July 2022


  • Read so far this year:

    • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
    • Maus by Art Siegelman
    • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
    • Masters of Doom by David Kushner
    • How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
    • The Colour by Rose Tremain
    • Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

    Reading Booker prize winners is still paying dividends.

  • Recently finished the first season of Gomorrah plus the accompanying L’Immortal. — really enjoyed it all. Nothing beats Better Call Saul though.

  • Have stumbled upon some good French music on Spotify. Artists like Lewis OfMan, Blue Toucan, Papooz, Polo and Pan — always good when you find a rich vein of new music.


  • Surprising broke my 5k PB the other day by running 21:31 in a local Park Run.

September 2021


  • Reading Iain Banks’ The Crow Road as part of my mission to read more of his non-sci-fi work.

  • Recently read Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments; both of which are excellent.

  • Haven’t watched much TV in recent months. Haven’t even finished Band of Brothers yet but am also part way through Fargo: Season 4 and White Lotus.

  • Haven’t been to the cinema this year.

  • Gaming: still only about 40% through Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.


May 2021


  • Reading William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. Have recently finished two excellent books: Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain and Grace Dent’s Hungry.

  • Still plodding through Band of Brothers. Recently enjoyed The Terror and Netflix’s Suburra.

  • Am playing Watchdogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla when I get the chance.


  • Starting getting back into bouldering.

  • Am hoping to start playing cricket again at Enfield Cricket Club.

January 2021


  • Reading Zadie Smith’s White Teeth as part of an attempt to avoid exclusively reading books by white men.

  • Haven’t finished any of the series mentioned in November update but have also started Mindhunter season 2 and The Queen’s Gambit.

  • Speaking of chess, I highly recommend Daniel Naroditsky’s “speed run” YouTube series, which I’m working my way through.


  • Doing a lot of lockdown runs; am trying to get my running time below 4:30 per km — am getting closer.

November 2020


  • Reading Ian Dunt’s How to be a liberal, which I’m enjoying greatly.

  • Watching Schitt’s Creek with Katy and juggling Gomorrah Season 3, Band of Brothers and Dark Season 1 on my own.

  • Not started any new podcasts for a while — am listening to old favourites like Guardian: Today in Focus, Athletico Mince, Desert Island Discs and The Economist.

  • Still working my way through Red Dead Redemption on an old Xbox 360. Looking forward to getting a Series X later this year and playing something more modern than 2010.


  • Gutted that the second UK lockdown is forcing Stronghold to close its doors for an unknown period.

This page is inspired by Joe Tsoi’s Now Page, which will lead you down a rabbit hole of other “Now” pages.