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All the right moves

Published May 4, 2019

All the right moves

Today I managed to earn this award on my Apple Watch - 1,000 move goals. I don’t quite know how that’s possible, especially since a burst of energy a month or two ago sent my move goal sky high. But I’ve got a good relationship with the goals on my watch now - not over-taxing myself to try and reach them and then burning out, but using them as motivation to keep going when you just need that little extra push to get an award.

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

Published May 4, 2019

Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow

I really liked this album. I didn’t know I was a Sheryl fan but I knew more of the songs than I thought I did. It’s quite hard to pin down the genre, it’s definitely country but it feels like a cross-over, like Shania but far less poppy. It’s more like country-rock, but even then that doesn’t quite fit. I don’t know but whatever it is, I liked it and it’ll be one I can listen to over and again.

Hurts 2B Human by P!nk

Published May 4, 2019

Hurts 2B Human by P!nk

Lovely Pink returns with another album, not all that long after the last one. Her sound is getting more mature each time, and you can tell that Pink is figuring out how to deal with the world as it is - and hoping to help us do the same. There are some great songs and some good ones, but if I’m honest, the album does peter out a little towards the end. The last couple of songs are just a bit too warbly for my tastes. But overall, another great album.

Bumblebee

Published May 2, 2019

Bumblebee

I pretty much knew I was going to love this movie from the outset. Bumblebee is everyone’s favourite Transformer, and I heart Hailee, so it was a good match. And the film was pretty much what I thought it would be - emotional scenes, an epic amount of cuteness, but tinged with those big robot fight sequences.

Invisibility isn't always a power

Published May 1, 2019

Invisibility isn't always a power

I’m currently listening to the audiobook Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It’s focus is on the gender data gap - the ways in which the world is often unthinkingly designed for men and how that affects women in real and unexpected ways. I’m finding it hard going, not because of the book itself - it’s well written, researched and read - but because the unintended and far-reaching consequences of a simple lack of thinking weigh heavy on me.

Winter is coming... just a bit slower for me

Published April 30, 2019

Winter is coming... just a bit slower for me

Okay, Game of Thrones fans, look away now because I know you’re just enjoying some of the best episodes ever (apparently), but I am still miles behind you. Yes, that’s me, one of those people that gets caught up on the hype train at the very last minute and then has to watch seven seasons in about six weeks. I’m doing pretty well actually. I tried watching Game of Thrones a long while back and got through about an episode and a half, I think.

Generate the blog that makes you feel better

Published April 27, 2019

Generate the blog that makes you feel better

It’s been a long time since I made any significant changes to my blog and the system it runs on, and now, seemingly overnight, everything has completely changed. This isn’t the work of a moment though. This is something I’ve been thinking about for at least three years. The problem I’ve used Wordpress for many, many moons now and whilst I’ve always thought it was functional in a way that would work for most people, it never quite fit my purposes.

Sheer Heart Attack by Queen

Published April 27, 2019

Sheer Heart Attack by Queen

After watching the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, it was only a matter of time before I delved into the Queen archive again. This was a great album, with a handful of famous songs interspersed with more greatness. I liked it better than Night at the Opera, but only because the songs had a similar feel to them throughout, rather than a mish-mash of genres. Could be a new favourite.

Jade Bird by Jade Bird

Published April 27, 2019

Jade Bird by Jade Bird

I really liked this album! I picked it on the strength of the one song, Love Has All Been Done Before, because it had a nice unusual feel to it. The rest of the album was more of the same. A sort of old school pop-rock with Jade’s intense and sometimes even rasping voice. It’s just good fun.

Navigated with skill

Published April 26, 2019

Navigated with skill

Recently, I was given a handful of Cornish beers, the spoils of a trip to the South West coast, and one of them was Doom Bar. I know you can buy this in plenty of places around the country, but still, it’s always a little bit more special when something comes to you from where it’s actually made, isn’t it? I’m not a big beer drinker really, but I wanted to try the Doom Bar because… well, because Strike drinks it.