Iโ€™m visiting the Netherlands soon and would welcome recommendations for places to eat/drink and visit (beyond the obvious tourist stuff) in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft and Utrecht ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Love Lies Bleeding, 2024 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

A film of contrasts. Seedy and sexy. Tender and violent. Blurred lines between fantasy and reality. Horrific with a hint of humour running through it.

Top Gun: Maverick, 2022 - โ˜…โ˜…

What on earth was all the fuss about?

Finished reading: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers ๐Ÿ“š

I have no idea what possessed me to read this. While the mystery element interested me at first, the lazy stereotyping and abrupt ending made the whole experience supremely disappointing.

Amanda Palmer on rest and seasons

I’ve been trying to clear out my podcast feed, starting by prioritising a handful of episodes to listen to each week. I started with a 4-year-old interview with Amanda Palmer (listen or read the transcript) on the now defunct Routines and Ruts podcast. The upside of coming to this episode now, is that there were some nuggets of wisdom that align with the current focus of both my work and my personal projects.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, 2022 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Good funโ€ฆ if you like Nicolas Cage. Dread to think what this might have been without the counterbalance of Pedro Pascal though who is the real star for me.

Grey and damp here today so I keep returning to this lovely pic from the garden yesterday

White blossom in foreground with glimpses of blue sky behind.

Had a tiring week so I was going to spend the day on the sofa in my pjs. Then my buddy invited me over to mow the grass at their new place. Turns out pushing a lawn mower is my happy place โ˜บ๏ธ

Finished reading: The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino ๐Ÿ“š

A good spin on the classic detective story. Recommended in book group at work. Iโ€™ll definitely look out for more in this series.

Got lucky with our tickets for the snooker. Appears (if Iโ€™ve interpreted the order of play correctly) that weโ€™ll be watching local boy Gary Wilson vs former World Champion Stuart Bingham ๐Ÿคฉ

Just spent an hour thinking about and then practicing how I write my name. Howโ€™s your day going?

Crocs. With heels. I have now seen it all ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Finished reading: Prophet Song by Paul Lynch ๐Ÿ“š

Brutal. The atmosphere the author creates had me on edge throughout. I think it benefitted from reading over a short period in a few big chunks.

There was a point where I had to put it down for a while and give myself space to sit with what had happened. I doubt that will be a feeling I forget any time soon.

Totally get why this won the Booker.

But I'm a Cheerleader, 1999 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Timeless. Ridiculous. So much plastic.

Never seen the Tyne so high. Left work today to find parts of the path along the Quayside on the Newcastle side of the Swing Bridge blocked off by flood defences ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

View of the Tyne running high under the Millennium Bridge.

Bend It Like Beckham, 2002 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…ยฝ

Take out all the scenes with the creepy coach and this could be a 5-star film.

Part of building better creative habits is making sharing easier. Now that I can post here directly from Feedbin and Keep letโ€™s see what happensโ€ฆ

I picked up Issue 12 of Own Your Web at just the right time. This week’s focus for me is establishing a rhythm for my creative practice, whether that’s writing, sketching or printing.

How to Have Sex, 2023 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Iโ€™ve been trying to articulate how I felt come the end of this film. Helpless is one way to describe it - I could see what was coming and couldnโ€™t do anything to stop it. I realise I also feel culpable, like so many of the so-called friends who arenโ€™t looking out for each other. Iโ€™d like every 16 year old to watch this before they head off for that holiday.

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Past Lives, 2023 - โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Just brilliant. Excellent script. Fantastic acting. Subtle directing. Keep having to remind myself this is a debut from Celine Song ๐Ÿคฏ