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Thursday, 18th December, 2014

Some New Blu Rays….Some Old Films

Just a few blu rays ;)

I have got a whole host of movies for film night! :D There’s been so many which I have been waiting for which have recently came out; Namely, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, The Inbetweeners 2 and since I have watched The Expendables 1&2 I have to see the 3rd (and 4th which is planned…How many more can they make?!?!). Not only that, for some reason I have been really longing to watch Waynes World 1 & 2. I LOVED it as a kid, and have not seen it for such a long time, for some reason I got thinking about it the other week and I’ve not stopped wanting to watch it, so I thought why not get them on DVD since I don’t own them :D I did have a VHS copy, I guess that went in the bin long, long ago ;) It’s such a funny film, the first probably just shaves it as being slightly better, although Wayne Stock was a genius idea :mrgreen:

I want a few XBOX games too…I haven’t really played anything other than the odd game of FIFA since I’ve been busy, but it’s Christmas coming up and a good way to relax is to chill and spend a few hours playing games. I got Forza Horizon 2 which I was considering getting, then I read the reviews…It has so many 5 star reviews! I can’t wait to sit down and have a couple of hours on this. There’s a few others which I want to get; Sunset Overdrive and Watch_Dogs, I was disappointed when that got delayed, but it’s been out for ages and I haven’t got round to buying it yet.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

December Playlist 2014 – Christmas Edition

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I am feeling quite Christmassy, so I have to include some Christmas tracks in this playlist. In fact, I only like 4 or 5 Christmas songs, and I can’t say I am fussed about the rest. The most recent Christmas song which I liked was Stay Another Day from East 17, it does remind me of being a kid in Chapel House Middle School :D There was also All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey, and since then there hasn’t really been any classics.

Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard are both so timeless! Can you believe that they were released in the same year, 1973, and battled it out for Christmas Number 1 (Slade beat Wizzard).

That’s pretty much all I really love Christmas-wise, I know there’s The Pogues Fariytale Of New York which everyone seems to like, but I’m not a great lover of it. Shakin Stevens and Wham! are decent for Christmas tracks, Mud is OK too but the 4 in this list are songs that I have to hear at Christmas, because it’s not Christmas without them :P I have included most Christmas Classics in my Playlist if you want some inspiration for your own Playlist.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

  • Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
  • Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  • Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • Easy 17 – Stay Another Day
  • Wham! – Last Christmas
  • Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas!
  • Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine
  • Mud – Lonely This Christmas
  • Boney M. – Mary’s Boy Child , Oh My Lord
  • Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
  • Bing Crosby – White Christmas
  • Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  • The Crystals – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  • John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – Technology

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Christmas is only a week away, so time is ticking away for getting presents! The last date for UK Christmas post is Friday 19th December for 1st Class, some online shops are still offering next day delivery until Monday 22nd December, and of course there’s always good old traditional shops if you wanna go in store and grab a last minute pressie! ;)

One thing most guys love is technology, we can’t get enough of it, and there’s so much out there these days, from cheap bargains to high end luxury tech, there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking to get yourself something with Christmas money you may get, or if you’re buying for someone and don’t know where to look, here are a couple of tips which are pretty good!

JBL Pulse Bluetooth Speaker  - It’s a speaker, and a lightshow! This is a NFC and Bluetooth speaker, which means it will work with any smartphone or tablet, or in fact anything with Bluetooth support. When it came out it was around £179.99, but at the moment you can get it from places like John Lewis (here) for an amazing £99.99! That really is a bargain! It’s 6W and not going to be the most powerful Bluetooth speaker on the market, but at this price it’s a steal, and you get the LED light show which you don’t get on any other speaker. I wrote about this when it came out, you can read my thought on the JBL Pulse speaker here.

Samsung Galaxy TABPro 12 – Don’t like Apple? Want a larger than life 12″ tablet? This is your guy :D I am excited by larger tablets, I’ve always wanted one and wished the iPad was bigger (I’ll get my wish soon if the rumours are to be believed!). The Samsung Galaxy Tablet products (the Tab and the rest) are really good tablets, most are less expensive then Apple and run Android if you like that. £400 for the 12″ Tablet, or you can get the standard 10″ TAB 4 for £279 and 7″ TAB 4 for £139. Check them all out at Samsung here.

Apple iPad Air 2 – Yes, I do like my iPad so I can recommend it highly. I am still on my iPad 2, I’ve had it for a good few years now but it still works perfectly fine. If you want the latest shiny Apple gizmo, you can get the iPad Air 2 which start at £399 and are available in most retailers these days, check them out at Apple here.

Bose Soundlink Mini – They are synonymous with high quality sound and have been for some time, I’m talking about Bose. They’ve had a couple of Sound Docks and Speakers designed for phones and tablets for a while, their latest is a smaller speaker aimed at people who want quality sound but don’t need to fill a huge room. At £149, this is quite reasonable for a brand such as Bose.

HP Stream 11 – It’s a tiny, 11″ laptop. It’s a little bit low on power, and does not hold much hard drive space, but for £180 it’s quite an impressive little machine. If you know someone who’s just a casual browser, but wants something a little bit more than a tablet and more of a proper PC, this could be good for them.

XBOX ONE – I got one last Christmas, and I have to say they are good. I’m not going to talk about the debate on the PS4 vs X1, because I’d be here all day :p It now comes cheaper than last year, some retailers are doing it for £350 with 3 games! That is impressive. No wonder it had more sales last month then the PS4, finally outselling it in one month. I think at the moment it has better exclusive games for an all round gamer, and of course games like GTA and FIFA.

B&O Play H6 Headphones – Bang & Olufsen have been making high quality audio equipment for a long time, and one of their most coveted and loves lines is their B&O Play line. Designed to be high end and for a luxury lifestyle, the H6 headphones are brilliant. Forget Beats, these are the headphones you truly want to be seen in. Made from leather and aluminium the limited edition blue pair are currently available for around £200 which is a steal, if you want the more traditional colours of natural leather or black that will set you back around £280 if you shop around, the RRP is £329.

Samsung 40″ 4K TV – Only a year ago you couldn’t get a 4K TV for under £2000, but as with all technology a year is a long time. There were only a handful of 4K TV’s available for the general public back then, but now there’s a much bigger choice, in both size and price. Samsung are doing some really competitively priced ones, none other than a 40″ 4K TV with Freeview HD for under £600! If you want to go bigger you can get some really good deals. If you want a TV for years to come it’s best to invest in 4K, even though there is more or less nothing in 4K at the moment, you’ll be thankful that you did in the near future.

Monday, 15th December, 2014

Film Night – Bad Neighbours

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Last night I watched Bad Neighbours which stars Seth Rogan, Rose Byrne and Zac Effron. It’s basically about a new couple with a baby who’ve settled down and are now getting used to old people life of a boring job and parenthood. Just as they’re trying to get on with their respectable lives the house next door, which is un-occupied gets taken over by a fraternity. They party with them for the first night, but then they realise they are getting a bit too old, and reality sets in, and they realise that they have to get rid of them, even though they’ve promised not to call the cops on them. The story unfolds from there :D

One of the funniest bits from it is their “Robert De Niro” day, and the frat dress up like Robert De Niro from different films, with the black guy dressing up like Samuel L Jackson; They say lines from different films and get them hilariously wrong :mrgreen:

It has a slow start, but it is a good film, watchable and in fact I would definitely watch it again, soon!

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Saturday, 13th December, 2014

Tom Carter Watch Collection

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Recently Tom Carter showcased their latest collection of luxury but affordable timepieces, with an emphasis in big watches in steel. Tom Carter is a lifestyle brand with over ten years experience in the international watch industry, and they have a commitment to quality, accuracy and superior craftsmanship. The collection consists of 17 watches in different styles, including the Tio Ellinas Edition watches, named after one of the brand ambassadors, Formula 3000 racing driver Tio Ellinas.

The Tio Ellinas Edition watch comes in a rose gold and black carbon style, they have 50mm AAA Grade PVD rose gold plated All Stainless Steel housing with Tachymeter and the face is carbon black giving it a racing feel. The genuine black leather strap has stitching detail in white which really sets off the watch nicely, and is finished with the same rose gold on the crown cap and latch. The movement is a Finite Miyota OS20 chronograph movement.

The Vanguard style has a smaller but still large 45mm casing, genuine leather strap and comes in three variations; a sand colour face, black face and a rose gold bezel version. The design is more minimal and sophisticated, and comes with a Finite Miyota 2415 movement.

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The Voyager range is available in 9 different variations, including two special editions. These are a more fun, relaxed and have a laid back feel to the design. With a 45mm size, the watches come with silicone straps in a variety of colours, which can reflect your personality. A stainless steel bezel with silver face keeps the watch looking stylish, with the number and pointer detailing colour co-ordinated with the strap keeping the continuity of the design. Two special editions include contrasting colour straps, with a choice of black and white or red and blue.

I have got one of their “Captain” watches, the Captain Brown. Available with a black or brown strap, the Captain watch comes in at a large 50mm with steel housing, the black face is complimented with yellow detailing. The chronograph style and date window is in-keeping with the accuracy philosophy, and it comes with a Finite Miyota OS20 movement. It feels very well built, this is noticeable with the chunky style of the casing and leather strap, the craftsmanship not only looks good but feels like quality too. I love all the detailing on the watch, from the quality leather strap with contrast stitching detail, to the Tom Carter branding on the side of the case and crown.

All the watches are packaged well, and come in a branded Tom Carter box, with the watch in it’s own presentation box, maintaining the luxury feel to the brand.

Check out the complete collection, which starts at £116.62 here.

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Friday, 12th December, 2014

Happy Christmas Jumper Day 2014

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Happy Christmas Jumper Day! Yes, they’ve actually declared a day for Christmas Jumpers. This year it’s Friday 12th December, and is supposed to be for Save The Children. If you’re out of touch or a scrooge at Christmas then it’s a day you’ll probably not be embracing, but you should! :mrgreen: If you haven’t already got your Christmas Jumper then you can still wear yours throughout Christmas, and find my top Christmas jumpers for 2014 here.

I have a couple of Christmas jumpers these days so had a bit of a choice, but I’ve gone for my I Know What You Did Last Christmas knit :)

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Thursday, 11th December, 2014

H&M x Alexander Wang Towels

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H&M x Alexander Wang Collab

Do you remember the H&M x Alexander Wang collaboration? It was only last month when everyone was going crazy over it, but as it seems with all these types of collabs, the hype has dyed down and we’re all wondering what the fuss was about. I only really wanted one of the sweatshirts, but in true H&M fashion, the website was virtually impossible to use with everyone wanting their own piece of the collaboration. There were a few things available when I finally got on, but the only thing which I thought was worth getting was the towel set. I got a shower towel and hand towel, and they came in quite a cool mesh bag which I’ll be able to use. Even though this is a shower towel I think it would make a good beach towel, and the bag to go with it too, perfect for keeping the towel, sun lotion and any other beachwear in. For £24.99, it’s a fair price and it will be used :)

I can’t complain about not getting the sweatshirt; I have “participated” in the H&M collaborations ‘battle for fashion’ a few times now, and I’ve been lucky enough to get some things from the Versace x H&M collab, the Versace Cruise x H&M collab and the Marni x H&M collab.

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Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

Last Run Of 2014 (Probably!)

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I have not ran for almost 2 weeks! If you don’t know, I’ve been running on and off for years now, but this year I took it a bit more seriously…Well not really, I just did a lot more running! :P Like I always say when I talk about this, I’m not in training for a marathon or anything, I don’t even have any real goals, it’s just something which I like to do so it’s feels like I am actually doing something for fitness :mrgreen: I have spoken about it before and it’s a really good thing to do, apart from the whole fitness side it clears your mind and makes you feel free.

It’s getting freezing cold out there now, not only that, it gets dark really quick too, in fact today I went out at 16:00 and it was already dark! It’s not very inspiring kind of weather to go out and go for a run, and soon it will be icy which really is the end to running.

I got a really good Climaheat jacket which Adidas gave me, so paired that up with my trusted Adidas trackies and Adidas Originals beanie :D It’s a perfect jacket for running, and doesn’t leave you feeling freezing, although i’ll usually warm up pretty quickly after several minutes of running.

So it’s probably the end to my running for 2014 :( I say that, but I might feel lazy and have to go on a run, I know what I am like ;) I have done a lot (by my standards), over 57km in October alone! Most months previous to that I’ve done over 50km which is good going for me ;) You can check out my how fast can you run a mile post to see how I’ve done this year including my fastest mile runs :)


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