Truly, Madly, Guilty – Liane Moriarty | Books

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When it comes to her characters, Liane Moriarty is a sneaky writer. In Truly, Madly, Guilty, the latest addition to her growing library of novels, her stars are so ordinary you almost don’t notice them becoming fixtures in your life. Ordinary isn’t to be confused with bland, though. They all have enough neuroses, drama and humour to keep them sparking, it’s just that their suburban worries and spats are so recognisable that they become people you feel you know almost … Read More

10 Favourite Summer Style & Beauty Finds

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I talk all the time about my dislike of summer. I explained why in this post on the body and beauty products that were making it more bearable. Still, it’s been the source of some of my favourite style and beauty finds of the year so far. So I can’t meet it with complete disdain, even if I’m thrilled that it’s September in a few hours time. Also, despite my plan to lighten things up a bit, I bought so … Read More

Noma: My Perfect Storm | Documentary

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Few of us will have the funds or the free time to travel the world visiting the restaurants officially touted the best, though it’s certainly a nice dream. Despite swinging a personal pendulum between despising pretension in food and admiring the dedication it takes to care intensely about the placement of each micro-herb leaf, Copenhagen’s Noma always ticked a lot of boxes for me. In the new documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, my inclination to applaud more than scoff is fully … Read More

Stranger Things, video tapes and the fluttering nature of nostalgia

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Every generation has a way of accessing their childhood entertainment that ends up being wholly redundant. Technology drags us forward at breakneck speed, yet those moments in time carry such satisfyingly plump nostalgic weight, they stay important to us long after their method of delivery turns naff. VCRs have been flung into local council skips for years. Last week, the very final unit was manufactured. For those of us whose childhoods bled between the late 70s and the 1980s, the video … Read More

Fantasy Styling Ghostbusters 2016

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Whatever you thought of the new Ghostbusters film, one of its biggest successes was establishing these new characters through their clothes. Yes, yes, yes, we all saw the overwhelmingly tedious side-by-side memes suggesting the originals were ghostbusters and these were just four amateurs in boiler suits. But their ‘workwear’ – the beige jumpsuits with orange piping – were the least interesting costumes in the film. After all, when they’re wearing them, they’re a team and deliberately indistinguishable from each other. … Read More

The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner | Book Review

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On MasterChef, when contestants have the anxious challenge of feeding food critics, there’s something intensely comforting about the presence of Jay Rayner. It may make no difference to those plating up with trembling fingers, but as a viewer his seat at the table is something of a relief. He’s no less honest than his fellow diners, but Jay’s common sense approach to food is what elevates his significant likability above his curmudgeonly co-critics. The reason? He genuinely seems to adore … Read More

Everything’s gone to hell…buy the red lipstick

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During the Second World War, despite money being scarce and food strictly rationed, sales of red lipstick actually went up. Frivolous as it may have seemed when you’re stretching what you’ve got to feed your family, the 1940s were tough. They called for significant mettle just to hold everything together and make it through the day in a way we can’t completely comprehend now. Red lipstick and at least the appearance of silk stockings not only made women feel good … Read More

Ghostbusters – Updated, respectful and loads of fun

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Let’s get this out of the way early – the new Ghostbusters film isn’t as good as the original. It was never really trying to be and, in all honesty, whether you were looking forward to it or in the camp decrying its mere existence you probably weren’t expecting it to trump the 1984 classic. Not even Ghostbusters II, fully loaded with the original cast, managed to improve upon its predecessor. The new Ghostbusters had to be something that spoke … Read More

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