Growing up on a Peckham council estate with his musician mother and a ‘Lizzie-Anne the transvestite’ childcarer led to Pete Bennett’s own love of quirk and music  Now an actor, director, voice over artist and of course musician (with his band…
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January 11 , 2022

126. Will Bolsover; Natural World Safaris, Big Cats in Siberia, Little Lizards in Madagascar and the Challenges of Covid-Era Travel

A year spent camping out in the bush in Cameroon led Will Bolsover from Natural World Safaris make travel his life’s work. From tracking tigers in Siberia, to finding hidden corners of Madagascar and most recently spending 48 minutes in…
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December 20 , 2021

125. Christmas Special 2021; Sathnam Sanghera, Lisa Jewell, Matt Forde, Anne Sebba, Olly Mann, Greenham Common and more

Authors Anne Sebba on the Royal abdication, Sathnam Sanghera on a dismal Christmas restaurant, Lisa Jewell singing Boney M in Barbados, adventurer Jamie Douglas-Hamilton rowing to the Antarctic, satirist Matt Forde in an NYC  football bar, podcaster Olly Mann’s disappointing…
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Episode 124
November 30 , 2021

124. Firouz FarmanFarmaian; Escaping Tehran, Kashmiri Houseboats, Trekking Kyrgyzstan, Rock Bands and Contemporary Art

Born in Tehran, the descendent of a nomadic tribe, Contemporary Artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian’s family scattered after the Islamic Revolution. He grew up trekking mountains and deserts, touring with his Indie rock band and now with his internationally acclaimed art. With a gallery in…
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October 14 , 2021

123. On Location in Marbella Old Town with Tour Guide Javier Gonzalez

Marbella, known for its glitz and glamour, is one of the most well-known places in Spain and the old town is one of our favourite parts. Join Lisa on a journey through the maze of Marbella’s 16th Century cobbled lanes…
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Episode 122
August 12 , 2021

122. Matt Forde; Billy Connolly in New York, Liam Gallagher in Berlin and Nick Leeson’s Worldwide ‘British Scandal’ Jaunt

Comedian, political satirist and Spitting Image star Matt Forde talks accosting Billy Connolly in New York, ‘dying’ on stage in Luxemborg, pints of Carling in ex-pat clubs in Bahrain, Nick Leeson’s luxury hotel dash around the world, spending 3 months…
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