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The Golden Ducks Podcast is a biweekly cricket podcast hosted by the lads from weCricket. Featuring a weekly news show covering everything in the cricketing world in a funny and lighthearted way. We also follow England Cricket very closely and review every day of the test matches, plus all white-ball games too. Find us on Youtube, if you prefer to watch your podcasts.
 
Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert, from the biggest sporting names in the world to former Buddhist monks, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers. They discuss a theme that tells us something insightful about life and how best to live it, from the importance of self-acceptance, to facing addiction and developing resilience - right through to getting your circadian rhythms in sync and how to sleep better. Sport is a metaphor for life, and this podcast proves that right. ...
 
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Everything you experience - like thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions - come and go. But do you come and go with them? To help answer this question is philosopher Rupert Spira, who walks us through a simple but powerful process of 'self-enquiry' ** Follow me: on instagram https://www.instagram.com/simonmundie/ on twitter https://twitter.c…
 
Most of us believe that there is a 'thinker' in our heads, who is thinking all our thoughts. My guest this week Sam Harris - neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up app - argues that this is an illusion. Sam says if we can clearly see this, we can largely bring …
 
At Wimbledon this year, newcomer Emma Radacanu reached the fourth round, but had to withdraw with breathing difficulties. It was - it seemed - a 'bad' thing. There was concern for her welfare, and questions as to whether it would impact her future Grand Slam chances. Emma then proceeded to produce one of the all time great Grand Slam performances o…
 
Sally Gunnell is a British athletics Great; the only woman to be Olympic, World and European 400 metres hurdles champion while simultaneously holding the World Record. While she dominated her sport in the early 1990s – Sally admits she couldn’t have done it without the team she built around her. She was ahead of her time in seeking help with the ps…
 
As Shakespeare wrote, "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Albert Ellis - founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) - ran with this idea and came up with a model to help identify the role belief plays in how we feel and subsequently act in the world. Sports psychologist Helen Davis explained how the model wor…
 
What lessons can we take from the approach, attitude and outlook of Roger Federer? Helping me answer that question is Christopher Clarey – arguably the top tennis journalist in the world, who writes for the New York Times. Chris has written a book called ‘the Master – the Brilliant career of Roger Federer’, which has rocketed to the top of the best…
 
The importance of powering your brain down several times a day. Sir John Kirwan - the All Black's legend who was knighted for services to mental health - shared this golden nugget with me. His is a fantastic analogy - when your computer stops working and you ring IT - what do they advise you to do? Switch it off and then turn it back on again! It's…
 
Making good choices - even when you feel like you are missing out or not progresssing as quickly as you would like. This is something Josh has done throughout his life, even in the face of peer pressure and frustration. We also talk about getting perspective in your life, stopping complaining about things that are really unimportant in the big sche…
 
Amor fati means "a love of fate". The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche quoted it as his formula for human greatness. In other words – whatever happens in your life – or whatever has happened in the past – accept it fully. Not begrudgingly and reluctanctly - but as if you had chosen it yourself. The question is - how? In this short episode we …
 
How smartphones and social media may be making us more anxious and distracted - and what to do about it. Cal Newport is the author of two seminal books: 'Deep Work' and 'Digital Minimalism'. He argues that our ability to perform undistracted work on something cognitively demanding is a vital skill to train. However, the ability to perform 'deep wor…
 
Why self-sacrificing and people-pleasing can be selfish, while looking after yourself can be selfless. Ed Jackson suffered a devastating accident after diving into a shallow swimming pool and breaking his neck in 2017. He made a miraculous recovery despite being told he would never walk again. Ed first appeared on the show two years ago but this ep…
 
India batsman Rohit Sharma sits down with Sky Sports' Dinesh Karthik to discuss his approach to batting, being described as having 'lazy elegance' at the crease, becoming a fixture in his country's Test team, playing in England - and crying at Bollywood movies! Rohit also talks family, fatherhood, friendship and his passion for conservation.…
 
The power of tapping into our internal guidance system - and trusting that it will take us where we need to go. Chrissie Wellington is one of the greatest athletes of all time: a four-time Ironman World Champion who broke the world record and retired undefeated. More importantly, Chrissie is a humble, kind and generous person (which is not always t…
 
Why avoiding sport's undoubted riches and ensuing fame - and remaining grounded and humble - can be a blessing. Laura was the world's number one squash player and its World Champion. However, squash doesn't get the attention of some other sports, and is overlooked by the International Olympic Committee time and again. Using her mantra 'life can onl…
 
Remembering the importance of play - with the first woman to make a British Olympic rowing team after having children. Helen Glover is already a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner, and wasn't expecting to have the opportunity to win a third. Since winning gold at Rio 2016, Helen has given birth to three children. She has a three-year old, and a pai…
 
In the words of one of Britain's greatest ever athletes, "complacency has a tendency to bite you on the backside". At the 1992 Olympics, Colin Jackson was hot favourite to win gold in the 110 metres hurdles, but finished seventh in the final after getting ahead of himself in the earlier rounds. Jackson won the World Championships twice thereafter a…
 
It may be easy to think – we all know how to breath, but many of us do it in a way that is not optimal for our health. This week’s guest is science journalist and best-selling author of 'Breath, the new science of a lost art' James Nestor. The science shows breathing through your nose is key, as is not over-breathing – something we are prone to doi…
 
The importance of building strong foundations and not striving to reach your goal too quickly. Matt Little has coached Andy Murray for 15 years, and is the longest standing member of his entourage. He is a man who knows the importance of values, and of building strong foundations - rather than rushing to achieve success in the shortest time possibl…
 
What does success mean? Is the simple 'winner and losers' narrative we hear about in sport and life too simplistic? Tim Henman reached six major tennis semi-finals - four at Wimbledon - and was ranked fourth in the world. And yet – in some quarters – there is a false narrative that somehow Tim didn't deliver, or choked when it mattered most. If tha…
 
The importance of separating our self-worth and sense of who we are from what we do. As one of Britain's best swimmers, Siobhan-Marie's sense of self-worth was often bound up with her performance in the pool. When she recorded the third fastest time in history at Rio 2016, she was on cloud nine, but when her times slipped she felt like she was a fa…
 
The power of embracing a cause bigger than yourself. The qualities associated with being selfless include generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of humility. Former England captain Lewis "Mad Dog" Moody is someone who has embodied selflessness throughout his life, on the pitch and off it. Connection is one of his top values, which has all…
 
Why resisting and battling uncomfortable thoughts and feelings doesn't work, but acceptance and self-compassion does. Dr. Russ Harris is the world's best-know teacher of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) Experiencing emotions like anxiety is entirely normal. It is part of the human experience. If you DIDN'T experience them, then there may be …
 
Nick Knight is joined by Niall O'Brien and Adam Collins to preview England's two-Test series against New Zealand. The panel discuss whether James Anderson and Stuart Broad should play together and what England new boys Ollie Robinson and James Bracey will bring to the group. Niall and Adam also have their say on England's decision to rest their IPL…
 
Why learning to face uncomfortable feelings is vital for our wellbeing. Clarke Carlisle, once crowned "Britain's brainiest footballer", has had well publicised mental health difficulties and issues with drink and gambling. He believes his issues with drink, gambling and other activities stemmed from an inability to sit with painful emotions. In thi…
 
Nick Knight is joined by Adam Collins and Niall O'Brien to preview the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl from June 18. Adam reveals what he likes about giant Black Caps seamer Kyle Jamieson and wonders whether New Zealand's heart-breaking defeat in the World Cup final will help them in this showpiece game…
 
Michael Atherton catches up with former team-mate Neil Fairbrother to reflect on England's madcap tour of India in 1993, the story of which will be told in Athers' documentary, Spinwash '93, at 7pm on June 2 on Sky Sports Cricket. Michael and Neil discuss the off-field issues England faced on that trip, their limited success on it, and the camarade…
 
David Lloyd picks his all-time Lancashire side from players he has seen, played with or coached - with no overseas players allowed as he focuses on local talent. James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, Mike Atherton and Matt Parkinson are among those to make the cut, but who else joins them in Bumble's team?…
 
On the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent join Ian Ward and Nasser Hussain to discuss Black Lives Matter, taking a knee, if enough is being done to tackle racism, and whether cricket is changing for the better.By Sky Sports
 
Everyone has had the experience of being 'in flow' - but what about being able to create it during the exact moment you've trained your life for? Goldie is an Olympic medalist in the javelin and was Britain's top thrower for a decade. In this episode we reflect on some of the implications and possible lessons that came up during the 'philosophy of …
 
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