Friday night at the movies: Bastille Day

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 06 May, 2016

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If you are looking for something to do this evening , then you could try the cinema and see the latest movie from/starring Idris Elba, "Bastille Day".

US operative Sean Briar (Idris Elba) is transferred from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria to the CIA station in Paris. This misfit real-world warrior now finds himself struggling to adjust to a desk bound role in the fight against cyber-terrorism.

The eve of Bastille Day, Zoe Naville (Charlotte Le Bon) heads out across Paris to plant a bomb.
Meaning to kill no one, but instead, make a huge political statement, Zoe has a change of heart at the last minute, as she decides to abandon her plans.
Subsequently, her bag is stolen by an American pickpocket, Michael Mason (Richard Madden). Not realising the nature of what lies within, he hurriedly takes anything of use, before chucking the bag and the rest of its contents into a bin beside a popular Paris Métro station.
The bomb goes off and he becomes the prime suspect in this terrorist bomb attack.
Briar is determined to track him down before the French authorities can.
He soon becomes convinced that Mason is not responsible, but may be the only link to the real perpetrator.
I will not tell you the ins and out of the story or twists and turns as that takes away from the actual experience of watching the movie.
I saw Bastille Day this Bank Holiday weekend and 2 things stood out for me:
I felt uncomfortable at the start as it is a mere few months after the tragic events of last November in Paris and I must admit I couldn't stop a few tears; for me it felt too raw and real rather than watching a movie.
I am definitely on the "Idris Elba for next Bond" waggon now and this movie was like a 90 minutes personal audition. The chase across Paris rooftops at the beginning looked very much like the starting scene of Skyfall where Bond chases the baddie on top of a running train. Elba is cool, fit, we know he can definitely act, he has swagger, he is a Brit, and follows on the more "rough and ready but cool" Bond started with Daniel Craig. Oh and Elba is hot.
Overall a good action movie.

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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