#3: creative writing… a source of inspiration

Yesterday I came across the amazing Made Me Think, via this post on the excellent Marc and Angel blog, where I spent many happy hours procrastinating instead of writing.

MMT has some amazing stories, not just because they’re true but they’re also because they’re so concise, leaving lots to the imagination. Here are 3 of my favourites:

Today, as a young ‘up and coming’ lawyer, everyone in the firm was congratulating me for winning my first big case this morning.  And all day long all I could think about is how I used a technicality in the law to help a murderer walk away a free man. MMT Continue reading


#3: Cook or try 30 new things: Plumble

Ah, autumn. You bring misty mornings and slick auburn leaves underfoot.

And the chance to eat lots of stodge. Like plumble. I referred to two recipes for this as I had some apples that needed eating and some very unripe plums that I wasn’t convinced would cook properly. This one from Anthony Worrall-Thompson and one from Nigel Slater’s Real Cooking. Here’s my recipe: Continue reading

#4: Photographing Brixton

Procrastinating on writing the blog has its upsides. Like actually doing things on the list. Including signing up for a long-overdue 21st birthday present: a photography course.

The excellent City Lit in London has a number of courses: I opted for Photographing Place & Space. In our first project we had to photograph a place we knew well and one we didn’t know at all. Here’s are my favourites from my ‘unknown place’ (I chose Cardigan in West Wales).

The most amazing sweet shop I’ve ever seen

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The 30×30 List

I wrote this list about a month ago where it festered in the back of my diary until the other day when, after umming and aahing about whether to set up the blog (would I keep it going? would it be weird writing about myself on the actual internet?), I had dinner with a no-nonsense friend (who writes a blog herself) who basically told me to get on with it.

Here is the slightly amended list.

  1. Listen to 30 classic albums I’ve never heard or properly listened to before
  2. Cook or taste 30 new things
  3. Get a short story published
  4. Do my 21st birthday photography course & take a photo every day
  5. Cut my hair short
  6. Go to 30 gigs/nights
  7. DJ somewhere cool & learn to actually mix
  8. Run 5k
  9. Make a film
  10. Go to the cinema alone
  11. Do a radio show
  12. Make a song
  13. Learn to drive
  14. Sing in public
  15. Dance on a carnival float
  16. Be in a play
  17. Go out for dinner alone
  18. Host a cocktail party
  19. Write an article in a newspaper
  20. Volunteer with young people
  21. Go to the Balkans
  22. Go to a film premiere
  23. Do 30 good turns in a day
  24. Not wear jeans for 30 days
  25. Night vigil by myself round a camp fire
  26. Make 30 pieces of art/craft
  27. See 30 classic films
  28. Set up a subscription to a charity
  29. Start a blog
  30. Drink a white Russian at the top of the Shard

Wish me luck!

Getting Perspective: An Experiment In Doing More Things

Hi. I’m new here.

Before the internet we just did things. Now we do them whilst blogging about doing them. It seems you don’t exist unless you have a presence on the internet so here is my fingerprint.

This blog was originally going to be a bucket list type thing. A few months ago the Evening Standard published this list of things to do before you’re 30. Everyone loves a list (including me). This one was ostensibly based around Beyonce announcing her pregnancy, but was really an excuse to publish a list of materialistic and contradictory cultural norms.

They advised readers to ‘build your brand’ by having 1,000 twitter followers, closely followed by the suggestion to drop out by becoming a yoga teacher. Or how about ‘dump the debt’ whilst also becoming the owner of a designer handbag? Yes, really.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with aspiring towards those goals – before or after 30. But they are not the only things out there to do. And certainly not the most spiritually fulfilling (apart from maybe yoga). There are also plenty of other (more ambitious) 30 before 30 blogs like Celine’s 30 Before 30 Project and Stacking Pennies… but I decided to write my own anyway.

The original list that inspired the blog Continue reading