Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Things I don’t get about the Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale

This blogpost contains spoilers

So for background: I picked up Game of Thrones when it was around its second season. Once I’d back-watched it, I read all the books and I’ve watched ever since. And I’m one of those annoying fans who thinks the show has gone downhill since the show passed the end of the books. I don’t know – it just seems so safe nowadays; you never really feel concerned for the wellbeing of the good or ‘popular’ characters. I’m also quite troubled by the fact that the makers of the show are apparently about to wrap everything up in a neat little bow in one more season, because George RR Martin’s books are sprawling and untidy and it just doesn’t feel like we’re even approaching the end yet. I wonder if the books will be different, or maybe never even be written now, which will be sad.

Anyway, ignoring all my misgivings, I’ve been able to enjoy season 7, despite a few plot holes and the weirdly fast pace. But this week’s finale left me speechless for all the wrong reasons and I just had to write about it because I have questions, so without further ado, here are all the things I just don’t understand about season 7 of Game of Thrones.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Made in Chelsea, slut-shaming, and the problem with ‘girl code’

First of all, I know, I know – many people would think me ludicrous to base any deep discussion on the goings-on of Made in Chelsea: Ibiza. But while past story arcs have appeared somewhat dubious to say the least, the latest love triangle – which has spilled out into the Twittersphere – seems very real, and has opened up some really interesting debates. Not least, in my opinion, in its constant referring to the unwritten rules that female friends should live their lives by – the ostensible ‘girl code.’


Friday, 25 August 2017

This week I’ve been…


Storyville: Silk Road – I recommend almost all of the Storyville documentaries on the BBC – they are generally well thought out and researched with a lot of thought put into the interviews that lead the narration (as there is no external narrator to guide the plot). This is no exception – the story of ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ or how and why a person came to set up an online marketplace for the trafficking of illegal substances. Fascinating, shocking in places and well worth a watch.

Vuelta Espana 2017 – I’ve only ever watched the Tour de France before but I’ve been really enjoying the Spanish race this year, and I want to encourage everyone who is interested in cycling to watch it. It’s really only by getting more spectators involved in sport that we can elevate it – the more we watch, the more sponsors will spend on getting good riders involved, and the better it will become. Plus the itv4 commentary is just as amusing as it is on the Tour de France, so well worth watching the highlights.

That GoT episode – I mean, I kind of agree with the Guardian article that came out earlier this week on how silly this show is becoming. It’s so fast-paced that I think I’m about to have a heart attack every other scene. But still… the dragon. That’s all I’m saying.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer v.s. Autumn

A question:

Why is everyone so excited for Autumn? I could understand if everyone was sad about how it keeps raining in summer, but no – all I keep seeing are tweets wishing Autumn would ‘hurry up and arrive.’ So…why?
Autumn in your mind

I could completely understand if Autumn was like it is in American movies – crisp but sunshiney days, a carpet of red and orange leaves on the ground, girls wearing cosy sweaters and scarves but no coats – a bit like a perpetual version of Hocus Pocus, only without the witches. The vision of Autumn these people conjure up is utterly beautiful, pumpkin pie cooling on a windowsill, candles burning, hot chocolate in mugs with cream on top, rosy cheeks and fresh air. Having never been to, say, Massachusetts, I can’t tell you if Autumn (or ‘Fall’) there is actually like that. But what I can guarantee you is that Autumn here is not like that at all.


Friday, 18 August 2017

This week I’ve been…

Reading: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. My Kindle is broken (RIP) and so wherever I go I just buy cheap paperbacks (plus I keep ordering them for 28p second hand on Amazon), but I ran out in the Lake District and my husband bought this for me in a little touristy shop that mostly sold fudge and flavoured jam. Anyway, I’m only about a quarter of the way through but I adore it. I just got back from the Lake District, which helps, but this gives a completely different, totally unromantic and yet somehow still beautiful perspective. I want to crawl into the pages and live in this earthy, real world where the air is clean and life is simple and pure. I know this actually got a bit of a cult following but it still somehow passed me by, so if it passed you by too, buy it, read it, trust me.

Listening to: The High Low podcast – Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes basically rattle through the news of the week, both trivial and serious, focusing in on certain pop culture aspects of it (they spend time this week, for example, discussing a tweet Lordes wrote following the Charlottesville rally) in a way that manages to be both thought-provoking, entertaining and completely absorbing. It helps that both girls are acerbically funny, and that they manage to be self-deprecating without being embarrassed or ashamed to have their own thoughts on big problems. I sort of felt that feeling you get when you’re two glasses of wine in round a table with good friends and you decide to put the world to rights; like suddenly you have all sorts of views and opinions and want somewhere to put them – and then I looked up and my tube journey was over. 100% worth a listen.
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

IAAF World Championships

How amazing, shocking and fascinating was this year's world championships?! 

I've got to be honest, when it started I wasn't really sure how involved I was going to get. I absolutely love the Olympics and practically mourn it when it's over because it's just so amazing to watch, but it's partly the variety I like - how you can flick from gymnastics to boxing to horse riding and so on. I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy just watching pure athletics, but as we had tickets to the Sunday night I decided to watch it from the beginning and so quickly I was totally addicted. 


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cornwall Family Time

I don’t know why it’s taken me over a month to write this post. I feel like part of the problem is this year is that I’ve just done so much, it’s almost impossible to keep up with myself. We have just gone from one trip/holiday/birthday/event to the next and I feel like I’ve barely had time to sit down and look at the photographs, let alone edit them and write a blogpost about it…

Which is actually why Cornwall was such a relief.

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