5 Books That Prove It Can Still Get Worse

A little while ago someone said that David Bowie was the glue holding the universe together. After everything that has happened in the last year I’m really starting to believe that. Now that Mr Trump has been sworn in as America’s new President/ Overlord I thought I would share some books that show just how bad this darkest timeline could get.

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Even though the end of the world isn’t caused by a person in this book, I’m going to say it is still the worst outcome. So basically what happens in Seveneves is someone or something blows up the moon. Scientists on Earth then realise that the moon isn’t going to stay up in the sky (because it’s now in pieces). This turns out to be a problem for literally everyone on Earth because these chunks of rock that used to be the moon are going to start falling at a rate that will set the atmosphere on fire and make the Earth uninhabitable for thousands of years.

The only people who survive are astronauts currently on the ISS or people that are important enough to save (should point out that heads of state are not included in this list). Basically if this did ever happen we’re all gonna die. Better start applying to NASA.

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Thomas The Tank Engine by Wilbert Awdry
(The Railway Series)

The thing that turns these books into a dystopia is the fact the trains have feelings. Trains are forced to run when they don’t want to (like Henry). They get left on sidings and forgotten about when they’re not needed. Turned into generators and cut up so their parts can be sold. Then you have the fact that the trains are constantly told it’s much worse in other places, is that maybe so they think what they currently have to deal with isn’t so bad.

It’s at the point now where I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if Donald Trump got angry at a train and had it bricked in a tunnel as punishment.

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I couldn’t make a list like this without mentioning The Hunger Games. This is set in a future version of America where there was some sort of revolution. We start the story 75 years later and find out the Capitol punishes the 11 districts for this by forcing 2 teenagers from each district to fight to the death every year. I never really got why they thought this would be a good punishment.

But out of all these books I think Trump is most likely to turn into a version of President Snow. They even look similar. When the Hunger Games do start be thankful you’re too old to get picked.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is set in a future where pretty much everyone plays a VR version of Second Life. But they only do that because the real world is so awful. Most people don’t have any money or jobs. The people who do have jobs need to travel for hours to get to them from the trailer parks they live in. These trailer parks resembling skyscrapers made out of caravans which have a habit of falling over.

Basically this future is what could happen if an evil version of Apple decided to take over Valve.

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Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob

Snowpiercer is set after a nuclear war has happened, where the last remnants of humanity live on a train powered by a perpetual motion machine that constantly travels on a loop around the world. As you may be able to guess all is not well on this train. The people in the front live in luxury while the people at the rear are forced to live in a tiny cramped space with little food. If you’re looking for an opportunity to compare this to British Rail now is your chance.

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*I didn’t mention Nineteen Eighty-Four, mostly because after the events of the last few days it is obvious that is the path America is already heading down.

A Day In London

Way back at the start of December my Dad and I took a quick trip to London to see Lazarus. The new musical written by David Bowie before he died. Here is what happened.

We started off the day by getting the first train from Edinburgh to London. I wouldn’t really recommend this but it worked out that getting the train there and home on the same day was cheaper than getting a hotel. With most musicals this would have been totally impossible but Lazarus is in Kings Cross theatre (just next to the station) and it’s much shorter than typical musical.

We got to London for around 12. We had a little time before lunch so headed over to the British Library. This is just a few minutes walk from King’s Cross and I would definately recommend a visit if you get the chance. I couldn’t take photos inside but they have a exhibit of old and rare books. They have the Magna Carta, old copies of the bible, original Beatles song lyrics. So many interesting books to look at (what would you expect from a library). The gift shop is another must visit. So many bookish things to buy (along with a really good selection of books).

We had lunch at The Parcel Yard, this is a restaurant in King’s Cross Station. It’s sort of train themed, it’s very rustic, has old crates and stuff. It’s a really nice place for eating. I think it also has a pub downstairs. And it worked out well since the theatre was just outside.

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You can’t see it but they projected an image of David Bowie on the stage after it ended.

I’ll do a full post just about Lazarus at some point. The one thing I would say is King’s Cross Theatre isn’t the greatest. It’s really more of a tent than a proper theatre. At some points you can actually hear what’s going on next door in the Railway Children. It does also mean that the theatre is much smaller so you’re still pretty close to the stage even if you’re right at the back (like we were). Another pro is everything is new so the chairs are actually comfortable to sit on.

A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Platform 9 and 3/4s shop. They’ve actually expanded this quite a bit since I was last there. There is now a bigger place to collect photos, and they sell more regular Harry Potter merch along with the Platform 9 and 3/4s stuff. They also had a lot of Fantastic Beasts stuff out. I would say the only problem with this expansion is it meant there was space for more people to cram in. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this shop any less than packed. Still worth a visit though.

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How To Start A Bullet Journal

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It’s the start of a new year, the perfect time to get organised so I thought I would do a little post on how to start using the bullet journal system. The bullet journal system was originally invented by Ryder Carroll, you can find his video on it here. This system is essentially a fancy to-do list. I’ve been using a bullet journal for over two years now so I thought I would share how I use mine and some tricks I’ve found along the way.

You should note I don’t use my bullet journal the exact way Ryder Caroll says to in his video. The great thing about the bullet journal system is you can change things if you don’t like them. Or find something else that works better. It’s totally up to you.

You will need:

  • A notebook. I know the Dotted Leuchtturm 1917 is a really popular notebook for bullet journalling but I would say to start off with don’t buy a fancy notebook. Actually if you’ve never used a bullet journal before don’t go out and buy a notebook at all. Start in something you’ve already got lying around. Try it out for a few weeks and find out what you like first. You may find you prefer lined or grid paper to dots.
  • A pen. Again you don’t need to go out buying fancy pens. I have a Muji 0.38 gel pen and a Staedtler fineliner in the photo but that is what I have lying around.
  • A ruler. A lot of people tell me they think their bullet journal is messy and one easy way to fix that is using a ruler to draw lines. You can do it freehand if thats the look you want. But (in my opinion) a ruler is essential.

I really need to emphasise that you don’t have to go out and buy a £20 notebook to start your bullet journal. For this post I’ve used a lined Leuchtturm 1917 but you don’t have to buy one. This is literally just the first notebook I picked up and I’ve started these examples on the first blank page I found.

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The key is a really important part of the bullet journal. Because you’re essentially just writing monthly and daily to-do lists the key tells you what you’re doing with the tasks on that list. I usually start out with everything as a dot. That way you can change the dot depending on what you do with that task.

So I will either cross off the task or use the ‘more than’ symbol to note I’ve not done that task and moved it to another day. The dot will get changed to a note if I’ve written down something that I don’t actually need to do. Just something that is happening on that specific day. The exclamation mark is for important things I need to do or remember.

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The index page is where you keep a note of all the pages in your bullet journal and what’s in them. One advantage to the Leuchtturm is that the pages are already numbered and it has an index already laid out for you. You can still have something similar in other notebooks, you just need to lay out the index page and write page numbers in by hand. It’s a good idea to keep this page updated even if you don’t actually refer to it. Once you’ve moved on to another notebook the index makes it easy to go back and look for information.

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The monthly spread is similar to what you would find in a regular planner. It’s just laid out differently. You write out the days of the month down the left hand side of the page. Then note the days of the week next to that. I like adding a line in to define the weeks. I find that makes it easier to look at.

On the right hand page I have a brain dump. At the start of the month I write down notes and everything I need to do. I will then continue to update this page throughout the month as I complete tasks and think of new things I need to do or note down. This page doesn’t need to have headings, I just like separating all my tasks out. It’s easier that way to figure out what’s important.

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I fold my daily pages in half, mostly because my handwriting is quite small and I don’t see the point of wasting a whole bunch of paper. The left hand side of the page is where my dailies go. This is basically a list of everything that needs to get done on that specific day. I write mine out the night before but you can do it on the day as well. The whole point of this is to write everything you need to do as quickly as possible. If you’re spending an hour making your daily spread look nice you’re doing something wrong (I’m not saying that it’s bad to make your bujo pretty, but if you spend time on that you have less time for the stuff you need to do that day).

On the right side of the page I have space for notes. This is where I keep track of the blog and instagram posts I have going up that week. I also write out anything tasks I think of that need to be done at some point. Not necessarily on that day or in that week.

If you find you use a certain amount of space each day you can always try laying out a 1 or 2 page weekly view (like a regular planner) instead of laying out your daily spread each day. This really depends on how you like using the bullet journal system and what works for you. I find I tend to go between daily and weekly pages. It really just depends on how I feel.

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The back pages are where I put all my messy notes. Usually the very back page is where I try out pens. Then any journalling or college notes or to-do lists that don’t fit in my daily pages go here. I don’t bother adding these pages to the index because it’s not things I need again. Another way to look at it is the calendar stuff (monthly/ weekly/ daily pages) go at the front, everything else goes in the back.

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My Thoughts On Sherlock Season 4

Here are my collected thoughts on Sherlock season 4. A note on how this post works: I wrote a little bit after each episode where I talked about my feelings on the episode and speculations for the next. I’ve added dates in so you can see when I wrote them, this is mostly because some stuff turned out to be wrong. Then at the end there is a little summary of how I felt about the season as a whole. Even though I shouldn’t really need to mention this, it will contain spoilers for all three episodes.Read More »

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again where I share the books being released in 2017 that I am most excited about. I should point out there is definately a bias towards science fiction in this list.

 

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Release date: 9th February

This book has already been released in the US (and appeared on a number of ‘top books of 2016’ lists) but won’t be released in the UK till February. This is about a man in Russia who spends 20 years confined to a small room in a hotel. I actually already have an ARC of this and though I haven’t read much, it’s really interesting so far.

 

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Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald
Release date: 23rd March

This is a continuation from Luna: New Moon (which was one of my favourite books in 2015). This is set 18 months after Luna and is about one of five family corporations that rule the Moon. This is sort of a political thriller, you can expect lots of backstabbing, sex and 80s fashion.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Release date: 7th March

This is the continuation of the Bone Season series. To be honest I am mostly concerned about what the cover will be. Because I want matching hardbacks while the publisher announced they were redesigning the series. Yeah I know, first world problems and all that.

Other 2017 Releases

Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer. This is the latest book in the Star Trek Voyager series. Not sure what it is going to be about yet but it will be released around November time.

Origin by Dan Brown. This is the latest book in the Robert Langdon series. It will probably be terrible and I will probably read it anyway.

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. This is the start of another trilogy that takes place some time after Morning Star. Not sure exactly what it will be about but it should be good cause it’s Pierce Brown.

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