Watching, listening, reading: January

So here we are at the end of January already.  The summer in New Zealand has not been the greatest, though as January ends and February dawns, the weather is noticeably improving. Anyway, here is a quick round up of what I’ve been watching, listening and reading this month.

Watching

I think most of what we have watched this month has been on BBC.  We didn’t make it to the cinema this month, but did catch the 2012 film Argo which we enjoyed and I watched Annie Hall for the umpteenth time on the flight back from Sydney.  We’ve been enjoying Common Sense, on BBC, a comedy where the public express their views on the news.  They’ve picked some characters and the conversations they have are great fun.  We’ve also been watching the latest series of QI (now up to the letter N) and the third series of the comedy drama, Uncle.

Still on BBC, the current series of Silent Witness is proving as good as the last one, with its focus on the cases rather than the private lives of the characters.  We are also watching Apple Tree Yard which I’m not sure about to be honest.  I haven’t read the book, and I’ll reserve judgement until the end of the series.

On Swedish TV, we are watching Familjer på äventyr which is at times irritating and at times interesting, following four families ‘adventures’ in new environments.  This season, the family in Greenland are the interesting ones, dealing with a new life there.  Also on Swedish TV, we are have enjoyed catching up with  Hitlårens historia, a great documentary series about the history of various songs.  The last episode in the series that finished in December was about Tanita Tikaram and ‘Twist in My Sobriety’, which some of you might remember.

Oh and I binged watched series 5 of Girls before the sixth and final series starts next month.

Listening

This month’s top podcasts include Desert Island Discs with the choreographer Wayne McGregor  (and his minimalist music choices) and writer Caitlin Moran.  The programme celebrates its 75th year this month!  I’m still enjoying Evolutionaries from Heritage Radio Network, and this month’s Prince Street was also great listening. 10 minutes of  Rhod Gilbert’s Best Bits is a good way to start the morning, bringing a smile to my face.

We were playing an 80s compilation CD in the car on our weekend trip, and this song has been an earworm ever since – The Passions ‘I’m in love with a German film star’.

Oh and of course…the song I mentioned above…Twist in my sobriety.

Reading

I picked up the latest issues of Kinfolk and Flow this month.  I like the different types of paper in the latter and it’s tagline at the top of the is good too.

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Magazine time

As for books, I didn’t really enjoy the couple of detective books I picked up this month, but did laugh at the book pictured at the top of the blog, Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl, first published in 1891, as a response to Jerome K Jerome’s Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow.  The collection of 12 short humorous essays was written under the pseudonym of Jenny Wren.  It takes a couple of hours to read, so just right for a lazy afternoon.

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Books on dance and preserving this month

Also on the reading radar was an interesting book about the history of the Bolshoi Ballet  Bolshoi Confidential.  I’m about half way through, so no full review.  I also picked up another book on preserving, salt sugar smoke by Diana Henry.  One of the author’s favourite books as a child was Rumer Godden’s Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, which happened to be one of mine too.  The girl in the book is given two Japanese dolls, and Henry imagines that she would give them a melon, lime and ginger jam for an afternoon snack.  I so want to make that jam now, and with melons being in season, I should maybe have a go.

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