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About me

I'm Lesley, a freelance travel and leisure journalist based in stunning South Africa. I write for a wide variety of publications including Sawubona, Business Day, Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, Brainstorm, some travel trade magazines and a US website. 

Here you'll find some of my travel articles, hotel and lodge reviews and my quirky, warped and opinionated ideas on life, love, cheesecake, the theatre and everything else crucial for survival. 

I’m happy to travel pretty much anywhere at any time, so if you want to invite me on a trip or to an event, or commission me for some work, I’d love to hear from you! I’m good at interviews, personality profiles, reviews and opinion pieces, with a strong background in business and IT journalism too. Have fun, and travel safely.

Cine Shorts

Dunkirk: An excellent but harrowing war movie about the mass evacuation - and even bigger massacre - of allied troops from Dunkirk. Few characters have a name, but it'll leave a knot in your stomach and moisture in your eyes. I'd give it five stars, except I kept wanting to leave. ****

Maudie: True 'love'story about a damaged but plucky woman who became an artist, and the gruff git of a husband she settled for. Beautifully filmed, but a bit of a plodder. **

The Exception: A wartime thriller with a love story woven though, and ol' Christopher Plummer as fab as ever.  ****

The Big Sick: Based on the true story of Pakistani comedian Kumail and his romance with a white American student, with comedy, pathos and biased parents. A small, nicely-made chick flick. ****