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Fitness is a work in progress

Published January 23, 2021

Fitness is a work in progress

It’s been about a month that Apple Fitness+ has been out in the wide world and I’ve been using it pretty consistently since then. I wrote some thoguhts when the service initially launched and I thought it would be worth an update. My bottom line feelings haven’t changed: it’s a great addition to my fitness schedule but it doesn’t replace anything wholely. I turn to it when the main aim of my workout is closing my rings because having the visuals up on screen really helps achieve those goals. When I’m after something a bit more intense, Les Mills is still my go to.

Great Scott

Published January 21, 2021

Great Scott

We’re in the middle of another lockdown which means opportunities to go outside are few and far between, and that living vicariously through YouTube is the order of the day. I’ve suddenly realised the appeal of those “slow television” videos, particularly where people are just walking around looking at stuff. If you like a bit more content than that, I’ve also found just the thing! Tom Scott has a YouTube channel with a variety of subjects but I’ve really been enjoying his Amazing Places series.

Wonder Woman 1984

Published January 16, 2021

Wonder Woman 1984

Well, the obvious review of this film is that it’s nowhere near as good as the first one. Gal Gadot is great, as always, and Pedro Pascal was amazing at that heightened caricature of a baddie. The good bits were really good, but there was a lot that wasn’t good. The story didn’t make a lot of sense, there was a lot unexplained, and it raised questions that were far bigger than the space of a movie allowed.

Five thoughts on WandaVision

Published January 16, 2021

Five thoughts on WandaVision

The first two episodes of WandaVision appeared on Disney+ this week and I very quickly devoured them both. I wasn’t expecting to be as interested as I was, thought maybe I’d check it out when I had the time, but all the hype surrounding it completely sucked me in. Here are five immediate thoughts about the show: In navigating the menus to get to the show, Disney+ recommended their new Marvel Legends series and I’m so glad I watched this first.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds

Published January 16, 2021

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds

This album popped up because on Huey Lewis' radio show, he claimed that Simple Minds were a one-hit wonder. Mr C found this quite offensive and then we realised I hadn’t done any of their albums! So, here we go! Woohoo, the 80s! It’s very firmly 80s in a good way, all the synths and sounds that make that decade what it is. I really enjoyed the album and actively want to listen to more from their back catalogue. Definitely not one-hit wonders!

Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted by Passenger

Published January 16, 2021

Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted by Passenger

I mean, there’s not a lot to say about this one, it’s a fine album. It’s Passenger doing what he does best - putting together some peaceful, calm songs. It was fine while I was listening to it, but I’m not going to remember this album in a couple of weeks.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Published January 10, 2021

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

It makes no sense plotwise, but equally picks holes in its own plot problems. It’s meta in the way it dips in and out of the actual film but left me not quite sure what I was watching. And although I enjoy Gizmo being the hero at the end… he did a load of training and went into battle with just one arrow. What was his next plan?

Hellscape pixel mirror time dungeon

Published January 10, 2021

Hellscape pixel mirror time dungeon

I can’t believe I didn’t write anything after watching the first series of Staged in summer of last year. David Tennant and Michael Sheen bantering for 6 x 20 minute episodes. It was one of the bright spots of culture that came out of the specific circumstances of lockdown. Despite it being an epic piece of work, I suppose no one really wanted a second series as it meant life hadn’t got back to normal.

Old Dominion by Old Dominion

Published January 9, 2021

Old Dominion by Old Dominion

It’s a really good album. Old Dominion are a strong country band, never dipping too far into that deep country sound but also stopping just short of falling into the pop-country genre too. If I’m honest, the songs are all great but perhaps ultimately forgettable, except One Man Band - that is a real stand out song that gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. I also liked Some People Do, although it’s a bit of a downer way to end an album.

Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus

Published January 9, 2021

Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus

I loved it. It’s a new side to Miley, embracing that rock pop side more with incredible guest appearances from Joan Jett and Billy Idol. There’s a lot of tunes on there but obviously stand out tracks as well like Midnight Sky. I particularly liked Hate Me too. This is a great body of work and a brilliant kick start to the new year of albums.