A stack of work editing another series of books for my publisher, VSP; a stint subbing The Ferrari Opus; ongoing work writing for the Daily Finance site (see link right) and drafting copy for my new book (more news nearer this Autumn’s publication date) means I’ve not had much time to update this blog recently. Not that I’m complaining – it’s always good to have work. Plus there are a couple of very interesting potential projects on the sidelines, so there’s plenty to occupy the brain.
I’ve got a break from teaching for a few weeks, with just a little marking to do before the final four weeks of the evening class I’m running at Goldsmiths College. And I’m also working up a new multimedia training course for the NUJ, while trying to finish the online Union Learning Adviser’s course.
In between all this I’m reading James Ellroy’s latest, Blood’s a Rover, a typically engrossing read hampered only by the sheer size of the book making it a bit impractical to lug around. So on the train I’m dipping into Michael Lacquiere’s Spurs Cult Heroes, which it’s good to see out after Michael contacted me about a year ago as he pushed to get his first effort into print. I’m hoping to get a review up on this blog soon.
Running has suffered from an uneven routine working in multiple offices, but I need to get back into a regular regime ahead of the Great British 10k in July and a possible corporate place in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. I really enjoyed the Half last year, but I certainly felt the effects of covering 13.1 miles towards the end. My training for that had been patchy over the summer, and I hadn’t been sure whether to put myself through the pressure of keeping a routine going over the summer again. Running is supposed to be relaxation and I have a tendency to turn leisure into work given half the chance. Which is why the London Marathon, which I’ve always harboured a desire to do, looks out of reach – you have to train properly to do the King of distance runs. Never say never though. For now, I’ve just got to work out some routes from my regular office shifts in Ludgate Circus and Kingston.
The walk to work along the river, and increasingly packed trains mnaking reading difficult if not impossible most mornings, mean I’ve been listening to more music. I still do albums, and current favourites include The Ting Tings’ We Started Nothing, Momofuku by Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Gil Scott Heron’s new album I’m New Here, the ever-listenable Back To Black by Amy Winehouse, and a smattering of Specials and Echo and the Bunnymen to show my age. Particular favourites are the storming No Hiding PLace which showcases Costello and The Attractions at their best, and the acoustic version of The Ting Tings’ Be The One, in which Katie White’s breathy vocal over gentle backing is all the more effective because of the original’s power.
Oh, and there’s the not insignificant matter of an FA Cup semi-final and a season-defining week of derbies for the Super Spurs to come too.