Category Archives: Something for Sunday

Something for Sunday 3

Short film: B: Not new, but new to me – this is a really great, funny short. I can’t imagine how long it took to set up each of those individual shots for just a few seconds of a scene. Three minutes of your life you won’t regret dedication to watching!

Music: B: On Thursday I went to see Public Service Broadcasting at the National Space Centre – a very fitting venue for the launch of their latest album The Race For Space. This Leicester Mercury review gives a good flavour of what was an excellent evening of music, among an audience heavily leaning towards men in thick-rimmed glasses! Well worth catching live if you can.

Theatre: B: I’ve not seen the musical Blood Brothers, so I only had a vague grasp of the plot before I went to see the original play version on Saturday night. A great production from the amateur group The Festival Players – which unfortunately has finished now, but I’d recommend catching the show if it’s staged near you – very funny script, despite tragic plot points.

reading: E: I stumbled upon this article about productivity, I really think the idea of making a “have done” list rather than a “too do” list is a brilliant way to focus on what you have achieved rather than what remains undone during the course of a day. I’m also looking forward to reading The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes starting any day now, it’s on my “To do” list!

Instagram: E: I just returned from a visit to London and Borough market, I am now officially obsessed with Bread ahead and now I’ve returned to Leicester all I can do is gasp in wonder at their glorious doughnuts via the marvel that is instagram!

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Something for Sunday 2

Short film: B: I can’t promise you a happy ending to this love story – but Sean Cunningham’s ‘This is Where We Met’ is a simple and effective three minutes of storytelling

Radio: B: As I continue to catch up on podcasts, I’m loving NPR’s new offering – Invisibilia. It’s about the intangible things that shape human behaviour and has some fascinating interviews – including one with a woman who can’t feel fear (which isn’t as good as it sounds!)

Instagram: E: One of my favourite weekend pastimes is to gaze in admiration upon the photography and homemade bread wizardry of  Richard Caddick 

Reading: E: I’ve been poorly this week so have been mostly sleeping and reading, it usually takes me a few weeks to get through a book but in the last few days I’ve romped through two!

  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green the tale of two love struck teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and was not disappointed, Its brilliant, funny, tragic and heartwarming.
  • Elizabeth Is Missing the debut novel from Emma Healey is one of the most unorthodox mystery novels i’ve ever read, it’s the story of maud an elderly lady who’s ‘a bit forgetful’ and draws upon childhood memories to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of her friend and ultimately an unsolved mystery from her past too. I really loved this book, whilst portraying a heartrendingly honest account of what its like to age and decend into dementia it’s also a darkly humorous and a compelling read.

Something for Sunday

Short film: I came across this short doc this week, about the artist Michael Paul Smith who creates detailed vintage-styled scenes of a fictional town from miniature models them and photographs the results. It’s a lovely story and fascinating to see the minute attention he pays to his designs

Instagram: Just started following SymmetryBreakfast today and I’m already obsessed. Although, I can’t help thinking you miss out by having the same thing while eating out – I suppose at least you won’t have food envy

Cinema: There’s a reason that critics have been going crazy over Whiplash – it’s just so brilliant. Great acting, great soundtrack, great cinematography – all building up to the last incredible scene – I wanted to instantly re-wind and watch it all again. Catch it in cinemas while you can!

Radio: I’ve been catching up on some podcasts recently, including 99% Invisible episode ‘Three Records From Sundown’- which is a must for anyone who loves singer-songwriter Nick Drake (or a great introduction for those who don’t know who he is!). Not only is it interesting, but it’s a beautifully crafted documentary. You can hear the podcast and read more about it here

Also check out This American Life episode ‘If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS’ – which starts with a gripping exchange between writer Lindy West and the one troll who has every apologised for targetting her online. Lindy also wrote about the experience in the Guardian this week

What recommendations do you have from the past week?

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