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    Book The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Rolland

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

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    Movie: Foxcatcher

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

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    Movie: Whiplash

    I was fortunate to see this a few days before the release date and now that...

  • Movie: Birdman

    Movie: Birdman

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  • Favourite Films 2014

    Favourite Films 2014

    Each year at this time, I look back on all the film I’ve watched and...

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    Food review: NibNibs

    We’ve been trying out some NibNibs snacks over the festive season. An...

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The No Diet, Diet

The No Diet, Diet

As published on the London Look I’m well aware that any woman size 12 or below who says she doesn’t watch what she eats is scorned upon, probably for good reason too. So I’m not saying I don’t watch what I eat , as I really, really do, I’ll just say that over the years, I have worked on […]

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Why give up things in January?

Why give up things in January?

Apart from the day I take down my once beautiful Christmas tree, I don’t feel the January blues the way some people seem to. I love Christmas; it’s a definite high point for me and by that I mean the whole of December rather than just the big day so by rights, I should feel […]

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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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Favourite Films 2014

Favourite Films 2014

Each year at this time, I look back on all the film I’ve watched and see what I rated top of the pile. Top of the list 9/10 Interstellar Considering last year I was lamenting seeing a Matthew McConaughey film I didn’t dislike (Mud), what a difference a year makes for the man we no longer call Mahogany, […]

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Food review: NibNibs

We’ve been trying out some NibNibs snacks over the festive season. An alternative to crisps, I was fortunate to have had a selection sent over from Yorkshire, with love me to try out and review. Before I even open one of them I love that they come in boxes which makes them perfect to pass round while watching a film, […]

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Movie – The Hobbit: The battle of the Five Armies

Well I stayed awake for Hobbit 3! I almost didn’t go but it would have been a big break in tradition, having seen all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at Christmas time and then the first two Hobbits. So I go, armed with the knowledge it’s shorter, just 2 hours 24 minutes, (my […]

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Movie: Get Santa

Movie: Get Santa

  Firstly, this a bona-fide kids film so I couldn’t get past the very lovely portrait of prison life to the impressionable young. In fact, the film is just for kids; it doesn’t have the jokes only adults get that so many good recent children’s films offer such as Frozen, Paddington and The Muppets. “Who […]

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Movie: St Vincent

Movie: St Vincent

Bill Murray films can go either way, but they are a must see. Having said that, this also stars Melissa McCarthy, one of my favourite on-screen faces from her Mike & Molly series rather than any film, especially the terrible The Heat earlier this year. In this comedy drama, she plays it straight. Her character, […]

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Movie – Paddington

Movie – Paddington

I don’t recall being a big fan of Paddington when I was little, or of bears generally. I did have a pink and white bear from Father Christmas and loved Rupert the Bear, probably where I really got my checked trousers fascination from, not Bay City Rollers at all. Of course, I’m a huge of […]

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