Part Time Hero (Season 3, Ep 3)

The RNLI lifeboats don’t just save lives at sea - they also rescue people on rivers. London’s Thames is teeming with party-boats, where drunken misadventure can lead to injury. Meanwhile, troubled ‘jumpers’, suffering from poor mental health, all too often consider suicide by plunging into its depths. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, Amber Bowie may be the woman who comes to your rescue. In this interview with Olly, she explains how cold water shock can render you senseless, why washing-up liquid can be a surprisingly useful tool on-board a warship, and why, alongside her full-time job as a London architect, she volunteers to save lives at the weekend. If you’re inspired by Amber’s story, you can volunteer for the RNLI, or donate to this incredible charity via their website, In the Zeitgeist this week, Ollie Peart considers the merits of facial-recognition sunglasses, watches the trailer for Trainspotting 2 and wonders whether watermelon juice and 'banana freakshake' will be the liquid trends of 2017. And, in our weekly trip down the Foxhole, Alix Fox visits notorious North London sex sauna Rio’s, and offers some advice for a listener preparing for their first ever visit to S&M club Torture Garden. The Foxhole is sponsored by our lovely friends at, who are offering Mann-Fans a staggering 15% OFF if you use the code FOXHOLE at Checkout. Finally, our track of the week is by Saint Sister. It’s called Tin Man and it’s out on the 16th December on Communion Records. This episode is supported by Beer52, the UK’s number one craft beer club. As a Modern Mann listener you can get a box of ten delicious craft beers sent directly to your home or your office for only £12: that’s 50% off. All you need to do is head over to to claim your half-price first box, with no obligation to keep subscribing. If you have a question of sex for Alix, you’d like to send us some feedback, or chuck us some beer money, just visit our website, Presenter: Olly Mann. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox. Producer: Matt Hill. Theme Music: 'Skies Over Cairo' by Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Robertshaw. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2016

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