NEVER LET ME GO

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable mystery that is heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. A love story and examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. I slipped so easily into this book on holiday. Never Let Me Go was as engrossing as it was revealing.

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SICARIO

With the release of Sicario 2: Solado about to be released (June 27th) I had to take this opportunity to say if you haven't watched the original Sicario then do it now! The film follows a principled FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel. Sicario asks us questions of morality: How far is too far? To fight such monstrous evil, is it necessary to become evil ourselves?

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A TIP ON CAR HIRE EXCESS INSURANCE

When you hire a car, you usually have a large excess to pay if your rental car is damaged or stolen. The rental company usually offer you their own additional insurance which will reduce this high excess. I was always sick of getting stung by this expensive addition of usually £20 per day. Thanks to Direct Car Excess Insurance you will no longer have to do this. For less than £40 you can have a years cover with up to 60 days car hire.

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THE HIGH LOW PODCAST

The High Low is a weekly news, pop-culture and current affairs podcast, co-hosted by Pandora Sykes and fellow journalist, Dolly Alderton. The High Low covers both the trivial and political, celeb gossip and hard-hitting cultural happenings. These girls are smart, funny and so entertaining. It's not the same without my weekly hit and it’s the best way to pass time on any commute.

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GOUSTO

This week we've been making the most of Gousto's 30% off for 3 weeks offer and we're completely hooked! Simply pick your recipes and the exact ingredients arrive on your doorstep with detailed instructions of how to make each dish. Fresh and healthy cooking with so many more delicious recipes to choose from than their main competitors and a lot more affordable too.  

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MELANIE DE BIASIO - LILIES

Now I'm not a big Jazz fan but Melanie De Biasio's new album Lilies has me swooning over her voice. Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian vocalist who mixes jazz, blues, and soul. She’s an amazing singer and composer and you can see Nina Simone is a clear influence, as seen on the piano-driven title track. If you're reading this and don't know her work, please sample this amazing album.

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COAL ROOMS PECKHAM

One of the latest additions to South East London's ever expanding culinary scene, COAL ROOMS PECKHAM is a fantastic new eatery. Housed in the former ticket office of Peckham Rye station it specialises in meat and fish cooked over a charcoal grill with a twist. Offering up a mean Sunday brunch and one of the best roasts we've tried in London, their unique menu is matched by the gorgeous interiors (be sure to check out the toilets whilst you're there).

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THE DEFIANT ONES

The Defiant Ones traces the rise of two men who have helped create the modern musical landscape: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - the co-founders of Beats Electronics who sold their Beats headphone company to Apple Inc. for $3 billion, the largest acquisition in Apple's history. It's utterly fascinating to see how these men became so successfu but be warned it may leave you feeling a little worthless.

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HEMSLEY & HEMSLEY CHOCOLATE POTS

A five ingredient show stopper dessert that takes five minutes to make and can be prepared ahead of time, it ticks every box for us! We made these last week as an Easter treat and they were absolutely delicious. They taste like the inside of a Lindt chocolate ball and are actually fairly healthy using nut milk (we used almond) and dark chocolate! For the full recipe click here.

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MAX RICHER - BLUE NOTEBOOKS

The Blue Notebook was released in 2004. Excuse the delay in finding it. Max Richter, a British-based, German-born pianist and composer evokes an almost overwhelming atmosphere of nostalgia in this beautifully recorded instrumental album. Blending classical, electronic, and rock influences into a style he calls "post-classical," I guess this is the case of somethings are worth waiting for.

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THE PICASSO MUSEUM - BARCELONA

Whilst in Barcelona this week I was able to visit the Museu Picasso which is a permanent collection highlighting the genius and talent of Pablo Picasso during his formative years and youth. It reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona and journeys through his adolescence as a classically trained artist to the more cubist and abstract work that he's best known for today.

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VICTORIA GRAND AFTERNOON TEA

After taking my mother on her 70th birthday I just had to shout about the Victoria Grand Afternoon Tea. You can enjoy sea views in their opulent, newly designed refurbished Victoria Terrace and indulge indulge in their famous Traditional Afternoon Tea. The staff are warm and friendly and the cakes are to die for! It's a must if you visit Brighton or have a special occasion where you want to spoil someone.

 

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age romantic drama film based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. Set in the summer of 1983 Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is living an idyllic existence in Italy with his parents. One summer, his charmed life is disturbed by Oliver (Armie Hammer), who comes to spend six weeks with the family, helping Elio’s father. They're six weeks that will change Elio’s life forever. It's the best film we've watched this year.

 

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NORRIS + KNIGHT CAFE

If you live anywhere near South East London then the Norris + Knight cafe on Forest Hill road is a must visit. This sweet little cafe has the most wonderful menu made fresh to order from locally sourced ingredients. Sit in the garden and sample the eggs which will have been laid by the chickens roaming free at your feet. A little gem of a cafe that's quickly become our favourite brunch spot.

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UNABOMBER

Somehow we missed this great Netflix series last year. If you did, it's a must-see. Unabomber tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

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CAUDALIE - COVENT GARDEN

During these winter months my skin always suffers but this year it has been worse than ever due to pregnancy hormones. In a bid to combat my dry sensitive skin I booked the VINOSOURCE MOISTURISING FACIAL at the CAUDALIE Covent Garden boutique and it was honestly the best facial I've had in London. This repairing treatment is like a moisturising drink for the skin, that provides the utmost comfort to sensitive skin.

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POPPY ACKROYD _ SKETCHES

Poppy Ackroyd is a composer from London, currently based in Brighton. Classically trained on violin and piano, she makes music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from just these two instruments. In 2017 she signed to Bjork’s label One Little Indian and released a mini album ‘Sketches’ in August. This is a beautiful classical album with an organic modern twist!

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