Life Lessons From Nietzsche by John Armstrong

Life Lessons From Nietzsche

Life Lessons From Nietzsche

Over the past year I’ve been engaging more with Nietzsche’s work. I find it quite a challenge to read, in a positive way. More so it is a challenge through my flaws of struggling to read heavy content, leaving me often re-reading the same lines or pages to understand the content fully. However, I find his points fascinating and engaging. I don’t quite feel at a confident stage to review any of Nietzsche’s work at this point in time, his work can be overwhelming, again in a positive way and I know I will struggle to put down into words how I felt about it.

However, I did encounter this book today, ‘Life Lessons From Nietzsche’ by John Armstrong. This pocket size book contains brief summaries on theories put forward by Nietzsche to act as life lessons for our personal development. Before I go into any further detail, I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone who has thoroughly read Nietzsche’s work, it may seem a lazy summary of points, lacking the depth Nietzsche can dive into and really does simplify his work. However, if you’re new to Nietzsche and struggle with reading more complex titles, ‘Life Lessons From Nietzsche’ is possibly a great place to start to get an overall feel and readable breakdown of his theories. Continue reading

Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

 

Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

I want to start this post with a little heads up, similar to that I mentioned in my ‘About’ section when it comes to my book reviews. I read a large variety of books, such a variety to the point that there may be a conflict between genres, for example I am currently about to share my thoughts on Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher, I may later go on to review a fashion book or chick lit book. I mostly read philosophy, graphic novels, scifi and more controversial fiction but there may from time to time be something you may feel disappointed in seeing me review, this is simply because I like to keep all options open but I will always offer my honest opinion, so don’t be surprised if I ever wind up with a Sophie Kinsella book and want to state everything that is wrong with it but equally I do appreciate to each their own, so even if I read a book I didn’t enjoy, I will try to write as fair a review as possible.

With that said and done, I will go on to share this masterpiece of work by Mark Fisher. I’ve only been reading more philosophical and political work over the past year, it has been very fulfilling in helping my personal development and think many of these books have challenged my views and changed my opinions on a large amount of subjects. I often try to read texts that oppose my existing view as I don’t really see the point in searching for the answer you want to see in a book that just supports your existing view and grows your ego, I think the only way to develop is to remain self critical. For me at least. Continue reading

Ben Frost Corsica Studios London

Ben Frost

Ben Frost

For those of you who follow my blog, you may remember a music related post I had written a few weeks ago listing a very small selection of some of my favourite music from 2014 which you can read here: Some Of My Favourite Music From 2014.

The first track mentioned is ‘Nolan’ by Ben Frost. ‘Nolan’ is quite possibly my favourite track release this year and falls into one of my favourite pieces of music ever. ‘Aurora’ as a whole for me was a fantastic listen and incredibly refreshing to hear in the world of modern electronic music, I was blown away by this aggressive electronic sound, I really felt ‘Aurora’ filled a hole for me with music I was in great need for. Continue reading

Nils Frahm The Village Underground London

Nils Frahm Live

Nils Frahm Live

Hi everyone,

The weekend just passed, August the 15th-16th 2014 was supposed to be Jabberwocky Festival. When I saw the initial line-up of Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Clipping, Ben Frost, Hookworms and The Bug I was ecstatic. After purchasing my weekend ticket for Jabberwocky Festival, Nils Frahm was then announced. It felt like my dream festival, I booked my “hotel” in Stratford (I say “hotel” because it was incredibly overpriced for something that felt very unsafe.) and my coach tickets. All of which was non-refundable.  Continue reading

Neutral Milk Hotel In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

I wrote a blog post about this album in the past and remember feeling very proud of it. Unfortunately it got deleted and I know my next write up on it will not be anywhere near as detailed or fulfilling to read but I’ll give it my best attempt.

So Neutral Milk Hotel, I was actually supposed to see them at Jabberwocky festival in London this year before it was cancelled and as a part of Jabberwocky fallout I discovered they clashed with Nils Frahm who I was desperate to see perform live. It was a tough decision but I hope there will be another opportunity to see Neutral Milk Hotel as they have toured at least twice in the UK this year. Continue reading

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

As a crazy cat lover, this was one of those books I just had to read. Typically I read philosophy, sci-fi or political fiction, so I wasn’t sure as to whether or not I would enjoy this book, fortunately, I really did.

Firstly this book makes a much easier read to my usual, it’s still written very well, I just found myself absorbing information much faster than usual. Typically when read Kafka or Orwell I find myself re-reading the same page over and over through struggling take in the information as well as others. This book tells the life of James Bowen, who is working on changing his life from recovering an addiction by busking on the street. One day James returns to his flat to find an injured ginger tom cat. He reflects on his fond memories of other cats and uses the only money he has to restore this ginger tom, Bob, back to health. Once healed, Bob doesn’t return to street life and instead follows James around London.  Continue reading

The Island by Marije Tolman and Richard Tolman

The Island

The Island

Hi everyone,

On my previous blog I had already written about this beautiful picture book ‘The Island’ by Marije Tolman and Richard Tolman, alongside many other books, which I lost all the posts for through not renewing my web hosting in time. I love supporting independent titles, in particular stunning picture books like these, so I’m rewriting my post on ‘The Island’. It probably won’t be as well written as the first one as I cannot remember what exactly I had written. Continue reading

Vendula London Owl Bag

Owl Bag

Owl Bag

Hi everyone!

I wanted to just write a quick post showing you this super cute owl bag from Vendula London which my mum purchased for me for Christmas. I still haven’t used it yet as I’ve been very worried about ruining it, but I am determined to use it the next time I need something this size, maybe when I’m doing a lot of travelling. Vendula London make all sorts of quirky bags and purses with decorative pictures. I am very in love with some of their owl coin purses and their cat café purses! I may have to purchase some more bags from this website in the future as I do have a dangerous obsession with cats and owls. Continue reading

Primark Haul August 2014

Primark Haul August 2014

Primark Haul August 2014

Hi everyone!

Ideally I prefer uploading my Primark Hauls as early in the month as possible but I always feel very busy with work so it is difficult to commit to a routine with these hauls lately. Here is my Primark Haul for August 2014, I’ve been buying clothes from Topshop, Zara and other places so that is why I haven’t got as much to show you as usual from Primark. My new bedroom is also very small meaning I have to be far more restrained with what I buy for my Primark Hauls. Below is the video, if you enjoyed my video don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe! Also follow me on Bloglovin’ if you’re new to my blog! Below the video I have also uploaded photos of most of the items I purchased for my Primark Haul for August 2014. As always, remember I’m a petite standing at 4ft 11 and usually a petite size 4 based on Topshop sizes, so these clothes are ideal for a build similar to mine!
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