Here’s my monthly round up of activities I’ve enjoyed over the last few weeks. Let me know if you have any recommendations.
Stuff I’ve been listening to
Mostly podcasts and mostly the same old ones but I’ve also got into The Age Real Footy podcast. It’s not bad to have a short, sharp chunk of actual footy journalism. It’s just a shame I need to look to the Melbourne media to get it.
The big new podcast was of course S-Town. It’s worth listening to if you haven’t discovered it yet. It’s not the world-conquering, amazing podcast it was billed as but it’s a good story.
I wondered what the purpose of releasing all the episodes at once would be. It’s something that Netflix do with TV series but I always assumed that was an attempt to counteract pirating. With S-Town what it did for me is allow me to get more immediately familiar with the cast of characters, something that I found difficult with Serial as it was drip-fed. I found myself forgetting who certain people were whereas with S-Town, I could digest it all in a shorter space of time, meaning I had the cast of characters firmly in mind when listening.
I picked up a few new records this month, including Aretha’s Franklin’s Young, Gifted and Black and Patti Smith’s Radio Ethiopia among others.
I’ve also been diving back into The Smiths a bit recently too.
Stuff I’ve been reading
I haven’t read that much other than a few beer blogs here and there. I got the latest issue of The Blizzard but I’m not very far into it.
A whim led me to order heap of new books including Three Sheets to the Wind by Pete Brown, Garrett Oliver’s The Brewmaster’s Table and the incredible tome that is What To Eat With What You Drink. I haven’t really had chance to do more than flick through them though.
Stuff I’ve been playing
I’ve been picking up the 3DS when I’m in a lazy mood. It’s particularly good on a Saturday morning when I wake up early and can’t be bothered to get out of bed. I’ve been plodding through Animal Crossing and I “completed” Pokemon Sun but in reality there’s room to sink dozens more hours into that game.
Stuff I’ve been watching
Surprisingly quite a bit. I started season six of Girls but I think Ive accidentally seen a spoiler. It’s intensely awkward to watch but I still love it.
I also finished series three of Broadchurch. It’s harrowing and made me feel sick in the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t go to bed after it.
I’ve also been enjoying more of the Hairy Bikers comfort food series on iPlayer and of course Doctor Who and Veep have started again.
The only cinema trip I’ve been on this month was to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. It’s probably not as good as the first but it still captures the humour and nostalgic/semi-ironic soundtrack that made the original so great. I don’t like comic book movies. I think they’re trash. But I like Guardians of the Galaxy a lot. Volume 2 is worth seeing.I’m looking forward to some more cinema trips soon.
Other stuff I’ve been doing
My brother Callum moved to Australia this month so I’ve been helping him out a bit. He’s done most of it himself but I took some time over Easter to chill out with him and show him a bit of Sydney.
Right at the beginning of the month I saw Dara O’Briain at the Opera House. He speaks a lot faster than he does on the TV. I’d seen maybe 40 or 50% of his set before but it was excellent. He creates awesome engagement with his audiences. It felt like I was part of something there. I laughed. A lot.
I also went to Glenbrook Record Fair, where I picked up the records mentioned above.
I also took Callum along to his first AFL game, Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants at the SCG. Callum’s adopted GWS as his team since he’s living out west. We had parmies and beers before the game. GWS smashed Sydney, it’s not been a good start to the season.
It’s been a decent month for beer, most of all I’ve been excited about the launch of Wildflower Brewing and Blending in Sydney. I got hold of some of the bottles of their first blends and I’m sure I’ll be drinking a lot more in time.
I did a bit of baking, making chocolate flapjacks. I forgot how easy they are. I should definitely make them more often.
Finally I got some new football boots this month, the new Adidas Copas. They’re a modern twist on a classic style and I love them. I’ve been really enjoying playing football socially this month and I’ve definitely been playing better. I put it down to my improved fitness and the new boots.
Otherwise I’ve been working pretty hard, there have been a few changes at work and it’s taking up a lot of my mental capacity. My other time at home is mostly split between running and writing for the beer website. It’s actually amazing that I’ve managed to do as much as I have this month but I’ll put that down to the number of public holidays we’ve had.
That pretty much sums up April. Let me know if there’s stuff out there that you think I’ll like, whether it’s music, podcasts, movies, books, games or whatever.