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Girl on the River

Patricia Carswell

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Patricia Carswell, aka Girl on the River, loves to row and loves to talk, so it makes sense that in her podcast she'll be chatting to guests from all around the rowing and sporting world about anything and everything to do with rowing. Always informal, occasionally silly, sometimes serious, often informative, she delves into questions such as how athletes become champions, how to promote diversity in sport, the secret to staying alive on an ocean, how to improve your erg score and what to do ...
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Dame Julia Cleverdon is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected', inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good. Tune in now to hear how Julia's faith compels her to reach out the marginalised in society: bringing light to an often very dark worl…
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We live in a world that is beautiful but brutal. No-one knows that more than war reporter Clarissa Ward, who has spent nearly two decades reporting from front lines around the world: from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan to Yemen, Ukraine, Israel and Gaza. Within hours of Hamas’ terror attack on October 7, Ward traveled to the site of the Tribe of No…
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The author Corrie Ten Boom wrote: "When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer." That perspective on faith sounds all well and good in theory, but what does it actually look like in practice? I never cease to find it deeply humbling to speak with people who …
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I've been off the airwaves for 18 months (I hope you've missed me?!)....and what better way to make a return to podcasting than to talk to the wonderfully inspiring Darleen Santore, known to those she helps as "Coach Dar". Author, speaker and mentor to global leaders, CEOs and athletes, Dar has helped thousands of people across the world with her m…
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Leader and lecturer Doug Holladay's life path has taken him from degrees at top universities to Goldman Sachs, then on to the White House and serving at the US State Department as a special ambassador to South Africa. He has met a lot of people and seen a lot of leadership along the way. What he's witnessed is that, all too often, "successful" peop…
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A career in food was always more tempting than school for Camilla Stephens, who left halfway through her A-levels to attend Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She spent the next few years working in catering before joining Good Housekeeping magazine. Next came travel in America where she fell in love with coffee culture: returning to the UK, Camilla …
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My guest on the "Faith with Haith' podcast this week is Rachel Hughes, the Lead Pastor of Gas Street Church in Birmingham (alongside her husband Tim): a brilliant communicator who is passionate about seeing young women released into leadership. She has recently pioneered a national ministry alongside her sister, called ‘The Orchard’, with the aim o…
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Next time you get a letter from a bishop you'll see their signature has a plus-sign by their name: it's symbolic of the blessing of the Cross. But its also perfectly apt that it's a plus-sign, because that person is someone who has dedicated their life to bringing addition and positivity to all the people around them. None more so than this week's …
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How does a lad from the suburbs of Stockholm end up negotiating for equitable use of resources in the Middle East? How does a self-confessed sauna addict advocate for peace and understanding in transboundary water disputes in North Africa? And where does faith fit into all of this, and a busy family life, for this week's guest on "Faith with Haith"…
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Terl Bryant is not only one of the kindest men you will ever meet, he is totally cool and insanely talented: he would have to be in order to play for, amongst others, Pete Murphy (Bauhaus), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Peter Gabriel. We became firm friends in the early '90s when I was asked to drive the bus for his band at the time, Iona, on …
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This week's episode of "Faith with Haith" was not supposed to happen. My son was booked in to have a pretty big operation in the world-famous and wonderful Great Ormond Street Hospital which is, rather extraordinarily, in my parish. Suffice it to say I was a nervous wreck. until my old pal Stef put to work the age-old friendship practice of "just s…
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So here we are at the start of a new year. Perhaps you have made some fresh resolutions to take on some new creative adventure? Perhaps you have decided it's time to turn your back on some unhealthy practices? Perhaps you want to chart a whole new course with your career? I believe that to do any of these things you will need help from God, but you…
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Perhaps you know him from his days making tackles and scoring tries for Harlequins, England and the Lions. Perhaps you know him from his TV and radio commentary or captaincy on the iconic BBC "Question of Sport". Or perhaps your favourite version is the one with some serious rumba rhythm as a contestant on "Strictly Come Dancing". However you know …
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A departure this week on the "Faith with Haith" podcast: apologies that there is both no guest interview and a lot more input from me! But I think you will love this little Christmas treat: in December 2020 we recorded the stunning Spirituals gospel choir under the glorious dome of London's St Paul's Cathedral. You can see the full video online: th…
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You know how there are some people who seem to be able to do loads of different things...and not just do them, but do them BRILLIANTLY? Dave ("The Doctor") Clifton is one such person: making the planet a richer and more beautiful place with both his deep insights and his broad-ranging creativity. To be honest, initially I was excited to talk about …
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S3 Ep.4 If you heard my interview with Andy Triggs Hodge last year you may remember him talking about the brilliant charity, London Youth Rowing, which does fantastic work changing young people's lives through rowing. I was keen to get one of their coaches on the podcast to talk in a bit more detail about their work. So step forward Lawrence Farqua…
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If you have a creative soul then you will love this week's episode of the "Faith with Haith" podcast. And if you don't have a creative soul, then you are guaranteed to have one by the time you've finished listening to the thoughtful and inspiring Rt Rev'd Andrew Rumsey. He has the most wonderful way of seeing the world, so pull up a chair by the fi…
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This week’s guest on the “Faith with Haith”podcast: film director and screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine, He is best known for his 2009 psychological thriller Exam, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. But where we mostly go in this interview is into a movie-meeting with God, because Stuart directed the 2017 film adaptation of the best-selling novel …
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What do you get when you combine one of the finest gentlemen on Earth with one of the greatest pilots in the sky?: Group Captain Peter “Willy” Hackett, MBE…Britain’s answer to Tom Cruise’s Maverick…that’s what. In this episode of the “Faith with Haith” podcast, recorded especially for the Remembrance Day weekend, Willy and I talk honestly about the…
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This week on the Faith with Haith podcast: Bill Cahusac. He is one of the finest men I know: loving husband, great dad, true leader...and brilliant car driver (...?). We would all agree that faith is hard, and God often feels distant and silent, yet the Bible is full of stories of God speaking to humans. But are they just stories? If you've ever wo…
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This week on the Faith with Haith podcast, my guest Nici Cahusac gets very honest about the experience and psychology of bulimia, with which she struggled for many years. Ultimately it's a story of hope: Nici was miraculously set free through prayer and her life was changed forever. Today, between running an organisation, raising three teenagers an…
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You know that feeling when you've had a conversation with someone but then afterwards you kick yourself, wishing you'd asked a whole load of other questions? The big downside of creating and presenting the "Faith with Haith" podcast is that, to be honest, I have that feeling every single week; and never more so than when Carolina Mountford was extr…
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S3, Ep 3. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, and had a mastectomy, chemo and immunotherapy, and since then I've been on a bit of a mission to inform people about things they might need to know about the condition. Which is why I was so thrilled when Napoleon Griffin agreed to come on the show. As both a rower and a mal…
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Being a professional church pastor is not an easy job and, as a result, it's all too easy to do it in a really detached way: it's all too easy to be distant and become untouchable. But with Ger Jones you get something very different. You get deep honesty and true warmth up close; you get a real man living real life and loving a church along the way…
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Picture the scene: an empty stage, a theatre full of people, a single microphone on a stand in a pool of light. There's nowhere to hide. It's now on you alone to entertain this expectant crowd. Now THAT is most people's idea of the ultimate nightmare. But not today's guest. Milton Jones is one of the best-known comedians in the UK, selling out thea…
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S3, Ep.2 It would have been lovely not to need to do this interview, but sadly our rivers - and the River Wye in particular - are in crisis, and as rowers and river-lovers you ought to know what's going on. So today I'm talking to Charles Watson, founder of charity and campaigning group, River Action UK, to find out what's wrong with our rivers and…
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As the climate changes around us, it's clear that our attitudes and behaviours need to change in response; and they need to change fast. But what can we do to protect this exquisite planet that we call home ? Consider an electric car? Yes. Eat less meat and palm oil products? Definitely. But have you ever given much thought to your fashion choices?…
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The remarkable Amy Owen explains how it feels to know that your present life is coming to an end, how the hope of Heaven is real and how the presence of God is a tangible experience available to us all. Listen in now for a wide-ranging conversation (including Buble, the Bible and plenty of bubbles!) and then please share this episode with someone y…
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S3, Ep.1 A very warm welcome back to the podcast for season 3. I'm really delighted to introduce you to Kate Lindgren, my latest guest, who is a member of Peterborough Rowing Club and a passionate sculler. Having lost her sight as a young woman, she only came to rowing later in life but has taken to it with an enthusiasm that can't fail to be infec…
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For us all, the road of life takes many twists and many turns. As you journey on, the joys of the mountain-top can feel outweighed by far more deep, dark valleys and difficult climbs. As Ian Dyble will tell you, being a Church of England vicar is no different. He opens up about how an intelligent London lawyer finally chose to turn his collar aroun…
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Have you seen the extraordinary post-9/11 image of two almighty searchlight-towers dominating the New York skyline? The message to the world is clear: the light will ALWAYS break through and defeat the darkness. As "Faith with Haith" returns for a second season, and on this 20th anniversary of 9/11, I interview an amazing woman who was in the White…
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S2, Ep. 6 In all the excitement of the Tokyo Olympics, it's easy to forget about the team supporting the athletes. Behind every medal and record and personal best, there's a huge network of people making sure the athlete performs at their best. Which is why I was so delighted to talk to this week's guest - Wendy Martinson, OBE - who is the lead nut…
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S2 Episode 5 Camilla Hadland has a voice that many of you will recognise. Having started rowing as a junior at a small club, she won a place in the U23 Women’s 8 and competed at the World Junior Championships in 2010, where they won Britain's first ever women’s gold medal at that event. After university, where she was President of her university bo…
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As soon as I heard about Row to Recovery I knew I wanted to talk to Robin Winkels, who founded it. Robin is a rower who, as a result of one phone call in 2014, ended up founding a charity that provides rowing for people who are undergoing or have had treatment for cancer. It's a subject close to Robin's heart after several members of her family had…
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Before I go any further, I want to say something to my male listeners. This episode is for you, too. If you're a male coach working with female athletes, it's an absolute must-listen, but even if you're not, assuming you have a wife or a mother or a daughter or a sister or a female friend, or if you belong to a club where there are female athletes,…
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This episode is one that was especially thrilling to make, as it was the first one I actually recorded face to face – out in the open, hence the background sound of the river rushing by and the birds singing. Which is really appropriate as my guest, Angela Jones, spends almost as much time in the river as on dry land. Angela is a wild swimming spec…
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S2 Ep.1 Welcome back to Girl on the River for Season 2 – it’s so good to be back! I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you the first episode in my new season – an interview with Adrian Ellison, who coxed the 4+ to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (the first of five gold medals for crew member Steve Redgrave). Adrian is a brilliant …
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I cannot believe that this is the 50th episode of the "Faith with Haith" podcast. By way of a celebration of that fact I could think of no-one finer to share it with than the women of the Griffiths family. Rae and her two daughters, Phoebe and Fleur, have a wonderful dynamic together and by rights should have a podcast of their own. Listen in now t…
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This week on the "Faith with Haith" podcast: a total delight to welcome back Michael Emmett. His new book, "Sins of Fathers", is flying off the shelves and you would be mad to miss out on this extraordinary story of crime and addiction, but also faith and connection. He might look like he's carved from stone but today Michael is one of the kindest …
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Ep. 18 In the final episode of Season 1, I'm delighted to bring you the umpires of this year's Boat Races. It's a particularly historic year for the Boat Races, for two reasons. First of all, it's not being held on the Thames, as it usually is, but instead in Ely on the Great Ouse (partly for covid reasons and partly because Hammersmith Bridge is s…
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Faith can and should push us out into the world, to bring friendship and comfort to those most in need. Patrick Regan has been doing that for years now, helping hundreds of thousands of people to understand and experience God's love. But Patrick would be the first to say (and does on this podcast) that it is so easy for the balance to go out of lif…
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Such a delight and honour to interview one of my heroes: Terry Virgo, the founder of the "New Frontiers" network of churches. Not only is he one of the finest Bible teachers you will ever get to hear, his legacy of church-planting and leadership development has impacted the entire globe, touching the lives of millions. But the main reason this podc…
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Ep.17 Ian Rivers has spent his life seeking adventure. From a childhood he describes as "feral" right through his career in the SAS, he's always looked for the next challenge, and his life hasn't been short of incident. He's sailed oceans and climbed mountains, been kidnapped in Syria (and escaped, using just the natural world to help him navigate …
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Ep.16 It's very apt that I should have the amazing Pete Reed on the show this week, as things are really ramping up for the Race the Thames challenge which starts on 22nd March. Pete is front and centre of the fundraising, alongside his former crewmate Andy Triggs Hodge (who I interviewed a few weeks ago here) with his Paravengers team. For those w…
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Some people are just fascinating to talk to: Peter is most definitely one of them. You may have enjoyed studying literature at Uni, like me, but I guarantee you could not begin to come anywhere close to the depth and breadth of knowledge that he has. The way he talks about poetry makes you want to spend the rest of the day curled up reading in fron…
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Ep 15. One of the things I miss most about rowing is the post-rowing chat over coffee, where we just shoot the breeze about rowing, interspersed with plenty of gossip, a bit of serious discussion and a lot of silliness. Which is exactly what this episode is all about. Rachel Freedman and Tara Morgan are passionate rowers and rowing coaches. They're…
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Singer-songwriter Matt Redman's music is both listened to and sung by millions around the world every day, especially the double-Grammy award winning "10,000 Reasons". He's also authored eight books and helped start three new churches, all whilst being a loving husband to Beth and a great dad to 5 kids. But, at the end of the day, he's just Matt an…
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This year is a year like no other, and for the first time in its history, the Women's Head of the River Race, or WEHoRR, is being held over Zoom, on rowing machines, spin bikes and other variations on the theme. In this bite-sized episode I explain everything you need to know about how it's going to work and how to get involved #NotWehorr2021 If yo…
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Ep. 14 This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so I was absolutely thrilled that Dr Carolyn Plateau was able to join me on the podcast. Carolyn is a senior lecturer in sport psychology at Loughborough University. She has a particular specialism in eating disorders and disordered eating in the athlete population and has developed an online tra…
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