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Window of opportunity

Published March 29, 2020

Window of opportunity

When it was announced that we should all lock ourselves away and keep ourselves entertained within the four walls of our house, I didn’t get too carried away thinking of all the things I could achieve. It’s not like that. But I did think I might be able to blog a bit more than I have so far (read: no blogging at all). Unfortunately, marshalling the mind towards cohesive paragraphs isn’t that easy when there’s a global apocalypse happening outside the window.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Published March 29, 2020

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

I climbed aboard the High Flying Birds train on Who Built the Moon, so was interested to see how it all began for Noel and his new band. I really enjoyed this album, actually, it’s got echoes of what I love in the third studio album but is its own thing - and probably closer to the old Oasis days.

kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini

Published March 29, 2020

kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini

Yay! Third album from Kelsea, and she’s still not let us down. Great songs right from the start but there are some stand-outs. Hole in the Bottle is an unapologetic tale of getting through the day the only way you know how.

Military Wives

Published March 27, 2020

Military Wives

It’s a great way of showing the side of the story for those left behind, but also that there’s a great bond of friendship for people thrust together in unusual circumstances. Funny moments, sad moments, breakthroughs, arguments, tantrums and ultimately an inspirational performance. Perfect.

Bloodshot

Published March 27, 2020

Bloodshot

I had an interesting journey through this one. At first, I wasn’t convinced at all - the first half hour was boring, predictable, derivative, Vin Diesel doing what he does. I was rolling my eyes. But then, when the twist happened and things started unravelling, it became far more interesting! By the end, I was really enjoying the whole thing!

The Banker

Published March 26, 2020

The Banker

This was a really good film, great cast, with Samuel L Jackson stealing the show at every opportunity. He’s the backbone of a movie that does a great job at explaining the maths behind it whilst also being entertaining and moving - the inequality on display is just the worst.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Published March 25, 2020

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Right, so we watched this because the first one was okay, it has Demi Moore added to the fun, and we wanted to check it off the list before watching the reboot with Elizabeth Banks. We’re completionists like that. Oof, I really wish we hadn’t bothered. It was so bad.

Mr Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester

Published March 24, 2020

Mr Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester

I’ve tried to read this a few times, I know the first few pages almost off by heart. Naturally, as a fan of Ioan Gruffudd, I loved the TV show but it’s taken a while for the books to grab me as well. This time, I listened to the audiobook as read by Christian Rodska, and it was really good. I like that it doesn’t shy away from the nautical terminology but equally is easy enough to follow.

Knives Out

Published March 23, 2020

Knives Out

From the moment I saw the trailer for this, I was looking forward to it so I was superbly excited when the pre-order finally downloaded. Thankfully, it lived up to every expectation. A fantastic mystery at the heart of it all, with plenty of moments you’re completely led up the garden path, suspicious of people who have nothing to do with it, and tying yourself up in knots trying to figure out what happened.

Little America by Epic Magazine

Published March 23, 2020

Little America by Epic Magazine

As a companion to the Apple TV show of the same name, this book features the stories of a huge variety of people who made their way to America by a variety of different means. Some are hugely successful, some are just scraping by, some are happy and some are still searching, but all of them have a fascinating story to tell.