This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Melanie Dunmar, Chief Operating Officer at Design Works Gaming.
This new edition encompasses a private island retreat, a penchant for frightening tales and a golfing passion.
I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon on a private island in the Turks and Caicos called Parrot Cay. The island had white sand, turquoise sea, and just the most picture-perfect resort imaginable. It was deserted, we could wander the beach by ourselves, and the hospitality was second to none. A truly magical vacation.
The Shining by Steven King. It’s a cliché about books, but I really couldn’t put it down. Steven King is such a good author, and it is so vividly written it just consumed my imagination. I read it every night, and then couldn’t turn the lights off when it became time to sleep because I was so scared. I think I slept with the lights on for three days straight! The film is great, but it just doesn’t compare to the book. It’s a masterpiece.
ACDC – Back in Black. As a child of the 80s, I was a big fan of Rock and Roll, and it didn’t get much bigger than ACDC. Their Back in Black album featured all the hits, and nearly every track gets me energised and happy. With songs like Shoot to Thrill, Hells Bells and of course, Back in Black, it was an iconic album.
Best Sporting Experience
The Masters. With DWG based in Arizona, we are lucky enough to have the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which is a prestigious golfing event. As a keen golfer myself, I attended The Masters in Augusta for the first time in 2015. It is an event I have always watched on TV since I was a little girl, and to experience it live, with all its tradition and ceremony, was incredible. The course is every bit as beautiful as it seems on TV, with such vibrant colours creating a perfect setting for such a famous tournament.
Overboard. With Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell as the leads, you know it is going to be a good film. I love a comedy film, and this cracks me up every time I watch it. She’s stuck up, he’s just a common carpenter, and they really don’t like each other. With high jinks galore, it’s a goofy film with a happy ending, which is all you can ask for.
Duolingo – a language app. In my experience, it is so important to have a command of more than one language. I was born in Germany, and got my break in the gambling industry partly due to the fact I can speak a second language. Now, I am learning Spanish, but it is also such a great app to get the whole family engaged with. My son is currently learning German through it, which I am helping him with, while my daughter is learning Chinese, so she can talk in secret with her friend. It’s a fun way to learn a genuinely useful skill, and allows us to spend loads of family time together.