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Movie: Eddie the Eagle

Movie: Eddie the Eagle

I recall the story of Eddie the Eagle when it happened in the late 1980s. I’ve never watched the Olympics, well, apart from a little in 2012, so I just remember him being tabloid fodder. My memory is of someone making a fool of himself. The real story, I find, is quite different. It’s about […]

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Movie – Midnight Special

Movie – Midnight Special

I have no idea why this is called Midnight Special – I did have to take a comfort break during the movie though so may have missed something. The intriguing story of a little boy who is clearly being kidnapped and taken away from a cult. What intrigues is trying to ascertain who the good […]

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Movie – Zootropolis

Movie – Zootropolis

Have you wondered how life would be if animals ran the world? A bit like they used to but with modern-day tolerance? Yes, me too. More often with apes, mind. Zootopia is such a place. Tiny animals live in their town of tiny houses, bigger animals live side by side and rabbits live in villages […]

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View from the Room: Ten Hill Place Hotel, Edinburgh

View from the Room: Ten Hill Place Hotel, Edinburgh

April 2016 My annual visit to Scotland, this my 4th to Edinburgh. Location – the hotel is well placed to be able to walk to the centre of town in about ten minutes along a busy commercial street and also just a few minutes from the stunning  Quarter Mile development Style/character – made by converting a row […]

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Book: Moving by Jenny Éclair

Book: Moving by Jenny Éclair

I bought this on impulse when I found myself in Southampton for the weekend without my book and got into it immediately. As the cover says, the story of family secrets, starting with an old lady, Edwina deciding to sell her rambling old home she’s lived in her whole adult life. We hear about her […]

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Book: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Coglan

Book: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Coglan

I picked this up from Brewsmiths café, on its last day of opening and the day after the Paris attacks on 13th November 2015. The café would sell donated books to raise funds for charity so I selected a few and this seemed an obvious choice, despite it being unfamiliar. It is the only time […]

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Film: Anomalisa

Film: Anomalisa

This is what they call stop motion animation (it isn’t what they call it, it’s what it is). Animation that looks so real, it’s weird that it isn’t. This adult story, after all, would work perfectly well as a regular film. Michael Stone is an expert in customer service. So am I think to myself, and […]

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Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

You cannot lead by following… Michael Moritz No chasing of money. Provide excellence in everything you do, the money will come in…Alex Ferguson   My job was to make everyone understand the impossible was possible. That’s the difference between leadership and management. Here are some snippets from the second best business book I have read, […]

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View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton

View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton

Stayed: February 2016 Location About 15-20 minutes’ walk from the central area but easy to find – just straight down one road. Style/character Old build (1960s?) but modernised so everything worked. Service Nice welcome, incredible quick check in, just say your name and (old style) key is handed over. Room This is an old building […]

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View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton Central

View from the Room: Travelodge Southampton Central

  Location Very central. Travelodge’s tend to be tucked way off the main street and this one is (currently) behind Argos Style/character Modern, convenient and covering all the basics. Service An amazing welcome. There were a lot of people in reception and as I looked for the expected automated check in machines, I’m ushered to […]

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