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Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Published June 30, 2019

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

I really liked the last Bruce album I listened to and although I knew this one was going to be kinda different, I still had hopes it would work out. Ultimately, it wasn’t my favourite. It’s just a bit boring, really, nothing stood out particularly and a couple of the songs were annoying (the miracle one, and the one where he seems to just list many ailments).

Fighting With My Family

Published June 27, 2019

Fighting With My Family

Good film, this one. I was expecting good things, what with the Rock teaming up with Stephen Merchant but it delivered. I had heard them discussing it on various promotional opportunities and they often said that you didn’t need to know anything about wrestling to enjoy the film, which I think is true and I was grateful for.

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Published June 23, 2019

Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys

Naturally, I know all the words to all the songs off by heart which makes them super fun to listen and sing along to. It’s a bit of a difficult one to score because I’m so close to this album that it is naturally a five, but really, objectively, there are some less-than-stellar songs on there.

Doom Days by Bastille

Published June 23, 2019

Doom Days by Bastille

The last album from Bastille was alright, but it annoyed me the volume of talky bits, radio excerpts, that kind of thing. I’m sure it was arty and important but it didn’t make for much fun listening. This one, thankfully is free of those things, and I actually really enjoyed it.

Look after the Pennies

Published June 23, 2019

Look after the Pennies

If you’re ever reviewing your finances, it’s easy to look at the bigger picture: current accounts, savings, mortgages. But as the saying goes, it’s useful to look after those pennies as well because they can start to add up to more meaningful numbers. The Pennies app helps you do just that, with a super simple and clean interface that sets up a budget and tries to ensure you stick to it.

Super grass

Published June 20, 2019

Super grass

Feeling a little the worse for wear from our weekend at two music concerts, we decided the ideal remedy was to head to the Edgbaston Priory Club for a spot of tennis. It’s the second year in a row we’ve attended the event, and was just as good this time round. There’s a nice relaxed feeling at Edgbaston, in fact when you walk in it feels more like a summer fete, with lots of kids with racquets running around and the smells of barbecue wafting in the air.

The greatest showmen

Published June 19, 2019

The greatest showmen

My write up of our outing to see the Spice Girls at Wembley mentions the fact that I had previously not been a concert-going person. I had practically no experience of seeing music live and in person, but that was all set to change that year. My realisation that I could now probably cope with it all coincided nicely with the Backstreet Boys going on their huge DNA World Tour. To celebrate (and encourage) me going, we decided to go VIP and make a nice big deal of my first proper concert experience.

Girls on tour

Published June 19, 2019

Girls on tour

The Spice Girls recently wrapped up a short UK reunion tour with three dates at Wembley Stadium and I was at the middle one. It turns out that Mr C saw them live way back when and when he got his hands on tickets for the Spice World 2019 Tour, he somehow convinced me to go with him. Now I’ve previously not been a concert-going person. I’ve been to one small gig that barely counts, and I’ve abandoned a comedian halfway through their arena set because I was not enjoying the concept at all.

The Girl on the Train

Published June 16, 2019

The Girl on the Train

Obviously I knew the main plot points and how it all unravelled but it was still really fascinating to see how they worked through it on the screen. It worked pretty well. I wonder if I wouldn’t have struggled a little to start with, it felt quite confusing despite me already knowing the plot, but it soon settled down into a good unpredictable thriller.

My Cousin Vinny

Published June 16, 2019

My Cousin Vinny

I was kind of just enjoying this film as a 90s comedy movie where Joe Pesci does what he does. But as it wore on and Marisa Tomei got more and more awesome, I really fell in love with it. A good courtroom fight is always fun, and this had twists and turns along the way. But Marisa won the day and did so in great style.