Hello! My name is Poppy and I am in a massive muddle. Yey!
Basically, I was in Belfast at the weekend and by Sunday – when this post should have been written – I was FLOORED by a cold. People who go on about colds are very boring, I am well aware of this, so I’ll spare you the details of how I definitely nearly died and instead tell you what I got up to last week.
Obviously I could have just skipped this instalment of The Week That Was altogether but I didn’t want to as I watched/ate/did some really cool things. I’m sure you can forgive me?
Normal The Week That Was service will resume this Sunday morning, where I’ll tell you all about Belfast (IT INCLUDES A VLOG FROM A HELICOPTER) and recommend a wrestling documentary.
Try not to get too excited!
Last week I watched…
I really liked this Audi ad that aired during the US presidential debate…
It was hard to want to do anything but despair watching Trump, but I thought this advert was very well executed.
Continuing the American theme for a sec, Catfish returned to our screens last week! I didn’t realise how much I missed Nev and Max til I had them back in my living room. The episode in question was a little ridiculous, involving Katy Perry and a trip to the UK, but it was nice to have the boys back. They really are the most wonderful tonic.
If you have MTV, get that shiz series linked.
Over on the BBC, I finally watched Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan’s Motherland pilot after much pestering from my family. Everyone was right though, it’s proper laugh out loud funny from the first scene. I think Anna Maxwell-Martin is my new hero.
Given that I’m so late to the party, it’s only on iPlayer for one more day (here) but if you haven’t seen it then try to find time before it expires.
AND PLEASE BBC, COMMISSION A FULL SERIES!
I also laughed – and cried – at the final episode of People Just Do Nothing. Steves! The ring! Gah.
In a bid to stay #young, #hip and #relevant, I dropped my cousin Lucy back at uni halls after she stayed with us for the weekend. I was VERY NERVOUS (why?!) but I was taught how to dab and I stayed in the communal kitchen for as long as I possibly could to try and absorb some teenage #coolness…
Come to think of it, that’s probably when I first got sick.
Uni halls are a LOT snazzier than they were “in my day” but as much as I enjoyed pretending to know who The Chainsmokers are, I was relieved to get back in the car and stick Radio 4 on.
On Wednesday I joined Mother Dearest to see The Railway Children at King’s Cross. I wasn’t massively fussed about going because I couldn’t really remember the film but Mum was VERY excited, crying as soon as we entered the platform because it was all so perfect. What can I say? The Railway Children is her Carlito’s Way. I understand.
Despite the fact I wasn’t particularly excited to see it, I was truly blown away by how clever the set-up at King’s Cross was with the show taking place either side of a real life track – complete with a real life steam train! It was a really lovely performance and the cast are magnificent, right down to the charming little girls that came to our seats and chatted to us in character before the show began.
Mum got a really good deal on the tickets (it was a matinee performance) and it would be a great show to take kids to, especially as Justin Fletcher – aka MR TUMBLE – is playing the lovely Mr Perks until the end of Oct. It closes in January after a two year stint at King’s Cross.
I also went to Gerrard Gethings’ Ordinary Creatures exhibition in Shoreditch with Katie on Wednesday. It has closed now (boo!) but if you don’t follow Gerrard on Instagram then you should rectify that immediately. You can see some of his ‘ordinary creatures’ on his website here but if you ever get a chance to see them exhibited, do go. They looked magnificent blown up.
After the exhibition we strolled through Shoreditch and headed to Brick Lane for beigels (more on that later) and I couldn’t believe how much it has changed since I lived there. There were SO MANY fancy looking places on and around Brick Lane, I almost didn’t recognise parts of it.
Then lastly, on Thursday and Friday I headed to Sibton in Suffolk…
But I’m going to blog about that in full tomorrow 🙂
I listened to…
I got back into Rumer in a big way last week, listening to Seasons of my Soul no less than six times on the coach to/from Suffolk. (It was a long journey).
I was eating and drinking…
Well let’s start with the thing I can’t stop thinking about – the peanut butter stuffed doughnut from Vicky’s Donuts.
I wasn’t going to have one, having just stuffed a massive burrito in my gob from one of the neighbouring Kerb King’s Cross stallholders, but my mum insisted we share one and before I could say I was full she was in the queue to buy one.
I am VERY glad we shared it, as I am tempted to say it wouldn’t be possible to finish this delectably rich, sweet and salty beast of a thing. As a half portion though, it was insanely scrummy. Vicky’s Donuts moves around the street food spots, so you can’t always find these goodies at Kerb, but if you do stumble across them then my goodness – BUY ONE. (It would appear from the website that previous flavours include APPLE PIE and SMORES and I can guarantee I wouldn’t have wanted to share one of those).
Sticking with the circular baked goods theme, I had my first proper beigel in aaaaaaaages thanks to an impromptu visit to Beigel Bake on Brick Lane. I had an egg one there and then and bought a plain beigel to take home for breakfast the next day. I ate the plain beigel before the tube arrived at Aldgate East. NO REGRETS.
I didn’t take a picture as my greed distracted me but here I am eating a Beigel Bake egg beigel in the exact same spot on my 21st birthday…
(In all seriousness, it IS lovely that I was having beigels for dinner with Katie last week just as we were here nearly nine years ago. I have saved her blushes by not showing the pics of the both of us, but they involved an armed policeman and – of course – Massam. Hi Florian! If you’re reading!).
Carrying on with the brilliant food bargains, I had a truly mega Mega Brunch at Sainsbury’s Cafe with Lucy last weekend for less than a fiver and I also made a really brilliant hash with all the leftover veg from our Sunday roast…
Runny eggs and mashed up roasties, what more could you possibly want on a cold Monday evening?
Thanks to being in press trip land and working on some secret squirrel projects, I only got the one blog post and video up last week. You can read about my Belgium trip with Ford (and watch the vid from the test track!) here. I was quite proud of myself for not crashing/having a panic attack.
Next week, I’m looking forward to…
Well I’m mostly looking forward to just feeling better (gah) but I’ve also got a 40th birthday pardeee to attend this weekend (wooooo!) and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hyped for X Factor Live Shows to start (ahem).