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Movie: Lucy

Movie: Lucy

Not on my list but there’s nothing else on. What should have been a fun look at how a women who goes on the rampage after a large drugs bag placed inside her burst and gets into her blood stream was slow to get off the starting line. The drugs were placed by thugs in […]

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Prague 2014 – The Quirks

Prague 2014 – The Quirks

The clichés Yes it’s old which makes it pretty, rather than beautiful. And the alcohol really is cheaper than soft drinks. Thus rendering a relative two unit-a-month teetotaler like me useless at meal time. Even in the middle of the afternoon, I found myself picking s small beer or glass of wine with food rather than […]

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Prague 2014: Prague Zoo

Prague 2014: Prague Zoo

As much as I love my monkey and ape family, the zoo isn’t somewhere I’d ordinarily go when I’m abroad but Prague zoo proved too much of a draw. Firstly it was voted (by Forbes magazine) as the seventh best zoo in the world. IN THE WORLD! Secondly it cost less than £7 to go in. […]

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The importance of the ‘out of office’

The importance of the ‘out of office’

I can just recall the days before smart phones, when we had to use ‘out of office’ even for the odd days away so people knew not to expect an (almost) immediate response. Nowadays, people have access to their emails 24/7, so why bother? Here are some reasons! Time out We all need time out […]

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Book: The India House – William Palmer

Book: The India House – William Palmer

This has been a fascinating read at long last, having bought the book from the author during last year’s Birmingham Literature Festival, which is almost upon us again! It flashes back to India back in the day but is mostly set in the 1950s – and not the decade as I know of it. Julia […]

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Out of Office Messages

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Out of Office Messages

What does your ‘out of office’ message say about you? We’re back soon! This one says everything we need to know: Reason for out-of-office Duration that you’re away If you’ll check emails at all ie once a day When you are back and ready to respond The permanent out of office Can be good if […]

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Definition of Success

Definition of Success

Is greed still good or are there more important aspirations? Do we still regard the old stereotype of having an abundance of money/cars/homes means success? Or does happiness equal success? Is the freedom to choose the life you want to live the ultimate luxury? Be that a family life, living in the country or a life of adventure […]

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Book – 27 by Ryan Davis

Book – 27 by Ryan Davis

“One of the greatest rock and roll novels ever written, an exciting new voice!” – Ian Marchant. Oh my. I’ve read a few stories about Birmingham but this is the first based in the modern era. The story of Jim Vale, AKA Jimmy of the Tyrants is told at the turn of this century. As it twists from […]

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Birmingham: Where to go for Afternoon Tea

Birmingham: Where to go for Afternoon Tea

As published on Birmingham Favourites. Brunch and afternoon tea are my favourite meals of the day; they come at a time when I’m most hungry, 11am and 3pm and arrive as a pick-a-mix of treats rather than one plateful of the same thing. With afternoon tea, the kid in me – which frankly never went […]

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Vancouver: Where to go for Breakfast

Vancouver: Where to go for Breakfast

Can I ever be bored with breakfast in Vancouver? Even during my annual 10 day trips, I can go to a different place every day and still not fit all my favourites in: Century Plaza – The Benedicts, the French Toast, the perfect 5 star service! I would eat breakfast here more often, if it […]

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