I didn't know much about Friends From College before I started watching it. I'd seen the link for it on Netflix, but it wasn't appealing enough to me to click on it for a little while. In the end, I mostly put it on because I wanted something funny that I didn't need to focus … Continue reading I don’t like any of the characters in Friends From College, but I think that’s the point
I have been looking forward to this book for months. I've thought that Matt Haig is a brilliant writer since I picked up his book The Humans in a charity shop a year or so ago. It was so touching. I loved it and I immediately went out looking for more of his work. Between … Continue reading How to Stop Time was well worth the wait
Last night was the big fight. (Alright, technically the night before last as I've taken so long to post this that it's now after midnight. This has partially because I've been resting a lot and processing what I want to say today, and partially because I've spent much of the past two hours trying to … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Fight Night
I'm home from my last training session before fight night and ... I'm actually feeling pretty confident. We were doing defensive drills today to focus on making sure none of us came out with black eyes or whiplash or what have you. This was good for me. I quite enjoy defensive drills because I don't … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 10, in which my last chance to train before the big night is oddly reassuring
When I first read The Circle by Dave Eggers, I enjoyed it. It was a bit heavy-handed in terms of its (already overdone) message of how awful social media is and the monopoly companies like Google and Facebook have over people in a society so excited about embracing technology it doesn't always stop to consider … Continue reading The Circle film highlights all the book’s flaws and makes them worse
I've been intrigued about Ever Oasis since I first saw the trailer. The subsequent excitable discussions that sprung up around it in gamer communities almost immediately only compounded how I felt. It definitely seemed interesting, but I hadn't looked into it too much before I downloaded the free demo so I didn't really know what … Continue reading Ever Oasis is a frickin’ adorable game and I need it
Today, with five days left to go before my fight, I hit my fundraising target. My target was £340. I didn't choose it, as such. When I set up my Just Giving page, £340 was pre-populated in the target section and I figured that that didn't seem like an unreasonable amount of money. So I … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge, bonus blog: I hit my target!!
I have a lot to process today. We spent most of the session shadow boxing and doing drills to perfect our techniques. I thought I was doing pretty well. Maybe. I'm not sure. There were some that I felt like I was getting the hang of as we wrapped up, which probably isn't all that … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which the fight feels very close and I feel very unprepared
It wasn't what I expected it to be. Having impulsively purchased it without really paying attention to what it was, I expected something more retrospective. It turns out that the book is an anthology of articles written throughout the election. Even the epilogue is written from a fairly early point following the election, when the … Continue reading I finished the Donald Trump book
As I'm sure you can all tell from my post-sparring bruise pic, I am home from today's session. Today was the last time we will spar - on Friday and next Wednesday, we'll be doing technical drills to sharpen up, and then the fight is NEXT FRIDAY. Buy tickets yo. It's feeling pretty real. I … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which we spar for the last time and I get the hang of bruise-based selfies.