Reasons To Write, Not Teach

I have been tied up with work lately. Every day I come home, cook my evening meal (we call it Tea) and then do more paperwork.

So my blog and everything else I love doing has gone by the wayside. Work is one of those things we all need to do BUT I spend my work time wishing I was on holiday, travelling, reading…

As teaching became more about paperwork and jumping through admin hoops, I lost my passion for it. I just wish work-life-balance was an actual thing in education.

So I dream. I daydream.

I hope one day writing can pay the bills.

Having said all that, hopefully I shall be back to blogging and writing and reading soon.

Read, Watch and Listen (June)

After a week off from work, I should feel refreshed but I feel unusually worn out. Home renovations take a lot of energy. However, I am pleased to have made time to watch some TV, listen to a few podcasts and do some reading.

If you missed last month’s recommendations, check them out below:

Read, Watch and Listen (May)

Now here are my thoughts on a great book, satisfying TV show and informative podcast.

Read – The Fell by Sarah Moss

I may have mentioned this book before, back when I first bought it. It intrigued me because it focused on Covid times when lockdowns were happening.

The lead character wanted to explore the hilly countryside around her home but she stayed later than the curfew and her teenage son realised she was missing.

Despite being a practised hill walker, Kate was caught up in a blizzard and injured herself. Matt was worried and emergency services were called in.

Including viewpoints from an elderly neighbour and a rescue worker, this narrative is well told.

With short chapters and great storytelling techniques, this book is thought-provoking and satisfying to read.

Watch – The Idea Of You (Prime Video)

OK this isn’t a TV show but it is a movie available on Amazon Prime and not in cinemas, so it still counts.

Lately, the streaming platform has been coming up trumps with both brilliant TV series and self-made films.

‘The Idea Of You’ sees a 40 year old mother fall in love with a 24 year old lead singer of a band called Austin Moon.

Yes this is a Cougar film but I feel women are given a hard time for dating younger men while men date younger women all the time.

Anyway, it follows the development of a love affair which ends in lots of media criticism for Anne Hathaway’s character, Solene. Meanwhile the English singer, Hayes (played by Nicholas Galitzine) is teased by bandmates about his interest in a mother figure.

I was charmed but this production and can see why it got to Number 1 on the Prime Video chart.

Listen to Making The Cut Podcast

After six months away from the microphones, Davina McCall and her partner Michael Douglas are back with another fantastic run. This podcast has always been my favourite because it reviews so many useful things honestly.

For those of you unfamiliar with Davina, she presented Big Brother for eleven years, was originally an MTV host and now reunites long lost family members as well as judging the UK version of The Masked Singer.

Michael was her hair stylist for years and has a successful salon business as well as TV presence on leading shows such as This Morning on ITV.

The banter between these two is funny and captivating. I feel as though I am sat around a kitchen table with them, having a cup of tea and a natter.

And Finally…

Maybe one of my recommendations has grabbed your interest and you will try one of them out. I try my best to take a good example of a TV show (or movie), a book and a podcast (or soundtrack) each month for your consideration.

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