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The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide (2014)

_The Guest Cat_ is another book I fondled in a bookshop not long ago. I didn’t buy it at the time, but the premise intrigued me and I discovered we actually own a copy when I went looking for another short read from those on our poor overburdened shelves. We’re introduced to a mild-mannered husband and wife living a quiet, unremarkable, life in Tokyo, Japan.

Project Ghibli #7: Laputa: Castle in the Sky

The success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind afforded Director Hayao Miyazaki and Producer Toshio Suzuki, with some additional financial backing, to strike out on their own with the formation of Studio Ghibli in June 1985.

South Coast 100km Ultra Challenge

At the end of August I completed another Action Challenge Ultra Challenge: the South Coast Challenge between Eastbourne and Arundel. This was another 100km walk and my second this year. I was actually quite nervous going in as I really hadn’t done any training like I had for London2Cambridge or London2Brighton.

A visit to Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Today, exactly one year ago, my good friend Emma married her dashing husband Stuart at Eshott Hall, Northumberland. We had a wonderful time celebrating with the newlyweds and it seems like the last year has gone by in the blink of an eye.

Project Ghibli #6: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, but time to pick up where we left off with the next instalment in our series. We’re entering more recognisable territory here with Nausicaä being affectionately considered the beginning of Studio Ghibli, despite being released before its official founding a year later.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter (2015)

I picked up this book yesterday and so begins the first of hopefully several bookish reviews on this blog. I haven’t read a thing for ages and I have a growing stack of books Lizzie wants me to read, but when I saw this book it just called out to me. I demolished it in an hour on the train home from work. It’s a short book. That said, i’m not sure i’d recommend it. It’s not a bad book and the approach taken is actually quite fresh.

The EpiPen: A 461% Price Increase - SmashleyAshley

I am a business owner myself. I understand that the bottom line matters, I understand that the point of being in business is to make a profit. However, I also believe that greed is one of the most destructive traits in human beings. There is no logical explanation you can give for raising the price of a drug by over 400%, a drug that costs literally a dollar per dose.

Let's Play: No Man's Sky (PS4)

Something a little different for you all today.. I recently bought a Playstation 4 with the intention of trying out No Man’s Sky, the recently released space exploration game by Hello Games, a small studio from Guildford and creators of the Joe Danger series.

Project Ghibli #5: Gauche the Cellist

We’re back after a brief hiatus with a change of pace yet again from Director Isao Takahata. Where before we had the bawdy humour of Chie the Brat, and the childlike innocence of Panda! Go, Panda!, Gauche the Cellist is a serious yet whimsical tale with a small, intimate cast. Originally a children’s tale by Miyazawa Kenji (1896 - 1933), the story has seen several adaptations but Takahata’s is the most beloved.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog - missing the latest Ghibli entry - and pretty much avoided Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. When I did venture online, I saw wonderful updates from friends about the exciting things going on in their lives, but I just didn’t have the emotional energy to reach out to them.