On My Radar : Issue 01

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A round up of the content I have been consuming this past week. Podcasts, books, articles and music.


The New York Times
10 episodes + 1 prologue
Duration: Each episode is approximately 30 minutes

An audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul. (This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence.)

I have just finished this podcast and whilst at times I found it incredibly hard to listen to some of the graphic details of life inside ISIS, it is a well reported and interesting look behind the headlines at a group that attracts seemingly normal people.

The Why Factor
BBC World Service
Episode: Why the Father Son Relationship Is Important
Duration: 23 minutes

Fathers can influence their sons long after the two have stopped living together. The father can act as the role model or, conversely, a cautionary tale. In this edition of the Why Factor, Nastaran Tavakoli-Far talks with fathers and sons about how the relationship has affected them profoundly.

This was a great short podcast that told the story of the father son relationship through different men’s eyes. A little insightful - nothing earth shatteringly new presented but a lovely look at this special relationship.


This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
by Adam Kay

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a light hearted and quick book to read and whilst there are many moments of humour (I had a few laugh out loud moments) overall you are left with a deep respect for the doctors that work for public hospitals. My advice - don’t read this book until you’ve finished having your children.

The Gift of Rain
by Tan Twan Eng

Set in Penang, 1939, this book presents a story of betrayal, barbaric cruelty, steadfast courage and enduring love. The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community, Tan Twan Eng's debut novel casts a powerful spell. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

I liked this book but it took me a long time to finish it. It is an interesting story made even more so when you live in Singapore so close to where the book is set. I generally enjoy historical books so the subject of this book was naturally of interest to me. A good, if lengthy, read.


For the Love of Clothes
Brittany Bathgate

“…There's been a considerable shift in the way people use blogs and communicate on Instagram recently. Audiences are growing tired of being served false realities, filtered lives and perfect images, so bloggers are now counteracting this with gritty think pieces on love, life, tragedy, you name it someone is covering it. Your everyday outfit photo is now accompanied with an outpouring of hardship. Which don't get me wrong is extremely helpful for the internet and amazing if those people are comfortable to share such heartfelt content, but what about those of us who aren't ready to unveil everything and just want to talk about clothes?…”

I loved this article from Brittany because it touches on a subject that I also think about with regards to blogging and Instagram - namely, the pressure to show or reveal “the real you” when all you want to do is provide some inspiration and celebrate your passions. This article perfectly aligns with my point of view and Brittany’s fashion images are always beautifully presented.



Elton John and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s best-loved songs reinterpreted by some of contemporary music’s most vital talents.

Yeahhh, it’s OK. My favourite track is Alessia Cara doing “I Guess That’s Why I Call It The Blues”. I find some of the tracks on this album annoying and still generally prefer the originals. But it’s OK. Not my favourite.

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