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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: The Big Sick

Film: The Big Sick

 Watched on board Air Canada – Nov 2017 An autobiographical story of an aspiring stand-up comic, Kumail and how his one night stand with Emily turned into something more, including writing this script. However, Kumail has a real issue with telling his Pakistani-Muslim parents about his love and she leaves, only to get ill and […]

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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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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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