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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

One Life: The wonderful true story of Nicholas Winton, an unassuming man who managed to rescue more than 600 kids from the Nazi invasion of Prague, has all the makings of a gem. Yet it falls frustratingly flat. Anthony Hopkins plays Winton decades later in a story that combines two timelines. Maybe the film is deliberately subdued and unshowy, but director James Hawes fails to weave enough emotion into the disappointingly dull retelling.  ***

Past Lives: A wonderful small and intimate story of what-ifs and would could have beens, when childhood sweethearts are separated. Director Celine Song has crafted a masterpiece.  *****

Perfect Days: An incredibly low-key movie where the skill of actor Koji Yakusho completely sucks you into his very mundane world. His emotions and sheer loveliness carry it. It's a fascinating insight to a slice of life in Japan. ***