New software became available this week for Apple devices - phones, iPads, TV, and watches - and brought lots of new and intriguing functionality. I can’t wait to get best use out of widgets to organise the phone home screens, tracking sleep on the watch, and scribbling various things on iPad with the pencil.
But one of the things I didn’t think I would be so interested in has totally grabbed my attention, and that is sharing Apple Watch faces.
I know the main Culture Club classics but I don’t really know a lot else, so it was interesting to go back to the start of their journey and this debut album. Ultimately, it didn’t really work for me, it felt like they were throwing a lot of different ideas at the wall and seeing what stuck.
This feels like an album that probably shouldn’t work - The Chicks have been through a lot, have changed their name, and have used the extensive pain and misery of divorce to fuel the songwriting throughout this record. But somehow it does. It’s angry, sure, and if you’re feeling in a zen mood, it’s not going to work for you.
When the first episodes of Ted Lasso were released on Apple TV+, I tweeted this: “Genuinely hoping for Apple TV+ to deliver a stinker at some point and I thought Ted Lasso would be it. But my word, those first three episodes made me laugh and cry. Gorgeous.”
I have a lot, A LOT, more to say about Ted Lasso but I’m waiting for the series to end before I formulate some thoughts.
After being less enthusiastic about the last couple of Bond books, I really enjoyed this one. Things seemed to pick up and I feel like it tied in really closely to the film, I could picture a lot of the events in my head. It’s an odd one to begin with, though, as there are ten full chapters before James Bond even shows up. Instead, we’re with the bad guys finding out what makes them tick. It’s unusual but I quite liked it.
It’s really good. One of those lovely stories with a great cast doing nice things and just trying to make something work against the odds. I love that Celia’s character is so ready to embrace the cultural differences that make London work. And the family dynamic that they’ve created because they’re not really family at all. Heartwarming.
I’m amazed at how closely the style of the writing reflects the original author’s. The way that Frost goes about his business, the conversations he has, and the many threads of story that weave in and out of each other, it was all exactly as I expected. There are some brutal crimes, some more simple than others, and plenty of arguments, flirting and of course, insomnia. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next one.
It’s a great story underneath - the twists and turns, the tension, the who-to-trust moments - and layer on top of that a great cast and you’ve got a fab movie. Although Cruise does a lot of the heavy lifting, I really enjoyed the women in this - Holly Hunter was amazing, and I love that the wife came through for him in the end even though she still thought he had cheated.
This is a good opening album, it shows off their interesting harmonies and unique style. It’s a little bit dated at this point… but there are some highlights on there. Another Town, Another Train somehow got stuck in my head. Whilst I didn’t like so much Nina, Pretty Ballerina. But interesting to see what comes next!