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Valentina Fois – creative in business


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We all have our dreams – run a gallery, open a cafe, do a Masters degree, learn a language…

Most of us are lazy and distracted and never quite seem to get off the blocks, but serial entrepreneur, curator and marketing guru Valentina Fois has made all these dreams come true for herself, and more.

Valentina’s new cafe Lele’s is open throughout the festive period (in Clapton, East London) and has various seasonal offers HC listeners should check out – including panettonne (of course!) and original art and design work from independent creators, in a specially curated pop-up shop.

We talk about that, plus the future of consumer tech, wake-up calls, being the boss, and more, in this special festive episode.

It’s always great to talk to someone who actually does things rather than just talks about doing themHopefully this chat will give us all a much-needed boost as we go into 2017.

You can follow Valentina on Twitter, and check out her cafe, Lele’s, next time you’re in the area. If you’re enjoying Hack Circus, give us a quick iTunes rating or tell a friend about the show. You can also find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Snapchat, IRC etc.

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Rhodri Marsden – facilitating creativity

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Rhodri Marsden has his finger in many creative and media pies.

A journalist for publications including The Independent, writer of talks and books, keyboardist in Scritti Politti and Dream Themes, musical saw player, and prolific and entertaining tweeter with a huge following, he’s constantly generating new material and surrounded by creative people – but interestingly, doesn’t classify himself as ‘creative’.

Rhodri knew Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank Sidebottom, and played in the band supporting Frank’s act. We talk about Rhodri’s musical background and collaborators, his current projects, the importance of just making stuff, and what it’s like to be someone who likes an efficient system, yet who seems destined, like an inspirational Midas, to make creativity happen wherever he goes.

You can follow Rhodri’s antics on Twitter and Instagram.

Alexandra Heminsley – the female George Plimpton

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This week we meet Alex Heminsley, or “Hemmo” – in many ways, the female George Plimpton. She’s an author, reviewer, wit, runner, swimmer, broadcaster, and champion of women in sports.

Alex is incredibly inspiring; she chases down goals with more tenacity and creativity than anyone else I’ve ever met. You may have seen her best-selling book Running Like A Girl, the funny, informative and true story of how she came to run five marathons from a standing start.

Alex’s forthcoming book, Leap In, chronicles her recent adventures in outdoor swimming. And she’s now co-writing the story of tennis pro, trainer and mother of world champions, Judy Murray.

Alex embodies the value of setting ambitious targets and going after them with all your energy and a great attitude. We discuss a life of challenges, sportiness, glamour, creativity and humour in this entertaining chat.

She is also tremendously witty and insightful on social media, and you can follow her on twitter or instagram.

Simon Munnery – creative comedy

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Simon Munnery is often considered one of the most inventive and intelligent comedians of his generation. His character comedy has appeared on TV and radio, but he’s perhaps best-known for his live shows – an unpredictable mixture of original insights delivered through stand-up, poetry, solo sketch performance, visual art, songs and more.

Simon is so unassuming in person that it would be easy to overlook just how hugely influential he has been on contemporary comedy writers, artists and performers over the last few decades. We reminisce about his work in the 90s, discuss audiences, making and fixing things, raising teenagers, and the influence of avant garde art movements – among other things.

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Part 2: Mary Turner Thomson – I married a psychopath

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This is the second half of a long chat I had with the incredibly inspiring Mary Turner Thomson; check out part 1 first, if you haven’t already.

Mary’s tale of living with a sociopathic liar is unlike anything you’ve heard before – but the way she has overcome this appalling experience makes her the true star of the story.

Raising children without their dad, writing books, giving talks – Mary is fuelled by a determination to help others. Find out how she has turned her experiences into ‘gold clouds’ in this episode; we could all take a leaf out of her book.

You can check out Mary’s story on her website maryturnerthomson.comand buy her book on Amazon. She’s also on Twitter and Facebook and always up for chatting to anyone who wants to talk about, well, anything really. She replies to all emails.

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Mary Turner Thomson – I married a psychopath

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This is the first half of a long chat I had with the incredibly inspiring Mary Turner Thomson; tune in next week for the second episode.

Mary’s story of living with a psychopathic con artist is truly extraordinary, but not as extraordinary as the way she has overcome this appalling experience. She emanates positivity and dignity, determined to help others who have been affected by trauma and heighten awareness of the psychopaths and sociopaths in our midst.

You can check out Mary’s story on her website maryturnerthomson.com and buy her book on Amazon. She’s also on Twitter and Facebook and always up for chatting to anyone who wants to talk about, well, anything really.

Don’t forget to come back next week for Part 2 of this chat!

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Art & Medicine with Sarah Smizz

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Sarah Smizz is an artist, medic and PhD student, based in Sheffield. Sarah was recently awarded Radiography Student of the Year, and – in separate news – has just begun a PhD all about creative practice in medical care.

Sarah is a creative across the board, with experience as a writer, rapper, graffiti artist, cartoonist, comedian and poet. She has an amazing work ethic and is committed to changing the system from the inside, and using creative practice to address inequality wherever she finds it.

Her approach to life is incredibly inspiring, and it was a privilege to spend some time talking to her for this episode.

You can find Sarah on Twitter @smizz and her blog is smizz.wordpress.com

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