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 […]

Adapting to Life in the New Normal

1 August 2020 Rob Watson 2

Finally, we have a hot day here in Leicester, though this isn’t the start of a prolonged period of warm weather. Unlike on the continent, the British Isles is more likely to be affected by North Westerly weather from the Atlantic, that brings rain and cloud. The effect is that July has been somewhat depressing […]

Are We Coming Out of Lockdown in the Right Way?

28 June 2020 Rob Watson 0

All the talk of the country coming out of hibernation seems misplaced, both nationally and locally here in Leicester. When I’ve been scanning the news sites, the reports of mass gatherings, raves and beach invasions all seem to have a predictable air to them. The priorities for opening the country after the Covid-19 lockdown are […]

Blogging Archive – It’s Amazing What is Still Arround

28 June 2020 Rob Watson 0

I’ve revamped my bog a couple of times over the years, usually when I’ve switched hosts. In the process I usually ended up loosing a lot of the content that I’d been posting, as it wasn’t so easy to transfer content from one site to another. After my efforts at developing the Empty Shed blog, […]

EmptyShed – My Early Efforts at Blogging

28 June 2020 Rob Watson 0

Ten years in blogging and the internet is a long time. This morning I was wondering what happened to the content and writing that I’d posted online when I first set up my own self-hosted blog? Well, with the magic of the internet, and the power of the Web Archive, it’s possible to go back […]

After Covid19 Our Universities Have to Change

23 March 2020 Rob Watson 0

Many long-standing colleagues of mine, like myself, jumped at the chance to leave their employment at UK universities. A number of long-running factors influenced these decisions, and many have come to the fore in recent weeks. They have been on public display in the strike action that affected many courses recently. Low pay, insecure working, […]

My Services are Available

20 March 2020 Rob Watson 0

I don’t want this to sound like a self-serving promotion, virtue signalling or self-pity, though it might be a combination of all three, but I’m available and free to provide support on a paid basis for businesses, community organisations or public bodies if you need it? The freelance work that I had lined-up has unfortunately […]

Wandering with a Camera and Microphone

21 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 […]

Starting My Second Week in Bangkok

11 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

5 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

5 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 […]

Arriving in Thailand November 2019

2 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 […]

Post-Brexit Relationship Counselling

28 October 2019 Rob Watson 0

When there is so much disagreement between people, and our politics feels increasingly socially divided, we can only wonder how we will be able to get over the trauma that Brexit is causing? That’s if we ever do? The trauma and disruption might be so sever that many people never recover and never feel balanced […]

Migrating Blog Sites

23 October 2019 Rob Watson 0

I’ve spent the last couple of days migrating my blog sites to new servers. It’s been a chore, but I’m making progress. If I was a technical blogger, I’m sure I could have had it done in next to no time. But I’m a hosting-hobbiest, so everything has gone really slow. Figuring out how to […]