In a few days it’s that joyous time of year again when I get presents to celebrate new wrinkles. Hurray!
Birthdays are also a great moment to look back at what has been and more importantly at what is to come, or what we hope is to come.
This year, the last one in my twenties – don’t cry, don’t cry – , I wanted to make myself a bucketlist. For those of you who don’t know what a bucketlist is; it’s basically a list with activities or goals you wish to do or achieve before you die.
With July well on its way, the time has come for many of us to pack their bags for a nice holiday break. Some might have left already, others are still vigorously planning their departure to get the most out of their trip.
For those of you who are in preparation mode or have no holiday planned, I’ll be doing a little blog series that I’ve baptised rather lamely “Travel From The Couch”. The aim is to provide some books, music and TV series/movies from your (desired) holiday destination, which will hopefully either make you familiar with the country you’re travelling to or be a sweet consolation when you haven’t got a vacation planned.
First stop on our virtual journey around the world …
Spring sadly has ended once again. While I do think that every season has its charm, I’ve always had a soft spot for spring. In part because it’s the time of year when everything comes back to life. Colour returns to the flowers and the trees, the animals wake up from hibernation and even us humans tend to feel happier when spring comes around. Well, I know I do.
It’s usually also the time of year that Belgium is blessed with sunny, yet bearable weather. Nothing like the heatwave temperatures we’re having right now. While I do enjoy summer – the sun always makes my day – , I don’t like the mercury to rise above 30 degrees Celsius.
Today, just as summer kicks off, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve been enjoying in the past months.
First of all let’s spread some love for a BBC 3 documentary called Queer Britain. It is presented by Youtuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf and tackles a wide variety of topics relevant to homosexuality in Britain. According to BBC 3 there are currently six episodes available to watch for free on its Youtube channel, although that might not be correct. I, for one, couldn’t find the fifth episode.
The documentary is not only eye-opening, it also deals with subjects you might not have known were an issue. The third episode, for example, is about homelessness. According to a statistic one in four young homeless people in the UK is LGBTQ, so that’s definitely something that needed to be adressed. Just like in the episode on religion Riyadh Khalaf does a wonderful job portraying heartbreaking life stories, without turning it into cheesy X Factor sob stories.
If you don’t feel committed to watch the entire documentary, I’d suggest you watch either the first (on religion) or the third episode (on homelessness). It’ll be worth your time, I promise.
If I had to rank my cultural interests, music would only come in third. Most of my spare time is, as you might guess, spent on books and TV series/Movies. I do like a bit of music – who doesn’t? – but I’m not even close to being an expert on the matter. Nor am I familiar with a lot of artists. Usually, I’ll go to Deezer and choose between the CD’s of a dozen artists including Ed Sheeran, Adele, Hurts and Keane.
The group of artists I’ll follow closely is even smaller. There’s literally only a handful of musicians I love enough to care about when new material is released. One of them is London Grammar. Ever since I read that they were working on a second album I was counting down the days for the release.