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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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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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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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Book: The Co-Op’s Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies

Book: The Co-Op’s Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies

I think this was recommend to me somehow because I enjoyed Alan Johnson’s memoirs. Whereas this doesn’t have the poverty of Johnson’s London story, Davies’ upbringing in Cumbria was by no mean’s comfortable. However, the enjoyable part for me here is reading about his education and how he somehow managed to get into the top […]

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Movie:The Death of Stalin

Movie:The Death of Stalin

Loosely based on a true story Once I get past the gruesomeness of the constant executions, I do find the humour. The film is littered with one liners delivered with precision by a well-rounded cast. One could argue, do we see the funny side of a dictator executing anyone who gets in his way, or […]

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Movie – Bladerunner 2049

Movie – Bladerunner 2049

Gosh, it’s bleak. And long.         Share the love…

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Movie: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

Movie: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

So, thank goodness for Mark Strong. And John Denver. The first Kingsman movie was a little bit different and completely tongue in cheek and so just about got away with some of the terrible story lines. This one is just vile. Strong is essential to the film but whereas excellent before, Colin Firth returns, despite […]

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Film – Victoria & Abdul

Film – Victoria & Abdul

  The ignorance of the English is portrayed from the very start of this film. Two Indian men are picked to make a commemorative presentation to Queen Victoria in England. From the opening scene, I relish settling down to see a film about India before partition when everyone was Indian, rather than Muslim, Sikh or […]

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Film – American Made

Film – American Made

  If you want to watch the same scene happening over and over again, this is the film to watch. The story on which it’s based is pretty interesting. Guy gets recruited by the CIA and gets paid to fly a plane over countries the government wants to keep an eye on and discreetly take […]

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Book – The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Book – The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

This has been on my reading list for so long, I have no idea how it landed there. Usually it’s a review or someone has mentioned it at a book event. The Glorious Heresies, the author’s debut, was a tough book to get into, despite it being a well-written – for which it’s received huge accolades. […]

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