Ep. 39: Being English in Northern Ireland

Another World Episode 39

Belfast past midnight

Thriteen years ago, Nervys Young came from a village outside of London to Northern Ireland.  She intended to stay for a three year degree program and has not left since.  Ned talks about how totally naive she was when she first moved here, whether she’s ever considered herself a local, how people react to her accent, and why she hasn’t run for the hills yet.


Ep. 31: Reiki in North Belfast

Another World Episode 31

Caroline's Crystals

Caroline Dunne talks from her home in North Belfast about the practice of Reiki.  She has been practicing it for many years, having been trained in the US and then moved to Belfast to live & work here for the past 6 and a half years.  Caroline had been a hair stylist before, but then switched into holistic therapies, with reiki being one of her favorite to practice.  Reiki is unlike a traditional body massage — with less touching, more silence, and a focus on chakras and crystals.  In today’s episode, she explains what reiki is exactly & who is attracted to it.  Caroline also discusses what the reaction has been in North Belfast and the city at large to reiki, as well as what it can offer to people (including skeptics of it), and why she enjoys it so much.

Ep. 25: Bicycle Belfast

Another World Episode 25 

Sam, at I Fix Bikes
Sam, at I Fix Bikes

This week, bicycling in Belfast.

Sam Ruscica, the ‘Mother Teresa of Broken Bikes’ in Belfast, talks about his shop “I Fix Bikes” in the Smithfield Market, as well as his plans for the future.  He’d like to move from rescuing all the abandoned and abused bikes in town to managing a community bike shop, teaching people how to build and fix bikes for themselves.  Sam also talks about Bike Pirates of Toronto, the abuse and flying objects he encounters while riding through the city, and the DIY Wednesdays he hosts at his shop.


Austin, at Belfast Bicycle Workshop
Austin, at Belfast Bicycle Workshop

Then Austin Brown of Belfast Bicycle Workshop talks about his work repairing and selling bicycles, as well as leading bike tours of the city.  He is located in ‘The Workshops’ on Lawrence Street in the Holylands, after having run Lifecycles down in the Smithfield Markets for many years.  Austin explains why there’s not a critical mass in Belfast & how he’s trying to generate a bike culture here.  He can be reached at 028 9043 9959, or at info@lifecycles.co.uk.




 The ‘Bicycle Repair Man’ skit from Monty Python, from which Sam derives his job title.

Ep. 10: Black Taxi Hostage & The Schizophrenia Ward

Another World Episode 10

Peace Walls of Belfast
Peace Walls of Belfast

This week, the program goes to the Falls Road for an interview with a black taxi driver about his experiences giving tours and being taken hostage.

In the second half, Claire Hagan discusses her work with people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at Johns Hopkins medical center in Baltimore.