Brooklyn

The first book of my summer reads was chosen mainly because I had actually seen this movie first and liked. The book was first published in 2009 by the celebrated Irish author Colm Tóibín. I got finished in three days and I wish I had taken longer to savour it, second readings never having the same thrill. Tóibín captures the idiosyncratic language of rural Ireland, through the dialogue of the characters, that reminded me of listening to my own older relations discussing the humdrum events of a small town. The Hibernian English and the poetically awkward phrasing kept the sense of provincial Irishness about this […]

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Farewell 7a

So yesterday Phil and I cleaned out and locked up the first flat we lived in together for the last time. The amount of dust that had accumulated in cupboards and presses was impressive. Despite it being the smallest flat on the earth, I will miss the privacy and comfort of having our own place to live. A friend told me a few years ago “this is what you do in London, first, you live somewhere alone and then you live somewhere nicer, but you have to give something up; privacy, location, price… something has to go.” So we have […]

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Summer’s here.

After a year of SATs related stress, the summer is finally here. I’ve embraced this by dying my hair lavender, buying a stack of new books and moving house. My new house feels very London. Phil and I bring the total number of people in the house to nine, but luckily the house is enormous and we have our own living room attached to our very cute attic bedroom. We still have our own space which is considerably larger than in our previous microscopic flat in West Ealing. Holidays back to Ireland are looming and I’m looking forward to a […]

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