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An Evening at the Seaside.

On the beach

Is there anything quite as charming as a day spent at the seaside?

Well, yes, as it turns out there is: an evening at the seaside.

And forget about trendy Brighton or fancy St. Ives; for me the seaside means only one place and that is the faded glory of my hometown Llandudno. Continue reading


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What a Marvellous Find

I like going to the pictures on my own.

I like sitting quietly in tea shops.

And I like Le Fabulex Destin d’Amélie Poulain.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough be able to combine all three.

‘I like to turn around in the dark to see the faces of the people’

Nestled safely into a large armchair, down in the basement of Nottingham’s Lee Rosy’s Teashop, equipped with a pot of Assam tea and a slice of lemon meringue pie, I waited patiently for a somewhat amateur, but charming, screening to begin.  I love the film Amélie, in my teens I watched it daily; repeated viewings have never tarnished its warmth or humanity.  The soundtrack was playing in the background and the crisp sound of Yann Tiersen’s piano was replaced by a crackling drawl, a beautiful yet faintly haunting sound that captured my attention instantly.  Despite my devotion to Amélie, I must confess I have never listened to the soundtrack in full, so it was the first time I had heard Al Bowlly’s song ‘Guilty’.  During the film I realised it is played in the background during a scene in the Café des Deux Moulins but I had never noticed it before.  This time however, I could not get his voice out of my mind. Continue reading

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