19 for ’19, part 2: Worlds in Conflict

For the past two years, I have been doing reading challenges, set either by myself or by someone else, which allowed me to broaden the reading that I do. However, this year, I confessed that the unread books on my shelves were piling up so much that I wanted to get through some of them…

19 for ’19, part 1: Tales from an Untouched Bookshelf

For the past two years, I have been doing reading challenges, set either by myself or by someone else, which allowed me to broaden the reading that I do.  However, this year, I confessed that the unread books on my shelves were piling up so much that I wanted to get through some of them…

Welsh Diary II: Keep an eye on those Cockneys

In 2011 my friend Laura and I travelled around Wales and I wrote a diary about it for my friends to read on Facebook.  Here it is, a few years late and slightly edited. Day 2: Rhyl i Gonwy (Sunday, 3rd April 2011) At eight o’clock the next morning, we hit the road, in my…

Welsh Diary I: Doing the Little Things

In 2011 my friend Laura and I travelled around Wales and I wrote a diary about it for my friends to read on Facebook.  Here it is, a few years late and slightly edited. Day 1: Caer Efrog i Ryl (Saturday, 2nd April 2011) The thing about travel is that, once you have got home,…

19 for ’19: an Untouched Bookshelf (or several)

Happy new year!  As you might have seen in earlier posts, for the last couple of years I have been putting a bit more thought into what I read over the course of a year.  In 2017, I did (most of) a reading challenge that I had found on the internet; and in 2018, I…

18 for ’18, part 3: New Adventures

In January 2018, I wrote a post about a reading challenge I had set myself for 2018: to read 18 books (or other texts) that fitted into 18 categories. Unlike the challenge I did in 2017, these were categories which I set for myself: I set out to fill the gaps in my usual reading…

18 for ’18, part 2: Around the World, and Non-Fiction

In January 2018, I wrote a post about a reading challenge I had set myself for 2018: to read 18 books (or other texts) that fitted into 18 categories. Unlike the challenge I did in 2017, these were categories which I set for myself: I set out to fill the gaps in my usual reading…

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 roundup

It’s November: the Aesthetica Short Film Festival has returned to York, and I with it.  As I wrote last year, I went for the first time in 2016, but the festival itself has been running for eight now. For five days, short films are shown at thirteen different venues across the city, ranging from purpose-built cinemas…

Bullet Journalling and me

It’s not often that I find myself ahead of the curve.  Most of the time I am hopelessly behind modern trends, and as time passes I am increasingly embarrassed by how out of touch I am with pop culture.  But on one thing I was years ahead of my time. I think it must have…