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Roams: Malta

Been back from Malta for over a month but it’s been a month of distractions so this is a little late! Had a beautiful, chilled trip, a birthday gift from my Other Half (Thank you! xx). We ate a lot and swam a lot. Wait an hour after eating before swimming they say. PFFFT. If you’ve been following, this was the last trip of the my free June ….which I should really be rounding up soon. It’s now August.

Go If you like: Morocco, Spain, Mediterranean coastal areas

Weather? I’m inclined to say it’s always hot because it couldn’t imagine it otherwise. Apparently there are some cold days between December and February but I’ll believe it when I feel it. Continue reading

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Art Things: Remi Rough

Remi Rough’s monochrome 3D line sketches caught my eye immediately at The Dulwich Outdoor Gallery pop up (Dulwich Village) . His other kaleidoscopic line frames took me back to the graphics on my dad’s old Technics sound system equaliser. Anything that sparks that kind of nostalgia can keep my attention. Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday Books: Aya

The picture books again? They’re not picture books. They’re Graphic Novels

If you say…..

 

Title: Aya By: Words- Marguerite Abouet, illustrations-  Clement Oubrerie Year:2007 (English translation)

When did you read it? 2011, I thought it was exciting to see an African take on Graphic Novels and Aya didn’t disappoint

Remember it being good or bad? I remember enjoying this, it’s quick, funny, warm and energetic. There’s a hint of nostalgia , even though I’ve never been to Côte d’Ivoire… or the 70s. Continue reading

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The Reel Review: Tale Of Tales

This is a fairy tale. Not that kind of fairy tale- do not take kids to see this. This is the kind of fairy tale I imagine would happen if Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm smoked marijuana (or crack) and then just called out ridiculous ideas until some of them stuck. I’ve always been a fan of ridiculous ideas if well implemented so this was a treat for me.

The Stats- Year: 2015 Length: 133 mins Director/Producer: Matteo Garrone Who’s in it?: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Weren’t you reading this ages ago? Yep, technically, this is a throwback book and I should have done it on Thursday. It’s Saturday.

Title: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Animal By: Haruki Murakami Year: 1994

When did you read it? Summer 2014, took it with me on my trip to Hong Kong. I had ambitious intentions but ended up only being able to get through about 30 pages. Every day I was distracted by stuff like food and lifts up very tall buildings. Finished it when I got back.

Remember it being good or bad? Good,different. Very interesting but also a bit disorientating. A lot of it seemed like a string of dreams that barely made sense Continue reading

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Saturday 9th July at my flat, thinking.

They are nothing like us. They can kill innocent black people and then hash tag them; let them trend and retweet. Let them march and protest – a placard or fifty blowing in the wind until the arms of sullen youth are tired. When it all settles, they will play together at Superbowl, singing the Star Spangled Banner with heads held high, cadences shared and tears in their eyes. Until the next shooting, they can be America The Brave.

In the background a TV buzzes, a clip from Fox News delivers HD images Continue reading

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The Throwback Thursday Books: The Social Animal

 

I signed up to GoodReads.com recently to get some book recommendations and also cry about how much I’ve spent on Amazon in life.

The website imports books from your Amazon.com history, requesting that you review and rate them. I realised that in some cases, I couldn’t clearly remember every detail about a book but I could easily remember whether I was impressed by it or not and also how it made me feel. Looking at some of these book covers, I could even remember where I was as a person but that’s not what this is about. We’d need a long evening for that Continue reading