In this episode, I sat down with Mr Huw Jones who is a full-time member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. We talked about what it was like to be a musician during COVID-19, concerts reviews by critics, the evolution of concert programs and the life of a musician in 2021. Hope you enjoy it!
Safari guide to social entrepreneur - bringing telemedicine to rural Africa, with Huw Jones of Virtual Doctors.
THE IMPACT INTERVIEW
Definitely a contender for coolest enterprise on the podcast so far, despite its non-profit status. Not because it’s particularly high tech, and not because of the numbers of people impacted, even though the potential is huge. I like it for it’s philosophy and, on one level, simplicity. Here’s a problem causing a lot of unnecessary suffering, and here’s a solution. But Virtual Doctors’ ultimate aim is to pass on the expertise and knowhow of (currently) UK doctors to clinicians in remote parts of Africa, so that they become self-sufficient. So the impact is contagious and enduring. Huw Jones and I went to school together way back in the day, and I’m delighted to have reconnected for this interview.. It’s reawakened my love of Africa while also reminding us all of the serious problems much of the continent faces. Huw has had an enviably-interesting career to date, but of course not without its challenges. He’s done a phenomenal job of building a meaningful and sustainable social platform by inspiring people in both the UK and Africa into action, with the support of the board of trustees. Virtual Doctors is a UK charity whose mission has been focused on Zambia and is now being recognised or piloted in other countries in sub Saharan Africa. And there’s even interest in deploying the tech in the UK - which would be a real breakthrough. What the business really needs is substantial and regular funding from benefactors who really want to help Virtual Doctors achieve its full potential. I’d love to facilitate that by bringing this fantastic charity to wider attention, so please share this episode as far as you can! Thanks! www.virtualdoctors.org
In this episode we talk to the owner of Finnegans Fish Bar Group. It was really enjoyable catching up with Huw, he is very knowledgeable about fish and chips but also about business. You can learn more about Finnegans Fish Bar here.
Huw Jones – Author Of The Thrilling Novel ‘The Last Director of Shoreditch’ Chats About The ‘Old Nichol’ East End Slum To It’s Modern Day Gentrification
Your London Legacy
Shoreditch in the East End of London has an incredibly rich and varied history. From theatre and Shakespeare in Elizabethan times, to the wealthy traders and French Huguenot silk weavers of the 17th Century to the decline of the furniture industry in the late 19th century when the area was one of the worst slums in London. The illustrated London News in 1863 described the terrible living conditions in the 'Old Nichol' as ‘one painful and monotonous round of vice, filth and poverty, huddled in dark cellars…teeming with disease and death’’.Today, Shoreditch must be one of the trendiest and most fashionable places in London and this is the location of today’ guest excellent recent book ‘The Last Director of Shoreditch’. Huw Jones day job is Europe Regulation Correspondent at Thomson Reuters and he’s never known such fascinating times with the advent of Brexit and Covid 19 back to back.But as lover of London and social historian, Huw’s fast-paced novel spins between the Postie gang of Shoreditch in the 1950’s and what he calls the modern day siliconeaster, latte sipping tech start up millennials.Enjoy this fascinating insight into one of the jewels of London past and present. This is Your London Legacy.“You’re just like 2 degrees removed from history wherever you go here. It’s amazing.”21:25Huw’s book follows a group along two parallel timelines: the 1950’s when one of the characters, Frank who was the fixer for the Postie group—and the timeline now after the property empire has risen and they get a bit bored and try and ditch what they worked for. Many of the details in the book were based off of the reality of Shoreditch. For instance, in the 50’s and 60’s Shoreditch was an epicentre of furniture production—and the Director uses the industry there for their deeds, after all, old warehouses are indeed a good place to start your criminal fraternity.26:16Shoreditch was likely the first municipality in Britain to have a “dust destructor” which is essentially a facility to burn rubbish to create electricity. The facility in Shoreditch is now the National Arts Centre for Circus, interestingly enough. But again, what better place to “fix” a problem than a facility meant to incinerate—again as Huw says, you don’t even have to make it up. “You realize it’s not going to get written until you sit down and do it.”30:45I’m always fascinated by the creative type and how books come to be. Huw’s style is interesting, as he didn’t quite write the chapters in order – and he felt his character Frank took over the story. But it is a push and requires sacrificing perfection. But it is an all-consuming task and one you must embrace when it wakes you up in the early morning with some sliver of idea you have to jot down. The concept of siliconeaster too is inspired by going out in Shoreditch and seeing the hip young millennial tech startupers with their lattes and how they’ve influenced the area in modern day.While a book is most certainly written in a chair, the ideas often come from going out and exploring the world—and what better locale to influence you than London and the wonderful, never ending microcosms within.LinksBook on Amazon: The Last Director of ShoreditchShoreditchnovel.comTwitter
What is a healthy life? | Guests: Huw Jones, Te Omeka Morehu & Gareth Edwards
Please Blow My Mind with Will Fleming
What is a healthy life? Pills, Yoga, Phycadelics? It seems that life keeps us guessing when it comes to what is good for us. In this episode, we get our minds blown by Huw Jones, Te Omeka Morehu & Gareth Edwards for a slow and deep conversation about the wellness that starts within.
Garratts were one of the most successful articulated locomotive types worldwide. In this episode, we briefly cover the history of Herbert W. Garratt's brainchild, followed by a chat with Huw Jones of the Welsh Highland Railway, who works full time keeping the NGG16s in traffic. Huw tells us about the idiosyncrasies of the Garratt design, and what makes them different to a regular loco. Anorak Rating: 4/5
Glasgow lost in Europe and have lost Dave Rennie. Edinburgh drew and Watsonians are top of the Super 6. Gordie Reid is a firestarter (maybe?) and Huw Jones was seen with a bacon buttie (allegedly).Dave, Matt and Alan have all the latest in Scottish rugby.Free beer? Head to www.beer52.com/thistleManage a sports team? Sign up to Find A Player at: https://go.findplay.it/C0JEsZpbOX Passcode THISTLESupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/thethistle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Glasgow lost in Europe and have lost Dave Rennie. Edinburgh drew and Watsonians are top of the Super 6. Gordie Reid is a firestarter (maybe?) and Huw Jones was seen with a bacon buttie (allegedly).Dave, Matt and Alan have all the latest in Scottish rugby.Free beer? Head to www.beer52.com/thistleManage a sports team? Sign up to Find A Player at: https://go.findplay.it/C0JEsZpbOX Passcode THISTLESee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Huw Jones — DREAMS, the FUTURE and CULTIVATING CONSCIOUSNESS
Please Blow My Mind with Will Fleming
Huw Jones started his entrepreneurial journey 15 years ago, co-founding a parking tech company with his Dad. Although they had some initial success in launching the business, scaling and growing the start-up proved challenging. Reflecting on the lessons learned, Huw is committed to helping founders grow themselves, their teams and their ideas through coaching, consulting and mentoring services. This episode is sponsored by Float Culture: http://floatculture.co.nz/ Get 20% off your next float by using the promo code ‘MINDBLOWING’ at checkout. Subscribe and watch the video version of ‘Please Blow My Mind’ on my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/PleaseBlowMyMind