Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams Tour, Wembley Stadium

For some reason, Coldplay are a band that I have had a tendency to underappreciate in the past. Despite loving so many of their songs, I couldn’t tell you of a time when I reached for an album to listen in full. Maybe I never had. I suppose what I’m saying is that they are a band I’ve massively overlooked for as long as I can remember.

But when a friend asked if I would be interested in taking her spare ticket, I was immediately tempted. It was an expensive ticket - probably more than I’ve ever paid for a concert - but when I really thought about their music and the fact that this was supposedly their last tour, it was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Bangkok, Thailand

In all honesty, our main reason for visiting Bangkok at the end of our two-month trip was because we could get a cheaper flight home from here than from Cambodia. Although Bangkok was the first place Sam and Vicky had stayed on their trip almost four months beforehand, it suited them to revisit Thailand’s capital city with us, as they were then to travel on to Ko Tao for Christmas.

We had two days to spend in Bangkok, with our flight home leaving at 1am at the end of the second day. With Sam and Vicky having already spent some time in the city, they were able to show us around and recommend which sights we should squeeze into the 48 hours.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Review: The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks

I’ve never really been a fan of Nicholas Sparks. [Pauses for gasps]. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I dislike his books, in fact I think he creates pretty good stories. It’s his writing style that I struggle with, and more specifically how clichéd it is. That’s not to say his plots are necessarily predictable, it’s more to do with the language, phrases and structuring of sentences that make up his novels. The Notebook is forever my go-to example of one of the only occasions where I have preferred a film adaptation to its source text.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Review: The Go-Between - Apollo Theatre

Based on the 1953 novel by L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between is the story of a man in his sixties, Leo Colston, as he reflects on the events that happened one summer of his childhood. Leo spends this particular summer at Brandham Hall, the home of one of his school friends, where he finds himself caught up in delivering messages for a forbidden relationship between his friend’s older sister, Marian, and a local farmer, Ted Burgess.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Siem Reap & Angkor

Siem Reap was the final place we were visiting in Cambodia, and one for which we had saved a total of five days due to the sheer size of Angkor, and the number of temples we wanted to see.


Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode XIII

Since starting to write these posts once a month instead of every other week I had thought it would feel like ages between each post, but here I am again at the start of June wondering what happened to the last thirty days. I mean, June. Already? Are you sure?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Review: Chains of Sand – Jemma Wayne

Chains of Sand follows two men in their 20s, both affected by the Israeli-Palestinian crisis: Udi, a veteran of the Israeli army, who longs to start a new life in London, and Daniel, a Jewish investment banker who thinks that leaving London for Israel will satisfy similar urges.

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