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 …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 19: Georgie Sworder

They say one idea could change the world. Georgie and her friends at Shambush! followed through on one that has been picked up and developed by thousands of people in countries all over the globe. Red dresses, wigs, flowers in hair and references to 19th century literature. In 2013, “The …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 18: Leila Gurruwiwi

The courageous, generous and wonderful Leila Gurruwiwi certainly seems to be using her talents to be the best person she could possibly be. NITV’s Marngrook Footy Show has inspired thousands of Australians since its inception over 250 episodes ago, both indigenous and non-indigenous. She’s now mentoring young girls through the …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 17: Peter Combe

Some of the first music I ever loved in my life was that of Peter Combe. My parents purchased Toffee Apple on vinyl before I was in school. I still love many songs on that record today. In the last three days I’ve both seen Peter live in concert and …