7 ways to host an EPIC event!

7 ways to host an EPIC event!

A big part of my job is hosting events: Webinars, Meetups, User Conferences, Drinks sessions – whatever. And whenever I tell people how I run events l I literally get asked the same questions all the time:     “Why do you do it?”     “How do you get speakers?”     “How much […]

Corrections: The Perfect Read

Corrections: The Perfect Read

So, this novel was one of my favourite reads last year. Ask me what novel would inspire me to be a writer and I would reply, ‘The Corrections.’ There is no story more interesting to me than that of normal everyday life, where individuals are stripped naked, their lives and thoughts dissected and measured along […]

Reasons to Love Fitzgerald

Reasons to Love Fitzgerald

It is decided – the next novel for my subway reading is . . . (Drumroll) . . . The Great Gatsby! One of my personal favourites, I think it is time to revisit a story that is beginning to dim in my memory. All this excitement over the film release has gotten me all […]

Chillax: 7 Habits of Calmness!

Chillax: 7 Habits of Calmness!

What do we all crave most in todays society? Sanity? Quiet? Success? Happiness? Quality? Comfort? Excitement? We probably crave it all! And what’s more bizarre, we crave it because few of us seem to be able to achieve these ideals. Slaves to bad routines, stress, procrastination and sitting in front of computers and television screens […]

Crazy Chuck Palahniuk

Crazy Chuck Palahniuk

Having just finished one of the most ridiculous, fabulous, hilarious, vile novels I have ever read, I find myself handing out my copy of ‘Snuff’ by Chuck Palahniuk to all my friends insisting, ‘I don’t know what it is, why it was written or why I am making you read it but I absolutely insist […]

Portnoy’s Crudetastic

Portnoy’s Crudetastic

Crass, crude and utterly invigorating! I can’t believe it was published in 1969! Even by today’s standards, this novel is pushing barriers. I cannot recall the last time I read a book that had me bent over, clutching my belly in hysterics from start-to-finish. This novel is an all-out, rip-roaring comic fest that is entirely […]

We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin

So, just recently sat down to watch this film and – WOW. One if the most powerful films I have seen in a while. Tilda Swinton owns the screen! Her moving portrayal of a woman struggling to adapt to life after son embarks in a murder rampage. Through a sequence of flashback she reflects on […]

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

So I watched the above documentary about Sixto Rodriguez late last night and it was truly inspiring. It tells the story of a singer / songwriter who never made it as a successful musician in his native America, despite incredible talent. He went on to live a simple, hard-working life, unaware that in another continent […]

Scottish Novel: The Cone Gatherers

Scottish Novel: The Cone Gatherers

Reminiscing about this fantastic gem of a book I read a few years ago. It’s a poignant Scottish novel centered on the relationship between the two main characters and indeed, brothers, Callum and Neil who are cone-gatherers in the Scottish forests. It’s a beautiful story similar to the wonderful John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ […]

Glorious East of Eden

Glorious East of Eden

  Note: Just finished this book last night. If you have not yet read it, I would highly recommend it. Gathering dust on my bookshelf for too long I  always found myself passing over Steainbeck’s classic for another read. Having previously finished reading ‘Lolita’ last month, I was in the mood to conquer yet another […]

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