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Matthew Syed

Reverend Kate Bottley and Jason Mohammad meet the 'Ping Pong Guy', author and inspirational speaker Matthew Syed. Plus how to have a sustainable Christmas.

This week Reverend Kate Bottley and Jason Mohammad are joined by someone to inspire you, amidst the hustle and bustle of December. Matthew Syed is an award-winning journalist and the author of five books about high performance and how to achieve greatness. A former British table tennis champion (known as the 'Ping Pong Guy' in his popular podcast with Freddie Flintoff and Robbie Savage), Matthew writes about what we can learn from sportsmen and high achievers. He tells Kate and Jason what he's learnt about why we all need to surround ourselves with people who think differently to us, the subject of his new book 'Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking'.

Natalie Fee is the author of 'How To Save The World For Free', full of easy tips for green living. Natalie recently won an award for her 'Refill' campaign, setting up free water refill stations across the country to tackle single use plastic. She'll be sharing tips for how we can all have a more sustainable, green Christmas.

Plus we meet Claire Lomas, our Charity Champion who many will know from completing the London Marathon in 2012 in 17 days wearing a robotic suit. Claire was paralysed from the chest down after a horse-riding accident, but since then has taken on some incredible physical challenges to raise money for spinal research, including skiing, motor-bike riding and, currently, learning to fly.

Producer: Rebecca Maxted

2 hours, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Wham!

    Last Christmas

    • That's Christmas (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • James Blunt

    The Truth

    • Once Upon A Mind.
    • Atlantic.
  • Elvis Presley vs Junkie XL

    A Little Less Conversation

    • (CD Single).
    • BMG/RCA.
  • tobyMac & Terrian

    All I Need For Christmas

  • Sigma

    You And Me As One (feat. Jack Savoretti)

    • (CD Single).
    • 3Beat.
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    O Little Town Of Bethlehem

  • CĂ©line Dion


    • Courage.
    • Columbia.
  • Bon Jovi

    Please Come Home For Christmas

    • A Very Special Christmas 2 (Various).
    • A&M.
  • Michael McDonald

    I Keep Forgettin'

    • Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Rita Ora

    I Will Never Let You Down

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • David Bowie & Bing Crosby

    Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

    • I Believe.
    • Telstar.
  • Mariah Carey

    All I Want For Christmas Is You

    • Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas.
    • Columbia.
  • Sam Smith

    I Feel Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol Records.
  • Selena Gomez

    Lose You To Love Me

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope Records.
  • Lauryn Hill

    Doo Wop (That Thing)

    • Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade.
    • Columbia.
  • Feargal Sharkey

    A Good Heart

    • The Love Album (CD 2) (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Amy Winehouse

    Tears Dry On Their Own

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • Kate Rusby

    Here We Come A-Wassailing

    • Sweet Bells.
    • Pure Records.
  • Mark Ronson

    Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • Stereophonics

    Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day

    • Kind.
    • Parlophone.
  • Paul McCartney

    Wonderful Christmastime

    • McCartney II (Special Edition).
    • Hear Music.
    • 7.
  • Sigala

    We Got Love (feat. Ella Henderson)

    • (CD Single).
    • Ministry Of Sound Recordings.
  • Keane

    Stupid Things

    • Cause & Effect.
    • Island.
  • Cameo

    Word Up

    • Now 8 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Wandering Star

    • Blue Moon Rising E.P..
    • Sour Mash Records.
  • Otis Redding

    Merry Christmas Baby

    • Elton John's Christmas Party (Various Artists).
    • Universal Music.