Personal, Weekly Round-Ups

The Return of the Weekly Round-Up

As we all know, I’ve been offline a lot lately, and work hasn’t exactly been as busy as it normally is, due to my organs rebelling against their allocated tasks and rising up in a kind of painful internal revolution.

I’m not blogging as often either, mainly because my brain feels like it’s made of cotton wool that’s been drenched in chloroform. But it’s looking like this whole situation is going to be dragging on for fucking ages, and so I’ve decided to return to doing a round-up post once a week on this blog, for four reasons:

  1. There’s generally one day a week when I feel vaguely alive.
  2. I’d like to keep some kind of blog activity going.
  3. While I’m not able to do anywhere near as much as usual, I am still getting some stuff done. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that because of the amount of time I’m currently spending lying on the sofa watching Netflix, but I think it’d be good to reassure myself that I am still living my life, albeit in slo-mo.
  4. People keep asking me for updates on how I am and what condition my health is in, and it’s exhausting to have the same conversation 46 times, so if you want updates, you now know where to get them.

So, without further ado, the round-up of the last week or so.

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Exploring London

Barbara Hepworth in Battersea Park

A lot of things have happened over the past few weeks. One of them is that my friend has come to stay for a while, along with her puppy. My cat is less than happy about this arrangement, but after spending the first few weeks inside the wardrobe, she’s now finally emerged and seems to be grudgingly accepting of the canine addition.

Of course, with increased puppy comes increased walking, and a week or so ago we took the dog for a long walk across London. We ended up in Battersea Park, where I stumbled across a Barbara Hepworth sculpture overlooking a lake.

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Exploring London

Opposing The Demolition Of The Kensington Odeon

I hardly ever go to the cinema these days. Once a year at most. But there was a time, when I was living in South Kensington and going to uni just off Kensington High Street, when I went quite often. And I always went to the Kensington Odeon.

It was where I watched Stardust and thought it was excellent; where I was so disappointed by The Golden Compass that I swore never to watch a film adaptation of a book again (something I went back on in later years, which was lucky; The Hunger Games and The Book Thief are excellent).

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Exploring London, Travel

Exploring London: Hogarth Road (West)

I used to do a lot of walking around London, and it’s a habit I’ve recently taken up again, prompted in no small part by my purchasing of a magic bracelet that tells me how far I’ve walked each day.

Last week’s explorations took me around Earl’s Court, and I discovered a beautiful little street which I thought I’d share.

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Exploring London, Travel

A Day Out at London’s North End Road Summer Market

I’m currently in London. I know the city pretty well, having lived here on and off throughout my adult life, so it often feels like I’ve done all the things that need to be done here.

But then I read a travel blog the other day that said you should treat cities you know, or places you live in, as if you’re travelling through them – go out, explore, do all the things you’d do if you didn’t actually live there.

So on Saturday I decided to take that advice.

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