Blues and loos

No guests on the show next weekend – more by accident than design – but that just means June and Rosalyn will have plenty of time to catch up and explore a few interesting topics.

For example, did you know that according to an on-going global survey over 200,000 people have voted for blue as their favourite colour?

That until the middle of the 19th century, almost all public loos were designed for men?

Or that research has recently shown the 1880s to be the happiest time by far in British history? Mind you, it’s not quite clear whether the introduction of the first public loos for ladies played any part in that surge in happiness…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to find out more about these quirky facts from the Girls Around Town.

And don’t forget, you can always have your say on any of them on their Facebook page, Twitter feed or on Instagram.

What’s in The Laughter Locker?

Google ‘different kinds of yoga‘ as June did a couple of days ago and, depending on which link you follow, you’ll find descriptions of at least 14 styles.

Not quite an A to Z, more of an A (Ananda) to Y (Yin), but a comprehensive choice nevertheless, with some of the names – Bikram, Hatha and Hot for example – more recognisable than others.

Some of them you’ll know about and maybe even practise yourself but have you heard of – or even tried – Laughter Yoga?

Step forward Teresa Sanderson of The Laughter Locker, one of the guests on Girls Around Town this weekend, who’ll be explaining how the classes she runs combine laughter yoga, breathing, mindfulness and meditation to change mindsets for a healthier, happier you…

She’ll be talking too about lipoedema, a rare fat disease she suffers from herself that was very much a part of the reason she became a Laughter Yoga therapist.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday morning to find out more about Tess’s work for the charity Lipoedema UK, which appropriately enough launches its 2019 Awareness Month on Sunday too.

She’ll be joining June and Rachel in the studio for the second hour of the show – but make sure you’re listening to the first hour too, when Janice Holmes pops in to share some exciting news.

If you’re expecting any hints here, you’ll be disappointed but all will be revealed shortly after 10am on Sunday!!

Spreading a little happiness with a song!

We all feel a little bit better when we sing, don’t we? A favourite track starts playing out on the radio and suddenly we’re joining in – and often dancing around too!

Chances are some of you will be doing just that listening to Girls Around Town this weekend, especially after you’ve heard what Kari Olsen-Porthouse has to say about singing, not just at home or in a choir but at work as well…

Kari joins June and Rosalyn to describe how she goes about spreading a little joy and wellbeing through group singing.

And how bringing it into the workplace can help create better working relationships and give staff the chance to mix in a different environment.

“I believe we all feel better when we sing but this is amplified massively when we do it together,” says Kari. “As well as running a number of choirs and ensembles, I’m passionate about bringing singing into the workplace. It’s great for morale, for building confidence and, above all, bringing a little laughter into the working day.”

Teaching in a no-nonsense way, she sings songs from across the decades – her singers don’t need any previous experience or the ability to read music, everything she teaches is by ear. When she’s not teaching, Kari blogs regularly through her website and sometimes even finds time to do a bit of singing for herself.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear what she has to say about her mission to spread a little happiness through song. And feel free to sing along to your favourites from this week’s playlist – no doubt Kari, June and Ros will be doing so in the studio!

Photo by Ursula Kelly Photography