Helmut Watson


August 1963, Maidstone, Kent


Grew up in Harlow, Essex.

Date of Interview

3rd February 2022

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Helmut Watson (25th February 2022)

Helmut Watson is a clear-thinking man who has well thought-out views on a wide range of subjects. This is an easy listening chat and we cover a variety of subjects. 

His father Dave, a lovely man, died in the first round of the Coronavirus and his mother, Kikki, who is from Austria suffers from Long Covid. Helmut tells us his views on UK politics; anti-vaxers; the Royal Family; education; Russia and Afghanistan.

We also chat about how he became a marbles champion; Austrian Christmases; meeting his partner Karen at a tiddlywinks’ championship and staying in an ice hotel.


Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Recording Editor: Carlo Harrison

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Kentish Man02.55
Parents: Dave – Apprentice Compositor, Teacher, Artist – Kikki (Austrian) Housewife, Teaching Assistant03.40
Parents Eloped07.55
Father Died in First Round of Covid – Mother Suffers From Long Covid – Thoughts on Anti-Vaxers10.35
Thoughts on the Government – Lockdown Parties – Free Lateral Flow Tests19.30
Brothers – Simon – Karli22.05
Schools – Streaming – Life Skills25.15
Advice to 16 Year Old Self29.00
Swansea University30.45
Childhood Holidays in Austria33.40
Christmas in Austria35.30
Met Partner Karen at Tiddlywinks Championships41.00
Staying in an Ice Hotel44.00
Computers & Computer Programming49.20
Dual Nationality57.05
Marbles Champion1.00.10
The Royal Family1.01.55
Russia & Ukraine1.04.35
Boris Johnson & Keir Starmer1.05.40
Afghanistan 1.09.40


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

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