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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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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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Film – Viceroy’s House

Film – Viceroy’s House

On seeing the trailer, I thought this may be a romanticised version of the events. I may have given it a miss if it hadn’t been directed by Gurinder Chadha who tends to direct films with a little bit of her story in them. And so is the case with Viceroy’s House, which very much […]

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Film: Fences

Film: Fences

The award-winning play about a black Pittsburgh couple in the 1950s has been turned successfully into a pretty long film. Troy is a sanitation worker (refuse collector to you and I) who believes he had what it took to be a professional baseball player if only they took blacks in the league then. He adores his […]

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Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

I loved Alan Johnson’s first book which was about being a child in the 50s and 60s. Please Mr Postman continues to take me on a history lesson as I learn what was going on in the world during the author’s long tenure as a postman through the 1970s. By now he’s married and living […]

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Film: I, Daniel Blake

Film: I, Daniel Blake

This is a film about community, about kindness and what it is to be human. It’s about people helping each other even when they themselves have nothing but hope. Widower Daniel Blake is living alone and has just had a heart attack and so, obvious to most of us, he needs some time off to […]

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Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Rather than action, this ought to be filed under fantasy. Like the first film, this goes beyond the usual action film to an underground world where bad guys can kill a swathe of even worse guys in the street and no one will bat an eyelid. The game-like feel continues into the luxury Continental Hotel […]

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Film: 20th Century Women

Film: 20th Century Women

Based in 1979, this is the story of a mother, her teenage son and some home truths. Worried that she since the divorce when Jamie was still young he’s not getting all the parenting he needs, Dorothea (Annette Bening) decides to bring in some reinforcement. It doesn’t quite go to plan; the first 20th century woman is Julie, […]

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Film: Hidden Figures

Film: Hidden Figures

Based around the time when America was competing with Russia to get into space first, Hidden Figures are the three super-clever black ladies –Afro-American if you must – working at NASA. It turns out, no matter how much your country needs you to help with the space programme, you still had to put up with […]

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