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This week we talk to retired Commonwealth and Olympic athlete Craig Heap. He had some really interesting on views on happiness and how gymnastics has been such a huge part of his life since he was a young boy. Craig talks his motivation for helping others and his enthusiasm for sport and it’s positive impact on wellbeing and looking for the positivity in the face of adversity.
This week we talk to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Habib Rahman who has made history by being the first Black and Minority Ethnic Lord Mayor in the civic job’s 800 year history. We talk about all sorts of things including his journey to the UK from Bangladesh and what that was like as a young boy, his passion for the North East region, what it’s like being the Lord Mayor of Newcastle and what happiness looks like for him.
With the 40th anniversary run of the Great North Run less than two weeks away we thought a running inspired episode would be appropriate as we return after our summer break. This week we have Anne Wilson who some of you might have seen on the route of the Great North Run dressed as Minnie Mouse. She is part of a very exclusive group called the All Runs Club made up of a small number of people who have run every single Great North Run since the first one in 1981. Anne shares some of her memories of the Great North Run over the years including what it felt like taking part in the very first one in June 1981.
This week we talk to Dan Pye who finds happiness in immersive experiences which might explain why he loves working amongst the stars at Kielder Observatory. He is also in his happy place in his recording booth using his voice to portray characters in video games, TV adverts and continuity reels as well as the importance of accents to identity.
Mark Taylor-Gregg talks to us this week. Based in North Shields he is a volunteer crew member of Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. He is also an artist, he sails himself and is a dedicated family man. Mark talks to us about his love of being an artist and the connection with and legacy of his late father. He also talks about happiness in relation to his progression between careers and the courage and self knowledge needed to that. A fascinating discussion not to be missed!
This week we talk to the fabulous Nikita Kaur who works at the Angelou Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne working with children and young people as their Children and Young Person’s Domestic Violence Advocate. She talks about the importance of play and that you’re never old to try something new. Nikita talks to us about her love of aerial, the coast and watching and discussing movies with others.
This week Anne Iqbal from the Angelou Centre shares a moving and surprising story of growth and insight. She talks to us about her life growing up in Kenya and her journey to the UK and how she came to be in Tyneside, a place she now calls home. Anne talks about the happy community environment in which she grew up in as well as how she first recognised what unhappiness felt like and how it affected her.
This week we talk to Pearl Saddington who is well known within the heritage sector, spending time at some of our heritage venues like Bede’s World and the Old Low Light on North Shields Fish Quay. She is currently working with the National Trust based at Gibside working with volunteers and community projects. Pearl talks to us about how she has come to appreciate green spaces and the value of taking time away from your desk as well as the importance of not being afraid to say “hello” to a stranger.
This week we speak to Faye MacCalman who is a musician and composer. She writes for and leads the band Archipelago and has collaborated with a number of other North East bands and musicians including The Unthanks and Maximo Park. Faye talks to Chris about where the need to create music comes from and the happiness that it gives and why music in the community is so important.
We talk to Geoff Miller this week, Dean of Newcastle. The conversation covers two distinct areas of happiness. One is partly about the work of Newcastle Cathedral itself and Geoff’s own interpretations of happiness. He also tells us all about the exciting and current restoration work being done at Newcastle Cathedral which is heading towards completion.
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