I don’t know how the rest of you are doing, but this week has been a tough one. I’ve been missing the buzz of live events (organising and attending), the kids have had to cancel some play dates with their friends and the news that we probably face another six months of semi-lockdown has been hard to reconcile.
So, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best, who does a weekly post on what has made her happy, I thought I might try the same and focus on the small, good things that are helping alleviate the gloom.
- Schitt’s Creek swept the boards at the Emmys and led to some really lovely moments between Eugene and Dan Levy. I’ve been such a fan of Catherine O’Hara for years and was delighted to see her honoured for her hilarious turn as Moira Rose, along with all the rest of that lovable cast.
- The Belfast International Arts Festival have announced their programme, which will obviously be online this year, and there are some fantastic events in the Talks and Ideas strand, including Jenny Offil, Stuart Maconie and Sarah Moss
- This dress from Oliver Bonas has gone straight on to my wishlist. If only there was somewhere for me to wear it…
- First Aid Kit released a new song this week and it is as gorgeous and catchy as you would expect.
- This Twitter thread, which imagines an amusement park where you get to recreate cliched things characters do in movies, is actually genius
- Six Rembrandt etchings will be exhibited in the Ulster Museum from Friday – going to try and get there while we still can!
- Bernardine Evaristo was a delight on Desert Island Discs this week and picked some excellent music while she was at it!
- One of my favourite shows of last year – Ghosts – has returned to the BBC for a second season and it is putting a much-needed smile on my face.
So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!
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