Hyperbole and a Half. Finally got around to reading Allie Brosh's tragicomic illustrated memoir of depression and dogs, based on the blog that was popular a couple of years ago.
Some of it was a familiar from the blog, but there seemed to be some new content there. Worth reading if you liked the blog.
What I'm Reading 2
The Badge by Ashley Topham. Memoir of army life by a soldier who rose to become a Regimental Sergeant Major. Only has a small amount of combat (in the first Gulf War) but gives an interesting insight into army life. Writing is a bit unpolished, but it seems pretty authentic bar a little bit of exaggeration. He's pretty positive about army life but doesn't overlook the elements of bullying and petty politics. Gives a good view into army life from the bottom up.
What I'm Watching
Saw Jurassic World on disc. Pretty much as expected, not superb but solidly entertaining. Wasn't sure at first about the decision to make it an actual sequel not a remake: surely at some point these parks are going to stop attracting visitors? But it actually works quite well as older elements are introduced.
Politics. College donors threaten to cancel unless Rhodes statue stays. Frances Coppola faces a Twitter mob. New Tory left movement "Compassionate Conservative Caucus" launches. How the Republican establishment learned to shirk responsibility. What Poles and Bulgarians think of Britain:
In Warsaw, few had time for any suggestion that life had been better thirty years ago: "I think we had ration cards! Forget about the old days. I was raised in that system. I wouldn’t like to go back, it’s incomparable. Some say it was better but they have very short memories." But in Sofia our groups had much fonder recollections, or at least impressions, of life under communism. “According to my mother it was just great. They went on holiday twice a year, now it’s once if you’re lucky. It was more secure, less stressful"; "Ordinary people, the working class, used to live much better than they do now."
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