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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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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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Film – Survival Family

Film – Survival Family

Watched on ANA return flight from Tokyo June 2017 With the amount of politeness and respect between people in Tokyo, watching the opening scenes of this film featuring two spoilt brats shocked me at first. How can there be impolite teenagers in Tokyo? – I hadn’t seen any! I persevered to learn about the family; […]

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Film – Honnouji Hotel

Film – Honnouji Hotel

Watched on board return ANA flight from Tokyo June 2017 In this historical fantasy, we meet a nice but dim Mayuko who arrives at a hotel only to find her reservation organised by her fiancé is for the wrong date. She sets off to with her little wheelie case in search of another hotel, without […]

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Film – Close Knit

Film – Close Knit

Watched on board ANA flight to Tokyo June 2017 Having started watching this on my flight to Tokyo, I nearly missed the end as I paused for a meal break. I was thrilled to see it was still showing on the return trip as I could already see it is a beautiful film. Tomo, an 11 year […]

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Film – The Founder

Film – The Founder

Watched on board ANA flight to Tokyo The priority order of films I see on a plane are: the ones I missed in the cinema world cinema any I want to see again. The Founder came and went before you can say ‘do you want fries with that?’ A phrase I don’t think I’ve ever […]

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Film – Wonder Woman

Film – Wonder Woman

The cost of my Cineworld Unlimited card has rocketed up above everything else over the last few years. It started at £8.99 per month back in 2006 at which point it was excellent value if I went four times a month. In recent years, there is a smattering of films that come out in the […]

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