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Monday, 30 May 2016

Review: James Blake - The Colour in Anything


James Blake’s third album, The Colour in Anything is a hypnotic blend of his signature electronic pop and haunting vocals, and other musical influences. Weaved through the 17 tracks are strands of minimalist piano motifs, soul, R&B, dance, gospel and episodes of a cappella.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

5 Books I Would Read Again & Again


I’ve never been someone who can commit to choosing their favourite books, films or songs; and if I was forced to, it would be a decision of the most brutal kind, and one that would take me weeks to figure out.

This left me with a bit of a dilemma when I realised I wanted to write a post about some of my favourite reads, so I’ve taken the easy way out and am going to talk about five books that I would most definitely read again. And again. These are by no means my favourite books of all time, neither are they my most-read five, or the five best-written books I’ve ever read. You get the picture, I’m sure.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Battambang, Cambodia


Our time in Battambang began with an overnight bus journey from Sihanoukville. From Sam and Vicky's previous experiences and from having spotted a few sleeper buses, we were hoping our bus would be in the airline seat style. Instead, when we got onto the bus, we were confronted with two rows of single bunk beds, with a very narrow aisle down the middle. Naturally, we assumed that each bed was one seat, but that would have been much too comfortable. Each bed was in fact two seats - just imagine having to share with a stranger. Our beds were the top bunks, which, for someone of 5ft2 involved a lot of jumping and clambering. 

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

5 West End Productions to See this Year


Deciding which production to see next at the theatre is usually a bit of a dilemma. Obviously in an ideal world I would have the time and the funds to be able to see everything, but in reality I have to pick just one or two from my ever-expanding list.

As I know how tricky making that decision can be, I've pulled together a list of five productions to see in the West End this year. The following five are a combination of productions I've already seen, and a few I'm desperately hoping to catch. 

Whether you're someone like me who tries to fit in all the shows, or you just like to plan a couple of trips to the West End each year, this list should give you a good starting point with where to venture next.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Review: Lingua Franca - William Thacker

n.b. This image contains a proof copy, not the final cover of the book.
As of this month I am part of the the Legend 100 Club, meaning that each month Legend Press will be sending me a copy of one of the books they are about to publish. And, of course, I will be posting my reviews on here for you all to see. 

This month I opted for Lingua Franca by William Thacker. The book follows Miles Platting, the founder of a naming rights agency, Lingua Franca, that is attempting to sell the name of every town in the UK to corporate sponsors. We join Miles towards the end of the story in chronological terms, as he has just been pulled from a shipwreck into a hospital, or perhaps world, where verbal communication is banned. Miles begins to write down his story, which is punctuated with episodes from his situation in the present. 
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Friday, 13 May 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Sihanoukville & Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

After a week or so in rural Cambodia, it was time to head down to the coast. Our journey from Sen Monorom to Sihanoukville didn't exactly go to plan. Karma hit Tom and Sam, and they ended up with some kind of food poisoning from being greedy and going for a second dessert. The worst of Sam's had passed by the morning of our journey, but Tom woke up feeling awful and full of lemon meringue pie fuelled regret. 

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom


The Five People You Meet in Heaven is another book I picked up from a blogger recommendation. Ever since I read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin when I was about 14, I have been fascinated by books that offer fictional speculations about life after death. Although I have no strong religious or philosophical beliefs about what happens after death, there’s definitely something comforting about imagining these parallel universes.
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