Some changes…..New Name…..New Book Blog

I’ve been gone for a minute, now I’m back with the Jump Off…

 

I changed the name of this blog (used to be charoflondon) for a few reasons: It’s not my main blog anymore, I have a new book blog; So I wanted a name to reflect what this site here  is- somewhere to share notes and reviews on films, books, music, travels, life, arts and pop culture; Also, I’m pretty sure people are pronouncing the ‘char’ as in ‘charcoal’ and not as in ‘Charlene’- my own personal name.

I will keep posting on the above topics here and will link to my new book blog www.paperbacksocial.com when I have new book reviews/ lists etc. Especially looking forward to reading more books by writers from London this year. Reviews up so far:

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Children Of Blood And Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

Throwback: Aya Of Yop City

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo

 

Upcoming Books: Ponti by Sharlene Teo, In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne, Killing And Dying by Adrian Tomine……

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Thanks for reading and if you have a bookblog, leave a link below so I can follow it! I’m also interested films, music, magazines, art/design and pop culture so drop those in too!

 

Saturday 9th July at my flat, thinking.

They are nothing like us. They can kill innocent black people and then hash tag them; let them trend and retweet. Let them march and protest – a placard or fifty blowing in the wind until the arms of sullen youth are tired. When it all settles, they will play together at Superbowl, singing the Star Spangled Banner with heads held high, cadences shared and tears in their eyes. Until the next shooting, they can be America The Brave.

In the background a TV buzzes, a clip from Fox News delivers HD images Continue reading “Saturday 9th July at my flat, thinking.”

Music Things: El Michels Affair

Enter the 37th Chamber

Much like the original take, you cannot help but nod your head to El Michel Affair’s jazzy funk instrumental version of C.R.E.A.M. I will be the first to say I am not usually interested in remakes of time-tested classics. The eight per cent of times it goes right, it’s amazing. All the rest is heart breaking- fortunately for me, 37th Chamber belongs to the former category….

I am a massive fan of the original Enter the 36 Chambers (strangely the only Wu-Tang album I listen to) Continue reading “Music Things: El Michels Affair”

In or Out: A Referendum and a UK Divided

In any major way you can think of, the ‘United’ Kingdom is divided this week. Let’s be clear, a 52:48 vote is not a decision. It’s a question. This is fifty: fifty. This is heads or tails. Based on half baked allusions and incomplete information, the British government has allowed its people to play heads or tails with its own social and economic future

Tails, we lost

Continue reading “In or Out: A Referendum and a UK Divided”

22nd of June 2016: A birthday…

…Like many others, except today is my induction into the Grown Woman society. You see today folks, I’m thirty. A man once passed thirty and he said:

“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult”

I thought to myself something very similar this morning, as I ate leftover mini chocolate doughnuts for breakfast. I probably should have realised that I’m a ‘walking, talking adult‘ many years ago. Maybe when I graduated; maybe when I moved out; maybe when I got Continue reading “22nd of June 2016: A birthday…”

Roams: Lisbon

It’s been about a week since I got back from Lisbon, went for a few days to celebrate a good friend’s birthday. London has welcomed me back with raincoat weather in June – Still I rise! The Best June Of All Times is in full effect……

Go If you like: Rio de Janeiro or Spain.

Weather? Depends when you go! But when it’s hot (as it is in June) its really hot

Friends, Family or Romancing? It’s very romantic and pretty. It’s also good for hanging out with friends; there are endless bars and shops around Bairro Alto and Rua Nova Do Continue reading “Roams: Lisbon”

The Reel Review: Ferris Bueller

Because these are the role models we need.

The Stats- Year: 1986  Length: 103 mins Director: John Hughes Producer: John Hughes  Who’s in it?: Matthew Broderick (who never outdoes this btw), Mia Sara, Alan Ruck

Rating: 8/10. 

‘Bueller…..Bueller….Bueller!’ You probably know the scene well; a bunch of bored teenagers and a disgruntled teacher in the picture that single handedly honed the infamous sickie into an art form. In an era where high school movies seemed determined to deconstruct the dynamics of lunch room society, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) simply does exactly what a silver screen gem is supposed to: entertain.

So what if he wakes up with a five o’clock shadow although he wasn’t even supposed to be old enough to drink in America yet? Continue reading “The Reel Review: Ferris Bueller”

Biros, Intrusion and an ‘Adult’ with Illegible Handwriting

I own about fifty seven or so Biro pens*- a curious number for someone whose handwriting resembles a five year old’s take on hieroglyphics. I’d bet the teachers in my past and the colleagues in my present would agree it would be best if I only ever type and never actually hand write. In fact, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to my former 20-year-old self for writing the most illegible revision notes in history. Apology accepted. Continue reading “Biros, Intrusion and an ‘Adult’ with Illegible Handwriting”

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