Last week I said the weeks were flying by. They still are.
Honestly, it seems like only yesterday I back home on the chalk. But it was infact two weeks ago.
The weather here is hot hot hot. I spent most of yesterday trying not to melt. Tho sitting out in the garden probably didn’t help. That was followed by extremely tolerable beers in the park last night with a few folks I haven’t seen since before Lockdown. It was really nice to catch up. This is on top of sweltering park beers on Wednesday where my friend who is suffering from long-covid made her first appearance at a social engagement since March.
I can’t say I am one of those people who are contributing to any kind of economic recovery. We actually are eating less takeways since lockdown began and obviously haven’t been out to dinner at all. Eat out to help out? Dishi Rishi can get fucked. We were all tricked by the post ’08 crash restaurant recovery spending crazy money on burgers and stuff that didn’t deserve the price tag. Even it they were tasty. It seems the general consensus amongst my friends who are all 30 somethings is that going to the pub is basically over. Despite it being one of constant social pleasures in my life from about the age of 16 (thanks L-Bay in Kent for all that underage drinking).
A pint in my local is 5.25. 4 cans of beer are 6 quid.
4 pints in a plastic milk carton takeaway from my local is 9 quid. very reasonable.
Everyone I’ve seen in the park for beers over the last few weeks more or less agrees that it’s way more pleasant. Plus way less dickheads. When winter roles round of course we’ll probably all be locked down again so it won’t matter. If we aren’t, then I’m sure it will be dinner parties.
Now, if a “zero menu” food place opens near me that sells just two dishes and a side, is tasty, and is owned by its workers and gets its food from a local farm – Then I’ll be in there a couple of times a week. For sure.
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Update From The Island
Almost didn’t get any photos this week as I couldn’t find my micro sd to sd card adapter. In the process I found a different one I didn’t know I owned. Cest la vie.
Eve and I enjoyed the fireworks together on Sunday.
After she left and was reading her book I wandered around and took some more photos. Our island flag in the sky above the museum delighting me in this one!
Check out this snap of Eve hanging out with Pinky when a balloon floated by. A great snap!
The Ministry Of My Own Labour
I finished my commission piece but I’m not sending it over to the team until I’ve signed the contract.
I have notes for an essay I’m going to post here that spins out of some of the work I’ve been doing with individual creators.
I have my next commission to start about Solarpunk for an Italian anthology.
Might have some news about a fiction piece I’ve written soon. watch this space.
Dipping the Stacks
Erm what have I read recently. Checking though my recent posts books i’ve read and not posted yet are:
This book is absolutely fantastic. I had it on pre-order but everyone seems to be aware of it the week it came out. Cannot stress how good this books it. SHUT YOUR MOUTH
This was an interesting introduction to somatic release therapy. I’ve started reading another but i’m also thinking I might pay for the authors online course.
I’m currently reading An Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavski. I’m only 3 chapters in but i’m already excited to read more.
Also listening to Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
by Adam Savage. I picked it up on a whim as an audiobook and i’m really enjoying it so far.
I also received these wonderful books that I ordered from the Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints. The artwork and contents are lovely. Happy to have them in my life.
I’ve written about Fr Seraphim before, including mentioning his podcast.
I’m just sharing this for the video to be honest. Its quite something.
Jonathan Meades and his White Heat Bennomiter