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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 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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Film – An Inconvenient Sequel

Film – An Inconvenient Sequel

Everyone has their version of the meaning of life. My belief is that we are placed on this earth to enjoy it and then leave the world a better place than we found it. The human race is failing in that. How people can look at the facts and then fail to see how we […]

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Book: The Winter Garden by Jane Thynne

I loved Black Roses  and this is the follow-up. I read the first book in the series last summer, but the world’s is a very different place now so The Winter Garden made for tougher reading. I may be less shocked each time I read of a violent incident against Jews but now in 2017, […]

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Film – Despicable Me 3

Film – Despicable Me 3

Former criminal Gru who previously adopted 3 little siblings now has a clever wife in tow and they are both agents for the Anti Villain League. He learns of a twin who’s custody went to his father at the divorce hearing. Dru inherited everything and now runs a pig farm, which is unlike any pig […]

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Film – Dunkirk

Film – Dunkirk

On another day, I may not have seen this film. Had that been the case I would have missed out on one the most evocative and essential films of recent times. Following on from The Viceroys House which made me want to learn more about partition in India, this is another historical drama. But the […]

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Pride & Politeness

Pride & Politeness

It’s hard not to compare other countries to the UK when I travel. Mostly what I notice is the cleanliness in other places. After three decades of travelling, I realise, it’s not because they spend twice as much as us on cleaning the streets, it’s because people don’t litter as much. It all comes down […]

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Film – War for the Planet of the Apes

Film – War for the Planet of the Apes

  Since I was a child and first watched the Planet of the Apes series on TV and collected all the cards, I’ve always taken the side of the apes. As I’ve grown up – and the older I have the privilege to get – the more I believe in the humans are stupid theory; […]

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Book – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Book – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  When the film came out, I saw it three times and deemed it the best film of 2011. As I finally get round to reading the book that it was based on, the enjoyment is positively enhanced. Yes I didn’t need to use my imagination as I knew exactly what the characters looked like. […]

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Film – Gifted

Film – Gifted

‘Gifted’ refers to the mathematics ability of a young girl who is being raised by her uncle after her mother’s suicide. My belief is that anyone can be an expert with enough (10,000 hours) practice but in this case, we find young Mary has inherited her super brain from her mum, who inherited it from […]

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Film – Baby Driver

Film – Baby Driver

Maybe I’ve had more than my fair share of car chases in action films, so while others have remarked on those in Baby Driver being remarkable, they seem distinctly average to me. The film about the kid who finds himself as the go-to getaway driver for crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacey) itself is fairly stylish, […]

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