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The Scotsman's political reporters guide you through the changing landscape of Scottish politics. From Scottish Independence to education and everything in between, they will offer unrivalled insight, explain the political issues of the day, take a deeper look into the problems behind them and introduce you to those who are ultimately tasked with solving them. The Steamie is a Laudable production by the Scotsman.
 
Welcome to the award winning Brummie Mummies podcast, the show that shares inspiring stories from Birmingham mums and dads and is brimming with useful advice and suggestions. Brummie Mummies has been a much-loved hub for parents in Birmingham since 2015, known for bringing families together both online and at sell-out social events. This podcast is packed full of tips from real Birmingham parents as show host and Brummie Mummies founder Zoe Chamberlain chats to mums and dads of all backgroun ...
 
In the 1980s, Liverpool's fortunes plummeted. Docks shut, jobs vanished and neighbourhoods erupted into riots. Into this fractious world stepped a group of hard-left politicians that would be celebrated and vilified in turn - Militant. Three and a half decades on, Militant is still a loaded word in British politics. In Liverpool, many families will never forgive them. But for others, they were heroes. This is the story of how a secretive group of left-wingers captured power in one of Britain ...
 
Alone Together has been with you since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Amongst all the fear, doom and gloom that has surrounded Covid-19, we’ve been here to bring you the positive stories of our local heroes doing their bit to help keep our communities going. We have also brought you fact-filled interviews with experts offering tips, advice and answers to your FAQs about the pandemic. The podcast continues to follow the coronavirus story closely, as we learn to adapt to a ‘new normal’ ...
 
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Many of us can only imagine how difficult it was to have a baby during the global pandemic lockdowns. As parents, we’re still feeling the aftermath of that with all of our kids, but what was it like to be a new mum unable to get out and about with your baby? And what effect has that had on our little ones? Today Zoe is talking to Birmingham mum Pri…
 
In this episode Zoe introduces a festival she’s been to nearly every year for 13 years with her kids. The Just So Festival is the brainchild of two mums - Sarah Bird and Rowan Cannon - who loved the idea of taking their kids to festivals but found the reality wasn’t quite so much fun. So they decided to do it on their own terms. We hear from Sarah …
 
We’re all feeling stretched when it comes to paying the bills and putting food on the table at the moment as the cost of living continues to rise. Today Zoe is joined by Dawn Baker from Home Start Birmingham, a charity that helps families in crisis. Dawn has helped hundreds of families get on top of their finances over the years and has loads of in…
 
With rising fuel prices, many of us are thinking twice about using the car. But would you be brave enough to ditch your car completely, especially when you’ve got kids? This week’s guest Ruth Cumming did exactly that - and she has four young children! She says that instead of feeling restricted, the family now feel liberated and enjoy working out h…
 
How do you help your child to do their best in their exams without them getting too overwhelmed in the process? It’s a fine balance, says this week's guest Nicola Lappage. She’s an assistant principal and history teacher at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green and has helped hundreds of children through their GCSEs. Nicola shares advice on revision t…
 
Zoe talks to Birmingham MP Jess Phillips about motherhood and why family and friends are so important to her. Jess opens up about her childhood, being a young mum, having an abortion, the impact of losing her mother and what it’s like to be a working mum in Westminster. You can read our interview with Jess Phillips on our Brummie Mummies Facebook p…
 
Brummie Mummies has called on the help of expert declutterer Victoria Trevor who is bursting with ideas on how you can get rid of your clutter and, more importantly, stay on top of it afterwards - even if you have little ones running around messing it all up! Victoria shares her great tips for encouraging tidying habits amongst every family member,…
 
In this episode we’re talking to an amazing mum about her family’s healing journey from devastating trauma. Sinead Soffe’s life changed forever the moment a house fire engulfed her baby Elizabeth as she slept in her cot. Elizabeth suffered third degree burns over 60 percent of her body. Since then Elizabeth has undergone more than 70 operations at …
 
Have you fallen into the trap of being a grown up? That’s what Heart FM radio presenter and dad-of-three Ed James discovered the moment he hit the reset button on his life. Ed talks candidly with Zoe about the highs and lows of the last few years, how he went through a bankruptcy, driving ban and relationship breakup all at the same time and how he…
 
You’ll probably remember Dee Kelly as White Dee from the Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street and on Celebrity Big Brother. Dee talks about the impact the programme had on her and her children’s lives and why she felt she wanted to help others by co-launching Birmingham Says No, a group dedicated to empowering young people in the city. In this epi…
 
How does homework play out in your house? Is it a battle of wits or is your child keen to get pen to paper? Do you think they get too much extra school work or not enough? In this episode we’re talking all things homework with Jamie Barton who is head of school for the Jewellery Quarter Academy. He tells us that doing homework can actually improve …
 
This week The Scotsman's political team take a look at the Partygate fallout, try to work out what 'levelling up' means, and question whether the independence debate in Scotland is worth voters' time. Join political correspondent Conor Matchett, political editor Alistair Grant, and Westminster correspondent Alexander Brown for a look at the week in…
 
This episode is packed full of ideas on all the best family days out around the Midlands. There are so many great places to go and things to see, how do you choose, especially when some can be so expensive? Zoe welcomes back Birmingham mum Lavania Oluban who runs a blog called The Amazing Adventures of Me, which is all about getting out and about w…
 
Zoe talks to Ruth Lue Quee, a new mum whose live lockdown streams led her to quit her job as a deputy headteacher and set up her own business bursting with activities for preschoolers. Ruth, from Wolverhampton, had her son just before the pandemic broke and suddenly found herself home alone wishing she could take him to baby groups. So, she started…
 
Today’s guest is Ryan Mahon, a father of two who has had to learn how to become both dad and mum to his little girls, following the tragic death of his beloved wife to breast cancer. Nadia sadly died on June 9, 2020, aged just 38, right in the middle of the Covid lockdowns. Ryan describes her as a beautiful wife and mum who had an aura of positivit…
 
Zoe Chamberlain chats with ‘Nana Made Me’ founder, Tess Allen. After realising there was very little available for grandparents who provide childcare for their grandchildren, Tess and her friend Linda set up their very own group called ‘Nana Made Me’ in Birmingham. Tess explains all about the traditional activities they do and discusses how ideas o…
 
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