Recipe for Life – Nicky Pellegrino

Although I have to appreciate that this novel was one of Pellegrino’s older works, I must admit I was extremely disappointed. Having read two other novels for Pellegrino. Food of Love Cookery School and Under Italian Skies  I can say that I have had a very similar gripe with both of them too.

The characters always lack depth and personality because she crams too many people into the story. I can understand that they were all imperative to the progress of the story, but nevertheless she could do much more justice to the novel by focusing on a few central characters. I say this particularly because Pellegrino has a knack for descriptions. I really feel she could do a lot more to connect the reader with the characters using her beautiful descriptive writing power if she focused on a few rather than many.

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The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: The Harrowing lies which cost the lives of hundreds.

In the early hours of April 26 1986, at a nuclear facility in Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor number 4 exploded heaving ridiculous amounts of uranium, cesium, plutonium and tons of radioactive poisons over five kilometres into the atmosphere.  

In the weeks following the disaster, numerous journalists attempted to gain access into the area in order to provide an insight into the extent of the disaster and just how devastating it really was. Soviet powers in Moscow however, had a different agenda for the area. “Everything is fine” they would proclaim, immediately adopting a “nothing-to-see-here” attitude and attempting to downplay a nuclear disaster which is said to have released 400 times more radioactive material into the atmosphere than “Little Boy” the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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The Bronze Horseman Trilogy (Book 1 Review)

It has been a long time coming. This review has been one that I have written and re-written over and over again just plainly because my feelings toward it have been so hard to articulate effectively. They are a comfort, an excitement and a reminder that literature can still evoke in us a certain indescribable feeling.

I have read and re-read all three books so many times that I can almost tell you the series of events that transpired blindly. I speak of the characters as people that I know personally. And whilst there is nothing predictable about these books you find yourselves with such an affinity to the character you would scoff to yourself and say “ha! Typically Tatiana”.

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Why Lagos is one of the best places in Europe.

Although my European city count isn’t the biggest in the world, I have visited 12 European countries and 26 cities among them. My selection criteria for best city wasn’t extensive. I know that I’m not an extremely fussy person and it’s kind of difficult to piss me off… so generally all the cities were enjoyable to me. But reflecting on my two trips to Europe in two consecutive years – there really was one city that stood out for me. That was Lagos in the Algarve Coast of Portugal.

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Why the Kylie Lip Kits actually rock

Sometimes I feel that people enjoy the controversy of saying how much they hate a really hyped up product. I get it, you wanna be different. However in my opinion you have to give credit where credit is due. Although she may be a “celebrity” that champions this new movement of being famous for absolutely nothing, I still believe she may have tapped into a very unique formulation with her lip kits and actually I really enjoyed them.

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Beginners Makeup- The technical guide on what you need in your first proper makeup kit.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to be particularly talented to be able to apply makeup that suits your face and the occasion. It’s made to look so difficult by beauty gurus, magazines, YouTube tutorials and of course the Instagram world. It makes you feel like there’s a never ending list of products that you need to have in your makeup kit in order to recreate said makeup look. The reality however is very different, and it’s rare that your everyday girl will need to contour or strobe her face every single day before going to work. Therefore I have compiled a simple list of things you will need for your everyday makeup kit. Continue reading Beginners Makeup- The technical guide on what you need in your first proper makeup kit.

Six Things I Learnt From Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching is one of the most challenging, underrated and stressful professions a person could ever go into. As exasperating as it may be, it is also one of the most rewarding professions and over the course of time I spent teaching I discovered there is a lot that you can learn from teaching a classroom full of (mostly) disinterested students. Here are the top six lessons I learnt from Teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners.

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