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I'm Lesley, a freelance travel & leisure journalist. Until recently I was based in stunning South Africa,  but after a major rethink about the future prompted by the Covid lockdown, I've reinvented myself as an English teacher for adults and moved to Santiago in Chile! I'm absolutely loving it, so you can expect some Chilean travel articles soon!
Here you'll also find some of my quirky, warped and opinionated ideas on life, love, cheesecake and everything else crucial for survival. If you want to follow me on Twitter or Instagram I'm on @lesley_stones
Have fun, and travel safely.

Cine Shorts

Wonka: The feel-good film of the year - and the coming year too. It's beautifully lavish, funny, colourful and joyous. Loose yourself in its madness and look out for all the well-known faces popping up. Timothee Chalamet is absolutely gorgeous as the young chocolateer. *****

The Color Purple: This remake is an embarrassment to the original film, the musical and the book. Racism, rape, gender violence and injustice are all glossed over with happy-clappy songs and pretty costumes. But no matter, because everyone repents in the end. Appalling. And another sin, it manages to be boring as well as trite. *

Los Colonos (The Settlers): A powerful story of the slaughter of the indigenous population of Tierra del Fuego so the colonisers could take over the land for their sheepfarms. Violent, savage, but beautifully filmed, and very much based on the disgraceful truth. ***

The Holdovers: Nothing new in this story of a grumpy old professor who has to stay on at his American boarding school over Christmas to look after the kids who can't go home. Rich brat kids, grieving black cook, and Paul Giamatti who is deliciously sad and disappointed as the prof. Each with their own well-developed back-story. It's a gentle, quietly affecting film ***