The Toby Gribben Show Highlights

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Highlights from Toby Gribben's afternoon show on Shout Radio. Featuring chat with top showbiz guests.

John Kennedy

Season 2022, Ep. 174
John Kennedy is a puppeteer who has performed on various Muppet projects since the early 1990s.Kennedy began building puppets as a child in his hometown of Plainfield, Indiana where he performed shows at local libraries. One of his first professional jobs was as a singing, dancing, banjo-playing puppeteer at the Indianapolis Union Station Festival Marketplace.While working on a bachelors degree in theatre at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Kennedy wrote to theJim Henson Companyand was invited to several performer workshops inNew York City. Around the same time, Kennedy coincidentally landed a job as a dancer in the Muppet revue,Here Come the Muppets, atWalt Disney World. He relocated to Orlando,Florida, and in a few weeks found himself working besideJim Hensonhimself. Kennedy would go on to work with the Jim Henson Company and the Muppets in a relationship that continues to this day.In addition to puppeteering, Kennedy has lent his other skills to various Henson projects. He helped write songs forThe Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss(including the "FoxandKnox" theme), and choreographedKyra Sedgwick's musical number inEpisode 4213ofSesame Street.In later years, Kennedy developed a career as an author and has written two popular puppet making books,Puppet Mania!andPuppet Planet. He also hosts puppet making videos on the internet, builds puppets for various non-Muppet projects in the United States, and has taught MFA classes in puppetry at the University of Central Florida.

Michele Monro

Season 2022, Ep. 171
Few people know as much about cruising with a disability as Michele Monro. The daughter of much-loved singer, Matt Monro, Michele has spent more than 40 years travelling the world on cruise liners. For the last 14 years, she has combined her love of cruising with her work as a specialist speaker for companies including Celebrity, P&O, Fred Olsen and Royal Caribbean.In the 1990s Michele was diagnosed with MS. It was then she began to fully appreciate the absence of advice and information about cruise travel with special needs. Michele felt strongly that whilst living with a disability presents a lot of obstacles, a cruise holiday shouldn’t have to be one of them and she began what was to become 3 years of painstaking research covering all the possible details of a disabled cruise traveller's needs to know. The Autonomous Cruiser is the result. The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide available, advising on the whole process of cruising, including: -·Cruise and port choices, and the accessibility of cruise terminals.A comprehensive section on fly-cruises including airport guides, car park assistance, wheelchair advice, checked luggage, lounges, and delayed and missed departures·Critical pre-planning information including holiday administration, vaccinations, medication, cabin selection, upgrades, pier transfers, luggage services, drinks packages, speciality dining and the online check-in·Life on board incorporates embarkation, cruise ship etiquette, dining, entertainment, meetings, bridge visits, swimming pools, spa facilities shopping and duty-free, photo gallery, onboard savings, ship visits, port calls, tendering, safety, technology at sea and the travel scams to watch out for·Caregivers, chaperones and service dogs ·A directory outlining the most important disability resources, including accessible shore excursions, dedicated apps, cruise specialists and accessible travel agentsThis market first book covers the most common areas of special needs - from those travelling with pre-existing conditions, special dietary considerations, prescriptions and medication, epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, compromised immune systems, breathing disorders, kidney disease, and visual and hearing impairments to make this the most comprehensive guide to cruising available.About the author Michele Monro is the daughter of much-loved singer Matt Monro. She is the author of the internationally bestselling biography of his life The Singers Singer: The Life And Music Of Matt Monro and released a brand-new album of her father’s work, Stranger in Paradise: The Lost New York Sessions in 2020 which went straight to the No8 spot in the official album charts and stayed in the charts for six months. Michele is a special interest speaker for a number of cruise lines including Celebrity, P&O, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Cruise and Maritime, Fred Olsen and Royal Caribbean. She is also writing a series of cruise port guides for disabled passengers to complement The Autonomous Cruiser. When she isn’t cruising, Michele lives in Shropshire.