Weeknotes #24: Back to the cinema

Week commencing Monday, 3 July 2023

A big television screen in Wimbledon town centre showing The Championships. There are deckchairs in front of the screen with a few people sat on them watching.
Watching Wimbledon in Wimbledon

Quantified Self

  • This week: Stand 6/7; Exercise 4/7 and Move 5/7. (71%, much better). Morning walks: 0/4 (days in the office don’t count). Office days 1/5. Total steps: 63,278


  • Why did I restart my Weeknotes? I have no idea but I did. It is nice to have a weekly summary to read back through. And adding the titles makes them a bit more interesting on my site.
  • Monday, to have my eyes tested. Stopped to watch some of the tennis on the big screen in Wimbledon. I could see that OK.
  • In these notes, does going to the cinema count as a life moment or a media moment?
  • Related, that movie was Asteroid City: It’s the first film we’ve been to see in the cinema for a long time. This is a pretty visual movie and benefited from the big screen. The colour palette is wonderful. The expansive desert appears huge and contrasted with the smallness of the town. I am not normally a fan of movies where the narrative/plot/story is almost unfathomable but this has just enough to keep me hooked while continually wondering what the message was and where it was going. I don’t know why I’d recommend it but I would.
  • Wednesday, an appointment at the doctor’s surgery. The digital screen informed me that the fire alarm would be tested tomorrow at 2pm. Not entirely sure why I needed to see that message. Couldn’t it have been scheduled?
  • Related. Filling a repeat prescription used to be easy. The nearby chemist did all the work electronically and sent me a text. The process has gone backwards and now the surgery itself is more involved but is unable to handle proactive notifications when there is an issue. So, when they could handle sending me a notification about a survey to tell them about my experience they, perhaps, didn’t get the high rating they were hoping for. I assume it’ll be ignored.
  • Train travel chaos on Friday evening magically worked out OK when we got our reserved seats and a later connection was on a quieter train. Still delay repayable. Hello, Shrewsbury.
  • Talking of transport. Depressing news if you believe, like I do, that infrastructure is important for prosperity: “London’s place in the hierarchy of world cities cannot be taken for granted”
  • Finally, great meal, great service. The recently refurbish Mytton & Mermaid was absolutely wonderful on Saturday night.


  • In rotation this week for post-Pride week, as heard at last weekend’s “Don’t tell this Bishops”, Chosen Family: “We don’t need to be related to relate, We don’t need to share genes or a surname, You are, you are my chosen, chosen family.”
  • Also, Country Pride, Perhaps a song NSFW but it amused me. Good Lookin’: “He’s bouncing off my booty cheeks, I love the way he rides.”


To save the links getting lost in the future I checked the Internet Archive to see what they had saved for the posts linked here. If the original source above no longer works, these should.