Lockdown is rubbish, on that we all agree. But the way Pegasus people have handled lockdown is nothing short of inspiring. ‘Esprit de corps’ flourishes at Pegasus, a very special and inspiring bunch of smart, creative and caring colleagues.
My best Netflix find this summer is Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. It’s partly about food but mostly about rituals and communities. Doors are opened and tables laid in amazing places such as Jerusalem, The Congo and Libya. Bourdain spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies and brings the rest of the world to your front-room in a time where lockdown confines us within a couple of postcodes.
I’m sometimes seen lumbering around Brighton absorbed in a podcast. There’s something about the stretch of a British seafront and this format that is inspiring. Podcasts done well are like listening in on a private conversation, getting to the real guts of how people feel and why they do what they do. Grounded with Louis Theroux is my most recent favourite, especially the episode with Chris O’Dowd. Equally, it’s a brilliant distraction and helps you take your mind off putting one foot in front of the other.
Sun loungers + contemporary fiction
Sun loungers are the icon of time off. It means time to read more than five pages at a time and hopefully someone passing you a margarita as you do. I’m big into contemporary fiction. Last year’s favourites were first time Irish writers Anna Burns and Sally Rooney. This year it is Bernadine Evaristo with Girl, Woman, Other. Original, timely and beautifully insightful. In my humble opinion, there is no better way to charge your own ideas and thoughts than by the deep relaxation that a beach holiday can bring. I’m not going to lie, if there is a spa close to hand that can really help too.
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