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Any Given Sunday

April 16 · Issue #25 · View online
A sporadic letter of listening, reading, and watching suggestions.

“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?” Phil Connors, Groundhog day.

Jesus!
Isn’t going to help us get through this. Neither are most of the male leaders of the world.
Certainly not Donald Trump. (pssst: I recently added a new piece of Donald Trump memorabilia to my collection, if you write me back I’ll send you a postcard).
C/o Ben Hannam
C/o Ben Hannam
Who will help us get through this then? I hear you ask.
Well, it’s down to you and me. Again. Us introverts need to help the extroverts, those strong enough need to help those less able, those with means need to help those without and then we need to make sure we all limit how much time we spend online. Why?
Not because the internet will break, it’s holding up just fine. In fact, one benefit of COVID 19 is that you get better connection speeds?

Ookla Speed test data for Asia 2020
Ookla Speed test data for Asia 2020
But because too much time down the COVID 19-news-rabbit-hole will not make you a happy bunny. Fact!
We cannot control this situation, nor should we pretend we can by consuming news 24/7. Let it go. Really.
Below are some alternatives to baking sour dough;

Podcasts.
Remember them? We used to listen to them on our way from one building to another. That was life! Those were the days!
Here is a couple I have managed to squeeze into my new daily routine of climbing the walls!
📻
Sam Harris interviews Matt Mullenweg of Wordpress/Automattic.
Is this funny? No. But Matt has been running a business with 1000 people all remote or distributed for years. And not just any company, Wordpress powers 36% of the internet! He has some pretty interesting tips for taking your business forwards after the ‘great reset.’

An excellent series by the lovely Kate Hutchinson. All about maverick women including Zandra Rhodes, Molly Parkin and others talking about sex, lust, loneliness and how art and creativity can pull you through.

In this episode, Esther speaks with a couple under lockdown in Bavaria Germany. Esther has such a compelling way with words and therapeutic manner that I think I could listen to her all day long.
Ok. That was the podcast stuff.
If those are a thing of your distant past try TV? I think that’s still being watched? Indeed, Netflix is the only company seeing +’s on the NYSE.

📺
Not Tiger King. Everyone was pumped about Tiger King, it was good but I’m not sure binge watching a series is what we need. As racism around Corona Virus spreads this film is particularly prescient.

Virtual Isolation, physical separation, love, sex and Juliette Binoche. A beautiful film that again feels very now. (Curzon home cinema subscription needed)

Tired of TV? Now for something completely different:

🖌️
Sarabande was set up by the late designer, Lee Alexander McQueen and his partner Trino, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. At present are offering online courses from InDesign to book binding. Check them out here: Sarabande.

And lastly. You can watch, read, listen to as much as you like, however if you aren’t getting any exercise or eating well things will just not improve Heights will help. It’s a vitamin supplement like no other, meaning that I can actually notice it working. Honestly I feel 20% sharper. For all you lovely readers that made it this far there is a 25% discount for life available now. Try it out, even Stephen Fry said it made him feel perkier!
Discount Code: anygivencode

And in case you’re bored this Friday 17th April at 1pm CET I’ll be Zooming with Gilles Peterson.


That’s it. Thanks for reading. Stay sane.
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