This year I didn't give particular thought to any goals or resolutions for the year. I have not had a good track record with such things. I considered trying something different each month but a lack of planning on that front has kept it so vague we're approaching the half-way point in February without any decision on what to do. It might be helpful to change that with some planning in this post. I'll use Shay's structure where it applies.
This morning, all the newspaper alerts I have set up for work and personal interest had only one story: The Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Leak. The documents are hosted by The Guardian, who received the leak of the Home Office's plans for post-Brexit immigration/foreigner working status.
The world is changing. It might be due to natural cycles of temperature changes that landscapes are becoming arid and uninhabitable, that the pH levels of bodies of water change and kill off organisms within - it might even be human intervention, with over-fishing, polluting and destroying habitats. With a changing world, what we need (simply as a response) is a food revolution.
I haven't posted a photo of myself on Instagram since six months ago. And that particular photo included a caption about how I didn't think I looked appealing in the photo. I was wearing an unflattering outfit, but secretly I also thought that I looked bloated and I knew that it wasn't just a dissatisfaction with the way I looked, but also the number on the scales.
As it's the Friday before the last week of July, we've now owned a flat for a month. To celebrate, we've invited friends from University and our time in London to our humble abode tomorrow for a couple of drinks, before we migrate to a more spacious venue like the Oiler Bar as our flat won't fit more than 10 people, and about 20 said they'd show up.
Six months ago I wrote my first blog: Is soft power still a tool in today's world? It was inspired by the work that began at ResPublica, which culminated in the report published last week - Britain's Global Future: Harnessing the soft power capital of UK institutions.
We wanted to share a little story from the recent past of Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who features in this week’s news about Donald Trump Jr. That story, we think, says a lot about Russian power, how it works and when it doesn’t.
Waking up bright and early (at 5AM to the cawing of birds outside) we started shifting the boxes of our belongings that we packed in the weeknights before into our friend's van. He's been so kind to also help us put things together when it comes to the furniture we are getting for the flat.
This morning I read the CapX article by Deputy Editor Oliver Wiseman, which referenced the Chatham House report This and that. It measured attitudes of both regular citizens and the described "elites" of member countries of the European Union. After finishing I find it interesting to come out of the article with a different interpretation to the author (read for yourself as I wish not to bias you one way or another). But as part of that I also find myself questioning who I am. Am I an "elite"?