New Mental Health Awareness Week Talks

Lina NTU Fellow

Not long now to Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) – consisting of a series of talks, workshops and discussions to support in the education of well-being.

I will be leading 3 sessions, starting on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at Nottingham Central Library. Watch this space as further details will be released soon.

Meeting the real Phil Spector


One of the most delightful things about my role as a Cruise Lecturer is that I never know who might be sitting in my audience, and on one voyage, I had quite a surprise.

It was in September 2014 whilst guest speaking on Celebrity’s Infinity cruise ship around the British Isles that I was to meet a very famous name.

I had just completed my famous biographical lecture ‘Elvis Presley: The Rise and Fall of The King’, and headed up to the bistro buffet for a wind-down coffee (that’s a bit of a contradiction?!). Delivering this lecture is always a very emotional experience for both me and the audience, particularly as this cruise consisted of predominantly American passengers.

I was stopped in the corridor by a very dapper and tall man, who held out his hand to make contact. Struck by his deep voice, he simply said:

Lina, that was a damned good lecture on Elvis. I really appreciated what you did – it was excellent and I learned so much

Thanking him for his feedback, I asked him his name to which he repliedĀ  “Phil Spector”

My facial reaction said it all before I could cognitively curb my shock, and with a quivering questioning reply asked … “Phil Spector?

‘Man, I’m the real Phil Spector – you’re thinking about my cousin Harvey who used my name…”

By this time, my hand started shaking coupled with my eyes widening with a child-like curiosity. Don’t ask me why and or how I managed to maintain my respectful engagement . . . so many questions and yet felt totally inappropriate to ask him in that moment.

We simply embraced and never to see one another again.

Elvis had once again enabled a fascinating connection to happen.