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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 – Coco

Film – Coco

It is Oscar season so all the contenders are out as usual but this year I feel the kid’s arena may already have peaked with Coco. As with all the best made-for-kids films it hits a strong message home to the adults. As we head towards Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ festival, we follow 12 […]

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Film: Paddington 2

Film: Paddington 2

Following in from the festive hit Paddington a couple of years ago, my third favourite bear (after our two Christmas bears) is now firmly ensconced as part of the brown family. He’s doing odd jobs to raise money for a birthday present for his Aunt who raised him. However, the local busy body has him arrested […]

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Film: The Disaster Artist

Film: The Disaster Artist

Amazing to think a true story such as this exists without me (us) knowing about it. I guess that’s one of the reasons we have films and books. Based on a book about a film, The Disaster Artist is Tommy Wiseau (the unrecognisable, James Franco, who also directed, it’s all a bit autobiographical isn’t it?), […]

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Book: The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla

Book: The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla

I picked this book up out of loyalty to my community at large but I learn so much. It’s a collection of 21 essays by people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds talking about race and their experience of racism. I learn, just because I don’t (knowingly) experience racism personally, doesn’t mean it doesn’t still […]

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Film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Once I get past the fact that the film star who first broke through in the 1950s has had an affair with someone her son’s age in the 1980s, it is good to see a film based in Britain. The films serves as a big stage for Annette Bening who is almost in every scene […]

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Film – Patti Cake$

Film – Patti Cake$

Watched on board Air Canada – Nov 2017  I’m stuck in Dirty Jersey Based in New Jersey, Patricia is living with her wayward mother, trying to hold down the odd waitressing job while working on a dream to be a hip-hop star. And she is good. It’s a bit of a shame that New Jersey […]

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Film – Corporate

Film – Corporate

Watched on board Air Canada – Nov 2017 This French film serves as an excellent reminder of why I prefer to remain away from the corporate culture. Emilie, casually glamorous like only the French can be, is hired as an executive to help cut costs by ‘getting rid’ of the most unproductive employees or those […]

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Film – Journey to the Shore

Film – Journey to the Shore

Watched on board Air Canada – Nov 2017  Mizuki’s husband drowned three years ago. But when he suddenly comes back home, Mizuki is not surprised to see him. A fix of world cinema is always a priority for me when I fly. It throws up films I’ve never heard off and definitely wouldn’t see in main […]

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Film – Maudie

Film – Maudie

Watched on board Air Canada – Nov 2017 I’m so glad I saw it as it’s turned out to be one of the films of 2017. The story of Maud Lewis, a Canadian artist I had never come across, despite visiting her home state Nova Scotia just a year ago. The phrase ‘about the unlikely […]

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Movie – Murder on the Orient Express

Movie – Murder on the Orient Express

 Everyone has a past I’m sure I watched films and TV series on this as a kid but I can’t recall anything to make a direct comparison with this humorous 2017 take. With the all-star-cast that director and star Kenneth Brannah brings, we know we are in for a treat. The scene is set in […]

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