9/1 - My Head Is Killing Me

Dr Stuart Farrimond was a disillusioned Junior Doctor. Night-shifts, the grim reality of hospital life and emotional exhaustion were all taking their toll - but he was in denial about what might be killing him.

In this extraordinary interview with Olly, he explains how an eating disorder and an unexpected diagnosis derailed his career and his marriage - but also how, in the most desperate of circumstances, his life could still change for the better…

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Stuart’s latest book, The Science of Spice, is published by Dorling Kindersley. He can be found on Twitter @RealDoctorStu.

Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart returns from diving into the North Sea, naked, with six hundred other people - and embarks upon his biggest challenge yet: can he record a Christmas song before the end of the series?

Elsewhere, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox plays show-and-tell with a sexual souvenir from South Korea, and offers up her ‘Beginners’ Guide to Threesomes’ - plan ahead, ‘normalise tea-breaks’, and take along a pocket-watch…

Our record of the week is ‘Better Late Than Never’, a perky slice of power pop from Mann-Fan Tim Jackson, available to stream now:

If YOU have a story to share, a challenge for Ollie, a sex question for Alix, or anything at all you’d like to send in for our consideration… please fill in our Feedback form. Or, if you’d like to send us a voluntary donation via PayPal or MoonClerk, click Beer Money. We’re an independent production and every penny goes back into making the podcast. If you can afford to send us £3.60 per month - the average cost of a pint of beer in Britain - we’d sure appreciate it.

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If you’ve been affected by an eating disorder, Dr Stu recommends these organisations, who may be able to help:

BEAT

Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous

Posted on October 23, 2018 and filed under Season Nine.

8/10 - The Inseminator

‘How often can an ordinary guy get a chance to do something life—changing?’

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Sperm donors are anonymised in British clinics.

Recipients don’t even get to see a photo of the man who will father their child. Donor-conceived kids can only discover the identity of their biological father upon reaching adulthood themselves.

But Mitch Kennedy is a private donor. His sperm has been used by 23 couples - and he’s met them all. In most cases, he’s slept in their spare room during the conception. He has around 40 children.

In this fascinating interview with Olly, Mitch explains the logistics of his bespoke donation process, the legalities of his paternal responsibilities, and the ‘dark cloud’ that deters him from donating to hetrosexual couples...

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Elsewhere this week, Ollie Peart weighs up the benefits of low-impact exercise in this week’s Zeitgeist, putting the trends for ‘backwards running’, trampoline parks and Bouncersise under the microscope.

Meanwhile, in this week’s Foxhole, Alix Fox selects her top sex subscription boxes from Boxx, Project Lingerie, and Lovehoney - and highlights the work of menstrual supply box The Pink Parcel, too. Plus, Ollie and Olly try whipping each other with a ‘50 Shades’ keychain. It’s all very erotic.

In this week’s Lifehack, Josh Ebsworth of Howard’s Meat Co offers up his Top 3 tips on how to make a great barbeque.

And finally, our Record of the Week is ‘Wildin’, by Berhana, available to stream now:

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We’ll return on 23rd October. See you then!

Posted on August 28, 2018 and filed under Season Eight.

8/9 - Hannah Witton: Stomasexual

"I love talking about taboo topics. Sex and poo is my thing."

At 25, YouTube star Hannah Witton suffered acute abdominal pain.

She’d been a decade in remission from ulcerative colitis, but this episode was so severe she opted to have surgery to remove her colon.

Now, she’s readjusting to life with an ileostomy bag.

As she reveals to Olly in this funny, frank interview, that means recalibrating her attitude to sex, body confidence and her role in the YouTube community...

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Elsewhere this episode, smoothly-manicured Ollie Peart has been hanging out in a vineyard for this week’s Zeitgeist. Can English wine really live up to the hype? Or is the French stuff just… better? Naturally, a tasting is in order.

Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox advises Mann-fan Chris about the best remedy for his tight foreskin. Can condoms and lube provide a solution, or is full circumcision the only alternative?

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And, for this week’s Lifehack, photographer and video producer Ed Prosser reveals his top tips for how to get a perfect selfie: consider your use of angles, harness the power of natural lighting, and, whatever you do, don’t use a f-ing selfie stick.

Finally, our record of the week is ‘Call Failed’ by Garren Sean, out now.

If YOU’D like to suggest a challenge for Ollie, have a question of sex for Alix, or want to share your story on the show, get in touch via our Feedback form.

And, if you're able to support the show financially, just click ‘Beer Money’ to donate £3.60 per month - the average price of a pint of beer in Britain - to help us produce thirty quality episodes per year. Thanks!

Thanks too to our sponsors for this episode:
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* An update about Kweku Adoboli:

Kweku has lost his appeal and there's a very real chance he could be deported soon. To Ghana. A country he hasn't lived in since he was 4. If you'd like to support his friends assist his legal challenge - there's a crowdfunding page here.

See You Next Tuesday!

Posted on August 21, 2018 and filed under Season Eight.

8/8 - Cruising With Mickey

‘It’s not real life. It becomes very intense very quickly’

Working aboard Disney’s cruise ships requires a commitment to customer service, a never-fading smile, and a mastery of ‘the Disney point’.

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But for Andy Young - a twentysomething bartender on Disney Wonder in 2002 - it also served as an introduction to excessive drinking, clandestine romps and a salary of just $26 per fortnight, plus tips...

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If you'd like to hear more of Olly chatting Disney, check out this recent episode of BBC Radio 4 Extra's 'Podcast Radio Hour', in which Olly meets his favourite Disney podcaster, Natalie Palamides from 'Hidden Mickeys'.

Elsewhere this week, Ollie Peart travels to Paris for The Zeitgeist, to investigate the trend for ‘floating’ Bird scooters - dockless adult scooters hired via smartphone - and quietly lets slip that his social media detox may have come to an end.

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Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox furnishes listener Craig in Richmond, Virginia with some tips for his forthcoming pre-wedding ‘sex-fast’. What is 'Kunyaza'? And is it a good idea for a couple to keep their hands off each other’s bodies as prolonged foreplay before their marriage nuptials?

This week’s Lifehack is brought to you by Lara Morgan, co-founder of aromatherapy-based company Scentered, with advice on how to maximise the world of fragrance to lead a happier life.

Finally, our record of the week is ‘Maddy’ by Jackie Cohen, out now on Space Bomb Records:

If YOU’D like to suggest a challenge for Ollie, have a question of sex for Alix, or want to share your story on the show, get in touch via our Feedback form.

And, if you're able to support the show financially, just click ‘Beer Money’ to donate £3.60 per month - the average price of a pint of beer in Britain - to help us produce thirty quality episodes per year. Thanks!

Thanks too to our sponsors for this episode:
- Beer52.com - the world’s most popular monthly craft beer discovery club. Get a FREE CASE of beer, worth £24, delivered direct to your door by taking out a free trial now at beer52.com/mann.
- MyCondom.com - supporters of The Foxhole. They have a superlative selection of condoms, lube and toys - and remember to use our special code ‘FOXHOLE’ to get 15% OFF at Checkout!
- Podcast Lounge - supporters of The Lifehack. They are the new podcatcher app for Windows 10 devices. Get your free trial at the Windows App Store now.

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Posted on August 15, 2018 and filed under Season Eight.

8/7 - Diving to Adventure!

“Everything went very well and nobody knew anything, which is the nice thing about a smuggle. People don’t know. It’s not like robbing a bank”

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Smuggling marijuana from Thailand to Alaska; trading illicit fuel in Nigeria; evading the law in France - Robert Stone did it all.

From one small fishing boat in the Bahamas he built up a veritable fleet of vessels - including a 6000-tonne oil tanker - devoted to his businesses empire.

In this incredible interview with Olly, Robert reveals what it was like to be making a million dollars per month, switching between dozens of aliases and risking his life on the high seas...

There's a lot more of Robert's story in his gripping book, Chasing Black Gold.

Elsewhere on this week’s show, Ollie Peart reports back on his attempts to become a ‘Wiki Master’ for this week’s Zeitgeist. You’ll never look at a pair of ticket-nippers the same way again.

Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox assists a listener who wants to boost his libido, and considers: is having a low sex drive necessarily a problem at all?

The Foxhole is sponsored by our friends at MyCondom.com. Use the code ‘FOXHOLE’ to get a slippery, sensual 15% OFF at Checkout!

This week’s Lifehack comes courtesy of digital marketer Kobi Omenaka, with his Top 3 tips on how to promote yourself, or your fledgling business, online: cultivate your email list, double-down on just one single social media channel, and set up tracking codes as soon as you can. For more from Kobi, check out kobestarr.io.

The Lifehack is sponsored by Podcast Lounge - the new podcatcher app for Windows 10 devices. Get your free trial at the Windows App Store now.

Finally, our record of the week is ‘Ready To Run’, by Canadian synthwave group La Force:

If you’d like to suggest a challenge for Ollie, if you have a question of sex for Alix, or you’d like to share your story on the show - get in touch via our Feedback form. And, if you’re able to support the show - please do. For the cost of just one pint of beer per month you can help us create thirty quality episodes per year. Just click ‘Beer Money’. Thanks.

This episode is sponsored by Beer52.com - the world’s most popular monthly craft beer discovery club. Get a FREE CASE of beer, worth £24, delivered direct to your door by taking out a free trial now at beer52.com/mann.

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Posted on August 7, 2018 and filed under Season Eight.