Kumari Tilakawardane

I'm a writer based in the UK. I'll write about pretty much anything, but I've got experience in writing about travel, culture, film, sport, TV, food, IT, beauty, and politics. Get in touch - I'm nice, I promise.

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One Day in... Greenwich Village, NYC

One of New York’s most famous areas, Greenwich Village – or simply ‘the Village’ to those in the know – is home to some of the city’s best cafes, most iconic sights, and most fascinating walks. With so much to see and do, it can be tough to know where to start. Here’s our guide to the ultimate day out in Greenwich Village, featuring: • Ideas for the morning, afternoon and evening The Village’s history of bohemian counter-culture and artistic expression makes it one of New York’s most lively ar

India: In Five Senses

Vast and with a different landscape, culture and atmosphere around almost every corner, it’s impossible to quantify India as a whole. Except, that is, to describe visits to this amazing country as a thrill for the senses. No two destinations in India are the same. However, they all share a richness in sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. In other words, holidays to India are exciting, rewarding and a must-do on your travel bucket list. See for yourself why this storied land has attrac

Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix) Movie Review

Based on a controversial best-seller by J.D. Vance, Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy is ostensibly a true story, though the film goes out of its way to make it seem like pure cinematic fiction. When Vance’s memoir of the same name first came out back in 2016, it quickly divided opinion. There were some who saw it as an explainer of how Trumpism gained popularity, an insight into the working class communities of America’s Rust Belt. There were others who saw it as a biased and skewed condemnation of

Small Axe: Mangrove (BBC) TV Show Review

Steve McQueen has already carved his name into the annals of history, of the British, Art, Cinema and World varieties. Now, the multi-hyphenate creator has moved to the small screen, with anthology series Small Axe chronicling the lives of the Caribbean community in London between the late 1960s and the mid 1980s. Not content with being the first Black filmmaker to win the Best Picture Oscar or being the darling of the art world for receiving the Turner Prize, McQueen has taken to BBC (and Amaz

Discover Belize

What Belize may lack in size is more than made up for in sheer adventure opportunities and stunning natural beauty. Here you’ll find ancient Mayan ruins, lush rainforest, amazing wildlife and even the world’s second longest barrier reef.  Other Tours Feature Writer Kumari Tilakawardane took a closer look, in search of the best places to visit, and the most incredible things to see. Here’s what she found… Whether you’re on terra firma or taking to the waters around Belize , you’re sure to see so

Things to Do in Australia 2019

Australia is a vast, diverse and endlessly exciting destination, promising adventures aplenty and lots of spectacular landscapes. Our Australia Travel Specialists have put together their Top 10 Australian Events and Festivals taking place in 2019 so you can plan your travel accordingly. Whether you’re a foodie or are after an authentic Aussie experience, we’re sure you’ll find something to inspire your travel ‘down under’ next year…

Where Was Crazy Rich Asians Filmed?

Set to be one of the hottest releases of the year, Crazy Rich Asians hits the big screen from 14 September. Following Chinese-American Rachel (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to Singapore for a family wedding, the film takes in the dazzling beauty of Singapore and Malaysia. The film is already historic, being the first mainstream Hollywood release with an all-Asian cast for two decades, and is sure to top many ‘Best of 2018’ lists.

Christopher Robin

Pooh, Tigger and pals are back – with a brand new CGI look and a grown-up Christopher Robin to boot. This is clearly a film that deals with some big emotions Christopher Robin follows some pretty well-trod footsteps; it comes in the wake of Disney live action/CGI films like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, it’s hot on the heels of Paddington 2 for the title of most beloved big-screen bear, and of course it’s bringing truly universally beloved children’s characters back.Christopher Rob
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