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Saturday, 9th December, 2017

The Grand Tour Season 2

The Grand Tour Season 2 - Clarkson, May And Hammond Are Back

The boys are back!

The Grand Tour is back for a new season on Amazon. I watched the last season and thought it was really good, one of the episodes was pretty poor and dragged on a bit, but overall it’s a very enjoyable show. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what it is, it’s Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond doing what they love, cars. It came after their Top Gear show, if you don’t know what happened there then Google it 😉

Anyway like I have said it’s finally back after around a year, I’ve watched the first episode and it was pretty good. Most shows on Amazon and the other on demand services do the all you can eat, boxset style of throwing up the whole series for you to binge watch, but as with the last series, The Grand Tour is old school and the shows are put up weekly. The first one was all about past, present and future, with Clarkson, May and Hammond having cars using petrol, hybrid and electric and going off to Switzerland driving them around in their usual style. The cars in the show were the Lamborghini Aventador and the Rimac Concept One from Croatia, famous for their super cars 😛

You may remember in the news that Richard Hammond crashed a super car, and it was the Rimac in this, the very first episode. They don’t have very good footage of it, the crash happened in a race after the finish line, with Clarkson saying that the footage came from YouTube.

There’s a new feature too. Instead of “The American” driving a car around a track and setting a time, they have 2 celebrities from the same field racing against each other on a track. This week it was David Hasselhoff vs Ricky Wilson, in the former talent show judges showdown (I won’t tell you who won just incase you haven’t seen it). The track is odd because it kind of resembles the track that Chris Evans tried and failed to introduce to the then new Top Gear, as it has a gravel section; Almost like copying? 😉

Anyway, I prefer this to the “Celebrity brain crash” or The American, both of which I didn’t really like.

Is it worth watching? If you liked their Top Gear or the first season, you will like this. If you despite and loathe Clarkson, May or Hammond, then you won’t. I am looking forward to watching episode 2, maybe I’ll keep this post updated with the whole series.

Thursday, 7th December, 2017

MEN: What To Wear On New Years Eve – Stylish Outfit Ideas

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If there’s one event of the year you’re going to get dressed up on, it’s probably going to be New Years Eve. Lots of people like to do various things, and if you’re heading for a party, then it could be the perfect time to look your best, and dress up for the occasion. It doesn’t always have to be that way, and will depend on what you’re actually doing, and where you plan on going for New Years Eve. What you wear may be the same time of style as what to wear for your Christmas Party, and not going to include your best Christmas jumpers, so looking the part is key. Here’s a few ideas to ensure you look the part for the night and getting your style right going into the New Year.

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Monday, 4th December, 2017

Playlist: November 2017 – What I’ve Been Listening To

The Michael 84 Playlist

Hey guys!

So I can’t believe that it’s already December! It’s definitely time to get those Christmas tunes on, we can all listen to all the cheesy songs we have to hear at least once a year, but will probably hear them until we’re sick of ’em! 😀

For the last month there doesn’t seem to be a lot of music to talk about, apart from one thing… N.E.R.D are back! They have released a new track, Lemon, with Rihanna, where she raps in the song. I love some of the tracks N.E.R.D have done in the past, some are real bangers, the sound is just so good! I remember the first time I heard one of the tracks which was Lapdance and I loved it, the video did probably help 😉 That was back in 2001, hard to believe that it was 16 years ago!

So I have been re-living my favourite N.E.R.D tracks, so I have to include them in the playlist.

Here’s the playlist which is quite small, in full.

  • Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot
  • N.E.R.D & Rihanna – Lemon
  • David Guetta, Afro Jack, Charli XCX, French Montana – Dirty Sexy Money
  • Krept & Konan F/ Stormzy – Ask Flipz
  • Camila Cabello – Havana
  • Bebe Rexha – feat. Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
  • Calvin Harris – feat. Kehlani, Lil Yachty – Faking It
  • J. Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente
  • N.E.R.D – Lapdance
  • N.E.R.D – Rockstar
  • N.E.R.D – She Wants To Move
  • N.E.R.D F/ Nelly Furtado – Hot N Fun
Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

Film Night: The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train For Film Night

It’s another film night!

So I finally watched the film which everyone was talking about last year, The Girl On the Train. It’s not something which I’ve wanted to watch, but since I’ve heard everyone talk about the film and also the book, I thought that I might as well give it a watch, and I did.

It’s a mystery thriller drama type of film, so I won’t speak much of what happens since that will give it away, but I am sure most of you have seen it by now. I kind of don’t like these types of films because I like to watch good films over and over, they never get old, but obviously once you’ve seen a mystery then it takes a lot out the film and it’s not as good watching it again.

Just to go into the plot a little bit if you’ve not seen it; It’s basically about a girl who has turned into an alcoholic and commutes into the city (yes by train) every day although she’s lost her job. Along the journey she looks out the window and see’s her ex-husband with his new life with a new woman and child living in her old house, as well as neighbours who she thinks are the perfect couple. The film goes from there.

I have to say that I did like the film, and I’m glad that I watched it. It’s quite dark and gritty at times, and keeps you guessing at times. I can recommend it if you haven’t seen it and you like a mystery.

Friday, 1st December, 2017

World Cup 2018 Draw: Spain Get Portugal!

World Cup 2018 Draw In Russia

It’s a day I’ve been looking forward to for a while, today was the draw for the World Cup 2018!

The seedings and pots were decided a few weeks ago, and were worked out by using only the World Rankings for the first time ever. This meant that Poland managed to get itself as a top seed, as did Russia since they were the host. That left England and Spain in pot 2, which could have meant some really juicy groups. Here’s the groups in full.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Nigeria, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

The biggest match of the group stage? It has to be Spain vs Portugal which will be the opening game for group B, and will be on the 2nd day of the competition; Friday 15th June in the evening.

My Thoughts

Group A – The weakest group, a good thing for Russia and they should be able to get through this one. Egypt could be a dark horse, but with the Russians having home advantage, I think it will be them and Uruguay which go through.

Group B – It could have been a lot worse for Spain, getting Portugal as a top seed meant that they couldn’t get a tricky European team from the 3rd or 4th pot. Spain and Portugal should both go through

Group C – An easy group for France. Australia almost didn’t qualify, Peru only got through as the 5th place team in South America and winning a playoff. Denmark should join France going through.

Group D – Argentina and Croatia should be the favourites, but there could be some surprises with Nigeria playing well, and Iceland’s team spirit coming off the back of good qualifying and a good Euro 2016. I think Croatia will top the group, and Argentina should also qualify.

Group E – Brazil are obvious favourites, but will have to contend with two European teams, Switzerland and Serbia, as well as Costa Rica, who overcame a group with Uruguay, England and Italy in the last World Cup. Another group which could have a shock or two, but I think Brazil will top it and Switzerland has bundles of World Cup experience, so will also go through.

Group F – A tough group, World Champions Germany should go through without too many problems. Sweden are back at a World Cup, South Korea had a woeful one last time out. Mexico are not bad. It will be Germany along with another, the 2nd team is tough to pick, but I will go for Sweden.

Group G – Belgium are the top seeds, and should not have any problems in this group, along with England who are joined by debutants Panama along with Tunisia. Belgium and England meet each other in the final game, both teams should be through by then.

Group H – A fairly weak group along with Group A, Poland have a really bad World Cup record, but should be able to make it through this group. I think Colombia will join them, sending Senegal and Japan home.

What do you think of the groups?

It all kicks off on 14th June and I can’t wait!

Friday, 1st December, 2017

The Incase City Backpack

Incase City Backpack review

At one time or another we all need a bag for modern life today. Whether it’s something for travel, or something you’re going to be using daily, with modern tech these days a bag is almost certainly a must have item for guys. I recently featured Incase on the blog, and I’ve had the chance to have a better look at one of their pieces, this is the Incase City Backpack.

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Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

What To Wear To Your Office Christmas Party – Men

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Party season is upon us, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be going to an office party or two over the festive period. Dressing the part and knowing what to wear can sometimes be a tricky issue, should you go super formal or super casual, or somewhere in-between? Here’s some tips and advice along with some inspiration to get you going on deciding what to wear at your office party.

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Monday, 27th November, 2017

H&M Menswear AW17: November Edit

H&M November Menswear - Michael 84 Edit

How’s it going?! I hope you are wrapped up in warm fashion, you need to be! 😀

So we’re well into November now and it’s really starting to get cold! If you’re looking for a refresh in your current wardrobe, or just need to add some key pieces to it, H&M have some great menswear and have added to their line up for the Winter. There’s plenty of great pieces, but I’ve picked out my favourite 8 pieces which range from great bargains to some more expensive but still affordable options.

From jumpers to coats and even PJs, here’s my top picks which I really love (and may end up buying a few bits myself!)

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Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

Incase – Premium Bags & Accessories For All Occasions

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We all need a bag or some accessories to carry our things around today; Whether it’s for day to day activities for work, going away for the weekend or going on holiday, we need something to carry our goods and technology around. Incase has the answer, with a large selection of products to enable us to carry our essential things.

Incase designs are simplistic but stylish, and offer intuitive functionality to provide users with a fully integrated mobile experience, and promise a better experience though good design. The products which they have cover every aspect of modern life, with a range of bags including back packs, active bags and camera bags, to travel luggage and protective cases for Macbooks, iPhones and iPads.

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Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

Men’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Best Men's Christmas Gift Guide For 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming, which means it’s time you better start your shopping if you haven’t already! Whether you’re buying gifts for someone else or looking for ideas of what’s good to get this year, here is my gift guide for the festive season this year.

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