Geek Culture

I’ve Moved to London! // Current Geeky and Non-Geeky Favourites #7

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post (oops!), but it’s all for a good reason, I promise, that being that I’ve recently moved to London, and started a new job!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind couple of weeks for me. A day after handing in my masters dissertation, I packed my things and moved into a new place in London, and then within a couple of days, I was starting my new job.

The last time I moved to a new city was when I started university exactly four years ago. And boy, if I thought Birmingham was big and exciting, London is even bigger and better. This is also my first full-time job, which is another big change, since I’ve grown so used to the “student life” of irregularly scheduled lectures and studying all through the weekends. And while there’s something pretty draining about consistently working from 9-5 on weekdays, it feels great to have an actual distinction between weekdays and weekends, since the word “weekend” now carries some actual meaning for me. At the moment, the new job has consisted mostly of training, but I’m looking forward to getting properly stuck-in over the next couple of weeks, and I’m really excited about all the technology I’m going to be learning to use.

So far, I’m really enjoying living in London: there are so many different things to see and do, and almost everywhere seems to have its own little “buzz”. While the crowded tube journeys might not be my favourite part of the experience, it’s a small price to pay for having so many possibilities at your fingertips. PLUS I’ve already walked past Daniel Portman (who plays Podrick on Game of Thrones) on my way home, and narrowly missed a pair of my favourite YouTubers. So if you’re into celebrity sightings, it seems like a pretty great place to be.

So yeah, I have a lot going on at the moment: I’m learning to do a new job, I’m getting to know a new area, and I’m constantly being introduced to new people. As the kind of person who loves change, it feels fantastic. Draining, but fantastic.

It’s going to be a little while before I properly find my feet and settle into my new job and home, so things are likely to be a little crazy for me, at least for a few more weeks, meaning my blogs won’t be as frequent as usual. But I’ll do my best to post once a week, and include any exciting London-related updates.

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What Else I’ve Been Up To Lately…

I’ve Been Reading…

  • I’ve hardly had any time to read this month, but I’ve recently finished Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. Neither of these really “wow”ed me.  Carry On was good, but not world-changing, and Not That Kind of Girl just didn’t interest me for the most part.
  • I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which so far is absolutely amazing – the writing is so smart, and some scenes really make m skin crawl.

I’ve Been Watching…

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  • TV is another thing I haven’t had a lot of time for, but I’ve been getting back into Mr Robot, which is such a clever show. Even though it feels a little complicated at times and it’s easy to get lost along the way, it’s definitely worth watching.

I’ve Been Playing…

  • I’ve played episode 1 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and I really loved it – I will definitely be writing some kind of review of either this episode or the full series at some point!
  • I recently got hold of a copy of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, so I’m looking forward to getting into it.

I’ve Been Buying…

  • The best thing about where I live now? There are so many bookshops nearby! There’s a charity shop on my way home from work, where I’ve already found some of the books on my TBR. Plus, a short walk away, there’s a Waterstones, and a very cheap bookshop.
  • I’ve bought myself Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Ben Aaronovitch’s Moon Over Soho, Whispers Underground and The Hanging Tree for around £2 each from charity shops, plus Ben Aaronovitch’s Broken Homes and Andrzej Sapkowski’s Baptism of Fire (new) in a 2 for £5 deal. Plus, my parents gave me a book called Beta by Rebecca Holman, which is a non-fiction book about being a woman in the workplace.

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Favourite Fan Art…

I love this Horizon Zero Dawn cosplay by KamuiCosplay (Twitter, blog)

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I’ve Also Been Enjoying…

  • On Friday, I went to a free stand-up comedy night in London, and had a great time. Bonus points for the fact that entry was free, and I went for a really good burger beforehand at a place called MEATliquor.
  • I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with Pinterest, where I’ve been getting carried away with making aesthetics for some of the books I’ve been reading recently: see my profile here.

What are the books, TV shows, films, and fan-art that you’ve been enjoying lately?

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