The 5 Minute Coffee Corner

The 5 Minute Coffee Corner: August #4

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You know, when I title these 5 Minute Coffee Corner Series posts I recoil in horror at just how quick time is going. We’re on week 4 of August already! I don’t know what it is but why does life feel like it’s on double speed since lockdown?!

This week I’ve been playing catch-up on my life. Things are really busy at work in both jobs and I’m feeling really tired lately, and like I’m definitely running out of steam. That’s what happens when you get old I guess. I’m 30 now, it’s all downhill from here!

As a result of feeling busy and tired lately, I’ve not got a huge amount of recommendations for you this week. The ones I do have, though, are golden!

Reading

A Note from the Universe (TUT)

I don’t know how I’ve got to August week 4 before sharing A Note from the Universe with you. Forgive me for that, but I’m about to change your life. A Note from the Universe is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a note (in the form of an email), straight into your inbox from the universe. I know if sounds a bit woo woo but hear me out!

I first heard about this in the amazing book ‘Help me!’ by Marianne Power (which incidentally is one of my favourite books on the planet – I read it last year before the 5 Minute Coffee Corner was born or I’d have raved about it – check it out, it’s a fantastic book!) She made light of the fact that she’d heard about this, and albeit a little out there, signed up to receive these notes from the universe. You provide just a name and a few details about your goal or dream, and voila! incoming nuggets of wisdom and support from the universe itself. At worst, the note might mean nothing to you, but at best, it’ll really brighten your day! Try it out – I love receiving them.

Now that the secret is out about me quitting my job (WHAT?! Did you miss it? Read about it here), I can freely share my favourite note of late. Look what I received on a day where I was having a wobbler about whether I was making the right decision:

How beautiful and encouraging is that? What a lovely message to start my day!

Watching

Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything (Episode – Nukes)

James was watching TV last night and I sat down for a work break and wasn’t really paying attention to the TV but was aware that the host was talking about nuclear bombs. I think sometimes, I mentally tune out of a TV show James is watching when I disagree with the content, and as I disagree with the dropping of a nuclear weapon upon millions of innocent people, I think I subconsciously zoned out.

That was, until the host started talking about using nuclear warfare (aka nukes) to establish whether pieces of art are authentic of fraudulent. There was a statement about almost 50% of the world’s art being made up of forgeries, and people paying millions of pounds for pieces of art and never knowing the difference. Not knowing if I’d heard right but my interest well and truly piqued, I began to zone back into the show.

I’m not very good at history and I struggle to comprehend these things, so forgive me if I have any of this wrong, but there was a period around the 1940’s where nuclear bomb testing was conducted around the world. The effects of these tests generated something called Carbon-14 which remained in the atmosphere and affected the land, crops and pretty much everything that exists on Earth. As such, it went into the materials and fibers which then went into materials such as canvas, and paint. There was an art expert on the show who was able to establish the date of a piece of art (within 1 – 4 years accuracy) and therefore establish whether something claiming to be the product of a famous artist was authentic or a forgery – all because of nuclear bomb testing. They found that this specific piece of art in question was created four years after the death of the supposed artist! How interesting is that?!?!

It was the only episode I watched but I’m absolutely going back for more tonight – there’s quite a few episodes so I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Listening

Careful What I Try to Do – Erasure

My Mum and Dad’s taste in music have hugely influenced my own musical tastes, and growing up listening to such a varied range of different music styles has helped me develop a profound love for music in my adult years. Whilst I like Erasure, I’d never consider myself a super-fan or anything like that, but my Mum and Dad have always been big fans. Erasure recently released a new album – The Neon – and it’s brilliant. They had it playing whilst I was staying at their house last week, and I love a few of the songs but this one is just so catchy. Check it out if you fancy a mood boost!

Word of the Week

Clandestine

Just in case you hadn’t got the memo from the 70,000 times I’ve mentioned it over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s Folklore non-stop since it came out. I think I might be a bit obsessed with it. It’s not even just the sound of it that’s special – linguistically it’s beautiful too. There are such beautiful words interwoven through every song, and I love the selection of lyrics she’s chosen (or written?). The term ‘clandestine’ features in Illicit Affairs and whilst the definition isn’t all too pleasant, there’s no denying it’s a lovely sounding word.

characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception

That’s all from me this week – I hope you enjoy some of these recommendations!

Have a great week ahead and I’ll see you next week!

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