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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

Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman: The fascinating true story of what inspired a Harvard professor to create the Womder Woman cartoon strip, with its kinky costumes and sexual undercurrents. A threesome in the 1940s - who knew! Rebecca Hall as his wife is outstanding. ****

Blade Runner 2014: Left me ambivilant. The screen was so dark sometimes I could barely make out what was happening. What struck me most is that if we don't stop overpopulating, polluting & destroying other species, this bleak landscape is what we're heading for.  ***

Hotel Salvation: A gentle Indian movie about an old man who has his miserable older son accompany him to the River Ganges for his final days. Meant to convey messages about the meaning of life and learning to care, etc, but it's a bit of a plodder. **

Vaya: Great local movie that shows you a side of Joburg that many of us thankfully never see. A bit scary to think this is all pretty much true. Warren Masemola is excellent as ever.  ****

Victoria & Abdul: Lovely, heartwarming movie starring Judi Dench as the Queen and Ali Fazal as the young Indian who becomes her confidante. British upper crust are as bad as usual, though. ****