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Each week we invite one of the biggest guests in the world of magic to maroon themselves on a desert island. They are allowed to take with them 8 tricks, 1 book and 1 non magic item that they use for magic! We discuss their 'can't live without' lists and why those items were chosen. Episodes are uploaded every Friday and are available via all Podcast service providers! To find out more about the team behind Desert Island Tricks, please visit: www.alakazam.co.uk
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The Desert Island Investor

Mark Atkinson and Paul Kerin

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The Desert Island Investor podcast is a series of podcasts that document the experiences and strategies of private investor Mark Atkinson. Mark's long-term investments have enabled him to become financially independent and to retire at the comparatively early age of 53. The stocks that Mark reviews on this channel are from his real portfolio and not a 'virtual' portfolio, so these are genuine win-some, lose-some stories. We hope that you'll also enjoy our regular feature 'Question in a Bottl ...
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What would you choose as your last meal? Chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the seven dishes that have shaped their lives. In this podcast you will find conversations with interesting people from the world of food and beyond uncovering the seminal dishes and experiences that have shaped who they are today. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover w ...
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You’re invited to the Desert Island Society, where Madeline and Xander ask and answer the classic question… If you were taken to a desert island, what would you bring? From 80’s synth songs and dystopian video games to pizza toppings and family board games, we’re getting pretty specific about what’s coming with us. So, what are you bringing?
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Inspired by the legendary BBC show, each month our own Layover Talks: Desert Island edition invites a member of the Butchershop® Global crew who's ready to spend the rest of their lives in an unknown land. Through the entertainment content they choose to bring along for their stay, we will get to know our guest more intimately.
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You are marooned a desert island with a few books and records. Fast forward three years. You now rule the island with an iron fist. But what laws will you enact? What will you ban? Each week, comedian Jacob Hatton interviews a new castaway from the worlds of science, journalism, politics and entertainment and asks them about their own personal island. Will it be a utopia or a nightmare?
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* SUBSCRIBERS PLEASE NOTE episodes are added in batches of 100*. Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island. Full listings can be found on the Desert Island Discs website. Archive episodes are broadcast on Radio 4 Extra, Wednesdays 10.00 and Sundays 10.00.
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Jenny Sealey has been the artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company since 1997: Graeae is a deaf and disabled-led company and a leader and innovator in accessible theatre. Jenny has directed opera as well as plays, and was the co-director of the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony. Jenny was born in Nottingham in 1963, the eldest of four sisters. Sh…
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Roman Armstrong has recently ended his run in Derren Browns West End magic show, ‘Unbelievable!’ He is an award winning magician and comedian who in 2022 took his hit show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews! His style of magic is quirky and off beat and he even has magic products released to the community! You’re going to love his tru…
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If a company that you invest in is under-performing, attending their Annual General Meeting gives you an opportunity to find out what they are doing to resolve any issues. In this episode Mark gives a blow-by-blow account of his discussion with the directors of Titon Holdings at their 2024 AGM. The Desert Island Investor podcast is generously hoste…
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James Graham is an award-winning dramatist whose plays include This House, Ink and Dear England starring Joseph Fiennes as the England football manager Gareth Southgate. His acclaimed television productions include Sherwood and Quiz, based on the story of the so-called coughing Major Charles Ingram who was found guilty of cheating on the game show …
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Liam Montier is a highly respected magic creator with an eye for constructing routines with a multitude of clever methods to get maximum entertainment, for little work. His knowledge of methods and tricks is unfathomable and his Desert Island List will have you reminiscing over some of the effect's you started with early in your career and perhaps …
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The Honourable Lady Rita Rae is a lawyer and judge, and the current Rector of the University of Glasgow. Early in her career she was a rare woman in the heavily male-dominated legal world. She went on to work on many high profile criminal cases over five decades as a solicitor, an advocate and subsequently a judge in Scotland’s Supreme Court. Rita …
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Mark James is a full time working magician and has been for nearly 2 decades! Performing in over 40 countries and even worked as a warm up act on hit TV shows like The Xtra Factor, The Voice, A Question of Sport, Celebrity Tipping Point and lots more! He mixed commercial routines with his own vaudevillian flair to create diverse, unique pieces of m…
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Question in a Bottle is a series of short discussions where private investor Mark Atkinson answers questions sent in by listeners of his podcast The Desert Island Investor. In this episode, podcast subscriber ROSYGOLFER asks Mark "How do I buy shares for my grandchildren?". If you would like to hear Mark's opinion on an investing-related topic, pop…
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Sandy Powell won her first Academy Award for dressing Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, and has since won two more Oscars - along with a further dozen nominations - and three BAFTAs. Her credits range from Gangs of New York for Martin Scorsese to Mary Poppins Returns for Disney, and she's worked with many of the biggest cur…
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Paul Martin is one of the busiest performers in the UK, working alongside other full time magicians, Paul now teaches the many hours of experience he has accumulated in the industry. Paul's Desert Island list is full of strong, commercial routines which have been carefully considered. He also includes an interesting 'curve ball' item which many wil…
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Clive Oppenheimer is a volcanologist, filmmaker and Professor of Volcanology at the University of Cambridge. His research has taken him on expeditions across the world, from Antarctica, where he discovered the camp of Captain Scott’s attempt to reach the South Pole, to Ethiopia where he was held at gunpoint by rebels. Clive was born in London, and …
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Harry Nardi has achieved a huge amount in a small amount of time! Not only is he a vital part of Alakazam but he is a Britain's Got Talent Finalist, perfoms at high end events for some huge companies and his social media posts have amassed ten's of thousands of views. Harry's Desert Island list is a diverse mix of working routines, mentalism, magic…
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Cillian Murphy has received global acclaim for his performance in the title role of Christopher Nolan’s epic film Oppenheimer. He has been nominated for an Oscar, which follows the best actor award he picked up at this year’s Golden Globes. On the small screen he played the Birmingham gangster Thomas Shelby for a decade in the BAFTA-winning Peaky B…
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Richard Jones will be best known for being the only magician (to date) to have won Britains Got Talent but he has an incredible amount of experience with close up magic, corporate events and touring a theatre show! He has had sold out UK theatre tours, headlined the West End and is one of the most highly viewed entertainers on YouTube globally. As …
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Fundsmith, under the guidance of portfolio manager Terry Smith, invest in equities on a global basis. Mark has been invested in Fundsmith for many years and regularly attends their annual shareholder meetings. In this episode he reports back from the 2024 event in London. The Desert Island Investor podcast is generously hosted by London City based …
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Val Wilmer has photographed and interviewed many of the most significant musicians of the post-war years, including Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and many more. Val grew up in Streatham in South London, where a local record shop helped to nurture her love of music, especially jazz. Her lifelong …
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Andrew Smith isn't just one of the vital cog's that keeps the Alakazam engine's running smoothly but he is also an incredible magician and performer who is well known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of magic. Andy is a huge book reader so it's no surprise that Andy's choices are heavily influenced by the page as opposed to marketed items. So if you…
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My guest today is the founder of Hoppers - Karan Gokani. Combining his passion for cooking with his love of the country of Sri Lanka he has built a restaurant empire celebrating the food of Sri Lanka and Southern India. I went to Sri Lanka last year for the first time and completely fell in love with the food. I’ve been to Hoppers many times so I k…
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This week we have Ravneet Gill on The Dream Dinner Party– she is an extraordinary pastry chef who just makes the most amazing cakes and puddings. She’s also a TV presenter and cook book author – her third – Baking for Pleasure is out now and it’s all about baking for the pure joy of it. She has been a guest on Desert Island Dishes – a few years ago…
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Jamie Dornan is an actor who first came to the attention of television audiences in 2013 when he played serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC series the Fall. Two years later he starred alongside Dakota Johnson in the film Fifty Shades of Grey and went on to play the same part in the rest of the trilogy. In 2022 he was the lead in the BBC drama the…
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Dave Forrest is a prolific creator and producer of magic! His production company 'Full 52 Productions' has released some incredible magic and help launch the careers of many top creators. Dave has an eye for detail and a mind for deviously clever methods. Dave's Desert Island Tricks list is full of phenomenal magic ranging from classic effects and …
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My guest today is Bee Wilson. In all honesty, Bee is one of the most interesting and thought provoking food writers and historians we’ve ever known. She is the author of 8 books about food and eating. Her books have won multiple awards, and she’s won 5 Guild of food writers awards for her journalism. After over 20 years of food writing, this year s…
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This week we have Zena Kamgaing on The Dream Dinner Party. I love bringing you Desert Island dishes but I also selfishly do love the dream dinner party – it’s a just a little bit of fun, I love how everyone of the guests have really embraced the theme and taken it seriously – in a very unserious way. Zena was no exception – I love the sound of her …
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a cellist who came to international attention when he performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Still only 24, he has performed at a series of high profile locations including the Hollywood Bowl and Downing Street. Last year he was a soloist at the Last Night of the Proms. Sheku was brought up in Nott…
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Question in a Bottle is a series of short discussions where private investor Mark Atkinson answers questions sent in by listeners of his podcast The Desert Island Investor. In this episode, podcast subscriber BRUCIE5 asks Mark "When do you sell your stocks?". If you would like to hear Mark's opinion on an investing-related topic, pop your question …
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In this weeks Episode, we're joined by Actor, Magician and Director Spooky Nyman! His ultimate 8 are an absolute treasure trove of fantastic effects and what is really lovely about this episode is the sheer enthusiasm he has for one particular creator! Spooky also sets us a challenge which I have no doubt you will all rise to! So pop the tray table…
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My guest this week is the world famous photographer David Loftus. David is one of the most influential photographers of all time often fondly referred to as Lord Loftus. Award-winning and internationally acclaimed, David has done the photography for the books of Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo, Gennaro Contaldo, Elizabeth David and April Bloomfield. For …
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Hi I’m Margie Nomura and welcome to another episode of our side side dish: The Dream Dinner Party. This is the mini episode where we invite a guest to tell us all about their dream dinner party. And this week we have the one and only Rick Stein – I know so many of you loved his episode of Desert Island Dishes so I’m thrilled he also joined us to sh…
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The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani is the Bishop of Chelmsford. She also sits in Parliament as a Lord Spiritual and last year she played a prominent role in the Coronation, administering Holy Communion to the King and Queen. She was born in Isfahan, central Iran, the youngest of four children to Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, the first ethnic Iranian Angli…
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As we prepare for the launch of Desert Island Tricks, join co-creators Peter Nardi, Harry Nardi and Jamie Daws as they talk you through the concept of DIT as well as tease who some of the guests are and spill the beans on some upcoming projects! DIT will be released once a week on a Friday morning so you can listen to them on your way to work! Find…
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We are back! For a short mini series but back nonetheless! I missed you! And I'm very excited that today my guest today is Claudia Roden. Described as the food writer who never goes out of fashion. She began collecting recipes in 1956, while a student in London. The Suez crisis of that year turned many people from Egypt into refugees: preserving th…
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Graham William Nash is a musician, singer, songwriter and photographer. He had his first musical success as a member of the UK band The Hollies before his move to America when he sang as part of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Graham was born in 1942 and grew up in Salford. He found his singing voice at the age of six when he realised that not only could …
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Entain plc (ENT) is an international sports-betting and gambling company. It owns many well known betting brands including Coral, Ladbrokes, PartyPoker, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo. In this episode of the podcast Mark explains the slightly complex story behind his holding in Entain and gives his thoughts on investing in the gambling sector. The Dese…
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Delia Smith CH CBE is one of Britain’s most popular and successful cookery writers and broadcasters. Her first book, How to Cheat at Cooking, was published in 1971 and she presented her first television series, Family Fare, two years later. Since then she has presented many more series and her books have sold more than 21 million copies in the UK a…
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Question in a Bottle is a series of short discussions where private investor Mark Atkinson answers questions sent in by listeners of his podcast The Desert Island Investor. In this episode, podcast subscriber BRUCIE5 asks Mark "What are your top 5 stocks?". Question in a Bottle and The Desert Island Investor podcast are generously hosted by London …
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Greta Gerwig is the director of the feature film Barbie - the first woman in cinematic history to have the sole director’s credit for a billion dollar blockbuster. Her previous films include Lady Bird, inspired in part by her own childhood, and Little Women, a widely acclaimed adaptation of the much-loved novel. Greta was born and brought up in Sac…
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Shirley Ballas is the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC’s Saturday night entertainment show, which regularly attracts an audience of many millions. Known as the Queen of Latin dancing, she joined the show in 2017 after a long career as a competitive dancer and teacher. Shirley was born in Wallasey in 1960. She discovered dance as a seven…
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Marina Abramović is an artist renowned for performances and feats of endurance, in which her body is pushed to its limits. She has moved, scandalised and delighted audiences for half a century, and is now celebrated by world-leading galleries and institutions. Marina was born in Belgrade in 1946. Her parents were honoured as war heroes for their wo…
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Dr Nicky Fox is only the second woman to hold the post of Head of Science at NASA since the agency was founded in 1958. She has responsibility for around a hundred missions which are investigating the mysteries of outer space. These missions are tackling questions such as how do hurricanes form and are we alone in the universe. Nicky was born in Hi…
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Pia Sinha is the Director of the Prison Reform Trust and a former prison governor. She was awarded the St Martin’s Award for Prison Governance for her role in turning around HMP Liverpool, which was widely described as Britain’s worst jail in 2018, following a highly critical report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Pia was born in north India and she…
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James Halstead plc is a UK based company which is primarily engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of commercial floor coverings. Their geographical area includes Europe and Scandinavia, Australasia, Asia and the Rest of the World. In this festive episode Mark runs through the figures and outlines his confidence in the company as a long term…
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Peter White is an award-winning broadcaster. In 2024 he will celebrate 50 years presenting Radio 4’s In Touch, the programme for blind and visually impaired people. He is also one of the presenters of the network’s consumer series, You and Yours. Peter was born in 1947 and has been blind since birth. Like his older brother Colin, he has a rare gene…
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Lea Salonga was just 18 when she became an international theatre star, taking a leading role in the world premiere production of the musical Miss Saigon in 1989. Her performance - first in London, then on Broadway - won her Olivier and Tony awards. She has provided the singing voice for two Disney princesses, and has become a strong advocate for be…
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Somero Enterprises Inc. manufactures innovative laser-guided machinery used in horizontal concrete installations. Their equipment is used to ensure that the concrete floors of large warehouses are perfectly level and safe. In this episode Mark discusses the qualities of the company and the potential for growth in light of the increasing demand for …
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Professor Dame Lesley Regan is the Government’s first Women’s Health Ambassador for England. She is one of the main drivers behind the upcoming Women’s Health Strategy which aims to tackle the gender health gap and improve services for women. As a former president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – only the second woman to h…
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