Another week, another roundup!
I thought instead of my usual list format, I would try my hand this week at a going up/down style post.
I used to love reading these as a teenager in Glamour/Cosmopolitan, as I felt I came away armed with a sartorial edge. Whilst I would hardly class myself as a tastemaker today, these are some of the things that have caught my attention this week, for good or bad reasons!
* The Guardian Long Read - The Guardian's series of long form journalism keeps on going from strength to strength in my eyes. The articles, spanning a wide range of subjects, are well researched, in-depth and engaging!
* John Lewis (see picture above) - I have fond memories of browsing JL as a child on Sunday mornings with my parents. This Sunday Des and I continued this tradition with a trip to facilitate our hunt for some long-lasting furniture.
Whilst we came out still empty handed on the sofa front, I did get to play around with the cameras and am hopefully one step closer to making a purchase...
* Watching women's Rugby - On Saturday we watched the England Vs Italy match, which was part of the Women's Six Nations Championship. Not only was it awe inspiring to watch such talented and powerful athletes perform, we also had the added pleasure of a win for England!
* Handbags by Matt and Nat _- I'm holding off making a purchase from this vegan/recycled label as a. I can't decide what I want, b. I'm still waiting for my main bag to finally die beyond repair before I can justify replacing it.
I love Matt and Nat's simple aesthetic though and the brands values surrounding transparency and sustainability.
* Twitter - My prediction is that this platform will be dead within two years if it doesn't get its act together over creating a safe space for users. From a a female perspective, it can be a vile place to interact with others. To be honest this is probably the universal human perspective...
* Labour - No matter what you think of Corbyn, it's clear that the party needs to do something fast to win back the trust of voters across the country.
I'm also skeptical of the continued use of the term "working class" by all parties, as I'm not convinced that this 20th century division accurately represents current economic and cultural realities. I'm happy to hear arguments to the opposite however!
* Air pollution - Whilst it is not as bad as London, York has a serious air pollution issue which is seriously getting worse as traffic increases. I've been noticing this a lot more on my evening runs over the last year or so, so much so that I have started to run at the gym rather than down the river.
Over the coming years we are all going to have to make some tough decisions I suspect when it comes to cars and cities... Hell we might even have to argue for an affordable public transport system! and on that note...
* Train prices - it shouldn't be cheaper for me to fly to Berlin than to get a train to London. Awful for the environment and awful for the general public in this country. I could rant all day about this, but I will hold my tongue for now ;)