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Life Stories is a programme I present for Talk Radio Europe in southern Spain, where I live. In Life Stories, I chat to non-Spanish guests about their lives here in Spain. We discuss their lives here, what brought them here and what they did before they moved to Spain. Each guest can choose 6 pieces of music that best represent periods in their Life Stories. Each of my guests has a fascinating tale to tell, and each has that one common denominator - they all decided to come and live in Spain ...
 
In a time when a King ruled England, and his knights rode into battle for glory and honour, a monster, the Bad, roamed the land, waiting for a chance to take power. The Bad had no real shape, but it had a purpose, and that was to feed on anything, then defeat the King and his army. The King asked the myths, legends, and folklore of England for help and all answered his cry. Led by an elder of the Faery folk, Elder Perennial Swallowtail, the mythical creatures joined the King's army to create ...
 
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In this episode, host James is joined by Nick Rutter. Nick is a researcher and conservation dog trainer and handler with La Trobe University and Zoos Victoria in Australia. They talk about olfaction generalisation, the important of training in different contexts, and working with volunteer dog teams. For more information on Nick and his work please…
 
In this episode, James is joined by David Ian Howe from Enthnocynology. Dave is an anthropologist and archaeologist specialising in the relationship between early humans and dogs. They talk about domestication, the partnership between us and dogs, and their place in early religions globally. For more information on Dave and his work please visit: h…
 
In this episode, James is joined by UK-based ecologist and great crested newt detection specialist Nikki Glover. They talk about Nikki’s journey from ecologist to dog trainer and handler, and listen to her advice for all career ecologists looking to use conservation dogs in their work. For more information on Nikki and her work please follow: https…
 
In this episode, Australian conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by Heath Smith of Rogue Detection Teams. They talk about searching for sign as small as caterpillar scat, and explore the ethos and approach of the Rogue team. For more information on Heath and the rest of the Rogue team please visit: https://roguedogs.org/ htt…
 
In this episode, conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by Louise Wilson of Conservation K9 Consultancy. They talk about handler skills, the challenges of maintaining high industry standards, and the importance of keeping our dogs a little bit wild. For more information on Louise's work please visit: https://www.conservationk9…
 
In this episode, conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by Dr Nathan Hall, Director of the Canine Olfaction Lab at Texas Tech. They talk about a dog’s olfactory ability, the importance of keeping and using appropriate training aids, and how to reduce the risk of false indication. For more information on Nathan's work please vi…
 
In this episode, Australian conservation dog team trainer and host James Davis is joined by Megan Parker, co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation and a pioneer in the use of dogs in conservation. They talk about innovation, dog and handler selection and training, standards and certification worldwide, and some of the amazing projects Megan and …
 
In this episode, specialist conservation dog trainer and host James Davis is joined by Dr Samuel Wasser, the 'guru of doodoo'. Sam holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, where he is Director of the Center for Conservation Biology. They talk about the groundbreaking work Sam and his team are doing in the ana…
 
In this episode, host James Davis is joined by Chris Aycock, President and CEO of the American Society of Canine Trainers (ASCT). They talk about canine neuroscience, and the training and certification of conservation K9 teams around the world. Chris can be contacted at asctpresident@aol.com American Society of Canine Trainers can be found at: http…
 
In this episode James Davis is joined by Bennie Van Zyl. Bennie is the Specialist Canine Technical Adviser for the Frankfurt Zoological Society at North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. He talks about his career from explosives detection in Iraq through to conservation dog work and helping build North Luangwa’s successful canine unit. Bennie can be…
 
Lisa Francesca Nand is a journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and travel expert who divides her time between homes in the UK and in Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Lisa’s family moved to Spain when Lisa was 7, and the Costa del Sol became their home. Lisa’s first love was music, but a series of events resulted in a change of direction and Lisa b…
 
Hannah Murray moved to Spain in 2003 and after a couple of years she was offered the opportunity to work at Talk Radio Europe. Hannah now hosts the Breakfast Show and the Book Show on the radio station. In addition to her radio work, Hannah has been hosting a weekly Quiz Night on the Costa del Sol for over 10 years and, with her husband and Manifes…
 
Rowena Alderson and her husband moved to Estepona, on the Costa del Sol, in January 2019. Meeting her husband in a pub turned Rowena’s life around, as she followed him to some of the world’s most turbulent corners, both as an aide worker and as a contracts manager. Rowena worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Rwandan refugee crisis,…
 
Charles Hutchinson is one of the founding partners of Spectrum IFA, a company offering independent financial advice across 7 countries in Europe and with headquarters in Barcelona. Charles initially joined the British army in the hope of undertaking pilot training, but as his commission came to an end, Charles decided to move into the world of fina…
 
Andrew Linn has been living in Spain for nearly 50 years, coming over as a very young man. He is a respected wine journalist, writer on Spanish culture including Flamenco and Saint Fermin. He has a regular column in both local Spanish and English publications sharing his knowledge and passion for Spain, its wine and the places that he has visited o…
 
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