Five Favourites: February 2018

Blue Sky View from Tate Modern Viewing Level

This month I continued working my way through the leaning tower of books next to my bedside table. A special mention goes to Tomorrow by Graham Swift, not featured below. I also got my fill of arts and culture thanks to tickets booked a few months ago.

I’m always keen to hear recommendations, so let me know what you’re enjoying at the moment. Here’s my list for February:

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Short Story: Almost

Water Droplets - Markus Spiske (Creative Commons)

He pointed out a handful of small houses in the distance, noting the differences in the stone and the way they formed a semi-circle to greet the tide. Built in 1907, apparently.

Soon he looked down and apologised at the state of her muddy ankle boots. It was his idea to go this way, after all. Truthfully, she said she didn’t mind. A group of dog walkers in full rain gear acknowledged them cheerily. The coastal air hummed, fluorescent lights and roaring traffic pleasingly absent.

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What I Learned From Recording Every Penny I Spent for Five Months

Purse and Coffee on Table (Source: Pexels)

I’ve covered many topics on this blog. So far, money hasn’t been one of them. It can be an awkward subject, so tightly connected to privilege, appearances and security. It’s becoming more common to discuss money within my social circles, potentially thanks to Refinery29’s Money Diaries series and similar articles.

Catch ups with friends often tiptoe around the subject until one of us asks a specific question. Although I would never ask someone to share their financial circumstances if it made them uncomfortable, each conversation has left the air a little clearer. Whether it’s annual salary or monthly housing costs, having points of comparison can help to position and prepare ourselves better.

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