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~ Friday, April 11 ~
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Off to Ethiopia!

Just a quick note to say I’ll be MIA for the next ten days — I’m flying to Ethiopia for a vacation with three of my closest friends.

Adieu!

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"Why was it that people who were involved found it so hard to understand their own problems?"
Jean M Auel, The Mammoth Hunters

"Why was it that people who were involved found it so hard to understand their own problems?"

Jean M Auel, The Mammoth Hunters

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~ Thursday, April 10 ~
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I see my laugh
erupt on your face
and I wonder how
many other things
we stole from each other
as we grew up,
spin-kicking
our way through.
I Can Still Kick Your Ass, Laala Kashef Alghata
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~ Wednesday, April 9 ~
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(Source: l-o-t-h-o-r)

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~ Monday, April 7 ~
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The problem will always be
your fingers are no longer
parallel with mine.
You, Laala Kashef Alghata
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Currently, as per this.

Currently, as per this.

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~ Sunday, April 6 ~
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Friday night I saw the legendary disco queen Gloria Gaynor. I was covering the concert for the newspaper and was sitting up front and centre — she blew me a kiss during I Will Survive when she saw how loudly I was bellowing it. She kicked ass. Sixty-four years old? PAH!

Friday night I saw the legendary disco queen Gloria Gaynor. I was covering the concert for the newspaper and was sitting up front and centre — she blew me a kiss during I Will Survive when she saw how loudly I was bellowing it. She kicked ass. Sixty-four years old? PAH!

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It was not just her appearance that made her beautiful. Beauty was not a static picture; it was essence, it was spirit, it was that which animated. It was best expressed in movement, behaviour, accomplishment. A beautiful woman was a complete and dynamic woman.
— Jean M Auel, The Mammoth Hunters
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~ Friday, April 4 ~
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~ Thursday, April 3 ~
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Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rating: 8/10

The first Captain America film has now faded in my memory a bit — and perhaps that’s for the best. I recall I was less than impressed with the character development and even, in parts, with Chris Evans’ acting ability. However, The Avengers rekindled my interest in all the characters, and this sequel is, by and large, outstanding.

The film focuses on Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (played by Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as they try to decipher a message left for them by SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). Unable to know who to trust, they pursue the information they have to try and understand the events unfolding.

The fascinating thing about this movie is that it dispenses with elaborate metaphors for evil and serves us serious threats that could easily be gleamed from news reports today. Project Insight is a top-secret project at SHIELD and when Rogers is made aware of it he decries it as immoral.  It is made up of three large drones that would constantly be in the air to surveil the world, reputedly in order to detect threat before it arose.

The film is highly entertaining and incredibly amusing in parts, it seems logical that the writers and Evans himself drew on the character development that occurred during The Avengers. Johansson is perfect in the role of Black Widow and is given far more opportunity to shine here than she has in the past. It isn’t a stretch to say that she deserves her own franchise to delve deeper into her character’s fascinating history. It’s also encouraging to see that despite the quips and easy flirtation between the two leads, this never compromises the film by turning into a forced romance. Anthony Mackie (playing Sam Wilson/Falcon) also shone in his role, and it would be a shame for him to disappear from future adaptations. 

By and large, it’s a film that any Marvel fan should go to see – if only to see 91-year-old Stan Lee make his obligatory cameo (this time as a night watchman).

Originally written as film review for the newspaper where I work, hence slightly more formal language than I’d normally use. 

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