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.

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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.

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

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A Dog For Dementia And The Family That Loves Steam Engines2019102120191026 (RS)

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.

People from across Scotland share their stories and passions with Michelle McManus.

A Globe-trotting Diabetic Biker And Wojtek The Soldier Bear2019100720191012 (RS)

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.

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.

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 Pierce, a contributor to the Lothian Birth Cohort studies on cognitive ageing, who shares some of her earliest war time memories.

The biker who won't be beaten by diabetes and Wojtek the Polish soldier bear.

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.

An 82-year-old Flat Mate And An Extraordinary Kidney Swap2019090220190907 (RS)

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

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.

Elephant Reunion And Naturism In Scotland2019071520190720 (RS)

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.

Floral Therapy And Echo Location2019081220190817 (RS)

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

From Belarus With Love And Surviving A Lightning Strike2019101420191019 (RS)

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

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)

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.

Injured Cyclist With Paralympic Dreams And A Bit Of Sword Play20191104

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)

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!

King Of The Mountain And The Menopause Cafe2019080520190810 (RS)

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.

Miss Transgender Uk And A Flock Of Chickens!2019092320190928 (RS)

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….

Miss Transgender UK, a chilli King and a flock of chickens! All life is here!

More Stories From A Transvestite, A Listener And A Singer2019081920190824 (RS)

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

Photographing Grief, The Ukelele Reverend And A Mermaid2019090920190914 (RS)

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.

Michelle McManus hears how a young woman tackled her grief through photography.

The Painless Woman And Turning Loss To Support2019093020191005 (RS)

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’.

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’.

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’.

A life without pain plus how to turn the ultimate pain into support for others.

Zombie Lessons And Knitting With Glass!2019072920190803 (RS)

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!