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  • Movie: Cake

    Movie: Cake

    I’ve seen a synopsis of this film that included some prose about Jennifer...

  • Movie: Selma

    Movie: Selma

    Another history lesson, this time courtesy of Oprah’s Harpo Films. It seems...

  • Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Wow, after seeing four distinctly not laugh-a-minute movies in a row, just the...

  • Movie: Ex Machina

    Movie: Ex Machina

    Or the Machine One as I’ve been recalling it. The fourth film I’ve seen in...

  • Book The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Rolland

    Book The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Rolland

    There are a couple of reasons I love Talli Roland books: firstly they move fast...

  • Movie: Foxcatcher

    Movie: Foxcatcher

    I’ve watched two movies about bullying mentor characters within a week and...

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Movie: Cake

Movie: Cake

I’ve seen a synopsis of this film that included some prose about Jennifer Aniston ‘bravely going without makeup’ in Cake. ‘Brave’ is not how I would describe it, but this is Hollywood where frankly, it probably is. Having said that I feel naked without lipstick but I think I could still face the man working […]

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Movie: Selma

Movie: Selma

Another history lesson, this time courtesy of Oprah’s Harpo Films. It seems like an annual occurrence now, what with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Invictus, Captain Phillips and Planet of the Apes—just kidding!—depicting real life stories. In Selma, we are with Dr Martin Luther King and crucially, it’s about fighting to get all Americans the […]

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Amsterdam: December 2014

Amsterdam: December 2014

We chose Amsterdam as our final destination of our Christmas trip for three reasons: We could fly back directly Birmingham on 1st January I’d not been there before We found a rural farmhouse to stay in where we assumed there would be no loud fireworks making us jump out of our skin for the whole […]

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Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Wow, after seeing four distinctly not laugh-a-minute movies in a row, just the thought of seeing this for my Friday film fix put a smile on my face. I had high hopes and it did not let me down. In fact, I loved it before any dialogue had happened purely from the opening song and […]

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Movie: Ex Machina

Movie: Ex Machina

Or the Machine One as I’ve been recalling it. The fourth film I’ve seen in January (out of four) that involves a main character with bullying or control freak tendencies. This one is a silicon valley built my billion dollar business from my bedroom type. Ok well, a Google type, actually as he’s built a […]

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Book The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Rolland

Book The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Rolland

There are a couple of reasons I love Talli Roland books: firstly they move fast and I wake up thinking about when I am going to pick up the story again and secondly, because they are full of positivity. The strangest thing is these books are meant to be in a genre that I would […]

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Movie: Foxcatcher

Movie: Foxcatcher

I’ve watched two movies about bullying mentor characters within a week and yet have come through happy! Like Whiplash, the story is about striving to be the best in the world. A low profile, gold medal Olympian wrestler is preparing for this next gold while the millionaire John Du Pont is looking around for a […]

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Movie: Whiplash

Movie: Whiplash

I was fortunate to see this a few days before the release date and now that other people have seen it, all they are talking about is the tension. I didn’t hold my breath as much as others but on the other hand, I wasn’t reaching for my phone to check the time either. The […]

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Movie: Birdman

Movie: Birdman

No, so much promise, utterly enjoyable. It may well be a good film but, not for me. 1/10 Smile factor 0/10

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Christmas 2014: Geneva

Putting the extraordinary number of travel issues behind us, it was so good to arrive in our lovely Geneva hotel for three, cosy,  relaxing nights, despite it being bitterly cold and snowy outside! After Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Switzerland didn’t seem as pricey as I’d imagined, especially when we discovered the welcoming Manor department store (You […]

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