Friday, 25 August 2017

This week I’ve been…

Watching:

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.


Reading:

This article on moving out of London. I love Daisy Buchanan’s writing and I thought this was particularly brilliant – it reminded me of when Russell Brand discussed how he thought he’d be happy when he became a film actor but then discovered he was just ‘himself, somewhere else.’ The quote Daisy uses from James Joyce – ‘Longest way round is the shortest way home’ – really stuck with me. Like Daisy I moved to London at 22; at 30, I dream of a cottage in the Lake District, and imagine myself to be a different person there. Maybe I wouldn’t be – maybe that change is something within.

I also finished the book I was reading last week – I have reviewed it on Good Reads here, if you are so inclined, but basically, LOVED it.

Doing:

Running -  I downloaded the Aaptiv app and have started following their half marathon training app, which is actually very good so far – it’s basically music with somebody telling you what to do over the top. I did an ab workout as well and that was good too, so it’s not all about the running. I am working towards a half marathon (slowly!) so we will see how it goes!


Buying:

This mug from Primark which – I mean… I am the biggest fan of Winnie the Pooh in the entire world and I’m not even ashamed to say that I went to Primark specifically to get this mug. Sorry-not-sorry. It makes drinking my ludicrously expensive Tassimo coffees even cosier and happier, and that is no mean feat.

Drinking: 

Unicorn martinis at Freud's on Shaftsbury Avenue. Unicorn. Martinis. I'll just let that sink in...


What have you been up to this week? 


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2 comments

  1. May just have to copy you with the mug! I loved The Shepherd's Life, it's such a lovely book (although it did make me feel mildly ashamed of my tourist's love for the Lakes when I don't have an ancestral claim to the place). Thank you for reminding me to update my Goodreads too! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  2. Ugh! That show is becoming so fast paced indeed, but how can they not? They have about 152 storylines to get round up in those 2 last seasons :D have fun watching the season finale tomorrow,I'm excited already!

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