I’m currently reading Vanished Kingdoms, which is a long and excellent book that’s taking me a while to finish. Once I’m done I’ll review it in depth (and no doubt recommend it highly!), but in the meantime, here are a couple of things I’ve been working on lately.
Follow In The Tigerman’s Footsteps is a book that was sent to me for review on another website. I wrote a review there that didn’t take into account how much I didn’t like the book, because I couldn’t work out how to say it in the right way. It’s an interesting look at what it’s like to move around the world for work, certainly. However, it’s also basically a list of reasons why white men moving to new countries can be problematic. A lot of the book kept going on about how there were various rules in the countries that the men didn’t follow because they didn’t agree with them; lots of treading on local customs and generally feeling entitled to behave however they wanted. Admittedly, they were young at the time, but I found it grating.
In happier news, I interviewed Syed Naqvi, a lecturer at Birmingham City University, about what it’s like to teach digital forensics and what employers are looking for from graduates. You can read the interview here.
My friend came to stay for a few days, which was lovely. She left on Monday and then returned after a horrific experience with RyanAir’s “customer service” team (those quotation marks are definitely justified). Selfishly, I was happy to have her around for another day, although I’m glad to report she’s now safely back home.
I have recently rediscovered the joys of walking. I’ve been trying to get myself back into this for ages, following a sedentary period which has lasted far too long. I bought a cheap fitness tracker bracelet thing, and it’s telling me how much I’m exercising daily. It’s also telling me how little I’m sleeping, so I need to work on that a bit more…
The walking has also meant I’m exploring London more. I found a nice cafe on Sunday, when I walked into town to see a friend, and passed an hour or so working my way through a book and an almond croissant.
And I spent yesterday at the Political Risk Summit in London, which was interesting, if a bit depressing in places. I’ll write a full round-up soon. I walked there in the morning, and when I left, despite already feeling exhausted, I felt like I needed to walk through Hyde Park. So I did. I’m enjoying this newfound enthusiasm for physical exercise. I hope it remains.
Once I got home I switched bags, sprayed and scrunched some sea salt stuff into my hair to try to disguise the state it was in, and then headed straight to choir. I’m still not sure whether I should do a solo in the concert, and I really need to decide soon, because it’s only about four weeks away. It’s just that I haven’t sung a soprano solo in about ten years. Perhaps I’ll wait until next time.
I finally went to bed for a long time last night, which was nice. Now it’s time to catch up on all the things I haven’t managed to do this week…
How are you? What have you been up to lately?