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'MICE Conversations' is a podcast for people who work in travel, specifically Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences and Events, aka MICE. If you work in the MICE space, be it as a PCO (professional conference organiser), event planner, a Convention Bureau, conference hotel or at a TMC (travel management company), then you should enjoy MICE Conversations. This podcast is the audio version of MICE Conversations on YouTube. Playlist on the below link. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQKpBY ...
 
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Professor Michael Broers of Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall assesses Napoleon's achievements and shortcomings, shortly after concluding his three-volume biography with 'Napoleon: The Decline And Fall Of An Empire 1811-1821'. This interview was recorded in late 2021, shortly after Prof Broers completed his manuscript. The book was published o…
 
Rachel Blackman-Rogers is a maritime historian at King's College London. Her PhD thesis is on the transformation of British naval strategy during the 1790s and advances a series of compelling arguments about the development of British goals during the period. Rachel has been a stalwart on the podcast so far and so it was great to finally get the ch…
 
Writer, historian and literary critic Ruth Scurr discusses her experience writing three very different biographies: Fatal Purity: Robespierre And The French Revolution; John Aubrey: My Own Life (about the 16thC antiquarian); and Napoleon: A Life In Gardens And Shadows, an entirely unique take on a man who continues to fascinate.…
 
1797. October… November… December… Three months in which the United Irishmen rally themselves for another stab at rebellion… The Royal Navy smashes the Dutch at Camperdown… And the Treaty of Campo Formio grapples with European strategic interests slowly turning to the east. This is episode 24 of the Napoleonic1797. October… November… December… Thre…
 
1797. July… August… September… Three months in which the French military steps in to protect the republic against its voters... Horatio Nelson loses his right arm in a disastrous failure for the Royal Navy… And the arch-manipulator Talleyrand becomes France’s latest foreign minister. This is episode 23 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three m…
 
1797. April… May… June. Three months in which a victorious French general secures generous peace terms from Vienna... national elections in France prompt yet another political crisis… and the Royal Navy faces a series of mutinies that puts British security on a knife-edge. This is episode 22 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in wh…
 
1797. January. February. March… Three months in which the Austrians take on the French at Rivoli... An outnumbered Spanish fleet is outgunned by the British… And the Pope suffers yet another humiliation. This is episode 21 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in which, for the first time in these wars, the Austrian capital comes unde…
 
Dr Ciarán McDonnell is an Irish historian with a tremendous breadth of interests and areas of research – from prehistory to, very nearly, the present day. In this interview, however, he focuses on the enormously varied experiences of Irish soldiers during the 1792-1815 period and reflects on some of the challenges and opportunities posed in researc…
 
Professor Emeritus Biancamaria Fontana of the University of Lausanne has written about French politics and political thought for many years and is a formidable thinker on the merits of federalism, and, in particular, the work of figures like Montaigne and Constant. She is writing a book about the Directory, which triggered this conversation - but w…
 
1796. October… November… December… Three months in which Bonaparte sees off another Austrian offensive – but only through some desperate fighting at Arcola… The Royal Navy, withdrawing from the Mediterranean, misses an opportunity to attack the Spanish fleet… And further north an attempted invasion of Ireland is underway. This is episode 20 of the …
 
1796. July… August… September… Three months in which Napoleon Bonaparte’s north Italian army runs rings around the Austrians… On the Rhine the French commanders simply can’t get their act together… And in Paris the Directory looks on, uncertainly, as their young general’s star continues to rise. This is episode 19 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – cove…
 
1796. April… May… June… Three months in which Napoleon Bonaparte has the Austrians on the run and forces Piedmont out of the war altogether… On the Rhine the two French armies struggle to make the same sort of progress… And parts of the Papal States are overrun by Bonaparte, who resists pressure from Paris to depose the Pope altogether. This is epi…
 
1796. January. February. March. Three months in which the British take Ceylon thanks to some daring – or perhaps that should be dairy-ing – exploits… Napoleon Bonaparte takes command of the Army of Italy… And the new French government, the Directory, struggles to find its way. This is episode 17 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months i…
 
Here's what to expect in the next batch of episodes from the Napoleonic Quarterly, beginning with episode 17 in the new year of 2022, including... - A whirlwind of energy and dynamism transforms the course of the war in north Italy - Britain's Royal Navy notches up two more big fleet action victories - The ruling Directory faces another struggle fo…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode, we talk with Caroline Phelan, VisitBritain Meetings and Incentive Senior Manager Europe (Paris). VisitBritain (www.visitbritain.org) is the national tourism agency, a nondepartmental public body, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), responsible for promoting Britain worldwide …
 
Historian and author Adam Zamoyski discusses the fate of Poland, power politics during the 1792-1815 period and why all decent biographers should seek to empathise with their subjects as human beings, just like the rest of us. This interview was recorded in spring 2020, shortly after the publication of Adam's Napoleon: The Man Behind The Myth. The …
 
Military historian and wargamer Garry Wills discusses his interest in the smaller battles of the 1792-1815 period - and why looking at the records of a regiment or battalion provide just as much interest and insight as looking at the bigger-picture progress of an entire campaign. Garry is on Twitter @CaseshotPublish and is the author of Wellington'…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode we talk with Ciaran Delaney, founder and CEO of hubli and MeetingsBooker. Today, Tuesday 7th September 2021, MeetingsBooker has rebranded as hubli. Find out more on https://www.hubli.com. hubli empowers organisations to give teams space to succeed. Employees can access 185,000 spaces on-demand with in-built con…
 
1795. October. November. December. Three months in which Napoleon Bonaparte takes on tens of thousands of armed Parisians amidst the blood and gore of Vendemiare… Austrian, Prussian, and Russian representatives meet on 24 October 1795 to dissolve the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth… And in north Italy the French perform a real comeback by sending th…
 
1795. July. August. September. Three months in which France’s leaders turn their backs on the electorate… The Rhine theatre sees the launch of the French offensive targeting Mannheim… And the failure of the emigres expedition to Quiberon Bay leads to a terrible reckoning. This is episode 15 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in whi…
 
1795. April. May. June. Three months in which the French make peace with Prussia and Holland… A British attempt to stoke up trouble in Brittany appears to get off to a good start… And John Jay’s deal with an old enemy divides opinion in the United States. This is episode 14 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months which sees the collapse…
 
1795. January. February. March. Three months in which the French complete their conquest of the Netherlands… The British miss a chance to bring the French fleet to battle in the Med… And the French Revolution comes to terms with religion. This is episode 13 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in which this initial tussle for the Low…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode I talk with Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C. - based organization representing all segments of travel in America. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow spent 34 years at Marriott Internation…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode I talk with Nicholas Alleyne, CEO of Blu Isles DMC Barbados. Nicholas is also Chair of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism MICE Product Committee. More about Nicholas Alleyne and Blu Isles DMC Barbados. https://bluisles.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-alleyne-94b664/ https://corporate.visitbarbados.org/prio…
 
1794. October. November. December. Three months in which the Polish uprising is crushed for good… The plantation owners win a victory for slavery on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe… And in Holland the French outflank an increasingly beleaguered British army. This is episode 12 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in which the Poli…
 
#9: 'MICE Conversations' - FITUR Madrid, May 2021. In this episode I attend FITUR Madrid, the first major travel trade event to place in Europe since the pandemic. FITUR 2021 took place at IFEMA Madrid, May 19-23rd 2021. Interviewed are IFEMA's Director General Eduardo Lopez Puertas and Juan Daniel Nunez, Editor of Smart Travel News. Useful links f…
 
1794. July. August. September. Three months in which Maximilien Robespierre appears to sleepwalk his way to the guillotine... The British and the Austrians are going backwards fast in the Low Countries... And in the Mediterranean British forces finally wrest a useful prize from the French. This is episode 11 of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering t…
 
1794. April. May. June. Three months in which the French and British fight their first major fleet action of these wars… as France is gripped by the Great Terror, the man at its centre is going through a personal crisis… And on the frontline the French scrape major victories at Tourcoing and Fleurus – thanks in part to the Austrians letting down th…
 
1794. January, February, March. Three months in which the French Revolution’s radicals see enemies everywhere, even amongst their own… The French military machine takes decisive steps to improve itself… And the colonial world is rocked by news that the National Convention agrees to abolish slavery in Saint-Domingue. This is episode 9 of the Napoleo…
 
Here's what to expect in the next batch of episodes from the Napoleonic Quarterly, beginning with episode 9 on Friday June 4th, including... - The first major fleet action of these wars - A sticky end for one of the French Revolution's most importance characters - French numbers begin to tell in the Low Countries - The British seek to flex their na…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode I talk with Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at SITE Global. SoolNua is a Dublin-based specialist in business events, advising destinations, DMOs, hotels, agencies and associations. Many people will know Pádraic from his days at Ovation on MCI. More about Pádraic G…
 
'MICE Conversations'. In this episode we talk with Rannveig Snorradottir, Managing Director, Obeo Travel DMC, who is based between Iceland and Namibia. Obeo Travel is a DMC for both Namibia and Iceland. Prior to establishing Obeo Travel DMC 13 years ago Rannveig worked for Qatar Airways in Norway and also Tumlare DMC in London. Rannveig was born in…
 
#6: 'MICE Conversations'. In this episode we talk with Karen Yue, Group Editor, TTG Asia Media in Singapore. Karen overseas 20 editors and writers across Asia-Pacific region. Karen is personally involved in TTG Asia, TTG Associations and the award winning. TTG MICE. Karen also produces the company’s annual Asian MICE Cruise Conference in Bangkok, w…
 
#5: MICE Conversations. In this episode we talk with Chris Nolan and John Burke from venuesworld.com in Dublin, Ireland. venuesworld.com was founded in 2008 by Chris Nolan and John F. Burke. Their HQ is in Dublin with local offices around the world. Their mission is to help their clients deliver seamlessly executed events of the highest standard. T…
 
#4: MICE Conversations - Sergio Maccanti, Gran Canaria Convention Bureau. Sergio has been with the Gran Canaria Convention Bureau since 2007. Prior to that he was with the Gran Canaria Tourist Board, at the Milan office. About Sergio Maccanti, MICE Manager, Gran Canaria Convention Bureau. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sergio-maccanti-a05588157/ https…
 
Episode #3. 'MICE Conversations'. Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie, in conversation with Tom Otely, Editor of Business Traveller magazine UK. About Tom Otley, Editor, Business Traveller magazine UK. https://twitter.com/tomotley https://www.facebook.com/BusinessTraveller/ https://www.businesstraveller.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/businesstravell…
 
Episode #2. 'MICE Conversations'. Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie, in conversation with Ken Lyons, Director at KL Communications in Dublin, Ireland. Ken Lyons sits on the Board of SITE International. Ken currently works as an independent advisor to the MICE industry in Ireland and internationally. Prior to his current role Ken worked at some of Ire…
 
Episode #1. 'MICE Conversations'. Michael Collins, TravelMedia.ie, in conversation with Marie Lawlor, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ovation Ireland DMC. Interview recorded Monday 15th March 2021. About Marie Lawlor, and Ovation Ireland DMC https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-lawlor-cis-citp-6b255a11/ h​ttps://ovationdmc.com/meet-ovation-ireland-dm…
 
Professor Emeritus Charles Esdaile of the University of Liverpool discusses his never-ending crusade against the many myths and misperceptions which predominate about the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period. This interview was the first recorded for this podcast in the spring of 2020. An alternative title might therefore have been 'CHARLES E…
 
Dr Jacqueline Reiter discusses the subject of her second autobiography, Sir Home Riggs Popham, an extraordinary man whose ability to persuade the British government to go along with his ideas was only matched by his ability to make a botch of them. You can watch more of Jacqueline talking about Sir Home's career from [4:10] in her contribution to t…
 
Military historian and author Philip Ball discusses his experience researching and writing his book Neither Up Nor Down: The British Army and the Flanders Campaign 1793-1795 (2020), as well as his reflections on the odd vagaries - and odd personalities - of the period. Link: https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/neither-up-nor-down-the-br…
 
1793. October, November, December. Three months in which Napoleon Bonaparte helps the French retake Toulon… the Austrians set themselves up for a fall at Wattingnies… and in the Caribbean the situation on Saint Domingue descends further into the mire. This is episode eight of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in which the French revo…
 
1793. July, August, September. Three months in which the machinery of the Terror grinds into action… Toulon hands itself over to the Allies but is soon under siege… And Allied hopes of making progress against the border fortresses protecting France in Flanders meet another major setback. This is episode seven of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering …
 
1793. April, May, June. Three months in which a leading French general defects to the Allies... In Paris the game is up for the ruling Girondin faction as the sans-culottes and the Jacobins force them out… and revolt and insurrection erupts in the Vendee. This is episode six of the Napoleonic Quarterly – covering three months in which the Jacobins …
 
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