Aysgarth Falls

Today we ventured through the Dales, up the hills and down the road, to a place called Aysgarth Falls. Just past Leyburn, the Falls are a perfect place to while away the day


I've definitely 'Fall'en for this Yorkshire hotspot . . .

Aysgarth Falls

Today we ventured through the Dales, up the hills and down the road, to a place called Aysgarth Falls. Just past Leyburn, the Falls are a perfect place to while away the day


I've definitely 'Fall'en for this Yorkshire hotspot . . .

A Walk Around Leeds

Oh, Leeds. The city I always think I know far better than I do, and the city that causes me to get dreadfully lost. 
The past two weeks, armed with boundless amounts of foldouts, I've trundled the streets of Leeds trying to find particular places/ particular faces. It's been the best of times; it's been the worst of times. I've felt like an urban explorer, Google Maps in hand. I've felt like a fresher, mingling among the students at Leeds Uni and eating free pizza (on a side note, thank god I'm not a fresher). I've felt like my feet hurt. 
But, all in all, I definitely now feel like I know Leeds a little better. If not A LOT better. And you know what, it's a very pretty city - in it's own beatnik industrial kinda way.

Even on a grey day there's pops of colour everywhere.

Sundaze #2

Wow, another week has passed already! A lot has happened. Scotland is staying. Spike Jonze made this really cute video for Karen O, and I got shortlisted for Best Young Blogger at the Blog North Awards 2014

(That picture makes my eyes feel a bit funny!)
I'm still in awe. The other blogs nominated are just amazing. I started Paperback Thrones less than a year ago and it's been a journey and a half. At times I've thought about giving it up, or had extreme blogger's block, but I've kept up with it and I'm so happy I have. My nomination has given me such a feeling of validation. It's given me my own corner of the internet -- a place to write about whatever I want when I want to. A place I'm free to experiment with, and also constantly edit (my favourite feature!) There's still so much I need to learn about blogging etc, but also so much I've learnt already. I'm definitely planning on keeping it up for a long while.

PS I would really love it if you voted for me! 

Voting closes on September 29th!

What else has happened this week? I've been . . . 

Thinking about:  This interview with artist Olga Ezova-Denisova in Frankie magazine. Her work is so beautiful and all hand-made. I particularly love this piece:


It's like a super sweet Steve Zissou. Ewe know it. 

This Atlantic article about Richard Linklater's Boyhood is really interesting. Imran Siddequee notes that "it’s... difficult to imagine [protagonist] Mason living in the same country as Oscar Grant, the subject of one of last year’s best reviewed films, Fruitvale Station. " Linklater pretty much completely leaves race out of his encapsulation of American youth, except for the Mum's encounter with her Mexican gardener which is just a little cringey/preachy. I watched Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing the other day. It's such an amazing thought-provoking piece of cinema that closely analyses racial tensions and the fatal dangers of violence. Mason's boyhood is a world away from the boyhood of Lee's Brooklyn-ites. It's a very white world.

Reading: The City Talking is a newspaper about Leeds, for Leeds, and distributed in Leeds. Starting this week, once a month it will be available with the Yorkshire Evening Post. I love small publications like these! It's also super cool to find out more about my soon-to-be city as I get more acquainted with it. I like that it's starting a conversation among young people in the North, as well as documenting Leeds' bid for Capital of Culture 2023 by interviewing West Yorkshire creatives. 


 Watching: This week I watched Get On Up. It's the Tate Taylor directed & Mick Jagger produced James Brown biopic. Chad Bosewick is enchanting as the Godfather of Soul, pearly white gnashers gleaming with charisma. Brown's multiple identities intersect in this one-man show; he stares into the camera, conversing with the viewer, as he changes from a child living in the lynched-lined woods of South Carolina, to a convict, to a member of the The Famous Flames with long-time pal Bobby Byrd, to a solo musician selling out the Apollo and recording a smash-hit album simultaneously, to a husband, to a father, and all the while as a man in conflict with his ego. It reminds me a little of I'm Not There in its mosaic view of a superstar.  The film ends with a montage of the many walks of Browns life, repeating his name over and over again like a religious chant. In this way then, Brown's human faults - his temper, his arrogance, his spells in prison - fall by the wayside, eclipsed by his icon-like status. I found the film insightful and amusing, although at times a little lacklustre due to attempting to squash 70 odd years of a man's life into two hours of film. The film seemed to lack a real sense of depth. James Brown's true personality evading the camera's eye. Despite this, Chad Bosewick gives an Oscar worthy performance and if you're a fan of the funk, Get On Up's definitely worth a watch.

Listening to: This week my playlist has involved a lot of Miss Lauryn Hill. I have tickets to see her on Thursday in Manchester and I'm psyched about it -- just need to find someone to go with! Any takers? I've also been listening to Slum Village. They're playing at the Belgrave in Leeds next Monday with a J.Dilla exhibition before the show. Can't wait!

Wearing: Charity shop finds! The turtleneck, cardigan and bag were all bought for something crazy cheap like 8 quid from Herriot Hospice Homecare in Northallerton. I luv cheap clothes.

Happy Sunday xxx