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Talk Show 84: Chocolate Dyslexic Paralympic

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Damon Rose Damon Rose | 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 5 April 2012

Mat Fraser and Liz Carr

Mat Fraser and Liz Carr

Features a disabled chocolatier, two members (one male, one female) from the GB wheelchair rugby team, disability euphemisms and a fond farewell to one of our presenters. Mat Fraser and Liz Carr present.

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• What do people call you when they're trying to avoid saying 'disabled'? Liz explains what the Americans say and Simon Minty joins the debate by phone.
• Meet Louis Barnett, who started his chocolate-making business when he was just 12 years old. He's now 20. Louis has dyspraxia, dyslexia, short-term memory loss and more. A role model and a half.
• Tony Garrett updates us on Paralympics news. And did you know that wheelchair rugby is a mixed sex sport? Ross and Kylie from the GB team tell us more and explain the rules of this roughest of disability games.
• We delve into the archives to play some classic Mat Fraser moments as we say goodbye to him on his last show.

Pod Talk

We were gripped by Louis Barnett's chocolate knowledge; he's a great talker and a real role model. We believe he's about to start doing work to encourage younger entrepreneurs, so watch this space. Mat and Liz were upset that he was down the line in Birmingham because they were hoping to sample some of his chocolate, or Chokolit as he spells it.

This show features the most amazing clip of Paralympian Ellie Simmons being interviewed after gaining a world record in the Olympic pool in Stratford. It's almost worth downloading the programme for this alone. I don't think you'll ever hear anyone sounding so overwhelmingly happy as the 17 year old GB swimmer.

... and finally Mat Fraser hung up his microphone for the last time. He's been on the show for six whole years now, co-hosting with Liz, but wants to concentrate more on acting and performing.

So, who will replace Mat from next month? Tune in and find out.



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