10 Books To Read This Summer

Looking for a good book to read on the plane or while you’re lazing on the beach in Spain? (I did not intend for that to rhyme – I swear!) If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know I’m a voracious reader (I’ve just started book 31 of the year – Murakami’s Norwegian Wood) so I decided to share my summer reading list. Some of these summer book recommendations I’ve already devoured and others I’ve yet to thumb through and no doubt there are some glaring omissions I’ll remember the second I hit publish. The best bit though? They’re all written by women. Continue reading “10 Books To Read This Summer”

Podcast recommendations #7: This Week I’ve Been Listening To…

Welcome to my weekly round-up of podcast recommendations! Again, all the interviewees are women (this was accidental – I swear!) and there’s a strong feminist theme so if you’re looking for some feminist podcast recommendations, step right up!

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Podcast recommendations #6: This Week I’ve Been Listening To…

This week I was working from home a lot so that meant less time on buses and less time listening to podcasts. Boo! Still, I managed to pack in a few quality conversations while I baked, including finding out how lust-worthy website The Coveteur was founded and about the early life of Hollywood legend Jane Fonda. And yes, once again, each podcast is presented by a woman – women are really kicking ass in the podcasting world, aren’t they? *insert fist emoji*

Here are my podcast recommendations but if you’ve listened to anything good lately, I would love to hear about it so let me know in the comments: Continue reading “Podcast recommendations #6: This Week I’ve Been Listening To…”

Podcast recommendations #5: This Week I’ve Been Listening To….

Welcome to another week of pop culture podcast recommendations! This week I have bizarrely had ‘Set It Off’ by Strafe playing in my head every single day (don’t ask) but when I wasn’t listening to classic hip hop on a loop in my mind, I delved deep into podcasts about Old Hollywood glamour, how to make your business idea a reality and, on a more serious note, into a subject we should all care more about – homelessness. Continue reading “Podcast recommendations #5: This Week I’ve Been Listening To….”

Podcast recommendations #3: This Week I’ve Been Listening To…

Welcome to another week of pop culture podcast recommendations! I’m at the stage where I have so many podcasts to listen to and not enough time to do it so when I came across this tweet from the always excellent Reductress, you can bet I laughed.

OK so, what podcasts should you listen to this weekend? Let me tell you.

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Things to do in Dublin: Get a history lesson at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin’s CHQ Building, just celebrated its first birthday and I got the chance to join the festivities – and take a quick tour around the museum.

As I mentioned before, I’ve lived in Dublin for a long time but I’ve really been trying to inject a bit of magic back into my relationship with the city by being an urban explorer every chance I get and doing things I think are reserved for tourists.

Anyway, EPIC has been open on Dublin’s Docklands for the last year, making it the city’s newest museum. Even though the idea of a museum devoted to Irish emigration (a subject that’s loomed large over my life and everyone I know) piqued my interest, I had never bothered to visit.

Around the time it launched, I recall seeing the Che Guevara posters and scoffing to myself that the Argentine revolutionary couldn’t possibly have had Irish roots. Well, let me eat my floppy hat. Guevara was in fact the great-great-great-great-grandson of Irish emigrant Patrick Lynch from Galway. This isn’t the only genealogical surprise you get at EPIC; you quickly find out about the Irish ancestry of all sorts of pop culture people, ranging from Johnny Rotten to Rihanna. Continue reading “Things to do in Dublin: Get a history lesson at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum”

Podcast recommendations #2: This week I’ve been listening to…

You want podcast recommendations? I’ll give you podcast recommendations! Last week I was out sick for a few days so I didn’t listen to anything, bar ‘Brass Monkey’ by the Beastie Boys on a loop, but this week my podcast-a-day habit is back with a bang.

I hate podcasts with long preambles so without further ado, here’s the podcasts I’ve listened to and loved this week:

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Podcast recommendations #1: This week I’ve been listening to…

One of the only New Year resolutions I’ve actually kept was ‘listen to a new podcast everyday’. I’m embarrassed to admit that I only really got into podcasts last summer when I was commuting from further afield. Now I’m addicted and I probably listen to more podcasts than music – really!

As a result, I’m constantly referencing the conversations I’ve been listening to and recommending them so I thought this could be a good place to recommend the podcasts (and tunes) that have been soundtracking my days each week. Who knows – they might just take the pain out of your commute or make you have All The Deep Thoughts too. Continue reading “Podcast recommendations #1: This week I’ve been listening to…”