Films that shaped me: Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine is a low budget film about a dysfunctional family taking a road trip in a yellow VW van through the least glamorous parts of the USA. It’s the opposite of a Hollywood blockbuster, yet it grossed over 100 million dollars at the box office and won two Oscars. What’s so great about it? Let me explain… LMS has a cast of characters … Continue reading Films that shaped me: Little Miss Sunshine

Activism reactivated

On Saturday 20th October, I was on the streets of London at a peaceful demonstration to call for a second referendum on Brexit. It’s being called ‘a people’s vote’, a chance for us to vote on the issue of leaving the EU with full awareness of what that would mean for people in the future. Along with almost 700,000 who attended, I believe that the … Continue reading Activism reactivated

Geriatric Millennials: my generation

When I read Emma Gannon’s excellent book the Multi-Hyphen Method, I was struck by a page describing different generations. Gen X is labelled as those born in 1961 – 1980 whilst Millennials are those born in 1982 – 2004. Having been born in 1981, according to these brackets I am in neither category. Yet according to some definitions, I am a Millennial. Though perhaps a … Continue reading Geriatric Millennials: my generation

New York without data

New York. Concrete jungle. It’s the third time I’ve been here. Both previous trips were limited to a few days and I didn’t really get my head around the city. It felt like…London’s bossier cousin. Now I have more time to explore. I’ve decided not to buy a data package for my phone because despite the strong temptation to be guided by the Internet, I … Continue reading New York without data

TV obsession: Killing Eve

Killing Eve is a TV series written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. And it’s amazing! I haven’t been hooked on a TV program for a while. The latest BBC dramas seem so predictable that my attention span is rarely able to last an episode. But Killing Eve is a very different proposition and commands attention. For a start, it has the best, most disruptive female characters ever. … Continue reading TV obsession: Killing Eve

The complicated love of London

A survey was released showing how non-Londoners perceive the capital city. Comparing the raw data to its reporting in the media is a topical reminder of how data can be manipulated to tell a sensationalist story. Many of the headlines are aimed at fuelling the divide between London and not-London. Here is the real deal. The results show that: 38% visit London once a year or … Continue reading The complicated love of London