The Bees by Laline Paull

Accept, obey and serve. The reiterated incantation of The Bees by Laline Paull. In a novel that makes comment on class, society and personal determination, Paull personifies bees within a hive to provide an original perspective both inside and outside of  a totalitarian community. Flora 717 is a bee with class mobility. Beginning her life a … Continue reading The Bees by Laline Paull


1984 by George Orwell

Following hype around the novel 1984, which followed Donald Trump being elected as President of the United States, I decided to pick up my first Orwell book and give it a read. I was surprised at how timeless this classic remains. It is a novel that still resonates in present times due to its comment … Continue reading 1984 by George Orwell

New York, New York – Part 3/3

Not having sampled many food specialties so far on our trip, we decided to start the day with a New York bagel. Walking down 8th Avenue from Times Square, we headed for Murry's bagels in Chelsea. The menu for this place was spread out on the backs of the walls behind the counter. After staring … Continue reading New York, New York – Part 3/3


New York, New York – Part 2/3

Day two took us to Gregorys Coffee, my new favourite American coffee chain because of its super smooth coffee. After our pit stop we headed to Central Park, the enormity of which cannot be comprehended. It was a grey day and the snow from the week previous was still heavy on the ground. Upon entering … Continue reading New York, New York – Part 2/3


New York, New York – Part 1/3

Mid to Lower Manhatten When my feet hit New York's streets I expected the city to gleam. The light-blaring screens of Times Square certainly illuminated every street around me, however somehow New York was not quite the city I had imagined. From aggressive street salesmen to crazed old women, this trip had more to offer … Continue reading New York, New York – Part 1/3


Washington DC Food and Drink

American cuisine is a vast mishmash of culture, tastes, and of course, burger joints. Washington DC provides plenty of quality choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner (along with free soft drink refills). Here is the best of a wide selection, sampled by myself and picked by a six month DC resident. Pizza Bacio's Pizza was … Continue reading Washington DC Food and Drink


La La Land — ‘A sky with no ceiling’

Having won seven Golden Globes and received raving reviews from every paper, magazine and website published, La La Land has become a must-see film during the Oscar season. The trailers although enticing, gave nothing of the plot away; possibly due to the fervently random nature of the scenes that piece together this story between two … Continue reading La La Land — ‘A sky with no ceiling’