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
Parents: Dave – Apprentice Compositor, Teacher, Artist – Kikki (Austrian) Housewife, Teaching Assistant
Father Died in First Round of Covid – Mother Suffers From Long Covid – Thoughts on Anti-Vaxers
Thoughts on the Government – Lockdown Parties – Free Lateral Flow Tests
Brothers – Simon – Karli
Schools – Streaming – Life Skills
Advice to 16 Year Old Self
Childhood Holidays in Austria
Christmas in Austria
Met Partner Karen at Tiddlywinks Championships
Staying in an Ice Hotel
Computers & Computer Programming
The Royal Family
Russia & Ukraine
Boris Johnson & Keir Starmer
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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