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Welcome to the Catflap Chats podcast. My name is Mikey, but lots call me Catflap, Flap, or Flapper, and I'm fortunate enough to call some pretty interesting people my mates - Professional sports, Rugby, Boxing, MMA, Football, Actors, Singers, and Business, in Wales and beyond. I'm going to have a beer with a different mate each week, and delve in to their professional and personal lives. Expect some distinctly average chat, funny stories, and insights in behind the scenes. Basically, I am ab ...
 
Smart, funny, engaging, and entertaining, Deb O’Keefe blends her English sense of humour and oft original takes on life, with her deep passion for social causes and animal welfare. 20 years of waking up Austinites on the radio has given her a loyal audience. Add in her love of music, uncanny general trivia knowledge and a very large competitive bone, Deb will reel you in with her English accent and keep you captive for the whole podcast. Hot Pie Media is an on-demand digital audio/video ente ...
 
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This episode is different to a few others I've done. The Healthy Hangout, based in Trade Street, Cardiff, have come on board as a partner, to help me finally shift some weight! They will be providing my meals for the next few months, and keep me on track! I open up about my relationship with food, current weight, goals and how The Healthy Hangout a…
 
Deb reconnects with an old friend and Austin music mainstay, and semi-finalist from Season 1 of “The Voice”, Nakia. They get into Nakia’s fantastic new musical score on the award-winning, fat-positive series “Skeleton Key”, and how rude people suck. Enjoy! Find Nakia here: https://www.instagram.com/nakia https://www.nakia.net Thanks to EarlyBird CB…
 
Wow. What a literal powerhouse of a guest today! Justin Wren is an MMA fighter, philanthropist, recovering addict, two-time suicide survivor, anti-bullying advocate, and a great hugger! His story is one that will make your head spin, and definitely laugh, cry, and feel empowered to take action to help others. His podcast 'Overcome with Justin Wren'…
 
TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram sensation Mamadou Ndiaye joins Deb on the show today to discuss murderous pelicans, exploding whales, and bastard brothers. If you are like Deb and love animals/being terrified, you’ll love Mamadou and his hilarious nature commentary videos. Also, he’s a real-life rags to riches social media success story, so listen u…
 
You know when it's a good one, when you could have sat for hours, even after 90 mins of chatting. Phil was a 46 cap Wales 2nd and back row, who's also spent 20+ years coaching at the top too. Teams in England, Wales, France, and Namibia across two RWC's, there isn't much he hasn't seen or done. Love his enthusiasm still, and how he tries to build g…
 
Sometimes you almost die, and you end up on a podcast because of it. Entrepreneur and business owner Courtney Gill has gone through a lot the last two years, and it’s a miracle that she’s here to tell the story. Deb loves a good story but wasn’t expecting just how much crap Courtney has experienced. Don’t worry though, there’s a happy ending. Enjoy…
 
Lloyd Ashley (@livingwellwithlloydashley) • Instagram photos and videos Great catch up with Lloyd. Over 150 professional games for the Ospreys and Scarlets, and his fair share of injuries, low points and career highlights, but it's his work in Mental Health we spoke most about I have attached Lloyds 'Living Well with Lloyd Ashley' Instagram, so you…
 
Fascinating to see Rugby through the eyes of a successful coach. Gareth is currently plying his trade up in Scotland, but previous has coached Fiji 15's, taken Fiji 7s to a World Series win and the Olympics in 2021, and coached Cardiff Rugby, Hong Kong 7s, and more. Open and honest about the cultures he tries to create, and what he looks for in a t…
 
Thanks for spending NYE here! 2021 was the WORST for Deb so she’s hoping her traditional New Year’s Day Party will start 2022 off right. Do you still celebrate after the holidays? Deb wants to know. Feel free to email her at deb@hotpiemedia.com or say hi on social media @debokeefe. Bugger off 2021 and Happy New Year! Thanks to EarlyBird CBD and Spe…
 
What a treat this was. Simon really lifted the lid on what it was REALLY like to be a professional footballer, brutally honest about having to retire with injuries in his prime, and THAT trip to the Euro's in 2016. I'd say injuries robbed him of his best years and moments, but looking at him smiling all the way through this podcast means I'd 100% b…
 
Join Deb for her annual Christmas Eve rant! Life has seemingly been full of laundry, cooking and housework which makes Deb think she could lead a Masterclass on being poor. Also, Deb’s neighbors might officially hate her forever after an unfortunate lawn care incident. Oh dear. Merry Christmas! Thanks to Specs and EarlyBird CBD for sponsoring this …
 
Enzo is a funny bloke with plenty of stories to tell. A multiple weight, champion boxer, who has had his fair share of up's and downs over the years. Was great to learn about his journey in to boxing, what he's up to now, the World Title and others, and some funny stories along the way. Love his no nonsense attitude and view on the world! CATFLAP20…
 
Art Acevedo, beloved former Police Chief of L.A., Austin, Houston and Miami (boo Miami!) and a family friend of Deb’s, zooms in for an interview today. Police reform, social justice, masks, and just trying to be a good person are just some of the things that come up. Watch out, you will never know if Art will be Chief of your town next! Enjoy! Find…
 
Great to catch up with Ben, who I watched growing up on the 7s circuit, becoming the all time top points scorer on the World 7s series - Something I don't think will be beaten for a while. I love his outlook on life - Wanted to travel the world, took his boots everywhere, and played both 15's and 7's at the top level. He played with and against the…
 
Deb is joined by Julian Shapiro-Barnum, who is behind the Instagram sensation account “Recess Therapy”. (Go follow him now!) How did Julian get to almost 1 million followers and what is he going to do next? Also, it looks like Deb and Julian agree that there are too many people on the planet, and we might have to institute a coerced culling of old …
 
Deb has the pleasure of chatting with Stephen Kramer Glickman, who is a beloved star for Gen Z-ers thanks to his role on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. But Don’t stop there if you don’t know him! Actor, director, composer, and singer are also on his resume, he’s got personal stories about some HUUUGE stars and he's just a goddamn lovely man. Oh, and …
 
V funny episode. I love how Ryan is so open about his experiences as a pro at club and international level, and says it all with a smile on his face. He's now coaching at Plymouth Albion, after a career at Gloucester, London Irish, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle, the Scarlets and England through the age grades…
 
Yes yes, that other guy is his brother, but don’t think there’s only one talented rocker in the family! Deb and musician, actor, and author Chris Jagger chat about all things living on a farm, embarrassing your grandkids, and making your uber-famous rockstar brother come round yours to make a cake. Enjoy! Find Chris here: https://www.instagram.com/…
 
Mike's book, 'Half Truths' is out now on Amazon, and I highly recommend it! Some of the stories are unreal! We spoke about his career at both club and international level, and his frustrations around the game he grew up in. Not only a brilliant career with Wales and Lions, but also backed that up at club level too, in Wales, France and England. www…
 
Deb talks with ex Rooster Teeth broadcaster, Tyler Coe, about life since COVID. Now a mental health advocate, (and a hot, white, bearded guy with a podcast) Tyler talks about the importance of men asking for help and how we should all act more like children, but in a good way! Tune in for some great coping mechanisms for when you're having a 'momen…
 
Good to catch up with Gary, a year on from our last Pod together. We chat about all things in his stable, his boxers, his journey through boxing, some Welsh legends, and the state of the game at the Heavyweight division. He also delves in to the differences in coaching boxing to boxers, and MMS fighters. Thanks always to Dragon Signs, Motazone Cwmb…
 
Who is Doug Mellard? Did Doug keep the double-sided ‘marital aid’ that he found in his new house? What is ‘Fart Safari’? How was COVID for a stand-up comedian? What does Deb have in common with Nicole Kidman? Is Doug the next big movie star? Find Doug here: https://twitter.com/dougmellard https://www.instagram.com/dougmellard http://dougmellard.com…
 
Fortunate to steal an hour with one of the most talented Welsh players to have played the game. A man who's skill and ability to play where needed was immense, but maybe hindered an 81 cap test career Loved the honesty, his outlook not only on playing, but life, the clubs he represented, the silverware won, and his decision to retire on his terms. …
 
Who Is Carlos Sosa? How did he become friends with Deb’s whole family in London? Has he really played sax for Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Zack Brown, Kelly Clarkson, and Deb’s sister Bev? How did the pandemic affect his mental health? What is the SIMS foundation? Find Carlos and his work here: https://www.instagram.com/groovelinesosa https://simsfoundati…
 
If you have listened to the High Performance Podcast, you'll know who Damian Hughes is. Fascinating insight in to a world of High Performance, and cultures in Sport. There's so many lessons in this episode, and I love that he grew up in a boxing environment, surrounded by elite level operators. Author, Host, Key Note Speaker, Professor, Coach Could…
 
Who Is Jenny Johnson? How long does Jenny think she’s gonna live? How did she get through lockdown in LA? Why did 2 Girls 1 Cup come up in conversation? What did she do to become The Official Queen of Twitter? Are Deb and Jenny going into business with The Donkey Farm? Find Jenny here: https://twitter.com/JennyJohnsonHi5 https://www.instagram.com/j…
 
What a gent Dan is. When you think of the world of Bare Knuckle Boxing, you might think the film Snatch, or some underground shady types. Dan couldn't be more different. A horrific upbringing brought a desire to do better, be better, and help others. It just so happens he's hard as nails, as slick in the ring as they come, and is making the most of…
 
Who Is Raasin McIntosh? How did she go from UT track star to Olympic athlete to philanthropist? Why is art and representation important? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find out the answers on this week’s episode. Enjoy! Find Raasin here: https://www.raasininthesun.org https://www.instagram.com/raasininthesun https://www.instagram.com/loveraas…
 
Loved this with Scott Young - Cardiff debut as a teenager, and having to retire at 28. THAT goal against Leeds. An attempted come back at Newport County. Managing throughout the divisions in Wales, and that brief stint at Cardiff City with Gabbidon, before becoming the Assistant Manager. There's not much Scott hasn't seen or done in Welsh football,…
 
Who Is Doug Benson? Was Doug high today? Is he in bed with “Big Weed”? What’s up with his new haircut? Does Jennifer Anniston have weird ears? Will he play a show in your state soon? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find out the answers on this week’s episode. Enjoy! Find Doug here: http://douglovesmovies.com https://www.patreon.com/GettingDoug…
 
What a chat. I have never had a conversation like this. Drug Smuggling, both Hash and Cocaine. Over 14.5 years in Prison. Venezuela. Columbia. Portugal. The UK. The Cali Cartel (In Columbia). Getting caught. Being a transporter. It is honestly mind blowing, and that is only the stuff he's allowed to talk about. Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Nat…
 
Who is Shag from Red Bull? Why does Deb know his dead dog? What is Iron Resurrection? Will Shag pimp Deb’s classic car? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find out the answers on this week’s episode. Enjoy! Find Shag and Iron Resurrection here: https://www.facebook.com/ShagArrington https://www.instagram.com/shagillac https://www.motortrend.com T…
 
Loved the honesty from Zack. He may be a professional athlete now (and look like he was carved out of Handsome Granite), but has spent years growing up having a bad relationship with food, which is actually really relatable. He's risen to the top of the Crossfit community through grit, resilience and a determination based on his WHY, and after a di…
 
Who is Dr. Kazique Prince? What on Earth does he do? Why isn’t he called DJ Mastermind? How can we become more inclusive and less divided? What is cognitive dissonance? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find out the answers on this week’s episode. Enjoy! Thanks to Early Bird CBD for sponsoring this episode! Visit www.earlybirdcbd.com/deb or use …
 
One of my favourite episodes. The ones where you're an hour in without realising, and could chat for way longer. Luke is superb, giving honest insight in to Team Sky, Ineos Grenadiers, life in the TDF and other Grand Tours. The brutal realities of professional cycling and more - All a few days before the UCI Worlds in Flanders, for Team GB. www.row…
 
Who is Deb’s brother? Was he naughty when he was little? How on Earth did he manage to marry up so high? Why does he think Camilla Cabello stinks? How is he trying to help change the male ego and toxic masculinity? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find out on today’s show. Enjoy! Thanks to Early Bird CBD for sponsoring this episode! Visit www.e…
 
This episode had every emotion going. Dad the Dish has spent the last year showing everyone how to cook amazing meals at home, with step by step guides on Instagram and Tiktok. It has gone that well, he's grown to 124k followers on Insta, 74k on Tiktok, and has helped loads of people in the community by giving back. That's incredible, for a guy who…
 
Who Is Rebecca Corry? Why are Deb’s DMs so filthy? And why does she like it? What is Stand Up For Pits Foundation? Why did Deb have two black eyes when she stole a dog? Who smells their dogs’ feet? Deb doesn’t know anything but we’ll find out on today’s show. Enjoy! Thanks to EarlyBird CBD for sponsoring this episode! Visit www.earlybirdcbd.com/deb…
 
Who is Deb O’Keefe? Who are any of us? Why was Deb fired? Did she really almost die this summer? How do you ask strangers for help? Deb doesn’t know anything, but we’ll find the answers on today’s podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to Early Bird CBD for sponsoring this episode! Visit www.earlybirdcbd.com/deb or use code “DEB” to get 20% off. Hot Pie Media is a…
 
Hi, I’m Deb! I’m an English-born, Austin, TX living, former morning radio host. I’ve met a lot of amazing people, heard fascinating stories, and grown up a lot in my 20-year career. But now I’ve got my own show, and can do what I want! You’ll meet some wonderful guests and we’ll deep dive into their lives. No questions held back, no uncomfortable s…
 
Good to catch up with Rob, reflecting on a quality career. 2 Lions Series, 3 RWC's, and played with and against the best players in the world. One of only 5 Welsh scrum halves to reach the 50 cap mark, and even got a Lions Test start, before his first Lions tour...A Club career spanning 3 countries, with some great highs and lows too. A thanks alwa…
 
Only Fans is something I get asked about a lot, so it was great to have Alaw on to discuss all things OF, especially as it has been in the news the past few weeks. She talks about some of the myths around it, what life is like as a content creator, dating whilst on OF, and the -ve's that come with the +ve's too. People and the internet are weird, t…
 
Loved this one. Having met Nicky recently, he's a good bloke, and I can see why he was so popular with his former teams. An amazing club career, which never quite rewarded him with what I feel he deserved at international level, but no regrets all the same. Great attitude, took himself out of his comfort zone, and reaped the rewards away from the W…
 
I loved this chat, and so grateful to Natalie for coming on, so close after Tokyo 2020. Raw and emotional at times, coming to terms with a personally frustrating games, knowing she didn't achieve what she set out for. Some of the lessons she talks about in terms of being a girl and body weight etc are so important for athletes growing up. Personall…
 
I loved this episode. To overcome a bike accident that puts you in a wheelchair, and then head to Tokyo as an Olympian, is incredible. Honest and raw about the lows of life, and the highs of competing. I can't wait to see how Thomas and Team GB gets on! www.catflapchats.com Thanks always Dragon Signs, Heatforce, Nathaniel Cars, LT Scaffold and Tiny…
 
I noticed #HerGameToo trending on Twitter, and saw their video too. It made me think (coupled with what happened at the Euros final), what is it like for Women fans in Football Thought provoking, both inspiring and shocking in equal measures, I love the work Caz and the girls are doing, and the growing support from professionals in the game. I have…
 
What a whirlwind of an episode. I was lucky to get a quick hour with Ebanie, and she just brings raw, unfiltered chat with a lot of energy! World Title fights. Breaking your ankle on debut, and winning. Selling dirty socks. Trusting no-one. Creating your own luck. UK fight fans. Resilience. Not judging a book by it's cover. I loved it, and can't wa…
 
Loved this. A promising career at the Ospreys with approx 80 caps, & talks of a Welsh call up, all stopped by repeated concussions, affecting Ben's everyday life. Fast forward a few years & he is carving out a new career in Rugby, with @therugbytrainer on Instagram - Funny, insightful & engaging content for any rugby player who wants to get better!…
 
What a chat. Nicky is honest, and so relaxed about life, it's refreshing to see. What a career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in England, and also Wales, France and NZ. 4 Rugby World Cups, a heap of stories, playing with the likes of Serevi and CauCau, but it's the simple things in life he loves. Friends, family, and being a good bloke. www…
 
Unreal chat with Mason. It's been a mixed start to his UFC career, but I loved how brutally honest he is about it all, and I have no doubt he will be a UFC world champion in time, after being a 2 weight Cage Warriors Champion. It is amazing a man who pays the bills with controlled violence, can talk to articulately and with such clarity. Check out …
 
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