You may remember, if you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, that last year I did the Couch to 5K program. I did really enjoy the program and it really boosted both my physical health and my self-confidence, but once I started work in September I lost steam. For a while I managed to go for a run after work sometimes, but I felt like that was eating into a lot of my free time and I felt like I needed to adapt to working full time before I went back to it. And then once I had adapted to working full time, the evenings were darker and colder, and I made the decision to put it off until spring. Now spring is here, there are no more excuses, so here goes..Read More »
I received a copy of this book from the publishers free of charge for review purposes. Receiving a free copy has not influenced my opinion on this book, and all my thoughts are honest.
Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton is the kind of book that I wish I read more of. If you’re a person who likes their books categorised, then I suppose this is a memoir, but in reality it is far more expansive than that. The title, Fifty Sounds, refers to the Japanese mimetics Barton uses as jumping off points to share her experiences throughout the book. As much as this is anecdotes and tales from Barton’s life, this is also an exploration of language, and of being an outsider to a language, and of living and working in multiple languages.Read More »
Today I’ve picked a bit of a controversial game to review. The Bioshock franchise is generally pretty well appreciated, but the second instalment is, for many players, a low point. But I… didn’t hate it. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but it was absolutely an enjoyable experience and I would play through it again. No, I’m not biased by the fact that one of the characters shares my name (yes I absolutely am).Read More »