It’s the little things that matter when it comes to self-care

January is traditionally the time for self improvement, new life goals or big changes, with New Year’s resolutions and trends like Dry January and Veganuary. But it’s also the deepest darkest month, the glum period after Christmas, and the time when it’s acceptable to stay in all weekend and be cosy on the sofa.

So I gradually begun making some small changes at the end of the month and start of February instead, largely in an attempt to stop myself falling indefinitely into indifference and laziness outside work hours.

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Book Review: Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Kiss Me First is a psychological mystery bent on twisting and turning using digital media. The concept is utterly intriguing when described like this, but in reality it doesn’t quite hit the spot. I don’t want to ruin the plot because I didn’t have a clue what the main storyline being led to was for the first fifty pages, whether intentionally by Moggach or not, or even my fault as the reader; I certainly didn’t find the book’s blurb very explanatory. Therefore, suffice to say Leila is a total recluse after her mum dies but is soon asked to be part of “Project Tess” with a view to online impersonation.

Billed as ‘a brilliant thriller for anyone who’s ever been online’ (India Knight), it is undoubtedly very original and interesting, but it is still far from perfection. Kiss Me First is led by a young woman who spends a lot of time on her computer, sure, with Facebook, World of Warcraft and Red Pill, a philosophical forum, but she is so generally clueless about society that she is hardly the best vehicle for us to view these networks through.

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A Patriotic Weekend In A Digital Age

Hot on the heels of the 4th of July and the one day a year Americans everywhere actually admit to loving their country, the British didn’t want to be outdone and so we pulled out all the stops this weekend (6th-7th) to make it the one everyone will remember as this year’s summer (unless we’re lucky and this year’s nice weather does last a bit longer, of course!) Obviously, Wimbledon helped, with many even sacrificing enjoyment of the hottest day(s) of the year so far to watch the various finals and Andy Murray in particular winning- the first British man in 77 years to do so! I don’t even mention the British and Irish Lions for the rest of this blog, but I’m sure their win helped make Saturday special for many too.

The traditional British summertime strawberries and cream! Photo (c) 2006, Adam
The traditional British summertime strawberries and cream!

So it’s hardly surprising that the heat/tennis combination led many to lounge around with Pimms and strawberries and cream (I can admit to fitting this stereotype). However, the difference between the days from whence this tradition came is that before we just did it. Everyone was perfectly content to just get on with it in little groups, and when they found out later round the water cooler that “oh, you had Pimms too! Wasn’t it a lovely day!” it was just part of the process. Now, Twitter and Facebook have changed everything, and it’s more than just updates on our days.

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