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Start listening now to over 30 salty sea stories featuring pirates, mermaids, mutiny, ship wrecks, sea dogs, romance and adventures in foreign ports. New episodes are added twice a week, and will include science fiction, weird tales, ghost stories, crime thrillers and interviews with special guests. Please subscribe, hit the share link and post a review. Thank You! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/malcolmtorres/support
 
Our Armed Forces operate in challenging environments. Each episode, Service men and women share their stories. Hosted by Company of Makers co-founder Steve Bomford and former submariner Mike Davis-Marks. Company of Makers exists to support Veterans and their partners who are struggling to transition from military to civilian life, no matter how long ago they left the Forces.
 
In every episode, a new guest takes a seat across from Jan-Claas Dajka and talks to him about current research projects, curious anecdotes as well as paths, detours and companions in the (not only) scientific career. Jan is interdisciplinary postdoc in marine ecology and marine governance at HIFMB. Chatting with ecologists, geographers, bioacousticians, mathematicians and many more, he shows the interesting and diverse personalities behind the transdisciplinary research at HIFMB. The Helmhol ...
 
This podcast is a telling of stories of submarines and the brave people that have crewed them. From the first men to board a submarine to modern uses of nuclear powered boats, I plan to tell the tales of the silent service that haven't had a significant platform to be heard. You can email me suggestions, comments, or topics I should cover at bubbleheadpod@gmail.com.
 
Listen in to conversations with women of the South China Sea in search of one common thread -- life purpose... Podcast host Jasmine Low speaks with women of this region, shares their stories and narrates articles from yesteryear and delves into her 10-year research into sound frequencies and how that got her to "Listen by Heart" in finding her own purpose. Were all of the women before her in search of the same goal? It's telling in the daily greeting by Nanyang migrants in their own dialects ...
 
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In this Episode, Sharlene Fechter talks about being a Master’s student at HIFMB. She covers her thesis work on stakeholders of the Weddel Sea in Antarctica and how she built a diverse skillset to jumpstart an interdisciplinary career in science. We also talk about how becoming a young mother early in her career motivated her even further and how sh…
 
“They…took my husband through our house at gunpoint searching for 'the enemy', as they called them.” Falkland Islander, Carol Phillips, had 3 small children in 1982, “My first thought was…'Are they going to…machine gun us all down?’” The task force had 8,000 miles to sail, “Perhaps we would all be dead by the time they got here?…My Dad…kept saying,…
 
“'I'm not going to lose my life…here'…I could just see a picture of my wife and my two boys in my mind thinking, 'No, I'm gonna get out.' That was my motivation.” Chris Howe was deep down inside HMS Coventry, D118, “…a dull thud…followed by extreme heat…a flash and a fireball whipping around the Operations Room…we'd been hit…next thing I knew…I'm c…
 
“I would happily go to sea with them all over again, cracking bunch of guys, led by a cracking man.” We hear from Mick Dilucia, of HMS Coventry Flight, Coventry’s helicopter team. “The mood was fairly relaxed heading south… none of us believed it was ever going to happen…then Sandy Woodward briefed us… 'Look around amongst us because we might not a…
 
What was a submarine doing in a war to retake The Falkland Islands? “...the ability to land and recover Special Forces…SAS and SBS, was key.” We hear the fascinating and poignant story of HMS Onyx, the only diesel-electric boat that Served during the war. Submariner, Steve Hussey, was there and shares his unique insight, from beneath the waves, “No…
 
“I was in a pub in Aldershot…a couple of the guys came in with the paper…and the general feeling was that we needed to get over there…and start kicking some arse.” This is the story of 2 Para, told through the eyes of Gary Steele, who Served in the battalion during The Falklands War. “We needed to do something, and Goose Green was the something tha…
 
“You’ve got the battles, then you’ve got the humanitarian side…It’s a strange thing is war…” This is the astonishing story of how a North Sea passenger ferry and her civilian crew, became a troop carrier, rescue ship and prisoner of war ship; in the thick of the firing, bombs and air attacks of The Falklands War. The entire operation would have bee…
 
First up: Apologies for the month of radio-silence. After the first in-person conference in two years, holidays and some production issues, we're back with a banger of an episode! HIFMB-Postdoc Irene Roca talks about her career as an ecoacoustician and introduces us to the fascinating world of soundscape ecology. And yes, this includes audio snippe…
 
“The First Sea Lord… decreed that HMS Hermes was under just 72 hours’ notice to sail…” It’s the day after the Argentinians invaded The Falklands and Margaret Thatcher announces that Britain would send a task force. Just a few days later, the task force was ready for war. This is the story of the dockyard workers who rose to that challenge, many of …
 
“For the last 40 years, (we’ve been) trying to get the truth told about what happened on the day that it all kicked off, 2nd April 1982.” This is that true story. “…We didn’t just surrender as the popular story goes.” Ray Bloye was part of Naval Party 8901, the small detachment of Royal Marines on the Falklands at the time of the invasion. The port…
 
Bob Schuetz grew up in New Jersey and chose the ROTC when his parents couldn't afford college for all 4 kids. He joined the Navy and fell in love with submarines during his summer cruise and switched his major to Nuclear Engineering from Chemical Engineering. As all potential officers do, he interviewed with Admiral Rickover and eventually commande…
 
In this one, we have interdisciplinary PhD student Amelie Luhede. She splits her PhD between the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, University of Bielefeld and HIFMB to combine aspects of economics and environmental management. Through her quite young career, Amelie has switched fields often and has thus learned to appreciate switchi…
 
Today on the HIFMB Podcast, we have postdoctoral researcher Ravi Ranjan – a community ecologist working on complex models that explore the generation and maintenance of diversity. Ravi has a strong maths-background and applies it here to multi-species competition in phytoplankton communities. We talk about the history of species competition models,…
 
In this episode, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews Prof Kimberley Peters, Professor for Marine Governance at HIFMB. She gives us insights into her vision for her newly formed Marine Governance group at the institute and dives (pun intended) into her most recent book publication, the Routledge Handbook of Ocean Space. Through that, she discusses the value …
 
In our second episode, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews biological oceanographer Alica Ohnesorge. Alica is a PhD-student in her final year and works on eDNA, a powerful method that collects DNA from seawater samples rather than from organisms themselves. With this method, Alica is able to tell which organism has been present in the water column at a give…
 
“…what has become my specialism, I think is… gritty, granular detail of the reality of war set in the broader context of important national events…” Having joined the Royal Navy in 1985, Toby managed to pack-in trips round the West Indies, Australia, Hong Kong and Europe during his 10 years of Service. His thirst for adventure remaining unquenched,…
 
And here we are, the fifth and final episode. "It's not about me," reminds the author, Guat. Writing Echoes of Silence, she wanted to explore that emotion of how she, like many others felt lost at one time, as the children of colonialism, an establishment that left behind their orphaned children as Malaya gained its independence. The author indulge…
 
May the fourth conversation with Dr. Chuah Guat Eng guide you. A teacher, Mr. V. K. Arumugam was one such man who opened the windows of her mind. Guat shares her experience about being a woman in a man's world, and her opinion on gender equality. She believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities yet we should never strive to be equal because …
 
In our first episode of the HIFMB-Podcast, Jan-Claas Dajka interviews ecologist Josie Antonucci Di Carvalho. Josie works on the harmonisation of how phytoplankton is sampled in the German and Dutch Wadden Sea and we discuss her recent work in this EU-funded subsidy programme called “INTERREG”. Josie also has an exciting career path that led her out…
 
In this third episode, Dr. Chuah Guat Eng details her PhD Thesis: A Zen Approach to Reading Fiction is a reading procedure originally proposed as her Masters thesis proposal submitted to the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). She cites an example of how many literary critics have approached the works by Joseph Conrad.…
 
In this second episode, Chuah Guat Eng shares about competitiveness, her mother Wee Siew Lan and how one can tell from surnames of the Nanyang Chinese, if they are from Singapore or the northern states of Perlis, Kedah or Penang in Malaysia, the naming of Guat Eng and her sisters, finding her cultural identity inspired by an old school teacher, Mr.…
 
Welcome to Season Three of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from Women of the South China Sea. Host Jasmine Low will be joined by Dr. Chuah Guat Eng, a Malaysian fiction writer who read English Literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and she has a Ph…
 
“I joined the RAF during the Cold War in 1986… around the time of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the threat of… thermo-nuclear war.” After going down the pilot route, it became apparent where Ian was more suited, “…the RAF Regiment who seemed larger than life… I met their Commanding Officer who had an unusual approach to dealing with banter in the b…
 
“I lost my purpose at that point… I had no mission and I really started contemplating what I'd done wrong. I couldn't go back…” A far cry from Entrepreneur of the Year, Peter’s transition from the Royal Marines to the business world was challenging, “I joined a company... my first foray into civilian world… it was a really toxic, horrible environme…
 
“I'm a Lieutenant Commander Serving in the Royal Navy, Serving a full, capable career. Oh, by the way, I have HIV.” Oli found out by accident and his 2019 diagnosis came as a complete shock. His first 3 thoughts were: What is my life going to be like? When am I going to die? And do I still have a job? “I realised quite rapidly, I'm not going to die…
 
Bob Bailey had to get out of New Mexico. He was running with the wrong crowd and "ran away from home into the Navy." He started out slow and was not the most squared away sailor, but built his career and matured into a leader that knew how a great tactical sonar man acted. He once flew into the air during the emergency blow and lived to tell about …
 
“They could only work until they didn't fit in their uniform, so the aim was always to circulate the skirts until no skirt would fit them….” Joining us this episode is former WREN Officer and Reservist, Pam Heeley, who explains how women were not allowed to remain in the Navy once they had children; and as there was no maternity uniform, pregnant w…
 
Join us as we head into 2022 to hear the New Year’s Resolutions of 10 of our Armed Forces podcast guests. Actually, before we crack on, let’s put it straight out there, 2 of our guests don’t make resolutions! One thing that ties everyone's hopes and reflections together is sense of purpose and wellbeing. Here are a few of their words of wisdom, but…
 
In 1989, just before training began, “I realised, that I'd bought this copy of the Radio Times because it had a picture of Michael Ball on the front cover and… let me tell you that 30 years ago, Michael Ball was quite hot property...” “…I thought well, ‘that's an incredible complication because in three weeks' time, I'm going to Royal Naval College…
 
“HMS Manchester… I was playing on the bridge wing once and… the Club Swinger… came out and started doing The Sailor's Hornpipe… and so I was… on my accordion and she was dancing it superbly... and then… we had an idea, 'Let's get a team together'. So, we put a thing on daily orders for… 9, a mixture, male and female from the ship's company, and the…
 
“Everyone in the military loves a couple of idiots going off and doing a big physical challenge and that's what we are, and that's what we're doing.” Having live streamed daily chats with Pascal throughout his recent ‘LEJOG’ bike ride – that’s Land’s End to John O’Groats to you and I, we catch-up with him as he reflects on what was achieved in supp…
 
Welcome to a special edition of Listen by Heart, narrated by Jasmine H. Low. 🖤 On August 9th 2021, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples themed ‘Leaving No One Behind’ left me thinking of our future, and of the concept of freedom. 💛 It's August 30th, Malaysia's Merdeka Day. A quick dip into historical events would show the timeline fr…
 
Joe Miller grew up in Virginia Beach surfing and staying away from Navy. It wasn't until he was married and laid off, that Joe reconsidered his decision and joined Uncle Sam's navy as an officer. Joe shares many stories that his wife was tired of hearing that you will love.על ידי Bill Nowicki, Host
 
Written and narrated by Dr. Ann Lee, this story was published amongst 16 others in Malaysian Folk Tales: Retold & Remixed, edited by Daphne Lee, published by ZI Publications (2011). Su and her natural love for swimming is based on the folktale about a girl who was kidnapped by an orangutan. The irony is that her abductor reveals its bubbly and very…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. In episode five, podcast host Jasmine Low speaks to Dr. Ann Lee about gender and sexuality and if her grandmother may have known anyone who was queer. Ann talks about her university days in London, attending a writer’s workshop with…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. It's episode four and podcast host Jasmine Low speaks to Dr. Ann Lee about her family. Born of mixed parentage, Dr. Ann recalls stories of her family: her maternal side in North Borneo and Sabah, Malaysia, as well as her paternal si…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Seas. Podcast host Jasmine Low has a conversation with Dr. Ann Lee about BOH Cameronian award-winning play Tarap Man featured in Southeast Asian Plays (Aurora Metro), plays and their mobility. Keyword mentions: Tarap Man, Kadazan, Telegu…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Seas. In this episode, podcast host Jasmine Low has a conversation with Dr. Ann Lee, and we establish that it was in September 1994 when Kuali Works, an all-women arts company specialising in theatre, TV and publications in Malaysia was …
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. Podcast host Jasmine Low introduces Dr. Ann Lee in this first episode. Ann speaks about her career including national news reader to an MC of the Closing Ceremony of the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. She has also had a caree…
 
Welcome to Season Two of the Listen by Heart Podcast, where we feature Stories from the Women of the South China Sea. Podcast host Jasmine Low introduces Dr. Ann Lee, and they chat about Ann's short story that was published in Malaysian Folk Tales: Retold & Remixed, edited by Daphne Lee and published by ZI Publications (2011). Su and her Natural Lo…
 
“It's a bit like what we used to call in the Royal Marines… 'babbin’ your wack'… when you're proper pooing yourself before you go and do something.” Royal Marine (RM) turned professional actor, Tip, is a ‘story-teller’ and as a young man in Belfast, he had an epiphany, “I knew that I had to become a Royal Marines Commando.” 30 years later, RM Capta…
 
Sailors will put up with a lot of harsh treatment, bad food, lack of fresh water and long days of hard work at sea. But sailors will not tolerate being becalmed at sea with no breeze. This will lead to trouble and ultimately to madness among the crew. Be sure to grab a copy of the short sea story, Making Peace With Japan by Malcolm Torres. It's ava…
 
“The thing I would say to anyone who's leaving the Services or has left the Services is, ‘Do not underestimate your ability to pull things off…” Royal Marine (RM) turned marine biologist and TV presenter, Monty left the Corps in ’96, “I look back on it with the fondest, fondest memories… all my best mates, my best muccas are still bootnecks that I …
 
In my first episode back after a long hiatus, I talk about some of the facts and conspiracies surrounding the dissapearacne of the USS Scorpion. Thanks for listening, and please also check out my other podcast, CounterAction, linked below. CounterAction video streams: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFhIvYj-2bc2XW2o3WpdRg CounterAction podcast ep…
 
Any good collection of sea stories has to have at least one tale where sailors get rip roaring drunk. In this story, Saturday Night Revels, we get a double dose of inebriated behavior, while officers get drunk in the cabin, the crew ties one on in the forecastle. Try the Sea Adventure Collection by Malcolm Torres, the first story in the series is f…
 
David Rifkin never planned on joining the Navy. He found the salary for a community college professors not quite enough. He consented to an interview with Adm Rickover and was accepted to the Navy Nuclear Power program. David worked his way up the ranks, supporting his sailors and officers making decisions while commanding the USS Billfish, SSN 676…
 
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