What a week it’s been here in the UK. With the results of Theresa May’s snap election coming in to prove that, in politics, nobody is ever really a winner. It was as good a result anyone who voted for Labour could have hope I think. Jeremy Corbyn was popular but there would never have been that much swing from Tory, UKIP, Lib Dem, or the SNP to get him the win. What he’s done is help topple the Conservative from their stronghold and show that the Prime Minister is a weak and unqualified leader. It’s still not a great time for us here as the DUP could severely fuck up a lot of things in their casual alliance with Mrs May but there’s talk of a slightly softer Brexit that takes into account the wishes of the people. So, maybe some good can come out of this? I just hope that we get another election soon and everyone who was so on the fence about Labour will see that there is potential there. A win for the Conservatives is a loss for ordinary working people, the NHS, education and our future as a society who values other people above ourselves. Under the Tories we will become a nation split between the selfish elite and those who can barely scrape by. It’s a scary world we live in.
- The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet
I’ve basically done no reading this week. I haven’t even listener to an audiobook. I wanted to start Lincoln in the Bardo but it never felt like the right time. I don’t even know what I’ve been doing instead of reading. It’s not like I’ve been watching loads.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Audiobook Edition)
I know that Kenneth Branagh’s look for Hercule Poirot isn’t exactly traditional but I’m really looking forward to the film. I think it’s perfect for his style of direction and, if you ignore Johnny Depp, the cast is phenomenal. It’s not like the story will surprise most of the audience but it’s still a great tale. I’m going to prepare by listening to David Suchet, the one true Poirot, reading me Christie’s great tale.
- The Power by Naomi Alderman (Audiobook Edition)
I know I already own the hardback edition of this book but I figured it couldn’t hurt to own the audiobook too. I like the idea of being able to listen to and read a book at the same time. It makes everything easier.
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Audiobook Edition)
This is one of those books that was being recommended by everyone for books to read this year. It never felt like the kind of book that I would get myself to read. Then I saw the cast of the audiobook and couldn’t resist. It’s incredible. I couldn’t possibly name everyone here but it’s woth checking out.
- How to be a Vigilante by Luke Smitherd (Audiobook Edition)
This was one of Audible’s deals of the day and it sounded fun. An 18 year old decides to become a vigilante in 1998. This is his part diary and part self-help guide. I imagine it’ll be a bit like kickass but without the swearing young girl.
So I’m sure I’m not alone in this but the return of OITNB to Netflix for it’s 5th season was a moment of great joy. I watched the first 4 series in one go because it took me so long to get round to it so the wait was pretty painstaking. That’s the problem with binging. You forget that good things come to those who wait. So I started watching as soon as I was home from work and I finished after work yesterday. It wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping but there were some good moments. It just felt too jumbled and messy. I’m sure there was a better way to structure it. Still, I’m looking forward to the next series. We definitely need more Suzanne next time.
I finally got round to seeing this and I’m ready to talk about it on Tuesday.