Week 18: Doing nothing
- I had my last day at the Financial Times this week. Doing a remote last day / last week was weird. Usually when I leave a job I get to spend much of the last week walking around chatting to people reminisce about stuff that’s happened, and generally shoot the shit. It’s slightly weirder to schedule that kind of chat in a calendar to ensure everyone’s on the video call.
- I have a very small garden, but it’s home to so many birds. Two robins have a nest with some babies next to my kitchen window. A family of sparrows have a nest above my back door, and three or four more families of sparrows have nests in the cracks around my roof. There are also more sparrows nesting in my neighbours properties. This means that at any given point if you’re in the garden you’re probably sharing it with a number of little birds. They mostly dive bomb around the place looking for food and ignore humans getting in the way. When I first moved in I was really rather scared of the robin who used to come and do the gardening with me, now I think I’d miss it if it wasn’t around.
- We’ve watched some good TV this week. We started with Hollywood, a story of marginalized young people trying to make a movie in 1947. It was really nice to see a potential alternative reality, though reading more afterwards it wasn’t until 2017 a black American finally won Best Writing at the Oscars, and there still hasn’t been a black director who’s won Best Director.
- We watched Becoming which is a documentary filled while Michelle Obama did her book tour. There wasn’t much in it that wasn’t covered in the book, but it was nice easy watching and a glimpse behind the scenes at an extraordinary woman.
- This bank holiday weekend we watched the new Lion King (2019), Christopher Robin (2018) and The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). If I’m honest I probably enjoyed The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh the most, the animation really stands the test of time very well. Setting the film in a book where we can leave characters on pages, and they can almost jump out of the book still makes me smile. The live action films were very impressive to watch though, at the beginning of the Lion King it was hard to work out what was real and what wasn’t.
The quotes from the opening of Christopher Robin probably made me smile the most:
Pooh: Where are we going, Christopher Robin?
Christopher Robin: Nowhere.
Pooh: Oh. One of my favourite places.
Pooh: Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.
Which seems apt as before I start a week of doing nothing.