When summer arrives, I'm never usually completely satisfied. I have romantic visions of sunny parks brimming with flowers, barbecues and pimms. FRISBEE. The sickly sweet smell of suncream. Maybe even the chance to venture outside without a coat on. I forget the reality. Skin prickled with goosebumps, the sun staying stubbornly tucked under a cloud. The feeling … Continue reading Now playing// Soundtrack to a grey sky summer
Like most human beings, this week I've been listening to, watching and loving Lemonade, the new visual album by Beyoncé. In a world where humans have shorter attention spans than the famously absent-minded goldfish, it's easy to listen to music without really LISTENING to it. It's on in the background, while you read or work … Continue reading Lemonade by Beyoncé. A lesson in getting people to listen.
April Fools' Day. A wonderful, weird day where for centuries, little rascals across the world have been playing sneaky tricks on each other. My favourite ever April Fools' Day stunt took place when I was about eight years old. Early one Sunday morning I crept downstairs, went through my parents' filing cabinet and took out … Continue reading Now playing// A perfect April Fools’ Day playlist
I have been listening to Elbow's triumphant album Leaders of the Free World this morning and I love this line from My Very Best. "I'm from a long line of survivors..." Being here today, existing, in the year 2016 on planet earth is a miraculous and unlikely thing. When you consider the history of the world, … Continue reading I’m from a long line of survivors…
Bonfire night, crispy orange leaves, pumpkin soup, the smell of log fires and burning wood, opaque tights, feeling snug, hot drinks, puddles. It doesn't disappoint you, autumn. In Britain, the summer will inevitably never live up to the expectations we have for it. When the rain comes in the autumn, we are ready for it. … Continue reading Wonderful autumn
When driving along a mountain road, passed waterfalls and lakes in the heart of Switzerland, listening to Craig David doesn't quite cut the mustard. This, however, is a proper mountain song.* http://open.spotify.com/track/3Dp0flrMGYqcixPMrwTXft http://instagram.com/p/dPWa3njQ3y/ *may also contain waterfalls and glaciers.