Here we are at the end of November, coming towards the end of spring, though the weather is still rather changeable. November 2016 must rank in the top 10 of stressful months, and there was much need to escape into various media to lift the mood.
With both of us traveling quite a bit this month, we’ve perhaps not binged watched quite as much, though having said that we did watch, and surprisingly really enjoyed The Crown on Netflix (icture below from Elle). I’m quite sure there are loads of inaccuracies, but it is a beautifully filmed and excellent drama.
We’re still hooked on The Missing (Series 2), which gets more convoluted by the week. Anyone in the UK watching it and also intrigued by how complicated it is? We’re also enjoying Humans (Series 2), the great drama about ‘synths’, highly evolved robots and their interactions with humans. Really worth catching if you can. For light relief, we’re tuning into the latest series of QI, now hosted by Sandi Toskvig.
In the world of podcasts, I’m still loving my weekly dose of Radio Cherry Bombe, with its interviews with women in the food business, and catching up on Design Matters with Debbie Millman. There was a Ted Radio Hour on The Food We Eat which I can highly recommend, with some interesting discussions around food politics and nutrition.
Over on BBC Radio, it is great to re listen to In and Out of the Kitchen, with Miles Jupp. Such a well written and funny series.
Music this month? We had a Leonard Cohen moment after the sad news of his death, but otherwise I’ve returned to Gotan Project after a long abscence – check out for example Una Musica Brutale.
I picked up the 20 year anniversary edition of Wallpaper at the start of the month, and of course picked up Cuisine.
As for books, I finished Jonathan Franzen’s Purity, which I really enjoyed and recommend when you have time to sit and read. I took on a recent trip Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal, and couldn’t put it down. It tells the life of a girl who grows into a woman who becomes a famous chef, but told through the lives of others that she interacts with on her life journey. A really great read when you want a good story, well told. Finally, what better book to pick up when looking after a sick cat and feeling a bit down yourself than The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun, a 1960s comedy detective novel .
Finally, Charlie the cat would like to contribute to this post by telling you that his favourite video this month was Bird Extravaganza, even though he didn’t recognise any of the birds. He found listening to Anti-Stress Piano Music for Cats and Kittens when he was sick made him feel really sleepy and relaxed. When asked what he had read, he said he had been too sick to read much, but had enjoyed The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter. So that explains where my copy disappeared to for a couple of days…