Shortage of smokers…

Have just been stopped mid stroll on my way to the supermarket. “Excuse me! Would you happen to have a lighter on you?” I was politely asked. “Oh sorry. I don’t smoke” was my reply. 

“I thought you didn’t. You looked too healthy to be a smoker but I thought I’d try anyway. NOBODY seems to smoke anymore!” 

I guess that’s a compliment yes? 

Sunny O. 

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Born a Crime…

Have been making the most of my audible account recently and at the moment am listening to talk show Host Trevor Noah’s book ‘Born A Crime’. Am about a quarter of the way through so far and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Funny, witty and educational all at the same time, Trevor tells his story as a mixed race child growing up in a newly post Apartheid South Africa. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited South Africa a few times with work and have been to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto but I’ve always been fascinated with the indigenous people of South Africa such as the Zulu’s, Xhosa, Sotho and Tswana and their histories before the Europeans arrived. We get some of that history in this book and we also get a window into the lives and homes of those who grew up through Trevor’s very entertaining childhood capers! A great read so far and I wholeheartedly recommend it! 

Sunny O

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Lion. 

I finally got to watch the film ‘Lion’ on my flight home today. My colleague Lesley had advised me “to have a tissue or two handy” while watching as there are a few sad scenes in the first forty minutes. Now I don’t know whether it was the comfort of my club seat or the lovely glass of Albariño I was having with my meal but I was a WRECK half  an hour into the movie and had to decline my wine glass being topped up because I was afraid I was going to descend into full African mode sobbing away and blowing my nose. Such a brilliant cast of talented people and Sunny who plays the lead character  in his younger years is a little gem with such a bright future ahead of him. What makes the story even more poignant is that it’s based on the true life story of Saroo (on the left of the picture at the bottom) as a young child gets lost from his family and ends up being adopted and raised in Tasmania by an Australian couple and eventually as young man traces his way back home to India and his birth family. The movie also draws attention to the plight of children who go missing every year in India. Dev Patel who plays Saroo as a young man does an incredible job too as does Nicole Kidman who plays his adoptive mother. 

As I dabbed my eyes yet again after finally mustering up the courage to have another glass of wine I decided I needed to watch something very different afterwards…Suicide Squad which didn’t disappoint! #LionTheMovie  #Saroo  #DevPatel  #WakawakaTravel

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Parking woes…

I was listening to the radio while getting ready for work this morning and the radio hosts were compiling people’s tales of woe involving parking tickets and wanted to find out who had the best one.  There were quite a few contenders but the best one in my humble opinion was the poor lady who stepped out of her car, banged her head on a parking sign, popped into a nearby shop to get some ice and got back to her car…to find a ticket had been issued to her! How rude!!! Have a good Friday peeps! 

Sunny O. 

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Tales from the National Express…

There is a young woman on my journey today who keeps jumping out of the coach every time the driver makes a stop to check her case in the hold because she “gets really worried” about it. 

Judging by the look on the drivers face, I think her case has a much better chance of making it to her destination than she has! 

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The Danny and Oti Show…

I’ve had no regrets about not watching the X Factor (or as some of my friends would call it the ‘Fix Factor’) this year as the weekly Honey G related posts seemed to give me all the info I needed. However what I have now realised I’ve really been missing out on is this years Strictly Come Dancing and in particular the amazingly aesthetically pleasing pairing of Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse. Thanks to the miracle of Social Media and the internet I’ve been able to keep up with their jaw dropping performances and am pretty sure if they carry on like this they’ll end up being the first couple on scd to actually FLY! Well done guys and keep it up…from an utterly unbiased Chief Wakawaka! 😍😍😍

#StrictlyComeDancing #DannyMac #OtiMabuse

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Pride…

One sleep till Pride in Brighton& Hove and like everyone else here I’m really looking forward to catching up with friends who’ll be coming down from other parts of the country as well as friends who live in town but we hardly ever get to see each other as much as we’d like because of work and other commitments. Rainbow flags are appearing all over and stands and tents of all shapes and sizes are being erected in Preston Park in preparation for the march that will start from the seafront, wind through the city and make its way up there where the festivities will ensue throughout the day and go well into the evening. The party will continue well into the night and the next day at the street party in St James street and surrounding area. While we celebrate with our loved ones, let’s not forget how fortunate we are to live in a society in which we can. Only yesterday I saw reports in the news about a 17 year old who was killed in Iran because he had (consensual) sex with another male. I also read of a gay Syrian refugee who has been beheaded in Turkey because of his sexuality. Sadly in 2016 there are still many parts of the world where you have to be extra careful about living your life as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans person. My parents moved my siblings and me to Lagos, Nigeria where my family roots are originally from when I was eight years old and I lived there till I was twenty one. I knew I was attracted to other males as early as from my early teen years but living in West Africa, I knew that was something not to share with anyone out there. Over zealous conservative and evangelist individuals with hateful agendas have helped promote homophobia in those parts of the world and gay people have to live in fear on a day to day basis. It’s not just in Africa. We hear of acts of homophobia from all corners of the globe and the victims in these cases can only dream of spending a day where they can be themselves in a public space experiencing love and inclusiveness from those around them. It’s also hard to imagine that less than 50 years ago in the UK it wasn’t that different either. So as we raise a glass with our loved ones in the bar, the park or at the street party. Let’s also think of those who fought so hard for us to have these liberties today and those who still can’t. Happy Pride everyone! 

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