When we last left The Goose Cannons, they had agreed to give Armstad the ship won from the duel. Armstad has said he will use the vessel to do good in the world and, more importantly, to split profits. Just as they were making preparations to leave Smugglers' Isle, a vaguely familiar person comes to our heroes asking for help. Who is this person? What do they want? Are the White Gloves really okay with The Goose Cannons leaving after that scene at the duel? Find out now!
An Adoption Story Like You've Never Heard Before, And Michael Landon Was A Part Of It#adoption #autobiography #michaellandon #author #spirituality #culture RAFAEL MOSCATEL is the author of the best-selling business book The Bastard of Beverly Hills, Tomorrow's Jobs Today and director of The Little Girl with the Big Voice, a critically acclaimed documentary.Raised in Los Angeles, California, by a Sephardic family from the Isle of Rhodes, Rafael spent the first thirty years of his life in relative darkness, unaware that he'd been given up for adoption. A long, winding, emotional journey back home, not to four walls but to a place he could finally feel comfortable in his own skin, forced him to examine his sordid past through a sobering and heartbreaking lens. His amusing yet often tragic struggles with abandonment, addiction, and faith, recounted first in a documentary about his biological kin and now in a new memoir about his adopted family, remind us all of our spiritual strength and serve as a testament to the power of hope, forgiveness, and redemption.Purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0C5P7M5NDWebsite: https://rafaelmoscatel.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rafaelmoscatel/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rafael.moscatel.56Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelmoscatel/X: https://twitter.com/Rafael_MoscatelYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/@rafaelmoscatelThanks for tuning in, please be sure to click that subscribe button and give this a thumbs up!!Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/listen_to_the_vibes_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevibesbroadcastnetworkLinktree: https://linktr.ee/the_vibes_broadcastTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeuTVRv2/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheVibesBrdcstTruth: https://truthsocial.com/@KoyoteFor all our social media and other links, go to: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/the_vibes_broadcastPlease subscribe, like, and share!
Is indulging in a wee dram bad for the climate? We investigate whisky's peat problem from the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Later, we drop into a repair cafe in Manchester doing its bit to reduce the millions tons of fixable items we throw out every year. And lastly, we visit the Republican US state of Georgia where the electric vehicle business is booming.
Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. One of the key ingredients in concrete is Portland cement. The American Concrete Institute explains that Portland cement is a product obtained by pulverizing material consisting of hydraulic calcium silicates to which some calcium sulfate has usually been provided as an interground addition. When first made and used in the early 19th century in England, it was termed Portland cement because its hydration product resembled a building stone from the Isle of Portland off the British coast. Without going into detail, it suffices to say that a great deal of energy is required to produce Portland cement. The chemical and thermal combustion processes involved in its production are a large source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to Chatham House, a UK-based think tank, more than 4 billion tonnes of cement are produced each year, accounting for about 8% of global CO2 emissions. However, fly ash from coal-fired power plants is a suitable substitute for a portion of the Portland cement used in most concrete mixtures. In fact, substituting fly ash for 20% to 25% of the Portland cement used in concrete mixtures has been proven to enhance the strength, impermeability, and durability of the final product. Therefore, using fly ash for this purpose rather than placing it in landfills or impoundments near coal power plants not only reduces waste management at sites, but also reduces CO2 emissions and improves concrete performance. Rob McNally, Chief Growth Officer and executive vice president with Eco Material Technologies, explained as a guest on The POWER Podcast that the ready-mix concrete industry has been reaping the benefits of using fly ash for years. “In terms of economics, fly ash was typically cheaper than Portland cement. It also has beneficial properties that typically makes it stronger long term and reduces permeability, which keeps water out of the concrete mixture and helps concrete to last longer. And, then, it's also environmentally friendly, because they're using what is a waste product as opposed to more Portland cement—and Portland cement is highly CO2 intensive. For every tonne of Portland cement produced, it's almost a tonne of CO2 that's introduced into the atmosphere. So, they have seen those benefits for years with the use of fresh fly ash,” McNally said. However, as climate change concerns have grown, many power companies have come under pressure to retire coal-fired power plants. As plants are retired, fresh fly ash has become less and less available. “The availability of fresh fly ash is declining,” said McNally. “In some places—many places actually—around the country, replacement rates that used to be 20% of Portland cement was replaced by fly ash are now down in single digits. But that's a reflection of fly ash availability.” Eco Material Technologies, which claims to be the leading producer of sustainable cementitious materials in the U.S., has a solution, however. It has developed a fly ash harvesting process and has nine fly ash harvesting plants in operation or under development to harvest millions of tons of landfilled ash from coal power plants. Locations include sites in Arizona, Georgia, North Dakota, Oregon, and Texas. “There are billions—with a b—of tons of impounded fly ash around the country, so we have many, many years of supply,” McNally said. Still, Eco Material is not resting its business solely on fly ash harvesting, or marketing fresh fly ash, which it has also done for years. “The other piece where we will fill the gap that fresh fly ash leaves behind is with the green cement products. Because with those, we're able to use natural pozzolans, like volcanic ash, and process those and replace 50% plus of Portland cement in concrete mixes. So, we think there's an answer for the decline in fly ash and that's where the next leg of our business is taking.”
This week, a first-time prompt submitter asks us to build out a dangerous, magical world called Warevinet, populated by mermaids, winged humans, and boring ol' regular humans. We take inspiration from important cultural works like The Little Mermaid, The Dying Earth, Zoolander, and I Think You Should Leave to infuse this realm with petty wizards, aquatic vineyards, fashion-based magic, and so much more! Anyone got a spare skin suit? Do you have a setting you'd like us to build? Send us your worldbuilding prompt! https://forms.gle/F4SNMH3k7ea5fr1F8 And if you're feeling particularly generous, you can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/worldbuildwithus Chat with us on our Discord server: https://discord.gg/SRFhWV3 Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@worldbuildwithus Email us your suggestions: WorldbuildWithUs@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter: @LetsWorldBuild Intro theme: "Half Mystery" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 Outro Theme: "Study and Relax" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
On today's episode we have an emergency medicine doctor, Dr. Luke Mueller, sharing his harrowing story of survival following a mountaineering accident on the Isle of Skye. He recalls the day he set out on the Dew Bridge Scramble alone, subsequently leading to a big void in his memory and awakening to a painful reality weeks later in a hospital. Dr. Luke will dive deep into the details of his rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury impacts, and his continuing journey on balancing his love for outdoor activities and his medicinal career. You'll hear his thoughts on patience as a virtue during recovery, the importance of having a strong support system, and how returning to work post-recovery drastically changed his perspective on patient care. See the details of his gripping experience and more, brought to you by his former partner, who experienced a trauma of her own when she had to report him missing. A story of strength, resilience, and gratitude, stay tuned for an inspiring conversation. Luke Mueller is a Junior Doctor based in North Wales with a background and interest in Emergency Medicine. He has a passion for Mountain medicine and anything that maximises his time outdoors. He is currently studying the diploma in mountain medicine, hoping that this prepares him for future opportunities for expedition and mountain medicine work. In August 2020 Luke was very fortunate to survive a traumatic mountaineering accident on the Isle of Skye . This led to a challenging rescue by the Skye MRT and a subsequent 7 week hospital stay which included a 10 day ICU stay . Since surviving this and being left with his associated traumatic injuries he gives his unique insights into his rehab process physically and mentally thus far and his journey getting back into working as a Doctor whilst keeping up with enjoying his outdoor passions.
Michael and Ethan continue their discussion of this year's extra-mondo mondo book, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.In this episode:Tolstoyan complimentsThings Tolstoy thinks are impossible to knowWar and Peace is funny, we promiseTolstoy's biography is WILDANARCHISM YUSSSSNatasha, Pierre, and a Bunch of Distracting Side PlotsIn Tolstoy, no two horses are the sameTolstoy does us dirtyWe will duel himNext time Michael and Ethan will continue reading Tolstoy's War and Peace! Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page. Donate to our Patreon! BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET! Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett) MUSIC & SFX: "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission. "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.
Our story begins with the Die Hards, a taker crew who have survived the horrors of the Loss and are close to achieving their retirement dreams. They only need to complete one more job for a Mr. JOLS. In taker slang, JOLS stands for “just one last score”, a term used by takers who are … Continue reading "Actual Play – Red Markets 2022 Gauntlet – Shepherds Isle – EP 1" The post Actual Play – Red Markets 2022 Gauntlet – Shepherds Isle – EP 1 appeared first on The Roleplaying Exchange.
Today's crossword proved to be a snap for one of our cohorts, and almost a streak-snapper for the other. To keep up the suspense, we won't reveal who was who just yet, but we will tell you that there were a host of fabulous clues in today's grid, from 3-letter wonders -- 27A, Sydney's home, for short, NSW; to 4-letter pop-culture references -- 51A, _______ of Dogs, (hit 2018 animated film), ISLE; to 5-letter curios -- 49A, Class or order, TAXON; to ... you get the idea. But to get the full story, including the answer to the original poser, who struggled and who soared while doing today's puzzle, do what countless others have done before you -- hit subscribe or follow (so you never miss an episode); tap download; and then be prepared to be amazed as we dive into the intricacies of Rafael Mesa's Friday masterpiece.Contact Info:We love listener mail! Drop us a line, email@example.com.Also, we're on FaceBook, so feel free to drop by there and strike up a conversation!
Matthew Bannister on Captain Don Walsh, the American submariner who made the first descent to the deepest place in the ocean – the Mariana Trench. His friend and fellow deep sea explorer Victor Vescovo relives the experience for us. Dame A.S. Byatt, the author best known for her Booker Prize winning novel “Possession”. Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady of the USA. Dr Finlay Macleod, the historian from the Isle of Lewis who fought to preserve the Gaelic language. Robert Macfarlane pays tribute. Interviewee: Rebecca Morelle Interviewee: Victor Vescovo Interviewee: Neil La Bute Interviewee: Sam Leith Interviewee: Kate Andersen Brower Interviewee: Robert Macfarlane Interviewee: Agnes Rennie Producer: Gareth Nelson-Davies Archive used: Rebecca Morelle interviews Don Walsh, BBC News, 23/02/2012, They Dived 7 Miles, British Pathe News Reels, 08/02/1960; Witness History : The world's deepest dive 11km down, BBC World Service, 01/03/2021; Don Walsh interview, Short CUts 18, The Descent, BBC Radio 4, 05/03/2019;
Isle McElroy joins Jess and Brandon to talk about intimacy, vulnerability and sex -- on paper and in the flesh. An award-winning non-binary author based in New York, McElroy's latest novel People Collide is a gender-bending, body-switching story exploring marriage, identity, and sex, which delves into questions about the nature of true partnership. Isle shares personal insights on what makes for a good sex scene, how inadequacy plays out in relationships and what they've learned from rethinking sex and pleasure. To learn more about Isle McElroy, check out their social media - Instagram and Twitter And if you have podcast questions, please submit them here. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music & Stitcher! Rough Transcript: This is a computer-generated rough transcript, so please excuse any typos. This podcast is an informational conversation and is not a substitute for medical, health, or other professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the services of an appropriate professional should you have individual questions or concerns. Episode 343 Sex, Gender & Intimacy: People Collide with Isle McElroy [00:00:00] You're listening to the sex with Dr. Jess podcast, sex and relationship advice you can use tonight. [00:00:15] Brandon Ware: Hey, hey, today we're talking about sex, gender, and intimacy with Isle McElroy, an award winning non binary author based in New York, whose latest novel, People Collide, is a gender bending, body switching story about marriage, identity, and sex, which delves into questions about the nature of true partnership. [00:00:31] Jess O'Reilly: Yeah, and this story isn't your traditional kind of body swap, you know, thinking Freaky Fridays. So the story is... Eli, when Eli, the main character, leaves the cramped Bulgarian apartment, he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, who's more organized, more successful than he is. He discovers that he now inhabits her body. [00:00:48] Jess O'Reilly: So not only have he and his wife traded bodies, but Elizabeth living as Eli, has disappeared without a trace, and what follows is Eli's search across Europe, to America, to find his missing wife, and an exploration of gender and embodied experience. As Eli comes closer to finding Elizabeth while learning to exist in her body, he begins to wonder what effect this metamorphosis will have on their relationship, and how long he can maintain the illusion of of living as someone he isn't. [00:01:17] Jess O'Reilly: And the questions, you know, are will their new marriage wither completely in each other's bodies, or is this transformation the very thing Eli and Elizabeth need for their marriage? to thrive. So I'm really looking forward to this conversation. I've been reading the book. I'm almost done. I thought I'd be done by today, but I have a lot of questions about some of the messaging and themes, and I think it's going to be a great conversation. [00:01:37] Jess O'Reilly: Now, before we welcome our guest, I'll want to announce a partnership with fellow podcasters Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women. The podcast, season two, is out now and it's hosted by Nana Darkwa Sakiyama and Malaika Grant. The podcast explores African women's experiences of sex, sexuality, [00:02:00] and pleasure and they have a host of fabulous guests in their bedroom this season. [00:02:05] Jess O'Reilly: They have top sexpert Ohlone from the UK, fabulous comedienne Yvonne Orji. Feminist powerhouse, Mona Altahawe, and many, many more. And they're asking all their guests, what's your sexy secret? What's your secret, babe? [00:02:19] Brandon Ware: I can't tell you. It's a secret. That's why it's a secret. [00:02:21] Jess O'Reilly: So predictable. Okay. That and so much more in the new season of the Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women podcast out now. [00:02:30] Jess O'Reilly: Listen, wherever you get your podcasts.
As winner of Interior Design Masters 2022, Banjo Beale has gone on to breath new life into homes and businesses in the television series ‘Designing the Hebrides', plus bringing his infectious enthusiasm as host of the beautiful ‘Scottish Home of the Year' on the BBC. Alongside this, he has continued to design, inspiring thousands on Instagram with his incredible style and just in case that wasn't enough, he has also written a book! Join us as we catch up on Banjo's incredible year and listen out for some fantastic tips for sourcing vintage homeware. Banjo Beale's Website: https://www.banjobeale.co.uk/ Banjo Beale on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/banjo.beale/ Banjo Beale's Book: https://amzn.eu/d/cM6aZ5v Send your style surgery question here: firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up to become a friend of the show: www.thegreatindoorspodcast.com Join our private Facebook group and let us know what you think of the show here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegreatindoorspodcast For daily updates follow Kate and Sophie on Instagram: Kate: www.instagram.com/madaboutthehouse Sophie: www.instagram.com/sophierobinsoninteriors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Our guest this week is wine guru Helena Nicklin who is no stranger to podcasting - with her popular drinks podcast ‘Bring a Bottle' and a starring role in three TV series of ‘The Three Drinkers' on Amazon Prime. Helena talks moving her family to the Island from London, all things booze-related including predictions for next year's drinks trends, plus the possibilities for a breakthrough vintner on the Isle of Wight.Thank you to Style of Wight Magazine for supporting Season 3 of the Island Stories Podcast: https://www.styleofwight.co.uk/Hosted by Harriet HadfieldProduced by Alex WarrenSign-up to Harriet's weekly newsletter 5-StoriesMusic by Mike & Izabella Russell from Music Radio Creative Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
After a whirlwind few days, OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman has been reinstated as CEO. Plus, Binance founder Changpeng Zhao has pleaded guilty to money laundering violations. CNBC's Eamon Javers discusses crimes in the crypto world with Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernen, and Becky Quick, including the Department of Justice's efforts to keep crypto in line with the law. And, ahead of Thanksgiving, the kitchen experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line are ready with the tips all holiday hosts need to cook the perfect turkey. One expert, Bill Nolan, says, opt for oil over butter and don't panic–just dial 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Once the turkey's done, Food & Wine executive editor Ray Isle has the wine pairings to impress Thanksgiving guests, without breaking the bank. Author of “The World in a Wineglass,” Isle has all hosts, including our Squawk hosts Joe Kernen and Becky Quick, covered at the bar. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! Ray Isle's Wine Recommendations:2022 Tiberio Trebbiano di Abruzzo ($22)2021 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($42)2020 Frog's Leap Napa Valley Zinfandel ($40) Bill Nolan - 19:49Ray Isle - 27:27
Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. Your host is Kelly Molson, Founder of Rubber Cheese.Download the Rubber Cheese 2023 Visitor Attraction Website Report - the annual benchmark statistics for the attractions sector.If you like what you hear, you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue or visit our website rubbercheese.com/podcast.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review, it really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned in this podcastCompetition ends on 20th December 2023. The winner will be contacted via Twitter. Show references: https://vectis.ventures/https://robin-hill.com/https://blackgangchine.com/https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominic-wray-a1b52766/Dominic Wray is the Parks Director of Vectis Ventures, the parent company of the Isle of Wights two leading attractions; Robin Hill, and the UK's oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine. After 7 years of running Blackgang Chine as the Park Manager, he stepped into his role as Parks Director to play a vital position in the planning and execution of the longer term business strategy. Having been in this role for around 15 months, he has led on some big changes and transformations within the business, as well as navigating what has been a challenging year for the leisure industry as a whole. Dominic attributes much of his success, and enjoyment of his career to the people in it. Sitting on the Management Committee for BALPPA, he is a huge advocate for industry networking and enabling peer to peer learning opportunities. He then uses this platform as a way to the develop the team that he is so passionate about, allowing them to flourish into the industry known experts of their fields. Transcriptions: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip the Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host, Kelly Molson. Each episode, I speak with industry experts from the attractions world. On today's episode, I speak with Dominic Wray, Parks Director at Vectis Ventures. We talk about Blackgang Chine, the 180 year old attraction, and Dominic shares his three top tips on transforming processes and developing superstar people. If you like what you hear, you can subscribe on all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue. Welcome to the podcast, Dominic. It's great to have you on today. Dominic Wray: Thanks for having me. Looking forward to it. Kelly Molson: Everyone says that at the start, and then I give them icebreaker questions, and they hate me. But this is how the podcast always starts, so you have to do them. Right. If you could enter the Olympics for anything, what would you be Olympic level at? And we're not talking it doesn't have to be sports here. It could be like baking or Olympic level complainer. Anything goes. What's your Olympic level at? Dominic Wray: I think I would actually answer the sports based question answered that. I always, when I was growing up, wanted to play in the NBA. Basketball was a big passion of mine. So I'd say I'd want to enter the Olympics as a basketball player. Kelly Molson: Okay. And do you play now? Is this something that you are actually good at? Dominic Wray: Not so much now, no. I don't want to use the old adage if I got injured, but I did. Kelly Molson: Oh, no. Dominic Wray: We'll never know if I could have made it or not. Kelly Molson: Good one. Have you ever been mistaken for someone famous? Dominic Wray: Yeah, actually, yes, twice. Someone once said to me I look like Joel Dormot. I think he's a comedian. And some of the team seemed to think I look like Mark Wright. Kelly Molson: I know this one. So I saw the picture that Laura Baxter posted of your LinkedIn. I have to say, I did a second look, Mark. Dominic Wray: Yeah. I mean, I'll take it. I think Mark Wright's the right looking chap, so could be worse, I suppose. Kelly Molson: Okay. All right. A final one. What one thing would you make a law that isn't already? I've got a good one for this. So if I could be in charge of laws, I would make it a law that nobody could just stop in the middle of the pavement and look at their mobile phone, or walk upstairs with their mobile staring at their mobile phone, not actually looking where they're going, because it just makes me want to swipe people's legs away. Because they just stop in front of you or they walk really slowly up the stairs. That would be one of mine. Dominic Wray: I'd go with, everyone needs to learn how to go through security at an airport. There's nothing more frustrating when you get there and the person in front of you isn't aware of how to go through and then there's a bit that delays the queues. Kelly Molson: Good one. That's a really good one. They get quite shouty, the security people now, don't they? When you're queuing up like, they're shouting at you about your liquids and your jackets and you take your belts off, and I'm like, "If I take my belt off, my trousers are going to fall down. I'm not even halfway there yet." I like that one. Okay, what's your unpopular opinion? Dominic Wray: My unpopular opinion is that motorists ruined the road for cyclists. Which I'm sure will be incredibly controversial. Yeah, that's my unpopular opinion. Kelly Molson: This is going to be a controversial one and I really want to know what you think about this one, listeners. Yeah, I don't agree with you, but you are a hardcore cyclist. I'm going op guess.Dominic Wray: I do pay my road tax, drive a car myself, but yeah, someone that very much enjoys road cycling. Yeah, that is definitely my viewpoint on other motorists. Kelly Molson: I think there needs to be made room for both on the roads. There's not sufficient cycle lanes in areas where there should be sufficient cycle lanes. Although I live just outside Cambridge and Cambridge is pretty good for cyclists. If this was me, I would ban cyclists from cycling through the city centre of Cambridge, because the amount of times I've nearly been run over by cyclists in the city centre is quite a lot. Dominic Wray: I will say. Not every cyclist is respectful of most receivers. It is a two way street, quite literally. Do you understand that? Kelly Molson: I like this. Right, okay, listeners, what do you think about the unpopular opinion? I feel like I've just got myself in hot water with all my Cambridge cycling friends as well. Dominic Wray: They're all going to be kicking off. Kelly Molson: We're all in trouble. We're in trouble together, Dom. It's fine. Right, tell us a little bit about your background, because you have come into attractions not from an attractions background, and I always find this quite fascinating, how people end up within the sector. You've come from banking, right? Dominic Wray: Yes, yes. I started off my career when I left school selling houses, and then I moved into banking after that. I used to work for Lloyds Bank and one of my clients was our current HR director here, lady called Paula, and I used to see her every year. She'd come in, talk about this great place that she worked and all these fun projects she was working on and how magical it was. And I remember sort of sat there thinking, "Gosh, your job sounds really interesting and you're working on these varied projects and you're getting to experience loads of cool things." She was talking to me about fireworks events and dinosaurs and cowboys and pirates. I was thinking, "I'm saya, talking about savings accounts and loans and boring stuff that comes to banking." Dominic Wray: And then one day I saw an advert in our local paper on the island for a Park Manager role for Blackgang Chine. Which is the park that Paula worked at, and I read through it and I thought, “Okay, yeah, I can do this. It sounds like I've got the skill set to do this.” Not really knowing anything about running a visitor attraction at all. So off I went to the interview, got my job and I thought, “Oh, great, yeah, if I can sell houses and I can run a bank, the only I could run a visitor attraction.” It's just taking those skills and applying them across into a different sector. Dominic Wray: Eight or nine years later, still here now and lot of a big learning curve along the way, but yeah, not a traditional route into it, but Blackgang on the island is a very iconic visitor attraction. All the children on the island have been there, had very fond memories of coming here as a child and I just thought, “Wow, what an opportunity to wake up every day and go to work in a fun”, magical place that's the complete opposite from the confines of a bank. So I thought, “Yeah, I'm going to back myself and go for it and do it.”Kelly Molson: How weird is that? Knowing that you went there as a child as well and now you actually run the place. That's massive, isn't it? Dominic Wray: Yeah, when I'm walking around, there's lots of areas of the park that are still the same and happened for many years and they carry great sentiments or walking through certain areas and they hear certain sounds or certain smells in the park and it takes you back to being a kid every day. So it's quite a magical place to work. Kelly Molson: That's really sweet. And so what was that transition like? Because I've just got this vision of you kind of like rocking up on the first day and going, "Where do I start?". Dominic Wray: Yeah. So on day one when I arrived, the gentleman who was doing the role beforehand had left. So I had a laptop set of keys and they sort, "Off you go.. And I was like, "OK, I've got to have to work this out", which I did. I was lucky enough to go to IAAPA in Orlando and I went on a week long training course, management course there around Park Management of Visitor Attractions, which I think was really interesting, really useful, gave me a great insight into the attraction space. And then I've worked through that by learning about the various different departments and functionalities of the business along the way. But it was a big change for me to go from working for a large corporate company to moving to a family owned company. Dominic Wray: Blackgang Chine has been owned by the same family for 180 years, which is the Dabell family. So it was a big shift for me from having multiple layers of people and it taking weeks to get a decision to just having to go and speak to one person as long as they say, "Yes", you're on your way. So it's enjoyable working for a much more dynamic organization where you can pivot more quickly. And that was sort of one of the surprising things, having come from a bigger company, how quickly things can move and change. But I think that's a real positive fallout. Kelly Molson: Yeah, definitely. I love that you did like a crash course, you did like your crash course, your driver's course, you didn't do those week intensive course, you did your weeks intensive course of being a park manager and that was it into the job. So what does your role cover then? Because I know you operate across two parks at the moment, so you've got Blackgang Chine, you've got Robin Hill. What does that look like for you in terms of your role? Dominic Wray: So my role sees me overseeing the parks and the strategic position. So I look after the business of the group as a whole. I was previously the park manager of Blackgang and then over the last twelve months transitioned to a new role, Parks Director, which sees me overseeing the group from more of a strategic position. So everything from opening calendars, pricing strategy, events that we're running, health and safety, you name it, all falls under my room within the business.Kelly Molson: I love that. I guess all of those things must have been the steep learning curve from banking where you clearly are very senior role, but probably not juggling quite so much in a day.Dominic Wray: Yeah, I liken it to running lots of micro businesses. We've got a retail business, food and beverage business and events business, health and safety compliance element of the business. So yeah, lots of micro businesses within the big business as a whole really. But yeah, the regulation from banking around strict processes and procedures does translate quite nicely into business and also into health for safety as well. Kelly Molson: Yeah. And there's some of the things we're going to talk about today. So we've got three topics to cover which I'm really interested in. We've got processes and systems, we've got peer learning that we're going to talk about and then we're going to talk about people and team development. So what you just said there about what you've brought, that's one of the things that I'm really interested in terms of the processes and systems because you've been through quite a transformative process in your organisation with kind of people and process actually. What have you been able to bring from banking into the attractions world that's kind of helped you with those processes and systems? Dominic Wray: I would say I learned a lot from working in a bank. One of the things was how not to do things, I'd say. In terms of life in a bank is very black and white. It's almost sort of a computer says no culture. And that really taught me that actually in real business you've got to operate a bit more in the gray. And it's much more around how can we actually make things happen and how can we do things rather than actually that's not possible. So I always say to feeling, great, well, how are we going to work around that? How are we going to make that possible? So, since I've joined the business, we've gone through quite a large transformation. Dominic Wray: It was fair to say that when I joined, the business was very much running in a sort of historic, family orientated way of we've always done it that way. That was a phrase I heard quite a lot when I first started this. I know we've done it like that because we've always done it that way. There's sort of a lot of, "Okay, explain to me why we've done it that way and what's the approach to that?". And then over the years, we've moved into using far more digital systems. So I'm big on making sure the team can see at the various levels of the organisation, the bigger picture. And I think that then helps them understand exactly what's going on in the business as a whole. And I think that through digital optimisation of systems and processes, that really helps them do that. Dominic Wray: So, for example, on the ride side of the fence, we bought in Mobaro, which is quite a well known safety system for our daily inspections. And that just gives far better visibility right the way from the ride operator, the person checking the rides, to the duty manager, all the way up to our owner if he wants to go in on a day and see what's gone on at 10:00 before the site opens. So it's really been around pivoting the organisation into becoming early adopters of technology and systems and processes. Dominic Wray: We've also recently joined the LEAP scheme, which was quite a big jump for our industry to move away from a historical scheme that had been in place for a number of years. And were some of the first, well, one of the first parks to join that scheme.Kelly Molson: For our listeners, what is the LEAP scheme? What does that mean? Dominic Wray: So we have our rides basically inspected by an independent inspection body. And LEAP is the scheme that then oversees and checks off the regulation of that inspection body in a sort of basic format. But it had historically been done by a different organisation and LEAP have come into the marketplace. And taken a different approach to how that is done, which gives far more transparency to the operators and also the customers that are coming into sites to visit as well. But it was quite a big thing for us to say, "Okay, we're going to move away from that historic way of doing it into a newer way of doing things.". But I think as a company, because we can make decisions quite quickly, we don't have a big gain of sign off to go through as a team. Dominic Wray: We can move quite quickly on things such as that as well. Kelly Molson: I really like that kind of transparent approach that you talked about because it feels like that would help with kind of unifying the kind of organisational culture as well because people have a bit more visibility about what's going on behind the scenes, so to speak. Dominic Wray: Yeah. And I think giving people the most amount of information you can give them within their job role and position within the organisation, that level of transparency just allows them to do their job better. Because if they understand what the key metrics that they're working towards and how they're performing and actually how decisions they make on a day to day basis impact the bigger picture of how the attraction performs over a 12, 24 month ongoing period, that makes them feel much more empowered. Because then they can see, actually, I've made this change over here, and that made an impact onto the bottom line over here. Kelly Molson: Yeah, absolutely. It gives people that sense of ownership about what they're doing as well, doesn't it? Dominic Wray: Definitely. Kelly Molson: So what do you think have been the biggest transformations that you've been able to make over that period? Dominic Wray: I would say collaborative working. The organisation used to very much be I look after food and beverage, I look after retail, I look after operations and we don't talk to each other. That's my lane. Kelly Molson: So those little micro companies just kind of like they worked in their little silos and didn't really talk. Dominic Wray: Yeah, exactly. Whereas what we've done across a number of years is change the structure of the way the parks run on a day to day basis. So each of the heads of those departments do take turns of doing duty management shifts. So that gives them the opportunity to experience the park as a complete 360, interact with different departments, understand how other departments work and function. Most importantly, that gets them in front of customers in different areas of the business as well, then that helps them understand, okay, in retail or operations, we're allowing people into the park in this way. If we do this is a domino effect that then actually knocks onto something that could happen in food and beverage later on. Dominic Wray: So I think again, that goes back to giving them that bigger picture of what's going on in the company and for them to think that actually we are all one team and what someone does in one department does have a knock on effect and impact onto other departments as well. And I think that's really taken place by opening the business up a lot more. Historically, were quite closed off as an organisation, and I've been very big on getting the staff out, seeing other attractions, going, speaking to other people in other attractions, finding out how things work in other parks, other businesses. Dominic Wray: And I think that's really then enabled us to open up a lot more and we've done that also through being members of BALPPA as well, which has been quite a key point of being able us to open up the business a lot more and experience the team, to experience things outside the company as well.Kelly Molson: Yeah. So peer learning is one of the things that I'd love to explore a bit more, because I think just going back to what you said about those organisational visits, you've got a few team members that are really active on LinkedIn, so I see a lot of the things that you do as an organisation, and it's really impressive. So you do strategic team visits to other attractions to look at how they're operating, how their attractions are running, what events. You even go to some of their events and see how they've been put on. And that comes back to this whole thing about the sector being really supportive and collaborative with each other, because that never used to happen in my world. In agency world, we are far more open now than we ever were. Kelly Molson: But I couldn't imagine ten years ago me rocking up to someone else's agency and going, "Could I just sit in on your team while you work through this project and see how your project management process works?". Piss off. I would be able to do that to a number of agencies that I know there. They'd be really happy to share, but it feels like it's kind of always been that way in the sector for attractions. Is that the case? Dominic Wray: Yeah, 100%. I mean, that was one of the biggest things that shocked me coming into a new career, was actually you can go and ask people for help and ask them how they do things and they're more than willing to share the challenges and issues that they have, but also sharing the solutions to those problems as well. I mean, when I worked at Lloyds, I can't imagine ever walking over the road to Natwest and going, "Hi, can you explain to me how you do this?". They'd say, “Bugger of.”Kelly Molson: You all will have exactly the same problem. So working together to solve that problem surely helps the greater good, rather than. Dominic Wray: Everyone has the same problems. They just have it on varying scales of economy, so we might have it on this scale. You go to a bigger park, they've got the same problem, just magnified by ten. Kelly Molson: Yeah, absolutely. But you mentioned BALPPA, which I know is an incredible organisation that you're members of. How has being kind of a member of that organisation what's it brought to the attraction and to yourself? Dominic Wray: I think it's really been transformational for the attraction, myself and the team. I think having an organisation that these business and individuals completely immerse themselves in from a learning standpoint is so valuable to me. I think it's almost like a black book. It is a black book of other attractions that you can gain access to for their knowledge, experience, processes and procedures. And as someone that came into the industry having not worked in it previous to that, I found the organisation so valuable in terms of my own personal learning and the learning of the site as well. So as an attraction, we've massively benefited from being members of BALPPA. We hosted the summer conference this year, which was a big deal for us. Dominic Wray: So everyone BALPPA came to the island and they spent a day at Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, and we hosted a gala evening dinner at Robin Hill, which was fantastic. And that was great to show it off to peers and people within the industry and for them to kind of understand about what we do. Because obviously I go along to a lot of events with a lot of the other team and we're all sort of banging the drum about the company. But it's great for people to come and experience that firsthand as well. So I think it's helped broaden the profile of the business and also the individuals within the team as well. I think that's been brilliant for the team's personal development, but also really for their learning. Dominic Wray: The fact that there's people in the organisation that you can go and talk to about everything from ticketing strategies through to mechanical issues you've got on rides, or the fact that people are so open that you can ring them up and say, "Hey, I've got this issue with this, how do I fix it?" I'll bring this chap, he's the person you need to go and call about this. Or, I'm a bit stuck for this spare part. Yeah, phone this person, they'll be able to get it to you quicker." And everyone's so supportive and willing to help each other. It's quite amazing to see, as I said, coming from a space where that is the complete opposite of that. It's brilliant to be involved in an organisation where if all the attractions are winning, the space is winning and the industry is winning. Dominic Wray: And I think everyone's mature enough to realise that we've all got our own individual niches and we're not all competing against each other. So actually, by helping each other and people having amazing experiences across all attractions, it just benefits the industry as a whole. Kelly Molson: Yeah, completely. It just comes back to that whole working in partnerships and not in silos again, doesn't it? You mentioned about people, this is the other thing that I really want to talk about, because you've got brilliant people that work at your organisation and you call them superstar people, which I really love. I guess BALPPA is one of the things that you've put in place to kind of help them because like you said, other team members, not just yourself, can go along to these meetings and they can benefit from the peer to peer learning that you get at those events. And actually just the networking, not even just I've been to a BALPPA event. And what struck me about it was the knowledge that was shared at that meeting. Kelly Molson: And what struck me about it was the knowledge that was shared at that meeting, it was so authentic and so transparent, actually, that you got a lot from just the talks, but actually you get even more from just networking from people that are in the same position as you, at a different attraction again, have those same kind of challenges and same kind of things that they need to talk about. And being able to just have them on speed dial is so beneficial. What else have you kind of put in place to help develop some of your superstar people there, though? Dominic Wray: So, as you mentioned, I think the team going along to BALPPA events has been a big thing for them. I think when you're doing your day to day job, you're running at 100 miles an hour, it's quite hard to sort of benchmark yourself against other people in the industry. And I've noticed that when team members have gone along to BALPPA events, they sort of come back with a sense of,” I could hold a conversation with someone from a bigger park. I'm competent at knowing what I'm doing”, which I know that they know that, but I think that helps reinforce confidence within them as well. And I just think they're fantastic spaces for developing the team's personal confidence and, as you said, their wider personal network as well, and knowledge and understanding. Dominic Wray: I mean, we've seen some of our team members, Laura, who's one of our superstars in our marketing team, she did a keynote speech on Christmas, at the BALPPA marketing conference. And it was so good. I was so proud to see her go there, deliver that, she'd been in the office working hard on it, and then just to stand up and absolutely smash it and see people's reactions to her explaining about that piece was just brilliant. And James, who oversees our site and services, he's due to do a talk on the install of our new rides at the latest BALPPA for Health and Safety Conference that's coming up as well. So I think it's brilliant for the team to be able to be on that platform and develop themselves as well. Dominic Wray: Other things that we do in an organisation as well. I think I'm really big on giving the team space to be able to do their job safely. I think it's good to allow them to give them the space to they're the experts in that area. I very much see my role is overseeing that and making sure all the pieces are coming together. But quite often I will say to them, "Guys, what do you think about this particular thing? Or how should we approach that?". Because ultimately, they're the experts within the business, within their chosen fields, and I'm big on giving them the opportunity to be the experts in those areas. I also think it's great to take some time out to learn more about them as individuals and their roles and their interests within those roles as well. Dominic Wray: So, for example, when Laura joined the business, went on a two day marketing course together. It was a conference that she wanted to attend, but I said, "I'll go with you. I'm keen to learn more about the in depth elements of marketing and I think it'd be a good shared experience for us.". And I think that then just enables the team to feel, actually I'm interested in their department and how they work and operate. And I think there's always something that you can learn from everyone that you meet and interact with. So I'm big on doing that. And then the final thing I'll say is really let them be a star in their area and promote that. Dominic Wray: I mean, the example of Laura with the marketing conference talk was brilliant. It was great to see her on stage representing the business, but also the spotlight was on her and it was about her in that moment, which was fantastic. And I think that's really good when the team feel like they can be superstars in their own arenas of their chosen fields. Kelly Molson: I love that. I remember that talk really vividly. It was really heartwarming, actually. And there was a really personal element to it as well. And you could see how much she was connected to the subject matter that she was speaking to as well. This is something that we talked about prior to coming on today, about how you've kind of supported your team as well as they kind of move through their careers and they move through what they're doing at the attractions. And one of the things that you've really helped them start to develop is their personal brands. Such a hot topic. It's one I love talking about. Kelly Molson: It's something that I've really tried to do as best as I can over the last kind of I think just prior to the pandemic, actually, I kind of started to think about what is it that I want people to remember me about, what's important to me? And if I've got a platform, how am I going to use it to talk about the things that I think are important and that other people should hopefully find as important as me. Kelly Molson: And I think what you've done there is kind of facilitate that for your team, which is really lovely to see because everybody, like you said, is working for the whole of the organisation, but they all have their own kind of individual specialisms. How have you kind of helped people or encouraged people to develop their personal brands? What are the kind of things that you've done there? Dominic Wray: I've encouraged them to get out there, engage with other people, engage within different networks. I think LinkedIn is a great tool for that as well. I think the team all do lots of amazing things every day that we all see and know that they do. But I'm big on encouraging them about, shouting about that. I think as general British people, we're quite sort of we don't like self promotion too much, don't like talking about ourselves too much. And I think having Laura, to be fair, join the team earlier in the year, who's big on her LinkedIn content and big on talking about what's going on out there, has really helped the team and pushed everyone forwards with doing that. And I've really encouraged them. Dominic Wray: You might not think anyone's going to take value from the content you're putting out or discussing that, but actually they will because there's probably someone somewhere looking at that thinking, "How do I overcome that problem?” Or “I've got a similar ride to that we're just in the process of refurbishing, maybe I can reach out to them and find out how they're doing that." So really believing in themselves and that they really are superstars in their area and they should be promoting that and talking about how great they are in the businesses that they work for. Kelly Molson: Have you seen that encouragement kind of help with some of the team's own self confidence as well? They're kind of braver about putting themselves forward for certain things. Dominic Wray: Yeah, yeah, massively. James, who oversees both of our sites from the site and services viewpoint, started off within the maintenance team one of those sites and he's worked his way up through the business. Now he's responsible for health and safety across both of them. He oversaw the install of our new ride which went in at the beginning of the year as well and it's been fantastic to see him grow and his confidence grow and develop within that. And now he's been asked to go forward, as I said, to do a talk next month about that ride install going ahead, which will be his first sort of public speaking gig, and I'll be very much there to support him along with that as well. So it's been great to watch the team develop and grow along with that and their confidence as well. Kelly Molson: That's really lovely to see. Well, I think in the past, people probably haven't wanted to highlight certain people, do you know what I mean? If we put these people out in the world, other people might steal them from us. But I think you have to develop your people and you have to let them shine in the roles that they're in because they'll just get better and better and better. So it's really lovely to see that you're encouraging that. I think it's such an important part of running a successful organisation now.Dominic Wray: Yeah. And I think the team are happier from that. I think if you give them the freedom to go out and experience other attractions and speak to other people at various different levels of organisations, they feel happier where they are. I think if you kind of constrain them and say, "Oh no, we can't allow you to go and speak to these people. We can't allow you to go and visit them because they might poach you or they might offer you a different job." Then they're going to be thinking, "Actually, maybe the grass is greener on the other side.". Kelly Molson: This is not the company for me after all. Dominic Wray: Yeah, exactly. And I think there's nothing wrong with them being having their own personal brand within the wider brand of the business. I think that's good for them. Kelly Molson: Yeah, I think so too. It's really brilliant to see what you've been developing there. Right. I would love it if you could share some top tips for our listeners. We always get our guests to share top tips. Three top tips on processes and people development that you'd encourage other attractions to adopt. Dominic Wray: My first one would definitely be, and I've already mentioned it, but get your team out visiting other attractions. Can't express enough how much they'll learn from those experiences. I think if you set it out in the right position to say, "Okay, guys, we're going to go and visit this event, this is what we're going to be looking for. This is what I want us to take back from that. When we come back, we're going to have a clear debrief to go through key learnings of that and how we're going to implement that into our business. You can still obviously have a great enjoyable experience."Dominic Wray: That's one of the best things about working in this industry is going on an R & D trip, but getting to go on a couple of roller coasters and get scared, go to the scare mazes or whatever else you're going to be doing. I think it's great team building as well. It's great for the team to go and see that. And what I find amazing is it can be anything from the way a site manages its waste or the layout of a queue line or actually I liked on the way in how this person upselled this ticket for me. There's so many things you can gain from that. Dominic Wray: I think when you're going into an attraction, looking at that from that perspective, I just think it's brilliant and there's no kind of training course that you can send anyone on that will deliver that value that they get from going and experiencing it firsthand. Kelly Molson: I'm just laughing at the excitement about waste as well like, "Yeah, we could see how they process their waste." That is exciting. Dominic Wray: That would be something that James would probably come back to say to me. But that's what I mean. Everyone of the team's interested in different things, so it's good. Kelly Molson: On this topic of the visits, do you always go to places that are quite similar to yours as well? Or do you do visits that are in complete contrast to what you do as well? To see the difference. Dominic Wray: We'll do a bit of both. Probably a good example is when we set up our Halloween event over October, when we very first did that, went to visit Tully's Farm, which was sort of, in our eyes, as the gold standard of scare attractions. The first time went there, we just went to see what is it as an attraction? How does that concept work? The overview sort of headline of that. And then over the years, as we've developed Terror Island, which is our Halloween event, which we run here, over October, we've been back to Tully's on numerous occasions. We've had Stuart, who runs that, come down to the site as well, and we're then looking at that from a different perspective. Dominic Wray: So then we moved on to, "Okay, how do we look at improving through, how do we look at improving guest experience? How do we look at upselling F&B? Where are the entrance and exit points of the mazes in relation to the broader site? How's the actual site laid out?". So we're then going back and looking at it in a sort of more detailed layer of that. But no, as a team, we'll go to much larger parks, much smaller parks, because I think there's things you can learn from all different sizes of attractions. We went to Hobbledown last year, which was an interesting experience, and we saw their water pillow there, and we actually put one of those into Robin Hill this year, which was one of our most successful attractions. Dominic Wray: So the guys there were fantastic at explaining about the pros and cons of that attraction, which then enabled us to make an informed decision as to whether to purchase one of those or not. But, yeah, I think there's things to be learned from all different types of attractions. If people are going to them with the right mindset of thinking, “What am I going to learn?”Kelly Molson: What's the objective here? What's the takeaway? Okay, great. So that's top tip one. Dominic Wray: Top tip two would be celebrate personal wins for the team and then let them be stars in that moment. I think when someone in the team does something really well and they've achieved something, it's really important to broadcast that to everyone, let everyone know about that and let them shine in that moment. And for it to be about them as an individual, not so much about the company as a whole. It's them in that moment, and you want to make them feel valued and positive about whatever the experiences that they've achieved. Kelly Molson: Nice. Good tip. Dominic Wray: And then my third one would be let people make mistakes in a safe manner and learn from it. I think in a working environment, people are quite often aware when they've made a mistake or something's gone wrong. They don't leave someone jumping up and down. Yeah, exactly. You know, when you're like, "That didn't work. I know it's not worked well," but I think allowing them to make mistakes in a safe, controlled manner that they can then learn from, because I think quality people understand when something's gone wrong, and they equally understand how to fix it and put their hands up and say, yeah, that's happened. But we're quite quick to acknowledge that and move on to how we're going to resolve it and not allow that to occur again. Kelly Molson: Excellent tips. Okay, as an organisation, what's your biggest opportunity and also your biggest challenge as we head into the winter months? Because I think you're coming to do you close over the season? Do you close down? Dominic Wray: Yes. So Saturday is our last operating day, and we close from November and we open in March. Kelly Molson: Wow. Gosh, you really are coming up to the end of the season. Okay, so what's your biggest opportunity and your biggest challenge as we head into that time? Dominic Wray: It was quite a big challenge, and opportunity for the company is that we made a difficult decision to put one of our sites on the market and we're looking to sell Robin Hill. So that will be the biggest challenge and opportunity for the business in recent years, to be fair. I think it presents a great opportunity for the business to double down and invest further into Blackgang, which is 180 years old this year. So it's a big birthday year for us. Kelly Molson: Incredible. Dominic Wray: And I think that will enable us to be here for another 180 years. Not that I might still be around at that point in time. Kelly Molson: You certainly won't look like Mark Wright at that point. Dominic Wray: No, look like a very aged Mark Wright. But I think it's the biggest challenge for the team and myself personally as we reshape the business and pivot into a new direction, but I equally think it's an exciting one to see what will come out on the other side of that as well. Kelly Molson: It is exciting, isn't it? I can imagine that having two parks to oversee can be a stretch at sometimes in terms of resource and also in terms of strategy and how things work, because I guess that they work similar but different. So, yeah, I can see that as a huge opportunity and something to I guess it's kind of a nice thing to focus on for the start of the new season as well, that's kind of progressing. And then you've got this really big opportunity to focus on this one thing and make it as the very best it could possibly be. Dominic Wray: Yeah. And the team have really taken to it. They're really passionate about driving Blackgang forwards and are very excited about the changes and the plans we've got for the next year and coming years as well. So it's been well embraced by them. Kelly Molson: Good. And I guess you're ending the season on a high as well, because we talked a little bit about your Halloween event, but it has been a really successful Halloween event this year, hasn't it? Dominic Wray: Yes, it's gone down really well. We made the sun top ten events for Halloween attractions. So yeah, it's been really well received. It's a personal favourite of mine. Absolutely love it. It's been a complete passion project for the team, and the team are always up for every event we do, but this is one that they really get behind and are in every possible conceivable bit of detail. And as someone that never used to like horror films and hated being scared, I now absolutely love going through scare attractions and love scaring other people even more than that. Complete 360 for me as well. So you don't know what you like until you try it. Kelly Molson: Exactly. You just never know where you never knew where this role was going to take you, did you? When you started this, Dominic, you never knew you were going to end up as a horror fan. Dominic Wray: Yeah, exactly. Now I'm like, "Oh no, we need to make that person over there look more dead. Or how loud we need the chainsaw louder, or that guy doesn't look scary enough." Way more interesting than ices and loans. Kelly Molson: I love it. A massive learning curve and 180 years old. I mean, that is a phenomenal achievement. There can't be many other attractions that are coming up for that age. So this is really incredible. I think you've had a really brilliant year. Can't do this podcast without talking about Radio One as well because I've been aware of Blackgang Chine for quite a while, but I think it maybe isn't on the radar of many people because it's Isle of Wight, it's not on the mainland. But I was driving back from the gym one morning and I listened to Radio One. Kelly Molson: I listened to the Greg James breakfast show on Radio One in the mornings and they were doing this thing where they had to find one of the presenters and all the presenters were hidden up and down all over the country, and they were talking about the Isle of Wight and they kept saying, Blackgang Chine. And I was like, they're talking about Blackgang Chine. Let Laura know. I need to pull over and let Laura know. Obviously she already knew that you were being talked about, but I think how many times did he say Blackgang Chine? It was a lot. Dominic Wray: It was a lot. I think it was over 50 times. I mean, my phone was going mental, mate. If you've got the presenters because it's because we have an area called Area Five with large animatronic dinosaurs, and they thought we'd hidden them down there and they were like, "God, you're really good at keeping a secret. I can't believe you haven't told us this.". And I'm like, "No, honestly, they're not here.". I don't want to actually believe me. Well, clearly no one did. Kept ringing up Radio One to talk about it, but that was a great bit of brand profile for the business and I guess sort of showed that people were associating the element of dinosaurs to the park as well. So that's obviously positive for us. Kelly Molson: It was really good press, even if we didn't have the presenter there. It was absolutely brilliant. Dominic Wray: Yeah, it was fantastic. And then everyone was almost like, they should have been here. Kelly Molson: They should have been here. We should, we need to get Greg James back over, don't you? I mean, he said it enough, so you should get him there for a visit soon. Dominic Wray: Greg, if you're listening, come down. Kelly Molson: I mean, I'd love it if Greg listened to this podcast, but it's highly unlikely. But if you are, Greg, would you like to come on? I'd love a chat with you. I'm just around the corner of Bishop Stortford. That's where you were born, right? We could be friends. Dom, thank you for coming on the podcast. It's been brilliant to chat today. We always end the interview by asking our guests to share a book that they'd like to share with their listeners. So something that you love can be work related or it can be personal, whatever you fancy. Dominic Wray: Well, I was going to think about saying the Highway Code so people can understand how to overtake cyclists, really, but I won't. My favourite podcast at the moment is a podcast called the Big Fish that's presented by Spencer Matthews. Kelly Molson: What? Hang on. Dominic Wray: Oh, sorry, my second favourite. My second well, obviously ones that I listen to after yours. Kelly Molson: Thank you. Well recovered. Dominic Wray: Once I've listened to the latest episode, I move on to Big Fish after that. Kelly Molson: Sorry, say it again. Big Fish. Who's it by? Dominic Wray: Big Fish by Spencer Matthews, who used to be on Made in Chelsea, I think, and now owns a company called CleanCo, which is a non alcoholic brand, which is quite interesting. But I like it because he interviews lots of CEOs and business owners. It's got a bit of a sports mindset focus to it, but it's also very much around the culture in those businesses, how they've built the businesses and the challenges they face within them as well. So it's quite an interesting one. Kelly Molson: I like the sounds of that. I listen to quite a lot of podcasts like that. All right, I'm going to put Big Fish on my list. Well, there you go, listeners. You can't win a copy of this podcast because I can't give it away, but I encourage you to go and have a little listen. Maybe it'll be your number two podcast as well, who knows? Dom, thanks for coming on today. It's been lovely to have you. Congratulations on 180 years and best of luck with everything that comes next. I think you've got a really exciting new chapter that's about to start and maybe you'll come back on in a year or so and tell us how it's all gone. Dominic Wray: Yeah, sounds good. Thank you very much for having me enjoyed it. Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip The Queue. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review. It really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned. Skip the queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. You can find show notes and transcriptions from this episode and more over on our website, rubbercheese.com/podcast.
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Kathy Cluggston and her team of horticultural experts are in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, inspired by the poetry of former local Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Joining Kathy on the panel today are grow-you-own guru Bob Flowerdew, pest and disease expert Pippa Greenwood, and curator at RHS Wisley Matthew Pottage. Producer: Dominic Tyerman Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod Executive Producer: Hannah Newton A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
Join us for our tales from Venice plus we review four more books that span the breadth of the interiors world. From the escapism of super luxe living in sunny California, to authentic and sustainable design in the remote island of Mull, and designing your home to align with how you want to feel in a space. Listen to our lively debate as we pick out our favourite elements of each book including what we believe is the ‘must have' book for every home decorator. All Up in My Space – How to Decorate With Feeling by Emma Hopkinson and Robyn Donaldson https://tinyurl.com/2sj76eb6 Livable Luxe by Brigette Romanek https://tinyurl.com/4u4ymr9n Wild Isle Style by Banjo Beale https://tinyurl.com/3tb7w3be Farrow & Ball: How to Redecorate by Joa Studholme and Charlotte Cosby https://tinyurl.com/4ujhykf4 Send your style surgery question here: email@example.com Sign up to become a friend of the show here: www.thegreatindoorspodcast.com Join our private Facebook group and let us know what you think of the show here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegreatindoorspodcast For daily updates follow Kate and Sophie on Instagram: Kate: www.instagram.com/madaboutthehouse Sophie: www.instagram.com/sophierobinsoninteriors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We'll keep this nice and short: I'm back from my lil' breaky, with aspirations for a more consistent output through the rest of this year! For this short first episode back, I give my thoughts on a new game - Race to the Raft - by the designer of City of Kings and Isle of Cats. I actually live with two cats now, and I've never had cats before this year! I'm a new man. Not really. I just can't think of anything else to say here BYE
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It's a new book so it's a LIVE episode, as we get sent to rescue a wizard from the Isle of Despair. But don't worry, it's just a name. What I mean is that the Isle of Despair is actually a peninsula. May our stamina never fail! IF YOU LIKE WHAT WE DO AND WANT TO HELP US CONTINUE; SUPPORT US ON PATREON TO BE PART OF FUTURE LIVE EPISODES: patreon.com/spreadthewhimsy SUPPORT US ON KO-FI: ko-fi.com/spreadthewhimsy SUPPORT US WITH MERCHANDISE: whenwagonwheelswerebigger.com/w4bshop SUPPORT US FOR FREE: spread the word, spread the whimsy! TWITTER, IT'S CALLED TWITTER: @spreadthewhimsy THREADS/INSTAGRAM: w4b_podcast FACEBOOK: facebook.com/whenwagonwheelswerebigger WEBSITE: whenwagonwheelswerebigger.com Campaign on Dice is not affiliated with Fighting Fantasy. Theme Music: Battle of Pogs - Komiku
Episode 8: Joy & Release with Margaret Soraya Though she exudes calm. Today's guest truly is a Wild woman. Margaret Soraya is an artist, photographer and true creative based on a remote Scottish island, the Isle of Harris. Margaret's creative work includes images, books, and paintings, heavily inspired by the coast. She offers workshops and retreats, host the Creative Soundscapes podcsat, is the visionary behind the Creative Light Festival, and has an inclusive and supportive community membership called Creative Haven. https://www.margaretsoraya.com/ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/creative-soundscapes-with-margaret-soraya/id1553797842 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margaretsoraya/ Online Creative Haven community: https://creative-haven.newzenler.com Creative Festival https://creative-light.co.uk/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MargaretSoraya Retreats: https://www.quietlandscapes.co.uk Blog post: https://www.wildwomanphotography.com/episode-8-margaret-soraya Visit www.wildwomanphotography.com to check out featured wild women, episode transcripts and more information about our small group photography escapes!
SORRY FOR OUR ABSENCE, LEO TOLSTOY ALMOST KILLED US. ALMOST.Today, FINALLY, Michael and Ethan have finished reading and begin discussing this year's extra-mondo mondo book, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.In this episode:Controversial Audrey Hepburn hot-takesButt comparisonsTranslation comparisons, everyone try to contain your excitementWe would like to formally apologize for all the French pronounced in this podcastBoth in this episode and all other episodes, reallyTolstoy does a lot of weird stuffWhy is Napoleon the Antichrist?NumerologyPierre is pretty harmless, except for the two murdersNext time Michael and Ethan will continue reading Tolstoy's War and Peace! Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page. Donate to our Patreon! BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET! Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett) MUSIC & SFX: "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission. "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.
I'm talking with Tom McCoy on this week's episode of The River Rambler. We get to the important stuff right away talking about bourbon, and then move on to lighter subjects such as strawberry picking, dog & horse training, getting into fly fishing, learing spey, in river facial piercings, the fly fishing Caddy Shack, fishing with the Isle of Misfit Toys, and so much more.
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at the age of 95. In this special memorial episode of the Church News podcast, the Church News celebrates his life in his own words. The podcast features interviews and talk excerpts highlighting his teachings as a devoted husband, beloved father and faithful witness of Jesus Christ. He is remembered for his deep commitment to the Church, his focus on missionary work, his teachings on councils and, above all, his desire to anchor his personal testimony to the life and Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. The Church News Podcast is a weekly podcast that invites listeners to make a journey of connection with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the globe. Host Sarah Jane Weaver, reporter and editor for The Church News for a quarter-century, shares a unique view of the stories, events, and most important people who form this international faith. With each episode, listeners are asked to embark on a journey to learn from one another and ponder, “What do I know now?” because of the experience. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr. G is in the Misfit house! Again! Wonders never cease. And speaking of wonders, that's what he's here to talk about: the wonders of creation, in his new book "Let Creation Speak! 100 Invitations to Awe and Wonder (to be read with equal enthusiasm to his rendition... which you will hear when you listen to our conversation), filled with fantastic facts about the world we live in. On the off chance you've never heard of him (where have you been?... not that we're judging you, here's just a very little bit of his bio, to help you understand what a big deal, and a great treat for us misfits) it is to have him with us! MICHAEL GUILLEN BIO: An an award-winning physics instructor at Harvard University, Dr. G is known and loved by millions as the ABC News Science Editor, a post he filled for fourteen years (1988-2002). He appeared regularly on Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline and World News Tonight. He also hosted Where Did It Come From?, a weekly, one-hour primetime series for The History Channel. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a member of the renowned Explorers Club. Currently Dr. G is president of Spectacular Science Productions and Spectacular Science Foundation. He's presently developing a number of television and movie projects. He speaks all over the world and provides science-related commentary pieces for Fox News. LINKS: DR. G'S WEBSITE: https://michaelguillen.com/ Find him on Facebook, Insta & X: @michaelguillenphd Listen to his last convo on Isle of Misfits: https://isleofmisfits.com/2021/08/11/podcast-believing-is-seeing-with-dr-michael-guillen/ Check out isleofmisfits.com for great podcasts like these, and more misfit fun!
Dame Donna Langley is chairman and chief content officer for the NBC Universal Studio Group, the first British woman in history to run a major Hollywood film studio. She green lit Christopher Nolan's latest film Oppenheimer and was one of the earliest and most ardent supporters of the Abba movie Mamma Mia. She was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. She always knew she was adopted as a baby, which she says made her feel special within her family. She left London for Los Angeles when she was in her early twenties, looking for adventure rather than following a career plan. In LA, she worked in a club on Sunset Boulevard before taking up an internship with a film producer. Later she worked as an assistant at the production studio New Line Cinema, and in 2001 she joined Universal Studios as senior vice president of production. She says her decision to say yes to a film is based on her gut instinct and whether she loves it. She is a champion of original content and early on in her career backed Straight Outta Compton – the story of the hip hop band NWA – and later Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele. She currently oversees major franchises including Fast and Furious, Despicable Me and Jurassic World. Dame Donna lives in California with her husband and two children. DISC ONE: Thank You For The Music - Abba DISC TWO: Zorba the Greek - Mikis Theodorakis DISC THREE: La Wally - composed by Alfredo Catalani and performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez DISC FOUR: This is the Day - The The DISC FIVE: It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube DISC SIX: Never Is a Promise - Fiona Apple DISC SEVEN: All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem DISC EIGHT: Come Home (feat. André 3000) - Anderson Paak BOOK CHOICE: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez LUXURY ITEM: Tarot cards CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem Presenter Lauren Laverne Producer Paula McGinley
Who knew that being gone for a week would mean that all of the world's biggest gaming announcements were going to happen! This week we've got new details on Grand Theft Auto 6, a new Legend of Zelda live action movie announced by Nintendo themselves, Against the Storm, Caves of Qud, and more info from Blizzcon than you can shake a stick at! Grand Theft Auto 6 Trailer Arriving in December - Article by IGN Grand Theft Auto 6: All the news we've heard about Rockstar's next game - Article by Polygon Nintendo announces a live-action film based on its hit video game 'The Legend of Zelda' - Article by Eurogamer Against the Storm - A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen's Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors. - Eremite Games (Steam, available now) Caves of Qud - Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. - Freehold Games (Steam, available now in Early Access) Blizzcon 2023 Diablo IV: Vessel of Hatred will introduce a never-before-seen class to the Diablo franchise. It takes place in Hahantu, an area from Diablo 2, and continues Mephisto's story. Vessel of Hatred is poised to launch Fall 2024 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHuaCwmx-Rg Overwatch 2: Blizzard announced a new hero Mauga who is the first Samoan hero to debut in Overwatch! Mauga features a kit that is designed to bash through the front lines and brawl his opponents in close-quarter combat, by wielding two powerful Chainguns that can either be fired individually or in unison. Ignite enemies with his Incendiary Chaingun “Gunny” to burn them when they take enough damage, then finish them with a critical hit from his Volatile Chaingun “Cha-Cha.” Paired with his Berserker Passive, which grants Mauga temporary health whenever he deals critical damage, he's a mountain on the battlefield. Mauga's not just a leading star—he also brings a host of new abilities to support his team as well. Mauga can break his way through the front lines with Overrun, a charging ability that cannot be stopped by any crowd control abilities, and stomps into opponents dealing a powerful knockback. When the fight gets intense for his team, he has Cardiac Overdrive to engage both of his hearts and create an aura that reduces incoming damage, allowing allies to heal themselves while dealing damage. Finally, when he really wants to tango up close with his foes, Mauga can unleash Cage Fight, his ultimate ability. Cage Fight traps nearby opponents in a cylindrical fighting ring. This barrier blocks enemy incoming damage or healing from the outside, forcing those trapped inside to face Mauga with Gunny, Cha Cha, and the barrage of infinite ammunition. If you can't take him down quickly, the last thing you might see is his charming smile. Mauga will officially become available to play at the start of season 8 which starts 12/5/2023 Mauga Origin Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCLjZDkpBoY Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQfRHycUsmQ Hearthstone: Showdown in the Badlands: Deep in the heart of the Badlands, the Bloodrock Mining Company has struck gold! Or, rather, something even better: Azerite. Now they're double-timing their mining, bleeding the land dry and putting everyone in the Badlands at risk. Mysterious heroes came on horseback to set the town right, but the corrupt Sheriff Barrelbrim's stubborn as his hat is tall. It's high time for high noon in this Showdown in the Badlands! New keyword “Quickdraw” - In the Badlands, being quick on the draw might just save your hide. Cards with the Quickdraw keyword get a special effect on the turn they are added to your hand. Shoot cards off as soon as you draw them, or plan around your Quickdraws with bounce and generation effects! New keyword “Excavate” - There's treasure in them there hills! Cards with the Excavate keyword get your treasures from the Azerite mine. Each time you Excavate, you dig deeper and find rarer treasures! Sketchy Townsfolk - The entire town is digging deeper and deeper into the mines, looking for Azerite treasures. Townsfolk classes have extra Excavate synergies and a unique reward for their Excavations! The corrupt Sheriff Barrelbrim's behind the operation, and he doesn't care what damage they do to the Badlands... or what they might awaken. Heroic Outlaws - Sometimes, it takes an outlaw's intervention for folks to start straight-shootin'. Some classes brought an outlaw to the Showdown in the Badlands. These lone gunslingers have extra effects if there are no duplicates in your deck. So, what do you say, are you feeling lucky? Hearthstone: Showdown in the Badlands is available to play on 11/14/2023 Hearthstone What's Next Panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcyDB4pBTHQ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5___jYm6vs Warcraft Rumble: Warcraft® Rumble™ is a mobile action strategy game set within the Warcraft universe where collectible Minis come to life to battle in frantic melee skirmishes. Play in multiple modes, including the single player campaign, going head-to-head in epic PvP battles, and more. Experience the true meaning of joyful chaos! Deploy: Use gold reserves to deploy your Minis strategically on the battlefield. Gain additional gold passively over time, by mining, or finding treasure chests. Capture: Capture objectives like Guard Towers and Meeting Stones, then use them to deploy your Minis closer to the objective. Controlling the map is key to victory! Strategize: Different Mini abilities give you an advantage in combat. Flying troops are strong against melee troops. Siege troops deal additional damage to Guard Towers, and so on. Master your Minis' abilities to succeed and learn Talents to make them even more powerful! Conquer: Your Minis will march towards enemy Leaders and attempt to take them down. Support your deployed Troops with powerful Spells and direct them to victory. There are 5 factions: Alliance, Horde, Beast, Blackrock, and Undead. Control heroes from Warcraft lore like Tirion Fordring, Grommash Hellscream, Hogger, General Drakkisath, and Baron Rivendare! Blizzard has also made the 3D blueprints available for all their Mini avatars for free, so you can 3D print them for just the cost of 3D printing supplies! Warcraft Rumble is available to play now on Android and iOS! Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgOreJl6BJQ World of Warcraft World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Discovery: Those hoping for a Classic+ are seemingly getting what they've asked for! The announcement of Season of Discovery for WoW Classic! In Season of Discovery, players will discover new secrets by scouring Azeroth to find class-altering abilities. Tanking Warlocks, Mage healers, and more will be possible. The Season will launch with an initial level cap of 25, and upon reaching max level, players will be met with a new level-25 endgame! Discover a 10-player Blackfathom Deeps raid with new and reimagined bosses, mechanics, and rewards. Not long after, the level cap will be increased by a few levels, bringing even more endgame content. As players progress through Season of Discovery, they will find class-altering abilities in the form of Runes. These runes will alter spells, or grant new abilities that allow classes to do things they haven't before, or to augment their current abilities and spells to do something entirely different! This even includes Runes that are inspired by later expansions, granting classes abilities that have never been seen in earlier iterations of World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Discovery will launch 11/30/23 WoW Classic: What's Next Panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1rcs9mmf-s&t=1998s World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic: It's the Cataclysm all over again…But different, but same. Same but different. If Classic Wrath of the Lich King is any indicator, Cataclysm might have a bright future ahead of it! Cataclysm Classic comes with an improved leveling experience, a new dungeon difficulty, account-wide pets and transmogs, a streamlined auction house, and a level cap of 85! World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic will launch on or before 8/21/2024 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XT7Q9Am8yM World of Warcraft: The Worldsoul Saga: Chris Metzen delighted fans of World of Warcraft with an announcement of not ONE, but THREE new expansions for the retail version of World of Warcraft! Starting with the subterranean expansion The War Within, which takes us deeper into Azeroth than ever before! This expansion includes new zones Azj-kahet, Isle of Dorn, The Ringing Deeps, and Hallowfall, new dungeons, raids, a new battleground, and a new Allied race playable to both the Alliance and the Horde: The Earthen Dwarves. Along with the new zones to explore, it also comes with all new Hero Talents, which is a separate talent system, and a new treasure hunting activity called Delves, which can be played both solo and with a group to acquire new items and gear. Similar to dungeons, Delves will often contain formidable foes, but unlike dungeons, they will also contain puzzles of varying difficulty, and possibly more that has not been announced. And to wrap it all up, a new feature known as War Bands has also been announced. War Bands share a bank, reputation gains and more! The Worldsoul Saga also has 2 additional expansions titled Midnight, and The Last Titan respectively. Not much was announced about these two expansions, other than the World of Warcraft team is dedicated to bringing out all 3 of these expansions in a much quicker cadence than we've seen expansion launches in the past. This isn't too surprising though, as Final Fantasy 14 has done this in the past, and if Blizzard is good at anything, it's copying good ideas. The War Within expansion will launch on or before 12/31/2024 The War Within Features Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSvLkzRt9fc The War Within: What's next Panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMDQzaRsVqc The War Within Deep Dive Panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPqZ7LSGjSU Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c55uHFbfeaw
Can the Brew Boys ever stay on topic? We'll definitely not on this episode, but who could, when talking about a clown that may come from the imagination of children? The Sandown Clown was a strange being encountered by two young children vacationing at Lake Common, Sandown, Isle of Wight in May of 1973. Following a sound like an ambulance siren, the children wandered across a footbridge over a stream, and met a curious, unidentifiable being that has been described as "a cross between a clown, a robot, and an alien". It was a shy, but friendly being, and spoke kindly to the children for almost half an hour before they returned to their parents. It seemingly vanished after the encounter, and has never been seen again... Follow all the madness on social media! Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/strangebrewpodcast www.strangebrewpodcast.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@strangebrewpodcast Strange brew's INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/strangebrew.podcast Strange brew's FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/strangebrewpod TOMCAT- https://www.instagram.com/theraptilian/ The Raptilian MUSIC Spotify | https://spotify.link/53DbgdUSmDb Youtube | https://youtube.com/@raptiliantom
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It's been a challenging few weeks for farmers with Storm Babet and Storm Ciarán bringing exceptional amounts of rainfall to different parts of the UK. The flooding has washed away newly sown crops, and the soil they were in. Farmers are having to decide whether to replant or not. With volatile weather events happening more regularly, do we need to think differently about how land is managed in flood-prone areas? All week we're looking at bird flu. We still have outbreaks occurring, although much less frequently than this time last year. But the devastation for farmers whose flocks died, still hurts. Nancy Nicolson has been to speak to Donald MacSween, a crofter on the Isle of Lewis who, for the past decade, has run a commercial flock of hens supplying eggs to shops across the island. But this summer his remaining birds fell victim to the disease. There is growing evidence that getting out into nature can play an important role in improving mental and physical health - according to NHS England. Green social prescribing activities are being offered as an alternative form of treatment as part of a cross government programme, lead by Natural England. One project at Blenheim Estate, is being supported by research from Oxford University. Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
We start off “season 3” with our country's most northeastern state, Maine! Mount Katahdin, located in Baxter State Park, is one of Maine's natural wonders. It is Maine's highest peak and is the northern end to the Appalachian Trail. It draws in many hikers, some of who are ill prepared for the difficult hike to the trail's end. Lauren shares with us three daunting stories of travelers who didn't make it to the top, some who were never seen again and one who made it out alive. In the Isle of Shoals, sits a small island known to locals as Smuttynose Island. Hundreds of years ago, settlers from Norway began making their way over to the New World for new opportunities. Kenzie tells us about a tragedy that struck Smuttynose Island and the narrow escape of one lucky soul. Our hearts go out to the people of Maine in the wake of another preventable mass shooting.--If you have any information to share about Gerry Largay, please call the Maine Warden Service Public Safety Dispatch Center in Augusta at (207) 624-7076.Toll-free number when calling within Maine: 800-452-4664.--Follow us on Social Media and find out how to support A Scary State by clicking on our Link Tree: https://instabio.cc/4050223uxWQAl--Have a scary tale or listener story of your own? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! We can't wait to read it!--Thinking of starting a podcast? Thinking about using Buzzsprout for that? Well use our link to let Buzzsprout know we sent you and get a $20 Amazon gift card if you sign up for a paid plan!https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1722892--Works cited!https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yta4QOa3v1nS3V-vOcYPNx3xSgv_GckdFcZj6FBt8zg/edit?usp=sharing --Intro and outro music thanks to Kevin MacLeod. You can visit his site here: http://incompetech.com/. Which is where we found our music!
In this episode of "Rock Your Retirement," host Kathe Kline welcomes guest Betsy again, who shares her recent adventures in retirement. Betsy talks about her upcoming trip to Italy during a less busy time of year, detailing their plans to navigate the country using buses and taxis, as well as hiring a private driver for a few days. She looks forward to visiting iconic sites like Pompeii and the Isle of Capri, with private tours and boat trips on the agenda. The conversation takes a turn towards Betsy's newfound hobbies in retirement, including taking CPR and first aid classes, as well as pickleball classes. They discuss the importance of proper gear for pickleball, specifically shoes designed for either outdoor or indoor courts. Betsy shares her experiences at senior centers and taking brain stimulation classes, highlighting the significance of socializing and staying mentally active during retirement. Betsy talks about her love for leisure reading and her current read, "The Life List," which explores the concept of creating a list of things to do while young. She also shares her excitement about her recent trip to Dallas, where she bonded with her family and enjoyed swimming with a fabric mermaid tail. The conversation broadens to touch on Betsy's summer getaways to Michigan and Wisconsin, emphasizing the beautiful beaches, dunes, and wineries the regions have to offer. The episode also includes updates from both Betsy and the host. Betsy discusses her new volunteering work at a food pantry, finding fulfillment in contributing to addressing the issue of hunger. On the other hand, Kathe Kline shares her travel experiences, including a recent trip to Greece and Ireland, along with some mishaps like lost bags and an unpleasant bout of food poisoning. Despite the challenges, both guests emphasize their overall enjoyment of their respective trips. Overall, this episode of "Rock Your Retirement" showcases Betsy's adventures in retirement, highlighting her travel plans, hobbies, and experiences, while delving into meaningful discussions about staying active, engaged, and fulfilled during the retirement years. The hosts' anecdotes and updates add a personal touch and relatability to the conversation, making it an engaging and enjoyable listen for retirement enthusiasts.
"Vera" (Véra) —a veces publicado como: Vera: una historia misteriosa (Véra : Histoire mystérieuse)— es un relato de fantasmas del escritor francés Villiers de L'Isle-Adam (1838-1889), publicado originalmente en la edición del 7 de mayo de 1874 del periódico La Semaine parisienne, y luego reeditado en la antología de 1883: Cuentos crueles (Contes cruels). Es uno de los cuentos de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam más atractivos, narra la historia del conde d'Athol, un hombre acongojado, sumido en una profunda depresión, que intenta evocar la presencia de su esposa muerta, Vera, y de hecho lo logra cada vez con más eficacia en el transcurso de un año. En este sentido, Vera no es el típico relato de fantasmas del siglo XIX, sino más bien un relato sobrenatural donde el sufrimiento de los vivos, y no su pericia en el terreno del espiritismo o del ocultismo, es en realidad el motivo principal por el que los muertos se manifiestan en el plano físico. Música: The Most Beautiful Classical Piano Pieces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGYyOY4XaFs&t=428s&ab_channel=Rousseau Blog del Podcast: https://lanebulosaeclectica.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @jomategu
Chaque jour, Jean-Luc Lemoine vous offre une session de rattrapage de tout ce qu'il ne fallait pas manquer dans les médias.
Chaque jour, Jean-Luc Lemoine vous offre une session de rattrapage de tout ce qu'il ne fallait pas manquer dans les médias.
Friday, November 3rd, 2023Today, in the Hot Notes: a former Memphis officer pleads guilty to both state and federal charges in the murder of Tyre Nichols; US intelligence suggests Russia and Syria armed Hezbollah; the FBI has raided the New York home of a fundraiser for Mayor Eric Adams; Judge Chutkan has entered an order for jury selection to begin February 9th; Trump Org lawyer Chris Kise gets in a heated exchange with Judge Engoron in the NYAG civil fraud trial; the House has passed Mike Johnson's Israel funding bill as Senator Chuck Schumer says he will not bring it to the floor in the other chamber; Nancy Pelosi has launched an attack on the No Labels party; the Senate has confirmed the top Navy and Air Force nominees as the Tuberville feud intensifies; George Santos survives his expulsion vote; plus Allison and Dana deliver your Good News.More from our Guest:John Fugelsanghttps://www.johnfugelsang.com/tmehttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-john-fugelsang-podcast/id1464094232Promo CodeFor 20% off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners! Go to https://www.helxsleep.com/dailybeans and use code HELIXPARTNER.How We Win The House 2024!https://swingleft.org/fundraise/howwewin2024Want some sweet Daily Beans Merchhttps://shop.dailybeanspod.com/Subscribe to Lawyers, Guns, And Money:Ad-free premium feed: https://lawyersgunsandmoney.supercast.comSubscribe for free everywhere else:https://lawyersgunsandmoney.simplecast.com/episodes/1-miami-1985Check out other MSW Media podcastshttps://mswmedia.com/shows/Follow AG and Dana on Social MediaDr. Allison Gill Follow Mueller, She Wrote on Posthttps://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrotehttps://twitter.com/dailybeanspodhttps://www.tiktok.com/@muellershewrotehttps://instagram.com/muellershewroteDana Goldberghttps://twitter.com/DGComedyhttps://www.instagram.com/dgcomedyhttps://www.facebook.com/dgcomedyHave some good news; a confession; or a correction?Good News & Confessions - The Daily BeansListener Survey:http://survey.podtrac.com/start-survey.aspx?pubid=BffJOlI7qQcF&ver=shortFollow the Podcast on Apple:The Daily Beans on Apple PodcastsWant to support the show and get it ad-free and early?https://dailybeans.supercast.techOrhttps://patreon.com/thedailybeansOr subscribe on Apple Podcasts with our affiliate linkThe Daily Beans on Apple Podcasts
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Join us to discover the story of one of England's wealthiest and most powerful medieval noblewomen, Isabella de Fortibus (1237–1293). Married at an early age before becoming a wealthy young widow and heiress, she was pursued by many ambitious suitors hoping to acquire her wealth and lands while she lived at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. And it's here that we begin our story with our guests, English Heritage senior properties curator Sam Stones and documentation officer Dr Therron Welstead. To learn more about Carisbrooke Castle or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrooke.
There's to be Government a review into fairness in the egg supply chain - something that was promised at the UK Farm to Fork Summit in Downing Street 5 months ago. Last Spring egg producers warned that retailers weren't paying enough for their eggs, and that was forcing producers to cut back the number of laying hens or give up altogether. That - combined with the pressure of avian flu - led to shortages on supermarket shelves and an increase in imports from places like Italy and Poland. Since then, prices farmers are getting for their eggs have risen by as much as fifty percent, but producers say contracts still need to be fairer. A flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep has been flown all the way to Georgia in Eastern Europe. Irene Fowlie from Aberdeenshire, who bred the animals, had to arrange the export directly with the Georgian Department of Agriculture, to allow the trade go ahead. The animals, 70 ewes and 3 rams travelled on three flights - from Stansted to Maastricht, then to Istanbul in Turkey and then on to Georgia. And we visit the Western Isles off the coast of Scotland, which are exposed to some of the worst winter weather. Keeping livestock of all kinds safe and healthy, is the priority for farmers and the local community. Presented by Anna Hill Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Heather Simons
On this episode, Andrew shares 11 top experiences you'll want to add to your own Scottish itinerary! From the summit of Arthur's Seat and the peak of Ben Nevis to the villages along the North Coast 500 and the fresh cuisine on the Isle of Skye, be inspired by these memorable places and activities. Plus, enjoy music from newcomer Katie McFarlane, pianist Neil Pearlman, Gaelic supergroup Daimh, and the Northern Soul sounds of Glasgow musician Kenny Lee Roberts. Want more? Get exclusive episodes, articles, and more when you join our Patreon clan. Learn more at Patreon.com/simplyscottish.
So special having our podcast friends join in to celebrate our girl!!! THE Angela Montoya, Author of Sinner's Isle and my amazing, glorious, magical cohost of the pod! @angelamontoya_author
The Dursey Island Cable Car travels a short distance from the tip of the Beara Peninsula to the island and back. And it is a lifeline for those who live and work on the island. And it is an adventure for those visiting. Take a ride on the Dursey Island Cable Car in this edition of Erin's Isle.