42 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 8 – The Final Countdown - Parting is such sweet sorrow
That's it folks we are leaving the building! thank you everyone for listening to us over the last 7 seasons. Stay tuned we will be back with new shows from George Sabados and Brett Pattinson
45 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 007 – The Road To Enlightenment - Tom Cronin - The Portal Movie
Tom Cronin spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Sydney’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing hit a crisis point. Meditation completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally. Today Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives, and his mission is to inspire one billion people to meditate daily. His work in transformational leadership and cultivating inner peace through meditation takes him around the world as a speaker, presenting keynote talks, hosting retreats and teaching. Tom has appeared on national TV, and been featured in Vogue, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Business Review and Conde Nast Traveller. He is co-creator of The Portal film-book experience, author of six books.
42 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 006 – Spiritual Teacher, Medium - Shelia V - Author "Brave"
My path hasn’t always been about being a Medium. I remember seeing a spirit as a young child and I was inconsolable. These incredible gifts were an inconvenience for me and they were not valued by society, my family or my social groups. These gifts made my life hard, so I denied my spirituality So I denied these gifts, I hid them from myself and the world. I hid these gifts by denying and discrediting any spiritual experiences that I had. This was the only way I knew to be safe in the world. Then I spent my whole adult life striving to become successful. I got near perfect high school grades, a Scholarship to University. I became a Chartered Accountant, then I went on to hold an MBA with Distinction. After leaving university, I climbed the corporate ladder to become a Chief Financial Officer of a global publishing house. When I first started studying my MBA, I just wasn’t coping. My anxiety was off the scale. I knew the only way to heal myself was to explore what spirituality offered. I have been meditating for well over a decade and I have utilised so many different spiritual and mindful techniques in the corporate world. I would ground myself before a Board Meeting. I would remotely clear the energy in the room before important discussions and I learnt to cleanse my auric field after conflict. These practices were not only important but essential tools for a corporate executive who was developing as a psychic medium. Analytical and logical, I knew integration of my two separate lives was needed. For 12 years I spiritualized my life. I cultivated my skills in Mediumship at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College in London. I studied mindfulness at Esalen with, Dr Shauna Shapiro and immersed myself in the Vedic teachings of Sri Kripalu Maharaj in Mangarh, India. I studied with world renowned Psychic Medium James Van Praagh at the Omega Institute. I started running intuitive workshops and did over a 1,000 client readings, whilst I was still working in the corporate world. During this time I broke through all of my limiting self beliefs and I found the courage to appear in regular Australian Television slots on Psychic TV and All About You, as a professional psychic medium. On this long journey, I learnt many spiritual tools, but the greatest teaching I received was the innate wisdom that resided within myself. Today, I have left the corporate world behind and I am a Spiritual Teacher, committed to empowering women to honour the truth of who they truly are. I coach women to make the transition into an expanded, authentic and fully lived life. This is not easy and that is why support is so important. Honouring my path and myself has been the hardest thing that I have done, but there really was no other path. It is the only path. It is your path too.
66 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 005 – Brand Whisperer - Naomi Gora - Marketing & Brand Guru
Identifying as an INFP on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (i.e. a great big Introvert!), Naomi spent many years trying to find her place in the world of media, marketing and advertising agencies. Often feeling like an outsider in the more extroverted world of sales and marketing, it was only when she discovered her personality type and allowed herself to run her business her own way based on her strengths and core values that her career really started to thrive. Now, described by some as ‘Eat Pray Love Meets Mad Men’, Naomi is the founder of Brand Whisperers; a company that gives business owners the permission and the insight to tap into their own inner genius and unique way of doing business.
51 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 004 - Lucy & The Beanstalk - Lucy Good - founder of Beanstalk
Lucy Good is the founder of Beanstalk, an online platform that inspires and supports Australian single mothers with a range of resources and a large interactive, inclusive community Her mission is to help single mums navigate the maze of separation and divorce and to confidently rebuild and embrace their new path in life. As well as having a blog and a podcast series, she is the creator of the “You’ve Got This” Single Mum eCourse which has already been downloaded and loved by 1.5K+ single mothers. She has appeared several times on national television, speaks regularly on national and local radio and writes articles for online and print parenting, news, lifestyle and business communities.
62 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 002 - The Long & Winding Road - Simon Rumney - Author & Storyteller
Before going to school I remember writing naive poetry for the spontaneous pleasure of forming words. Unfortunately for me this instinctive need to write was crushed by my teacher's seemingly obsessive need to humiliate children who struggled with 'correctly' written words. At my tiny 1960’s English village school we adhered rigidly to a curriculum based on the three 'Rs' and my inability to distinguish characters required for 'reading', 'writing' and 'arithmetic' (a play-on-words that went completely over my head for most of my life) made my teacher's very angry. Being a sensitive child I deflected their years of calling me lazy and stupid by creating a protective alter-ego who played me like a character on a stage until leaving my secondary school, with no qualifications, at the age of fifteen. After working as a Chef, Airport loader, Builder's labourer, and any other job that allowed me to hide my 'shameful weakness', I decided to harness my alter-ego's deflecting humour and verbal skills to become a salesman. Many unfulfilled years spent selling for companies like Xerox brought me to a financially successful career within the computer communications industry but the constant stress of pretending to be someone I was not, both professionally and socially, led to serious depression and my inevitable mental breakdown. During years of recovery the origins of my alter-ego had to be faced, fully explored and truly understood. This confronting healing process coupled with a lifetime of tumultuous relationships and calamitous conflicts with extraordinary characters is what I now call upon when writing my stories. From the age of five until my recovery I made it my mission to seek out artful ways of avoiding the written word, too afraid even to write a love or business letter, but after being diagnosed with Dyslexia I learned to use something as mundane as 'spell-check' to win a scholarship to The Film School in Seattle and a writing course at AFTRS Sydney. Now unable to contain the urge to write I have written four books, fifteen screenplays and, just as I could before attending school, I sense that there are many, many more characters and stories to come.
51 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Season 7 – Episode 001 - A Bloke Helping Blokes - Jack Jones - The Banksia Project
Focused on early intervention in mental health, The Banksia Project works together with mental health professionals, industry leaders and professional bodies across Australia to create best practices and practical solutions to drive community support, increase self-awareness, encourage positive lifestyle choices, and facilitate ongoing support groups. Our two key programs include our Growth Rooms – supportive mental health community networks and our Garden Rooms – quarterly events which invite the public to hear from respected profiles and leaders on a range of different mental health topics. All of The Banksia Project’s programs are supported by mental health professionals to ensure they are safe and effective.
15 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
Season 6 - End Of Season Wrap - George & Brett - Merry Christmas
George & Brett end of season wrap. Merry Christmas one and all. See you all in 2021 for season 7
44 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 23 - He's A Survivor - Ivan Brewer - Peiso Software
Ivan is a published author and key spokesperson for the hospitality industry. He has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, is an industry thought leader and profitability expert, and spinal cord injury survivor. Ivans latest adventure is launching Peiso, the Worlds first hospitality profitability software, www.peiso.com.au.
61 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 022 - The Numbers = Music - Dene Menzel - Founder Of Branthem
From being a wedding organist at the age of 13 to a 10-year career running a successful performing arts company and three reputable pop choirs in Melbourne to publishing her first #1 Amazon Best Seller, The Voice Factor, in 2013 a ‘how to sing’ basic book compressed in 5 easy steps, Dene has always worked on projects that connect people and that brings an element of technology into the mix. One of Dene's giveback projects brought together people from 24 different countries to sing virtually via smartphone for International Peace Day 2016. The song - which was her rewrite of Waltzing Matilda, revamped for a global message was led by multi-award winning artist Kate Ceberano, and the video was shared across social media hundreds of times and received beautiful comments from all around the world. Today, Dene is the Founder and Creative Director of Branthem®️ and a multi-award winning Sonic Brand Design Agency in Melbourne. With an authentic approach to amplifying visual brand recognition with music for audio inclusive channel reach as well as energised music-based team experiences, Branthem is a dynamic industry innovator in the brand engagement, employee engagement and marketing space, and a culmination of Dene's vision for innovation, her commitment to excellence and her belief in the 'magic' of music to connect deeply and authentically with the beauty in the human spirit.
60 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 021 - Park Bench To Landmark - David Novac - Wealthwise
With many hard lessons learned throughout his 30+ years in the stock market (including the 1987 crash), his expertise in global markets and future trends is renowned as being insightful and realistic. Despite leaving school at 15, by the age of 27, David Novac was the Financial Controller of a $6 billion Merchant Bank. With a solid background in Merchant Banking, Finance and Accounting David was well established in corporate financial circles. David’s passion for the dynamic world of the stock market led him to leave the corporate world. In 1997 David Novac and Kate Sheehan co-founded Wealthwise Education. David’s infectious passion for the markets means he keeps his finger on the pulse of global markets on a daily basis, ensuring the Wealthwise Education learning materials remain fresh and relevant. He shares this wealth of knowledge in a refreshing, simple and clear manner. David leads you, step by step, through how the stock market really works. He is skilled at taking seemingly complex ideas and explaining them in a way that is readily understood and can be applied with confidence.
85 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 020 - Astonishing Legends - Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess
The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining. We cross paths with the mystical from time to time and may not even notice it. If we do, we quickly return to our usually mundane daily existence. But what if we not only acknowledged the unknown, we investigated it and spoke with those in the know? That’s what co-hosts Scott & Forrest, and their producer Tess Pfeifle do at Astonishing Legends. With the power of the well-vetted Astonishing Research Corps, they have access to information that most folks couldn’t find. Over 75 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of listeners have shown that exploring and embracing the wonders of our world can be not only enlightening but exciting. Welcome to Astonishing Legends!We’ve been friends a long time, and although it didn’t come up at first, sooner or later, we must have had that first conversation about Dyatlov Pass, Black Eyed Kids or some other story of equivalent mystery. After that, I think we were both amazed to have found someone with similar unusual interests, not just in Fortean events, but paranormal events, and mysteries of a wide variety across the passages of time. Eventually hanging out together evolved or devolved, depending on how you look at it, into long rambling discussions of every story imaginable, both of us not only having knowledge in common but having details that the other hadn’t heard. As a former TV commercial editor with a passion for broadcasting and the skill set to put a podcast together or at least the ability to guess his way through it, Scott proposed to Forrest that they do their own show. The idea of a show restricted to just the paranormal was too limited, but it was hard for us to quantify all the other areas we wanted to cover, so we just went for it and here we are working through a file cabinet of over a thousand strange tales and interviewing people with stories of their own along the way. Thanks for listening.
90 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 019 - An Ordinary Extraordinary Man - Arthur Leggett - Author Don't Cry For Me.
The story of Arthur Leggett, a young man growing up in Australia's developing years, patriotically serving his country in World War II, and surviving four and a half years in the hands of the Germans as a Prisoner of War. Australian larrikanism shines throughout Arthur's journey from boyhood to manhood, through his war ordeals and on into his senior years. But Life is never over and Arthur plunges headlong into a series of new challenges and adventures, proving Life begins after 60. This wonderfully exciting celebration of Life will entertain, inspire, and reveal how an 'ordinary' man can indeed achieve extra-ordinary things.
62 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 017 - It's a long way to the top - Andrew McManus - One World Entertainment
A prominent figure in the Australian music industry, Andrew McManus has garnered attention both locally and internationally as an enduring music promoter and his name is synonymous with some of the biggest tours to have come through Australia and New Zealand over the past 25 years. Andrew’s foray into the music industry began in Sydney where he managed the iconic band The Divynls, delivering the band onto the world stage and making them a household name around the globe. With Andrew McManus at the helm, One World Entertainment has had a fundamental role in entertaining Australians and New Zealanders for more than two decades. Touring artists include KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Blondie, Simple Minds, Stevie Nicks to name a few, plus the festival brands Raggamuffin and Under The Southern Stars.
67 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 016 - Forgotten Australia - Michael Adams - Writer - Podcaster & Dam Fine Fella
Michael Adams, a Sydney-based journalist, author and television producer. Michael got the idea for the podcast while writing the biography Australia’s Sweetheart, about a forgotten movie star who went from Sydney to Hollywood and London in the 1930s. During his research he kept finding this amazing stories that no one had ever heard of, like an Aussie who had an unlikely role on the Titanic, the disappearance of a Brisbane socialite, unknown serial killers. He figured podcasts were the best way to be able to tell these stories and taught himself how to record, edit and publish podcasts. Michael Adams is an author, journalist, TV producer and screenwriter with a broad and deep knowledge of film. His memoir SHOWGIRLS, TEEN WOLVES AND ASTRO ZOMBIES is about a year-long search for the worst movie ever made. His book SHINING LIGHTS is a profile of Australian Oscar winners, based on interviews with Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush. Michael also contributed to THE 100 GREATEST FILMS OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA, edited the AFI yearbook, and hosted Showtime's MOVIE CLUB and SBS's THE MOVIE SHOW. For a decade Michael was reviews editor of the Australian edition of EMPIRE and has written extensively on film and pop culture for MEN'S STYLE, YEN, ROLLING STONE, Rottentomatoes.com and Movieline.com. He most recently worked as a writer and researcher for a TV show about Australian inventors for the History Channel.
50 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 015 - Baker To Busking Superstar - Steve Plarre Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse
Steve Plarre is the CEO of the century old Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses retail bakery chain. He is a 4th generation Aussie retailer in a business that has navigated two World Wars, The Great Depression and his own multi-generational family challenges…and now a global pandemic! His forefathers count the Queen of England and the President of the USA as past customers. Ferguson Plarre is still very much family owned & operated with 80 stores and a large bakery that crafts over 100,000 cakes & savouries daily. Steve is married with 2 beautiful young girls Felicity and Elizabeth. He’s recently turned to social media during the COVID lockdown to deliver the Ferguson Plarre “Baking You Happy” brand
60 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 014 - From Copper to Crime writer - Duncan McNab - Writer
Duncan McNab is an award-winning and bestselling investigative journalist, television producer/documentary maker and author of 11 books sold in Australia, UK and North America including the best selling Dead Man Running (Allen & Unwin 2007; Atlantic Books UK 2010), Roger Rogerson (Hachette 2016), and the 2017 Ned Kelly Award winner Getting Away With Murder (Random House 2017. He was the supervising producer of and appeared in the 7 Network’s blockbuster true-crime series Murder Uncovered (winner of the 2017 Kennedy Award and Clarion Award for best long-form documentary), 9 Network’s Murder Lies and Alibis and as a consultant to numerous productions. He also works as a media adviser specializing in crisis/issues management and In a former life, Duncan was a detective in the NSW Police a private investigator in the corporate world and major criminal defence.
81 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 013 - Dobbers Wear Nappies - Charlie Staunton - Author & Rascal
Born in a London taxi in 1958, Charles Staunton emigrated to Sydney with his family in 1965. He joined NSW Police in 1978 but was drummed out in 1987 after refusing to 'grass' on colleagues. Charles built a career as a private investigator and Mr Fix-It in Sydney and then a globetrotting money smuggler for the Pacific Mariner Cartel. In 1997 in Montreal Charles was arrested by the DEA for trafficking 25 tonnes of hashish worth over one billion dollars. He served three and a half years in a supermax prison before moving to London. He has two sons, four grandchildren and lives in London.
67 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 012 - Speakola - Tony Wilson - Writer, Speak and Larrakin
Tony Wilson has had a successful and varied creative career. He’s written twenty books for children, ranging from bestselling picture books like The Cow Tripped Ove the Moon and Hickory Dickory Dash, to middle-grade titles such as The Selwood Boy and A Boy Called Bob, to books for adults, including his most recent, a sports history on a footballing epic, ‘1989: The Great Grand Final’. http://tonywilson.com.au/1989-the-great-grand-final-signed-copies He’s written memoir, non fiction, fiction, and rhymes for kids. He’s written animations for children (Kitty is Not a Cat) and co-produced and directed a feature-length sports history documentary (‘The Galahs’) He’s penned magazine features, ads for the AFL and speeches for CEOs and politicians. His love for speeches encouraged him to embark upon his Speakola project (https://speakola.com/#/sport/), a website and podcast dedicated to great speeches, both famous and otherwise. On Richard Fidler’s Conversations show, Tony told the story of how he became ‘The Speech Collector’. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/tony-wilson/12191158 His Speakola site now has more than 2000 speeches and attracts more than 1.3 million hits per year. His break into the media came through the ABC travel documentary show, Race Around the World’, which he won in 1998. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5O1LvWhUMc
44 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Season 6 – Episode 011 - From Byron to Uganda & Back Again - Symmone Gordon - Clairvoyant
Symmone’s gift is as a clairvoyant combining her skills as a counsellor and psychological astrologer to identify what beliefs are pressing pause on dreams, what unique evolutionary cycles are being activated and guiding the transformational process from an inner and outer level. She’s been an entrepreneur all her life, creating several businesses from the ground up across several industries, before taking on the incredible opportunity to work with the Cotton On Foundation and the University of Atlanta in food and water security, community development and other key humanitarian and sustainability projects. She’s has travelled the world learning about spiritual principals and energy from well-respected monks, nuns, shamans, healers and spiritual teachers to unlock a person’s potential and learn about herself. She now delivers a unique blend of intuitive guidance and spiritual teachings seamlessly blending it with a hands-on practical advice and strategic ideas to help women create a soul centred roadmap - moving from limited to limitless, their way.