Al sat down with a range of guests over the past twenty episodes and in this special edition, he reflects on some of the most positive, powerful and insightful moments that he has chosen from the episodes.
Shem and Lukman sat down with John, who over the past 30 years has learnt to live off the land and earns money supplying high end bars and restaurants in London. They chat about the abundance of edible foods in the city and some of the rare mushrooms you can find if you know whe re to look.
Why are we attracted to certain accents?
Kiran calls up fellow comedian Dave Christie-Miller to find out. In a wide-ranging conversation, they attempt to unravel the science and stereotypes behind accents commonly considered ‘sexy’... as well as those that only can be compare d to ‘the bad jumper your mum gives you for Christmas’.
Shem and Lukman spoke to Tim Howell, who travels to famous peaks around the globe as a mountaineer and BASE jumper. They chat about the risk and the reward of the sport, some of his near death experiences and more.
This week Al talks to Dr Bev Meakin, she is a senior Lecturer in Counselling at Staffordshire University and the course leader for the Professional, Postgraduate and MSc courses in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. She also runs a private counselling practice.
Al chats to Dr Meak in about how her own past experiences shaped her career and her desire to help others. She discusses the different patterns she sees in relationships and the future of relationships for the younger generations.
Bryn Ferris is a young entrepreneur and co-founder of Grounded, a plant-based food and beverage company. He talks to Al about the pros and cons of university, discovering the corporate world wasn’t for him and how he created a place in the market for his plant-based produce.
H aving arrived at the company over two years ago, he takes us through the development of the products, from the initial idea to the products arriving on shelves in Selfridges, Planet Organic and launching with Gymbox later this month. He provides some key advice to anyone looking
Sam Wardell is the Head of Philosophy at a school in West London. Al and Sam talk about the value of belief systems, the danger of social media being used as a news source and how Philosophy courses are changing. Sam challenges his students to tackle difficult discussions and t o contribute despite their own views on that topic. The answer ‘I don’t like that’ isn’t good enough - he wants his students to be able to give reasons in a wide range of conversations, making them better at critically evaluating information.
Ben Brown is a BBC News Presenter and author of 'Sandstealers', a novel about war correspondents. After studying PPE at Oxford, he worked for various news outlets eventually joining the BBC in 1988 . He’s known for his work as a foreign correspondent and front line war journa list, taking him to places such as Moscow, Iraq and Israel. Ben authored another book called, The Battle for Iraq, and he tells Al about his time there, including a near death experience in which a British soldier saved his life. His most significant work was during the break-u
Al spoke to Abed Ahmed, who is a Head of Maths at Washwood Heath Academy in Birmingham and runs stammer support groups for children and for adults. He is the winner of the New Teacher of the Year award. Having developed a stammer at 4 years old, he talks to Al about using Drama exercises to work on his impediment and to build his confidence and resilience.
At 17 years old, he began to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher and at a teach training conference was told to forget about it. Throughout his childhood, growing up in a deprived part of Birmin
Angela Hilton is a teacher at Cleves Cross in Ferryhill. Recently she was awarded the Primary School Teacher of the Year prize at the Pearson National Teaching Awards. This was due to her excellence in working with international schools, rights respecting, sustainability, fair trade and learning outside the classroom.
She spoke to Al about exchange visits with partner schools in Sri Lanka and Kenya, she emphasises how important it is for kids in Primary School to start to understand situations and cultures far removed from their own.
David Sharkey is the Head of English at Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames and is moving to Hampton School to teach English in September. He is a volunteer for the initiative ‘Shout’, which offers in the moment mental health support for people who need it immediately. He is currently a rugby coach for the HAC (Honourable Artillery Company) and works in the Developing Player Programme for WASPS rugby club.
David uses his experience in teaching and sports coaching to help redefine masculinity. By having conversations consistently about emotional
Damian Hughes is a Professor of Organisational Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is an Author of seven best-selling books, including ‘The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset’. He is also a Sports Psychology consultant for professional teams including Rugby Uni on’s Sale Sharks, League’s Warrington Wolves and the Premiership’s West Bromwich Albion. On top of that, he co-hosts the ‘High Performance Podcast’ with Jake Humphrey.
He combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisation and psychology to work as
Neil Rollings was a Director of Sport in four of the leading independent schools in Britain for 21 years. He now works to provide training, recruitment and advisory services for modern sports programmes, often working with Headmasters to appoint Directors of Sport. In this epis ode he emphasises the personal, social and behavioural benefits sports can bring to students.
What is the purpose of coaching the Director of sport at school and how does it impact the students’ learning experience? Neil covers this all in the latest episode of Golden Nuggets
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Ex-Gurkha and double amputee, Hari Budha Magar, relives memories of his time in the service and tells us how he has adapted to life changing injuries. Fully committed to climbing Everest as soon as he and his team get the go ahead, he talks about the mental, physical and political challenges as he trains for his record breaking expedition.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Matt Weston lost both legs and an arm to an IED explosion in Afghani stan. He chats about his miraculous recovery and career following the injuries, including his current role at Barclays AFTER programme, supporting people who have left the forces.
Amy Price is a Women’s National Coach Developer at The FA in England, and is a UEFA A Licence holder. She was formerly Programme Director for Physical and Sport Education BA (Hons) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. They discuss what coaches and teachers can learn from st udying video game design and how you could apply that to a classroom.
Aaron Walsh is an experienced Sports Performance Coach. He is trained in mental skills and player development. He is currently working for Chiefs super rugby team, and previously for major sports teams such as San Francisco Giants, NY Mets, NZ Hockey, Football and Auckland Aces. He also works in corporate leadership coaching, creating high performance working environments. They spoke about Aarons career, fostering a healthy competitive environment, and the importance of managing wellbeing for optimal performance.
Dr Daniel Fujiwara is the founding director of Simetrica-Jacobs, who research wellbeing research and econometrics. An economist specialising in policy evaluation and social impact measurement, he also has a PHD in Wellbeing, and over 15 years of experience working in government and in international organisations. They discussed how wellbeing can increase productivity in the workplace and in the education system, creating better students, teachers and employees.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans.
Doug & Sarah spoke to Will earlier in the year about Doug’s milit ary career, his struggle with PTSD and his ongoing recovery. They discussed the ups and downs of his mental wellbeing after service, and his recent progress with art therapy.
Al hosted a live remote podcast for Barnes Film Festival in June with the founder of Vue Cinemas, Tim Richards. They discussed his previous career as a Wall Street Lawyer, the qualities of a successful entrepreneur and the importance of cinema in the digital age.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Andy Reid discusses the injury he sustained from stepping on an IED plate in Afghanistan, where he lost both legs and one arm. Despite this life-changing injury, he has become a parent, motivational speaker and was even awarded an MBE for his charity work.
This week Al chats to rugby coach Warren Abrahams. Originally from South Africa, Warren began a rugby career before focusing on coaching in the UK. Since then he has coached for London Irish, Harlequins and England Sevens to name a few. They spoke about Warrens childhood, growing up during the apartheid in South Africa, and how personal experiences had major influences on his coaching technique.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Dave opens up about his mental health issues after service, and how his current job as a Community Coach for Newcastle United Foundation has been hugely beneficial to his recovery.
Al spoke to Parenting Coach & Baptist Church Minister Richard Shorter. Richard is the founder of Non-Perfect Dad, where he pulls on 20+ years of working with families to provide quality coaching for parents. He has previously provided coaching for sports teams such as Manchester United, Saracens, Bath & England Rugby to name a few, as well as independent schools and local authorities. Being a parent of 3, Richard discussed how techniques such as setting clear boundaries, constant evaluation and 2-way communication have helped him navigate parenthood.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Will spoke to Lisa Johnston, who served as a Combat Medical Technici an in the Army. After injuring her leg during training, she suffered from a rare condition causing constant pain and discomfort, with the only solution being amputation. She discusses her military career, family life, and the challenges she faced as a result of her injury.
Earlier in the year, Al spoke to Mary McBain, who wrote and starred in the BAFTA-nominated short film, Spaghetti, which sheds light on the importance of consent. Shot by an all-female crew in 2019, the piece cleverly uses dark comedy and food as an analogy to explore the sensitiv e topic. Mary and Al discussed the current state of sex education in schools, dating in a digital age and the importance of communication and consent.
Afghanistan veteran Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Will sat down with Stewart Hill before lockdown to chat about Stewart's upbringing & military career. Stewart opens up about the brain injury he suffered during service, and finding refuge in creative outlets such as painting and playing the piano.
Back in February, Al sat down with performance coach educator and The Magic Academy founder, Russell Earnshaw. Having studied at Cambridge University, played Premiership rugby with Bath, and winning the European Cup, he turned his attention to coaching, for both Commonwealth Game s and World Cups. He founded The Magic Academy in 2018 to provide sports coaches with mentoring, coaching leadership and supporting team development. They spoke about helping younger generations build crucial life skills, such as creativity, awareness, decision-making and more.
Afghanistan veteran Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season 2 is in collaboration with Emma Willis’ Style for Soldiers charity, who create smart, well-fitting clothing for injured veterans. Will was joined pre-lockdown by David O'Mahoney, who suffered a life-changing brain injury during service. They discussed how this affected David's life, his inspiring story of recovery, and his recent success as a motivational speaker.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. Season Two explores the stories of beneficiaries of Style for Soldiers, a charity founded by fashion designer Emma Willis, that makes bespoke clothing for injured veterans, in an effort to improve their conf idence and mental health. Just before the UK Lockdown, Will chatted to 9 veterans with life-changing injuries sustained in recent conflicts. They opened up about horrific experiences & trauma, and their inspiring stories of overcoming these obstacles.
This week, Al had a call with Lee Parkinson, AKA Mr P - Teacher, & co-host of 2Ps in a Pod - the most popular education podcast in the UK, with 300k followers. Lee has been teaching at Davyhulme Primary in Manchester for 12 years. Alongside his teaching, he became an Apple Distin guished Educator, using technology to transform learning. He puts pedagogy at the heart of everything he does & aims to get more schools working ‘smarter, not harder.’ They discussed the growing role of technology in education & how it can be used effectively in education.
Electronic artist Arnau Obiols AKA Velmondo is an electronic producer, living in Barcelona.
His production style takes influence from the various blossoming genres of electronic music in the 70's, creating textures and rhythms from analogue instruments and raw primitive sounds. I n December 2019 he released his Debut EP as Velmondo on John Talabot's esteemed Hivern Discs label.
He has put together a mix for whynow titled 'Early Echoes', in tribute to the Dub Pioneers of the latter half of the 20th century.
Al chats to Lawrence Dallaglio about the purpose of being selfless and your impact on society. Lawrence is one of Englands most celebrated rugby players. After retiring from the game having won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup, 85 caps for England and countless other achievements, he is now a BT Sports presenter and founder of Rugby Works, a long-term skills development charity based on rugby, aiming to get teenagers into sustained education, employment or training. Lawrence spoke to Al about his Italian upbringing, family values, his
During the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, Al gave Stuart Lancaster a call to chat about his life, career and what it takes to become a leader.
Stuart Lancaster is currently working at Leinster rugby club as a professional 1XV rugby coach. He was England Head Rugby Coach betwe en 2011-2015. He also runs leadership courses through udemy.com, regularly presents on webinars and provides free resources on LinkedIn.
Will Watkins chats to fellow veterans about their lives and experiences. On this episode, he sat down with Roy Thornburn and they discussed his military career, a devastating experience in Afghanistan and the effect that had on Roy's mental wellbeing, as well as his journey to re covery.
Universal Language Records Founder and XOYO Resident Cimmerii brings us a mix titled 'Alice in Isolation'.
The intro reflects the dream-like rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland, before she dives into a selection of synth-heavy, space-age disco and club tracks. Expect music from Sp ace Dimension Controller, Silk Rhodes, Tei Shi and an exclusive unreleased tune from Cimmerii.
This week, Will spoke to Paul Nayman, about his life and experiences in his three tours of Afghanistan.
They discussed the difficulties of returning to normal life after service, how they both struggled with mental health issues and more.
Our new podcast by Shem & Lukman who sit down with tastemakers and influential guests from across the music, tech, arts and culture spectrum. All within a 25 minute count down.
They spoke to prolific music photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry creative dir ector Harris Elliott. They explore everything surrounding Rudeboy heritage and culture, discussing their book and exhibition at Somerset House.