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On Thursday, I moved from my childhood home of lots-of-years to a new address in a different county.
I don’t know whether the move went seamlessly or not because I’m writing this newsletter before it happened and I’m doing that because the address I’m moving to is so far in the middle-of-nowhere that I won’t have a stable internet connection for well over a week.
You'll find out how the move went next month, unless I have been crushed beneath the weight of my collection of half-worn-out but not-too-worn-to-throw-away-yet jeans.
Here's what I've been up to this past month:
Activity Quest, the weekly magazine programme packed with stuff for families to do out-and-about, is still my primary focus at work. In the past month, Fun Kids presenters have experienced the Tower of London, London Transport Museum, the Imperial War Museum and Wildwood in Kent. Get it wherever you get your podcasts and hear a sneak peek of the next episode in the podcast version of this newsletter, available here.
In terms of other listening, I've become somewhat enamoured with Bandcamp, spending way-too-much-money on it in the past month. On it, cosmetic store Lush is selling the bespoke music they use in their spas, all of which is phenomenal. From their Beatles inspired A Hard Days Night album to covers of lullabies and musical walks through nature, the albums are a testament to the unrelenting creativity of Lush's co-founder, Mark Constantine.
I went on a little Lush binge-buying session at the start of the month, mainly trying their fragrances. Karma is a Lush staple with its spice and orange (more summer-leaning than Christmas) and Pansy is a must-buy if the scent of a Lush store, wafting down the high street, is a turn-on for you. It had been almost a year since I last ordered from them and in that time they've reformulated some of my old favourites but their toothpaste and mouthwash tabs (nibble and brush, or nibble and sip water) are still incredible inventions as is The Olive Branch shower gel...
I'm thrilled to see Moneybox, the investment app I am an investor of myself, do so well with their first round of crowdfunding, raising over £7 million. The app itself is brilliant, if you've never used it; a real set-and-forget approach to saving. I'm very proud of all the companies I'm an investor of, all of which are more-than-profit, UK-based enterprises.
- Black Bee Honey, award winning unblended and unpasteurised British Honey from Somerset and London.
- The Wild Beer Co., also Somerset based, known for its use of alternative fermentations, unorthodox yeasts, seasonally-foraged ingredients and exotic produce.
- Moneybox, the savings app that rounds-up your purchases and saves the loose change in ISAs you control, including socially-responsible funds.
Reach out if you plan to support one and I may be able to set you up with a little extra.
I've been trying to think of ways I can appropriately mark this change in my life; not just moving home, but also the world slowly waking back up after the biggest global hibernation in centuries. That said, here are some artists whose work I've been inspired by recently. Whatever I do to highlight this change in my personal life, it's highly likely I'll have drawn on their work too:
- Liz West, whose work on colour bends buildings and enhances architecture
- Andy Warhol, whose exhibition in London I desperately want to see before it closes in November and whose technique (screen-printing) I love
- Samuel Burgess Johnson's work around type
- Brian Eno's January 07003 album, focused around bells, the sounds they make, and their uses in culture.