Photo an Hour #46 ~ May 2017

My May Photo an Hour was a bit of a non-event – I couldn’t join in on the day that we set for it, because I was working at an event, and primarily sat in one place for most of the day. So I joined in on the following Monday, but I just looked through the photos, and found that I only started at 10am, I finished at 6pm, and I missed an hour!

But now, nine months later, I am struck with the urge to get up to date with my Photo an Hour posts, and so here it is, for all your viewing pleasure.

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10am ~ On the way to the office, despite having a day off. I’d still managed to have a bit of a lie in, however!

11am ~ Whilst at the office, waiting for someone to arrive (which took forever), I had cuddles with Hector. Because why wouldn’t you?

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12pm ~ Still waiting.

1pm ~ Finally away from the office, in the car back home.

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2pm ~ In the car again, this time on the way to London. The Monday after the show coincided with my monthly trip to the Southbank to see Mark Kermode’s regular show at the BFI. Usually I get the train, but as she was also work, Hannah decided to drive into London.

4pm ~ The missing hour of 3pm was almost certainly spent inside Westfield Stratford, but by 4 o’clock I was on the bridge heading over the river to the Southbank.

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5pm ~ I met up with my friend Chloe, who is the one in our group who books the tickets each month (thank goodness for her!), and we spent a very short time sitting on the balcony at the Southbank Centre having a drink. it was so very, very hot this day, we had to retire inside fairly quickly!

6pm ~ Finally at the BFI, at NFT1, for the May edition of Mark Kermode in 3D. The guests were Mike Figgis, Hope Dickson Leach, and Michael Smiley.

So that was May – a Photo an Hour Monday for a change. It’s so odd writing about a day that was so hot and unpleasant when I’m sitting here complaining about the cold. But I suppose that’s what you get when you leave posts waiting to be written for months; the seasons change!

The next Photo an Hour is taking place on Saturday 20th January, if you’d like to take part, you’re more than welcome! More information can be found here.

May & June 2017 Books

MAY & JUNE

I didn’t get around to doing a books roundup for May, so I’ve combined two months again. I love having these roundups to look back on; sometimes books aren’t as memorable as you might like them to be!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman *
You can read my full review of this book here; I devoured in just a couple of sittings, having heard all good things about it in advance of its release. Eleanor Oliphant is demonstrably not fine; she’s still feeling the effects of some pretty awful childhood traumas, and as a result has no close relationships. We join her at the point where her life is about to change, and the journey we take with her is a poignant and powerful one.

The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham
This is a book that has been on my radar for a while, but I’ve never actually got around to reading it. Now that there’s a follow up has been published (The Early Birds), I thought it was about time, and I’m so glad I read it! Stories of friendships that span decades are amongst my absolute favourite; this one follows four women who are thrown together because their husbands serve in the US Air Force together. I laughed and cried my way through this book, and I am really looking forward to reading the new one. 

Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan *
Another one that I have read and reviewed already (you can read my review here) – this is the story of a young woman, Holly, who works for the city as a publicist. She inadvertently crosses paths with Ultimate Man, a superpowered hero, and finds herself thrust into the limelight. In all honesty, this one hasn’t stuck in my memory for very long; I found it a little daft and although it was fun and didn’t take itself too seriously, I won’t be hurrying to recommend it to anyone.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig *
I didn’t realise that I’d read this one quite as far in advance of the release date as I did – I assumed it was already out as I’ve heard so much about it, but it’s due for release on Thursday. Already being developed as a film with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, it tells the story of Tom, a man who was born with a condition that means he ages slower than the average human. He’s over 400 years old when the story begins, but looks like a man in his late 30s. It’s a story of love and loss, and it’s quite wonderful. You can read my full review here.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld *
It’s probably safe to say that Curtis Sittenfeld is amongst my very favourite authors; she just has a way with characters, with plot, and with language that sings to my soul. When I realised that she had written a up-to-date retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I was instantly sold, and I wasn’t disappointed. Liz Bennet is once more our heroine, drawn back home to Ohio when her father is taken ill, and thrust, along with her sister Jane, into the path and social circle of one Chip Bingley, and his friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy. There’s no denying that things get just a little bit silly by the end, with the grand finale being played out during the filming of a reality show, but I adored it. All the characters you know and love are there to be enjoyed, with a few tweaks that bring the story bang up to date.

Living the Dream by Lauren Berry *
Emma Derringer is very much not living the dream; she’s stuck in a job she hates, working for a boss she finds ridiculous, and hoping to get a real writing career off the ground without trying too hard, because if you don’t try too hard, you can’t be disappointed, right? Her best friend Clementine is fresh off the plane from New York, where she was briefly considered the next best thing in screenwriting, wondering how she’s supposed to kickstart her career when she’s living in her mum and stepdad’s spare bedroom and working in a bar. This isn’t that dissimilar to the books I used to read about young women living in the city in the early 00s, but the difference here is that the focus is on their work, and not on the men they are sleeping with. This feels completely up to date and fresh in a way that is a breath of fresh air!

Books with an asterisk were provided by publishers.

Books in 2017 – 20