Lifestyle · Personal

Lipstick, war paint and the Better Me

“Lipstick is the most valuable weapon in a woman’s make-up kit. It has the power to transform the appearance and mood of the person wearing it, and, at the same time, arouses the admiration of everybody else.” – Monica Belucci Far be it from me to buy into the idea that a woman’s outward appearance…… Continue reading Lipstick, war paint and the Better Me


Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One Author: Ernest Cline Genre: Science Fiction Rating: ★★★★☆ Goodreads summary In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines,…… Continue reading Ready Player One



Title: Uprooted Author: Naomi Novik Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult Rating: ★★★☆☆ Goodreads summary “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he…… Continue reading Uprooted


Yes Man

Title: Yes Man Author: Danny Wallace Genre: Non Fiction Rating: ★★★★★ Goodreads summary Recently single, Danny Wallace was falling into loneliness and isolation. When a stranger on a bus advises, “Say yes more,” Wallace vows to say yes to every offer, invitation, challenge, and chance. In Yes Man, Wallace recounts his months-long commitment to complete openness with profound…… Continue reading Yes Man

Personal · teaching

Why leaving teaching is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make

  If you believe the news then teachers are leaving the profession in their droves. Apparently nearly a third of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Here I am and, at the end of my fifth year as a film teacher in a sixth form college, I’m writing my resignation letter. Just like…… Continue reading Why leaving teaching is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make

Films · Lifestyle · Personal

The House of MinaLima

This Saturday I took a trip to London to the House of MinaLima in Soho to see their exhibition of Harry Potter art and graphics. It was wonderful! The cosy, lopsided exhibition floors are accessed by a series of rickety staircases with each room revealing a treasure trove of posters, packaging, maps and books. The first…… Continue reading The House of MinaLima