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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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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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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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