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That Blind Lads Podcast

That Blind Lads Podcast

By Jamie Mcallister
The home of the podcast series, journeys, hosted by Jamie Mcallister, a blind student who every Sunday talks to fascinating people about disability, chronic illness, societal topics or anything that tickles the fancy. It is the perfect blend of seriousness and humour, there is never a dull story to be heard and we can promise you that!

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42. Journeys with Hannah Vogel
This week, Jamie is joined by accessibility advocate and researcher of disability within the ancient world, Hannah Vogel, enjoy!
June 26, 2022
41. Journeys with Vinnie Keating - Park 2
This week, Jamie is joined bye A former guest of journeys in Vinnie Keating who works at Heswall disabled children’s holiday fund. He is back to talk about what has happened over the past year, aspirations for future camps and more, enjoy! Apologise for the audio quality in this one, was the day before I got my new set up.
June 12, 2022
40. Journeys with Aaron Phipps MBE
This week, Jamie chance to Paralympic gold medallist, Aaron Phipps about finding his passion for wheelchair rugby, winning gold at the Rio games, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and much, much more, enjoy!
June 05, 2022
39. Journeys with Liam O’Dell
After a two week break due to ongoing exams, we are back with a bang! This week deaf journalist and all round great guy Liam Odell talks to Jamie about his journey, starting to write his book and much, much more, enjoy!
May 29, 2022
38. Journeys with Gavin Neate
And we are back! After a weeks break we are back with a bang and this time, Jamie is joined by not one, but two people by the names of Jon Attenborough and Gavin Neate to talk about The app, welcome by Neatebox, enjoy!
May 22, 2022
37. Journeys with Lucy Webster
Today, Jamie talks to disability journalist, Lucy Webster, enjoy!
May 08, 2022
36. Journeys with Ellie Wallwork
This week, Jamie talks to visually impaired actress Ellie Wallwork to talk about how she got into acting, why University wasn’t right for her, being in Doctor Who and call the midwife, her future plans and much, much more, enjoy!
May 01, 2022
35. Journeys with Chris Whitaker
This week, Jamie sits down with disabled sports enthusiast, Chris Whitaker, they talk about his journey through education as someone with cerebral palsy and how he got into disabled sports, enjoy!
April 24, 2022
34. Journeys with Sophie Kamlish
This week, Jamie talks to paralympian, world champion and illustrator, Sophie Kamlish about her journey into sports, achieving her goals and her passion for art, enjoy!
April 17, 2022
33. Journeys with Ian Hamilton
This week, Jamie sits down with gaming accessibility expert Ian to talk everything games, enjoy!
April 10, 2022
32. Journeys with Hollie-Anne Brooks
For the 32nd instalment, Jamie is joined by Hollie, a freelance journalist who discusses many topics around disability and beyond, enjoy!
April 03, 2022
31. Journeys with Robyn Gell
This episode, I’m joined by another RNC student in Robyn Gell, she has a fascinating story, enjoy!
February 09, 2022
30. Journeys with Chris Wilkins
This week Jamie is joined by Chris to talk about his Journey so far, it’s also the first ever face-to-face podcast, enjoy!
January 23, 2022
29. Journeys with Sophie Coyne
We are back!!! After four long months, journeys is finally back. I talked to Sophie, who is a current university student and passionate about disability sport, football to be more specific, I hope you enjoy!
January 16, 2022
28. Journeys with Daisy Holder.
This week, Jamie is joined by disability history researcher daisy to talk about her journey, how she got into becoming a history researcher and we dive into some topics within disability history, enjoy!
August 22, 2021
27. Journeys with Dr Hannah Barham-Brown.
We are back again, and for the 27th episode, Jamie is joined by the lovely Dr Hannah Barham-Brown to talk about being in medical school as a disabled person, being involved with the women’s equality party, what life has been like throughout the pandemic and much more, enjoy!
August 08, 2021
26. Journeys with Tony and Cleaves.
This episode, Jamie is joined by Tony and Cleaves from the See saw Podcast. They talk about how they met, getting into podcasting and much more, enjoy!
July 25, 2021
25. Journeys with Ban Summers.
We are back! After another mini hiatus journeys is back and it’s a great one. Jamie is joined by Alice Evans to talk to chronically ill singer/songwriter, Ban Summers. Enjoy!
July 11, 2021
24. Journeys with Debra Ruh.
In this episode, I am joined by disability entrepreneur, Debra Ruh to talk about her journey and the formation of billion strong, it’s a fascinating episode, enjoy!
June 20, 2021
23. Journeys with Ciara Lawrence.
It’s Sunday which means it’s time for another episode of Journeys and this time round i was joined by learning disability advocate and fellow podcaster, Ciara Lawrence. It was great fun and an enjoyable one once again, enjoy!
June 13, 2021
22. Journeys with Vinny Keating.
In this episode, i am joined by the familiar voice that is Jon Attenborough to chat with Vinny Keating about his own journey and the amazing work his charity, Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund do. It’s a bit different to other episodes but just as important to listen to, enjoy!
June 06, 2021
21. Journeys with Sassy Wyatt.
We’re back! And we’re kicking off with a stormer of an interview with blind travel blogger Sassy Wyatt. We talk everything from growing up as a young disabled person, becoming a blogger, the countries and city’s Sassy has had the pleasure to visit, her future goals and much more, enjoy!
May 30, 2021
20. Journeys with Tony Giles.
For the final episode of journeys my co-host from the blind social joins me to talk with world blind traveller Tony Giles, it’s an amazing episode, enjoy!
April 25, 2021
19. Journeys with Pauline Castres.
For the penultimate episode of journeys i am joined by disability and climate change activist Pauline Castres, one of the most informative and thought provoking ones i have done, give it a listen and enjoy! The main conversation starts at 7:25 so feel free to skip to then.
April 21, 2021
18. Journeys with Shona Louise.
Today, i chat with disability blogger, Shona Louise. She has an interesting story that you will definitely want to hear, enjoy! The main conversation starts at around 1:57 so feel free to skip to then.
April 18, 2021
17. Journeys with Sara Flay.
Today, i talk to disabled business woman, Sara Flay, she has a great story, enjoy! The main conversation starts at around 4:45 so feel free to skip to then. DISCLAIMER - Please listen to my message at the start to find out what is happening with the podcast going forward.
April 14, 2021
16. Journeys with Chris Lynch.
This episode, i chat with documentary maker Chris Lynch about his journey, it a great listen, enjoy! Main conversation starts at 5:48 so feel free to skip to then.
April 11, 2021
10. The Blind Social - Gaming Accessability.
Today, Jamie and Jon are joined by fellow blind friend Tom Watts to discuss gaming and accessability but we are also joined by accessability programme manager at xbox, Brannon Zahand, it’s an wicked episode, enjoy!
April 07, 2021
15. Journeys with Emma Steer.
Today, i speak to blogger Emma Steer about their journey, it’s an awesome listen, enjoy! Main conversation starts at 5:25 so feel free to skip to then.
April 04, 2021
6. Not Quite Page 3 - Generous Electricians, Black Coffee Psychos & Hot Cross Bun Burgers.
It’s the final episode of not quite page 3 and its a stormer! Get listening and enjoy!
March 31, 2021
14. Journeys with Amy Peach.
Today, i talk with Amy Peach about being a teacher with a disability, starting her very successful educational. YouTube channel and much more, enjoy!
March 28, 2021
9. The Blind Social - What is NeateBox?
This episode, Jamie and Jon are joined by Gavin Neate to talk about the apps he is developing to help the disability community when it comes to customer service experience. They touch on so many important and interesting points so make sure you give it a listen, enjoy!
March 24, 2021
13. Journeys with Mark Esho
This episode, listen to disabled entrepreneur, Mark Esho about his journey from being diagnosed with Polio as a child, adapting to life in a wheelchair, setting up his first online business, what he is doing now and much more, enjoy!
March 21, 2021
5. Not Quite Page 3 - Demonic figures,Mysterious Doors & Wannabe Rockstars.
this episode, Jamie and Tara once again have some funny, weird and strange stories to poke fun at, definitely not short of giggles, enjoy!
March 17, 2021
12. Journeys with Elizabeth Wright.
this episode, i talk to 2x Australian paralympian Elizabeth Wright where we discuss what life was like growing up in Australia as a young disabled person, how she got into swimming, her professional sports career, moving over to the UK, what she is doing now and much more, enjoy! My audio isnt the best in this as my headphones were on the way out, i have a new pair now so you will notice an improvement over the next few weeks.
March 14, 2021
8. The Blind Social, Disability Representation.
This time round, Jamie and Jon are joined by Alice Evans, the co-host of the lABLEd podcast to talk about representation of disabled people within the media. They have plenty of interesting discussions as well as some giggles along the way, enjoy!
March 10, 2021
11. Journeys with Azeem Amir
Today i sit down and chat with England B1 footballer Azeem Amir to talk about growing up in the north of England, how he got into playing blind football, his biggest achievements, what he is doing now and his plans for the future, enjoy!
March 07, 2021
4. Not Quite Page 3 - spooky castles, six Leggate dogs & genius girlfriends.
We are back for another episode of not quite page 3, full of laughs and giggles as usual, enjoy!
March 03, 2021
10. Journeys with Mik Scarlet
We’ve reached double digits in the journeys series now and this one is a big one! I talk to Mik Scarlet, one of the first disabled people to be on TV. He talks about his experiences as a child and being told he wouldn’t live long, how he got into the TV industry, important moments in his career, what he is doing now and so much more, enjoy!
February 28, 2021
7. The Blind Social, The Tech Evolution.
This time round Jamie and Jon are joined by Steven Scott to talk everything technology, from our first phones all the way to AI devices, their is so much to take from this episode and it’s not to be missed, enjoy! Also, the audio isn’t great after a certain point but please do try your best to listen to as much as possible, thank you.
February 24, 2021
9. Journeys with Jess Thom
Listen to Jess’s story about living with Tourette’s, her educational experiences, what motivated her to want to become an on-stage performer, launching Tourette’s Hero and much more, enjoy!
February 21, 2021
8. Journeys with Martyn Sibley
Today, i talk to Martyn about his Journey
February 14, 2021
6. The Blind Social, Who is Jon Attenborough?
If you listened to the last episode of the blind social then you will know why we are doing this but if you don’t then firstly, what are you doing? Go and give it a listen but if you’ve already have then this is where i interview Jon about losing his sight, how he became one of the most popular and well liked people in the disability community, it’s a great one as always, enjoy!
February 10, 2021
7. Journeys with Steve Baskis
This week i spoke to a man who has achieved countless things since tragically losing his sight when he was a member of the US army, from adventuring around the world to becoming a sportsman, he has an incredible journey, enjoy! Also, their is so much much more we could have spoke about so if you would like to hear more from Steve then let us know and we will do a part 2.
February 07, 2021
3. Not Quite Page 3 - Wacky names, Alan the mannequin & the Cov accent.
It’s back! Me and Tara are finally back with the third instalment of NQP3 and it’s a stormer if i do say so myself, the title is all you need to read, just get stuck in! It is a bit sweary but enjoy.
February 03, 2021
6. Journeys with Tanni Grey-Thompson
This week, i had the opportunity to talk to Tanni Grey-Thompson, a 5x paralympian and multi medal wheelchair racer. We spoke about growing up with spina bifida, how she got into sports, her Paralympic career, becoming a member of the House of Lords and much more, enjoy!
January 31, 2021
5. The Blind Social, Who is Jamie Mcallister?
Today, the roles are reversed and Jamie is in the hot seat and Jon is the interviewer. Jamie talks about he lost his vision, how he started the podcast and what inspired him to do so and much more, enjoy!
January 27, 2021
5. Journeys with Rosemary May Richings
Today, I sit down and chat with Rosemary about living with dyspraxia, what her education was like, the opportunities blogging gave her and the book she is in the middle of writing, enjoy!
January 24, 2021
David Rowe Special
Don’t worry, Not Quite Page 3 will be back at the end of the month but in the meantime I’ve got a bonus episode for you! I talk to David Rowe, a broadcaster and familiar voice on TalkSport who’s career started with Coventry city so if you’re a sky blues fan then you will enjoy this one a lot!
January 17, 2021
4. The Blind Social, Audio Description.
We are back with a bang in 2021 and The Blind Social! Me and Jon Attenborough are joined by Eric and Liz who work at IDC, a company who provide audio description for many streaming platforms. We discuss how they got into that particular field, the importance and newly found demand for AD, how it can be took to the next level and much more, enjoy!
January 13, 2021
4. Journeys with Giles Hudson
In the first episode of Journeys in 2021 i talk to Giles Hudson, a man who suffered a serious car accident when he was 19 which left him in a critical condition and fighting for his life. Giles talks about the accident, how he recovered from it, living with a brain injury, the opportunities that have came his way since, what he is doing now and his plans for the future. It’s a truly fascinating and heart wrenching listen, i hope you enjoy.
January 10, 2021
Kevin Day New Year’s Special
It’s another bonus episode for you guys, aren’t you lucky! This time i sit down with comedian and TV personality Kevin Day, we talk about how he accidentally got into comedy, how he expanded on that and what he’s up to these days.
January 03, 2021
Tom Clarke Christmas Special
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today i have a very special episode with the former lead singer of the band, The Enemy, what more do i need to say? I hope you’ve all had a great Xmas and continue to have a great holiday, enjoy!
December 27, 2020
Chris Hamill Special
Today I have a bonus episode for you! I sit down and talk to another member of the YouTube channel, football daily, Chris Hamill. We discuss what he’s doing as a part of football daily, experiencing football from a blind persons perspective like myself and his as a fully sighted person and we also touch on the goings-on in the Premier League. Enjoy!
December 20, 2020
3. The Blind Social, How We Do It.
This week on the blind social, me and Jon Attenborough are joined by a fellow blind friend by the name of Jurgen Donaldson. We discuss in depth what a daily routine is like for the 3 of us being blind as well as planning journeys and travelling independently. we once again have a laugh whilst also providing some insightful info on how a blind person goes about their every day tasks.
December 16, 2020
3. Journeys with Rachel Charlton-Dailey.
In the third episode of Journeys i sit down and chat with Rachel Charlton-Dailey, a former fashion blogger, a disability activist and founder of the online magazine ‘The Unwritten’. We talk about about how she got into writing blogs, why she chose to set up The Unwritten, what she wants to achieve with it and her personal and professional goals for the future, enjoy!
December 13, 2020
2. Not Quite Page 3 - Racist swans, a blue seagull and an X rated braille book.
It’s time for the second episode of Not Quite Page 3! Me and Tara look at some wacky and wonderful news stories from all around the world and the three that we have lined up for you today do not disappoint. There is some strong language and adult humour in this episode so do be aware but most of all, enjoy!
December 06, 2020
2. The Blind Social - Myths
In the second episode of the blind social, me and Jon discuss a handful of myths surrounding visual impairment and blindness. Starting with what we actually see as blind people all the way to if we want to feel others faces, enjoy!
December 02, 2020
2. Journeys with Carys Llewellyn
In the second episode of Journeys, I sit down and talk to the lovely Carys Llewellyn. We discuss her childhood, going through school being blind, the transition into university followed bye life after education and how she came across the idea of working for herself. It’s a great listen, enjoy!
November 29, 2020
1. Not Quite Page 3 - The Cat Bin Lady, An Egg Fight & A Genie Conman.
Once again, today is the beginning of a new biweekly series where me and Tara will be picking out three different new stories from all around the world and taking the biscuit! The ultimate aim is to have a laugh and hopefully put a smile on your faces. The wacky stories that are involved this time round are the crazy cat bin lady from Coventry, and egg fight in a Tesco and a fake genie lamp scam. Hope you enjoy!
November 22, 2020
1 - The Blind Social, Questions and Answers.
Today, its the start of a new series! Me and Jon Attenborough sit down and answer some of the most frequent questions we get asked as blind people. We have a laugh and enjoy ourselves along the way.
November 18, 2020
1 - Journeys With Andy Ritchie
Today is the beginning of a brand-new series! I talk with Andy about being diagnosed with crones disease 5 years ago, The ups and downs of it all, how it has affected his mental health, how he’s doing now and what his goals are for the future. it’s a must listen!
November 15, 2020
Gavin Neate Special
Today on this bonus episode, i sit down and talk to the founder of NeateBox. A business that was formed with a vision of improving the lives of many people with disabilities. The apps that Gavin has created are simple but super effective, they just need a bit of pushing to really make a difference... disabled or not, i garuntee you will like this so give it a listen and enjoy!
November 08, 2020
6 - A Blind Insight, Lora Fachie MBE.
Today, i had another amazing opportunity to sit down and chat with a Paralympic champion. Lora talks about what school was like for someone with a visual impairment, how she first got into athletics and then later fall out of love with it, then getting into cycling, her experiences at the 2012 and 2016 paralympics, her passion for cooking and her hopes for the future including going to the Tokyo paralympics next year, enjoy!
November 06, 2020
5 - A Blind Insight, Robin Christopherson MBE.
Today, i sit down with the head of digital inclusion at AbilityNet Robin Christopherson to talk everything accessible tech.we discuss the evolution of technology over the years, how AbilityNet was founded, the importance it of accessibility making its way into the mainstream and much more.
November 03, 2020
4 - A Blind Insight, Libby Clegg MBE
Today, I have the amazing opportunity to sit down with a three times paralympian, two times gold medallist and silver medallist, Libby Clegg. Libby talks about growing up and finding school not so easy when having a visual impairment, how she got into athletics, the thrill she gets from performing in front of big crowds, going to 3 consecutive Paralympics and hopefully a fourth, getting to the dancing on ice final and much much more.
October 30, 2020
3 - A Blind Insight, Simon Brown.
Today i had the opportunity to sit down with simon brown, a former mechanical engineer in the British army for over 10 years. Simon had a fairly normal life up until 2009 when he was attacked by the enemy in Iraq which lead to him losing almost 3\4 of his vision. He talks his life in the army up until that day and the recovery following it which wasn’t easy but simon was determined to make a difference not only in his life but others as well. We also talk about how blind veterans UK helped him get back on his feet and what his aims are for the future.
October 27, 2020
2 - A Blind Insight, Kyle Coon
In the second instalment of A Blind Insight, I talk to Tokyo Paralympics hopeful, Kyle Coon. He tells me about losing his site to cancer as a child. Being told he can’t pack groceries as a teen all the way to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, completing an Ironman triathlon multiple times and going on many more incredible adventures. He also talked about how close he was to starting the trials for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and that he hopes he can get to the rescheduled event next year. Enjoy!
October 23, 2020
1 - A Blind Insight, Nina Chesworth.
This is the first episode of my brand-new series, a blind insight. I will be sitting down with a number of different people who have different variation of Visual impairment or blindness and allowing them to tell their story from the very beginning. My first guest is the lovely Nina Chesworth who has been visually impaired since an extremely young age but sadly experienced a couple of accidents which led to her being completely blind today. We talk about the things that she seen as therapy, her passion for wanting to create a community amongst fellow visually impaired and blind people as well as her book that she is working on. I hope everyone enjoys the first episode as there will be many like this to come over the coming weeks. Also, be sure to go and check out episode one of “pint and a chinwag with Jurgen Donaldson” Who is also blind and has a pretty incredible story.
October 20, 2020
professor Karol Sikora Special
I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and chat with the great Professor. We talk about the last 8 months and how it has been during lockdown, the things he does to keep the positivity and also has some important messages for many people, hope you enjoy!
October 11, 2020
6 - Pint and a chinwag with Kieran Maguire
Today I have a very special guest in Kieron Maguire, the leading football finance expert at Liverpool University and a familiar voice on the “Price of Football” podcast.
October 09, 2020
5 - Pint and a chinwag with Alex McCarthy
Today, I have the opportunity to sit down with one of the U.K’s leading wrestling journalists and a Familia voice on TalkSports wrestling show “TalkWrestling”.
October 02, 2020
4 - Pint and a chinwag with Stuart Linnell MBE
I sit down with Stuart Linnell, a man who has worked in the broadcasting industry for 50 years, starting with local BBC radio in Birmingham all the way to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire now. He talks about what radio was like in the 70s and 80s when local radio was very much a new thing to many people in the West Midlands and how it has changed over the decades. We also discuss being a Coventry city fan throughout the 80s including the unforgettable 1987 FA Cup win. Stuart also speaks about the present time of being a Coventry city fan and how the job that Mark Robins is doing is very similar to what Jimmy Hill did. I hope you enjoy this interview and let me know what you think. If there is anyone you would like to hear on the podcast then please bring them to my attention on social media.
September 25, 2020
3 - Pint and a chinwag with Isaac Swaby
Today, I talk to Brighton-based, up-and-coming, partially deaf producer/DJ Isaac Swaby (Sway-B). He tells me about growing up down south, the adversity he faced and how he saw it as a challenge which he accepted. He also talks about how he found out he was partially deaf and what if any, effect that had on his life. We then go on to chat about his night life and what encouraged him to start getting into producing/mixing music which eventually lead to him performing at one of his favourite venues in Brighton. And of course, there is some football chat in there where we talk about Chelsea and his hopes for himself and a club in the future. Enjoy!
September 18, 2020
2 - Pint and a chinwag with Dougie Critchley
I sit down and have a chat with Dougie of football daily fame, a YouTube channel that has over 2 million subscribers which he has now been a part of for 3 years. We talk about how he got the opportunity to work in YouTube, which wasn’t his plan to begin with, his highlights so far and I ask him questions about fellow football daily members. We also talk about his support of Sunderland and what he hopes to do at FD for the upcoming season, enjoy!
September 11, 2020
1 - Pint and a chinwag with Jurgen Donaldson
This is the first instalment of my pint and a chinwag series... I sit down with a man called Jurgen where he talks about his upbringing in Scotland, his determination to beat cancer at a young age and what led him to becoming blind in his adult years. We also talk about life during lockdown as a blind person and what the positives and negatives are. This is my first interview so I would appreciate any feedback, I also have quite a few lined up over the next coming weeks so I hope you enjoy.
September 04, 2020