The Way We Roll

The Way We Roll

A seriously funny take on life from the disability driven duo… Simon Minty and Phil Friend.


Are you sure they’ve got the right Tanni Grey-Thompson?
Jun 24 • 42 min
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former athlete, now a peer and ‘the lady who tweets about train journeys’ sits down with Phil and Simon to have a wide ranging, relaxed and probing conversation.
51: What did we learn during Covid 19?
Jun 12 • 37 min
We ask our guests, what’s been hardest during Covid 19 so far, what have you learnt, what will you keep doing when things return to whatever normal will be?
50: The Phil & Simon Show - Face It with James Partridge
Jun 3 • 44 min
James Partridge is a distinguished person. In his life, his family, his career and a few other ways too. Phil and Simon get to spend time talking to James about his work and his new book ‘Face It: Facial Disfigurement and My Fight For Face Equality’
49: The Phil & Simon Show Special - What’s in it for me?
May 25 • 36 min
Why would anyone voluntarily say they have a disability, impairment or long term health condition? Might a reason be when there’s a global pandemic and you feel you’re susceptible? Or bluntly, if you need your supermarket shopping delivered?Trainer,…
48: The Phil & Simon Show No 48 Space Travel
May 15 • 53 min
Jess Thom aka TourettesHero is a sharp cookie. Biscuit. She sees an opportunity to remove barriers for all people when we come out of lockdown. Carrie-Ann Lightley, a travel blogger and access consultant, has found a route through, navigating her…
47: The Phil & Simon Show No 47 The Garden is coming up, Rosie
May 8 • 44 min
Eclectic and top of their game. That is how you sum up this show’s guests. Comedian Rosie Jones is as funny and fun with us as she is on Channel 4s, Got Your Back. She’s moved back to her parents and gives us the lowdown. John Wallace has been a…
46: The Phil & Simon Show No 46 Huemann’s Right
Apr 30 • 51 min
Judy Heumann is an American disability rights activist and seen as a world leader in the disability community. She talks freely with her about her work and life. Geoff Adams-Spink brings us the latest news and Phil and Simon reflect on the new Netflix…
45: The Phil & Simon Show No 45 Doctor, Doctor, give me the news
Apr 24 • 54 min
Four guests this week. Firstly, Dr. Frances Dockery tells us what it’s like for her working in Ireland. BBC Senior Research Engineer Jamie plus Lion talk about lockdown, routine and being autistic. Comedian and rights campaigner Laurence Clark has ruined…
44: The Phil & Simon Show No 44 How are you doing?
Apr 17 • 40 min
How are you doing? Four weeks in lockdown in the UK and comedian Lost Voice Guy tells us how he is. Geoff’s news update highlights concerns for disabled people in Covid 19 times. comedian and Mental health ambassador, Juliette Burton explains her routine…
43: The Phil & Simon Show No 43 - Staying in well is the new going out.
Apr 8 • 38 min
Our third show during lockdown, Phil & Simon talk to Euan’s Guide, a visitor review website. Stand up Don Biswas does some topical gags and Geoff Adams-Spink gives a philosophical news update.
42: The Phil & Simon Show No 42 Vulnerable situation, not vulnerable people
Apr 1 • 40 min
What can we do for ourselves, and for others? Dancing, volunteering, share our ventilators, Netflix and pill? What do we want to the world to be like when we emerge from this crisis? Plus Crip Camp!
40: Phil & Simon Show No 40 - Doc, Where’s My Car?
Feb 25 • 53 min
Using the word Resilience, blue badge parking and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s disability push across government
38: Phil & Simon Show No 38 - Manifesto, Magnets & Models
Dec 22, 2019 • 59 min
Phil & Simon outline their disability manifesto, ponder International Day of Disabled People and pavement etiquette.
37: The Phil & Simon Show No 37 Career development for disabled people, are we too soft now and ‘your chair is too big’.
Nov 26, 2019 • 47 min
In this Show Phil shares his concerns about TUI Holidays who have changed the rules on the size of the wheelchairs they will carry, this could have major implications for powered wheelchair users. Linked to the travel theme Simon describes a hotel in…
36: The Phil & Simon Show No 36 with Diane Lightfoot
Oct 29, 2019 • 52 min
This month, we were lucky enough to have Diane Lightfoot. Chief Executive of the Business Disability Forum on the show. Phil and Simon have been associates, consultants, allies and critical friends of the Forum for 20 years and we mention the…
35: The Phil & Simon Show No 35, Legal exclusion, holidays, festivals and inclusive motor racing.
Sep 24, 2019 • 54 min
Holidays, Music Festivals, Motor Racing and exclusion all get a mention.
34: The Phil & Simon Show No 34 with Caroline Casey
Aug 27, 2019 • 62 min
Valuable 500, growing up blind, disability, business, campaigning
32: The Phil & Simon Show No 32 Tom Shakespeare
Jun 25, 2019 • 50 min
Tom Shakespeare is our guest this month. An English sociologist and broadcaster he is known to many who are involved in disability rights as well the broader public because of his appearances on Radio 4 and numerous television documentaries. Tom has…
31: The Phil & Simon Show No 31 - Don’t mention the medal
May 22, 2019 • 45 min
Reasonable Adjustments, Survey, Workplace adjustments, Sir Bert Massie, transcription, Deaf, sport, athletics
30: The Phil & Simon Show No 30 - AI and Recruitment
Apr 29, 2019 • 52 min
We kick off this show with a discussion about the future of work and the increasing use of artificial intelligence in recruitment. Liz Sayce and Jane Hatton discussed some of the possible repercussions for disabled people at a joint presentation they gave…
29: The Phil & Simon Show No 29 - The Generation Game w Abbi Brown
Apr 4, 2019 • 67 min
How often do you hear, ‘what do the young people want?’ Perhaps not often enough. Certainly not as often as ‘how things have changed since my day!’ Phil and Simon wanted to hear from the next generation so we invited the multi-talented Abbi Brown on to…
28: The Phil & Simon Show No 28 - Guest Liz Sayce
Feb 16, 2019 • 64 min
In this edition of our podcast, we talk to the renowned influencer and campaigner Liz Sayce about her exceptional career and her passion for equality and human rights.Liz shares her personal experience of managing a mental health condition and the insight…
27: The Phil & Simon Show No 27 - The Warmth of People
Jan 22, 2019 • 52 min
Simon turned up to Phil’s studio (house) and said ‘I have nothing to say this month.’ Phil replied ‘I’ve not got much either’. Fifty minutes later, an enjoyable, personal, broad themed show was recorded!We ask if the Guaranteed Interview Scheme is still…
26: The Phil & Simon Show No 26 - guest Susan Scott-Parker
Dec 12, 2018 • 49 min
Our guest this month is Susan Scott-Parker OBE. Susan has over 30 years of experience working with business on disability as Founder of the [Business Disability Forum](https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk) (BDF) and now as an [international…
25: The Phil & Simon Show No 25 - All that Jazz Hands
Nov 4, 2018 • 56 min
We kick off the show with a discussion around the emerging use of Jazz Hands at live performances. Jazz Hands what does that mean? Is it just a gimmick or is it more serious than that?Another favourite of ours is the use of language. The latest…
24: The Phil & Simon Show No 24 - Were you the first disabled person you ever met?
Sep 2, 2018 • 34 min
We’re two years old! Thank you for being our listener. Phil and Simon talk about disability on television, more specifically the pleasant surprise when someone on television happens to have a disability but it’s incidental to why they’re on. We contrast…
23: The Phil and Simon Show No 23 - Vulnerability, labelling and assisted suicide.
Jul 19, 2018 • 51 min
We kick off with some thoughts about Noel Conway and his attempts to change the law on assisted suicide.Labelling, mental Illness so what is a disability and what isn’t. Simon continues the search for an accurate and meaningful definition.After the…
22: The Phil & Simon Show No 22 - ‘I don’t have the personality to use a wheelchair’
Jun 16, 2018 • 46 min
More informal, more personal, Phil and Simon discuss a potential divisive split in impairments, more trouble with trains, Lost Voice Guy winning a talent show and do you need a personality type if you become disabled?Two people with a disability were the…
21: The Phil & Simon Show No 21 - Justice and Rights
May 28, 2018 • 40 min
On this months show, Phil and Simon grapple with some morally complex news topics. How do you decide who should get legal aid? Does this lead to more injustice? Then the heartbreaking case of the little boy Alfie and how medics, the law and parents all…
19: The Phil & Simon Show No 19 - guest Baroness Jane Campbell
Feb 21, 2018 • 61 min
Hello, everyone and welcome to our 19th show.If you’re involved in disability, you will have likely heard of Baroness Jane Campbell. A hugely talented and admired person, she’s a disability rights campaigner, writer and for the last ten years an…
18: The Phil & Simon Show No 18 - guest Neil Crowther
Jan 19, 2018 • 56 min
Phil and Simon were lucky enough to have Neil Crowther as a guest on this show. Neil is an independent expert on equality, human rights and social change with a particular interest in working to secure the rights of disabled people.Phil & Simon talk to…
17: The Phil & Simon Show No 17 - Christmas Special
Dec 20, 2017 • 43 min
Hello, everyone, this show is our 17th and the last of 2017.Simon reviews his recent trip to America spent hanging out with some Googler’s. He also had a ride in the Tesla!Recent changes to Access to Work are discussed. We debate Philip Hammond’s recent…
16: The Phil & Simon Show No 16 - Working together
Nov 10, 2017 • 45 min
Phil and Simon discuss, debate with and be irreverent about the recent ruling on the law concerning Assisted Suicide, intersectionality, identity and the overlap of disability and other characteristics such as being gay. They ask if ‘awareness’ days or…
15: The Phil & Simon Show No 15 - From Canada to St Petersburg
Sep 27, 2017 • 49 min
As the Thin Lizzy song says ” The Boys are back in Town” and they most definitely are! This month’s Phil & Simon Show is all about travel and sport.Simon reflects on his trips to the World Dwarf Games in Guelph in Canada plus his visits to New York City…
14: The Phil & Simon Show No 14 - Emotion in Activism with Angela Matthews
Jul 14, 2017 • 54 min
A new voice! Phil and Simon welcome PhD researcher and Business Disability Forum consultant Angela Matthews on to the show. Angela asks Phil and Simon what role they think emotion plays in activism in terms of policy making, particularly disability…
13: The Phil & Simon Show No 13 - Don’t mention the election, so we have!
Jun 22, 2017 • 49 min
In this packed programme we sadly reflect on the death of a much-loved disability campaigner Sophie Partridge. Simon remembers her with affection and a funny anecdote!It seems a recent BBC programme focussing on the policing in London draws praise from…
11: The Phil & Simon Show No 11 - Where Angels Fear to Tread
Apr 7, 2017 • 49 min
Show no 11 is a belter! We grapple with complex subjects which will get you thinking or even shouting at your podcast player. Phil is concerned about the increase of #non-disabled people talking on behalf of #disabled people and should people share if…
10: The Phil & Simon Show No 10 - Disability in documentaries
Feb 25, 2017 • 48 min
This month’s podcast has a distinct media feel to it. First, we take a look at wheelchair user Frank Gardner’s film about his trip to Papua New Guinea in search of Birds of Paradise. We then discuss Notes on Blindness a powerful film about Professor John…
9: The Phil & Simon Show No 9 - Planes, trains and Meryl Streep
Jan 24, 2017 • 46 min
Phil and Simon meet again to be chat about all things #disability and beyond. This month it’s planes, trains and websites… we ask why is access still hit and miss? Has campaigning lost it’s way? Are the issues of disability too broad? Did Meryl Streep…
8: The Phil & Simon Show No 8 - Social model
Dec 23, 2016 • 42 min
It’s one for the disability aficionados as Phil & Simon wrestle with the immovable #employmentgap of disabled compared to non-disabled people. We discuss the new report ‘Ahead of the Arc’ seeking to address this. (Here’s the link to the report…
7: The Phil & Simon Show No 7 - Pretend disability
Nov 25, 2016 • 45 min
Phil & Simon, good friends, differing politics keep it light discussing the current surprising voting trends, Trump, Brexit, genetic screening and if people are using a disability to cover up a character trait. And they dissect Leonard Cohen’s lyrics to…
6: The Phil & Simon Show No 6 - Is anxiety fashionable?
Oct 15, 2016 • 40 min
Protests and protesters, Are #Anxiety and #depression becoming fashionable?,Airlines and #lithium batteries, Are TUE’s just reasonable adjustments?
5: The Phil & Simon Show No 5 - Who can use ‘our’ loo?
Aug 28, 2016 • 39 min
The Daily Mail and a bald female cyclist, Simon’s new hip and support worker experiences, Asda’s accessible toilet sign, Eligibility for the Olympics, Schmaltzy Olympic coverage, Simon being a rowing cox
4: The Phil & Simon Show No 4 - Employment gap
Jul 13, 2016 • 36 min
Accessible motorhomes, Halving the unemployment gap between disabled and not disabled people, Brexit and Chilcott, hip replacement
3: The Phil & Simon Show No 3 - Brexit
Jun 19, 2016 • 32 min
In which we explore the accessibility of the Derby, #Brexit would disabled people be better off in or out. Dementia and Alzheimers and user research, Uber Taxis and finally leprachauns
2: The Phil & Simon Show No 2 - USA and UK
May 26, 2016 • 50 min
Phil & Simon discuss if it is better to live in the USA or the UK if you are a disabled person. Is it just about attitude? Do you tip if someone is providing a service related to your disability? Why do some disabled people not use equipment that would…
The Phil & Simon Show No 1 - Inspirational
May 9, 2016 • 29 min
Phil and Simon unpick disability and being inspirational. Air travel is also on their agenda! #inspirational #airtravel