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When Airbnb replaces a hotel

When Airbnb replaces a hotel

I’ve been an advocate of the Airbnb lifestyle from before it was conceived. From my very first international adventure to New York way back in 1989, I wanted to experience the city like the locals. So I found an apartment via the Sunday Times small ads to stay in and I went back there next […]

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Film: Hidden Figures

Film: Hidden Figures

Based around the time when America was competing with Russia to get into space first, Hidden Figures are the three super-clever black ladies –Afro-American if you must – working at NASA. It turns out, no matter how much your country needs you to help with the space programme, you still had to put up with […]

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Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Well this has been a long time a coming. Spurred on by the Super Bowl appearance in 2009 – the one that I actually watched as I was in New York at the time. That seemed the epitome of success for the boss and this book started getting written. It’s written in the same prose […]

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Film – the Lego Batman movie

Film – the Lego Batman movie

The jokes are for the adults. The story line is for kids. This makes Lego Batman a perfect kids film with a gag – mostly funny – about 1 every 30 seconds Once the antagonism between Batman and Superman is laid out, the film pokes fun at every superhero from Iron Man to the Turtles […]

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Film: Moonlight

Film: Moonlight

I thought this would have been a tough watch but it was one of those that just went far enough with being graphic, then pulled back. I find I take more – learn more – from the story this way. It opens with the main character still a shy youngster, being picked on in Junior […]

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Film – Manchester by the Sea

Film – Manchester by the Sea

The third film about death seen so far this year (A Monster Calls, Jackie). Manchester by the Sea is more enchanting than that sounds, a bit like the title. The real story, set in a small town in Massachusetts, is about Uncle Lee and his relationship with his nephew. 16 year old Patrick has just […]

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Beauty Faves: Neals Yard Remedies – Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil

Beauty Faves: Neals Yard Remedies – Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil

A couple of years ago, I never would have thought we’d be putting oil on our faces. This wonder switched me on to how great they are. Texture – Just like massage oil, as soon as you open the bottle, you relax.  Fragrance – Rose! The lovely smell is the sign of an NYR product […]

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Film: Jackie

Film: Jackie

The Funeral Planner; it’s not as much fun as the Wedding Planner. Jackie depicts the days following the assassination of JFK. The only smiles come from the interlaced clips from the filming of the ‘Inside the Whitehouse’ documentary filmed in 1962. We  see his widows poise and her meltdowns while being evicted from her home […]

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Beauty Faves: Rituals Himalaya Scrub: Almond Oil and Indian Rose

Beauty Faves: Rituals Himalaya Scrub: Almond Oil and Indian Rose

Purifying Himalayan Salt Scrub I adore Ritual body products. They radiate luxury as soon as you open a pot and wake up your skin to its dewy best. What tops it off for me is the positivity oozing from their names; Laughing Buddha Shower Foam, Happy Mist, Good Luck scrub, Touch of Happiness Body Cream […]

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View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

View from the Room: Castle Vale B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Location Berwick-upon-Tweed is a tiny town just into the English side of the Scottish border and this traditional B&B is right in the middle of it. Or rather to just one side as the car park (and our room) looked out to the stunning Berwick Bridge over the River Tweed. Parking Included on site and […]

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Film: Sing

Film: Sing

Another film about the world inhabited just by animals; this sounds more appealing than ever in 2017. From the people that bought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, this cartoon has a koala, Buster Moon trying to keep his theatre going. He decides to organise a singing contest to put bums back […]

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