I should certainly be revising, but instead I have devised a sumptuous list of things I would like to buy when our loans come through. It is both unrealistic and impossible: I am fully aware that as soon as the money has rested just 5 minutes in my account, I will need it for some awfully mundane activity or bill. But while I’m comfortably warm with a cup of tea in mama’s house, where the food is delicious and the kitchen is clean, I shall indulge myself with a basket of imaginary delights…
Lawrence of Arabia
I’ve been rather obsessed with the latest BBC series, Empire. Even with Jeremy Paxman’s uncomfortably interrogative interviews with the natives, it’s been an excellently written series. In the first episode, I got rather carried away with the tales of the real Lawrence of Arabia. He was quite a good lad, as far as I can understand. So I feel it’s only right that I settle down with this lovely old piece of cinematography, and indulge myself with a bowl of kettle chips.
I’ve wanted this since I first set my eyes upon it. Every time I receive a morsel of income I revisit it, but I can’t ever quite justify it. I already have a thermos flask, but it’s black and dull! I really feel I deserve this. So here is my proposal to you reader: I will be very famous as a published writer when I’m older, so if you fancy being mentioned in the ‘acknowledgements’ section of my first book, then I suggest you treat me to this lovely gift.
Sophie Dahl’s From Season to Season
I think I might be in love with Sophie Dahl. In all honesty, I think if I ever imagine what I would like my career to be like in years to come, I would be very happy to follow in her footsteps. She writes for Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine and several newspapers and magazines, like US Vogue, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She is also a wonderful cook, and after I bought her first book, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, I am determined to use more of her indulgent recipes in her latest cookbook. If I still haven’t persuaded you, she is also the granddaughter of Roald Dahl. What’s not to like?
Sessun Shirt in Liberty Print Floral – ASOS £125
Yes, I think this might be one of the less likely items I may purchase. I don’t think I will ever have £125 to spend on a shirt. But as I live in a bodycon skirt, I am constantly on the look out for things to pair with it. I particularly love floral shirts at the moment, in the true fashion of the summer months. But I think I may use this as a template for others I may find in H&M. Oh, but I have found an absolute treasure trove of a shop in Bristol, called BS7 on Park Street. I will certainly buy something from there and tell the world of my purchases!
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh
After reading Waugh’s A Handful of Dust this year in my ‘British Fiction 1900-50’ module, I am just loving his writing. I read Brideshead Revisited for A-Level, and after seeing this on the shelves in Waterstones, I am determined to have a read! I am hugely fond of letters and diaries as a form of biography, and I bought a collection of Virginia Woolf’s diary entries recently. However, as excellent as these are, I feel Waugh’s correspondences may provide me with slightly more humorous and satirical reading, rather than the wonderfully depressing last words of a suicidal lesbian.