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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published October 31, 2019

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

It took me a while to get into the flow of the book, it has a dream-like quality and one where no extraneous explanations are given. The facts, the dialogue, they’re all there if you choose to find them, and I’m confident plenty of it went over my head. That took nothing away from it though, the story grabs you and, for want of a better word, conducts you through the various adventures.

Podcast of the Month - Office Ladies

Published October 29, 2019

Podcast of the Month - Office Ladies

The US version of The Office has been off air for over six years, but it is barely out of the public consciousness and rarely a day goes by that I don’t see an Office gif fly by on my Twitter stream. The success of the Office didn’t diminish the brilliance of the original UK version but it certainly dwarfed it in popularity – spreading its wings to be much more of an ensemble piece, and covering far more ground than the original two series ever could.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 6 thoughts

Published October 28, 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 6 thoughts

Oh, Halloween week. And this time someone is dancing to the Backstreet Boys. Hooray! I’m surprised that we haven’t started hearing all about Blackpool yet, but perhaps that is the next milestone? Who will get there? Read on! Hope Will gets better soon, oof! And Neil! Although I have to say, Kevin, of course, fits Ghostbusters very well. Loving that the name patch clearly has space for four letters but has squeezed in Kev instead.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Published October 26, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home

So many muddled thoughts after this one. Firstly, it felt too soon after Avengers. I needed more time to process what had happened, and I don’t get why this movie is the end of the current phase rather than the huge epic that Avengers was. And then, I’ve been so in love with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, he’s been the best thing in the Avengers for a while, but this one didn’t quite hit the same mark. I guess he’s changed since the events of the previous Marvel movies.

Diva by Annie Lennox

Published October 26, 2019

Diva by Annie Lennox

You know that Lennox can produce good songs and the Eurythmics have some classics, but kicking off your debut solo album with Why and Walking On Broken Glass is stamping your own mark on music for sure. They are two such epic songs, you sort of wonder if the rest of the album can live up to it, but it does.

Cause and Effect by Keane

Published October 26, 2019

Cause and Effect by Keane

First time I listened to this album, I thought it was really boring and I wasn’t sure I can get through another listen. I don’t know why I was so harsh on it, because second time round, it was actually really good. Of course, Keane has that downbeat air around them, that’s what they do but the songs were quite good in the end. I didn’t like the Stupid Things one, coming so quickly after a song where he’s professing his love, but other than that, it was a perfectly good Keane album.

Movies vs. TV

Published October 22, 2019

Movies vs. TV

I recently discovered the podcast Robot or Not which is an audio show where: “Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.” I have been listening to the entire back catalogue, partly because the episodes are so short but also because they’re so fascinating. As the title suggests, the concept started out solely about robots but has branched out to food, ethics, religion and actually quite a lot about food.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 5 thoughts

Published October 21, 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 5 thoughts

This week, guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro sat in for Bruno Tonioli. He did the same thing last year, but I wasn’t watching then, so it was the first time I’ve seen him in action. Such fun! It was actually quite nice to have a bit of a different line up, I wouldn’t want there to be guest judges every week, but it’s no bad thing to hear from different voices. Anyway, on with the notes as it happened:

Backdraft 2

Published October 19, 2019

Backdraft 2

This film was so bad! The only good thing about it existing is that it made us watch the first one but that’s it. In no particular order: bad acting, bad storyline, weirdest dialogue ever, more cop movie than fire movie, dodgy special effects and plot holes galore.

Ready for the weekend with Friday show fun

Published October 19, 2019

Ready for the weekend with Friday show fun

I can’t commit to listening to Beats 1 on a regular basis, as much as I love what they’re doing on the Apple Music platform – but there’s one thing I try very hard not to miss, and that’s Julie Adenuga’s Friday show. It’s Fridaaaaaaaaay. I love Julie, and her weekday show is excellent, crammed with music and interviews that sometimes veer slightly too grime for my tastes but otherwise are eminently enjoyable and listenable.