Rob Watson Media Podcast 020 – Clocks Go Back

24 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

It’s the last day of British Summer Time, and the clocks return to Greenwich Mean Time tonight. It means we get an extra hour in bed, but the evenings are dark and the curtains get closed at 5pm. So, to while away the hours I’ve put together a mix of music and some spoken word. […]

Things Won’t Always Be Better

17 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

As the autumn gloom sets in, and the days are becoming noticeably shorter, it’s time to start adapting to the wet and cold days that will drag on through the winter months. These days, for me at least, seem endless and short of possibility. On top of this we also have the Covid-19 pandemic to […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 019 – Days Are Getting Shorter

6 October 2020 Rob Watson 0

The nights are drawing in, and the leaves are shedding their green hue and turning brown before they fall and scatter. I’ve been working from home a lot recently, and these are some of the tracks that I’ve stumbled across as I’ve been answering messages, planning funding applications, and looking for my next client. I […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 018 – The Centre Cannot Hold

26 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

In our pandemic times, it’s worth reminding ourselves that people have been through these kinds of experiences before, and that we should be able to meet the challenges that are before us if we apply our imagination and our intelligence. As W.B. Yeats put it the ‘centre cannot hold’, and something is pushing to be […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 017 – Start of Autumn Music Mix

24 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Here are some tracks I’ve sequenced together in no particular order. The summer is over, and we are heading into the shorter and colder days. Though with the lockdown we might all be taking it a little easier this winter. The tracklisting is: La verité – Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains -Piano ombre Secret of […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 16 – End of Summer Mix

22 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Here’s another mix of tracks that I’ve been listening to as the summer is coming to an end, and autumn is on its way. Hang’em All – Carpenter Brut – EP II Interlock – Stereolab – Fab Four Suture Motion in Field – Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno – Finding Shore Subliminal – Fujiya & […]

Is Patriotism Labour’s Secret Weapon?

6 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Writing in today’s Observer newspaper, Will Hutton considers what the challenges are likely to be in a post-Brexit Britain. Top of his list is the breakup of the United Kingdom with another vote on Scottish independence looking entirely likely. Scotland seems on course to vote for its independence as a nation and secede from the […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 015 – Random Music Mix

5 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Once again I’ve been compiling random tracks into a playlist as I’ve been working and travelling about. I’ve put them into a mix, and the tracks listed here are not in order. Yodh Song – Limousine   Siam Roads Ondine – Limousine -II Disco Hi-Life – Orlando Julius – Deux fils (Bande originale du film) Musica […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 014 – Something To Do When Its Raining

28 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Here’s the tracklisting for this podcast. I’ve been stuck in as it’s been raining for the last couple of days. I’ll go for a walk at some point tomorrow and listen back to these tracks, and hope that the rain holds off. These tracks are in no particular order. Lullabye – No Home – Below […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 013 – Wandering Around Leicester Music Mix

25 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

I’ve been wandering around Leicester, as usual. There’s a feeling that we are at the end of summer and the weather is starting to turn towards autumn. So it’s time to make the most of the last few weeks of mild weather and decent hours of sunlight. Kollera  -Dusty Kid -Rages 1992 – EP One […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 012 – Music Mix

21 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

I’ve strung together another mix, with some random tracks that came up on my playlist today… Dumb Waiters (Remastered) – The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk Soft Dog – Peter Gabriel – Flotsam and Jetsam Ten Fingers of Love – Anne Dudley – Plays the Art of Noise Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) […]

Security, Security, Security – Policy Themes for Labour

20 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

The first duty of any government is to keep its citizens safe and secure. This means protecting people from both external threats and from internal threats. It requires a basic level of governmental competence to ensure that the way of life that people take for granted is unhindered, unencumbered and uninterrupted. It is not the […]

Rob Watson Media Blog – The Quiet Revolution?

17 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

As I’ve been flicking through my Twitter feed over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a steady flow of posts pointing towards discussions in which people, usually in think-tanks, claim to know what they want to see changed as we get used to the new normal that is being wrought by the pandemic. It appears […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 011 – Live Music Mix

16 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

As it’s been a while since I’ve seen a live band, I’ve put together a mix of different concerts that I’ve been listening to over the last few weeks. It feels a bit like I’m making mix tapes at the moment, but that’s probably no bad thing, as it’s a useful distraction. Disintegration [Live] – […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 010 – Unfocussed Mix

14 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

This is something different than I’ve done in a while. I’ve put together a mix of poems and tracks from different genres that I’ve been randomly skipping through as I’ve been searching for things to focus on. The lack of a focus seems to be the theme. Who will believe my verse in time to […]