Episode Twenty Three - Girl on fire

Nipuni Wijewickrema is a person who invites strong (positive) adjectives. She is high energy, constantly on the go, and street smart, with an almost unwavering optimism. The young social entrepreneur rose to local celebrity-dom through GG's Flowers, the florist she co-founded with her stepmother when she was just 20 years old. It's premise: to provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with special needs, starting with her sister Gayana, who has Down syndrome.

Show notes:
+ GG's Flowers: www.ggsflowers.com.au
+ Nip is now 25 years old! We spoke late last year.
+ Following on from the above, we each got a little confused at times when it came to years and numbers :)

Music:
Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: April Showers and Don't Mean a Thing
Interstitial music -
+ Monplaisir: AND, Jump ! Oh Hi Mark
+ Jon Luc Hefferman: Discovery, Curious
+ Lee Rosevere: Sad Marimba Planet, More On That Later, 4th Ave Walkup
+ Kai Engel: Scenery
+ Marisa Anderson: Amazing Grace

Episode Twenty Two - A Separation

Paul and Louise married on Halloween in 2009. Three years later, Louise packed up her bags and left the family home. Paul reflects on their relationship, their separation, and jointly parenting their twin boys, who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Show notes:

  • Mother! - my blog post accompanying this episode.

Music:

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: April Showers and Don't Mean a Thing
  • Blue Dot Sessions: Heliotrope
  • Jon Luc Hefferman: Discovery
  • Podington Bear: Peas Corps, Floating in Space, Box canyon
  • Lee Rosevere: Memories, Looking back
  • Kevin Macleod: Immersed
  • Kai Engel: Harbor, Cold War Echo
  • Glaciære: Island
  • Myuu: Tender remains
  • Airtone: Departures

Episode Twenty One - Seventeen

The mind of a teenager can seem at times wholly unknowable and yet - we've all been there, haven't we? Lachie and I discuss photography, he and his peers' process of finding themselves, and his most important relationships.

Show notes:

  • A big thanks to Robert at PhotoAccess for putting me in touch with Lachie. The PhotoAccess exhibition, 'Muse', which Lachie exhibited Dad, 2017 in: bit.ly/2HRktoz
  • Time - my blog post accompanying this episode.

Music:

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: April Showers and Don't Mean a Thing
  • MSFX: Merrow loopable
  • Reno Project: Little cookie
  • Podington Bear: Pretty melody, Dust in sunlight
  • Kevin Macleod: There is romance

Episode Twenty - Refuge

In Kaleen, a group of friends have been meeting every weekend for the past 30 years. Their commonality: they're Vietnamese refugees who immigrated to Australia in the wake of the Vietnam War. In this episode, I spend time with the remaining two couples of the group. We eat, walk, laugh, and share stories about the past and present.

Show notes
Migration story - my blog post accompanying this episode.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: April Showers and Don't Mean a Thing.
  • Blue Dot Sessions: Fifteen street, In paler skies, Temporal slip, Heliotrope
  • Jamie Evans: Opening doors
  • Lee Rosevere: 10 4th avenue walkup, As I was saying, Dream colours, Expectations, Sad marimba planet, More on that later, I thought of pills 
  • MSFX: Sad kingdom loopable
  • Jon Luc Hefferman: Curious, Departures
  • Kai Engel: Passages, Cold war echo, Scenery, 
  • Airtone: Departures, Night rain
  • Podington Bear: Aim is true
  • Kevin Macleod: Danse Morialta

Episode Nineteen - 40 years

Forty years ago, Steve's father didn't show up to take Sylvia to her own wedding.

Forty years later, Sylvia and Steve are still married.

Show notes

  • This is the last episode for 2017. If you'd like to chat, feel free to drop me a line during my break: lovecanberrapodcast@gmail.com

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • ENORMOUS thanks to Podington Bear, who supplied the interstitial music: Fingernail grit, Back stairs, Dreamliner, Pretty melody, Curious process, Ice cream sandwich, Floating in space, Lucky stars, Sonstiges, Tra-la-la, Old skin, Ideas, Hearts aflutter, Ever.

Episode Eighteen - The gift

Andrew always wanted to have children. And now he has James. The one catch: James belongs to his mothers, Natasha and Katrina.

Here, Andrew talks about how life hasn't quite gone as planned, and the joys of his relationship with James.

Show notes

  • Some parts of the episode will sound a bit strange. At the request of Andrew after we recorded our conversation, I replaced the names of some of the people referenced. 

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • With humble thanks to Podington Bear, who supplied the interstitial music, along with Will Bangs. Delphi, By grace, Floating in space, Lazy river, Gathering, Back stairs, Dust in sunlight, Falling falling, Dulcet - Podington Bear. We hear things so differently - Will Bangs.

Episode Seventeen - Purity

Korske Ara is one righteous dude. He believes in having a good time, doing good deeds, and spreading the good word about Jesus.

After six years travelling around Australia in his old Nissan Patrol, he's back in Canberra. He's working to take World Photo Day - which he founded - to the next level.

Here we talk about his adventures in becoming true blue, World Photo Day, his faith, and his views on sex before marriage.
 

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My continued gratitude for Podington Bear, who supplied the interstitial music, along with Will Bangs. Old skin, Tra la la, Dust in sunlight, Pretty melody, Small bummer, Lazy river, Squiggly line - Podington Bear. Putting up with the bullshit, Finding the right perspective, We hear things so differently, Looking for that moment when time stands still - Will Bangs.

Episode Sixteen - Adam and Eve

What happens after dark at Canberra's largest adult store? Who might you find at such a place?

I shadowed Adam & Eve employee Chandra for the last three and a half hours of her shift one Sunday night to find out. I learn not only answers to these questions, but about the change that is happening across the adult toy industry more broadly.

With thanks also to fellow A&E employee Kat, who appears in this episode.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My steadfast love for Podington Bear, who supplied the interstitial music: Dust in sunlight, Floating in space.

Episode Fifteen - Funny Farm

He has laughed and made others laugh. Been in dark places. Loved, and lost. Always look on the bright side: that's what comedy has made Ross do.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My everlasting gratitude to Podington Bear and Kevin MacLeod, whose music I used for this episode: Melodramatic band, Massive, Ice climb, Chimera, Clean soul (Kevin MacLeod), Curious process, Dowl, All the ways, Horizon event, Djangle, Afterglow, Ever.

Episode Fourteen - Room

George is a regular 27 year old guy in all but one respect. For almost ten years, he was, as the Japanese call it, a Hikikomori.

He didn't go to school. He didn't interact with people outside of his home. He stayed in his room and played video games.

This is George today.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My eternal thanks to Podington Bear and Kevin MacLeod, who were the masters behind this episode's interstitial music: (Podington) Frosted Glass, Falling falling, All the ways, Dowl, Hearts aflutter, Afterglow, By grace, All hot lights, Dreamliner; (Kevin) Clean soul, Carefree, Inner light.

Episode Thirteen - At first sight

Maria and Simon want you to know that love at first sight exists. They know, because it happened to them.

Show notes

  • Photos of Maria and Simon on the Love, Canberra blog.
  • Photos from their 2002 wedding and their vows on Simon's website.
  • Correction: in the intro, I accidentally said that Maria and Simon met in 1988. They actually met in 1998.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • My deepest thanks to Podington Bear, who created this episode's interstitial music: Frosted glass, Light touch, Chimera, Stuck dream, Old skin, Lime beat, Falling falling, All the ways, Pineapple, Djangle, Curious process, Program reverie, Got spark, Ever, Floating in space, Afterglow, Dreamliner, 60s quiz show, Saunter, Dowl, Just watching.

Episode Twelve - Rachel getting married

First comes love. Then comes marriage. But how do you know if your partner is The One? And what happens when you buck tradition and don't follow the wedding template to a T? Rachel and I talk about her impending nuptials.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Podington Bear, who created this episode's interstitial music: Lime beat, Fingernail grit, Just watching, Sonstiges, Saunter, Got spark, Stuck dream, Old skin, Back stairs, Transmogrify, Light touch, Program reverie, Dust in sunlight, Djangle, Inspiring filaments, Springtime, Pineapple.

Episode Eleven - Blind date

Out-of-towner Andrew was seeking a dinner date for Thursday night. I answered his Craigslist post. 

This episode features a warts and all recording of our not-quite date. I've cut out the more boring parts of our two and a half hours together, but not edited it to make anyone sound better. Especially not me.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the ever-reliable Podington Bear: Back Stairs, Transmogrify, Sonstiges, Fingernail grit, Stuck dream. 

Episode Ten - Escort

Three years ago, Cassandra started working as an escort. The inspiration? Secret Diary of a Call Girl, of course.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the tried and true Podington Bear: Transmogrify, Back Stairs, Sonstiges, Daydreamer, Saunter, Light touch, Old skin, Hands aflutter, Low jack, Has pluck, Inspiring filaments, Pineapple.

Episode Nine - Camgirl

A few nights a week, Moxy Vandoll closes her bedroom door and turns on her webcam. Here's a peek into what it's like to work as a camgirl.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the one and only Podington Bear: Just watching, Transmogrify, Graduation, Stuck dream, Curious Process, T-Shirt weather, Daydreamer, Low jack, Got spark, Springtime, Bare shoulders, Going forward looking back.

Episode Eight - Long distance

Nathan lives in Canberra, Erica lives in Sydney. Two perspectives. One love story.

Show notes

  • The his/her technique used in this episode was inspired by an episode of CBC's Campus podcast, Laws of Attraction. It's a really neat piece - take a listen!

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the exemplary Podington Bear: Filaments, Curious Process, Daydreamer, Got Spark, Hearts Aflutter, Springtime, Pineapple.

Episode Seven - Single

After ten years of celibacy, Mordd had just started dating again. And then he got scammed on Tinder.

In this episode, Mordd also talks about dating as a bisexual man, and living with mental illnesses.

Show notes

  • "How not to get scammed on Tinder" by Mordd, published on The RiotACT
  • Mordd - IndyMedia's Facebook page
  • Mordd - IndyMedia's Twitter account
  • Mordd wanted to clarify that he doesn't normally consume as much caffeine or cigarettes in the span of time as he did when we were recording. It was his way of offsetting his anxiety about being interviewed. He adds that although his use of these is influenced by his mental health, he "normally tries to moderate his intake much more than is represented in the episode".

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • This episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the fantastic Podington Bear: Low Jack, Filaments, 60s Quiz Show, Daydreamer, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jettisoned, Pineapple, Springtime. 

Episode Six - Asexual

When Daria didn't show an interest in boys, or girls, or in coupling up like all her other friends, everyone assumed she was just a late bloomer.

She wasn't. She was asexual.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of Podington Bear: "Pineapple", "Daydreamer", "Low Jack", "Filaments", "Springtime".
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Five - Kink (Sadomasochism)

Meet Robbie. For the past four years, he has been flogged, caned, had suspension hooks put into his back, done CBT, and much more. All voluntarily.

Here, he offers an insight into why he does these things and, importantly, why he enjoys it.

This episode complements Episode Three - Kink (Sadism)

Show notes

  • The people mentioned in this episode are referred to by their FetLife identities.
  • The song Robbie talks about is Greg Holden's "Boys in the Street".
  • Many thanks to Cruelty and BadGirl303 for introducing me to Robbie.

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of Podington Bear: "Kitten", "Going Forward Looking Back", "Low Jack", "Filaments".
  • Everything else is my own.

Episode Four - Divorce

If getting married is the happiest day in a person's life, the opposite no doubt holds for getting divorced. But what if divorce could be made a little less awful? The Managing Director of Alliance Family Law, Cristina Huesch, explains. 

Plus: pre-nups, and how dealing with divorce on a daily basis has shaped Cristina's outlook on the world and relationships.

Show notes

Music

  • Intro and outro music is by ProleteR: "April Showers" and "Don't Mean a Thing".
  • Some of this episode's interstitial music is courtesy of the wonderful Podington Bear: "Kitten", "Going Forward Looking Back", and "Grit - Low Jack".
  • Everything else is my own.