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 […]

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 […]