Friday Favourites

After a scorcher of a week, the temperature has cooled down just in time for the weekend, which of course is what everyone wants.  The one good thing this is that my 10k run this evening was more comfortable!


Now I’ve got my little legs up resting after the run, here are the things I’ve been loving recently. It’s been a month since the last one! Prepare to have your mind blown…..


  • Boyhood. We saw this film on Wednesday and I have never seen anything like it. It’s a story of a couple raising their two children over a period of 12 years, focusing on the boy’s experience. But you guys: this film actually follows the same cast over a period of 11 years. Filming started in Summer 2002, when the boy was 7, stopping in 2013, and you see how relationships, tastes and lives change. When the boy becomes a teenager, he spouts some of the crap that I remember believing so much (oh man we’re all slaves to the man, the machine, nothing’s really real, like really real), making it quite long, but figuring stuff out for yourself is all part of growing up. So I can forgive it those things because it’s so unique and generally lovely.


  • Suri’s Burn Book. To be honest, I’m not sure I want to share this blog with you, because I love it so much and you might think me vacuous and shallow. I do have an active interest in the Hollywood scene, because I need to know what’s hot and what’s not for when I’m a successful actress. I mean, I don’t want to look like an idiot by turning down a dinner invitation with Olivia Wilde in favour of Emma Stone, when it should have been the other way around. And if you thought there wasn’t a social order among the mini-celebs, you’re kidding yourself. Currently Suri Cruise and Blue Ivy Carter are vying for top spot*. This blog pokes fun at the pecking order and the self-importance of that world: it’s highly educational, highly accurate (I’m sure), and highly highly amusing. For example:

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  • The Events. I saw this play at the Young Vic in London for £10, and it was the best £10 I have spent in ages. It’s a 90 minute play focusing on a lesbian priest who tries to cope in the aftermath of a mass shooting in her choir – oh yes, the subject’s grim. But the play is not! It covers loads of themes – identity, being a minority, what it means to heal, to be a victim, to take responsibility – but it is also really, really funny and touching. There are only two actors, with a choir, and the singing was a character in their own right. Each night a different local choir performs too, which is cool. If you’re in London with £10 to spare before August 2nd, this is definitely something you should see!!

The events


  • My Trusty Tennis Hat. I got my hat at the Australian Open 6 years ago, and it’s become my running security blanket. Over the years it has served me well, but especially in the last two weeks when I’ve either been running in glorious but painful sun, or relentless but refreshing rain. If I could recommend one piece of running kit that is an absolute necessity it would be a good hat (well, maybe after I recommend shoes and a sports bra). It stops you finishing your runs looking like a strawberry, and keeps the rain from dripping down your cheeks. Please enjoy this collage of love dedicated to my hat:
I love my hat

L-R: Great North 10k 2014, Edinburgh Marathon 2014, Keswick Lakeland Trail 2012, Sydney Sun Run 2011, Great North 10k 2014, Bristol 10k 2011, Run to the Beat 2013. Middle: a moment with my hat.


I need to get some new running tops.


Just four things today! Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout was a top contender, and Caitlin Moran would definitely have made the list if I’d seen her in Edinburgh last week. Apparently Edinburgh’s too far to go for an evening, even to see Ms. Moran. I’m still not convinced.


I would LOVE to hear what you are loving this week. You’ve taken the time to read mine, which I most definitely appreciate, let me know what you’re loving too so I can broaden my horizons away from Hollywood and old hats  :)


Ellie B


*If you don’t know who any of the people are that I’ve just mentioned , then you need to come back to me when you’ve done some homework.