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Book review: The Troop

The TroopThe Troop by Nick Cutter – a brilliant horror

I don’t normally do book reviews on this blog, but this book is so good that I am going to make an exception.

It reads like a typical Stephen King Novel (in fact in the afterwards the author freely admits to borrowing the narrative style from Stephen King’s Carrie). It starts normally enough with a few scouts and their scoutmaster spending a few days camping on an island, and it generally goes downhill (at least for the scouts) from there. It is kind of a modern combination of Lord of the Flies, The Beach and a healthy dose of good old fashioned horror. It is hardly a plot-killer to say that death happens in many gruesome ways

I read the entire book in about 2 sittings; it is a fast and easy read and simply impossible to put down. While this book is not by Stephen King, it could easily be a lost early work of his.

If you love horror, read this book, you can pre-order it from Amazon. Warning: not for the faint-hearted.

Going Dancing

On Saturday, I shot two amazing dancers at the conference I was shooting. It was tough trying to get a sense of movement in the photos, but I think I pulled it off in the shot. What do you think?

Dancer

 

 

 

Lush Launch

Lois and I have been Lush fans for years, and often our travel plans usually include finding the local Lush shop (to be precise we have been to about 8 different shops in 6 countries).  Since they opened a shop in the V&A Waterfront Cape Town, we no longer need to worry about our luggage being overweight on our return travels.

Lush

While Lush is mainly a shop for the girls, it is a sensory experience. Their products are such a refreshing change to the usual bland supermarket soaps. The shop in Cape Town has been open for about 4 months now, and it lives up to the usual “Lush experience”. The staff are friendly, knowledgable, passionate about the brand, and really to assist.

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A couple of weeks ago, Lois and I were invited to the launch of their new Gorilla range of perfumes. In typical Lush style, it was a wacky evening. Some of the helpers were a hippy, a gorilla, a cook, death, and a faery, all running around demonstrating the scents. And while I am anything from a perfume expert, they have some unusual scents with interesting names, such as “The Sun”, “Euphoria” (my favourite), and the “Devil’s Nightcap”.

Lush Gorilla

So if you have not been down to Lush, go and check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed, it is quite an experience.

By the way, Lush are very strict about animal test, organic products, and they even have some vegetarian and vegan products as well.

Here are the rest of the pics.

Never forget 9/11

Twin Towers

The New York Skyline circa 1996 (taken by my father).

Ground Zero

Never forget the innocent people that died for no reason, and how the world became a more scary place, and sadly even more divided. I have been to ground zero twice in my life, and both times were sad and moving moments. Looking at the signboard containing the list of names of innocent people died, and listening to the heroic stories was a moving experience.

Ground Zero

Sep 11 happened 11 years ago now, and I truly hope that nothing like it ever happens again.

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