Random ideas and observations from Rob Watson as he travels about and does mostly mundane and ordinary things. The anti-influencer!
Distraction Therapy 041 - Leicester Builds Back Better
As 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 that help to show the wide variety of opinions and experiences that people have of the whole idea of building back better.
Distraction Therapy 040 - Beth Piggott and LibertyUK Festival
Beth 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 the city centre. As a collaboration with members of the local community, the festival tells local residents stories and explores issues such as isolation, freedom and identity. Through conversations and workshops, Liberty UK has been able to craft new stories that shape a new vision for a more inclusive and optimistic future providing, supporting a renewed sense of strength to move forward and meet challenges that are ahead as we deal with the effects of the pandemic.
Distraction Therapy 039 - Parallel Lives with John Coster
How 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 he has established the Parallel Lives project, based here in Leicester, but with the aim of connecting people through and with media from around the world. The challenge, according to John, is that we can let the large-scale global media platforms control our world view, or we can establish our own networks of mutual support that challenge the dominance of the tech-giants, and help us to support conversations about where and how we belong to our communities, while also being global citizens.
Distraction Therapy 038 - Moira Furnace Heritage Day
The 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 from the pandemic. This was an opportunity to develop our media capture skills as part of the Y-Leicester Heritage project. We got to go on a barge trip along the canal, and to investigate the craft fair that is one of the many events that are run by the museum through the summer.
Distraction Therapy 037 - Evington Community Gardening
The 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 so that it supports a wider-range of wildlife and looks after itself because they are increasingly recognising that not everything that creeps into the garden is a weed. The gardens are supported by Evington in Bloom, the Evington Echo, Evington Community Nature Reserve, and Leicester City Council Environmental Volunteers.
Distraction Therapy 036 - Mens Support Drop-In
Today I had three conversations at the Hope CIC Men’s Support Drop-In Café, that takes place every other Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Bishop Street Chapel Café in Leicester.
I chatted with Tina Barton about her experience running support and development groups for women, and how the need for similar support networks for men is increasingly needed.
Next I chatted with Jed, who told me about his efforts at school to be able to wear shorts in the hot weather, and what it means to have your point of view heard.
Then I spoke with John Coster, and he explained why the Café is being set up and what it hopes to achieve, and how the changing context of how men express what is worrying them is changing.
A real mix of informed guests discussing the topics.... always engaging & entertaining.