Our Lives With Michelle Mcmanus

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

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2019061720190622 (RS)Michelle McManus talks to Ray Bradshaw about how his childhood with 2 deaf parents ultimately shaped his comedy career and inspired him to take his comedy to deaf audiences all over the world. Michelle also hears from record breaking gran Val Dourley who after developing a passion for powerlifting in later life, can now deadlift a phenomenal 15 stone. Isobel Hogton also joins the programme to tell Michelle about her incredible ability to communicate with horses.

Michelle McManus talks to comedian Ray Bradshaw about being raised by two deaf parents.

2019062420190629 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to Emma and Roy Hann from Dundee about raising their 13 children as well as holding down full time jobs. We also get a glimpse of their weekly shopping list which includes 40 pints of milk, 20 loaves of bread, 6 large boxes of cereal and 15kg of potatoes!

Also, Duncan McNicholl from Edinburgh talks about how he volunteers his eyes for a new phone app called Be My Eyes which helps blind and partially sighted people access the world around them.

Michelle McManus speaks to Emma and Roy Hann from Dundee about raising their 13 children.

Also, Duncan McNicholl from Edinburgh talks about how he volunteers his eyes for a new phone app called Be My Eyes which helps blind and partially sighted people access the world around them.

2021051520210516 (RS)Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
20210529Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
2021052920210530 (RS)Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
2021071720210718 (RS)Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
2021072420210725 (RS)Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
A Dog For Dementia And The Family That Loves Steam Engines2019102120191026 (RS)
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People from across Scotland share their stories and passions with Michelle McManus.

A woman who was scared of dogs tells Michelle why a black labrador is her new best friend. Take the Floor presenter Gary Innes recalls his last day on the job as a fire fighter when he had a very close encounter with a frisky pensioner. Three generations of one family come together to share their passions for steam engines with Michelle. The grandfather bought the first one 40 years ago, his daughter posed on one for her wedding photos, and now his teenage granddaughter is spending her weekends shovelling coal.

A Former Footballer, The First Scottish Sikh Policeman And The Woman With 400 Animals20210206Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
A Globe-trotting Diabetic Biker And Wojtek The Soldier Bear2019100720191012 (RS)
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The biker who won't be beaten by diabetes and Wojtek the Polish soldier bear.

Teddy bear fans will be blown away by the story Michelle hears on this week's Our Lives. Aileen Orr collects teddy bears for children in need all over the world but the back story which led Aileen to sharing her life with thousands of teddies is nothing short of remarkable!

Michelle also hears from Maurice who wouldn't let his diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes stop him from completing his dream of travelling round the world on his motorbike.

Plus we hear from 83 year old Meryn Pearce, a contributor to the Lothian Birth Cohort studies on cognitive ageing, who shares some of her earliest war time memories.

Plus we hear from 83 year old Meryn Pierce, a contributor to the Lothian Birth Cohort studies on cognitive ageing, who shares some of her earliest war time memories.

Teddy bear fans will be blown away by the story Michelle hears on this week's Our Lives. Aileen Orr collects teddy bears for children in need all over the world, but the back story which led Aileen to sharing her life with thousands of teddies is nothing short of remarkable!

Plus we hear from 83 year old Meryn Pearce, a contributor to the Lothian Birth Cohort studies on cognitive ageing, who shares some of her earliest war time memories.

A Message In A Bottle, Photographing Asian Scots, And Super Recognisers20210509Michelle meets Emily from Findochty. When she was two her gran put a message in a bottle with her name on it. Fifteen years later it turned up in Siberia and Emily's invited to an international summit in Reykjavik. When Hermann arrived in Scotland thirty years ago, he became fascinated by photographing Asian Scots, even gate-crashing weddings! And Michelle learns all about super recognisers with Lauren, who never forgets a face, and facial recognition expert Anna.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

A Miniature Miracle And A Family Lost And Found2019082620190831 (RS)This week Michelle meets Megan and Sam from Dumfries, the parents of Robyn, who was born profoundly deaf. Michelle learns of their journey from Robyn’s birth through to her being fitted with a cochlear implant and then onto the miracle moment when she uttered her first word.

Michelle’s envy is difficult to hide as she hears of Helen’s recent proposal of marriage from her partner Thomaas – involving a very high tree climb, a sky bench and half an apple.

And we meet Rose from Beauly who went on a life changing journey of discovery – in search of the Canadian father she had dreamed of meeting.

Michelle McManus hears about a baby's cochlear implant and a tree-top proposal.

A Photography Prize, The Sunshine Kitchen, And Bringing Back Wildlife20210620Train driver Dylan wins Landscape Photography award. Michelle meets Gayle who set up the Sunshine Kitchen for young adults with learning disabilities and Chloe who makes the brownies. Roy tells Michelle about his life reintroducing wild species to parts of Scotland, and what he would like to bring back next.

Photographing Scotland, cooking with learning disabilities, and re-introducing species.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

A Retired Fire Fighter Turned Charity Campaigner And A Queen's Nurse.20210411Michelle chats with a retired fire fighter turned charity campaigner & a Queen's Nurse.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

A Run In With A Roe Deer, Swimming In Icy Lochs And Ae Fond Kiss20210123
Age Proud, Hand Transplant Miracle And An African Bike Adventure2020091920200920 (RS)Michelle McManus hears from Age Proud 84-year-old blogger Joyce Williams about why she took up blogging and what she writes about. She also chats to Scotland's first double hand transplant patient Corinne Hutton about how much her life has changed since the operation and to student pals Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington about why they cycled a tandem across Africa.

Michelle McManus on age proud blogging at 84 and the miracle of a double hand transplant.

Aggie MacKenzie, Zoe Berry and Ariel Wang20210529Spring cleaning advice from the Queen of Clean, Decluttering and Leafy Love Affair.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Aggie MacKenzie, Zoe Berry and Ariel Wang2021052920210530 (RS)Spring cleaning advice from the Queen of Clean, Decluttering and Leafy Love Affair.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

An 82-year-old Flat Mate And An Extraordinary Kidney Swap2019090220190907 (RS)
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This week Michelle hears from Mandy whose kidney transplant was failing.
We follow the journey of her husband Graham who donates a kidney– not to his wife, but to a complete stranger. And as Graham’s organ flies from Edinburgh for Belfast, Mandy is prepped for surgery to tie in with a matched kidney for her arriving from Belfast.

We hear how 68 year old widower Danny from Forres travels the length of America - and the fluke chance of him meeting the second love of his life – and now fiancé - aboard a US train.

And we meet Dave the 26 year old Edinburgh student who, when looking for accommodation in the capital, finds himself tenant to an 82 year old ex ballet teacher, who insists on cooking his dinner every night…

Michelle hears of a kidney swap scheme, late-life romance and an unusual flat share.

Michelle McManus hears of a kidney swap scheme ; late life romance & an unusual flat share

And we meet Dave the 26 year old Edinburgh student who, when looking for accommodation in the capital, finds himself tenant to an 82 year old ex ballet teacher, who insists on cooking his dinner every night…

An Emotional Rollercoaster20210109Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
Becoming A Bestselling Author, Making The Most Of Lockdown And Inside The Inverness Bunker20210220
Berlin Wall Artist, The Life Model And The Sheep Dyke Warden20210102
Big Apple Boxing, Hillwalking Joy And Skating Dreams20201205Michelle McManus talks to boxer Cassidy Todd about how a trip to New York turned into an unforgettable week-long training session at the world famous Gleason's boxing gym.

Javed Akhtar describes his new-found passion for hillwalking and how it has completely changed his life.

Margarita Sweeney-Baird explains why her recollections of a young deaf skater helped inspire her to ensure skating is accessible to all.

Boxing fun in New York, skating for everyone and how walking could change your life.

Bouncing Back From Rock Bottom And Living Your Best Lockdown Life20210327Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
Cal And Clare, Heidi - Miss Pole Dancing Uk And Danny The Singing Hairdresser20210502Michelle meets Cal and Clare, a young couple who accidently bought the wrong house at auction and then decided to restore the derelict property with a little help from their amazing friends. Heidi explains what it takes to become Scotland's number one pole dancing athlete and we hear from Danny, the singing hairdresser from Arbroath who has raised thousands for the NHS with his live lockdown performances.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Canine Supermodels And The Veteran Disability Campaigner20210227
Charlie The Dolphin And Life As A Tv Extra2019070820190713 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to Anne Connor about how she landed a role as a TV extra which has seen her appear in everything from River City to Outlander. Also, Charlie Phillips talks about how a dolphin in the Moray Firth was named after him and we hear from Grant Ritchie about his mountain top proposal on Ben A’an.

Michelle McManus speaks to Anne Connor about life as a TV extra.

Children In Need2019111120191116 (RS)Michelle hears how projects involving food and football are changing youngsters' lives.
Christmas With 3 Parents And 33 Children2019122320191225 (RS)Families share their festive stories.
Collecting Crisp Bags, The Hebridian Runner And A Rapper From Wick20210130Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
Comedians And Singers Share Their Backstage Gossip2019123020200104 (RS)Scottish performers take a light-hearted look at their careers.

Singers, actors and puppeteers take a light-hearted look at their careers.

Crack Climbing, Oban Pride, And The Mushroom Man2021070320210704 (RS)Robbie's new climbing craze, drag queen Crystal at Oban Pride, and fungi talk with Roy.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Designing Toys, Babysitting Badgers And Curating Museum Collections20210404
Dinosaurs, Doric And Words Of Wisdom From 90 Year Old Dugald2019111820191123 (RS)How a Highland boy ended up managing Selfridges. Michelle learns to speak North East Scots
Do The Sneck, Musical Memories And A Surprise Wedding2020092620200927 (RS)Michelle McManus hears from Zumba teacher Katy Derry about how she came up with the idea for a lockdown-inspired dance and why her musician friend Dessie Poleon was the ideal person to create the reggae music to go along with it!

Robert Ferguson shares the story of his wife Jean's dementia and explains why listening to her favourite music is bringing back happy memories.

Amy and Darren Wood describe how their surprise summer wedding was such a joyous family occasion.

The Zumba reggae dance inspired by lockdown, musical memories and a surprise wedding.

Dog Trainer Heather Smith And Pharologist Sarah Kerr2021071020210711 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to dog trainer Heather Smith and pharologist Sarah Kerr.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Elephant Reunion And Naturism In Scotland2019071520190720 (RS)
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Michelle McManus speaks to a Glasgow couple about the realities of being naturists in Scotland.

Third year dental student Ellis Hayes lifts the lid on the fiercely competitive world of Highland Dancing. She tells Michelle about the secret Highland Fling lessons she gives to her fellow students in the scrub room.

Proving that an elephant never forgets, Peter Adamson talks about his emotional reunion with an elephant named Kirsty who recognised his voice after over 35 years apart.

Michelle McManus speaks to members of The Scottish Outdoor Naturist Club.

An emotional elephant reunion and the realities of being a naturist in Scotland.

Proving that an elephant never forgets, Peter Adamson talks about his emotional reunion with an elephant named Kirsty who recognised his voice after over 35 years apart.

Faces Of The Nine20191209The stories behind the people who appear in the title sequence of The Nine
Family Secrets And Moving From Syria To Scotland2019112520191130 (RS)Michelle hears about a long lost sister, a forgotten fiance and a community that cares.
Floral Therapy And Echo Location2019081220190817 (RS)
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Michelle McManus speaks to Laura Torrance about the complexities of finding love after a life changing accident.

Maria Green reveals to Michelle why she was so motivated to change her career after making a promise to her late daughter.

Kerrie Campbell is a busy mum of two who is registered blind. She tells Michelle how she navigates her way through life using active echo location.

Michelle McManus hears about the complexities of finding love after a life changing injury

Maria Green reveals to Michelle why she was so motivated to change her career after making a promise to her late daughter.

Kerrie Campbell is a busy mum of two who is registered blind. She tells Michelle how she navigates her way through life using active echo location.

Flying Solo At 14, Writing A Romance And A Diagnosis Opens The Door To A New Career20210213
From Belarus With Love And Surviving A Lightning Strike2019101420191019 (RS)
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Michelle hears the moving story of Donna who has formed a close friendship with Olya, a 8-year-old girl from Belarus, who is still living with the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Campbell was badly injured after being directly hit by a bolt of lightning over a decade ago, but Michelle hears how he has rebuilt his life and is still smiling.

And we also hear from record collector Nigel about how he had to give up his prize possession and his delight at getting it back again.

From Belarus with love, reunion with a prized possession and life after a lightning strike

Hearing In Colour And A Depressed Pig!2019072220190727 (RS)
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Scottish symphony conductor Jessica Cottis believes that her ability to see sound as colour is akin to having a superpower. Jessica explains to Michelle why synaesthesia is such a gift when conducting an orchestra.

Jen Scott tells Michelle what it was like when her best friend became her sister and Michelle hears about Pippa the Pig who was so bereft at losing her companion that a desperate hunt was launched to find her a new friend.

Mark Cranston admits that he doesn't always receive a positive reaction when he reveals he is a collector of bricks! However, he explains to Michelle why so much of Scotland's history is hidden in each block of clay.

Michelle McManus talks to a conductor about her ability to see sound as colour.

Scottish symphony conductor Jessica Cottis believes that her ability to see sound as colour is akin to having a superpower. Jessica explains to Michelle why synaesthesia is such a gift when conducting an orchestra.

Mark Cranston admits that he doesn't always receive a positive reaction when he reveals he is a collector of bricks! However, he explains to Michelle why so much of Scotland's history is hidden in each block of clay.

Holly Keir And Shiona Mccallum20210515Michelle McManus speaks to Holly Keir, an award wining researcher who has been working all year on potential treatments for COVID-19. Also joining Michelle is Newsbeat's Shiona McCallum who shares her experience of giving birth during lockdown. Shiona is now an ambassador for See Me, Scotland's programme for mental health.

Michelle McManus speaks to Holly Keir and Shiona McCallum

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Holly Keir And Shiona Mccallum2021051520210516 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to Holly Keir, an award wining researcher who has been working all year on potential treatments for COVID-19. Also joining Michelle is Newsbeat's Shiona McCallum who shares her experience of giving birth during lockdown. Shiona is now an ambassador for See Me, Scotland's programme for mental health.

Michelle McManus speaks to Holly Keir and Shiona McCallum

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Injured Cyclist With Paralympic Dreams And A Bit Of Sword Play2019110420191109 (RS)Adversity brings opportunity to an injured cyclist and a homeless man. How to make a sword
Kindness On A Pink Bike, Bees And Collecting Park Runs!2019091620190921 (RS)
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This week Michelle hears from Jason, a man who's turned Park Run into a passion - so much so he's about to complete the full set, having taken part in every single Scottish Park Run going. And if Jason's enthusiasm doesn't get you grabbing your trainers and heading for the park this weekend, nothing will!

We’ll also be hearing a gorgeous wee tale from Cat and Yazzie - total strangers who were united through a simple act of kindness involving a big heart, an old pink bike and the Aviemore triathlon.

Plus mother and son, Sarah and Martin, explain how they’ve got a shared love of bees! A hobby which has recently led to Martin becoming crowned a World Champ – Scotland’s got a bee World Champion, who knew?!

Doing the Tour de Park Run, making bees a family thing and the kindness of strangers!

Plus mother and son, Sarah and Martin, explain how they’ve got a shared love of bees! A hobby which has recently led to Martin becoming crowned a World Champ – Scotland’s got a bee World Champion, who knew?!

King Of The Mountain And The Menopause Cafe2019080520190810 (RS)
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Michelle McManus hears about the fiercely competitive world of Strava and how amateur runner David Munro made it his mission to be crowned 'King of the Mountain'.

Rachel Weiss tells Michelle why the rest of the world is following Scotland's lead and talking hot flushes over a cup of tea at the Menopause Café.

Jan Donald spent years searching for information on her late mum. She shares her joy at uncovering an incredible family story and her surprise at finding out that her late mum was a bit of a Scottish celebrity.

Michelle McManus speaks to Rachel Weiss about Scotland's first ever menopause cafe.

Jan Donald spent years searching for information on her late mum. She shares her joy at uncovering an incredible family story and her surprise at finding out that her late mum was a bit of a Scottish celebrity.

Life In Drag And The Graffiti Gran2019070120190706 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to Stephen Murphy from Glasgow about his life as a drag queen and how ‘Barbra La Bush’ has helped bolster his confidence over the last 30 years. Also, 71 year old Graffiti Granny Maggie Wilcockson talks to Michelle about designing her own tag and how an art project helped her reconnect with her community in Aberdeen. And we hear from a woman who is convinced she can communicate with trees……..and according to Holly Worton they even talk back to her!

Michelle McManus speaks to Stephen Murphy about his life as a drag queen.

Michelle McManus talks to Stephen Murphy about his life as a drag queen.

Lockdown Stories: Nepal, Beats And Embroidery2020112820201129 (RS)Bucket baths, tummy troubles and breathtaking landscapes - Julie Smith tells Michelle McManus about the challenges and delights of spending lockdown in Nepal with her husband and two young children.

Seventeen-year-old Blair Ferguson explains how he got a production credit on a Billboard Top Ten album in the US after recording beats in his Glasgow bedroom.

Marion Nolan shares her story of how she ended up completing an embroidery which was started upon her engagement 60 years ago!

Lockdown tales involving a Nepal trek, a Billboard top 10 and a forgotten embroidery!

Looking Like Marilyn Monroe, Fiddling At The Edinburgh Tattoo And Helping Your Kids Cope With Grief20210306
Loving The Scottish Weather And Ditching Your Mobile Phone20210320
Making Naval History, Fighting For A Job And The Next Bond20210313
Marathon Drummer, A French Adventure And Football Love2020091220200913 (RS)Michelle McManus speaks to passionate drummer Mairi Newberry about the 12 hour drumming marathon she took part in and finds out why French language assistant Mathilde Forgerit was searching for the Western Isles on the map! Plus lifelong Ross County FC fans Amy and Kenny Maclennan share their memories of how they met and the dream wedding they had at the club.

Michelle McManus talks drumming marathons, football love and a French adventure.

Memories From Former Concorde Air Stewardess Sally Armstrong And Chat From Nik Of Soplane Who Is Recreating Plane Meals At Home20210613Former Concorde air stewardess Sally Armstrong and Nik of SOPLANE recreating plane meals

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Miss Transgender Uk And A Flock Of Chickens!2019092320190928 (RS)
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Miss Transgender UK, a chilli King and a flock of chickens! All life is here!

Did you know Langholm is the chilli capital of Scotland, if not the UK? Seriously. As Michelle McManus discovers this week, things are getting seriously hot down in the Scottish Borders thanks to chilli enthusiast Mark Hodgson.

Plus Michelle hears from Dominique who had to leave her native South Africa to pursue her passion to be a vet and has now landed in the Highlands where she’s doing the job she always dreamed of.

Drop dead gorgeous Aria speaks to Michelle about her journey to become Miss Transgender UK 2019.

Plus we have a generous helping of chicken to keep your imagination well fed throughout the half hour. Puzzled? Tune in and all will be revealed….

Plus we have a generous helping of chicken to keep your imagination well fed throughout the half hour. Puzzled? Tune in and all will be revealed….

More Stories From A Transvestite, A Listener And A Singer2019081920190824 (RS)
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Conversations don't get much more honest, raw and real than this so turn up the volume and join Michelle McManus for another batch of compelling life stories. This week transvestite Alistair shares the story of his life as Jennifer, the person he says he 'escapes to'. It started when he was 10 trying on his sister's clothes but it's something which has become a huge part of his life and his salvation as he's grown older and battled PTSD.

Heather talks about her voluntary work in taking bereavement walks and providing a space for people to voice their grief.

Robyn tells the story of how her late dad inspired her to become a singer songwriter and we have a first when Robyn gets to hear one of her songs get air play on BBC Radio Scotland.

Transvestite Alistair shares the importance of his life being Jennifer

Heather talks about her voluntary work in taking bereavement walks and providing a space for people to voice their grief.

Robyn tells the story of how her late dad inspired her to become a singer songwriter and we have a first when Robyn gets to hear one of her songs get air play on BBC Radio Scotland.

Off Grid Adventures and the Hedgehog Hospital20210523

When Katie applied to take part in reality TV show Eden, she had no idea she would spend a whole year living cut off from the world on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula. It was tough, but inspired more off grid adventures. Michelle also hears from Nadia who set up a hedgehog hospital in her own home.

Michelle speaks to off grid adventurer Katie and Nadia who runs a hedgehog hospital.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Off Grid Katie And Nadia's Hedgehog Hospital20210523When Katie applied to take part in reality TV show Eden, she had no idea she would spend a whole year living cut off from the world on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula. It was tough, but inspired more off grid adventures. Michelle also hears from Nadia who set up a hedgehog hospital in her own home.

Michelle speaks to off grid adventurer Katie and Nadia who runs a hedgehog hospital.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Opera Fun, Magical Shells And A Love Of Bikes2020100320201004 (RS)Michelle McManus talks to opera singer Tony Henry about singing for the royal family, setting up a gospel choir in the highlands and why fluffing his lines in the Croatian national anthem had hilarious consequences.

Catherine Munro explains why groatie buckie shells are considered to be lucky and how a photo of them on social media has led to a worldwide act of kindness.

Passionate cyclist Rashid Khaliq recalls his childhood love of bikes and talks about why he's spreading the joy of cycling in his diverse community and beyond.

An opera lesson, a lifelong biking passion and why tiny shells spread joy worldwide.

Photographing Grief, The Ukelele Reverend And A Mermaid2019090920190914 (RS)
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Michelle McManus hears how a young woman tackled her grief through photography.

This week Michelle hears from Lesley who lost her partner to suicide two years ago and how, with the help of her photography, she was able to express the grief she couldn’t put into words. Now Lesley has managed to find a way of not just surviving but thriving. This is a difficult story with an inspirational twist.

Forget Disney’s Ariel…..Michelle meets Kate from the Isle of Lewis - whose all-weather-all–year-round-swimming has taken her dangerously close to the mouths of sharks.

And performing pubs and clubs by night and the altar by day, Michelle hears from man of the cloth - the Rev Jim - on his stage act and how it links with his day job in the East end of Glasgow.

And performing pubs and clubs by night and the altar by day, Michelle hears from man of the cloth - the Rev Jim - on his stage act and how it links with his day job in the East end of Glasgow.

Retired fire fighter and charity campaigner, Ally Boyle and Queen's Nurse Kelvin Frew20210411Charity campaigner Ally Boyle MBE and Queen's Nurse Kelvin Frew

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Rower Defies Death In Mid-atlantic And Other Nautical Tales2019120220191207 (RS)Three people share stories of their nautical passions.
Rowing The Atlantic And Looking After Lighthouses20191202
Rowing To Antarctica, The Bee Business, And Incontinence Comedy2021060520210606 (RS)Jamie rows the Drake Passage, Suzie gets bee-zy and Elaine stands up for leaky ladies!

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Sky-high Baby, Gorge Treasure And 2020's Ultimate Challenge2020090520200906 (RS)
Socially-distanced Sax, Nature's Balm And Dirty Work In Leith2020061320201010 (RS)
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Michelle McManus talks to saxophonists Foss Foster and Derek Jennings about the unusual social distancing they used when they recorded an alfresco music video in Aberdeenshire.

Passionate Tobermory-based sea kayaker Nick Ray explains why being amongst nature has such a positive impact on his mental health.

Volunteer Hilary Thacker shares stories about some of the unusual “finds” in the Water of Leith basin and describes why she really doesn’t mind getting down and dirty…

Socially-distanced sax, nature's balm for mental health and some dirty work in Leith.

Starting A New Life In Scotland2019121620191221 (RS)Michelle meets migrants to hear what happened as they settled into their new home.
Stories Of Ghost Sightings, Witch Hunts And Mediumship2019102820191102 (RS)It's Halloween season and Michelle has been gathering some supernatural stories. The gardener at Dumfries Railway Station, Louis Wall, remembers the day a ghost appeared on the platform in the middle of the afternoon. A bit of research soon uncovered that this was a long dead station master making a return visit. Susan Morrison has been researching too. She's been digging into Scotland's past to find out about witch trials for a new podcast series. Michelle hears the unbelievable acts that women were accused of and the things they could do to reduce their chances of being found guilty. Tommy Goodwin is a medium and explains how it was the tragic death of his daughter that opened a gateway to the other side. He shares his experiences of communicating with those who have passed and the comfort it brings him and others.

As Halloween approaches, Michelle hears tales of the supernatural.

Suzie G, Patsy Cline Tribute And Iain Monk, Lynyrd Skynyrd Superfan2021062620210627 (RS)Michelle McManus meets Suzie G, Glasgow's Patsy Cline tribute act to hear how she has impressed the Patsy Cline community in America. Michelle also chats to Iain Monk, a Lynyrd Skynyrd super fan who was first introduced to the band growing up on Benbecula. in the Outer Hebrides. His adventures on tour with the band have taken him all over Europe and the US where he has enjoyed access all areas.

Michelle McManus meets Patsy Cline tribute Suzie G and Iain Monk Lynyrd Skynyrd super fan.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

The Best Of Our Lives With Michelle Mcmanus20210104There’s little Michelle McManus enjoys more than music and chatting so curl up with a cuppa and a box of tissues as Michelle laughs, cries and inspires you through this fabulous mash up of her favourite stories from the Our Lives series together with some of the songs she loves.

From the extraordinary story of Wojtek the bear and how he inspired one woman to collect thousands of teddies to Kirsty the elephant who really never does forget. We’ve got a total tear jerker from Jan who rummaged into history in search of her mum and an eye-popping insider’s view of what it’s like to have 13 kids! Love, laughter and drag queens collide in this heart-warming two hour treat!

Michelle McManus laughs, cries and inspires with this treat of stories from Our Lives.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

The Burryman, An Iranian Refugee And The Lifeboat Family20201212
The Burryman, An Iranian Refugee And The Lifeboat Family20201212Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.
The Lovers With A 26 Year Age Gap2019120920191214 (RS)The stories behind the people who appear in the title sequence of The Nine.
The Mounted Policeman, The Guide Dog Trainer And The Christmas Eve Bell Ringers20201219
The Painless Woman And Turning Loss To Support2019093020191005 (RS)
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A life without pain plus how to turn the ultimate pain into support for others.

This week in a very moving story Michelle talks to Kimberley Shaw who has turned her grief at losing her stillborn daughter Sarah into a way of helping other parents who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death. Kimberly set up a charity called Zaagi and, using the material from donated wedding dresses, she creates beautiful nestling blankets, wraps and blessing gowns so bereaved parents can wrap their tiny children.

We also hear from Ross Nixon who – when he’s not on shift as a Highland fireman – volunteers for Spokes for Folks, taking the elderly on tours of Inverness in a specially designed trike.

Plus we’ve an astonishing story from Jo Cameron who doesn’t feel pain but didn’t realise she was special or different until recently when she needed a hip operation! She can even eat a Scotch Bonnet raw without feeling anything more than ‘a little bit of warmth’.

Plus we’ve an astonishing story from Jo Cameron who doesn’t feel pain but didn’t realise she was special or different until recently when she needed a hip operation! She can even eat a Scotch Bonnet raw without feeling anything more than ‘a little bit of warmth’.

The Tribe Sanctuary, The Homeless Comedian, And The Micropig20210425Morag Sangster sold her city home, escaped to the country, and set up a sanctuary for farm animals in need of a little TLC. Michelle hears how she ended up sharing her house with Francesco, a twenty stone pet pig. Knowing well the highs and lows of instant fame, Michelle chats with Gary Faulds, whose comic videos became a social media sensation. Soon Gary was packing out auditoriums, but when Covid hit, he had to declare himself homeless.

You can find information and support around homelessness by looking up the BBC Action Line Homelessness.

Animal lover Morag, from high life to homeless, and Francesco the pig.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Three Wise Men - A Beggar, A Traveller And A Single Father2020122520201226 (RS)Michelle McManus gathers together festive stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

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Young Foster Parents And A Modern Day Viking20210418Michelle meets Amanda and Darren Cleary. After having their own two wee ones Ben and Olivia., 22 year old Amanda couldn't wait to start fostering, but Michelle fins out how this went down with Darren and the kids. Dwayne Davies might sound Welsh, but he's a Shetlander with Viking ancestry who did the ultimate themed wedding in full Norse regalia. Michelle discovers he's the longest Jarl in waiting, or leader of the Viking squad for the uninitiated, his moment in the spotlight at the Up Helly Aa festival postponed due to Covid.

Fostering babies when you've just had your own, Viking weddings and leading the Jarl Squad

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

Michelle McManus gathers together a host of stories which reflect contemporary Scotland.

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Michelle McManus speaks to Stevie Douglas about his passion for all things 'horror' and how he spends his days teaching members of the public how to be convincing zombies.

Carol McKechnie shares her story about dating later in life and reveals to Michelle why she accepted a marriage proposal 2 weeks after the first date.

As a single male, Colin Brough is not your stereotypical foster carer. He tells Michelle about the realities of going it alone and why he truly loves being 'dad'.

Michelle hears from Catherine Carr about becoming the world's first glass knitter, all from an idea she gleaned when insulating her loft!

Michelle McManus talks zombies, dating and knitting with glass!

Michelle hears from Catherine Carr about becoming the world's first glass knitter, all from an idea she gleaned when insulating her loft!

Michelle McManus speaks to Stevie Douglas about his passion for all things 'horror' and how he spends his days teaching members of the public how to be convincing zombies.

Carol McKechnie shares her story about dating later in life and reveals to Michelle why she accepted a marriage proposal 2 weeks after the first date.

As a single male, Colin Brough is not your stereotypical foster carer. He tells Michelle about the realities of going it alone and why he truly loves being 'dad'.

Michelle hears from Catherine Carr about becoming the world's first glass knitter, all from an idea she gleaned when insulating her loft!