Getting into the Spirit of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics may be over but the Paralympics are about to start (7–18 September), and my exploration of Brazil continues. It struck me towards the end of the Olympics that the only Brazilian food I ever had tried was bolitas, which is actually called pão de queijo, so having begun my further tasting of Brazil with some awful-tasting spicy chilli samba and Brazilian salsa style Pringles – the former was boring and the latter was too salty, though I was too hyped up to admit to their faults before – here are some better ways to get into the Rio spirit.

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3 Idiots – The ultimate feel-good college movie

3 IdiotsMy pick for Diwali this year would be 3 Idiots. This film had been recommended before by everyone I spoke to about Bollywood, but the title never appealed to me. Nor did the plot: the film starts in medias res, when two of the three idiots receive the first of several clues that will lead them ultimately to their lost university friend, the third idiot, and the film consists mainly of flashbacks of their antics as students.

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Spectre is just short of spectacular


People say it was always going to be tough to follow the success of Skyfall. Also, Skyfall left us in no doubt as to what the new 007 would be like: loyal, sensitive, and haunted by the past, with ever more personal missions. But the new James Bond film Spectre was not as predictable as it could have been, and made significant improvements to the weak areas of the last film. From positive to negative, here are my thoughts on the latest Bond film which was released yesterday. Continue reading


A Visit to the Old Royal Naval College

old royal naval college in greenwich london

Visiting the Old Royal Naval College has to be one of the best free things to do in London. I went on a special day by coincidence – the anniversary of the birthday of Elizabeth I, who was born on the site – and it seems fitting to recommend a visit to a royal park on the day of a milestone in the history of the British monarchy. Continue reading