Well July is here, the outdoor pool is still not open and the beautiful weather continues.  So despite lido road trips and work (that old chestnut), what were we reading, watching and listening to?

Reading:  First up was The year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, which was a guide to living in the world’s happiest country. She gives up her frenetic life in London and moves to rural Jutland and explores what life is like in Denmark, interviewing various people and asking them to rank their lives and happiness out of ten. Imagine the kind of marks that people in this country would give themselves. In Denmark, no one seems to score themselves lower than an ‘eight’.  From equality, to work-life balance, it’s probably what the world would be like if I were in charge.


I also read Dear Mrs Bird which is not normally the kind of book I would pick up, but the author gave a talk in town an event last week, (keep an eye out in the NWN for my review!)

This is a positive and uplifting book about the greatest generation -those who lived, uncomplainingly, through the war, and a young life set against the backdrop of bomb hit London. Emmy Lake is a would-be war journalist who accidentally gets a job working for a formidable agony aunt and ends up replying to some of the people seeking advice. It’s a lovely read and I hear there’s a sequel coming!



The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!  Series four has just appeared on Netflix, so I’ve been rewatching the first three series. Everything I’m reading and watching at the moment seems to be about people with wide-eyed enthusiasm – obviously I must be seeking some positivity at a time when the world seems to have gone quite mad!  I got hooked on Kimmy after the end of 30 Rock which is one of my favourite comedies of all time. I quite often get compared to Liz Lemon (not sure if it’s the glasses or because I quite often have lettuce in my hair), so when that ended, I sought out more of Tina Fey’s work and found Kimmy. It didn’t originally sound like the realms of comedy; “Oh it’s about a woman who is forced to live in a nuclear bunker for 15 years and then after being rescued, has to adapt to modern life”, but it’s an hilarious and absurd comedy about surviving, friendship, being a good person and living with someone called Titus Andromedon……

Listening to:

Holy Moly and the Crackers! They’re appearing at a few festivals that I’m going to this year, plus appearing at Ace Space in Newbury in October.

What else

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