Kids Love Balloons – Episode 29: Joan Kornblith

4 days following the US election, I have a chat with an American who works for their Government! “It’s an odd country in many ways, and there’s people that take great offence at certain things, yet those same people don’t take offence at other things so go figure!” Politics will …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 28: Gideon Haigh

“A girlfriend once dumped me because she didn’t like how enthusiastic I was about…” I love this quote from Gideon. This level of enthusiasm, as long as it’s not criminal behaviour of course, should be celebrated! Sharing your enthusiasm and is the reason for this podcast and Gideon Haigh is …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 27: Tony Liberatore

Following October 1, the day when my favourite footy team, Western Bulldogs, won their first grand final in 62 years… (I struggle to believe that’s even true as I type it…) There was just SO MUCH happiness created. I don’t even mean just for myself or my family. Millions of …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 26: Brooklyn Ross

I ventured from Melbourne to Sydney to follow my favourite sporting team, the Western Bulldogs, play a preliminary final on 24th September. While there, why not catch up with an old mate of mine, shoot the breeze and record it? So at the time of recording, the football matches hadn’t …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 25: Lea Waters

Getting more analytical in this episode, chatting with a woman who dedicates each day to understanding happiness and the effects it has on each of us. Professor Lea Waters has spent over 20 years working at Melbourne University, in recent years focusing on Positive Psychology – instrumental in establishing the …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 24: Nina

With each passing year it seems Australia’s connection with the Eurovision Song Contest grows and grows. Mine too. Yesterday I met and had a lovely chat with a former finalist in the contest and couldn’t be happier. Danica Radojicic, better known as Nina, represented Serbia in 2011 with the ultra-joyous …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 23: Jason-Scott Watkins

If my memory is on point, Jason-Scott Watkins and I first connected while live-tweeting some Eurovision action. That makes me happy. The Eurovision Song Contest, the live-tweeting, and thinking about the kindred spirits I’ve met online who have as much fun with it as I do. Jason’s food blog Don’t …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 22: Jo Stanley

I apologise within 90 seconds of this episode and by the conclusion, I receive a heated “f*** you!” (my first and hopefully not last in this podcast series). This in no way fairly demonstrates what a lovely, honest, meaningful discussion I had with Melbourne radio personality and dead set legend, …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 21: Osamah Sami

I will not tire of listening to this episode. On June 19th this year, my wife and I made our way to Federation Square to see some live music from acts we love – Felix Riebl and The Smith Street Band. Earlier, Tripod and Waleed Aly’s Robot Child had performed. …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 20: Peter Hitchener

I can’t think of a man with a more positive reputation than Peter Hitchener. Delivering the nightly news to Melbourne since 1998, and as understudy for a further 20+ years prior, he has been welcomed in to family homes as a regular face and trusted friend across multiple generations. Pete’s …