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Competitive sport is one of the great joys of the human condition for athletes and spectators alike. It brings happiness, livelihood, and physical health and provides an education in teamwork, discipline, maturity, and humility. But for this to continue, sports around the world must acknowledge challenges both current and future and both internal and external. Then, steps must be taken to overcome what faces them, or risk losing what so many people hold so dear. But what are the challenges a ...
 
Ever wondered what happens when you fill a cello with bees? Or how robins have successfully colonised the outer-reaches of our universe? Or why the world is destined to be populated purely by female turtles? This podcast celebrates nature and the stories of those who care deeply for it. Join artist, actor and Woodland Trust & Wildlife Trusts ambassador David Oakes, for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists as they celebrate the ...
 
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Many of us love sport and love what it brings to us all, but how sustainable is this? Often, sport isn’t merged within the sustainability conversation even though sport plays a significant role in this issue On this coffee date, Hamish Hallett was joined by Ben Mole, host of the Sustaining Sport podcast. They spoke about the intersections of sport …
 
Sir David Amess horrendous murder raises the alarm on MPs safety. Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special causes controversy in the company Sarah Rooney is in the middle of an anti-Semitism storm over her book being published. The UAE has a dark side with its involvement in modern slavery. In other news, the UK Covid report exposes errors by the UK govern…
 
Many people are talking about many issues in the United Kingdom: the fuel and energy crisis or various other problems. But one issue, in particular, isn’t being mentioned enough, and that is the election bills and how it might have certain implications that many of us might not be ok with. On this coffee date, Hamish Hallett was joined by Lara Pari…
 
Our forty-third tree, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). As hard as horn, and... well... 'beam' just means 'tree'. A beauitful leafy canopy supporting biodiversity year-round, it has been used by humans for centuries to smelt iron and to harness the power of beasts, and it should be more loved than it is... because it isn't planning on going anywhere any…
 
Boris Johnson delivered his speech at the Conservative conference, but was it a success or a failure? The Pandora Papers show the elites once again getting up to no good. Frances Haugen reveals all about Facebook and other social media companies. China-Taiwan relations rise to the boil. In other news, The Met has been facing a series of sexual misc…
 
Meet Scott Behrens, the person spends time in Washington DC, explaining to lawmakers how their policies impact our client’s businesses! Whether it's taxation, healthcare, or a myriad of other things - policy matters. Influencing that policy before it's written is critical. Scott shares with us the current climate in DC and talks straight about gove…
 
Our forty-second tree, Hazel (Corylus avellana). DORMICE! Enjoy. But, if you need more: we explore the pros and cons of modern agricultural hedge-care, how the Elizabethans were addicted to ‘filberts’, how Ferrero accidentally use 25% of the whole World’s hazelnuts, and we have poetry from all four corners of the British Isles - Phil Cumbus reading…
 
Wayne Couzens is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sarah Everard as the trust in the Metropolitan police is at an all-time low because of this case and the reaction after it. Meanwhile, the Labour conference in Brighton turned a few heads, and Germany will be facing a new political age after Angela Merkel says goodbye after 16 years …
 
Online abuse has been a reoccurring theme on this podcast and a topic that needs to be addressed and talked about like on a coffee date. And with hate raids being a constant on Twitch and not much progress happening regarding this, enough was enough for many creators. On this coffee date, Hamish Hallett was lucky enough to be joined by RekItRaven, …
 
Our fortieth and forty-first trees, the Silver Birch (Betula pendula) and Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) - with apologies to the Dwarf Birch (Betula nana). Our birches are some of our very earliest colonisers, and as such there is little the birch does not nurture; for example, its mycorrhizal relationships support hallucinogenic mushrooms, witches…
 
The death of Sabina Nessa showcases how unsafe the streets are for women in the United Kingdom and how there might be missing white women syndrome in play regarding the lack of domestic and international coverage on her death. Justin Trudeau narrowly wins the Canadian federal election, whilst Evergrande is in crisis mode. Meanwhile, there is outrag…
 
OnlyFans has been in the headlines and talked about for the past few weeks after deciding that they were going to remove sexually explicit photos and videos from their site but then later reversing the decision. But the bigger question is, what is next after such fallback for the platform and the creators that use it. On this coffee date, Hamish Ha…
 
Our thirty-ninth tree, Alder (Alnus glutinosa). A tree designed for water; as strong as steel when submerged, alder timber has been keeping Venice from sinking for centuries. In the wild, our Alder provides homes for otters within its exposed root systems and can be found carpeted in the most verdant of mossy carpets. But more important than that, …
 
With A Spoonful of News turning one year old, it is the perfect time to reflect on the lessons Hamish Hallett has learnt running the podcast, the advice he would give to those pursuing the same path and the next steps of A Spoonful. You can send in your thoughts to me about the episode. Email: hamishhallett@gmail.com Instagram: @mish2497 Twitter: @…
 
There has been a lot of doom and gloom when it comes to the climate, especially over the last few months, with scenes of wildfires and devasting floods occurring in the world. On top of reports after reports saying that humanity is at a critical stage regarding the climate, there is a lack of optimism within the discourse. On this coffee date, Hami…
 
It's the first time The Well has welcomed a duo and these ladies are the perfect recruiting pair. From an unlikely professional relationship to finding common ground and then taking their gained knowledge and passion for recruiting and people a SHRM conference near you - welcome Arhonda Reyes and Teresa Simpson. They get real about what you may nee…
 
Our thirty-eighth tree, the Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa). A mighty tree, but actually a non-native archeophyte; one whose fruit has both fattened us and inspired us. We soak the chestnuts in sugar, we sing christmas songs about them, and they’ve inspired histories greatest fable-fabricators to have a LOT of fun! So, whether you want stories of …
 
In a pretty different and challenging episode, Hamish Hallett spoke about his experiences at the Uyghur Tribunal that he attended on 10th September. He went into depth about what the tribunal is, what it aims to do, and why we need to be aware of this tribunal. This episode is not an easy listen or an episode to do but an episode that needs to be p…
 
As we should all know by now, Afghanistan has become ravaged in the headlines, and many are unsure what will happen with the Taliban establishing control in the country. Some analysts say that China may play a role in what will happen next with Afghanistan. But the question is, how genuine is China’s interest in Afghanistan? On this coffee date, Ha…
 
Healthcare should be . . . nice! Join us in welcoming Nice Healthcare to Washington. They have partnered with Lockton to deliver this progressive approach in the Northwest. Their Direct Primary Care solution and Lockton's analytics bring together the improved patient outcomes and experiences along with measurable results. John Young and Elizabeth C…
 
Our thirty-sixth and thirty-seventh trees, the Oaks; Pedunculate (Quercus robur) & Sessile (Quercus petraea). Revered by Druids, Vikings, Fascists, Socialists, Shipbuilders, Piglets, Invertebrates, Epiphytes and (most importantly) Dr George McGavin, our British Isles would not be in the shape they are now if it wasn’t for our Oaks. For good or ill;…
 
Texas passes an abortion law that stops people from having an abortion after six weeks, causing mass discussion in the United States and worldwide. A day boycott for Twitch illustrates yet again how online platforms are getting it wrong when trying to combat online hate. Meanwhile, Benyamin Ahmed is the latest success story for NFTs, maybe pointing…
 
Peter Wohlleben is a German forester, an international best-selling author and (unfortunately for our host) a rival dendro-podcaster! Here Peter talks not only in the manner for how he has become internationally renowned - speaking of how trees can have families, of how they can feel panic and of how they may LITERALLY be able to see what we are do…
 
Our thirty-fifth tree, Beech (Fagus sylvatica). Without the Beech, we would not have literature (ish). The tree has been so useful to human/British kind that its substantial distribution across the country proudly represents this. It has fed us, clothed us, given us books to read and even provided us with a soft bed for the night - but NONE of this…
 
The United Kingdom experiences mass food shortages and could see Christmas be affected for the second year running. The Demographica Network’s journalism investigation finds civil servant links with the founder of LGB Alliance. Meanwhile, Algeria-Morocco relations worsen, and bladeless wind turbines could answer the critics of wind power. In other …
 
Dale Sirek has a passion for the human part of Human Resources. He joins the Well to talk about how we can overthink the simple process of welcoming people into an organization. Offering hospitality and spending time getting to know our new and existing employees doesn't require a huge spend or special project. Dale shares practical tips and a few …
 
Our thirty-fourth tree, Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra). Following on from a rather dour episode on the fate of many of our nation’s fine Elm trees, David Oakes is delighted to delve into a species of Elm which is proving more resilient to Dutch Elm Disease, and discovering how it is triumphing. Looking back to a time when the Elms were a dominant tree on …
 
The situation in Afghanistan has gone from bad to worse, and the international community is to blame. Incels are of concern after the Plymouth attack, while 3D printed weapons pose new concerns over 3D printing. Meanwhile, there is optimism for the visually impaired over vibrating shoes. You can send in your thoughts to me about the episode. My ema…
 
Protests in Cuba started at the beginning of July, and it is an ever-changing situation with many nuances and many reasons why this has all occurred. And so, to unpack all of this, I had back onto the podcast Derek Gutierrez, from America’s Moderate Voice. For this coffee date, we spoke about our reactions to what has happened, outlining the possib…
 
Our thirty-second and thirty-third trees, the English - which may or may not be called (Ulmus procera) - and Field Elm (Ulmus minor). Recorded live in the Salisbury Cathedral Close, David reminisces about fine art, Nobel-prize winning literature and performing pagan rituals in the spire’s shade. Then from Cathedrals to Constable; then Crystal Palac…
 
The work has been impacted a lot in recent years, and it has taken an even bigger turn because of the pandemic and how we have switched to remote work. For this coffee date, Samantha M, who is an entrepreneur and founder of Lotus Design & Development, joined me on A Spoonful of News. She runs a business that aims to help small businesses grow withi…
 
Our 31st tree, Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). Often derided for its rapacious spread in areas where it might not be entirely wanted, the Sea Buckthorn is a species that helped provide a roothold for almost everyother tree species on the British Isles. Add into the mix a bit about Genghis Khan, Flying Horses and perhaps one of the greatest so…
 
The latest wildfires in Turkey and Greece are signs that we could be seeing the abolition of the earth and humankind. The Taliban has gained control of Afghanistan as the security situation in this country starts to worsen. Meanwhile, there are efforts to make it easier for Māori people to switch voting rolls, and cyberflashing could become a crime…
 
Our twenty-ninth tree, Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and our thirtieth tree, Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) - The BUCKTHORNS of the Rhamnaceae. Their unripe berries made paint pigment that was stored in a pig’s bladder, their charcoal made gunpowder that has defined a society and their toxic seeds have made humans purge their bowels maki…
 
Simone Biles withdrawal from the Olympics has a significant impact on sport and society regarding health, success and quitting. The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) saves lives in the channel, but some are not too happy about this. Meanwhile, China uses its extraterritorial reach on Uighur activist Yidiresi Aishan, and there is a breakthrou…
 
Our twenty-eigth tree, the Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia). One of the most elegant and tasteful (not to mention tasty - to birds) trees that you can find throughout the British Isles. It has been worshipped by Pagans and Christians alike for its spiritual power and symbolism. It repels witches, frustrates adders, arouses dairymaids, seduces birds and sto…
 
Is the UK heading towards authoritarianism thanks to the current conservative government? South Africa is in chaos over the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, while Cuba is in meltdown. Lastly, Haiti mourns the death of their president Jovenel Moïse. You can send in your thoughts to me about the episode. My email is hamishhallett@gmail.com, my Instagram i…
 
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