So another month has been and gone (how is it June already??) so I thought I’d do another favourites post. I really enjoyed writing the last one and I hope you enjoyed reading it! haha.
1. A TV show that’s been a favourite for this month is an American show called The Affair. It stars Ruth Wilson (who I loved in Luther) and Domonic West (who I loved in The Hour). The show explores the emotional and psychological effects of the affair between these two characters, and the effects on their respective spouses and families. It is really addictive, there are only 10 episodes and I watched them all in a few days.
There are a couple of aspects which really set it apart from other dramas in a similar vein. For one, all the episodes are split into two halves, each of which is told from the point of view of Noah (Domonic West) and then Alison (Ruth Wilson). This is really interesting because they are recounting the same events, but details are slightly changed according to what each character remembers, such as who said what, what someone was wearing, or where certain events happened.
Another thing that makes it stand out is that the moment when people find out about the affair is not overdone. Usually in TV shows it all leads up to that moment, and once it’s done that’s it, but in this it’s just one small part, it’s much more about the relationships between all the characters.
Season 2 has just started filming, I’m already looking forward to it!
2. In terms of music this month I’ve really been enjoying the album 1000 forms of fear by Sia. This is music to belt out in the shower, or dance around your room to singing at the top of your voice. Unfortunately I can’t really do either of those things, but I’m still enjoying it a lot! haha. I would call it pop music, but it’s pop music with an edge, it’s very different to the blandness that you hear on the radio. I’m pretty sure Sia could sing anything and make it sound amazing, her voice is just out of this world.
3. I’ve got through quite a few books this month, but one really sits head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s “The Establishment – and how they get away with it” by Owen Jones. This book talks about the state of British politics, and how everything in our society is set up to defend the status quo, it focuses on the “evolution of the modern establishment” which happened post-WWII and particularly after Margret Thatcher came to power. Owen Jones describes himself as a socialist, and is often on Question Time and other discussion panels as the left wing voice. Don’t worry though, he criticises New Labour, not just the Tories, if you’re about to get annoyed about him being biased.
He systematically describes how lobbyists, MP’s, the media barons, the police, and the financial sectors only interest is to defend maintain their own power and control, and have little or no interest in helping the general public. I found the chapters on the police and benefit reform particularly disturbing.
I really can’t overstate the importance of this book, it deals with a particularly relevant subject matter, given the result of the recent election. I think the best way to sum up how I feel after reading this is to use one of the quotes on the back. “Enlightened and angry”.
NB This book is only really relevant if you’re from the UK, although certain parallels can be drawn with the US.
4. You know sometimes you buy something and you think “how did I ever live without this?” Well that accurately describes how I feel about the next on this list. It’s a “V shaped orthopaedic support pillow”, the name makes it sound awful. In reality it’s just a curved pillow, but it has revolutionised my comfort in bed. If you’re chronically ill, and you have to spend an inordinate amount of time in bed, or if you need more support sitting on a sofa or chair then I highly recommend getting one of these.
This picture makes it look really small, it’s not! haha.
5. As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts my bedroom has been redecorated, I’ve moved back in now and I completely love it. The walls are white, and I’ve got a lovely green carpet, but one of my favourite things is my new curtains.
They don’t keep out much light, so I’ve got a blind as well, but I love the pattern so much. I specifically wanted my room to feel like I’m outside because I have to spend so much time indoors, hence why I got a green carpet, and these curtains definitely help the effect.
6. The last thing on my list is Dove Bath Cream. I have a lot of baths, it helps with my muscle and joint pain, and helps keep my anxiety down. I can’t use all those fancy glittery bath bombs you get in Lush because I have sensitive skin. I usually just use Simple bath products because I know they don’t aggravate my skin, and I’m always wary to try something else. My mum got me this because they’d run out of the one I usually have, but I think I’m going to keep using this one now. It doesn’t irritate my skin, or dry it out too much, which is perfect.
That’s all for the month of May, let me know what you’ve been loving in the comments. Until next time. Rhosyn.