Five Fife podcasts to tune into

Online links to keep us entertained during lockdown

I love podcasts. I’m normally wandering about Kirkcaldy town centre with a flat white in one hand and earplugs in another.

There’s no getting away from it.

We are living in strange times. The news reports are both real and unbelievable.

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Through this, I have turned to my trusty form of entertainment to distract me.

I came across podcasts two years ago after noticing the reports of the investment by the big players. Curious, I did some virtual snooping and found a variety of shows on every conceivable subject under the sun, including arts, comedy, history, music, news, science, sports, true crime and TV and film.

I start listening and did so for hours, hooked on series, interviews and one-off dramas finding unlimited entertainment.

I loved them and felt so inspired I created my own a few months later.

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And I wasn’t the only one. Over seven million people – one in eight in the UK – listen to podcasts every week.

And the best news? In a time when money is a worry you can listen to most podcasts for FREE.

For myself, hitting the end of the first week in new life lockdown, it has helped me focus and stay calm.

Here are my Top 5 Podcasts from fellow Fifers;

Craig Gilbert, of Zen Life Fife, is offering podcasts on mindfulness for help and guidance in these challenging times, including an introduction, key concepts, meditations and other examples of how to practise mindfulness in your day.

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Mindfulness is useful for strong emotions such as anxiety and anger and can help with helping our resilience to what life throws at us.

Queendom of Fife, is an online women’s magazine and community founded by former Fife Free Press reporter Cara Forrester.

She has led the field in supporting the Kirkcaldy community and its members by creating the Fife Who Rock awards ceremony, Beauty Banks charity campaign, and Love Oor Langtoon competition and Facebook page.  Subjects are chosen by the Queendom Community.

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The inaugural episode is about kindness. Find it HERE

Holding the Space recently celebrated its 70th episode featuring interviews with Fifers and beyond, sharing their stories of challenge and triumph in a safe space.

Guests include Cody Feechan, Neil Oliver, Lorraine Brown and Allan Crow.

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Did Ye Aye? by Liam James Flinn focuses on lives of people born and raised in Fife. Laidback and full of humour, episodes feature guests Mark Reynolds, Billy Reekie and Scott Shepherd. Find it HERE

Scottish Ancestral Records features Ken Nisbet, of the Scottish Genealogy Society ,sharing hints and tips on how to start researching your family history.

Full of practical advice
for those who always wanted to start looking into their family story, but who were 
not sure exactly how to go about getting started.

Be warned – ancestry research once started can be all-consuming!

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There are more podcasts out there. If you know them, please share them. I would love to listen.

We all need stories right now – and if you’re so inspired, be your own Podcaster and create your own. I did.

In the meantime, stay safe, safe home and keep listening through the lockdown.