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Nicholas McDonald
Works at Ernst & Young
Attended University of Westminster
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Coachella's official site simply states that "Selfie sticks / Narcisists" are banned from attendance.

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It's snowing in London, but it's not enough to build a snowman. :(
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TIL that 90% of the sun can be blocked and it still looks like a normal day in the UK. #eclipse
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The Death Star approaches. Waiting for the eclipse of the decade, literally. #cloudseverywhere
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Let me just start by saying that I am a bit hesitant to recommend this film. For one, it has a strong art house vibe that may not appeal to a lot of people. Secondly, it's really (not) about vampires.

Only Lovers Left Alive is a unique film, in that it uses the vampire mythos mostly as a means to explore the human condition. While the anguish of having lived many centuries is near tangible in every scene there's an understated beauty whereby it still manages to celebrate life and art, in one form or another. 

Yes, our two leads are vampires, but it doesn't define who they are. The performances by Hiddleston and Swinton are so natural and genuine that their relationship feels truly feels truly lived-in. They could be the most perfect couple you’ve ever met, lovers for eons, perhaps the only lovers left alive, just the two of them against the world.

Director Jim Jarmusch knows what cool is and transfers that knowledge into his films. If you can handle all that on a slow burn then you may just come to appreciate the brilliant cinematography, smart dialogue and a soundtrack that captures the mood of a dozen lifetimes.

For me, this film ultimately proves to be a worthwhile experience that I will certainly want to revisit in due time.

Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.
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If you take me by my word you won't be disappointed. This is definetly the type of film that lingers in your mind long after you've seen it.
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Something is happening in my ears, I like it. #nowplaying  
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Wow, very imaginative. Nicely done.
 
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Thanks to the +Royal Observatory Greenwich for selecting my image as one of the shortlisted (finalist) images in your Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 contest!  I posted a link to its appearance in their "Judges' Advice" video on my blog in August: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2014/08/astronomy-photographer-of-year-2014.html

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Education
  • University of Westminster
    BA Business Management, 2009 - 2012
  • University of Westminster
    BA Finance & Financial Services, 2009 - 2012
  • Hammersmith & West London College
    Business, 2009 - 2010
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Financier. Film Enthusiast. Warrior Poet.
Introduction
I'm a chess player in a world of poker players. I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious. Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold-hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes.

Career
I'm an advisor and investor. I travel, I write, and sometimes I even do both at the same time.

Interests
Film. Technology. Science. History. Photography. And copious amounts of coffee to get through it all.

Scribbling
I'll occasional write and post film reviews, travel notes, foodie adventures (and conquests), daily happenings, science-y stuff, and whatever else comes to mind. 

Miscellaneous
I speak French, a bit of Portuguese, Japanese, and Morse Code. 

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Disclaimer: All thoughts, posts, and opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of my employer(s) their clients, or any of their affiliated companies.
Bragging rights
I've survived a run in with George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Scott Lynch. They each swore an oath to write me into their next books.
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Employment
  • Ernst & Young
    Consulting, 2012 - present
  • The IWSR
    Editorial Intern, 2014 - 2014
  • Jaguar Land Rover
    Sales, 2009
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London
Previously
Leblon, BR - Manhattan Beach, CA - Hollywood, FL - St. Andrew, JA
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Kilis has quickly became one of my favorite restaurants in London. There's a certain aura and charm about this place that it's hard to not to fall in love with. We tried a variety of items, including a superb king prawn and char grilled chicken kofte starter, lamb cutlets, and a char-grilled sea bass main, and some really exceptional chocolate and cheesecake for dessert. The food was top notch, the service attentive without being intrusive, and on par with some of my other favorite restaurants. Don't miss this one! The chefs are excellent.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Byron is one of the best burger restaurants in town, and this one in particular happens to be my favourite outlet. Going to Byron is almost reminiscent of going into a dinner in New York in the early nineties, or so I'd imagine. Mismatched chairs, patterned floors and rustic lighting. All these make it trendy in that sense but also far from alienating. Even better is that the service is amazing, as is the price. Oh, and I almost forget the burgers.. These really need no introduction, I trust that if you're reading this you've already heard how good they are. For the health-concious among us I would definitely recommend that you try the courgette fries and mushroom burger (Portobello mushroom with roasted red pepper, goat cheese and baby spinach). If you're feeling adventurous then be sure to try the Oreo milkshake.
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reviewed a year ago
An amazing collection of books, film and comic memorabilia. Mind you, my first visit here was for a book signing (Patrick Rothfuss & Scott Lynch) but it was incredible experience nonetheless. Those two hours I spent in the queue became more of a journey through the archives of science fiction's past and present. For some, the Forbidden Planet may just be the centre of the universe.
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I've been here a couple of times for various trade shows and launch events. The last few times I've been have been okay, however, I could not wait to leave. It is a great venue and has excellent appeal though once you enter you'll quickly realise that ventilation/cooling isn't one of its better attributes. It's a great place to be in winter but if it's any other time of year heat/humidity can be an issue.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Good
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reviewed a year ago
Quaint venue with a great atmosphere. I have been here a few times and have enjoyed each visit. The food is limited but usually good, drinks are super cheap and you'll sometimes run into a famous face (or two) and get a live band. Also, if you're not a member and plan on going on a Friday or Saturday it would be best if you arrived early.
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Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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