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Three for June

Coming up to halfway through the year and my self-imposed challenge to record the music, book and film that have most excited me each month.

I started reading China Miélville’s October: The Story of The Russian Revolution, expecting great things. Miélville’s fiction is always hugely exciting and inventive …


The ‘Butterfly’ Bowl

It might not look much but I’m a little sad to see it go.

The Butterfly Bowl

This was the bowl my girls fought over when they were little because they both wanted the ‘butterfly’ bowl. It was one of the items of kitchenware I took from my parents’ house to my …


Things my kids will never understand

Inspired by thinking about Fog Horns, I decided to compile a short list of things my kids would simply never comprehend why they should ever have existed.

Party Lines

When I was a small child we shared our telephone line with our neighbours because there were not enough telephone lines …


Three for May

I only read two books in May and that should make the ‘book of the month’ choice easier, but it doesn't. Although I enjoyed Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow enormously, I will choose Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can't Happen Here, simply because it's a more powerful story of the …


Three for April

My book of the month for April proved to be an easy choice. I read ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover after listening to an interview with her on the Talking Politics podcast. The interview was hosted by David Runciman who also happens to be Westover’s PhD supervisor.

Tara Westover grew …


The Hobonichi Experiment Continues

This year I have been looking again at how I use my Hobonichi planner. Each year since 2014 I’ve used the English language version of the planner for both home and work but generally. I find it works brilliantly for capturing work tasks but outside work I don’t …


Three for March

I finally watched a film!

Family illness forced my wife to travel to Malta to visit her family and I used that time to watch the Japanese Animé film Your Name (she does not like animé). Before that, I really tried hard to watch the film Mr Turner but had …


Libraries

I’m very lucky that I can afford to buy books, so I don’t use public libraries often. On the other hand I am a voracious reader with catholic tastes and this was largely as a result of spending time in austere old-fashioned libraries when I was young.

I …


Three for February

In which I continue my monthly update on the book, film and music that have made most impression on me this month.

During the transition from January into February, I was reading The Gene: An Intimate History written by Siddhartha Mukherjee and I really enjoyed the way the author spiralled …


New Phone Day

We operate a pretty strict food chain of phones here and my daughter’s iPhone had started to become old and unreliable so it was time for my old iPhone 6 to trickle down to her.

I went into the Apple store determined to be sensible and came out with …

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