I started this show during the first lockdown in 2020 as a way of using the extra time at home productively. As of July '23 I have had the privilege of interviewing over 70 guests talking about and sharing their many varied interests. Stories that are not necessarily making the headlines but that are equally important and hidden just below the surface! Subjects include history, music, philosophy, fitness, beer, writing, film making and many others. There is bound to be a subject that interests you but if not, the enthusiasm and passion of the guests, will I am sure provide you with valuable entertainment and learning as they share their life stories and life lessons. Thank you for listening. IG:https://www.instagram.com/undercurrentstories/ FB:https://www.facebook.com/undercurrentstories/ TW:https://mobile.twitter.com/undercurrentst1
Hooked on Rhythm: A Conversation with Drummer and Fly Fisherman Rob Waddington
Step into the world of Rob Waddington, an accomplished drummer and avid fisherman residing near Rutland Water in England. Rob transports us into his dual passions, sharing his musical journey with the band New Model Army in the 1980's and his lifelong love for fly fishing in one of the most renowned spots in the UK and Europe.
Join the conversation as we explore the rich history of fly fishing, the art of imitating a fish's natural food source and the camaraderie built on the riverbanks. From carp to salmon, the show paints a picture of fishing across beautiful locations like Scotland, Iceland, and Russia. Our special guest not only shares his experiences but also the technical skill required for different types of fishing.
Get ready to be inspired as we turn the spotlight to a licensed fishing coach, who turned his hobby into a full-fledged career. From offering courses, to organising corporate team-building activities, he embodies the spirit of turning passion into profession. We explore a range of topics, including the art of eating the catch and the factors that influence its taste. If you've ever harboured a curiosity for fishing, this episode could be your perfect bait. So reel in and enjoy as we cast the net wide on the art and allure of fishing!
Discover the Inner Artist in You with Steve Carroll
Have you ever wondered if you could paint? My guest today is successful artist and inspiring art teacher, Steve Carroll.
Steve firmly believes that we all have an inherent ability to draw and paint and that it is never too late to learn. In this 30 minute episode Steve gives practical tips on how we can all learn to draw and paint and talks about his online art courses which have helped many people discover their artistic talents.
We embark on an intimate journey of understanding art as Steve shares his unique definition of art. He discusses the crucial role of a good teacher in shaping an artist and his method of teaching art to beginners.
We transition into the burgeoning intersection of art and technology, exploring how AI is transforming creative expression and the potential implications it holds for the art world. Steve also sheds light on the therapeutic power of art, discussing how it contributes to mental health and alters our perception of the world.
Discover more about Steve's artistic practices, including oil painting and drypoint, and the importance of networking among artists. Whether you're an aspiring artist or an art enthusiast, this episode is sure to ignite your artistic spirit.
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The Retirement Adventure of Art Educator William Adkins
Hear this inspiring conversation with William Adkins his intriguing journey from art school graduate to a remarkable teacher in Dallas ISD and his adventures in retirement. His fascination with art and global education was not only unique but also extremely impactful, leading him to a Fulbright Fellowship and a journey to Japan that would dramatically shape his approach to teaching. As he opens up about his experiences, it's hard not to be inspired by how he globalised his classroom, encouraging young people to think beyond their immediate surroundings and gaining international fellowships along the way.
As William transitioned into retirement, he adopted a fascinating mantra - "negative split". This mantra, along with his experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, shaped his outlook on retirement. In our chat, we discuss these influences, his thoughts on retirement, and his newly found love for hiking Camino de Santiago, a challenging pilgrimage route in Northern Spain. The tales of his hike, the challenges he faced on the trail, and the invaluable lessons he learned about slowing down and truly living in the moment, provide a compelling insight into his life post-retirement.
William's journey doesn't stop there. His future plans include a potential move to Mexico, running another marathon, and expanding his YouTube channel titled "I'm Not Dead Yet!" Inspired by a Monty Python reference, it's clear that William’s sense of humour and zest for life are guiding him through his retirement journey. His captivating blend of artistic pursuits, global education, challenging hikes, and unique retirement plans make for a truly captivating conversation. So join us as we explore William’s fascinating journey, wishing him the best as he embarks on this new chapter of life.
Explosive Secrets: Unraveling the True Story Behind Britain's Bonfire Night with Bill Cunningham
(Another chance to listen to one of our most popular episodes!)
Prepare yourself to be transported back to 16th and 17th century England, where religious tensions between Protestants and Catholics were at fever-pitch. We promise to unveil the untold story of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, an event in British history often shrouded in myth and misinformation. With esteemed historian Bill Cunningham as our guide, we'll walk you through the gripping tale of how a group of Catholic conspirators, led by the charismatic Robert Catesby, planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
As we journey through this fascinating period, we'll shine a spotlight on each key player - from the misunderstood Guy Fawkes, often mistakenly identified as the plot's mastermind, to the lesser-known conspirators such as the Wintour Brothers, Thomas Percy, Francis Tresham, and Everard Digby. Bill helps us unravel the intricate web of their interrelationships, as well as the clandestine meetings where they hatched their audacious plot, a plot born from deep-seated resentment and the desire for religious freedom.
Together, we'll expose the nail-biting aftermath of the plot - the swift apprehension of the conspirators, their chilling trials at the Tower of London, and the ingenious way Guy Fawkes managed to dodge an even more gruesome fate. We'll reflect on the tragic repercussions for the families left behind, shedding light on the true cost of this historic event. If you've ever wanted to peel back the layers of Britain's bonfire-night tradition and explore the real story beneath the smoke and fireworks, this episode will not disappoint. So, buckle up and let's dive deep into the annals of history.
(00:08 - 00:42) Guy Fawkes and Catesby
(05:42 - 07:01) The Gunpowder Plot and Religious Conflict
(12:27 - 13:25) Plotting Against Queen Elizabeth
(15:45 - 17:09) The Gunpowder Plot
(23:43 - 24:35) Blow Up Parliament, Install Catholic Queen
(29:13 - 30:17) Gunpowder Plot Conspirators' Trials and Executions
(33:54 - 34:47) Origins and Paradoxes of Bonfire Night
(38:03 - 38:56) Feelings About the Failed Plot
(00:05) The Gunpowder Plot and Religious Friction
We discuss the Gunpowder Plot, religious tensions, Robert Catesby and restrictions on Catholics during Elizabeth's reign.
(11:46) The Gunpowder Plot and Key Characters
Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes, Wintour Brothers, Thomas Percy, Francis Tresham, Everard Digby, and Queen Elizabeth are discussed in relation to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
(16:13) The Gunpowder Plot of 1605
Robert Catesby was a charismatic leader who recruited for the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605, with Lord Montego and Robert Cecil playing key roles and Guy Fawkes being the most famous member.
(27:59) The Gunpowder Plot and Its Aftermath
Robert Catesby recruited followers, including Guy Fawkes, to plot the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, leading to their trials, punishments, and tragic aftermath.
(This episode is a repeat from Nov. 2020)
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From Garage Band to Punk Legends: Blag Dahlia and The Dwarves
Ever wondered how a punk band leader evolves from hardcore rock to Americana?
Join us as we welcome the charismatic Blag Dahlia, founder of the iconic American punk band, The Dwarves. This high-energy conversation takes us on a musical journey through Blag's roots, his varied influences and the significant shift in his music style with his latest album release under the name Ralph Champagne. We also dive into the much-anticipated release of The Dwarves 'Concept Album' set for release on November 17th and their coinciding US tour.
We then unpack The Dwarves musical evolution, exploring their genre transitions from hardcore punk to pop punk, 60s garage, and thrash metal. Get a sneak peek into their upcoming 'Concept Album' that boasts an eclectic collection of artists including Nick Oliveri on bass, Josh Freese on drums, and Salt Peter. In a lighter vein, enjoy our chat about the humorous Ralph Champagne track 'Girlfriend', a delightful homage to the quintessential American sound.
Finally, we take a look at Blag's solo endeavors and collaborations with producer Andy Carpenter. From 70s glam bands to country, Americana and acoustic guitar-focused music, the range of genres is impressive. Blag shares exciting details about the upcoming Dwarves tour opening at The Rock in Tucson on 2nd November 2023, a potential UK visit, and moonlighting as an author. The conversation concludes with a preview of the band's future gigs with Bad Religion, their participation in the Punk in the Park Festival, and the re-release of the famous 'Blood, Guts, and Pussy' album. Don't miss this fascinating glimpse into the ever-evolving punk music scene.
The Entrepreneurial Journey: An Exclusive Interview with Rob Moore
Prepare for an enlightening journey as we sit down with Rob Moore, the dynamic entrepreneur behind Progressive Property and the voice of one of the UK’s most followed podcasts, 'Disruptors.' Rob’s unique story of overcoming early struggles with loneliness and conflict-avoidance to build a real estate empire is sure to inspire. But it's not just about his climb to success; it's about the lessons learned on the way and the wisdom he’s eager to share with us all.
Immerse yourself in an engaging conversation about the complex world of finance and economics. Rob’s insights into the governmental role in taxation and debt, the power struggles amongst big banks, and the urgent need for a competitive banking sector promise to reshape your perspective. We also challenge the biases in mainstream media's coverage of monetary policies, and explore the potential of decentralised currencies and cryptocurrencies to disrupt the traditional financial system.
Brace for a hard-hitting discussion on the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We delve into the dual use paradox of AI, highlighting its revolutionary role in diagnosing ailments and creating cures, as well as its potential misuse in creating potent diseases. Rob caps off the conversation with news on his upcoming projects and his ambitious goal of becoming a top recognised specialist in money. Join us for a captivating chat that promises thought-provoking insights and actionable advice.
A fascinating insight into the market town of Stamford. The history, characters and intrigue and superbly presented. Well worth listening to.