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Friday, 16th February, 2018

Recent Trip To London

Michael 84 In London

Hey guys!

Several weeks ago I was in London when I was showcasing Life splicing for Virgin Trains, and although it was a super quick stop off in London, it was great to have a small look around to stretch my legs and check out the big city.

I love London but don’t go as much as I’d like. Since I was down there anyway I decided to check out the usual tourist spots and just have a look around the city. It was a gloomy January as you can see from the photos, and it’s kind of a different place to when I’ve been either on the weekend or in the Summer.

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Tuesday, 13th February, 2018

Happy Pancake Day!

Happy Pancake Day 2018

Happy Pancake Day everyone!

Today is one of my favourite days of the year, it’s pancake day! You can obviously eat them any day of the year, but today’s the day, and I only ever eat them on this day, and since I love them, that makes it pretty special.

It’s what I call fat week, because tomorrow is Valentines Michael Day which is a tradition of eating lots of terrible food and drinks, usually chocolate, champagne truffles and champagne. Both days are usually close together, but I seem to recall that last year shrove Tuesday was near the end of February, and this year it’s pretty early.

This was round 1 of pancakes, which I had for lunch. I always make my own from scratch for lunch, then come supper time (soon!) I will use a premix and eat those too. I can hardly wait for them! They did not come out too great, I’ve definitely made better looking ones, but they tasted so good 😀

As for the topping if you’re a regular reader then you’ll know there’s only one… H.P. Sauce! I know so many people who have their pancakes sweet, I don’t know how people can. Ever since I was a kid I have ate my savoury, and always had H.P. brown sauce with them.

What’s your go to topping?

Have a great pancake night 🙂

UPDATE

My supper pancakes were so good! They also turned out a lot better, so here’s a pic 😛

Pancake Supper 2018

Monday, 12th February, 2018

Trainers On Trend: What’s Caught My Eye Recently

Trainers On Trend Lately

Hey guys!

Are you looking for a new pair of trainers?

There’s been a couple of pairs of trainers which have caught my eye lately for one reason or another, They are worth a mention because there’s been some hype around them. I really like that these are on trend right now, and are real head turners if you’re looking for a pair of kicks which make a statement.

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Sunday, 11th February, 2018

Office Christmas Party Film

Office Christmas Party Film Review

For this week’s film review I watched Office Christmas Party on Amazon Video. It’s a film which I’ve wanted to watch for a while, the trailers looked good and since it came on Amazon I decided that I had to give it a watch.

The story surrounds a tech company called Zenotek which has several offices, the head of the Chicago office is Clay Vanstone (TJ Miller) and his right hand man is Josh Parker (Jason Bateman) who is Chief of Technical Advancement. The company was founded by his father who has passed away, with Clay’s sister, Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston) being the head of the New York brand. Clay and the Chicago branch has been losing money, and Carol says she’s going to close it down, but Josh has a meeting with the head of a big company, Walter Davis, who he’s hoping to impress to gain business.

The meeting does not go well, but Clay and Josh convince Walter  to attend their Christmas party, which he reluctantly agrees to. They try to throw the best office Christmas party to get Walter on board, and save everyone’s job, but it does not go as planned.

The film wasn’t as good as I expected, I thought it was going to be funnier with a different story. It has a lot of characters which are good, and there are plenty of funny parts in the film, but I think the overall story line wasn’t the best. It was still a decent watch, so if you’re looking to watch this I can recommend it.

Thursday, 8th February, 2018

Men’s Style Tips – What To Wear On Valentines Day

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UPDATED for 2018

Valentines day is upon us, which means you’re probably going to want to look your best, whether you’re going out on a date with a girl, you’re out with your girlfriend/wife, or you plan on going out with your friends on the usual night out, you’ll want to look sharp for this night of all nights. When the day or night comes, you’ll want to know what to wear, the best way is to prepare and make sure you have what you need, but what do you wear anyway!?

Check out some of my style tips to get you started.

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Wednesday, 7th February, 2018

Best Smelling Fragrances On Valentines Day For Men

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Fragrances can be split up into different categories or groups and styles, this can be things like citrus, woody, fresh, floral and oriental. However these words can be a bit unknown to people who are not perfume connoisseurs, and even ones who are can sometimes disagree with how to categorise a scent. I always like to try to use real word words or situations where you’d wear each particular scent, and even then describing a scent in words, is quite challenging, not to mention people can and will smell things differently.

Valentines Day is about love, for a guy it’s about being the guy, the gentlemen. So When I describe fragrances for this type of occasion, I use the term “man smell” which means quite musky and woody, something which will warm you up rather than cool you down, and woody.

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Tuesday, 6th February, 2018

Valentine’s Dates – Ideas And Things To Do

Prosecco For Valentine's Day

If you’re a stereotypical lad then you’ve probably not got a thing sorted for Valentines Day. You should have your outfit sorted after reading the What To Wear On A Valentines Date, now the clothing is sorted you need something to do. If you have a date then what do you do? Where do you take her? Should you go for something traditional, cheap, extravagant, adventurous, cute? It could be anything, depending on the type of guy you are and the type of girl she is, and what you’ve already done, like and dislike.

Some of these ideas will depend on where you live and if they’re available in your local area, but well worth exploring to see if you’re able to do these.

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Sunday, 4th February, 2018

Superbowl Sunday 2018

Michael 84 on Superbowl Sunday

Happy Sunday 🙂

It’s almost time for the Superbowl!

Today has been a big sport day; We’ve had the proper football, Newcastle vs Crystal Palace and Liverpool vs Tottenham, and in a couple of hours time it will be America’s version of a World Cup final, the Superbowl.

I’ve watched the Superbowl for the past 4 or 5 years, it’s now became a tradition for me to stay up late and watch it. I got this New England Patriots tee years ago, and I have to say that I’ve really got my use out of it, the Patriots won it last year, they’re in it this year against the Philadelphia Eagles and have been at the Superbowl a good few times over the past several years, so it’s definitely paid for itself.

I’m definitely not a huge NFL fan, but it’s always a good watch, and it’s not as hard to follow as you may think if you’ve never watched American football at all. For most people like me, this is the one game a year that they’ll see. But it’s not all about the game, if you’re in America then you get the ads which companies pay huge sums of money for and come up with the best and iconic adverts, there’s the national anthem, and then there’s also the half time show.

This year the national anthem is being sung by Pink, and the half time show is by Justin Timberlake. He’s done it before, that memorable occasion with Janet Jackson and that wardrobe malfunction which springs to mind. He’s been asked what’s in store for this year, it’s all a bit of a secret, some speculated that he’d reunited *NSYNC, but when he was asked about it, he denied it.

So I am ready for the Superbowl, lots of food and drinks, it will be a late one! I want the Patriots to win of course, but since I know little about the NFL I wouldn’t take that to the bank 😀

Will you be watching and who do you want to win?

Friday, 2nd February, 2018

Reebok Classics: An Icon Back On Trend – My Reebok Classics Story

Reebok Classics - My Story From The 90's

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So I am rolling back the years and I’ve bought myself a pair an iconic and memorable trainer, a pair of Reebok Classic Trainers! I love 90’s style and had a pair of these back in the day, and I’ve been looking to get myself a pair.

Reebok has been one of the leading names in sportwear for quite a while, back in the 90’s they were big, but as Nike and Adidas grew huge, Reebok seemed to fall away. Over the past couple of years, there’s been a big resurgence in fashion and 90’s style, as well as street style going from strength to strength. We’ve seen Calvin Klein do their 90’s reissue and I bought one of the tees, and Tommy Hilfiger is back too with the Tommy Jeans line. Reebok has come back in a big way, relaunched it’s Classic line and has brand ambassadors like Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande.

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Wednesday, 31st January, 2018

Music Playlist: January 2018

The Michael 84 Playlist

It’s almost February so that means it’s time for my January Playlist! The very first playlist for 2018, and as usual there hasn’t been too much happening in music in January. There’s been a couple of songs I have been listening to, the most played isn’t a new song, it’s Bella y Sensual from Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam, and was released in the Autumn of last year.

I have decided to make the playlist from scratch, so it doesn’t include any songs which I’ve previous had in the playlist. They are all new additions, including Bruno Mars, Craig David and the Eminem track with Ed Sheeran. There’s some brand new tracks too, with Dreamer from Axwell & Ingrosso, and the new Zedd track.

The BRITS are coming in a couple of weeks, and we should have some new music in the coming weeks which will hopefully be exciting.

Here’s the playlist for this month in full.

  • Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam – Bella y Sensual
  • Eminam F/ Ed Sheeran – River
  • Bruno Mars F/ Cardi B – Finesse
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Sigrid – Strangers
  • Diplo F/ Mo – Get It Right
  • Craig David F/ Bastille – I Know You
  • Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – Échame La Culpa
  • Martin Garrix & David Guetta – So Far Away
  • Ofenbach vs. Nick Waterhouse – Katchi
  • Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – The Middle
  • Axwell Λ Ingrosso – Dreamer
  • Enrique Iglesias – El Baño