A comic twist on the battle of the sexes

It’s just over 18 months since Graham Keal first joined the Girls Around Town to share some of the highlights of his own take on those ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus‘ moments…

A popular speaker at WI meetings, ladies’ luncheon clubs and other gatherings across the country, Graham had just launched his latest talk, 50 Shades of Graham, which he described at the time as a bit more risqué than his others but nothing to frighten the easily shocked.

“I’d already amassed a lot of material on how so much of the humour to be found on the web revolves around the battle of the sexes,” he told listeners back in November 2016. “Now I’ve just adapted that material, adding some musings and observations on what has made both the Fifty Shades books and the film so huge, despite all the critical brickbats flung at them.”

With EL James’s latest novel, The Mister, hitting book shops a few weeks ago – to a flurry of reviews describing it as ‘excruciating’ and ‘fifty shades of awful’ – and Graham’s next appearance coming up in Newark soon, he’s back on the show to report on how those musings have gone down with audiences so far.

And to give June a taste of what’s in store at Carriages Café later this month…

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday when Graham joins June in the studio.

In the meantime, there’s still time to get tickets, priced £10 each including welcome drink, for the talk starting at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday 24 May – pop into Carriages, call 01636 676129 or head over to Facebook here for more details and bookings.

A very funny look at the current battle of the sexes. Highly recommended – Sally Bowden, WI speaker finder

Climbing out of the pit of despair

How do you take ten years of struggling with the seemingly relentless despair of PTSD and Depressive Disorder and turn your experience into something positive?

For Australian veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann (in the guise of his alter ego, Captain Krankypants), the answer lies in sharing his story with others suffering the same conditions.

In what he describes as one of the most personal and self-confronting websites he’s ever built, Trace tells the tale of his journey from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and, hopefully, happiness.

He’ll be in the studio with June this weekend to explain how he’s taking that tale on the road in a series of presentations, including one at Newark‘s Carriages Café next week, in a bid to help fellow sufferers and their families.

“My aim is to help reduce the number of depression-related suicides,” he says. “Above all, I want to reassure others that they’re not alone in this and that, with the right professional support, they can find the way to climb out of the pit of despair and back onto solid ground.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 11am on Sunday to hear Trace talking about his own journey and his plans to return to the UK next spring, when he’ll be offering more audiences his unique take on this serious and extremely topical subject.

Captain Krankypants comes to Carriages

On Tuesday 18 December Australian returning veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann, known to audiences worldwide as the legendary Captain Krankypants, will be entertaining guests at Newark’s Carriages Café with his highly energetic presentation on how to enjoy life despite suffering from Depressive Disorder and PTSD.

With so many people today suffering from these conditions, Captain Krankypants will be sharing the story of his own journey, from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, displeasure, annoyance, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and hopefully happiness.

“After more than 30 years in the work force and 19 years in the military, including multiple tours to battle zones, Trace has a wealth of experiences that combine to provide a unique outlook on life,” said Wendy Baird, owner of Carriages.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to Newark for what promises to be a very special evening. His personal take on what is obviously a very serious topic is guaranteed to provoke laughter and tears in equal measure and give hope to those who have suffered or are suffering from depression themselves.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available now from Carriages Café and are priced £10 each, including a welcome drink on arrival. For more details and reservations, visit Carriages at Platform 1, Newark Castle Station or call 01636 676129.