last year’s week in review: week two;
A quick round-up of what I’ve been doing, reading or have had no time to blog about over the past seven days.
What I have learned this week:
- Skinny milk, eh? It’s like a cow farted in my mouth. Given there’s only 40 calories of a difference between that and a large latte with whole milk, according to My Fitness Pal, I’m not subjecting myself to that again;
- I was right – I really, really don’t like porridge;
- Most of the hottest girls in the world are pretty into the Dropkick Murphys;
- Hiding in the photo pit while drunk punks sail over your head really is the best way to spend a Wednesday night;
- The Gaelic word for tea is, uh, ti. But it’s also the name of the Glasgow Hilton’s fabulous new tea lounge, which I got to visit this week.
What made me laugh this week:
- This piece about the showdown between a Chicago blogger and the musician Richard Marx.
What made me cry this week:
- LES MIS LES MIS LES MIS;
- The story of Harvey, a ten-week old white kitten with no bone in the front part of his front legs, rescued by the Glasgow Cats Protection League after he turned up on Gumtree (I should stress it’s a birth deformity, not a sign of abuse). After a huge response on Facebook, the team are trying to raise £3,000 for the operations he so desperately needs;
- Not cry exactly, but the Guardian has a glorious interview with the crossword-setter who announced his cancer diagnosis in the form of a puzzle. Loved this quote:
I love the way the word invention both means discovering something and producing something new. That’s how it works. Clues are not something you’ve invented in the sense that they’re completely new – they’re something you discover, about words and about connections. And that’s exciting.
What made me think this week:
- This excellent piece by Alex Prager for The New Yorker on self-help: both the industry, and the reality;
What I watched this week:
- The first episode of E4′s magnificent adaptation of My Mad Fat Diary (reviewed for The Arts Desk);
- a trip to the cinema with my mum for Les Miserables aka ALL OF THE AWARDS (with singing and death);
- Color Me Obsessed, a documentary about the best band who ever were featuring some faces that will be very familiar to readers of this blog – it’s streaming in its entirety on YouTube right now.
What I listened to this week:
- Mostly just Solange’s mini-album, True, which I also reviewed for The Arts Desk.
What I wrote this week:
- My first ever lead feature for The Herald’s arts section (pictured), a review of King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution;
- reviews of My Mad Fat Diary, Solange’s True mini-album and Dropkick Murphys live for The Arts Desk.