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The show that explores the interests that people have and seeks to discover more on a wide variety of subjects. Each episode features a guest telling us all about their interest, why they do it and we uncover some fascinating stories in the process.

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The show that explores the interests that people have and seeks to discover more on a wide variety of subjects. Each episode features a guest telling us all about their interest, why they do it and we uncover some fascinating stories in the process.

    Tales of Medieval Police, Deceit and Corruption in Stanford with James Horton

    Tales of Medieval Police, Deceit and Corruption in Stanford with James Horton

    In today's show we welcome back James Horton, author of the Blue Swords Crimes and Crests Saga series of books.
    James has just published Blue Swords, Broken Oath the sequel to his first novel. The book is set in the fictional town of Stanford in medieval times and contains themes such as murder, corruption and romance.
    In this inspirational episode  we hear how James's career as a police officer and his love of historic fiction inspired him to take up writing after suffering a stroke at the age of twenty-seven.
    James talks about the support that he has received from the Stroke Association and how other stroke survivors have contacted him  since publishing his first book.
    All profits  from the books are going to the Stroke Association charity.


    James's links;
    https://www.facebook.com/crimesandcrestsbooks/

    The Stroke Association
    https://www.stroke.org.uk/
    Blue Swords by James Horton

    Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09BBHYNWB
    Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Swords-Broken-Crimes-Crests-ebook/dp/B09BBHYNWB

    • 26 min
    How a Blue Giraffe is providing hope, smiles and optimism for the future, with Raef Baldwin

    How a Blue Giraffe is providing hope, smiles and optimism for the future, with Raef Baldwin

    Today's show features multi- talented designer, sculptor, teacher and author, Raef Baldwin.

    Working  in several media, producing garden objects, and sculpture, as well as decorative pieces and furniture for the home. His work has been  described  as consistently playful and inventive  and pieces include weathervanes, fountains, wall mirrors, birdtables, chairs, cupboards, ceramics and opulently painted screens that often have a surreal left-of-field character. 
    He has authored several books. The Blue Bike is the first book in The Adventures of the Blue Giraffe illustrated series, written for ADHD* and ASD* children and parents.*(ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & ASD is Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
    In our conversation we discuss;

    *Raef's work in design, sculpture, art, writing and teaching
    *How 'doing' is the best way to learn your craft
    *How the Blue Giraffe stories were inspired by Raef's son who received an autism diagnosis on his fourth birthday
    *How the book is giving both parents and  carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD*) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD*): hope, smiles, ideas and most importantly, optimism for the future.


    Raef’s links:
    https://www.raefbaldwin.com/

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Bike-Giraffe-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0924V4K1W
     
    Undercurrent Stories links:
    https://www.undercurrentstories.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/
    https://twitter.com/UndercurrentSt1

    • 32 min
    Going Into Taliban Territory with Jamie Doran

    Going Into Taliban Territory with Jamie Doran

    My guest today has spent his life exposing the abuse of human rights in conflict zones throughout the world. From Yemen to Iraq, from Afghanistan to Syria with his multi award winning film company, Clover Films, Jamie Doran has investigated the facts and uncovered the truth on what’s really going on behind the mainstream media headlines.

    I was fortunate to catch up with Jamie shortly after his return from Afghanistan in May. Although we focus much of our conversation on Afghanistan, Jamie also talks about his life as an investigative film producer.
    Clover Films is recognised as a leading documentary production house, with over thirty prestigious awards won in the last decade alone. Its films and series, covering history, conflict, social injustice, human rights and the politics of sport, have been shown on over 50 channels across the globe. Their work has been honoured on two occasions by the United Nations for exposing the plight of exploited children in the Developing World, where laws have been changed to increase their protection as a result.
    In our conversation we discuss;
    Jamie’s early career at the BBC working on current affairs including ‘Nationwide.’Living in Moscow and meeting Alexder Feklisov, the man famous for helping avert nuclear war during the Cuban Missile CrisisBrief history of Afghanistan and its peopleWhy the US and NATO went into Afghanistan in 2001How the current troop withdrawal has left the country in turmoil and disarrayGoing into Taliban territory and meeting the Taliban during the making of his latest film The exit from Afghanistan and how the country is poised on the edge of civil warHow the Chinese are moving financial power into the country in their search for mineralsJamie’s links:
    https://clover-films.com/
    https://twitter.com/CloverFilmsUK/media
     
    Undercurrent Stories links:
    https://www.undercurrentstories.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/
    https://twitter.com/UndercurrentSt1

    • 40 min
    The Tale of Two Brewers

    The Tale of Two Brewers

    In today’s show I am joined by Darren Gregory. Darren is an amateur brewer with his own electric brewery named Red Barron Brewery.
    In this episode Darren and I talk about our shared interest for brewing beer, swap tips and generally enthuse about our hobby. 
    Cheers!

    The conversation features;
    Learning how to brewMethods of brewingThe amateur brewing communityWater, Malt, Hops and YeastProcess
    Darren's link;
    https://redbarronbrewery.wordpress.com/
    Brewing Resources mentioned in the episode;
    https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/
    https://www.brewuk.co.uk/
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Brew-Beer-Master-Brewing

    Undercurrent Stories links:
    https://www.undercurrentstories.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/
    https://twitter.com/UndercurrentSt1

    • 48 min
    Identifying Fake News, Disinformation and Untruths with Jan Irvin

    Identifying Fake News, Disinformation and Untruths with Jan Irvin

    Today on the show I am delighted to welcome Jan Irvin.
    Jan is an independent researcher, author and lecturer and hosts the Logos Media Podcast.
    Renowned for fact checking and using critical thinking to uncover the truth, Jan joins me to discuss the Trivium and Logical Fallacies. Both are concepts that go back to ancient times and are arguably more important than ever for use as tools in helping us to unravel fact from fiction in a world that appears to be experiencing an abundance of what we now call 'fake news.'
    This conversation features;
    Why Jan believes that roughly 85% of what most people think and believe is false. Critical thinkingThe Trivium method Using Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric to help establish clarity of thoughtImportance of Primary SourcesIdentifying  Logical Fallacies, such as 'red herring, ' straw man' and 'ad hominum' Jan's links;
    https://logosmedia.com/
    https://twitter.com/LogosMedia01
    http://www.triviumeducation.com/


     Undercurrent Stories links:
    https://www.undercurrentstories.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/
    https://twitter.com/UndercurrentSt1

    • 27 min
    Chillifever with Alex and Nuria

    Chillifever with Alex and Nuria

    Based in Stamford, England,  Alex and Nuria tell the story of how they were inspired to grow some chilli plants during the first lockdown in the Spring of 2020.
     Producing some bottles of hot chilli sauce from the fruits of the plants and with positive feedback from their family and friends we hear how they were both encouraged to start selling their sauces. 
    Fast forward to Spring 2021 and they now have their own company -  Chillifever!

    In this episode we hear;
    How Alex and Nuria started ChillifeverThe history of chillis and when they were first usedWhere chillis originate fromHealth benefitsHow to grow chilli peppersHow to make hot chilli sauceChillifever  links:
    https://www.chillifever.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/chillifever/
    https://www.facebook.com/chilliFeverStamford/
     Undercurrent Stories links:
    https://www.undercurrentstories.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/
    https://twitter.com/UndercurrentSt1

    • 34 min

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Stamford

A fascinating insight into the market town of Stamford. The history, characters and intrigue and superbly presented. Well worth listening to.

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