The other song that’s been stuck in my head has been New Order’s World in Motion, after ST decided it was both necessary and appropriate to walk down the Kings Road ‘rapping’ the John Barnes section as loudly as possible. It was the song of our Valentine’s and what a song to choose.
Have you watched anything REALLY GREAT?
I’ve tweeted this a few times so apologies for being repetitive but nothing has come close to beating the Scholes vine this week. I could watch Scholesy call Robbie Savage a knobhead til the end of time.
I am a little late with this ‘The Week That Was…’ post (clearly, as it’s now Monday not Sunday) but we’ve been having major internet dramaz at home and I didn’t fancy dragging my arse to Starbucks yesterday morning when I had important things to do like make this…
We are supposedly getting high speed fibre set up tomorrow (I’ll believe it when it happens) which should be good news for me work-wise and just generally in terms of my sanity.
Anyhoo, let’s hop to it…
So, tell me, was it a good week?
Mostly. It was very busy but in a lovely and fun way rather than a twitchy eye impending breakdown way.
What have been your favourite ‘banging beats’?
I made a This is England inspired playlist after watching it again at the weekend, it’s what I’ve been listening to whilst tapping away…
Have you watched anything REALLY GREAT?
TV-wise, I finally got around to watching a few episodes of Black Mirror. All seven stand-alone episodes are on Sky On Demand and 4OD and I have no idea how I managed to evade them for so long. I asked on Twitter which episodes were best and based on that feedback I started with White Bear, The National Anthem and Be Right Back. At 45 minutes each it was easy enough to rattle through a few on a lazy Sunday afternoon and they are definitely worth watching with someone so that you can dissect each episode afterwards, because you WILL want to. Now I get why it trended on Twitter every time it aired.
For what’s it worth, I can sadly imagine White Bear happening in the not so distant future (this was my fave of the three in terms of discussion points), The National Anthem was laugh out loud funny and made me pity anyone working in politics in today’s Twitter-era and Be Right Back is something my husband said “I would definitely do with him”. But in a nutshell: Black Mirror is dark…and everything you see is probably gonna happen. It’s doing a great job of filling the Twilight Zone shaped hole in my heart. If you watch them then tweet me and we can discuss them like the boring late-to-the-party types we are.
Ross tweeted me after last week’s post and I refuse to be cool about it.
Without wanting to sound like Ross Kemp’s biggest fan, the Honduras episode of Ross Kemp: Extreme World aired on Tuesday and it was – again – brilliant and heartbreaking. Human rights abuses and crime in general are rampant in Honduras, with the murder rate consistently rising.
This episode focusses on an infamous train journey that thousands of residents are forced to take to try and flee the drug gangs of Honduras and make a better life for themselves. And it seems a better life would be found anywhere but Honduras, where the murder rate was the highest in the world in 2013 and where children casually speak of hundreds of people being murdered of an evening “just because”. Amnesty International have described riding La Bestia (aka The Beast) as “the most dangerous migrant journey in the world” and it just doesn’t make any sense to me at all that these poor people – teens and children especially – don’t have refugee status. It’s on Sky On Demand and it’s definitely worth a watch, although you will want to fly to Honduras and rescue everybody.
I’ve had a lot of fun writing the Body Hair Week posts and was grateful for the positive feedback, thank you! I particularly enjoyed spending time with my sister slagging people off in the City on Wednesday (is there a better way to pass the time?) and my in-laws are currently staying here with us in London and we are having an ACE weekend. I am typing quietly as everybody is still asleep.
Yesterday I started a new blog feature called ‘Shout-Out Saturday’ (you can read the first instalment here) and today I’m starting a new Sunday morning feature called ‘The week that was…’. It’s basically going to be a weekly feature where I look back at the preceding week and talk about things which aren’t really ‘entire blog post worthy’ on their own.
This was partly inspired by finding my ‘Q&A a day 5 year journal’ again (blogged about here and seemingly exceptionally popular now, even gracing the Selfridges Christmas windows this year) and my general desire for this blog to be more diary-esque.
I am essentially going to interview myself, a la Alan Partridge in Mid-Morning Matters, because that seems the easiest way to do it.
I’ve become very much obsessed with the Summer of Sam soundtrack, particularly Elvin Bishop’s Fooled Around and Fell In Love. It reached number 34 in the UK charts in 1976 but it is currently number 1 in my 2015 heart. There wasn’t a music video of course, but someone has handily created a bizarre King Kong spoof set to the music if you do want to have a listen via the magic of YouTube.
I’ve made a Summer of Sam playlist on Spotify which encompasses all the 70s awesomeoness. I wouldn’t have done half as much cooking or shower dancing this week if it hadn’t been for this blaring out full blast.