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Travels through literature, alcohol and America: A review of ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’ by Olivia Laing

Ernst Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, John Berryman and Raymond Carver had at least two things in common: they are all giants of 20th Century American literature and…they were all confirmed, raging alcoholics. These two commonalities are the basis for ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’ by English author Olivia Laing, a writer … Continue reading

Book and movies / Memoirs / Travel

To Rome with love (and a bit of hate)

Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome with Love’ is a gorgeous tribute to the “eternal city” and a feast for the eyes. The Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, quiet cobbled back streets and rooftop panoramas are the backdrops to four off-beat stories about people caught up in various adventures and mis-adventures in Rome. … Continue reading

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Have you paid too much for your iPad?

Financial institution CommSec recently published an interesting global retailing index called the iPad Index. The index ranks the cost of a buying an Apple Air 16 GB wi-fi iPad in 51 different countries converted into US dollars at prevailing exchange rates, mirroring The Economist’s much more famous Big Mac index. The latest iPad Index shows … Continue reading

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Gerald Durrell’s idyllic Corfu childhood: a review of “My family and other animals”

I had hardly thought of Gerald Durrell, the author and naturalist until my wife bought me his boyhood memoir “My family and other animals” as a gift. It tells the story of the four years he spent from 1935 to 1939 as a young boy living with his family on the Greek island of Corfu. … Continue reading