Wondrous Oblivion

This movie is a delightful coming of age story set in London in the 60s. It deals with race as well as community and how family can look different from our usual paradigms. I have to say I shed a few tears from sadness as well as joy but great redemptive value at the end which always sits well with most people. When the title of the movie is mentioned within the story it is quite humourous as he is wondrously oblivious but carries that over to the whole racial conflict that the street is experiencing simultaneously. Maybe we should all start playing cricket too.


UK Chica is the culmination of a lot of effort from a few people. Firstly, the name is a nod to my BFF (OK, I’m not 15, but she is the bomb!). She brilliantly came up with it. I am from the UK and call my girls chica all the time. I love different languages having studied French and German as a kid and Spanish as an adult. So that makes sense – well at least to us!

The idea of this site is because I read a lot and friends know this and they ask for recommendations all the time. Let me also add that I read a lot of different stuff. I may have my daughter add a section on sci fi, or as I call it, weird, as she is very discerning and reads that genre a lot.

You will also find new as well as old books reviewed here. I try to read classics each year, working my way back through Shakespeare or Dickens, for example.

As for me, I grew up in the suburbs of London and studied science in college. Community happened in pubs, and I love a good chin wag, discussion or disagreement between friends, old and new. or as a wise man has said and recently quoted by Jase, “Strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet”.