Good evening! This post is slightly later than planned due to a last minute gym trip and marathon housework session (I told you my life was glamorous...)
This week has been another manic affair, mostly due to the sheer volume of work I need to crunch through before November.
I can't complain too much though, as it's all my own doing....
Alongside all work, there admittedly also has been some play. This includes a rather lovely meal at Ambiente, part of an independent chain of tapas restaurants and sherry bars in York.
Alongside foodie treats, here are some of the other things that I have been enjoying this week!
HyperNormalisation - iPlayer
Our world is strange and often fake and corrupt. But we think it’s normal because we can’t see anything else. HyperNormalisation - the story of how we got here.
Since discovering "The Century of the Self" back as an undergrad, I have come to develop a profound admiration for documentary maker Adam Curtis and his critical approach to history, sociology and political ideology.
As someone who feels like our current world is a uncertain, destructive and incoherent place, I feel I share a lot of ground with Curtis and his analysis of this strange world we find ourselves in (need I remind you there is the present chance that Trump COULD be elected)
Whilst some of his causal links are somewhat forced, I do really feel he has something important to say about how our current society feels stagnant and stale, lost even.
Anyway, I won't try to unpick things too much, we could be here a while. What I will say is that it is well worth watching HyperNormalisation to make up your own mind about his somewhat controversial, yet completely engrossing, style of filmaking and narrative construction.
Every year my beautiful city of York hosts a festival of light, which opens up some of our most famous buildings and spaces to the public for luminous nighttime enjoyment.
In 2016, the festival invites you to explore and discover the city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms.
After our extremely filling tapas selection from Ambiente, Des and I decided to go and walk it all off through exploring the installations on offer.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the main event at York Minster due to the queue being rather large... however we did manage to catch Lumen by David Olgle, a neon forest which dominated the Quad at York St John University.
Pushing aside any artistic critique, it was just so nice to see families out enjoying themselves in the evening, especially as York's nighttime economy is usually dominated by drinking. I loved hearing the children (and adults) playing throughout the city.
Sunday Afternoons at Goddards House and Garden
I have made no secret of my love for Goddards in the past.
This beautiful National Trust property and former home of the Terry family has long been one of my favourites due to it's 1920's history, chocolate connections and stunning gardens.
As this weekend was the last of the season, Des and I decided to head on down and check it out one last time before the doors close for the winter.
After a hearty lunch and cup of tea in the dining room, we headed out into the expansive gardens for an autumnal stroll in the extremely colourful surroundings (see the top photo!).
Presenting with The Guild of Entrepreneurs
As elected Master of the Guild, it is my job to help us connect with other organisations in the city and spread the word about the work we do in helping support business owners in York.
I was therefore quite delighted when we were asked to present to students at York University about our experiences as entrepreneurs and business owners.
This was especially meaningful to me, as I spent 3 years studying at York and took part in their enterprise programme. It was really nice to finally give something back and hopefully offer some useful advice/insight into the world of running a business.
It really hit home actually when I remembered being sat in the student's position 3 years ago, pretty much in the same room, listening to a similar presentation from someone who owned their own business.
I want to say "...and look where I am now!" but I really do feel that my story (oh man, that sounds hokey, but I'm going to roll with it) is just beginning really.