Distraction Therapy Podcast 015 – Leicester Soundwalk New Walk

25 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

Today I braved the snow and the ice to record this week’s soundwalk. I wandered up New Walk, which runs from the centre of the city to Victoria Park. On the way I visited Leicester Museum, the Midland Mainline bridge, De Montfort Square and then ended up just at Victoria Park gates. It was very […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 014 – Catherine Flick

19 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

It was really nice to catch up with Catherine Flick today, and talk about the things that have been distracting her through the lockdown. We talked about Zoom meetings, children, pets, Instagram perfectionism, doom scrolling and the joy of jumping in puddles and getting wet. Catherine is a researcher at The Centre for Computing and […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 013 – Leicester Soundwalk

17 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

Today I had a walk along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal here in Leicester. I started off at Leicester Castle, and made my way up along the canal through to Abbey Park and Wolseley Point, before finishing at the Leicester Space Centre and the Abbey Pumping Station.   https://robwatsonmedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Distraction-Therapy-Podcast-013-Leicester-Soundwalk-Mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 012 – Cat Thompson

13 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

We need to make time in our lives for creativity and growing things if we are to balance the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. That was what emerged from my conversation with Cat Thompson today. Cat is an Emergency Physician who enjoys playing around at photography. We chatted about gardening, going for walks, and […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 011 – Scott Choucino

11 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

It was really nice to catch up with Scott Choucino and chat about how he’s been managing through the lockdown, what kind of coffee he’s drinking, how his cat is becoming more famous than him, and how things might pick up when the lockdowns ease and the vaccinations are rolled out. https://robwatsonmedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Distraction-Therapy-Podcast-011-2021-01-11-Mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 010 – Leicester Sound Walk

11 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

This week I had a stroll along the River Soar in Leicester, up to Aylstone Meadows. As lockdown permits I’m looking to find some guests to take part in a stroll around Leicester, where we can chat about what these places mean to us. Message me on Twitter or Instagram, or email rob@robwatsonmedia.net   https://robwatsonmedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Distraction-Therapy-Podcast-010-Leicester-Soundwalk.mp3Podcast: […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 009 – Leicester Soundwalk January

2 January 2021 Rob Watson 0

I’m starting a new project for 2020. I’m developing a series of podcasts and radio programmes that will be based on soundwalks around Leicester. The idea is to meet up with a guest and to go for a short stroll along a route of their choice. As we walk, in a suitably socially distanced way, […]

Brexit Blog – Who Speaks for the 48%?

30 December 2020 Rob Watson 0

One of the defining characteristics of the Brexit process has been the shifting of both blame and responsibility almost entirely onto the shoulders of the losing side. I voted to remain. I continue to advocate that the UK’s future is inextricably linked with the European Union. My opinion on these issues, however, has been continually […]

Brexit Blog – All I’m Left With is a Sense of Fatalism

27 December 2020 Rob Watson 0

At the time of the 2016 referendum on the UK’s future membership of the European Union, I was looking for a political home. After being let down by the Labour Party and the failure of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to oppose George Osbourne’s savage austerity cuts, I was bouncing around looking for a party […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 021 – Leicester Soundwalk

29 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

I went for a walk into Leicester on Saturday and recorded some sounds and some thoughts. I’ve mixed them together with a couple of tracks. It was a gloomy day. It was raining, and the city felt calm and lacking in festive spirit. I’m convinced that this is a good thing as long as we […]

Nick Timothy: Remaking One Nation – The Future of Conservatism

21 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

Flicking through Twitter last Sunday, I was prompted to enter an exchange with Nick Timothy, the former special advisor to Theresa May during the time when she was at the Home Office and when she was Prime Minister. Timothy’s Tweet was one of his regular reminders to his followers that the nature of conservatism is […]

Does Labour Vote For or Against the Brexit Deal?

15 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

If reports in the press are to be believed, we are approaching the endgame of Brexit. Well, maybe not the endgame, but the point when we are denied access to the EU’s single market, customs union, and other benefits of membership which expire after the transition period on the 1st January 2021. After a period […]

Disrupting or Consolidating?

14 November 2020 Rob Watson 0

It’s welcome news that the United States of America has a President-Elect, with Joe Biden beating Donald Trump in both the popular vote and the electoral college. I’m relieved that the psycho-drama that Donald Trump unleashed each day, with his Twitter rants, may be drawing to a close. Even as an onlooker from afar, I […]

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 […]