Friday, 29 November 2013

The Friday File #53 - Ian Somerhalder


Ah Ian Somerhalder, the guy everyone goes mad over in The Vampire Diaries TV series. Oh and the other one, plus some others. But I remember Somerhalder from his Lost days. I need to have another re-watch of that series, loved Lost.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Music Randomness

So... I kinda forgot to write a Music Monday for this week. Did you notice? If not, ignore that I have reminded you that something was missing and start from the next sentence.

With Christmas just around the corner, you know it is - don't even pretend! My musical side takes a more Christmas route in the run up so I thought I would do a group post as there are one or two songs that are currently locked into my brain that need to be shared. Aren't you all lucky? Yes. Yes you are.

These are in no particular order at all

Everyday by Slade

It's that song from the Google Nexus advert and I can't say I've ever heard the song before... but it gets stuck in my head. Arghhhhhhhhhhhh!

It doesn't make me want to buy a Google Nexus tablet though...

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Friday File #52 - Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad is the man of the moment over here, he has taken six wickets already in the opening Ashes test in Australia. In Australia he is just known as the 27yo medium pace bowler after a little decision that happened in the Ashes series over here in the Summer. Basically some Australian press have banned his name and fans are booing him. SIX WICKETS! That booing is really working so far... ;-)

So anyway, Stuart Broad is a English cricketer and he is the captain of the Twenty20 team. And I love him. Based on my size, 5ft 3" and his 6ft 5" frame... this just would never work. A girl can dream though, right?

For the love of F1

It is never wise to criticise a sport or those who have become successful because of that sport because you will always end up annoying someone. Still, here I am about to try to explain why F1 has left my heart this year and it is not Vettel's fault.

When I first started watching F1, it was Senna that caught my attention and as I have heard many times over the years "You started off seeing the best and now no one will compare". That could be true but there have been other times during the years since watching Senna that I have loved watching the sport. Mostly for the rivalries, I think one of my favourites was between Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. I was a big Damon Hill fan and their rivalry was a really fierce one at times. But this was proper wheel-to-wheel racing, it had a real edge to it. It wasn't just that there wasn't things going on further down the grid, technology improvements had started but still cars would spin off and retire. There was definitely more excitement.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Music Monday: Elvis Presley - Always on my Mind

I watched the countdown to the best Elvis song on ITV a week or so ago (voted for by the public from a list selected) and I had already picked my three favourites. My brother had also picked his favourite very quickly too, so quickly that I had barely had time to think about mine! I'm not a big Elvis fan... hang on, I need to explain this better.

I love his music but I don't really know the order in which songs were released. I have an idea but I would fail to get the songs in the right years or even close I think. I didn't really know who wrote his songs or anything like that but I have seen many videos over the years of him performing to know I would have enjoyed watching him. So... not a fan but the man was a musical genius. Yes. Just don't quiz me on him, ok?

Anyway, 'Always on my Mind' was voted No 1 and I know it has been covered since and each time a new added level has been put on, Willie Nelson's version can make me cry and the Pet Shop Boys can make me sing a long with their earworm version. As I said I know only little bits of Elvis' history really, I had no idea that this song was released when he was separating from his wife Priscilla. It added a new dimension to the song for me, raw emotion. I had no clue about the timing.

Yep. Weepy again.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Music Monday: En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)


I'm a bit of a one trick pony when it comes to En Vogue and this is their only song that I really love and actually really know. I know of a few others but this one has always stood out. I think more because I remember the video but also because it is really good to sing a long to in the car. That's how it has ended up here, more car singing from me.

Sorry... wailing!

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

The John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013

Everyone has their own 'I know it's Christmas when' moments and two of mine have happened this week. The first is firework night, I love all the "oohs" and "aahs" and all the pretty colours. Christmas is still a long way off for some but for me I am now on the countdown to Christmas. But I have to keep it on the down low until December...

But the second 'I know it's Christmas' was the new John Lewis advert. It will be played tonight at 8.10pm in the middle of X Factor but you can see it on their YouTube account and below.

Friday, 8 November 2013

The Friday File #51 - Harry Judd

You might have noticed but a lot of my recent Friday File entries have all had their first name start with the letter J. This was not done on purpose and I only realised when I was looking through some of my blog stats that it seemed a bit OCD. So I've stopped that and instead the J features in the surname instead...

Harry Judd is the drummer from the boy band McFly (no judgements) and it was always between him and Danny Jones I think... when Harry won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 I was firmly #teamHarry. I was a bit slow on the uptake to the music but I do love the McFly boys!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Music Monday: OneRepublic - Counting Stars

If I'd have had this blog back when OneRepublic's Apologize was released, there is not even a doubt in my mind that it would have featured in one of my Music Monday posts. Not even a single doubt. I was obsessed with that song and mid-break up. Oh the joys!

When I first heard this song I didn't really like it that much but after a couple of listens, it is now stuck in my head. The great thing is that I still don't know all the words yet so I tend to hum through the bits I don't know and then sing aloud the bits I do know... totally not weird right?

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