Category: 52 Weeks

Old balls, please (Click for larger) Seb: I am incredibly good at racquet (racket) sports. Tennis, badminton, table tennis — you name it, I’m great. My eyesight, on the other hand, is not. I don’t think I’ve told the story of my failing eyes before — and it’s too long to tell here — but basically: it started failing when I was about 12, but I didn’t realise until I was 16. I didn’t get a pair of glasses until…

The Chair & The Commute Seb: It might not look like much — and the arm lock is broken on one side, so it limps and wilts to the left — but it’s my chair. I have written short stories, blog posts and treatises on human nature — all from a dirty white deck chair. It’s where I read, too. I finished Pride & Prejudice to the sound of birds tweeting at me from their nestled seclusion just a few…

Elton & Tina Seb: Unlike Abi, music didn’t enter my life in a big way until Napster and the Era of Downloadable Music. That’s not to say my life was devoid of music! It was always around, either played by my mother in the house, or loudly on my dad’s car stereo, but I never had my own music. I tried to get into pop music, when I was a teenager. I wasn’t under the duress of peer pressure for…

England & Get Yer Kit Off! Seb: I’m not a big football fan. I supported a team once, when I was a teenager, when I had a best friend. I supported the same team as him because… well… you don’t just sit there in silence when the rest of the household are red-faced and screaming at the television. It’s just not done. I supported them for a few years; never did see an actual, live football match though, and I…

Kafka Abi: This week, we decided to take a favourite quotation and look at representing each half in our own way. My suggestion of Dolly Parton’s infamous “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” was sidelined in favour of something a little more intellectual by Franz Kafka. And so we have this. The quotation put me in mind of the Aesthetic theory of The Line of Beauty which always puts me in mind of a Violin or…

Feet of Engineering & April showers Abi: I’ve been working on an article about the importance we humans place upon inanimate objects. Stuff, clutter, things. Is it really shallow to sum up ones life by the stuff we own? Is it not about who we are? I’d say yes and no. To some degree the things we choose to own are our imprint on the world, when we hold onto something, we are holding onto what that something represents. Something…