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When Airbnb replaces a hotel

When Airbnb replaces a hotel

I’ve been an advocate of the Airbnb lifestyle from before it was conceived. From my very first international adventure to New York way back in 1989, I wanted to experience the city like the locals. So I found an apartment via the Sunday Times small ads to stay in and I went back there next […]

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Book: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

Book: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

The Book of Phoenix Part 1 What a strange unusual book! It swaps between 1989 and 2012 and features two sets of people, both of whom are destined to meet. What we are waiting to find out is, why? At first we are introduced to Leni, a dancer on tour in Italy who assures us […]

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Book: Black and British A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Book: Black and British A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

This has proved to be the compelling read I expected after seeing some of the BBC Black and British series it is based on. I popped it on my Christmas list after realising I’d missed a chunk of the series while I was away in Canada late last year. The programme that fascinated me the […]

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Film – Miss Sloane

Film – Miss Sloane

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a lobbyist in Washington DC who is hired to fight a pro-gun organisation. She is the type of character that lives for her work – you know the one; impeccably groomed, high earner, eats late and alone every night and outsources all the mundane tasks in her life. All I […]

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Film – Mindhorn

Film – Mindhorn

What do you get when there is a washed out 1980s TV star and a potential killer on the loose? This consistently silly and sometimes funny caper, that’s what. Detective Mindhorn is so-called because he has a fake eye detector, or at least I hope so. He is played by Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) in the […]

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Film – The Promise

Film – The Promise

Another historical film, this time set in Armenia during the Armenian Genocide. If only I was this interested in history when I was at school. The film tells us the story through the eyes of Mikael (Oscar Issac) who practices in natural medicine but longs to learn to be a doctor. The only way he […]

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Film – Their Finest

Film – Their Finest

During WW2, the impossibly named British actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) is reduced to playing parts in the government’s propaganda films. Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is moved from her secretarial role to help with the scripts. The Ministry of Information is keen to give the films more authenticity and hope the female angle will make […]

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Book: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Book: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

I’d seen this book in book stores and heard people talking about it long before I went to an event where the author discussed it. I’m surprised to hear it is her debut and yet so many people at the event were already fans. I’m always intrigued when a book is written from a child’s […]

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Film – Kong: Skull Island

Film – Kong: Skull Island

After all that start of year Oscar activity, there has been barely a watchable film in April. This wasn’t a terrible idea of a film, but it turned out that way. Going on an expedition to a lost island that you last managed to escape during WW2 kind of makes sense. Not telling anyone you […]

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Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Yes, I have been wanting to read this ever since I saw the film based on this true story back in 2006. The film is based on just the weeks where Gardner finds himself in lone care of his toddler son and homeless. The book is a full biography, from growing up fatherless in a […]

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Beauty Faves: Oyster Brightening Eye Serum

Beauty Faves: Oyster Brightening Eye Serum

You’ve got to try a product that’s called ‘A Therapeutic Kiss’ right? I’ve used eye cream for years so while my issue is not wrinkles, I do have hereditary dark circles. As I was fortunate to receive this courtesy of Oyster Skin Care, I had to give it a whirl. Texture A clear gel that’s […]

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