Regally Graceful Podcast Show
I have been very privileged in my life to meet and be inspired by some wonderful people who all share two things in common. First they all love life, how they live it and being alive. Secondly, they all have a way at looking at life in general which is uplifting, fulfilling and brings contentment. Over the past few years Hari Karam Singh and I have hosted many Regally Graceful Podcasts where I have sought to bring out from these so-called ordinary lives the extraordinary aspects from which we can all learn.
Follow the links below to listen to the podcasts or read more about them on the new Regally Graceful web site at http://www.regallygraceful.com/inspiring/podcasts/.
Monday, 17 October 2011
Chrissie Sherwood set up Injabulo.com, which sells beautiful handmade buttons made by a women's co-operative in South Africa, because she was so inspired to create a way by which we can all benefit from their creativity and in so doing they can create better lives for themselves. It's not just that her business is a great example of creative living; she's creative too, not least in how she works from home. Chrissie is doing much more than saving the world one button at a time, she's giving back and receiving infinitely as a result.
Monday, 17 October 2011
Barry Albin OBE is the owner and Chairman of FA Albin & Sons, the world renowned Funeral Director and Undertakers with whom he's been for over 45 years, since he was 13! He's the author of several books and starred in the TV series Don't Drop The Coffin and is, perhaps most importantly, a highly respected member of the Bermondsey community in South London.
Tuesday, 08 February 2011
On the day of the London 7/7 bombings, Premsri Kaur decided to depart from her normal routine and take the carriage at the end of the train. What followed gave her an experience of inner strength and peace that shows the true meaning of the warrior as one who conquers her inner worrying. Be inspired by this remarkable, heartfelt story.
Saturday, 06 March 2010
What is the duty of a representative of a community? How do we resolve situations where interests collide? What is the difference between power and force? What is the common unity that holds a community together?
On this episode we speak with Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP who for over 25 years has served the people of the culturally and economically diverse Central London district of N. Southwark and Bermondsey - a typically Labour voting area. Simon has a long standing track record of integrity and effectiveness. Let's see what we can learn which will empower us to be better members of our own global interconnected communities.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Alison Mortlock began experimenting with making showercaps as a creative time-out from raising her two small children. When she discovered the demand for her stylish product she realised the opportunity to regain her identity as a professional women without the guilt of having to leave her children in daycare. Today she heads Dilly Daydream, a rapidly growing business which puts a touch of style into this neglected niche of truly intimate and very regal apparel.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
When Kerry Bettinson left University with no idea what she wanted to do, she saw an opportunity in the herd of Alpaca her parents had reared as part of their idyllic country home. Now, at the age of 25, Kerry runs a successful business working with over 15 tonnes of wool each year, employing dozens of women in the UK and Peru and which leads the resurging trend of hand craftmanship, knitting and felting amongst modern youth.
Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Jean Haines is an acclaimed watercolour painter with a unique approach to her craft. An artist's role is to see beyond the mundane and into the subtle beauty of the world around us. We are all artists of our lives so join us as we explore the mind of an artist and discover the secrets to finding the subtle beauty in your world.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
While still in university Daniel Abadi fell in love with the nostalgia of being a tea merchant. Rather than let the dream fade, Daniel made the leap of faith to found Topper's Teas and now sources and sells ethically produced tea of incredible quality. In this episode he invites us to catch a rare glimpse of a business in it's early stages and to learn from his creative solutions to overcome the hurdles...
Tuesday, 08 December 2009
Bees and honey are such a symbolic organism. Around the world, they work together tirelessly and selflessly to produce sweetness for the good of their colony. Along the way they fertilise crops resulting in 1/3 of the world's food. Tony Maggs invites us to peak into this fascinating world and shares his secret for producing what is without a doubt the best jar of honey I've ever eaten...
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
FACT: There are some areas of the Pacific were there is more plastic than plankton. Horrified by the implications of this on the health of marine and land creatures alike, Beth Williams quit working as an Ecologist and founded Turtle Bags, which creates inexpensive reusable string bags as an alternative to plastic ones. Hear her story...
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Far from his retirement marking the end of his career, Craig Young began making paint boxes on special request for several top artists. He now uses the skills acquired over a lifetime to handcraft a beautiful bespoke product which has an ever growing wainting list. Hear his story about the simplicity of success when all the pieces fit together.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Brompton Bicycles entrepreneur Andrew Ritchie is inventive, interesting and inspiring standing for personal freedom, independence and enjoyment. In this podcast we hear Andrew's dramatic and inspiring story and discuss private business, health and the social impact of bicycling. I was so inspired by this podcast that I took part in the Brompton World Championships in 2010.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Sandi Rhys-Jones OBE is a passionate advocate for the construction and engineering industry, in particular the role of women therein, and feminine ones at that. With over thirty years experience in strategic marketing and management in the consultancy she co-founded with her husband, she brings a most common sense approach to what we all need to found our own lives on.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Jonny Gritt, fomer British Army Officer, works with Skill Force in raising the standards of achievement amongst youngsters often incorrectly labelled as "problem children". Sharing his passion for life, self-discipline and inner strength he guides us to look at what we have inside us and how we can best serve our community for the well-being of all.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Kath Whitworh, runs the award winning Celtic Sheepskin with her husband Nick. The Celtic Sheepskin Co began in the mid 1970's as the original Ugg Co, making Ugg Boots and assorted leather goods. Since then, the company has steadily expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of sheepskin footwear and clothing in the UK and has been trading on-line for over a decade with customers from all around the globe. Celtic Sheepskin is an excellent example of how it is possible to produce excellent products, at reasonable prices, with a clear conscience.
Tuesday, 07 October 2008
Nadia Narain, a highly successful international yoga teacher, runs the Pregnancy Teacher Training Programme at Triyoga, London's premier yoga centre. Her expertise in preparing women for pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood has led many to enjoy the changes in their bodies as they get ready for the new role that they are taking on. She encourages people to become strong and build their self-confidence so that they feel secure and calm.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Randolph Hodgson is the owner of the award winning Neal's Yard Dairy, champion of British Farmhouse Cheeses, and one of the pioneers in rejuvenating Borough Market. For almost 30 years Randolph has been at the forefront of changing how we appreciate the way our food is made and sold, and producing a culture of excellence by involving both the customer and the producer. He leads the way with his passion for quality, his dedication to raising the whole calibre of the food chain not only in the taste, but also in our responsibility for our agriculture and countryside, and his outstanding and inclusive approach to retailing.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
David Erdal leads the way in inspiring companies to belong to their employees. Sharing responsibility and ownership allows people to work together for the common good rather than one working for the other for the better benefit of one and the survival of the other. David, author of Local Heroes, which tracks the journey of a Scottish seafood company now owned by its employees, is passionate people breaking out of the Us v Them mentality and offers very pracitcal solutions for doing so.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Nick Fleming has spent the last 10 years photographing the daily lives of spiritual communiites, principally in Northern India. He's integrated into them so that he becomes seen but not noticed, thus given him unique access, insights and experience. Nick photographs people in their glory and places in their majesty, in stark contrast to most photo-journalism we are exposed to today.
Tuesday, 09 September 2008
Business and art are just the foundation for this truly inspiring with Sevak Singh Khalsa, a Phoenix-based glass, metal and mixed media artist with an astute sense of business and wise perspective on life. Don't miss the top tips for aspiring artists about 2/3 of the way through.