I always think that marking the months off in such a way as so many bloggers do appears to make the year go by so quickly. I can’t really believe that it’s July already; I’m sure it’s the same every year, but it really does feel as though it was Christmas five minutes ago, and we’re already halfway there again!
June was a fun and busy month – I managed to spend time with friends and family, read some great books, see some nice films, and enjoy a few sunny days here and there. The big thing was finally getting to a theme park after a few years of not going; my friends and I used to go once a year, but life has somewhat got in the way, and it’s been five years since we went to Thorpe Park together. There’s a proper blog post coming, because it’s a 34 Before 34 item; it was a wet but lovely day, spent with some of my favourite people!
My month also included, as always, a trip to the BFI Southbank to take in a Mark Kermode in 3D performance. It’s an important part of my month now (though it looks as though we’ll be taking a break for August), and I look forward to it immensely. June’s felt like a slightly different affair; it came hot on the heels of the Brexit
disaster result, and I think that was reflected slightly in the tone. It was still a lot of fun of course, and we were treated to an incredible array of special guests; Wendy Ide, Anthony Baxter, Amma Asante, and none other than Jason Isaacs! I had actually caught a glimpse of him in the corridors of the BFI, having arrived early, as I always do. I had no idea to expect four such amazing guests though, and it really was an incredible evening, which went a long way to cheering me up after a pretty awful couple of days.
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On that same day, I also toddled along to the House of Minalima, a pop-up exhibition in Soho that contains the graphic art from the Harry Potter films. It’s a tiny exhibition, but it’s fascinating; being able to really study the props from the film is a real treat. I’d recommend it to anyone that is in the area.
Today I toddled along to the House of Minalima in Soho to take a look at some of their exhibition, The Graphic Art of Harry Potter. Miraphora Mina (a JK Rowling name if ever I heard one) and Eduardo Lima created all of the graphic art for the Harry Potter films, and some of it is on display in this tiny, curious little shop. It is beautiful.
I also got to spend the day with my sister and niece, who had just been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour, meaning that my niece was full of beans about Harry Potter (I’ll happily talk Potter until I’m hoarse!).
In online news, I wrote a blog post for the lovely Haydy, to help her out while she was surviving the mud at Glastonbury. It’s about books (of course), and gives some ideas for reading challenges you might like to try.
Elsewhere, I think I finally had an idea for a novel that I really want to, and potentially can, write. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve actually started doing research, and I’m feeling confident!
In more wide-reaching events, I feel as though this month floored me with national and international events. Between Brexit, Orlando and Jo Cox, I’ve never felt quite as pessimistic about the state of the world as I have felt over the last few weeks. I’m still terrified, but the initial panic and feeling of being completely overwhelmed has abated, as I’ve reflected on all the good stuff that I have going on.