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Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings

Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings

Once I stopped asking myself why this Japanese animation is aided by American accents, I settled comfortably into my seat. Well I did once I wrapped my cardi around me and found a summer scarf in my bag to help keep more warmth in; the air-con was overused again in our local Cineworld. Similarly last […]

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Book: Food of Love by Prue Leith

There is a death scene in this book that made me gasp out loud, and yet it is beautiful. Having just read a war-time novel based in Germany, this one, based in England is not a natural next choice but as Prue Leith has the sequel out this month, I felt compelled. Plus the publisher […]

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Film – Hell or High Water

Film – Hell or High Water

A crime film where two brothers decide the only way to hang on to their Texan family farm, which is thought to have oil on the land, is to rob the very bank that is foreclosing on them. They’ve recently lost their mum leaving them in debt via what they believe to be an unscrupulous […]

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Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

Day trips less than hour from Birmingham: Malvern, Ledbury & Tewkesbury

My favourite bank holiday in August is often spent in Scotland or on a UK road trip. It comes hot on the heels of the anniversary break in Lithuania and having also enjoyed the big adventure in Hong King earlier in the summer, another trip now seemed unnecessary. So we decided on some day trips […]

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Films: Truth, Lila & Eve, All Roads Lead to Rome, A Little Game and Fashion Chicks.

Films: Truth, Lila & Eve, All Roads Lead to Rome, A Little Game and Fashion Chicks.

A round-up of films seem on the flight to Hong. My first priority for inflict film watching is to look for films I’ve missed at the cinema. In this case, there were none, so then I look for what looks interesting and at least one foreign film that I will never come across otherwise. Truth  7½/10 […]

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Movie – Julieta

What I didn’t understand when this Spanish film started is why the need to show the mum that lost contact with her daughter, Antia, for 12 years in the present time. But this does become evident towards the end. The flashbacks starts when 50-something Julieta is packing up her apartment to leave Madrid and move […]

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Book: Black Roses by Jane Thynne

Book: Black Roses by Jane Thynne

One woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty…. I see this riveting book quite differently from the tagline.. Based in 1933, after Hitler comes to power and Clara Vine, born into British aristocracy goes to Berlin to become an actress. Here the film industry is booming, with the German dictator being a big fan […]

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View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

View from the Room: Hotel Narutis, Vilnius

  I only found out a few days in that this is the oldest hotel in the city, and possibly the prettiest. Location In this quiet city, staying where the action is seems to have little effect on a good nights sleep. No buses come right into the centre of the old town but it […]

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Movie: Finding Dory

Movie: Finding Dory

Dory is the little blue fish, as cute as you like, but with a short-term memory loss problem. Having lost her parents long ago when she couldn’t find her way home, Dory is now living with a father and son, Marlin and Nemo. One day, on a school field trip, something reminds her she has […]

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Unspoilt Lithunia

Unspoilt Lithunia

  For our 5th anniversary celebratory break, we stayed in the capital Vilnius but also travelled out to Kaunas in this tiny but proud little country of 3 million. Observations I have never known a place with predominately female bus drivers. We didn’t go on any buses but noticed them driving about. Vilnius also provided […]

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