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TV Shows & Starters Jane the Virgin (2014-) Jane the Virgin is a great show, full of over the top drama, comedy, romance, and even mystery. But really the show is much more than what it first appears to be. While it follows the tropes of the soap opera genre (fun fact: the show is…

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Podcasts & Appetisers Looking Back with Leonard Cohen This week, amid the chaotic cocktail of politics and economics, we lost a great from the world of music and poetry – Leonard Cohen. Through his illustrious life and his profound meditations on life, religion, philosophy, even democracy, through performing, Cohen captured the imaginations of millions across the…

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TV Shows & Starters Happy Valley (Season 1 & 2) In this so-called Golden Age of television, crime dramas are aplenty; switch the channel and there’s a good chance that you will find yourself in the midst of guns, gore & blood. Happy Valley is no different – but it is so much more than…

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  Films & Starters (500) Days of Summer [2009] One of my favourites, this is the perfect light but smart romantic comedy– that is, full disclosure, not a love story – good for weekend viewing. Perhaps romantic comedy is a bit of a misnomer – by its own definition, it is a ‘boy meets girl‘ story…

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Television Shows & Appetizers OUTLANDER (2014-) Historical dramas are aplenty in this so-called golden age of television. Some are fantasy-oriented whilst others are based in real, historical fact. Outlander is a mixture of the two: set during the Jacobite rebellion in the mid-1700s, but being quite liberal with the source material and the historical accuracy…

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  Films & Appetizers LA VITA È BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) [1997] Films on the Holocaust tend to be very bleak, utterly solemn – and justifiably so. And Life Is Beautiful is no different. Set in Europe before and during WWII, Benigni (who also directed it) plays a small-town book owner who falls in love and has…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers REVISIONIST HISTORY (Episode 1: The Lady Vanishes) Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” got off to an interesting start this week with its first episode “The Lady Vanishes“. Gladwell delves into the story of Elizabeth Thompson, one of very few female historical painters who rose to fame in the…

Wildest Dreams and Exotic Bodies: Colonialism’s Tainted Legacy

Although colonial rule no longer functions, its legacy still persists, every now and then making an appearance in the most unexpected of places. This became apparent in September, when Taylor Swift was called out for the representation of Africa in her music video, ‘Wildest Dreams’, which features an unspecific beautiful African desert with no native…