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The Lovebirds

Published May 23, 2020

The Lovebirds

Not sure about this one. It had to skip theatres and so Netflix snatched it up, we were keen to see it as part of the whole ‘early release’ thing. On the surface, it’s a good enough movie, but I really think it only stands up because of the fantastic chemistry between the two leads, and their great banter.

Artfully unique

Published May 23, 2020

Artfully unique

I’ve had an Apple Watch Pride band before, but ended up not wearing it that much because it was one of the fabric ones and I’m much more comfortable in the Sport bands. So, the new 2020 Pride bands solved that problem with two fresh and fabulous sport bands in the rainbow colours. And the one I’ve opted for, it’s really gorgeous. Show your true stripes with pride!

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Published May 23, 2020

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

For some reason, I thought I’d already this but it became clear quite quickly that I hadn’t. I was aware that the film (a classic and much loved by me) took quite a different path to the book, but I didn’t realise quite how out there the book was! It starts off pretty similar, football at school, the Vietnam war, etc. But then it drifts off to quite a different destination.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Published May 21, 2020

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

When I was checking my book review list for Roald Dahl works, I realised I’m a bit short on the complete package. I’ve read a lot of them, obviously, but not documented it. So I checked what was in my digital library and stumbled across this one. James was never one of my favourite stories, I think perhaps the giant insects weren’t a great incentive to read it over and over again.

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

Published May 18, 2020

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I thought it was going to be either deep drama or fluffy rom com but it somehow was a bit of both. Trying to span both genres meant it didn’t quite hit the spot for me, and the pacing felt a little off.

More Mastermind - Shaken and a little bit stirred

Published May 17, 2020

More Mastermind - Shaken and a little bit stirred

I’ve seen a couple more Mastermind editions that have caught my attention but this one came via a slightly different route. I wasn’t expecting to see a James Bond quiz on the BBC Sport site but there it was. Darren Bent, footballer, chose the super spy as his specialist subject but didn’t do as well as he might have hoped. The poor guy only managed to get one of his questions right, but having seen them, I’m not sure I would have done much better.

Aftermath by The Rolling Stones

Published May 17, 2020

Aftermath by The Rolling Stones

As I recently listened to my first Beatles album of this adventure, it seemed only fair to give their bitter rivals a go as well. I had somehow thought The Rolling Stones were a bit more rocky than this, but they’re only just straddling the rock/pop border.

Petals For Armor by Hayley Williams

Published May 17, 2020

Petals For Armor by Hayley Williams

I was looking forward to this, as I love the creativity of Hayley and previously Paramore. It was clearly a well thought out project with the three sections of five songs each coming together to make a full body of work. And you can feel the heart and soul that’s gone into it as well.

Spies in Disguise

Published May 16, 2020

Spies in Disguise

The first third of this movie was kinda dull, you knew the beats they were hitting, it was obvious what was going to happen, and you were just waiting for the inevitable. Once Will Smith turned into a bird, the comedy picked up a little bit, although it still felt quite slow going.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Michael Palin

Published May 14, 2020

Around the World in Eighty Days by Michael Palin

Listened to Michael narrating his journey around the world in audiobook form and it was lovely. Such a warm guide, gently travelling across the globe by boat and train, avoiding planes and desperately trying to keep ahead of the schedule. You can easily see Michael loves the people that he meets – spending so much time in close confines with people on boats, you’ve got to be open-minded and gracious and the hero that Palin is.