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Age Ain't Nothing But a Number by Aaliyah

Published September 19, 2021

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number by Aaliyah

Aaliyah’s music hasn’t been available on streaming before, so as soon as it was I wanted to grab the opportunity to listen. I know a few of her songs, but none from this album, so starting from the beginning was a bit of an education. She has a wonderful voice and the 90s R&B is right up my street. The R Kelly influence is a bit uncomfortable, but that’s not Aaliyah’s fault. Can’t wait to get to the next one.

Mercury - Act 1 by Imagine Dragons

Published September 19, 2021

Mercury - Act 1 by Imagine Dragons

Yay, another good album, the year is really starting to pick up! It took a couple of listens to get into this but it’s got the good beats you’d expect of an Imagine Dragons release. There’s no thumping anthem like Thunder, which is a shame, but a lot of catchy tunes nevertheless. I’m still trying to get It’s Ok out of my head. The only downside, really, is the lyrics feel a bit… weak, but I can live with that for some good songs.

Boyz n the Hood

Published September 18, 2021

Boyz n the Hood

An incredible movie. It’s a hard watch because the entire time you’re getting to know and understand these characters with the foreboding that something bad is going to happen… which obviously reflects the reality of living on these streets. As a film, it’s surprising how well it works because there’s no real driving force of a plot, just the unravelling of these characters lives as they try and cross from boyhood to adulthood.

Last Action Hero

Published September 18, 2021

Last Action Hero

The trailer for this didn’t look great, but I was interested in the huge number of people making cameos, so figured it was worth a go. It was oddly compelling, but if I’m honest, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there were better things to be watching, and that it wasn’t going to be an overall good film. So although we got past the twenty minute rule, when a technical glitch forced a restart after half an hour, we restarted another film instead.

The gentle approach

Published September 18, 2021

The gentle approach

I’m always interested in new and helpful ways of tracking your health and fitness data, but well aware of the perils of getting obsessed with it. It needs to be a guide rather than the be all and end all of everything. That’s why the Gentler app caught my attention - advertising “better control of your well-being” by turning data into more human and accessible insights. It has all the usual information, workouts done, calories burned, time spent on activities, but it presents tham in a useful way.

Dream Horse

Published September 17, 2021

Dream Horse

This is one of those movies where you know what you’re getting - a low-budget, low-key, heart-felt story about some local people with a big dream overcoming hurdles and doubt and getting a good result by the end. On that side, it was brilliant, and Toni Collette really did a fantastic job as Jan - visibly lightening as the movie went on and she found a bit of spark in her life again.

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects by John Hughes-Wilson

Published September 17, 2021

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects by John Hughes-Wilson

There are a lot of books out there that have jumped on the 100 objects bandwagon, but I think this is a particularly good one. It’s published in consultation with the Imperial War Museum, so all the objects are things that can be found in the museum itself. Each item tells its own tale, but the structure works well for detailing the events of the war as it unfolded, mostly in chronological order but dipping back and forth where necessary.

Sahara by Michael Palin

Published September 13, 2021

Sahara by Michael Palin

Palin’s journey this time takes some sandy footsteps through the world’s most famous desert. It’s an interesting premise and visits some fascinating places - not all steeped in sand, obviously, but quite a lot of them featuring soaring temperatures and desperate poverty. This book also chronicles how the journey took place at the same time as 9/11 was happening on the other side of the world.

The Suicide Squad

Published September 12, 2021

The Suicide Squad

As ever, Harley Quinn stole the entire show. There was about ten minutes in the middle where we might have been enjoying it, but then there was always something to ruin it - bad characters, graphic violence, and my god that starfish at the end was ridiculous. And so much to do with eyes. Bleurgh.

Didn't want to wait anymore

Published September 11, 2021

Didn't want to wait anymore

When I want something a bit more relaxing to watch, I dip into Dawson’s Creek on Netflix. Maybe relaxing isn’t the right word, all those hyperbolic teenagers making a drama out of a molehill, but it’s a comforting treat regardless. The only problem with it is, up until this past week, the theme tune was Run Like Mad rather than the correct I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole. Never has the Skip Intro button been more appropriate.