Sitting on a cold platform waiting 27 minutes for the next train is not my idea of fun on a Sunday afternoon. It’s definitely cold enough for Autumn and I’d rather be curled up under a blanket on the sofa at home, with a good book and a steaming mug of tea.
Instead I’m dressed for late summer in a leather jacket tapping away on my phone with numb fingers. Just when I was starting to feel like a grown-up, I’m reminded that dressing appropriately for the weather is still a skill I’m yet to master.
On the plus side I’ve accidentally carved out enough time today to share some of the best articles I’ve read this week. All the articles are expertly written, easy to read and thought provoking to an extreme.
So if you’re lucky enough to be curled up on your sofa at home right now, make yourself another cup of tea and settle down with this week’s Sunday Selection. And for those of you shivering on a platform like me, these articles may not warm your body, but they sure will warm your heart.
(Just three links this week, but three articles really worth your time.)
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives
The memory collector (translations of her work are definitely on my Christmas wishlist)
How to do what you love
Have a great week!
So this is strange. I’m writing this week’s Sunday Selection in front of the Rugby (Australia versus Scotland) and I think… I think I’m enjoying it. After what feels like a lifetime of weekends being dominated by Rugby match after Rugby match I’m actually getting into it.
I had a bad cold at the beginning of the week so made sure this weekend was a quiet one. Brunch at our local pub was yesterday’s treat and a walk around Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the Olympic Park was today’s. Here’s what I’ve been reading in my spare time:
The hidden beauty of America’s parking garages
Bret Easton Ellis interviews Quentin Tarantino
This insanely amazing Essex home is on my visit list
Event of the week: The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Buy of the week: these Barbican prints have made their way to the top of my wish list
Have a great week.
A few London related bits I’ve seen lately:
37 London stations called something different 50 years ago
Wear your city
You can now rent a London telephone box to run a business
Metroland, 100 years on
Lost iPhones travelling the world
A place based kickstarter project I love
Have a great week!
P.S. I’m all about the podcasts at the moment. Any recommendations?
Less of a reading list and more of a looking list this week. If the title didn’t give it away, it’s all about maps!
Making maps fun with the egg map
A biased map of the world according to New Yorkers (so good, I had to share twice)
The painstaking, intricate art of globemaking
Hope you had a great bank holiday weekend.
Just for fun: what’s your typing speed?
Summer… It kinda takes over your life. Between squeezing a years worth of picnics into a month full of weekends and collapsing in a heap every night after disgustingly hot tube journeys on weekdays, I’ve been too hot / tired / busy to blog.
Sunday Selections have also been thin on the ground because I’ve succumbed to devouring tube journey fodder, aka every John Grisham novel under the sun, neglecting the hard-hitting long reads like those I’ve shared in previous posts.
There are a few exceptions to that rule. Scrap that, there’s one exception to that rule. And that is waitbutwhy, only the best blog I’ve come across in a long while. I delve into their archives daily; here are my favourite blog posts so far:
Your life in weeks
How to pick your life partner
Your family: past, present and future
How to name a baby
Have a great week.
What’s with the rain London? We probably needed it but couldn’t you have saved it for the week? Instead you left me with no other choice than to hibernate, bake and watch trashy films. I cooked shakshouka, sweet potato fries and banana cake, watched Mission Impossible and redeemed my soul with these articles:
How to explain graphic design to four year olds (and adults too!)
The last days of London in pictures
The boy who loved transit
Walking to escape
Have a great week ahead.
It has been another of those long summer weeks where I’ve been out every night and am just loving every minute of life. Between a birthday dinner at Honey & Co, a bloggers cocktail making workshop courtesy of Accor Hotels and a leisurely lunch over London at Duck & Waffle, I’ve never been so well fed and watered for starters.
With lots of indulgence comes a lot of travelling around London,
blog reader phone in hand. Here’s what caught my attention this week:
A transport poster that’s actually cool (yes, really)
‘‘There is more than one way to sell a cookie”
Who is bored of all those I hate London articles every columnist seems to be writing at the moment? I hate the skyscrapers, I hate the property prices, I hate the corporate greed. But this is my city and I’m going to fight for it too.
Playgrounds around the world
Where the bodies are buried
Have a great week ahead.
P.S. Watching Wimbledon this afternoon? I’ve shared a few Wimbledon afternoon tea party ideas over on Pinterest.
A quick post today with minimal rambling and maximum content. The links I want to share are to some of the best features I’ve read over the last fortnight, so settle down with a cup of tea and prepare to be engrossed.
Suppose you’re on the average London salary – that’s about £28000 at present. Suppose you’re willing to pay out up to a third of your salary every month. And suppose you’re looking for a property with an average (median) rent. Here’s a map showing how many people earning an average salary would need to club together to pay the rent.
How expensive is it to rent in London – Diamond Geezer
The mayor jokes that Twitter has enabled them to eliminate the bureaucracy brought in by the French. “Twitter has created the society of the minute – very quick questions and very quick answers. We now do our paperwork on Twitter,” he says. “But this is an important point, because who values the work of the people at city hall? The street sweeper? The cleaner? We decided that everyone would have a Twitter account so that they could see that people value their work.”
Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter – Guardian
Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home of David Bradley, a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who owns the media company that publishes The Atlantic. It was May 13, 2014, and in the garden beyond the French doors, where magnolias and dogwoods were in bloom, a tent had been erected for an event that Bradley’s wife, Katherine, was hosting the following evening. The Bradleys’ gracious Georgian town house, on Embassy Row, is one of the city’s salons: reporters and politicians cross paths at off-the-record dinners with Supreme Court Justices, software billionaires, and heads of state.
Five Hostages – The New Yorker
Have a great week ahead.
It’s been a few weeks since I last shared a Sunday Selection so I’m excited to be back this week with a bundle of interesting content for your perusal.
Between blogging events, work events and a weekend in Ghent (city guide coming soon) I’ve spent a lot of time on public transport reading a range of articles. Scrolling through my favourites it has become clear that my obsession with America is back; if there’s been an article published about Hillary or the CIA recently then I’ve probably read it over the last few weeks. Here’s the best of the bunch:
How Hillary’s logo is helping her convey her values
The story of a young single father in Milwaukee
One for bloggers: life after (mommy) blogging
The Robby Mook playbook
Saturday’s RAF flypast in London
Have a great week ahead!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who has followed me on Pinterest. I’ve become a lot more popular this weekend! (It’s all those barcarts I’m pinning, right?)
It’s been a few weeks since my last Sunday Selection. I’ve been spectacularly busy at work which does seem to have a trickle down effect on my wider reading. There are certain work-related blogs that I religiously read during my working day but when things are time sensitive and super busy that’s the first thing to go.
I then spend my spare time reading these on the tube and at home in the evening instead of the London and general city related content that I peruse for pleasure. I feel a little out of the London loop and have missed a lot of news myself, but I’m hoping to get back on track over the next couple of weeks.
For now, here are the few things I’ve been reading recently (by way of Reddit):
London before the houses
London’s deprived areas and Labour votes
Poppies for VE Day
Have a great week,