Song: Ivy by The Football Club.
The first time I heard this song on the radio, the lyrics grabbed my attention, namely, “I know that it’s tempting to regress on your goals/in the medicine section of Essendon Coles.”
Between the clever rhymes and heartbreaking sense of honesty, I was intrigued.
Upon further listening, the song is about frontwoman Ruby Markwell exploring her journey transitioning from male to female.
“And I know that I’m changing and it might seem strange/I understand if you don’t want to call me my name,” she sings.
Catchy, honest and raw, it’s already topped my Hottest 100 shortlist.
Movie: T2: Trainspotting 2.
The beloved cast returned 21 years after Danny Boyle’s 1996 black comedy based on Irvine Welsh’s novel shocked Scotland and the world.
Although I fear sequels, this was a winner.
Mark Renton’s return from abroad and run-ins with old “friends” after ripping them off 16,000 pounds 20 years earlier is (unsurprisingly) hilarious.
Focused more on nostalgia than the horrifyingly honest portrayal of heroin addiction in Trainspotting, for fans T2 is a nice catch up with old friends, played by stellar cast Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.
With the wonderful comic relief of Spud’s redemption, Trainspotting fans will enjoy the long-awaited follow-up. Choose life.
TV show: Survivor Season 34, Game Changers.
Twenty former castaways selected by host and producer Jeff Probst returned to battle it out for the title of the ultimate Survivor game changer.
Spoiler alerts ahead.
The series features Tony Vlachos digging a spy bunker on day one, a Chinese whispers session mid-tribal council sending legend Malcolm Freberg home, and two-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine’s pre-merge elimination.
A game with this many power players was destined to be unpredictable and fierce.
Most shocking of all, Cirie Fields was eliminated by default despite not receiving any votes (a Survivor first) when individual immunity, a legacy advantage and three hidden immunity idols were played.
Here’s hoping the Australian Survivor season two castaways paid attention and bring similar strategies this season, rather than season one’s banal mateship-and-loyalty mantra.