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Published April 7, 2019

Fit and funny

There’s always a big push these days to get people up and active and try and stem the sedentary lifestyles we have grown so used to. Given the many initiatives that are out there, I was wondering whether it wouldn’t be useful to have a celebrity or two making online videos that help try and show people how a) accessible and b) fun training and working out can be. It doesn’t have to be a chore.

916. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Published April 6, 2019

916. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I was really nervous about watching this one, given the hype and how extremely loved it is by most who have watched it. Spider-Man has always been a bit sort of love/hate, really, but the recent game has warmed me to Peter Parker’s universe enormously. I was glad we had played the game before this, to know who Miles and Fisk were, but even with that, I imagine there’s a lot we missed. I suspect this was aimed at the comic book fans more than those who have enjoyed the movies.

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting

Published April 1, 2019

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting

Just like the Billie Eilish album I listened to this week, I don’t think this is one that I would reach for on the every day. I was worried, too, because I’m not a huge fan of talky talky bits in albums. But this, this really worked. I guess because it’s designed to be music behind carefully selected snippets, rather than people trying to be funny. It was good – fab music with moving anecdotes, so that the actual singers sounded out of place. Again, not sure when I’d seek this out, but really glad I heard it.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish

Published April 1, 2019

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish

The hype for this album has been unreal but I was very nervous about listening to it. My feelings afterwards are mixed and complicated. I thought it was a really good album, maybe not quite so good as the hype, but up there as a great debut. However, it’s a very specific mood, and one that I can’t really put my finger on. When am I going to be in the mood to select this album for a listen? I’m just not sure.

915. Creed II

Published March 30, 2019

915. Creed II

This is just like what happened with Fast & Furious 7. I didn’t think I was going to like the series, but gradually, as you work through each film, you get more and more invested in all of it and then they kill you off with an emotional sequel that knocks you for six.

914. Creed

Published March 29, 2019

914. Creed

The most important thing about this film is that they didn’t ruin the Rocky legacy. It’s insane that there is a such a huge gap between the stories, that we’re introducing a whole new generation of fighters but it still worked perfectly. The nostalgia level was huge but they also managed to keep the story moving forward.

Out of your hands

Published March 28, 2019

Out of your hands

It’s always been a surprise to people that, despite being someone who avidly followed Formula One for a good ten years, I really don’t care much for cars. Recently someone asked me what car I drive, the vehicle I have sat in pretty much every day for two years, and it took me about twenty minutes to remember. I’ve always loved the freedom and independence being a driver gives you, but in terms of the mechanics, I couldn’t be less interested.

Start with a black screen

Published March 28, 2019

Start with a black screen

It doesn’t matter what you think of Apple or their offerings this week from the latest announcement event. This video, that kicked off the reveal of their TV+ programming, is special. Simple and pure, somehow moving and momentous, really digging into the wonder that is creativity. I could watch it over and over, I really could. And whilst we’re on the subject, I’m fascinated to see what Apple’s foray into content reveals.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Published March 25, 2019

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

Somehow it has been more than three years I’ve been doing this album adventure and I haven’t yet listened to Elton, old or new. This being the first, it has some of the big classics on there, but I have to admit, it being a double album was a little bit long. It’s good, obviously, it’s Elton and his talent is unquestionable, but it did just feel like a lot to get through each time.

Under My Skin by Gabrielle

Published March 25, 2019

Under My Skin by Gabrielle

This album is a complete surprise. Firstly, I didn’t even know it had been released last year, it totally passed me by. Luckily the deluxe version was promoted and so I was keen to have a listen. It was really good! Nothing superbly outstanding but just a full album of great Gabrielle tunes. She has a wonderful voice and it’s all just very listenable.