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7 Ways To Entertain Yourself This Week

What to read, watch, play, and eat.

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1. Watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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Ailbhe says: "I watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Netflix the other day and it was flipping delightful. The title is a bit odd, but it's about a boy and his foster parent who hide out in the New Zealand bush. It's part comedy, part thriller, and wonderfully blunt sometimes. If you're not used to a Kiwi accent it takes a little while to pick it up (like, maybe 10 minutes)."

Or have a quick binge through the ensemble dramedy Crashing, written by and starring Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, on Channel 4. (Let me just say that Damien Molony plays the meh-est of men and yet against my better judgment is so crushworthy.)

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2. Read Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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In the sequel to the Western-meets-Arabian-nights fantasy epic Rebel of the Sands, Hamilton's badass AF heroine Amani finds herself sequestered in the Sultan's harem with no access to the guns or the magic that usually get her out of tight spots. Fans of the first book will be enthralled by the follow-up, which promises more action, more romance, and more rebellion than ever. NB: It is 600-odd pages. I read it in one weekend and I regret nothing.


Get it here.

For a shorter read, here's an excellent essay about the weird and wonderful experience of getting therapy.

3. Listen to We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan.

Bloomsbury

Sarah Crossan swept up the YA awards circuit last year, while Conaghan recently won the Costa book award; their joint project We Come Apart (composed in three months over WhatsApp) is a beautiful and relevant new work in verse. Following the brief and ill-fated love story of Jess, a troubled teen with a bad home life, and Nicu, a Romanian immigrant, it's a heart-wrenching and positively lovely story. And with the audio version coming in at just under four hours, it's a quick whirlwind of a read.


Listen on Audible.

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4. Download Headspace.

Headspace

This calming meditation app only asks for 10 minutes of your day and can make a huge difference in your daily functioning. It's simple and easy to follow and there's no pressure to become a master of meditation, just an opportunity to reclaim some of your time and your mind.

Or check out the addictive game Merged.

5. Cook this sweet-potato hash.

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Francis did a slight variation on this: "I chucked in the chopped-up sausages, used thyme instead of jalapeño, and added a little bit of tomato puree, and also whacked it in the oven for five mins after putting the egg in, but by and large it's much the same as this. A wholesome, hearty, and healthy brunch."

In fact, I've been cooking a brunch like this every Sunday for AGES as well, except I shred one large sweet potato through a cheese grater rather than chopping it into chunks, and scramble the egg in for a crispier, more hash-brown-y version. (Serves two quite happily; top with cheese, obviously.)

Recipe here.

Or how about learning some cooking skills from 2 Chainz?

6. Try these delightful glitter DIYs.

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All kinds of crafty fun here – you'll pass some time getting creative and get a souvenir out of the process. I am a huge fan of the fairy dust tights.

See all the projects here.

Or keep it simple and treat yourself to one of these must-have products for adulting.

7. Follow @GiddyUpYaHorse on Twitter.

"Don't bother me none" "Well Pete that's fine an all but ye cant be bleeding all over the store"

Lyle says: "I started following Western Excerpts (@GiddyUpYaHorse) back when Westworld was on TV, and I couldn't take the show seriously after that. Ed Harris would be menacing some poor android cowboy onscreen and all I could think of would be the dunderheaded snippets of made-up dialogue that this account tweets. Most conjure up a couple of desert bumpkins grunting across a campfire, but every so often the author will blindside you with a contextless but haunting description that could've come out of a Cormac McCarthy book. A lot of the funniest tweets concern beans, and they have been compiled into a Moment for your enjoyment."

Or follow @australia on Instagram for serious wanderlust.

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