This month so many things happened. We’ve started the month by visiting in and around Liverpool and it ended up with me moving to London, which we knew, of course, but it is still a huge change. On top of that, we’ve celebrated Festus’ 12th birthday, something we never imagined possible for his breed and gender. I am going to talk a bit more about each thing before making a short round-up of the books I read this month. Have a look at the links I’ve included if you are curious.
We saw some pretty lovely sites for Heritage Open Days and a tour of the Liver building in Liverpool, which is pretty amazing. I would highly recommend the Liver building, the guided tour is so good and worth doing. While there are special events for Heritage Open Days, all those places can be visited on their own.
Festus turned 12!! I shared 12 things about him, such as the fact that he is ambidextrous and that he slept in a museum (as in overnight). He loves pizza, so he had one for his birthday and this is another one. Both pizzas are vegan because we eat vegan, he loved it nonetheless.
I moved to London to start my studies at King’s. This is the library and it is wonderful to be back studying in a library, with other students around. I’ve been to seminars too and loved it.
This is my small studio flat in London. It’s a serviced apartment. This means that there are a few conveniences, such as having someone on site to sign for any parcels and deliver to the door, very good security, a maintenance team to fix any problems, laundry room, reception, all bills are included with the exception of council tax. Cleaning is for an additional fee and it can be booked as needed.
I am very happy with the studio so far. It’s smaller than I wanted, but it was the only one available at the end of September, the bigger ones were available from mid-October, so unsuitable. I will commute to Liverpool anyway, so it’s not a problem.
I’ve added a London tube map and a map of KCL’s buildings on the walls, which serve as decor but also are useful. I got a nice rug too, and it has a more homely feel.
1. Makdous. 2. Cheesecake. 3. Festus hates peas. 4. Delicious lunch at Wild Root. 5. F1 race with the celebratory Prosecco as Max won. 6. Long walk. 7. Reading in the garden. 8. Breakfast at a lovely old library which was newly restored. 9. Royal Liver Building, a tour. 10. Shopping at Cheshire Oaks. 11. Tour of Port Sunlight on Heritage Open Days. 12. Leigh Mill. 13. A very long Festus. 14. Flowers are in bloom again and the bees are very happy. 15. Pizza for lunch at Purreza, Manchester, on our day off. 16. My garden. 17. Stunning sky. 18. Two hair dryers to dry off Festus. 19. We visited a home with lots of guinea pigs. I didn’t take pictures, but I used an old one to mark the occasion. I am in love with guinea pigs after the visit. 20. Celebrations. 21. Festus’ 12th birthday. 22. Library day. 23. Fresher’s fair. 24. Festus loves pizza. 25. LABL Port Sunlight. 26. View from the hotel room. 27. 1st day at university. 28. My studio in London. 29. Went to the library. 30. Books in September.
I finished 8 books in September and the ones that I would highly recommend are Noise and Weapons of Math Destruction. While I enjoyed the other non-fiction and almost all of the fiction ones, those are on quite specific themes. Noise was fascinating to read, about the noise involved in making decisions and the difference between noise and bias. Weapons of Math Destruction is about things that affect our everyday lives, the algorithms who decide if a credit should be given or not or if the CV should pass the automated screening and thus being seen by a human or not. I think both books worth spending time reading them.
Books I read in September:
Papillon by Henri Charrière – 5 stars
The Spanish Civil War at Sea by Michael Alpert – 5 stars
Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein – 4.5 stars
The Inheritor’s Powder by Sandra Hempel – 4 stars
Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight by Jenni Fletcher – 3 stars
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil – 4.5 stars
Mystique by Amanda Quick – 5 stars