Author: Izzie Farr

Thailand: a short guide to the various approaches of travel (part 1)

    For nomadic-minded individuals, Thailand is the travel hub of South-East Asia and is an essential on the traveller’s checklist. With its blissful beaches, exotic jungles, delicious food and famed landmarks, Thailand is a magnet for travellers; like backpacker-bees to a honey pot. When in Thailand, or in any country for that matter, there is a clear distinction between the different types of travel. There is the more authentic cultural experience, contrasting to the traveller-targeted experience. Starting this week with the more cultural route, here is a guide of the two possible travel paths when venturing around Thailand. Most people fly into Bangkok, setting forth on their journey from there. Backpackers generally head straight to the famous Koh San Road, a bustling street filled with restaurants, clubs and market stalls. Although there is an exciting, highly energetic vibe on Koh San, don’t forget to visit some of the famous cultural sites in Bangkok, such as the Grand Palace, home to Thailand’s royal family. Within the palatine walls there are temples, shrines and statues; a great place to see many landmarks in one go. Be sure to cover up your legs, arms and chest though, as they have a strict dress-code policy. Another indispensable activity that is emblematic to Thai culture is the floating markets. Due to its numerous canals, Bangkok was once known as the ‘Venice of Asia’,...

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About Time – review

Richard Curtis, celebrated Britcom writer, has stated that he does not intend to make another film. This is perhaps no surprise when his latest movie, About Time, is in essence about “spending your time in as delightful a way as possible”. But if this is truly the writer’s swansong, does it hold up to his previous cinematic successes? The plot centres around a young man called Tim Lake, played by Domhnall Gleeson, who you might recognise as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter film franchise. He is told by his father (Bill Nighy) on his 21st birthday that the men in their family are blessed with the ability to time travel. His father quickly skirts through the typical time travel rules; no killing Hitler and so on, before we are released on a bumbling rom-com journey. I say ‘bumbling rom-com’ because firstly, Tim is encouraged to use his time travel powers to boost his love life and to “get a girlfriend”, and secondly the storyline follows the classic romantic back and forth between blunders and triumphs that have become a staple in a Richard Curtis film (this being the man who wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually). Although a vast improvement from the writer’s previous release, The Boat That Rocked, some viewers may think that About Time does not equal the likes of Notting Hill or...

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