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A driving hazard

Published January 27, 2020

A driving hazard

The background: I love Peter Kay’s Car Share, I truly believe it to be one of the best TV shows of the decade. When I shared the show with Mr C, he was also on board - comedy and music aren’t too hard to argue with. On the flip side, one thing we argue about more than we probably should is the guilt of the protagonist of Richard Marx’s song Hazard.

Booksmart

Published January 26, 2020

Booksmart

This was so what we needed for our first movie of 2020. It’s a fantastic teen movie that just celebrates those angst-filled times, where you’re feeling misunderstood and like the whole world is against you, but there’s still joy to be found if you look hard enough. It had echoes of Edge of Seventeen and Easy A, that kind of vibe.

Queen of the night

Published January 26, 2020

Queen of the night

This week, I got to see The Bodyguard musical on the final stop of its UK tour. Based on the film of the same name, Alexandra Burke heads the cast with her phenomenal vocal powers bringing to life those infamous Whitney Houston classics. She was joined by Ben Lewis in the role of Frank Farmer (portrayed by Kevin Costner in the movie). And therein lies the problem. I was forever comparing it to the movie, which is an absolute favourite of mine.

Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

Published January 25, 2020

Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

Firstly, I don’t quite understand why Apple have classed this as a dance album - it’s surefire pop through and through. Just because Abdul was a dancer doesn’t mean she’s making dance music.

Manic by Halsey

Published January 25, 2020

Manic by Halsey

This is a solid album from Halsey, some great songs mixed in with lyrical interludes and some surprising guests - I was happy to hear the dulcet tones of Alanis in there.

Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

Published January 23, 2020

Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

I’ve read a handful of Dirk Pitt books but not for a long while and I thought it made sense to go right back to the beginning of the adventure. This book wasn’t the first one published but it is the first in Pitt’s timeline, and therefore we see him right at the start of his journey.

Welcome to the club

Published January 22, 2020

Welcome to the club

You’ll know by now, I’m sure, that I’m obsessed with Oprah’s Book Club. The interactivity between online books, the show, the guidance, the discussion with the author, all of it appeals to me. We recently saw the latest episode of the TV show, where Oprah talked to Elizabeth Strout about her latest work, and it was another good show - another, in fact, that Mr C enjoyed despite not having read the book.

Eyes on the skies

Published January 22, 2020

Eyes on the skies

I’ve long since been a fan of the Red Arrows, those crazy pilots that take to the skies for close formation flying and manoeuvres that quite frankly boggle the mind. The TV show that aired on Channel 5 this time last year was a great insight into the highs and lows of the group trying to get their display ready to perform. Injured pilots, new leaders and commentators, and a significant amount of delays due to bad weather, that’s most of the story that surrounds the Red Arrows.

Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour

Published January 22, 2020

Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour

I picked up tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing live tour back in November, when Strictly fever was at its height - in my household anyway. We were heading rapidly towards the finale with a good few names still left with a chance of winning (even though we all knew it would be Kelvin). Fast-forward to the post-Christmas slump and the tickets didn’t really make sense anymore. The Strictly mood was long-since gone, we’re in the middle of January, a traditionally low month, and the glitter ball trophy and all those sequins couldn’t seem further away.

A Keeper by Graham Norton

Published January 21, 2020

A Keeper by Graham Norton

Another audiobook listen, this time Graham Norton reads the story of an Irish family across the years, dipping between now and then and unravelling a mystery that spans a generation. The book gets off to an excruciatingly slow start, really could have used some tightening in terms of editing. But gradually, as the characters start to be revealed, the mystery deepens, and the story unfolds, it does become quite riveting.