Rock & Roll Farming Website
Sex Education on Netflix
Living & Dying – Virtual Tour
Hello all, back again with a wrap up of cool things that I have come across either in books, films, TV, music and beyond. This issue combines August and September as I was busy writing my dissertation in August and didn’t really have the time to this segment. Just realised as I finish writing this issue that my language sounds like I’m sponsored but I can assure you that these are my personal recommendations, and I am not paid to say any of this.
- Rock & Roll Farming (Spotify and other Podcast providers)
Throughout the pandemic I have been learning to be more mindful of what I eat. Learning the processes that goes into farming our food and listening to the stories of the hard-working farmers who are often taken for granted. If this sounds right up your street, then give this podcast a go. Rock & Roll Farming is a weekly podcast where the host interviews a farmer and provides huge insights into the farming industry. From arable to dairy only farming, from New Zealand to South Wales, each guest has a different story and relationship to farming. The best part is that at the end of every episode the guest is always asked what their favourite rock and roll song is. Unfortunately, Will Evans, the host of this podcast decided to call it quits to focus on his family but all back episodes are still available and anyone who is interested in farming, food and sustainability should definitely check it out.
- Sex Education: Season 3 (Netflix)
After nearly 2 years and coronavirus delaying its release, Sex Education S3 was released on 17th September on Netflix. If you don’t know, this show is centred around Otis Milburn, the son of a sex therapist who starts giving out sexual advice to his peers in school for money. He realises that teenagers are often clueless about sex and relationships as it tends to be a taboo topic in many cultures. Season 3 revolves around the authoritarian approach to sex education in Otis’ school by new head teacher and the subsequent pushback from the students. It also further explores the different kinds of relationship problems faced by the students and their parents alike. This show is written superbly and approaches many hard to talk about topics with grace and humour. I must say the stand out performances by Connor Swindells and Ncuti Gatwa makes it all the better.
- Living and Dying (British Museum)
I was in the British Museum for the first time in years and this permanent exhibit was the most memorable. Living and Dying explores the many ways that people from all around the world deal with death and the traditions that surround death. What really surprised me was the number of different cultures portrayed in this exhibit. It mainly focuses on cultures in Oceania and South East Asia such as the Maori of New Zealand, the Iban of Sarawak and the i-Kiribati of Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bash). The exhibits include traditional tools used in ceremonies or burials and are profound and thought provoking. It also includes themes of health and maintaining health in the modern day. Worth a visit if you are in the UK and it's completely free. The link provided above gives you a chance to go on a virtual tour if you are not based in the UK.