On the occasion of my fortieth birthday I have decided to resurrect my blog.

Mid-life crisis? Perhaps. I’ve been looking to launch a new platform for some time, and have tried all sorts of outlets, but I’m lacking in a combination of the technical skills and the time to do anything too intense. So Medium it is.

Who knows how long this blast of enthusiasm will last, but let’s ride with it for now.

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I watched the Mexican film New Order last night.

It’s by the filmmaker Michel Franco, and tells the story of an uprising on the streets of Mexico City. Set initially around a high-society wedding that goes awry, the film eventually gives way to a wider picture of corruption and social disorder. It’s a very powerful and often-shocking piece of work, and one which I would highly recommend. New Order is available to watch on MUBI.

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I love this jacket from Japanese label Soulive.

It’s a fleece liner jacket, and I’ve had it for around two years. The nature of the material means that it has aged incredibly well.

The only problem I have with it is that I can’t wear it when visiting my local supermarket, as random people often mistake me for being a co-worker.

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I love cycling. If I were to recommend a single change to make to one’s lifestyle it would be to take up cycling.

I cycle to work everyday. Last summer I bought myself a Tokyobike, after my previous bike was stolen during the first covid lockdown. It’s a beautifully designed object, and a joy to ride.

With the commute to work currently on hold I have decided to make an effort to ride more at the weekend. Today I rode from our new town on the outskirts of Sheffield in to the city centre, via the iconic Park Hill housing development. I took a couple of photographs.

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Adam Bat

One-time almost award-winning freelance writer on cinema and film programmer but now writes about chairs from the north of England.

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