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EP78: Shaun Attwood - Ecstasy Kingpin To Inspired Activist

EP78: Shaun Attwood - Ecstasy Kingpin To Inspired Activist

June 22, 2019

Shaun Attwood is a speaker, best-selling true crime author, podcaster, YouTuber, educator and activist.

After becoming a stock-market millionaire in the 1990's he moved to the US State of Arizona, where he became deeply involved in the bubbling rave scene, and went on to mastermind an international drug smuggling operation, importing and distributing around £4 million worth of Ecstasy and working in direct competition against Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.

On the 16th May 2002, a SWAT team smashed into his home, and after facing a 200 year sentence and being held on remand for two years, he was convicted and sentenced to 9 and a half years in one of the toughest prisions with the highest death rate in the US, where he served nearly 6 years before being deported back to England.

Banned from America for life, his story has featured in countless articles, was published by Random House as The English Shaun trilogy: Party Time, Hard Time and Prison Time; and was featured worldwide on the National Geographic Channel as an episode of 'Banged Up Abroad' called "Raving Arizona".

Today, he campaigns against injustice through his books and renowned blog, Jon’s Jail Journal; he talks to audiences of young people across the UK and Europe about his experiences and the consequences of getting involved in drugs and crime; and he has appeared on the BBC, Sky, CNN and TV in over 40 countries talking about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.50 Shaun’s early life

04.30 Shaun’s investing strategy

09.10 Shaun on YouTube and his podcast

10.40 Shaun’s first experience with ecstasy

16.20 Why does Shaun think ecstasy is illegal?

22.00 What reform would Shaun like to see around drug use?

25.00 What was Shaun’s motivation behind making ecstasy available in the US?

27.00 Did Shaun ever think he would get caught?

31.00 What was Shaun’s reaction to the police bursting into his house?

34.00 Shaun’s perception of death

40.00 At what point should problems in childhood be addressed?

41.30 What were Shaun’s underlying psychological issues?

43.00 Does Shaun believe that he wasn’t interesting?

45.40 What were the positives to come from Shaun’s time in prison?

47.00 To what extent does Shaun care about what others think about him (Shaun speaks about his YouTube channel and issues he’s had?

1.04.30 Is having someone as a podcast guest and implicit endorsement of the individual?

1.07.30 What motivates trolls?

1.10.50 What made the Jamie Morgan Kane video viral?

1.13.20 Does Shaun create content that he is passionate about or purely for views?

1.15.20 Shaun’s thoughts on prisoners rights and the war on drugs

1.23.00 Shaun’s views on the death penalty

1.27.40 Shaun on Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey

1.31.40 What is the rehabilitation process in prisons?

1.33.20 Shaun’s favourite books

1.40.20 What is Shaun’s life philosophy?

1.48.30 What does Shaun think happens when we die?

1.52.30 Shaun on Yoga and spiritual practices

1.54.50 Shaun on his purpose

2.02.50 Shaun on his legacy

2.03.10 Shaun’s definition of success

2.04.00 Best piece of advice

2.05.00 Passion/hobby vs addiction

2.09.00 What would Shaun say to his 20 year old self?

2.13.40 Changing the world

 

You can find Shaun Attwood at:

https://shaunattwood.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/derickatt

https://www.facebook.com/shaunattwood1/

https://twitter.com/shaunattwood

https://www.instagram.com/shaunattwood

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaunattwood/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shaun-Attwood/e/B0042NT0CU%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

 

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EP77: Daniel Euan Henderson - Saving Lives With Positive Vibes

EP77: Daniel Euan Henderson - Saving Lives With Positive Vibes

June 10, 2019

Daniel Euan Henderson is one of Scotland’s leading content creators and social media influencers with a pan-platform following of more than 2 million subscribers.

His speciality is positive, amusing and inspiring short form female friendly viral video content, covering everything from depression and anxiety to female periods, with the goal of empowering people to love themselves more.

He’s an entertainer, a world traveller; having traveled to some 20 countries in the past two years, and he recently became an uncle.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Daniel’s early life

03.30 Daniel’s childhood aspirations

06.30 Daniel’s career path

08.00 How did content creation become Daniel’s focus?

09.10 What platform did Daniel start on?

12.30 How did Daniel’s style become his style?

14.40 Detractors and trolls

15.30 Why does Daniel think his content has been so popular?

16.40 The highs and lows

22.20 Negative people

23.50 Does Daniel delete negative comments?

26.10 Daniel’s content creation process

28.10 How does Daniel decide what to create?

30.00 What is it like when a video goes viral?

32.00 How important are views to Daniel?

34.50 Young people, anxiety, depression and social media

39.10 Casey Neistat and social media addiction

40.00 Daniel’s favourite social platform

42.00 New social media platforms

44.30 Daniel’s monetisation strategy

49.10 If Daniel woke up with zero followers, what’s the first thing her would do?

52.00 Personal development

55.00 Daniel’s favourite personal development resources

1.01.50 Daniel on his purpose

1.04.40 Daniel on legacy

1.08.50 Daniel on success

1.12.00 Daniel on meditation

1.14.30 Daniel on his future goals

1.16.00 Changing direction and the implications

1.21.00 Best piece of advice

1.24.30 What would Daniel say to his 15 year old self?

1.25.10 Changing the world

 

 

You can find Daniel Euan Henderson at:

https://sassysnapsdaniel.com/

https://www.facebook.com/danieleuanhenderson/

https://twitter.com/Deuanhenderson

https://www.instagram.com/daniel_euan_henderson/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvdamQwspIHOGaggjZta-Q

 

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EP76: Josh Littlejohn MBE - Social Bite

EP76: Josh Littlejohn MBE - Social Bite

May 9, 2019

Josh Littlejohn MBE is a speaker, philanthropist, and one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs, having raised over £7 million for charity and significantly impacted the issue of homelessness in Scotland.

In 2011 he set up The Scottish Business Awards, the largest awards dinner of its kind in the whole of the UK with past keynote speakers such as Sir Bob Geldof, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Sir Richard Branson and former U.S. President, Bill Clinton.

In 2012 he co-founded Social Bite, a social enterprise with a mission to eradicate homelessness in Scotland. 100% of Social Bite’s profits are donated to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are people from homeless backgrounds. Social Bite also feeds the homeless with food that customers pre-pay for.

In 2016, he co-founded Brewgooder, a social enterprise beer company that donates all of its profits to clean water projects around the world. Their mission is to provide clean drinking water for 1 million people within five years.

In 2017, he was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list, he’s received 2 honorary doctorates and he also made the Debrett’s list of 500 most influential people in the UK.

2017 also saw him organise the world’s biggest sleep-out event Sleep In The Park which drew more than 8,000 people. The event was handed the Judges Choice Award at The Herald Culture Awards and it came in at number 10 on ‘The Massive Top 25’.

In May 2018, the Social Bite Village was officially launched in Edinburgh to provide housing for homeless people, and in late June they welcomed their first residents.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.50 Josh’s proudest achievement and journey

05.50 Josh’s early life

08.30 Josh’s career aspirations

12.00 Josh and Che Guevara

13.30 Whose responsibility is it to correct the homeless issue?

16.10 How close is Scotland to eradicating homelessness?

19.10 When did Josh start to believe that the things he has accomplished were possible?

23.00 How does Josh know when he is out of alignment?

29.00 What would Josh like his obituary to read?

36.00 What has Josh learned from meeting A list celebrities and Global influencers?

39.30 In what way is Josh today different from Josh in 2011?

42.30 How close is Josh to achieving his biggest goals?

49.20 Josh on his purpose

50.00 Josh on success

52.30 Best piece of advice

54.00 What would Josh say to his 20 year old self?

55.00 Does Josh have any regrets?

56.30 Changing the world

 

You can find Josh Littlejohn at:

https://social-bite.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/socialbitebusiness/

https://twitter.com/SocialBite_

https://www.instagram.com/social_bite/

 

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EP75: Jimmy Naraine - I Am A Spartan

EP75: Jimmy Naraine - I Am A Spartan

April 7, 2019

Jimmy Naraine is an online entrepreneur, international speaker, bestselling course creator and adventurer.

He has more than 105,000 students from 194 countries enrolled in his courses on online learning platform Udemy, where he specialises in areas such as confidence, social skills, wealth creation and productivity. His straight talking approach and exceptional delivery has resulted in thousands of 5 star reviews and earned him the very first Udemy innovation award.

He’s been a digital nomad for over 5 years and has explored in excess of 72 countries while running his online ventures. He has featured in Entrepreneur and Business Insider and he regularly delivers keynotes at sell out conferences such as MindvalleyU, DNX, Nomad Cruise and 12minme. He is also the co-founder of Growth Masters – an invite only adventure Mastermind for ambitious entrepreneurs run across the globe in locations such as Bali, the Himalayas, the Canary Islands and Brazil.

His mission is to help millions of people destroy their limiting beliefs, tap into their true potential, and design their best lives.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.00 Jimmy’s background

09.00 Jimmy’s career path

14.00 Becoming an entrepreneur

22.00 What inspired Jimmy to start making courses?

27.00 How did Jimmy’s course content become his course content?

30.00 Jimmy’s tips on confidence and productivity

41.30 What is Jimmy’s self-talk?

47.40 How does Jimmy think other people perceive him?

53.50 Jimmy on his purpose

1.01.00 Does Jimmy ever see himself living in one place?

1.05.50 Why does Jimmy travel?

1.08.30 Jimmy on cultural awareness

1.16.30 Jimmy on his legacy

1.21.00 Consciousness and the treatment of animals

1.26.50 Best piece of advice

1.29.20 What would Jimmy say to his 20 year old self?

1.33.30 When did Jimmy last cry?

1.43.00 Changing the world

 

You can find Jimmy Naraine at:

https://www.udemy.com/user/jimmynaraine/

https://www.facebook.com/jimmynaraine/

https://www.instagram.com/jimmynaraine/

https://www.youtube.com/user/COOLifeDesign

 

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EP74: Peter Sage - Earth School

EP74: Peter Sage - Earth School

February 24, 2019

Peter Sage is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker, bestselling author, philosopher and teacher. 

Having cultivated a large global following, he has become one of the world's most sought after experts in human behaviour and his insights are renowned for causing profound and lasting shifts that have allowed tens of thousands of people to live with less stress and more joy.

He has delivered three incredible TED talks, has been a guest on podcasts such as Entrepreneur On Fire, The Art Of Charm, Bulletproof Radio and London Real, and has spoken on 5 continents sharing the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Kofi Annan and Former US President Bill Clinton.

He was named as one of the Greatest Leaders and Entrepreneurs of 2015 by Inspiring Leadership Now and he was awarded the distinguished 2013 Brand Laureate Award from the Asian Pacific Brands Foundation for extraordinary individuals.

His latest book, 'The Inside Track' is an inspirational guide to conquering adversity, in which he reveals how people can face any problem in their life from a place of power rather than force.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Peter’s background

05.30 What was behind Peter’s motivation to earn money?

08.00 Advice from Peter’s experience in business

14.00 Challenging our own beliefs

21.00 Levels of consciousness

36.00 Self awareness and recognising ones own level of consciousness

38.00 Peter’s journey into spirituality and alternative science

44.30 Peter’s on the Mainstream Media

1.06.30 The Inside Track and Peter’s time in prison

1.16.30 Peter’s worldview and perception of adversity

1.19.20 How does Peter go about conditioning his mind?

1.28.10 Programming positivity

1.30.50 Peter on his purpose

1.35.00 What does ‘God’ mean to Peter?

1.47.20 Peter on his legacy

1.55.20 Best piece of advice

1.59.40 What would Peter say to his 20 year old self?

2.05.30 Changing the world

2.07.00 The souls journey

 

 

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https://petersage.com

https://www.facebook.com/PeterSageFan007

https://twitter.com/petersage007

https://www.instagram.com/petersage007

https://www.youtube.com/user/PeterSage007

 

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EP73: Tommy Sheridan - Hope Over Fear

EP73: Tommy Sheridan - Hope Over Fear

February 8, 2019

Tommy Sheridan is a proud father, proud socialist and a former member of Scottish Parliament.

He was a leading figure in negotiations to establish the Scottish Socialist Alliance in 1996, which then evolved into the Scottish Socialist Party in 1998. He became the convenor of the party in the same year and was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

In 2006 he became joint convenor of political party Solidarity - Scotland’s Socialist Movement, a role which he went on to serve for 10 years, and in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, he led a pro-independence campaign under the banner "Hope Over Fear".

He co-authored ‘A Time To Rage’ and ‘Imagine’, an outline of the principles of socialism for a modern era; he’s been a radio and chat show host, he has degrees in Politics, Social Research and Law, and he’s made countless television appearances and was a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother.

Most recently he’s been working as a columnist for major Russian news agency and radio broadcaster Sputnik.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.20 Where does Tommy’s passion come from?

12.20 How would Tommy describe his Father’s character?

17.00 Tommy’s political views

24.20 What societal changes would Tommy implement?

34.50 Redistribution of wealth and capping wages

44.00 ‘Russian media sowing division’ narrative

46.50 Why is Tommy so passionate about Scottish Independence?

47.50 What does Tommy think an Independent Scotland might look like?

53.00 Building on positives

54.00 Brexit - what does Tommy see happening?

1.01.00 Brexit deal or WTO?

1.04.50 Why wealthy people are concerned about Jeremy Corbyn

1.05.40 Reclaiming property from the wealthy

1.07.00 Champagne socialists

1.09.00 Tommy on his purpose

1.12.00 Tommy on his legacy

1.12.30 Tommy on success

1.40.40 Is Tommy fulfilled?

1.17.00 Best piece of advice

1.19.00 What would Tommy say to his 20 year old self?

1.24.00 Is Tommy glad he went into politics?

1.28.00 Changing the world

 

 

You can find Tommy Sheridan at:

https://twitter.com/citizentommy

https://www.facebook.com/realtommysheridan/

https://www.facebook.com/hopeoverfeartour/

https://sputniknews.com/authors/tommy_sheridan/

 

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EP72: Sam Conley - 21 Stone Dad To 14 Stone Athlete

EP72: Sam Conley - 21 Stone Dad To 14 Stone Athlete

January 22, 2019

Sam Conley is a body transformation specialist and one of Ireland’s most sought after fitness coaches.

He boasts one of the longest lists of client success stories because he understand the challenge more than most having gone from a 21 stone compulsive over eater, to a 14 stone competitive bodybuilder, winning Mr Body Transformation Ireland and Europe in the same year.

He’s a speaker, a podcaster, founder and owner of HQ Fitness Academy and through his 1-2-1 and online training programs, he helps clients and individuals transform their bodies and lives as he himself has done.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

03.20 Sam’s background

06.40 Sam’s earliest memory of being overweight

10.20 Sam’s career aspirations

14.40 What stopped Sam from losing weight in the past?

19.00 How did Sam’s career unfold?

26.00 Knowledge through experience

29.30 Sam’s prior eating habits

33.30 Reasons for Sam’s eating

38.00 When did Sam begin to change?

51.30 Why did Sam decide to compete?

57.20 Sam on his sensitive side

1.00.00 Sam’s willingness to talk about his past

1.02.30 Sam on domestic abuse

1.12.00 Advice to others

1.18.30 What would Sam say to someone struggling with their weight?

1.22.30 Sam on his purpose

1.24.30 Sam on his legacy

1.29.00 How has Sam managed to maintain his changes?

1.31.20 Sam on success

1.32.50 What would Sam say to his 20 year old self?

1.36.00 Changing the world

 

You can find Sam Conley at:

https://www.samconleyfitness.com

https://www.facebook.com/samconleypt

https://www.instagram.com/samconley_fitness/

https://twitter.com/samconleypt

 

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EP71: Jason Auld - The People’s Biohacker

EP71: Jason Auld - The People’s Biohacker

December 13, 2018

Jason Auld is a two-time record breaking extreme unicyclist and a founding member of Team Voodoo, one of the world’s first extreme unicycling display teams. The team began in 2008 to promote the esoteric sport to the masses, and to make a sustainable living out of a passion for street unicycling and self expression through urban athleticism.

He's performed internationally at high profile events such as the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, and the London 2012 Paralympic Games; he's featured on the National Geographic channel, Blue Peter, Britain's Got Talent, The Hour and CBBC’s 'Officially Amazing'; he represented the sport in front of Prince Charles and Dame Kelly Holmes, and he's been part of marketing campaigns with global brands including, McDonald's, Pepsi, Samsung, Sky TV and Converse.

He's also appeared in the press, and on Sky News and BBC as a spokesperson, discussing his use of smart drug ‘Modafinil’, and he works regularly with schools, youth clubs and charities around the country to use the power of unicycling to promote and instil confidence, tenacity, concentration, self belief and self mastery.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.20 Jason’s background

07.30 Jason’s earliest memory of unicycling

10.40 Making unicycling a career

14.20 Working with global brands

23.40 Social media and producing content

31.00 Jason’s favourite social media platform

33.10 Jason on Modafinil

37.30 Athletes, substance use and risks

41.40 Nootropics and controversy

44.10 Jason’s experiences with Modafinil

49.30 Advice to parents

52.00 Jason’s views on Scotland

57.00 Are Scottish people reserved?

1.01.10 Jason on his purpose

1.07.10 Jason on his legacy

1.14.30 Best advice received

1.19.20 What would Jason say to his 20 year old self?

1.27.40 Changing the world

 

You can find Jason Auld at:

https://www.facebook.com/FrolicThroughFitness/

https://www.instagram.com/jasonprounicyclist/

https://twitter.com/VoodooJason

https://www.youtube.com/user/Voodoounicycles

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-gFdMu2d2uEw_63j3U2mwg

 

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EP70: Professor Harald Haas - Wireless Data From Every Lightbulb

EP70: Professor Harald Haas - Wireless Data From Every Lightbulb

November 4, 2018

Professor Harald Haas is Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the initiator, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Limited, as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center.

In his 2011 TED Global talk “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb”, he first introduced and coined the term ‘Li-Fi’, a technology for wireless communication between devices using light. The talk has since been watched online more than two and a half million times.

Li-Fi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine and his work has since been covered in other international media such as the New York Times, BBC, MSNBC, CNN International, Wired UK, and many more.

In 2014, he was selected as one of ten RISE Leaders in the UK, in 2015 he gave a second TED Global talk, which has been viewed more than two million times, in 2016 he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

As well as countless other awards, he holds 31 patents and has more than 30 patent pending applications; he has published 400 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science, and he has published two textbooks with Cambridge University Press. His Google Scholar h-index is currently 69, and his work has been cited more than 23,000 times.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

02.10 Reflecting on Professor Haas’ first TED talk

04.20 Professor Haas’ background and early life

05.10 The desire to move and travel

07.30 Professor Haas’ career aspirations

09.00 Professor Haas’ career path

10.30 Professor Haas’ earliest memory of LiFi

13.30 What is LiFi and how does it work?

16.30 What is this the equivalent of?

18.00 100 times faster than WiFi?

19.40 What are the main benefits of LiFi?

22.00 Dispelling limitations with LiFi

24.00 What impact could LiFi have on the world?

27.20 How challenging is it to roll this out globally, and how potentially disruptive could LiFi be?

31.00 The progress of LiFi so far

32.30 When does Professor Haas expect it will be fully available worldwide?

33.50 Biggest technological advances

35.00 Professor Haas’ views on artificial intelligence

37.00 Do we run the risk of making ourselves redundant?

41.00 Automation and universal basic income

43.30 Scotland as a technological ecosystem

44.40 What could we do better?

46.20 Views on investment in early stage companies?

47.40 How has Professor Haas evolved as a person throughout his life?

48.30 The biggest challenge Professor Haas faced

49.00 Professor Haas on purpose

50.30 Professor Haas on his own purpose

52.20 Professor Haas not being defined by LiFi

52.50 Professor Haas on his legacy

54.30 What drives Professor Haas?

56.20 Making the world a better place

57.50 Professor Haas on his worldview

59.40 Moving to Canada

1.00.20 Definition of success

1.02.40 Does Professor Haas feel successful?

1.03.30 Life goals

1.04.30 How much does Professor Haas work?

1.05.30 Best piece of advice

1.06.20 Whose advice was it to move away from Germany?

1.07.40 What would Professor Haas say to his 20 year old self?

1.08.50 Changing the world

 

You can find Professor Haas at:

https://purelifi.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pureLiFi

https://twitter.com/purelifi

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hhaas

https://twitter.com/dlarah15

 

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EP69: James English - Anything Goes

EP69: James English - Anything Goes

September 30, 2018

James English is a podcaster, documentary maker, comedian, model and former star of Glasgow based reality TV show Glow.

His ‘Anything Goes Podcast’ features the hard hitting real-life stories of Sports People, Comedians, Actors, Criminals, Porn Stars, and Politicians as he explores topics from murder, depression and suicide, to sex, love, and comedy. In a short space of time, his show has been viewed and listened to across social media more than half a million times.

His latest documentary sees him sleep on the streets, in his hometown of Glasgow, for seven days and nights, bringing to light the desperation and tragedy of being ‘Homeless at Christmas’, and shows the plight and passion of people from both sides of the problem.

An incredibly powerful and inspiring conversation that has it all: growing up in Glasgow’s Possilpark, James’ personal battles with addiction, his experience on Glow, his future plans, spiritual awakening and transformation, purpose, legacy, changing the world.

 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.30 James’ background, early life and career path

03.30 Gambling and addiction

05.00 What was Possilpark like?

06.40 Maintaining sanity

07.30 James’ career path

10.30 Hitting rock bottom

12.50 Spiritual awakening

15.10 What advice would James give to someone battling addiction?

16.00 Social media pros and cons

18.30 James’ feelings on death

20.30 James’ experience on Glow

24.30 Possibility of going into motivational speaking

28.40 James’ message resonating with others

30.30 The inspiration for starting the Anything Goes podcast

33.50 Why does James think people like his podcast?

38.15 Negative thought patterns

40.20 What is James’ vision for his podcast?

41.50 How did Homeless At Christmas come about?

47.00 Who does James think is responsible for helping homelessness?

49.00 James on his purpose

50.30 What are James’ plans over the next 5 years?

53.40 James on his legacy

59.00 James on success

1.02.00 Best advice received

1.05.30 What would James say to his 20 year old self?

1.08.10 Changing the world

 

You can find James at:

https://www.facebook.com/jamesenglish11/

https://twitter.com/jamesenglish0

https://jamesenglish.podbean.com/

https://www.instagram.com/jamesenglish2/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkdiBNdMSiQeT8aD7gXWgvA

 

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