Wandering with a Camera and Microphone

21st December 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve started to wander about Leicester City centre with my camera and audio recorder, hoping to capture some images and sounds that give a sense of what it is like living in this city at this point in time. I find I can switch into a neutral mode of thinking that is slightly disconcerted from […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 006 – December in Leicester

15th December 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve spent more time this week wandering around Leicester city centre, watching people and looking for sounds and images. I’ve put together a music playlist from the tracks that I’ve been hearing while I’ve been out and about. The weather has been cold, and the short days make everything look gloomy. I’m not a winter […]

Gloomy December Morning – The Present I Didn’t Want

13th December 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ll be honest, this is not one of the best mornings to be waking up and looking at the news. The Conservatives have trounced Labour in the general election, and its pretty depressing news for me, and I’m sure for many others as well. I suppose I had done what you have to do at […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 005 – Wandering Around Leicester in December

6th December 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve put together a podcast with some sounds I’ve collected in Leicester, and a mix of some music I’ve been listening to over the last couple of day. Tracklist: The Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie – Turn Off the Sun The Chemical Brothers – Snow Stereolab – The […]

Keep on Squeezing or Think About Investing

1st December 2019 Rob Watson 0

Elections are, or should be, the culmination of a period of reflection and consideration about how we might do things differently in the future. This election seems to be particularly odd, as it has been forced into a set of simple binary issues that don’t demonstrate the complexity of the issues ahead of us. Political […]

Why I am Voting Labour on 12th December

25th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I live in the Leicester West constituency, with Liz Kendall as my MP. Leicester is a one-party state, with very little organised opposition that is capable of challenging the grip of the Labour Party on local politics. There are fifty-four councillors, all except for one are Labour. This makes for a pretty sterile political debate […]

Khon Kaen Blog – Saturday 23rd November

23rd November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I have to admit that the stress of Bangkok was starting to get to me, even though I was there for little under three weeks. The congestion, the lack of open spaces, the crush on the metro and skytrain, and the sound of demolition from across the road from my apartment was getting tough to […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 004 – Impressions and Sounds Bangkok

17th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve just been mooching around the centre of Bangkok for the last couple of days, and while I walk about I’m wearing noise cancelling headphones and listening to music. The constant rumble of traffic is very difficult to escape from, and occasionally I’ve been able to find a location or a route that is away […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 003 – Mooching Around Bangkok

12th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve been in Bangkok for over a week now, and I’m starting to feel that I am making sense of the place to a limited degree. I’ve put together some tracks and some rambling observations on my time here so far. Penelope Isles – Round Pink Floyd – The Dogs of War John Lennon – […]

Starting My Second Week in Bangkok

11th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’m starting my second week in Bangkok, and I’m settling into a routine of sorts. Once the initial novelty has worn off, it’s possible to start to get a stronger sense of what the place is like. Amid all the hustle and bustle, there is a pattern to people’s lives, much like anywhere else. It’s […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 002 – Arriving in Thailand

5th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve been in Bangkok for a couple of days now, and I wanted to stay out of the heat in the afternoon, so I’ve put together a podcast with some thoughts and a few tracks. I’ve recorded it in the apartment I’m staying in, so the audio quality isn’t great. I actually used my phone […]

No Rice Please – Bangkok November 2019

5th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

This morning I’ve wandered away from my apartment. I’m exploring the local neighbourhood and seeing what is about. I’ve found a couple of coffee shops, and a coupe of food halls. I won’t starve in Bangkok, that’s for sue. Though yesterday I only had two meals all day. I’ve set myself the challenge of not […]

Based in Bangkok – November 2019

4th November 2019 Rob Watson 0

After a couple of pleasant days in Pattaya, I’ve moved on to Bangkok, where I’m staying in a small apartment that I booked through AirBnB. It’s not got the best of views, but it’s quiet, and is almost directly opposite the entrance to the metro. Getting to the university is only two stops away, which […]

Arriving in Thailand November 2019

2nd November 2019 Rob Watson 0

For the next few weeks I’m in Thailand, undertaking some teaching at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok. I’m going to be working with a small group of students to explore how they can develop their social media skills, and become bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and social communicators. The idea is to look at the development process for […]