Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If you see one film this month, you should definitely go and see: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the best film I have seen in decades. It is horrifyingly brilliant!

Film buffs will salivate over the cinematography, the script, and the second-too-none acting.  However, even if you aren’t a film buff, you will love this film because the plot is so refreshingly unpredictable. And finally, if, like me, you have been trying to wrap your head around how Mr Trump became The President of the USA, this film will give you some food for thought.

READING CHALLENGE: Janette on the criminal trail!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidIn my opinion not taking time off work is a crime! Indeed, all work and no play make a person as dull as dishwater.
Luckily for me, I have friends who agree with this sentiment and so a number of years ago, two friends and I quit our jobs and bought one-way flights to Mexico.

We had a vague plan about what we wanted to do during our year off including: camping in the Mayan city of Palenque, scuba diving in Belize, trekking to Machu Picchu, flying over the Nasca lines, volunteering on a coffee plantation, speed cycling down the most dangerous road in the world and horseback riding in Bolivia looking for signs of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

As usual on a trip like this, plans change. One of my mates got a bun in the oven and flew home after 3 months, and the other developed a conscience and decided to support a local educational volunteer programme. I, on the other hand, had crime on my mind and so I rented a guide, a horse and some chaps and went in search of the famous bank robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

And, despite the fact that I’m scared stiff of horses and that riding for 3 days across deserts and rocky outcrops with a mental guide whacking the ass of my horse to make it go faster made me start thinking about my will, the experience is definitely one of the most memorable things that I have done in my life.

If you don’t know anything about these two lovable criminals watch the trailer to the award-winning 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the hot, hot, HOT actors, Paul Newman and Robert Redford . Seriously, if you have Newman and Redford in your life, you really shouldn’t complain about anything. Yes, they both certainly rock my world!

British Culture: Dr Who

Dr WhoOne of my favourite British science-fiction TV programmes is Dr Who. Dr Who has been produced by the BBC since 1963.

Dr Who is a space traveler and the show was originally intended to appeal to a family audience, as an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history. However, some of the evil characters, like the darleks and the cybermen had children running behind their sofa scared stiff.
So far there have been 12 different actors playing the role of Doctor Who, and although their personalities have changed over time there are some basic traits that remain the same. The Dr has a deep sense of moral justice and he values the human emotions of love, courage and bravery. In addition, Dr Who has one mission in life: SAVE PLANET EARTH AND KILL THE DARLEKS.

British Culture: James Bond: 007

007 Daniel CraigSeriously, who isn’t keen on James Bond?! The girls want to see him naked; the boys want to be him, and everybody wants at least one of the Bond cars. You’d have to be a sandwich short of a picnic not to want a car that can transform into a plane, a helicopter and a boat. And, think about all his gadgets and technology for fighting villains and seducing the Bond girls. Yep, 007 is the full package!
The Bond films are based on a fictional character created in 1953 by the British writer Ian Fleming. To date, there have been 23 Bond films with 6 different actors playing the British spy, 007.

007 Sean Connery007 is often described as suave, sophisticated, charming and gracious. He has impeccable manners although he is a notorious womanizer and an enthusiastic gambler. He likes scrambled eggs and always drinks a vodka martini shaken not stirred. According to recent research David Craig is the most popular Bond , but for me, I’m a sucker for Sean Connery Who is your top Bond?