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Episode Twelve: Ain´t Nobody Loves Me Better

Being On The Inside

Release Date: 08/07/2020

Episode Twenty One: Gender Equality In Sport: Playing The Long Game show art Episode Twenty One: Gender Equality In Sport: Playing The Long Game

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In this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Bethan Taylor Swaine. Bethan is a PhD student at Birkbeck,  University of London where she studies the representations and identities of women in ultra running. This episode we delve into what it means to be a woman in sport, the history of how we are encouraged to participate. How men are better facilitated to achieve success.  That essentially men still dominate sport and are also the gatekeepers to it. 

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Episode Twenty: Creative Nature for Wellbeing, SMHAF 2021 show art Episode Twenty: Creative Nature for Wellbeing, SMHAF 2021

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This episode is a collaboration with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021. I chat with Kate Stevens, the Creative Learning Co-ordinator, at the Beacons arts centre,  a contemporary theatre and arts venue in the heart of Inverclyde. Kate's one of the workshop facilitators of a series called, creative nature for wellbeing that ran during this year's festival. I get to try out a couple of these exercises with Kate, exploring the connection between our mental health and our relationship with nature

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Episode Nineteen: ROOM ON THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE: International Surf Therapy show art Episode Nineteen: ROOM ON THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE: International Surf Therapy

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In this episode I meet and share space with Kris Primacio, who currently serves as the CEO of the International Surf Therapy Organisation (ISTO), a Nonprofit she co-founded in 2017 in Cape Town. You are going to hear stories about sea otters, dolphins, the healing power of mother ocean, about how surf therapy can both heal and unite in a common goal. We also chat about belonging, access, equity and inclusion in the water including racism and historic segregation and why this needs to be addressed.

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Episode Eighteen: RACIST BRITAIN, Tales From a Small Island show art Episode Eighteen: RACIST BRITAIN, Tales From a Small Island

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In this episode I chat with artist and activist Karlie Wu, her work delves into the identity of being British/Scottish-Chinese. Karlie is one of the founding members of besea.n, a non-profit, anti-racism grassroots organisation that tackles negative stereotypes and advocates positive media representation of East and South East Asian people in the UK.

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Episode Seventeen: Dermatillomania- PICKING RECOVERY show art Episode Seventeen: Dermatillomania- PICKING RECOVERY

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Kirsty Alexander is a teacher on the Applied Gender Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and a gardener at Ochil Tower School in Auchterarder. She talks with me about living with Dermatillomania. Otherwise known as Excoriation or skin picking disorder. Kirsty’s allows us to hear her journey from diagnosis to acceptance and parts of what came before and after. We talk about behaviours that are developed because of anxiety following catastrophic events as a way of coping.

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Episode Sixteen: Home School Dropout show art Episode Sixteen: Home School Dropout

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In this episode I chat to Viana Maya and Karsten Huttenhain both of pRESPECT, an organisation that through the ethos of Respect, Empowerment and Empathy aim to is to empower minority ethnic and other marginalised people into meaningful employment. This podcast episode will not tell you how to ‘home school’ properly, it's not about study tips and goal setting but, about giving space and time to acknowledge how we are approaching, surviving, not coping with this winter lockdown.

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Episode Fifteen: WE GO OUTSIDE TOO show art Episode Fifteen: WE GO OUTSIDE TOO

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In the episode, I chat to Marlon Patrice founder of Wegooutsidetoo, a UK-based organisation that hopes to encourage, support, and inspire the black community into outdoor activity, exercise, and the multiple benefits of nature.

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Episode Fourteen: MENTAL HEALTH SWIMS show art Episode Fourteen: MENTAL HEALTH SWIMS

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In part five of a mini-series on wild swimming health and healing. I chat with Rachel Ashe the founder of mental health swims. A UK based organisation encouraging people to dive into outdoor swimming, supporting people gain the benefits of cold water and community. 

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Episode Thirteen: DO YOU BELIEVE? show art Episode Thirteen: DO YOU BELIEVE?

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In this episode you are invited to join my newly formed coven of amateur Edinburgh witches. I am fascinated by the practices of Witchcraft, Wicca, Shamanism, magic and the connection between nature and spirituality. I am curious if rituals in our daily life connect and or disconnect us from our spirituality. A group of friends and I experiment with ancient rituals. We perform a Celtic Cacao ceremony and a Fire ceremony and some tarot cards, you get to hear how some of our beliefs have been formed.

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Episode Twelve: Ain´t Nobody Loves Me Better show art Episode Twelve: Ain´t Nobody Loves Me Better

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This podcast is all about the relationship we have with our physical bodies. It’s about Fatphobia, the body positivity movement, fat bias, demonising of the bigger body in our media, in our advertising.  Where that comes from, how its internalised in our own core beliefs relating to our body and how we then interact with the world.  I chat to Danni Gordon the founder of the Chachi Power Project, she’s a  body-positive activist, body image and body confidence advocate & speaker based in Scotland.

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This podcast is all about the relationship we have with our physical bodies. It’s about Fatphobia, the body positivity movement, fat bias, demonising of the bigger body in our media, in our advertising, the social stigma of obesity. It´s about how to learn to acknowledge and challenge our own preconceived notions.  Where it comes from, how its internalised and develops our own core beliefs relating to our body and how we then interact with the world.  

I chat to Danni Gordon the founder of the Chachi Power Project, she’s a  body-positive activist, body image and body confidence advocate & speaker based in Scotland. She is a blogger, podcast host, social media creator and generally inspiring human.

Danni and I explore and unpick how we as individuals and society have grown this quiet abhorrence towards weight gain. Danni shares how she has overcome her own body hatred and why she set out up the Chachipower project to enable and give space to those who suffer from enduring body hatred and for anyone who wishes to live beyond these thoughts feelings and behaviours. She also tries to persuade me into some naked swimming as part of my move towards body acceptance. 

This subject can be a minefield as plays into profoundly unquestioned fears and socially accepted hate speech, it’s also deeply sensitive to speak aloud and verbalise the voices of the trolls that reside in our own minds. Before the episode interview, Danni gave me an exercise she uses to help others imagine what life would be like without these thoughts and feelings.  This is something I found challenging and emotional. During the episode, we speak about these for the first time and I share my own personnel journey.  

Danni gives us her top three things to do now to begin a better relationship with your body. We also discuss the medias obsession with the thin narrative and Adele´s recent weight loss being the latest spotlight. 

This episode covers some sensitive topics please take care of yourself in listening. If you need help and advice regarding eating disorders you can reach out to a number of places here are some.  

BEAT: 0808 801 0677 

EATING DISORDER NI: 02890 235959 

MIND: 0300 123 3393