Leicester Space Centre – Shock or Inspire?

16 November 2022 Rob Watson 0

Yesterday I visited the Leicester Space Centre for the first time. The outing was arranged as part of the Y-Heritage project, where a group of young people get to visit different arts and heritage places. Despite heavy rain for most of the day, it was good to be out and about. We started in the […]

Protest or Noise Pollution?

12 November 2022 Rob Watson 0

It’s my dream to live in a noise pollution-free neighbourhood. I’d like to be able to walk about without having my thoughts or conversations drowned out by traffic noise or extra-loud music spilling out from bars and cafés. It’s the reason I always wear noise-cancelling headphones when I’m wandering in a city. Unless there is […]

Autumn is Moving Quickly

24 October 2022 Rob Watson 0

I went for a stroll today after being stuck in the house because of the rain at the weekend. Walking up Westcoates Drive, the ground was covered in a blanket of fallen leaves. It looks like autumn, but it doesn’t feel autumnal yet. The weather has been unseasonably warm, with moist winds blowing across the […]

Distraction Therapy 054 – Leicester Lo-Fi Ten Year Photography Exhibition

5 December 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreLeicester Lo-Fi is a community darkroom and photography collective that promotes fine art and traditional photographic processes, by supporting specialist knowledge and facilities, education and exhibitions. Leicester Lo-Fi started in 2011 with no place to call […]

Distraction Therapy 053 – Evington Walk with Helen Pettman

2 December 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThe Evington Echo has been around for over forty years, and manages to keep readers informed and up to date on what’s happening in the village of Evington in Leicester. Helen Pettman is the editor of […]

Distraction Therapy 048 – Leicester Heritage Walk With Hayley Rogers

11 October 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreLast week I went for a stroll with Hayley Rogers, and we talked about her work with the Y-Heritage project, and what she has learnt about the changing nature of Leicester. We also listened to some […]

Distraction Therapy 045 – YouTube Walking Tours Reviews

15 September 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve been watching walking tours on YouTube, which are videos posted to show what different towns and cities are like around the world. There’s a continual flow of new videos being posted all the time, some […]

Distraction Therapy 043 – Leicester the Home of King Lear

23 August 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI went for a walk through Leicester to test a new gimble that I’ve bought, and I captured some audio in the process. It’s interesting taking the audio from the video, because its less obvious what’s […]

Distraction Therapy 042 – Total Systems Change

16 August 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThis morning I went for a walk into Leicester City Centre, and recorded some thoughts reflecting on the need for total systems change that has been identified in the IPCC report about climate change. What does […]

Distraction Therapy 041 – Leicester Builds Back Better

27 July 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreAs part of the Leicester Stories project, we went out into Leicester City Centre to ask people what they know of the Build Back Better slogan. Roy and Ryan were able to record some fascinating comments […]

Distraction Therapy 040 – Beth Piggott and LibertyUK Festival

19 July 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreBeth Piggott is a producer with ArtReach, who has been working on the Liberty UK festival that is taking place in Leicester. Taking place across July and August, Liberty UK Leicester offers three art trails in […]

Leicester Transport Plan Consultation

18 July 2021 Rob Watson 0

Leicester City Council is consulting on its Transport Plan, so I sat down earlier and submitted some comments. It would be good to see what other people and groups are submitting to the consultation, and to get a sense of what kind of discussion is happening? This whole plan is not ambitious enough. It is […]

Distraction Therapy 039 – Parallel Lives with John Coster

12 July 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreHow we connect and build relationships with one another is an essential question for the future sustainability of both our local and our global communities. John Coster, of Leicester’s Documentary Media Centre, discusses and explains why […]

Distraction Therapy 038 – Moira Furnace Heritage Day

5 July 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThe weather was perfect on Sunday for our visit to the Moira Furnace heritage and craft day. We chatted about the importance of valuing our heritage and making it accessible now that we are opening up […]

Distraction Therapy 037 – Evington Community Gardening

25 June 2021 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThe work of the volunteers at Evington House, has brought the gardens to life as a place of increasing biodiversity. It was lovely chatting with Helen and Geoff, and hearing about how they plan the garden […]