- TED talks while making dinner – I listen to one every evening, leaving my Macbook on the counter as I make dinner. A wonderful way to learn about the world. This one is about Alzheimer’s disease and a simple invention designed by Kenneth Shinozuka to keep his beloved grandfather safe.
- Yo-Yo Ma – the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 . I spent almost 20 hours last week driving around the eastern cape … 95 percent of the time in silence, the radio stations I could get were so awful. I pulled into a small coffee shop along the way and this piece of music started to play just as I was served my toasted cheese sandwich. Turned the mundane into a celebration. (PS: I first head this piece on The West Wing (during the episode “Noël”, Ma played live in each of the 45 takes take, refusing to mime). Listen to it here.
4. Italian s Pots: I usually use a French Press/coffee plunger but my dad gave me an electric Italian espresso maker and I use it at McGregor all the time. I saw this one in our local Woollies and had to have it. Beautiful way to make coffee and makes me feel just al little bit Italian each time.
5. The Honourable Woman: Hugo Blick’s mesmerising eight-part TV thriller for BBC2. The show has had me captivated. The show is worth watching in so many ways:
– for the insight into the myriad complexities of effecting peace in the middle east
– for the tight, intelligent, deeply humane writing that acknowledges all sides of the argument
– for Maggie Gyllenhall’s great performance of Nessa Stein a woman with the best of intentions, unknowingly compromised before she had even begun
– for the two-handers between the main characters: especially Nessa’s conversations with exhausted spy Hugh Hadden-Hall (Steven Rea) who, on the brink of retirement, and as his last act: is genuinely trying to help her.
and lastly ….
for Nessa Stein’s gorgeous wardrobe: a collaboration between Gyllenhaal and the Show’s wardrobe designer, Edward Gibbon. A glorious mix of high/low (think Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney offset against Top Shop), new and vintage and gender blending – with a Turnbull and Asser men’s cashmere coat thrown in for good measure and made feminine with the addition of pearl buttons. I would wear them all.