Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner had this idea that the different art forms should synthesise and that there should be a single art form (“gesamtkunstwerk”) that is perfect in every artistic way: musically, visually, dramatically … If you go to Glyndebourne, that experience is pretty much what you get. Architecture Only a few of the 15th-century stately home’s rooms are open to visitors, but the Organ Room is pretty … Continue reading Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Emotional labour in 7 contrived anecdotes

One point of agreement between myself and ‘mainstream’ feminism is that emotional labour is a real thing. From my daily interactions with friends and family, it’s very clear that there are people who take initiative to facilitate the smooth running of gatherings and shared meals, people who think about what their friends and other halves might need or want in the short-term and execute that … Continue reading Emotional labour in 7 contrived anecdotes

How to find The One according to TV

Far from having optimised our dating practices in this enlightened age, 21st century TV presents us with a number of matchmaking models designed to help us find Mr(s) Right – or Mr(s) Tonight. It’s the 21st century so I can do what the hell I want, man. Are any of these models useful, you ask? Read on. (1) Matchmaking great-grandma style: Married at First Sight … Continue reading How to find The One according to TV

Miami [part 2]: Florida Keys

  Finally I’m sharing my travel tips and pics for America, from New York, Boston, Philly and Chicago to, finally, Miami. One of my favourite Miami activities was a day trip to the Florida Keys 🏝️🗾. This is my last America-related travel post (until the next trip!) with what to see, do and eat in Key West. About Florida Keys is an archipelago off the south … Continue reading Miami [part 2]: Florida Keys

Miami [part 1]: downtown & Miami Beach

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics from my trip to America. Miami was my final destination, after New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. Downtown If you start at Bayfront Park you can take a walk northwards up Biscayne Boulevard, along the seafront, past the Freedom Tower to Pérez Art Museum. The skyscrapers here aren’t quite as impressive as in New York or Chicago, … Continue reading Miami [part 1]: downtown & Miami Beach

The trouble with time travel

MARAUDERS BEWARE: I’m continuing my streak of Harry Potter posts with some serious plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You have been warned. Scroll past the pretty picture for the spoilers. Much of the plot of the Cursed Child revolves around a timeturner. The timeturner allows the characters to dial back a few hours, days or even years, at which point they … Continue reading The trouble with time travel

How to overcome low motivation

There have been two periods in my life where I’ve suffered from severely low motivation. Both times, I have been faced with either indefinite or seemingly indefinitely long periods of free time, with very few commitments. Both times, I needed to use that free time to further a long-term goal. I like to think I’m quite driven and self-motivated, but what I found myself doing … Continue reading How to overcome low motivation

Wizarding etymology 

Unlike me, Harry Potter obviously did not learn Latin at his Muggle primary school. If he had, he would have immediately known what damage the sectumsempra spell would inflict, when he used it on Draco in the Half-Blood Prince, by recognising the charm’s etymology, and could have spared himself serious trouble. Here is a fun roundup of the etymology of wizarding spells, creatures and artefacts: … Continue reading Wizarding etymology