Week notes 2020-19

Of course self-control is important, but research on self-regulation should pay just as much attention to hedonism, or short-term pleasure.” That’s because Bernecker’s new research shows that people’s capacity to experience pleasure or enjoyment contributes at least as much to a happy and satisfied life as successful self-control.
  • Above, a piece of advice that we should all try and bear in mind, I think.
  • I forgot to mention the other week that we watched Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. A really good Sunday afternoon film that’s packed with brilliant performances (Tilda Swinton should be in every film).
  • Do you have Talking Pictures TV saved as one the favourite channels on your telly box? If not, then you should. So many gems. Last night, 70s Robert Mitchum gangster classic The Friends of Eddy Coyle came on and kept me glued for two hours. Great stuff.
  • On Saturday I cycled out to my old friend (and one-time Londonist contributor) Ken’s house and then on to Box Hill. It was so nice to get out of London, be up above the countryside for a bit and just sit in the sun sipping a coffee, with strangers around you all doing the same thing.
  • I totally forgot how far away Box Hill is though! Today is the day after and I can barely walk.
  • This week I christened my new barbecue table set up with Kenji’s Carne Asada steak tacos. It was pretty damn good. P.S. If you don’t subscribe to Kenji’s YouTube channel you should take a look, I’m addicted.
  • Music this week: have something delightfully soulful and summery:

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