Can’t believe I’m writing this… RIP Reuben M Tuck. Truly one of the funniest, whip smart, joyous, down to earth (while never quite of this earth) and loveliest people on the planet. The undisputed star of my 2015 Bipolar Express doc and someone I had known since I was 18 (and he led me astray – or it might have been the other way round). He died peacefully at home in Thailand but was only 58. Absolutely heartbroken for his wife Normandy, his family and all those who loved him. FU 2020. RIP Rueb ❤️ XX

RIP Reuben M Tuck, whose name I was never able to spell the same way twice…

I am making a little tribute to him ‘The Mad Creative Genius of Reuben M Tuck‘ I will be posting here. But for now you can hear Reuben talking about his bipolar with his trademark charisma, candor, humor and wisdom here: 

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/bipolar_express

He was an absolute gift of a guest and it was down to him that the doc did so well, picking up an award from RTHK in 2016 and being Highly Commended by the Association for International Broadcasting in 2015. The doc was exec produced by Steve James, one of Reuben’s closest friends, who introduced him to his beloved wife. 😘

Blurred Lives: Me, Bill Sheehan & Reuben M
 

Brace yourself for the first episode of my humorous new audio column, Sharp Pains, which launches on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show Sept 29! The first episode, Ghosts, will also feature rent-a-psychopathic-actor Philippe Joly voicing the part of ‘Daddy’.

I’m also super-excited to be producing & presenting two new podcast series: Writer Unblocked & Hong Kong Marriage Stories. The former is now in full-flow production and the latter is scheduled for early next year!

In other news: stay tuned for the Mental Ideas Podcast‘s 2021 debut on BBC Sounds and a revival of an old TV sketch show I co-wrote and performed in that is being reinvented for 2020! (But will not air until 2021.)

Just found out that my first (and only) poem, War of Voices, has won a place in the 2020 Proverse Poetry Prize and that it will be published in Proverse Publishing‘s anthology of prize-winning poems in April 2021! Which place (last place??) will be announced at a gala reception in Hong Kong Nov 19!

My late grandfather, a poet, who also dabbled in banking, would be proud! I’d love to say he was an inspiration but since his legacy is all in Welsh (and it’s a sin to translate Welsh poetry into English, according to my mother) I can’t tell if he’s been much of an influence or not. (Also, it’s a sin to translate English poetry into Welsh. 🤣)

War of Voices muses on mental health, populism and propaganda, tribalism and marginalization. It’s absolutely hilarious! Well, maybe not. But it rhymes! Thank you, Proverse! You have made a wannabe poet with more issues than Vogue very, VERY happy.

So… a white American teacher in his mid-50s has been exposed by super-sleuth Nury Vittachi, Hong Kong’s answer to Danger Mouse, for posing as a young Chinese activist all over the world’s media, writing prolifically about his experiences as a student leader in the Hong Kong Protests for the New York Times and the Guardian, winning praise from ex-guv Chris Patten, being followed on Twitter by Joshua Wong and Nathan Law and writing several books about his experiences as a younger, better looking Chinese dude.

I myself have occasionally dabbled in the murky world of pseudonyms. My legal name is obviously Miss Adventure, but if I want to write, produce or present something that’s really sh*t, I will invariably use the pseudonym Sadie Kaye. The tragic thing is that Sadie Kaye, unlike Kong Tsung-gan, is a real person. Real as in really, really thick. It’s been 8 years and she hasn’t even noticed all the phony baloney I’ve been putting out as her. Also we both look quite similar because we were both born in a lighthouse on an artificial island 5 miles off the coast of Sai Kung, which makes my identity theft more legitimate somehow.

But this article does throw up some uncomfortable moral dilemmas. Who is the man in the profile picture? And does it count as yellow face if the picture is in black and white?

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3097523/hong-kong-activist-writer-kong-tsung-gan-confirms-thats-only

Kong Tsung-gan

This summer I’ve been on a roll and making a lot of dough! Thanks to the amazing team effort of Ying, Moira, Chriz, Raquel, Mercy, Michelle, Emma and Amy, we were able to donate ALL THIS to Hong Kong charity Breadline!

The food waste charity, founded by Daisy Tam Diers, does a cracking job of feeding the homeless, migrants and refugees living well below the breadline on the streets or in shelters. The charity usually relies on food waste donations from cafes and restaurants, but with most operating restricted hours at low capacity, Breadline and other food waste charities have been unable to keep up with demand at a time it has never been higher. So after reading an article in the HKFP, I rallied a few of the neighbors together to see if we could feasibly bake our own to help the charity continue its work during the pandemic.

For the past couple of months we have made this a weekly initiative and we’d love to have your support! If you’re based in Sai Kung/ Clearwater Bay/ Tseung Kwan O and would like to join our Baker’s Dirty Half Dozen, fill in the form below! We’re all novices so don’t let a trivial thing like experience put you off. My first loaf came out of the oven not just burnt, but on fire! It still tasted pretty good though, once I’d given it a good hose down with the fire extinguisher. 

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We were also able to donate at least 12 shop bought loaves to Feeding Hong Kong, who had received an anonymous tip off about my baking and decided their insurance policy didn’t cover it.

We are now exploring the possibility of setting up an online bakery, Home Kong Bakery, where you can order home made breads, pastries, muffins and other yummy treats online and we deliver it to your home. We can’t promise it’ll be the best you’ve ever tasted but we can promise every cent we make will be donated to homeless charities. We are also collaborating with local artists to create sustainable bread boxes out of recycled waste with doodled designs and messages of solidarity to our homeless friends.

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Covid-19: Hong Kong food charity struggles to assist needy as partners suspend donations

疫情已經歷了3波8個月,。如果您沒有工作,沒有薪金,減少了工作時間,缺少食物或生活必需品,請不要讓您孩子們會空著肚子睡覺。不要害怕或尷尬地向我們發送私人消息。我們將竭盡所能幫助您,這可能只是將食品包裹放在您門前然後離開的情況。您不必與我們見面,沒有人會知道。就其他人而言,這從未發生過。請與您所認識並且在精神上和財務上都在掙扎的任何人分享。謝謝!

A funny thing happened to me as I was on my way to get tested (coronavirus, not AIDS, although the drugs they use to treat it are basically the same). I was dashing through Central at my usual speed (as if fleeing the scene of a crime – just about slow enough to be considered a rushed walk, not a flat-out panic) when a flock of 4 popo in surgical masks, and full riot gear, stopped me and demanded I remove my mask so they could ID me. As I peered up and down Wyndham Street, I was immediately struck by the fact absolutely everybody was wearing a mask. Why was I being singled out?

I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the window of the FCC and had to admit I did look slightly shady. Black leggings, black hoodie pulled up, black sunglasses and an oversized surgical facemask that covered my head, neck and shoulders. This bold fashion statement was completed with a pair of biodegradable, fully sustainable brown doggie poo bags flapping over each hand. Sh*t! Wasn’t black clobber still technically banned in Hong Kong since the protests? What about facemasks? Weren’t they banned too? Or were they compulsory now? Banned AND compulsory? The only item of clothing I had on me that I was certain was legal was the poo bags.

To draw the popo’s attention away from my criminal attire, I threw my hands up in an inappropriate (for the circumstances) gesture of mock arrest, then twiddled them about a bit – look, jazz hands! We all watched as a light breeze lifted the poo bags off my hands and sent them billowing down Wyndham Street.

I tried to remember what Carrie Lam had said about masks in her last press conference, but conjured up a false positive memory. Or it could have been a false negative. Or a negative positive. Or a positive negative. Science seems confused. Nobody’s seen Lam since the pandemic started. Even Boris Johnson’s kept up a higher profile and he’s spent most of it unconscious. Rumor has it Lam never returned from her jaunt to Beijing on National Day and now governs Hong Kong as a hologram projected onto podiums.

For a moment, I trance out and imagine Lam’s likeness being projected as a hologram by my outside bin – “Help me, Miss Adventure! You’re my only hope!” Moved by this rare display of emotion from our poker faced Chief Exec, I pick up the bin, apologize – “Sorry about this, R2” – and lob it into the back of a refuse truck. I watch, satisfied, as its CCP approved virtual reality technology gets chewed up and spat out into the harbor. At least as Lamfill, Carrie serves a purpose.

Ahh, the Protests! When I think of 2019 now I hear angel choirs. (That‘s how much fun 2020 has been.) All the arson, vandalism, tear gas, batons and bullets have been infused with a hazy nostalgic glow. It’s much the same way that I now look back on childhood camping trips with my family in Wales. In my mind, the sun was always shining and it was baking hot. We dined al fresco on the freshest catch every balmy night, before retiring to our luxurious glamping oasis.

Whereas my parents insist it p*ssed down the entire time. I never stopped complaining that my feet had turned blue and that it was 10 degrees colder than the North Pole. Our tent was as roomy and luxurious as a body bag, only much less waterproof. The only edible I ever caught in a rock pool with my orange plastic fishing net was a strawberry-flavored condom. And we ate baked beans and mushy fish fingers heated up by my mother squatting over a mini gas canister, as if she was taking a culinary dump. She looks back on our summer camping trips in Wales and blames them for her arthritis.

But back to Wyndham Street and my brief encounter with the popo. “But officers!” I defended myself. “As if fleeing the scene of a crime is just how I walk! Besides, how are you meant to know if you’re experiencing shortness of breath if you’re dawdling along at a snail’s pace?” I suddenly remembered that I’d left my ID card at home. It was a deliberate criminal act, not an accident. I had made a conscious, conscientious decision to reduce the amount of plastic I carried. It was less about saving the environment and more about having less to disinfect the second I walked in through the door. My rap sheet was growing by the millisecond. I peered up at a traffic light, hoping its advanced facial recognition camera had not been irreparably damaged by protesters and tried to replicate my expression on my ID card so there could be no mistaking it was me.

“Think the Mona Lisa”, the Immigration Official in the photo booth had urged me. Noting my mental struggle, she elaborated, “You can smile, as long as you don’t show any teeth.” Just t*ts then. It had been years since my school trip to the Louvre and I drew a blank trying to recall the expression on Mona Lisa’s face. “Enigmatic”, the Immigration Official prompted me with an encouraging smile that I wondered might be a clue as to how the Mona Lisa had posed for her HKID card. As my picture came juddering through the printing machine, the Immigration Official frowned, smiled pityingly at me and brightly announced, “Let’s try that again!” FFS! I’d only come to have my ID card updated to the CCP’s latest standard of criminal profiling technology, not to be turned into some kind of constipated still life art exhibition. This is what happens when your ID card is smarter than you are.

After 5 more attempts, the Immigration Official appeared to have lost faith in her ambition to be the next Mario Testino and showed me her artwork. I nodded sagely. I recognized the expression on my face immediately, though I doubted it was because it bore any resemblance to the Mona Lisa. It was the exact same facial expression my dad had when he’d peed in the sea on our summer camping trips in Wales. Braving the icebergs, he’d swim purposefully out to sea before turning around to face the shore, tread water for approximately 3 minutes, all the while pretending to smile fondly back at his family so that the other dads treading water around him wouldn’t become suspicious. Then he’d power back to shore. As I left Immigration Tower with a photocopy of my new ID card, I tried to take comfort in the fact I’d only have to look like a guilty man peeing until I was 65.

I tranced back into the present where the popo had clearly had enough of my criminal ambivalence and pathetic attempts to distract them with jazz hands. My wrists aching, I pulled down my hood and nervously removed my facemask. I don’t know who – or what – they were expecting to see but it certainly wasn’t me. One started laughing and the others joined in. Did this mean I was free and had narrowly avoided a penalty and up to two years imprisonment for not having my HKID on me? Relieved, I laughed too, hi-fived a couple of them and shook hands with another. As a radio call came in, alerting the popo to an illegal gathering of more than 2 people in West Kowloon, they wafted me off in the same direction as my poo bags.

Half an hour and a nasal excavation later, I discovered that I had tested weak positive for COVID 19. Further tests proved inconclusive. I could have been asymptomatic and nearly over it. Or it could have been a false positive, a false negative, a negative positive, or a positive negative, said Science. A few days later, I read this report in the South China Morning Post: ‘130 Hong Kong Riot Police Ordered Into Quarantine’.

I smiled enigmatically. A perfect Mona Lisa.

Catch the first episode of my humorous new audio column, Sharp Pains, on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show Sept 29, 2020! (Needless to say, in the current environment, this won’t be one of them.) I actually wrote this a couple of months back, then procrastinated over whether a mildly entertaining anecdote was worth serving life imprisonment for, then forgot about it for a while, before rediscovering it and deciding 2020 had been so boring that even prison might bring about a welcome change of scene…

Crazy is a cheeky little fiesta of madness and the last episode of the first series of Mental Ideas Podcasts so DON’T MISS IT!!! The Mental Ideas Podcast will be back in 2021! You can download all the episodes from this series on RTHK‘s Podcast One platform. Stay tuned for news of spin-off Mental Monologues and the first series’ launch on BBC Sounds!

You can catch me presenting my humorous new audio column on Noreen Mir’s fantabulous 123 Show on RTHK Radio 3 from September 29, 2020! I’m also cranking into production of two new podcasts, Hong Kong Marriage Stories and Writer Unblocked. If you’re interested in taking part as a guest, get in touch!!!

A HUGE thanks to all my mental guests: Mat RicardoChristina YungLarry FeignFlorence WongRuben MJosh WaltersDan DaviesKiki WongJackie ChanPhilippe JolyEugenia KimRaffaello DegruttolaIfat Hyndes, as well as to Nick Samuel for composing the mental music, Angie Mann – and especially to the legendary Noreen Mir for exec producing and all her endless encouragement, guidance and support!!!

Until then amigos, if you can’t stay sane, stay crazy!

Podcast Links!

Crazy on RTHK Radio 3

Crazy on the 123 Show

Crazy on Podcast One

Crazy on Apple Podcasts

Crazy on iHeart Radio

Crazy on Player FM

Mental Ideas Podcast: Full Series 1 (2020)

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Trolls Anonymous

The Unwellness Entrepreneur

Money

Crazy

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I talk dirty. Great big wads of dirty cash! You can’t use banknotes anywhere in Hong Kong since the first wave peaked. Too dirty! Toilet paper is our cleanest currency now…

This week’s episode of my Mental Ideas Podcast explores the relationship between bipolar disorder and money. It features an array of new and returning guests, including filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola, Christina Yung, Ruben M, Kiki Wong, Jackie Chan, Josh Walters and Florence Wong.

Join me on RTHK Radio 3‘s fantabulous 123 Show this Thursday (June 18) in about… ooooh… ONE HOUR!!!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/689137

There’s no show next week as it’s a public holiday in HK but the Mental Ideas Podcast will be back the following Thursday (July 2nd) @2.30pm HKT! Don’t miss Crazy!!!

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Podcast Links!

Money on RTHK Radio 3

Money on the 123 Show

Money on Podcast One

Money on Apple Podcasts

Money on Player FM

Money on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Trolls Anonymous

The Unwellness Entrepreneur

First chance to see a film I co-produced Transference: A Bipolar Love Story online at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival! The indie film recently picked up awards for Best Dramatic Feature at the Anatolia and Zoroaster film festivals and has been officially selected by the Arizona International Film Festival. It is being distributed by 1091 Media/ The Orchard.

As well as being the film’s world premiere, there’s a live Q&A on Zoom with the film’s director/lead actor Raffaello Degruttola and lead actress Emilie Sofie Johannesen. Both are incredible! Transference: A Bipolar Love Story is one of four films shortlisted in SRFF‘s Narrative Feature category that will stream online for 48 hours from June 26 (5pm NYT) to June 28 (5pm NYT). Click on the link below to reserve your place! 

https://www.ratedsrfilms.org/narrative-features-2020


 Transference: A Bipolar Love Story (2019) on IMDb

On today’s episode – I coin a new catchphrase from an interview with wellness entrepreneur Ifat Hyndes and try it out on a taxi driver. Mat Ricardo talks about the power of acceptance. I say something that is unacceptable in a lunchtime slot on the radio. (Whoops!)

Join me LIVE on RTHK Radio 3 in about… oooh… NOW!!!

Podcast Links!

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on RTHK Radio 3

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on the 123 Show

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on Podcast One

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on Apple Podcasts

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on Player FM

The Unwellness Entrepreneur on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Trolls Anonymous

Mat Links!

Mat’s website

Follow Mat on Twitter

Ifat Links!

Ifat’s website

Follow Ifat on Instagram

Check out Ifat’s new gig as a global ambassador for Operation Smile and find out how you can help: https://www.operationsmile.org/act-now

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On this week’s episode Mat Ricardo reminisces about the time he was starting out as a street performer and a member of the public walked onto his pitch and took a dump. Left to raise the tone (uh-oh…) Trollywood actor Dan Davies gives a moving account of his own experiences with internet trolls. Only he has another word for them… and he uses it a lot…

Catch me LIVE on RTHK Radio 3 in about oooh 2 hours!!! You can now download all the podcasts in this series in one mental place! Check out my new page on the RTHK website by clicking HERE! I’ll be adding more links to this post after the show airs!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/686422

Podcast Links!

Trolls Anonymous on RTHK Radio 3

Trolls Anonymous on the 123 Show

Trolls Anonymous on Podcast One

Trolls Anonymous on Apple Podcasts

Trolls Anonymous on Player FM

Trolls Anonymous on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Dan Links!

Dan on IMDb

Dan Interview – Post Crescent

Dan Interview – USA Today

Mat Links!

Mat Ricardo’s website

Mat Ricardo TEDX Talk

Connect with Mat on Twitter

Trolls Anonymous on RTHK Radio 3

Brace yourselves for another “slightly strange” (yeah… thanks Noreen 🤣) episode of my Mental Ideas strand of RTHK‘s 123 Show! This week my guest is the inspirational Christina Yung! She banks. She cares for her Mum. She writes books and takes magical photographs of Hong Kong old shops. She’s in tears twice during the interview and has the most infectious raucous laugh I’ve ever had the pleasure of developing tinnitus from!

Bit of an emotional rollercoaster this week as we discuss dementia and the Hong Kong Protests among other topics. Obviously this was recorded way back in BC (Before Coronavirus), hence all the hugging. I’d be arrested (again) for all that Friends BS now.

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/685085

On next week’s episode of Mental Ideas veterans Mat Ricardo and Dan Davies return and recount their most memorable experiences with internet trolls in Trolls Anonymous. Only Dan has another word for them… and he uses it a lot…

Catch me LIVE on RTHK Radio 3 in about… oooh… TWO HOURS!!! You can now download all the podcasts in this series in one mental place! Check out my new page on the RTHK website by clicking HERE!

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Podcast Links!

The Depressed Banker on RTHK Radio 3

The Depressed Banker on the 123 Show

The Depressed Banker on Podcast One

The Depressed Banker on Apple Podcasts

The Depressed Banker on iHeart Radio

The Depressed Banker on Player FM

Christina Links!

Christina’s website

Small Shops, Big Hearts

Christina in SCMP

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

Virtual Reality dance-maker Eugenia Kim explains how her bipolar disorder has fueled her creativity and inspired her latest VR film! It’s called Lithium Hindsight 360. And yes, it IS better than Avatar

Virtually Eugenia broadcasted on RTHK Radio 3 May 21 and explores the much-hyped relationship between bipolar disorder and creativity. Is there any truth in it? Or is it just a dangerous delusion of grandeur?

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/683736

This week’s Mental Ideas Podcast is a real emotional rollercoaster as I’m joined by inspirational photographer, author and banker Christina Yung! Join me live on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show Thurs May 28 @ 2.30 HKT!

All my quirky little podcasts from this series can now be located in one convenient mental place! Check out my new page on the RTHK website HERE!

Podcast Links!

Virtually Eugenia on RTHK Radio 3

Virtually Eugenia on the 123 Show

Virtually Eugenia on Podcast One

Virtually Eugenia on Apple Podcasts

Virtually Eugenia on iHeart Radio

Virtually Eugenia on Player FM

Eugenia Links!

Eugenia’s City U Profile

Eugenia Kim Biography

Lithium Hindsight 360

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

I’ve got a criminal record as long as your arm, but most of my heinous crimes were committed while I was in Nod. At least that’s what I told the popo…

Catch my cheeky one-hander The Criminal Sleepwalker on this week’s Mental Ideas Podcast live on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show in about ooh TWO HOURS today (May 7) @2.30 HKT!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/681284

On next week’s episode I am joined by the power of virtual technology by two lunchtime legends: showman Mat Ricardo and actor Dan Davies in a deadly episode, Death & The Frozen Tundra.

More Podcast Links!

The Criminal Sleepwalker on RTHK Radio 3

The Criminal Sleepwalker on the 123 Show

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Podcast One

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Apple Podcasts

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Player FM

The Criminal Sleepwalker on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

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Following a relatively smooth (considering the backdrop!) debut stint as a podcaster on RTHK Radio 3‘s fantabulous 123 Show, I am excited to have been invited to produce & present a brand new strand for the show!

Hong Kong Marriage Stories takes a refreshing, insightful and entertaining look at the institution of marriage and the complicated, often hilarious dynamics between two people. It may not be a fairytale (unless it’s the one where you kill an ogre with an axe and get pots of gold?) But it’s Love, Factually.

Whether you’re still in the honeymoon period or have been married for decades, whether your marriage is magic or tragic, whether you’re smugged out, bugged out or drugged out, whether social distancing has brought you closer together (ha!) or driven you to the brink of homicide, RTHK’s Miss Adventure wants your engaging and entertaining marriage stories!

Interested in taking part? Get in touch!!! You and your spouse can disagree on everything – except being interviewed by me once separately and once together. Throughout the series, listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite marriage story (probably on the grounds of entertainment value, rather than durability). The winning couple will receive a ‘Hong Kong Marriage Story of The Year‘ trophy, a certificate signed by the Pope (TBA) and a romantic date night of our choosing!!!

Psychopathic actor and entrepreneur Philippe Joly attempts to explain why psychopaths make such great neighbors, CEOs and movie stars. But I’m laughing so much about fake noses, it’s almost impossible to hear him. He also has the GALL to bring up his experiences working with Jackie Chan. No, not the bipolar banker I interviewed in episode 2. The other one.

There was no Mental Ideas Podcast last Thursday as it was Buddha’s birthday. (Happy Birdy Buddy!) But it’s back as a strand of RTHK Radio 3‘s fantabulous 123 Show THIS THURSDAY (May 7) @2.30 HKT with an arresting episode, The Criminal Sleepwalker.

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/678866

Podcast Links!

The Psychopathic Actor on RTHK Radio 3

The Psychopathic Actor on the 123 Show

The Psychopathic Actor on Podcast One

The Psychopathic Actor on Player FM

The Psychopathic Actor on iHeart Radio

The Psychopathic Actor on Apple Podcasts

More About Philippe Joly!

Philippe’s Website

Philippe on Wikipedia

Philippe on IMDb

Philippe in the SCMP

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Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

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One type of podcast guest that’s proved easy to secure in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic is grounded airline cabin crew. Bipolar is a condition that’s often been associated with mad creative geniuses, like Van Gough, Beethoven, Mozart, Theresa May and Carrie Lam. But what if you work as a first class bathroom assistant for a living and don’t have a creative bone in your body? The Agitated Air Stewardess is a harrowing tale of triumph in the face of absurdity. Florence Wong ROCKS!!!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/677659

The Mental Ideas Podcast is back on RTHK Radio 3 this Thursday (April 23) @ 2.30 HKT, where I’m talking psychopaths in The Psychopathic Actor with French actor Philippe Joly who isn’t one (allegedly). Don’t miss it!!!

Podcast Links!

The Agitated Air Stewardess on RTHK Radio 3

The Agitated Air Stewardess on the 123 Show

The Agitated Air Stewardess on Podcast One

The Agitated Air Stewardess on Player FM

The Agitated Air Stewardess on Apple Podcasts

The Agitated Air Stewardess on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

https://mentalideas.org

https://bipolarhk.com

I am rewarded for all my bad work with the once-in-a-lifetime exclusive opportunity to interview a living legend LIVE on RTHK Radio 3! JACKIE CHAN is on the podcast!!! No, I am not making this up!!!! She works in banking and has bipolar disorder!!!!! Oh.

But she could kick THAT Jackie Chan into 2021…

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/676520

On this week’s episode of the Mental Ideas Podcast, I interview Agitated Air Stewardess Florence Wong! Join me this Thursday (April 16) @ 2.30 on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show!

More Podcast Links!

A Bipolar Love Story on RTHK Radio 3

A Bipolar Love Story on the 123 Show

A Bipolar Love Story on Podcast One

A Bipolar Love Story on Player FM

A Bipolar Love Story on iHeart Radio

A Bipolar Love Story on Apple Podcasts

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

https://mentalideas.org

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Episode 1 of my Mental Ideas Podcast, a new weekly strand on the fantabulous Noreen Mir‘s 123 Show, aired April 2, 2020 on RTHK Radio 3!

Depression. It’s no laughing matter. Or is it? Why are so many of our best loved comedians depressed? I trance in and out exploring this tragi-hilarious topic with award-winning cartoonist, depressed humorist and best-selling author, the irrepressible Larry Feign: creator of the iconic Lily Wong comic strip published in the South China Morning Post. Larry was the first cartoonist to have a full-page spread in Time Magazine, worked in animation for Walt Disney Studios and is the international best-selling author of 15 comic books and children’s book series The Fart Brothers, which he sensibly writes under the pen name M.D. Whalen because he doesn’t want to be too closely associated with flatulence.

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/675344

The Mental Ideas Podcast will be back on RTHK Thursday April 9 @ 2.30pm!

More About Larry Feign!

Larry’s website

The World of Lily Wong

Larry on Wikipedia

Larry Interview – LA Times

The Fart Brothers on Amazon

Farty Facts

More Podcast Links!

The Depressed Comedian on RTHK Radio 3

The Depressed Comedian on the 123 Show

The Depressed Comedian on Podcast One

The Depressed Comedian on Apple Podcasts

The Depressed Comedian on Player FM

The Depressed Comedian on iHeart Radio

Mental Ideas Podcast in Hong Kong Buzz

Of all the faux pas I could be reasonably gagged and life imprisoned for under the HKSAR’s sweeping National Insecurity Law (#NIL), this month’s horoscopes in Hong Kong Buzz seemed the least subversive. So imagine my surprise when I received an email from editor Robin Bradbeer informing me that this month’s litany of criminally insane predictions had been personally approved by Friend To The Stars superfan Xi Jinpin, a Gemini, but banned by that bastion of democratic free speech, Google, for ‘violating its sexual content policy’? My reaction was understandably seditious, as it had taken me a full 5 minutes to divine them. Luckily, the sticky situation was swiftly resolved when plucky ex-lawyer Robin colluded with Bat Man and appealed, and then when that failed, Jupiter threatened to post naked pictures of Google’s mum on Porn Hub.

Ahhh, I’ll miss this malarkey when the Great Firewall comes crashing down……

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Superfan Xi

August 2020 Horoscopes by RTHK Radio 3’s ‘Miss Adventure’: Friend To The Stars

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Transference: A Bipolar Love Story received a Special Jury Mention in the Narrative Feature category at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival! So proud of my involvement as a co-producer of this indie gem, directed by and starring the one and only Raffaello Degruttola. Congrats Raff! You can meet the filmmakers (including Raff) by subscribing to SRFF’s YouTube channel HERE!

Big thanks to @SR-FilmFestNY and the judges for recognizing our film. Congratulations to the cast & crew of Lorik for winning the category! And thanks to all of you who liked and shared my own and Mental Ideas’ posts about the festival on social media!

Next stop: the Arizona International Film Festival, where Transference has been selected in the Dramatic Feature category. The festival kicks off Oct 1st!

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