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We are on a mission to explore and deeply understand Finnish leadership. We will sit down with Finnish leaders and experts to discuss the various aspects of Finnish leadership. Mark, Anneli and Alexei use their decades of academic and corporate experience to help our guests work through their philosophies and experiences with the goal of refining what it means to be a Finnish leader.
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Modern Goat Rider: an Odd Fellows podcast

Billy Sanderson, Josh Miller, Tara Zajac

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Modern Goat Rider is an Odd Fellows podcast for members and people curious about Odd Fellows in modern times. Billy, Josh, Tara and their guests take listeners on journeys to connect Odd Fellows membership and Oddfellowship to daily life. Hear them discuss the ways Odd Fellows' principles find their way into conducting business in a Lodge room, running fund-raising events, and making stronger connections with their community. Check out www.moderngoatrider.com.
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‘Blighty Thank God’ is a 12-part podcast, based on the ‘lost’ diary of WW2 RAF pilot Flt. Sgt. Ron Chapman, 22, who served in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Hosted and produced by his journalist son Neil Chapman it tells some of stories he uncovered when he researched the diary, found 30 years after his father died. The accompanying website - www.blightythankgod.co.uk - contains the complete diary, context notes, maps, photographs and background material. The project is a tribute to the ...
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In this episode, we sit down with author and agile pioneer Riina Hellström to discuss defining boundaries, learning to say no, learning to hear no, financial clarity, fitting working styles to the business and the reasons we all need to become agile. Like the show? the support us here: Support the show – The FLT (the-flt.com), or contact us: contac…
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In this episode we sit down with Microsoft Finland’s Managing Director, Mervi Airaksinen to discuss chopping the elephant, dealing with owners, leading a transformation, dreaming big, the importance of a good leadership “team” and the balance between tech and expertise. Like the show? the support us here: Support the show – The FLT (the-flt.com), o…
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This month AJ and Andy review one of the most celebrated episodes of the first series in which Lifeline is threatened when Monique gets too close to an SS officer impersonating an evader. As well as exploring the welcome character development for both Monique and Albert, and the bravura performance by Angela Richards in particular, the pair also di…
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In this episode we sit down with dancer, director and leader of the Helsinki Dance Company Valtteri Raekallio and discuss, communication beyond language, the roll of physicality in teams, connectedness, feedback, tripping, trust and protecting your team to set them free. Contact: contact@the-flt.com, Collaborate: Work with us – The FLT (the-flt.com…
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Today we join the FLT team during a coffee break discussion. Top of mind this week is finalizing performance reviews, the pressure it puts on managers and finding the right balance to move forward. Like it? Support us here: https://the-flt.com/support-the-show/ Contact us here: contact@the-flt.com Like, share and subscribe: https://open.spotify.com…
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In this episode we sit down with Outi Sivonen, CHRO at Solita to talk about getting permission, the role of sensing in leadership, self-reflection, honesty, getting the best out of technical talent, clarity and much, much, more. Get in touch with us at contact@the-flt.com Support us in our mission here: Support the show – The FLT (the-flt.com) YouT…
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AJ interviews actor and writer Christopher Douglas who played downed South African airman Noel Uys in the Series 1 episode Identity in Doubt. Christopher is now best known for playing Ed Reardon in radio's Ed Reardon's week but was happy to cast his mind back to 1977, his co-stars, director Vik Ritelis, and his time in the mud! If you enjoyed this …
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DEI is dead?🤔 ✨The buzz around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion might be fading, but the urgency for genuine change remains. In a recent episode of the FLT podcast, we experimented with a fresh format, inviting all team members, including those behind the scenes, for a cozy chat at the Fat Lizard bar & restaurant.🎙️🍻 📧 Contact: contact@the-flt.com …
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When a lock keeper is killed and Jacques is injured, Natalie's fate looks uncertain as she is taken hostage by an impetuous evader whose identity is in doubt... AJ and Andy critique 'the one with the mud' and find a lot more to discuss and explore than this episode's memorable denouement. There is high praise for Juliet Hammond-Hill's performance a…
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Support the show here: https://the-flt.com/support-the-show/ If you have a question for our upcoming guests, reach us at: contact@the-flt.com In this episode we discuss, Finland's "boring" elections, the role of optimism in elections, the impact of identity on this election, handling existential threats, becoming a "front-line" state and what we ca…
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In today's mid-month bonus edition AJ interviews Bridget Bree who has lived in Belgium since 2017. Bridget is currently renting 28 Grand Place, the location used as the exterior of the Candide in the second and third series of Secret Army. Bridget and the '316 community' (https://www.316.be) are renting the building as a space for an art exhibition…
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The team sits down with CEO of the Martti Ahtisaari Foundation Janne Taalas to discuss stubbornness, harnessing emotions, vomiting sessions, negotiating virtually, finding the balance, establishing a platform for growth, and much, much more. visit us at: www.the-flt.com contact us at: contact@the-flt.com Follow us on IG: https://www.instagram.com/f…
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It’s that wonderful time again, when two podcasts become one. Well, actually, when MGR gets connected with friends at The Three Links Oddcast it become two shows. Part one is here and part two is on their feed. In part one, Ainslie and Toby join the discussion about Lodge leadership and the responsibility we all have to be watch for sign of negativ…
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There is trouble in Paris and Lisa is about to get in very deep water in nearby Senlis. But when her uncle Gaston finds himself interrogated by Kessler himself it is set to be a dark day for Lifeline. As they review Too Near Home, AJ and Andy discuss its writer, master of suspense and spy storytelling - Robert Barr, the reliably distinctive directi…
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This month AJ and Andy review one of their favourite episodes from the first series: Guilt. Naturally, they love the more active role it affords Angela Richards' Monique as she follows Curtis into France to determine if he is a double agent. Guilt is of course a continuation of the story begun in Lost Sheep, dealing with the aftermath of the betray…
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Asko Känsälä discusses with the team the trap of leadership, finding the “clean line” of leadership, treating work like your hobby, the sins of leadership teams, meaningful change and much, much more. You can contact the show at: contact@the-flt.com Find us on LinkedIn here... Finnish Leadership Team – FLT podcast | LinkedIn ... and instagram: http…
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We are just too good to you! In this, another special extra edition of Down the Line, AJ catches up with Christopher Guard who played Peter Romsey in Lost Sheep. Chris shares his memories of working on Secret Army and also reflects more broadly on his time working in television in the 70s. He also shares details of his entertaining autobiography: A…
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Its a new year and a new time slot! From now on we will be publishing new episodes on the first Saturday of every month. Today, AJ and Andy tackle Lost Sheep, the seventh episode of the first series, which features Christopher Guard as evader Peter Romsey - the Lost Sheep of the title - and Peter Barkworth as writer Hugh Neville. As well as celebra…
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In a special Christmas episode Andy takes up the editing reins for a change and guides Saint Nicholas's festive sleigh as he and AJ celebrate Secret Army and this podcast with a little help from Albert, Monique, Natalie. Max and a group of Belgian orphans. As well as reflecting on what they have learned through collaborating and creating together, …
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This week AJ interviews Angela Richards who played Monique Duchamps in all three series of Secret Army. Rather than covering her time on Secret Army (as discussed in Andy's 2020 interview with her for his UK TV Drama Podcast - see link below) AJ covers brand new ground with the supremely talented actress and singer. Music: For All Our Yesterdays wr…
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This time AJ and Andy review Growing Up - the very first episode of Secret Army to go before the cameras back in April 1977. It tells the story of a young Belgian boy - Jean-Paul Dornes played by Max Harris - who discovers and assists a downed airman - Sgt Clfford Howson played by Norman Eshley - with tragic consequences. Once again the Lifeline re…
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Today the Down the Line team review the episode that Andy always describes as the start of Secret Army proper: Second Chance. Although it introduces yet more new characters: Hans and Lena, the story has our Lifeline regulars more centre stage and we finally hear Monique sing. It's a tightly plotted piece with a weighty moral dilemma at its absorbin…
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We've reached episode 4 of the first series and Arden Winch's Child's Play. While AJ has beef with Mr Winch, Andy struggles to believe this is directed by Viktors Ritelis. Although both agree that this is not the best episode of Secret Army, due to the sheer amount of exposition and the fact that it takes place down the line away from most of the L…
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This week AJ and Andy tackle the third episode of Secret Army's first series: Radishes with Butter, written by John Brason and directed by Paul Annett. It chiefly deals with the Final Solution: the deportation of Jews from Brussels to death camps, via the story of one family - the Schliemanns - who Curtis wants Lifeline to help even though Lisa ins…
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This week AJ and Andy explore the filmic second episode of Secret Army: Sergeant on the Run. This leads them to consider the unique directorial style of Latvian-born Viktors Ritelis with his penchant for metaphor and stark European realism. They also discuss how this episode might have placed better later in the run due to its focus on a guest char…
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Oh my the Goat Riding got a little of track this episode. Tara and Billy were honored to be hosts to the venerable Vice Grand Andy Bernhart of Columbia Lodge #2. Brother Andy is no stranger to Modern Goat Rider as he is part of the behind the scenes production team for MGR, and additionally for many other Odd Fellows reasons. This episode's vision …
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In this special bonus interview AJ speaks with Secret Army's principal designer Austin Ruddy who created all the key sets for the series including all the Candide interiors, the German offices at the Avenue Louise, and the Colbert family home. Ruddy describes how he became a TV production designer and his memories of working on Secret Army. If you …
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This week your hosts, AJ and Andy, talk a little more about the inception of the series, specifically the contribution of creator (uncredited) and producer Gerard (Gerry) Glaister) and script editor and writer John Brason, as well as reviewing the first episode: Lisa - Code Name Yvette, written by Willis Hall and directed by Kenneth Ives. Hall had …
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The ‘Blighty Thank God’ podcast and website could not have been produced without expert help from webman Geoff Paddock of GP Media and podcast producer Sam Pauly of SummitUp. Sam interviews me - Neil Chapman - about the podcast and web resources based on my late father’s diary for 1943 and how finding the 'lost' diary turned into a 6-year research …
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After a relatively peaceful war, the Italian port of Bari suffered a terrible bombing raid in December, 1943 that led to a poison gas release killing many in mysterious circumstances that the Allies tried to cover up. My father’s diary describes the aftermath and the dangers of visiting the local 'vino shop' for a drink in the lead up to Christmas,…
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The revelation, after he died, that my father was involved in secret missions to drop supplies to civilian resistance fighters during the war came as a surprise to our family. It took many decades to finally unravel the full story behind what he did, the risks he took and the full extent of 267 Squadron’s secret operations that played a role in thw…
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In Baghdad’s sweltering heat of the summer of 1943, my father helped run the city’s airport for the RAF - managing the arrival and departure of VIPs. Two he mentions were playwright/singer Noel Coward and Lord Louis Mountbatten. Not everything went smoothly with their visits. Guest interviewee, author and professor Sky Gilbert, talks about Noel Cow…
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Few vaccines were available to protect Allied troops sent overseas during WW2. After West Africa, where he likely caught malaria, my father was posted to the Middle East where he encountered lice-borne typhus and then rabies, just two of a long list of deadly diseases in the region. Eminent virologist Professor Geoffrey Smith helped me understand w…
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A ‘gold racket’ my father casually mentions in his diary wasn’t the only surprise on the Takoradi Route, along which he was a ferry pilot moving planes between West and North Africa 1941-42. Leo the Lion was also a surprise awaiting first time visitors to the remote airfield of El Fasher in Sudan. My father also faced a court martial -as an escort …
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My father mentioned a plane crash that killed 2 of his colleagues - the first of two fatal crashes within two weeks of each other that left 33 airmen dead. I discovered that the two Hudson planes that crashed at Khartoum, Sudan in June, 1943, were part of a new service operated by civilian airline British Overseas Air Corporation for the RAF. Were …
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Flt Sgt Jimmy Eden was a friend of my father’s, killed outright doing the same job as him - ferrying fighter planes to the North African front. A nine-word entry in his diary on the anniversary of Jimmy’s death set me on a journey to discover what happened to him and to meet the daughter who never knew her father. Episode support materials. Diary e…
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Researching 2 Bisley aircraft that my father helped recover after both force landed (Listen to ‘A New Goolie Chit’ episode), I discovered numerous other, similar incidents, some with fatal consequences. I also discovered how much pilots despised the aircraft, dubbing it the ‘Grisly Bisley’. Shockingly the plane’s failings were well known to senior …
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My father and other RAF airmen were issued with a ‘Goolie Chit’ to help protect them against natives who might harm them if they crashed their plane. Armed with a new one, he was tasked with rescuing 2 downed Bisley aircraft, a notoriously dreadful aircraft (Listen to ‘The Grisly Bisley’ episode). Reaching them - one on a remote island, the other o…
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Throughout 1943 my father had problems with his dentures, having lost his teeth in a plane crash in Sudan that happened within weeks of him being posted to West Africa in November-December, 1941 as a ferry pilot. Even though he was lucky to be alive, the RAF saw fit to give him an endorsement in his pilot’s log book despite flying his plane as he h…
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January, 1943 my father had recently arrived at RAF Habbaniya, Iraq as a member of the Communications Flight based there. But settling in wasn’t easy. It’s here that he started his diary, which very quickly highlights death is ever present - on this occasion his Squadron Leader George Milnes (RNZAF) goes missing with some high profile passengers on…
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'Blighty Thank God' tells the stories uncovered in the 'lost' diary of WW2 RAF pilot, Flt. Sgt. Ron Chapman, who served in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It is hosted by his son, former journalist Neil Chapman, who researched the diary using various historical sources. To find maps, photographs and other material associated with each episode a…
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Introducing 'Down the Line' a new podcast exploring, reviewing and celebrating the classic BBC wartime series Secret Army. In this special introductory episode your hosts, Andy and AJ describe what their new podcast will include and why they love Secret Army. New episodes will be available every 2 weeks and will explore every instalment in depth. A…
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Tara and Billy reconnect after a busy Summer of Odd Fellows fun to answer questions received during Question & Answer polls. You, listeners, should go along with them and think about how their answers would differ from yours. The hosts do try to remain uncontroversial, but hey, they're just humans still trying to perfect their Oddfellowship. Check …
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FOMO means Fear Of Missing Out and Tara and Billy have been missing out on time in Studio FLT. A new show was needed!! Guest Selena Roberts from HeroWork Victoria joined the MGR show to give the inside scoop of how to construct the volunteer experience so fabulous that makes them tell their friends that the experience was like no other they had exp…
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Once again Tara and Billy welcome Toby Hanson, Ainslie Heilich and Mike Duminiak from Three Links Odd Cast to chat away through topics across the two shows, one here and the other on their show, so listen to both and (SPOILER) there is big news from Modern Goat Rider during the Odd-Podge segment near the end. But before that we discuss Leadership a…
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MGR has the perfect guest. Surprise! It’s Billy!! Tara leads the Q’s & Billy provides the A’s about his trip to Chilliwack, BC for the Grand Lodge Sessions of BC. Out come the hot-takes of the good parts and the more challenging parts of jurisdictional sessions. Included are two interviews of attendees: Belinda DeGuglielmo of Tatnai Lodge #9, and R…
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After a rather long summer break Tara and Billy are back to the mic to catch up on their returns to the Hall and meetings; but they have to have a guest, so why not two??! The return of Bros. Michael Greenzeiger and Ainslie Heilich to discuss the year since the publication of The Odd Fellows Primer. The guests uncover the story of the book’s creati…
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