One of the justifications for this rather lonely blog is as a spur to myself, hoping at least to avoid the feeling of regret when I read about something I would like to have experienced. I also wanted to read more. Providence ensured that I have the proverbial hour-long commute, meaning that with some optimisations I’m able (most days) to sit down for 35 minutes and read. Doing so when I go to bed remains mostly an aspiration. In 2013 I’ve completed 47 books, which is a little short of my arbitrary aim of 1 a week. However, even in real terms, that’s a significant increase.
In 2012, when I first started recording these things, I saw 72 films (or events at a cinema). In 2013, I saw 114, an average of 2 a week, suggesting I need to seek more diversity in my activities and that room for cinematic growth is limited.
2012 included only 2 plays, while in 2013 I saw 11.
As for ‘Art’, in 2012 I saw 28 exhibitions, in 2013 107.
Comedy events of various kinds – 2012 – 7, 2013 – 22.
Music – 2012 – 4, 2013 – 26, including a surprising leaning towards classical or pseudo-classical.
There are also other things that can’t be so broadly categorised, such as a ‘BookSlam’, open studios, ‘School of Life’ events (for the “anxious rich”, according to the Economist), looking around the Supreme Court and the Bank of England…
From these figures it should be clear why I didn’t have a foreign holiday. Now I’m wondering whether some of the seemingly extravagant membership packages (e.g. £300 ‘Rising Star’ for Curzon) would actually save me money. Working this out will be quite tedious, of course.
I do think that recording these activities has been useful, if only to myself. Now I have a much better awareness of where and when to investigate, of the possibilities. Yesterday I was challenged to take on something more ‘active’, such as guerrilla gardening. Hmm.
So far in 2014, 13 exhibitions…