The Lancashire HotPod
Episode 16 : The Gradely Lass

Episode 16 : The Gradely Lass

July 3, 2019

In this episode we chat to the Pre-eminent broadside balladress of the Manchester region, Jennifer Reid.

It doesn't matter if you don't know what that means, she made it all up any way! Jennifer was a fantastic guest, really entertaining and performs a number of Manchester Ballads and even treats us to some clog dancing.

Jennifer tells us how she discovered her passion for 19th century Industrial Revolution broadside ballads and Lancashire dialect work song. Not only sharing her passion through recitals, events, schools and even taking her knowledge to the Indian Sub-continent where she has researched the link between Bangladeshi and Mancunian weaving songs. 

You can find out more about Jennifer and upcoming events from her website

It's a fascinating part of history that Jennifer now brings to life in many different guises and has released a CD recently with her work. She has made a number of TV appearances and now teaches workshops for young adults in the UK and in the US.

Give it a listen and watch out for a competition soon and let us know what you think in comments as always we'd love to hear from you.

Episode 15 : Fighting Talk Vol 1

Episode 15 : Fighting Talk Vol 1

June 23, 2019

In this episode we talk to Gaz 'Crush' Corran. Gaz has got one of the most exciting fights in the world coming up in one of the most dangerous sports possible!

We talk to Gaz about how the fight came about and his training and preparation. As well as a fierce daily training regime Gaz has got to keep in diet in check and has a whole team around him getting him to peak physical fitness.

As well as chatting about his own upcoming fight we get an insight in to what Gaz thinks of the current Heavyweight Boxing division as well as the low down on Prize Fighter and fellow Lancashire boxer, Stevie Taylor who Gaz tips for a future British champion.

Gaz also explains why he's donating his entire purse after losing a close friend and his own battles losing family members under difficult circumstances. Despite these challenges, Gaz has turned them in to positives and has many interesting stories to share from working the doors in Magaluf and doing security for some of the biggest bands in the 90's, to his recent trek up Mount Kilimanjaro with some close friends.

This life and almost death story will have you at the edge of the seats hot podders!

We're sure you'll love this podcast and be rooting for Gaz for his fight in July!

For tickets contact Gaz Corran on Facebook or @Gaz_Crush

If you have been affected by of the things discussed in the podcast remember there is always someone to talk to 

Episode 14 : Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Episode 14 : Stop, Collaborate and Listen

May 30, 2019

It's The Lancashire Hot Pod and the Amish Inquisition.

Something a bit different in this podcast as two podcasts from Lancashire join forces and create one bumper episode.

Cue an off-the-cuff freestyle, chats that range from nuclear disasters to Eurovision to who would play Highlander in a modern day re-make - plus a whole load more.

Recorded in one of the best man cave / music studios EVER built. A mecca of 1980's memorabilia, props and toys including a full size replica of Hans Solo frozen in carbonite.

Amish Phil and Amish Ben were great hosts and we hope you enjoy the episode and give them a subscribe on podbean here

Episode 13 : The Realness Hip Hop Hot Pod

Episode 13 : The Realness Hip Hop Hot Pod

May 20, 2019

In this episode we chat to local hip hop producer, rapper and radio show host Al English.

AKA Dweller. You can check out his music here 

There is a funny story to how we hooked up but we'll leave that for the podcast. 

Al has got his finger on the pulse when it comes to hip hop but his love for the genre goes back many years and this shows in the care, thought and artistry he puts in to every radio show. Hosted on Bolton FM The Realness Radio show has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months and it's far bigger than Bolton and in fact international. Al has got big plans for the future and with his own producing and music getting recognition the future is looking very bright indeed. 

You can access everything single episode from the mix cloud website and we recommend working your way through them all. Also follow the Facebook group for updates and links.

You can check Dweller out performing at Darwen Live, on the main stage on 26th May and has plenty of gigs on the and plans for world domination are afoot.

Enjoy the episode and keep it REAL....



Episode 12 : Not All Heroes Wear Capes Vol 2

Episode 12 : Not All Heroes Wear Capes Vol 2

May 13, 2019

It was a pleasure to catch up with Wayne Dixon (without Koda) before he set off on his second leg of walking the UK Coastline on his litter picking mission. Wayne has now set off so please support him via:



After the 1st episode we wanted to find out more about Wayne's adventures so this episode covers the first stage of his walk and some of the funny stories he has to tell from his 3000+ mile journey. 

Wayne is out and about picking up litter so please get behind him and support where ever you can - he might be coming to a town near you soon. Why not join him and put some pride back in to where we live!

Who knows you might even feature on the next episode in one of Wayne's stories :)

Don't forget to follow @KeepBritainTidy for updates and events 


Episode 11 : The Nootropics Experience

Episode 11 : The Nootropics Experience

May 5, 2019

In this episode we give an honest review of some nootropics (or smart drugs as they are sometimes referred to) that we both tested. Nootropics have been scientifically proven to improve cognitive ability, mood and focus as well as better concentration. 

100% natural and vegan friendly, nootropics are classed as a food supplement and can be purchased online or even via health shops like Holland & Barrett. If you want to find out more about nootropics check out this article.

The two products we tested were from BrainZyme and BrainPower 

You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out what we thought of the different products and if they worked, but let's say we were very impressed and would recommend them ;)

If you give the podcast a listen and want to try them out for yourselves then you can get a great discount from BrainZyme using the discount code HotPod20

Enjoy and stay smart..

Episode 10 : The changing role of journalism in the community

Episode 10 : The changing role of journalism in the community

April 17, 2019

This episode came about through the Lancashire Hot Pod being covered in the Lancashire Telegraph. The story was covered by Amy Farnworth after Gav had got in touch to see whether they’d be interested in telling our story about how the podcast was started.

The story was published in the printed paper and online and Amy did a great job and we got chatting through social media. The story is here if you want to take a look

One area of interest for me and Gav is media in general and how it’s changed over the last few years and we invited Amy to come on the podcast to talk about the change in journalism, the role social media now plays and the impact on the printed press. Supporting our local is so important and plays a vital role in the community so we hope you enjoy the conversation and as always, we’re keen to hear your thoughts and views!

We hope you enjoy this episode…..

Episode 9 : Not All Heroes Wear Capes Vol.1

Episode 9 : Not All Heroes Wear Capes Vol.1

March 25, 2019

In this episode we're joined by Wayne Dixon and his canine friend Koda. Wayne is a Lancashire lad who has become infamous in recent years for amazing charity work and combining it with picking up litter across the UK. He is probably best known for walking the entire UK coastline on his litter picking mission. He has completed half his 8000 mile journey, picking up over 50 tonnes of litter and promoting the great work of @KeepBritainTidy, @MindCharity and @Nis_Dogs.

As an ambassador for @KeepBritainTidy, Wayne is a fantastic role model for others and his experience in social work as provided a platform to support and promote @MindCharity which provides support for any type of mental health.

We wanted to understand Wayne's motivation and where his litter picking inspiration came from, so we invited Wayne to come on the podcast. Wayne talks about his early years and struggles growing up and the good and bad choices he makes which leads him an a roller coaster of emotions and life challenges. Through adversity and battling with his own mental health, Wayne has used his experiences and turned them in to a positive mission, that is making a difference right across the country.

We hope this story inspires you like it's inspired others throughout the UK and across the world.

Not all heroes wear capes!


Episode 8 - The Healthcare Hijack Vol. 1

Episode 8 - The Healthcare Hijack Vol. 1

March 10, 2019

This is the first podcast in a series following David Whitehead's mum and uncle's battle against cancer. This is no ordinary story as these patients refused conventional treatment e.g. chemo / radiotherapy.

Instead taking a trip round the world to Mexico to explore a more natural and alternative therapy. 

There are some elements to this story that you may or may not agree with but we would encourage you to do your own research and make up your own mind. This is a real story involving real people and Dave will return to provide an update on his mum's and uncle's health. 

Here are some links to the resources and research referred to in the podcast.

Big Pharma and suppression of natural medicine

How Rockafeller founded big pharma and destroyed natural cures

The Truth about Cancer - a Global Quest

Hoxsey : The quack who cured cancer 

** The recording of this podcast was done at La Corsia Studios, editing and mastering including the use of music done by Mike Collins & Gav Scott**

Episode 7 : Embrace In The Community

Episode 7 : Embrace In The Community

February 3, 2019

In this episode we're joined by three members of the Embrace Charity in Wigan & Leigh. 

Their mission : To work towards a better life for people with disabilities and their families, that all people with disabilities feel valued, are included and have real choice. Everything they do is about ensuring all people are included in their local community. 

This podcast demonstrates the passion and innovation that lives in our great County, with amazing people doing fantastic work in the community. The team have reached the final of a national competition with their 'Dating Agency' concept giving those who need it, a little extra support finding the love of their lives.

Fantastic stories, great humour and a mission to both admire and respect.

Come and meet the team and find out more about their work.

Find out more and get in touch