QWightLike. A Podcast.

QWightLike

We quite like a podcast and we also quite like the Isle of Wight, where we live. So here is QWight Like. A Podcast. A love letter to the island we call home covering varied subjects such as food, drink, music, art, news, politics, life, the universe and everything in between. Our episodes will cover topics that resonate on the island and from the island, aiming to both entertain and inform. Come and visit this glorious place and enjoy the food, the views, the clean air and the people. In the meantime, enjoy our gentle riffs and be gentle, we're new to this. read less
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Episódios

Episode 8 - Fishing for complementary chat
13-04-2024
Episode 8 - Fishing for complementary chat
Welcome to another chat-filled digital space competing for space and time in your eardrums as we continue our gentle lollop towards the heady bright days of Spring and Summer.  The island slowly comes alive at this time of year with plenty for us to experience and share with you. This episode is largely given over to another scoop interview with one of the many generations of Blakes that have shaped much of the Ventnor experience for visitors and residents alike.  Tim spends time with Ed Blake of the fishing dynasty that continue to ply their trade at sea, from Ventnor Haven and as a new generation, online.  Tim gets the inside track on what’s involved in fishing for crab and the rest of the catch in what is a remarkably large fishing ground.  Remarkable insight is shared into the current status of fishing boats on the island. In the second part of this 2-part chat, Ed explains how he was persuaded to get involved in local politics, his motivations and how, as a business owner, he hopes to help influence the changes he thinks are needed to help the local community. For the rest of the podcast, Rory and Tim, riff around the edge of subjects as diverse as the recent North American total eclipse of the sun, vehicle number plates, transport, and first cars which leads to a promotion of the Rest is History podcast episode with Tom Hanks as their special guest.  Not to be missed. Another gentle ramble around the workings of our minds ends with tributes to our favourite tribute musical acts and a birthday tribute to Ella, Tim’s other half.  Happy Birthday, Ella. Thanks for listening Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Episode 7 - Happy and glorious. Travels, tourists, and topical tales
30-03-2024
Episode 7 - Happy and glorious. Travels, tourists, and topical tales
Another fortnight crammed full of travel is tipped out onto the podcast recording console to inform and, hopefully educate.  Rory’s return to Scotland with fanfares at border crossings.  Tim’s rather more sombre trip to Kraków taking in Auschwitz-Birkenau as well as the pleasure of experiencing the city’s cultural, architectural and culinary delights … all after jetting off easily to get there. Football (soccer) shirt emblems, excessive language dependencies are covered alongside explanations of European nations’ mastery of the English language rendering our preparations for overseas travels to be limited to checking our passport validity and packing. Back on the island we are steeling ourselves for the invasions of very-welcome tourism as our roads will fill up, our cafes will have less tables free and our ferries will struggle to stay operational.  Easter weekend will bring trade and traffic marking the start of our busy season as spring stretches the days into long summer beach stays started with balmy breakfast brunches and finished with boozy rosé sunset dinners. Whatever you’re doing this Easter, QWightLike is here to ease you into your break with our chit and chat and musings on all manner of transport, tipples and touring tales.  From fixed links to flexible ferries, we cover the conversation points on the tongues of travelling townies tearing over to temptation on our diamond isle. Thanks for listening. Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Episode 6 (S2) - Slipping into festivals, days out and making a meal of it.
16-03-2024
Episode 6 (S2) - Slipping into festivals, days out and making a meal of it.
A torrent of topical tales tumble into your shell like, as Tim and Rory wax the surfboard of chat and get to grips with stories from across the island and mainland, mixed with serious reflection on mother nature sliding into our mentions with interventions re-shaping the world around us. Who else weaves the Tufty Club into Darth Vadar and the Green Cross Code man whilst promoting music festivals and chinese chip shops alongside the delights of island favourites such as The Garlic Farm for brunch and the Spyglass Inn for celebration meals. As the general election looms larger then smaller again in the rear view mirror of the news cycle, and podcasts are recorded too early to capture the news from the day after the night before we tee up our plans to document the next electoral exercise right here on the podcast.  Our plan is to radicalise our listeners to see them agitate for the rights of all to enjoy a full cooked breakfast, English or otherwise. Join us as we generate renewable energy in the form of an hour of chat on subjects medically reported to induce relaxation and/or angst in equal measure.  As the podcast bursts into meteorological spring we hear of opportunities to plan days out, get out of the house and into the shops, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions all over the land.  We qwightlike that. Thanks for listening. Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Episode 5 (S2) - Out (often) and (talking) about (lots)
02-03-2024
Episode 5 (S2) - Out (often) and (talking) about (lots)
Join Tim and Rory, for a jaunt around the island and many vaguely related subjects linked together by our shared ability to wax lyrical on almost anything and everything. We've been out, visiting beaches and "beverage opportunities", getting rained on and can be found in this podcast riffing, in the best tradition of the latest online influencer ... the Dadcaster, on all manner of subjects, educational and otherwise. From smashed avocado breakfasts and millennial lattes to retired radio contributors (retiring just as demand for radio presenters on the island is set to increase), there's something in here for at least a few of you. We revisit a favourite haunt for traditional cooked breakfasts, for the Dadcasters, complemented by fruit-based offerings for their female companions and Tim introduces us to one of the latest exciting coffee stops overlooking Freshwater Bay, the Bike Box Cafe. Worth a visit whilst cruising the Military Road, whilst its still open to us. Wrapping up with our periodic homage to the NHS and with a much more serious note, we acknowledge the role the medical profession continues to offer when we find ourselves in urgent need of intervention and support, despite the media's attempts to paint the NHS as in crisis. True or not, they always seem to be there when they need them. News of New Year resolution progress allows us to bow out with a successful set of statistics and progress reports, albeit a horrendously exaggerated claim of rowing distance achieved. When Rory says kilometres, think metres. A tall tale in the making. Thanks for listening. Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Episode 1 (S2). Ferry gliding into a happy new series (and year).
06-01-2024
Episode 1 (S2). Ferry gliding into a happy new series (and year).
Happy New Year to all our listeners as we all welcome 2024 into our lives along with a new series of QWightLike A Podcast. In this new episode 1, Rory and Tim review their Christmas and New Year celebrations telling tales of their family gatherings and reviewing favourite festive flicks. Who had the most embarrassing gift unwrapping moment? Who received the gift of a terrible viral load to be laid low for the second part of the holiday period? Listen to find out. With travel being such an important part of our island lifestyle, we were delighted when Tim was able to come alongside Bronwyn Hamilton-Brown, for a chat about the Wightlink User Group (https://www.wug.org.uk/) she founded in November 2022 and which now boasts over 5,000 members. If you need to get on and off our island this is a must-listen. We round off our first foray of 2024, with a discussion on our New Year resolutions, leading to one or two interesting revelations, that you won't want to miss out on. You'll have to subscribe to the podcast to follow our progress throughout the year to find out if we miss out on our resolutions, despite them all being SMART goals. Google that if its a new term for you. Thanks for sticking with us throughout 2023 and we hope we can encourage you to remain ahered to our output in 2024, both here and on Vectis Radio. Thanks for listening. Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Epsiode 19. Nature's gift of carefully nurtured chat
04-11-2023
Epsiode 19. Nature's gift of carefully nurtured chat
Episode n-n-n-nineteen floods into your podcast queue with a promise to keep you company whilst your wellies dry out ready for the next Atlantic-born deluge to make landfall. Our topical chat ebbs and flows through a smorgasbord of subjects carefully curated to inspire, to entertain and to inform. With so much to squeeze in, settle down and enjoy part 1 of a 2-part conversation TIm has with Graham Biss, Chief Executive of Gift to Nature https://www.gifttonature.org.uk/. Graham should be known as Mr Benn as he wears so many hats in different roles supporting the rural economy and natural heritage of the Isle of Wight. There's loads to learn so come back for second helpings in episode 20 to find out more of what Graham has been getting up to in, on and around the island. We finish with a request for you to supply us with interesting questions to ask of us, your co-hosts, to foment yet further frolicking flights of fancy and fun. The innocence of a favourite beach or the ominous finality of a final death row meal can all be covered in our q&a spot. If you don't ask us, how will you ever know!? We announce our trial move to a weekly publishing schedule, by popular demand so you'll have a dose of QWightLike to accompany you through each and every weekend going forward. At least until you tell us to stop! Thanks for listening. Tim and Rory --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message
Episode 16. Tactical holidays, strategic voting and a local (radio) hero!
30-09-2023
Episode 16. Tactical holidays, strategic voting and a local (radio) hero!
Our holiday special edition is here without delay, or diversion, and only one natural disaster to interfere with our perfectly laid plans. We pre-recorded the bulk of this episode so we could simply get it stitched together with some small additions post-holiday and all went to plan bar the content from Rory's break in Crete. Tim provides some enjoyable commentary on his break with wife Ella to the Belgian North Sea coast and entices the rest of us to visit with tales of culture, food and innovative transportation. Rory's Sea of Crete would have raised the temperature a few degrees, but now we'll never know ... until next year maybe. We'd additionally saved up a special politics chat for this holiday special, which covers recent electoral events and the impact on upcoming tests for Governments and Oppositions alike. We also introduce a short interview Tim had with Ian Mac, or Macca, the Station Manager at Vectis Radio, the multi-award winning community radio station here on the Isle of Wight. Straight after we were back from our respective holidays, Macca had us both in for a lunchtime chat, live on Vectis Radio. Listen to the chat here, and stay tuned for future potential collaborations between QWightLike and Vectis Radio, but rest assured we'll still be publishing our podcast here on Spotify and they'll continue to be available wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening. Rory and Tim --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/rory-forbes/message