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The Jinx : the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst 

Two blog posts in a week ! Aren’t you lucky. 

You can quite easily google what happened to Robert Durst, but for those of you who are lazy or have not yet watched it , I am about to spoil it all.

The Jinx is a documentary series about the case of Bob Durst who was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife in 1982, a suspect in the murder of his good friend Susan Berman in 2000, and a suspect (later admitting) in the killing of Morris Black; shooting him and dismembering the body. 

Durst was tried for the murder of Morris Black but the good jurors of Texas gave a Not Guilty verdict after it was felt the defense proved he was acting in self defence. As the body was only dismembered after the shooting, the jury didn’t judge Durst for this . Apparently dismembering a body is normal when you panic. 

Soon after the trial, director Andrew Jarecki decided to make a movie about Durst and gained an unlikely fan.

After seeing the film, Durst reached out to Jarecki and asked to be interviewed to give his own account of events; the Jinx is born!

What follows is a detailed investigation featuring interviews with virtually everyone involved in the case as well as Durst himself who is , in my opinion, one of the most chilling individuals I have ever seen (and that includes my 5th grade teacher ). 

In the finale of the series, Jarecki and his producers come across letters written by Durst to Susan Berman. The handwriting is an exact match to the anonymous letter sent to the police after Susan’s death , detailing Susan’s address and the word ‘cadaver’. Jarecki confronts Durst with this information. Durst denies it but appears visibly shaken on camera. 

Off camera, Durst excuses himself to go to the toilet. He forgets the microphone is still plugged in. 

We hear him say :

“What the hell did I do ? Killed them all, of course ” 

Durst was arrested less than 24hrs after the documentary aired. Jarecki is now reportedly under investigation for withholding some of this information until the show aired publicly. The case continues.

If you’re a fan of crime documentaries or criminal investigations of any kind, you will not be disappointed with this! 

Happy viewing ūüôā 

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The luck of the Irish

Hello friends,

What a great weekend it was.

I packed my bags last Thursday and headed to the airport at 4.30 on a Friday morning , headed for Dublin. For someone who spends the majority of her time on the internet, I am embarrassingly un-aware of current events. The 2015 referendum for marriage equality was no exception. I arrived in Dublin a little clueless but quickly got my act together before anyone found out.

Thankfully the good people of Ireland voted Yes, which made for a beautiful atmosphere on a sunny Saturday.

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The following day, celebrations continued with Africa Day in the park; filled with great music, food (grilled fish and plantain gets a thumbs up from me), and dancing . Also, a lot of dogs and children.

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Africa Day was held in Dublins’ Phoenix Park which is the largest park in Europe, five times the size of Londons’ Hyde Park ! The stage and tents were surrounded by greenery and there was plenty of room to sit or walk around; whatever took your fancy.

I got a slight pang of nostalgia listening to all of the music and watching people dancing, but more than anything I was glad that I was there with friends who probably felt exactly the same way.

For the rest of this week, its’ back to work and back to reality here. I’m also trying out having no caffeine, which is going splendidly. I’m miserable and¬†clean since Sunday.

Enjoy the rest of your week folks!

 

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How to eat a bunny 

I first remember hearing about the dish ‘bunnychow’ from my husband. 

He described sitting on a beach in Durban, having a loaf of hollowed-out bread filled with mutton curry. 

All of this sounded great to me , although I have to admit that the words ‘beach’ and ‘loaf of bread’ just didnt go together in my mind . 

Over the years, we each made several attempts to reinvent the foods from our childhood and this included Durban bunnychow. It was always a disaster. 

So you can imagine our excitement (and relief) when a Bunnychow place opened here in London. 

   
 

The menu offered up the classic Durban bunnychow, as well as choices of vegetable and chicken curries.

The curry was indeed served in a loaf of bread and a little side salad. The best advice I can give for eating this thing :

– be in good company . And by good I mean familiar . So familiar that you won’t feel embarrassed that you have food all over your hands because cutlery is redundant with bunny chow. 

–  side salad , also redundant . Don’t waste your time.

– don’t try to delicately peel away the bread because that doesn’t work either . You might as well slam your entire face into the curry 

If you’re in the area (Soho, Wardour Street) , head on over and try it! The place is still new (opened September 2014) and each bunny is about ¬£5; not bad for feeling full for the entire day because need I remind you that it is an entire half loaf of bread. 

Enjoy the rest of the week folks!

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Watch, Read , Listen – Part 2

Hello friends , 

This week I urge you to do at least one of these things because , in my opinion, they are all amazing . And because you’re here and my opinion is the only one that matters ; you should listen to me. 

Watch ‘Frank’

  
An interesting little movie based loosely on Chris Sieveys’ character Frank Sidebottom who wore a giant fake head when performing weird music which , quite frankly (see what I did there), I did not understand. The story follows an aspiring musician who finds himself pulled in to Frank’s band. They hole themselves away in the woods to record their album and nothing much happens. It’s honest, funny, sad , and you should watch it. 

Read ‘An Untamed State’ by R.Gay .

Ever since reading Bad Feminist I have been waiting for her next book to come out. I’m still reading it but so far so good. Be warned though if you’re expecting a repeat of Bad Feminist-y vibes, this is totally different and is about a woman kidnapped in Haiti.

Listen to these Podcasts:

Last year it was avocados, this year I’m all about podcasts . They are my new thing. 

If you’re a podcast newbie , here are my favourites so far : 

Serial – because who doesn’t love a good story about crime, innocence and an unfair justice system!?

Call Your Girlfriend – two friends and feminists talking about social media, being ‘diagnosed’ with menstruation, race, what an asshole the pope is , and everything inbetween. 

Another Round – two friends and feminists (yes there’s a trend in my listening) talking about racism, sexism, popular culture, everything. 

This American Life – the podcast that has it all , because there are over 500 episodes dating back to the 90s. 

All of these podcasts are free online , otherwise if you have an ‘Apple-anything’ product you can also search for them in your Podcast app. 

In other news :

  
I got to vote yesterday for the first time ever in my ten years of being in this country. For those who have not experienced it , it is mostly quite dull and there are no snacks offered in the poll stations (for anyone who was wondering).

Have a good weekend wherever you all are !

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There’s something about steak

Hello everybody,

Birthdays always give a reason for celebration, whether your own or not. So this weekend we had the opportunity of going to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant (apparently famous but I only know him as the guy who advertises¬†Chicken stock cubes on TV) .

London Steakhouse Co. does exactly what it says ( steak, in London ) and they do it very well.

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We had a salmon starter , a lighter option ahead of all the meat we were about to have.

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I had my steak medium rare , which is how every person in the world should have their steak. Ordering a well-done steak in this place is not punishable by death, but it should be.

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Dessert was a pecan pie; the best I have ever had considering this was my first time having it. Coupled with ice cream which may have been lavender? Or Basil? … Something herby.

The restaurant itself was a little cosy (cosy = the diplomatic cramped) but very busy and close to the Curzon Theatre on King’s Road , for anyone that fancies a dinner before theatre.

My only complaint would be that our waiter recommended a cocktail to me which was “One that women always order”. Naturally my vagina said no to that cocktail and I ordered something stronger , with whisky.

I liked it waiter-man , I liked it !!

To the left is my defiant little cocktail.
To the left is my defiant little cocktail.

Now we’re back home recovering from all of the steak which incidentally my body no longer responds very well to (because I’m a woman) .