Weekly blog #2
Hey everyone! Here I am again as promised, with weekly blog #2. I’ll be posting a blog post every Friday from now until… we’ll see.
This week, I thought I’d share 4 things I think are worth your time over the weekend.
1. “Sour Grapes” – I discovered this through Tim Ferriss, and absolutely loved it. It’s a documentary on Netflix which follows a guy called Rudy Kurniawan: a young, incredibly wealthy wine collector in San Francisco, who very quickly amasses a hugely valuable cellar of some of the best wines in the world. I love wine, but know nothing about it. The documentary does a brilliant job of drawing you into the world of fine wine, and showcases master French craftsmen at work. You’re taken inside the auction houses, where people are bidding millions of dollars on single bottles, and to dinner tables, where they’re consuming hundreds of thousands of dollars of wine in a single sitting. Rudy, the focus of the docco, is a world-class connoisseur, incredibly charming, and, it turns out, a total fraud. Private investigators are hired, the FBI gets involved – it’s a mess. It’s brilliant. It scores 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I can honestly say, it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a very long time. Well worth a watch.
2. “Sting and Shaggy NPR Tiny Desk Concert” – If you don’t know what Tiny Desk concerts are, you’re in for a treat. The idea is to have some of the best musicians in the world perform live in the NPR office in Washington D.C. There’s a small audience, extremely high quality sound equipment, and the artists usually perform 3 or 4 of their best songs. It’s so cool to see talented musicians play their music without any production or autotune, just an honest, live performance. For some reason, Sting and Shaggy have teamed up and are jamming together. No idea of the backstory, but I’m a big fan of the collab. There’s something so cool about two legends of the game combining their talent to create something totally new.
3. A quote to ponder – “The last man to walk into parliament with honest intentions was Guy Fawkes” – Murray Kemp.
Both timely and with more than a hint of truth, I thought I’d share this in the wake of the government voting against feeding hungry children over the holidays, while simultaneously blowing £12 billion on a test and trace system which doesn’t work. Uncomfortable to think where our politicians intentions lie, but important to ponder.
4. Double Down News – a genuinely independent news source I’ve recently become a big fan of. They have a great website and youtube channel. They get smart, well-informed people to break down current issues and highlight where things are going wrong. I love George Monbiot’s view of the world, Ayaishat Akanbi’s “problem with cancel culture”, and Matt Kennard’s recent coverage of the Julian Assange case which no one is talking about, but should be. Double Down News is doing a phenomenal job of what journalists should do but often don’t, which is holding people in power to account. It’s crowdfunded, meaning it can be genuinely independent and therefore won’t serve the agenda of wealthy owners i.e. Rupert Murdoch. It’s a great source of unbiased, agendaless, high-quality journalism. Dive into their content and you’ll almost certainly learn something new.
I took a slightly different tact this weekly blog #2. I’m going to test and try different styles of blogging to see what works and what doesn’t. The aim will always be to provide some sort of value to my beloved readers.
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