Thought, reactions and ideas on journalism, the arts, life and other such things.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Oh weary worldly traveler of the internet. How did you come to these shores? How long has it been?
The internet has too many words on it. Everyday we make it heavier and heavier - it must be sagging - especially around the Facebooks and BBCs of this world, where all the news and photos sit. It'll be fine, though, they'll just keep propping it up.
I read Revolutionary Road earlier this month as the temperatures soared. It was a strange book, I feel as though I read it as it dates, like fruit turning moldy. Some of the characters were hard to relate to, and the story line seemed laboured. Yet, there was a horrible reality to it too, the easy-to-relate-too failure of relationships and the terrible ways people get entwined and entangled without being able to unknot themselves without severing something of themselves, and the other person, in a way that'd can't be undone, or fixed.
I've now started reading The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare. Regular readers (anyone?) will remember my love of Hoare's Leviathan(stop sniggering at the back) from 2009 (was it that long ago?) and this book has a similar style, with the love of wildlife, sea, sky and, of course, whales, all thrown together in a lyrical, poetic pot of simmering beauty. I'm only a third through but already I love it. You could hate it if you dont' care for over-the-top rhapsodising but for myself, it's a joyous read.
I went to Lords for the cricket just over a week ago. I sat in a corporate box, I drank Pimms, I ate cucumber sandwiches, the English team batted wonderfully, a century was made, the Queen came for goodness sake - it was the most English day I've ever had. I rewatched the Olympic Opening Ceremony over the weekend. Ah, This Sceptered Isle.
I'm so sorry this blog is updated so irregularly an so erratically. Then again, does it matter, does anyone notice? It appears not. The internet is heavy enough.
Hello. Welcome to my little slice of the internet. I am a journalist working in London on a full time basis and I have also written various freelance articles for The Guardian, Runner's World UK, Cornwall Today, What Mountain Bike, NewNoise.net, Mpora.com, MyVillage.com, hereorthere.com and The Falmouth Packet - which is nice.
Before that I completed a post-graduate diploma in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University and graduated with a degree in English Literature and History, also from Cardiff.
This blog is a sideline for thoughts, ideas, musings and ramblings on various subjects covering life, London, books, running, music, TV and so on. Feel free to add me to your blog roll if you have one and I'll be happy to return the link.
I've also run the London Marathon, interviewed Elbow, sat on 'the' This Morning sofa, given an after dinner speech, helped break a ukulele-based world record, have a video on Youtube that's been viewed some 200,000 times and other such things. I grew up, or at least, got older, in Cornwall.