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Media I’ve been consuming in August

As you know, I’m a media junkie. Here’s where I’ve been getting my fix in August.

I’ve been listening to: Patrick Wolf

Patrick Wolf

In August, I listened to Patrick Wolf. I don’t think I listened to anything else, and that’s not an exaggeration. It’s actually quite worrying. Wolf has been on my radar for several years, but it looks like I started listening to him properly at just the right time. For the uninitiated, Patrick Wolf makes artsy music that spans genres, to say the least. Most of the time you can expect a combination of electronica and classical instruments with a bit of folk thrown in for good measure –  and that’s just for starters. The Bachelor sounds like a protest album against a hopeless war that humanity is fighting in outer space; Lupercalia is a beautiful confession of love; and I don’t know what the hell’s going on in this video but I kind of like it.

I’ve been watching: The Great British Bake Off


Who hasn’t been watching the Bake Off? Personally I’m an avid fan and watch it every year, but from its steadily growing viewing figures it looks like everyone else is doing the same. And boy was it worth watching this year. Last week’s bincident provided more drama (and outright anger) than the series has ever seen before. Though I was sad to see Iain and his beard leave, I sort of have to agree with the judges – he didn’t present anything, and I’d be concerned about how well he’d handle the pressure later on when things heat up.

I’ve been reading: This Reddit thread

I don’t head over to Reddit very often, but when I do, it’s for things like this. Hundreds of people on a single thread, discussing their darkest secrets. Sometimes the human condition is illuminated by art; other times, simply by listening to those around us. [NB: Be warned that this thread is very NSFW.]

I’ve been literally consuming: Hasselback potatoes

Hasselback potatoes

Every week I cook a meal for my family that they usually haven’t had before, and my favourite of those so far has definitely been these delicious Hasselback potatoes. I adapted a recipe from FoodNetwork, stuffing thick-cut bacon in the wedges and topping them with spring onions and fresh parsley. The result? Crispy, mouth-watering potatoes rich with flavour. I’ll certainly be making these again, although I’ll probably add more bacon and a bit of soy cheese.

What have you been listening to, watching, reading, and eating this month? Comment below – I’d love to hear! Also, do subscribe if you’d like to keep updated with this blog. 😊

Media I’ve been consuming in July

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m a bit of a media junkie. Here’s where I’ve been getting my fix this month.

I’ve been reading: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Salems lot

I didn’t include ‘Salem’s Lot in my blog of vampire books the other week, and there are two reasons for that. Firstly, I hadn’t read it yet. And secondly, because I still haven’t finished it – and don’t really intend to. What I’ve read of King before, I’ve enjoyed: The Shining scared the pants off me, and On Writing is generally considered essential reading for any creative writer. ‘Salem’s Lot – or at least, the first 150 pages of ‘Salem’s Lot – unfortunately didn’t grab me in the same way. There were a lot of character viewpoints, which I liked, but it sometimes got a little confusing, and some characters felt very poorly created compared to others – and this goes about tenfold for his female characters. Just once it would have been nice if he’d described a woman without having to bring it back to how attractive she was or wasn’t.

The final straw for me, however, was the amount of homophobic slurs King scattered in. Far, far too many characters used the word ‘f*ggot’ or ‘queer’ as pejorative, whether in their dialogue or in the indirect verse. I don’t know if King perhaps utilises this, and makes a point about homophobia later in the book. I sincerely doubt it though, and to be honest that message would fall­ flat considering the homophobic language was bad enough to make me put the book down after so few pages. It’s disappointing; I was looking forward to a nice vampire story. Maybe I’ll give it another go one day.

I’ve been listening to: Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin wolf

Do you ever listen to an artist for the first time and think, why have I not already been listening to this for years? That was my reaction to Howlin’ Wolf, aka blues legend Chester Arthur Burnett. After catching one of his tracks on a blues programme on Planet Rock, it didn’t take me long to realise that a) this guy was obviously a big influence on Tom Waits, one of my long-time faves, and b) I was actually already familiar with one of his songs from Swing Republic’s remix album. Next thing I knew, I was working my way through his discography.

I’ve been watching: Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy

Three flavours cornetto

Edgar Wright and I are on the same wavelength. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End have somehow managed to combine everything that I love: comedy, cinematics, intertextual references, zombies, murder, Arthurian allusions, Timothy Dalton – I could go on. So when my partner popped down for the weekend and suggested we watch the entire trilogy back to back, I jumped at the chance. Every single film is smart, hilarious, and shocking at once. I give them five stars each, and can’t say which is my favourite because they’re somehow all equally fantastic. Very few trilogies can boast that.

I’ve been literally consuming: Salted Caramel Green Tea

Salted caramel green tea

I have a horrible feeling that this delicious infusion is limited edition, so I’ve been stocking up. Green tea is hella good for you, and with this one’s sweet, smooth caramel flavour, you bet I’m going to be drinking it non-stop from now on.

What have you been consuming this month? Comment below!