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We’re Living In Strange Times Right Now – Social Distancing, Lockdowns & Everything Else

Friday, 27th March, 2020

Day 20

Hey guys! I am still here!

How are you? I hope you are all well, fit and healthy and getting through this strange time the entire world is living in right now.

I don’t need to state the obvious, we’re living in coronavirus times. Life has change for us all, and who knows how long for. I have been social distancing for 20 days now, with things getting seemingly more and more serious as the days go by.

People are becoming ill and dying all over the world, it’s crazy and sad. I’ve been watching the scenes and hearing the stories from places like Spain and Italy, and it’s heartbreaking. The fear is that the worst is still to come for the UK, and cases are still rising elsewhere too.

These days I only venture out and about for my daily walk, something I’ve done for a long time now since I can’t run with my bad foot. But I’ve even stopped doing that so often, as we’re getting locked down more and more.

Staying home and staying safe is the most important thing.

It kind of feels weird posting ‘normal’ content at times like this. I have a lot of style guides and fragrance reviews which I think I will just put on hold. I have a Spring fashion guide which I might post up next week, and maybe some “stay home” related content too. (Check out my binge worthy TV Box Sets if you’re bored!)

These days I use the blog for most of my ‘big’ features and smaller stuff on social media such as Instagram, so I’ll probably post a few things on the grid and stories (you can follow me here).

Until then stay safe and stay at home ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. I have changed my logo on the blog, if you hadn’t noticed.


Binge Worthy Box Sets – The Best SKY, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Channel 4 & ITV Shows

Friday, 20th March, 2020

Binge Worthy Box Sets - Epic TV To Binge Watch

Stuck in the house? Now the the perfect time to binge watch some of the best box sets!

Whether you’ve got to fill in time because of the coronavirus, you’re looking for a new box set to sink your teeth into or just fancy something light to watch, these days there’s plenty on offer.

I am going to go through a some of the box sets which I have watched in the past couple of years. There’s some which are new, and some old classics.

There’s drama and thrillers, as well as the lighter side such as comedy and romance. I have also watched a ton of sports programmes which are epic, and I’ll feature those too.

Some of these shows are still on going, some have just finished or started their current seasons, and some are now finished. These days we have so many ways to watch box sets: SKY, Amazon, Netflix and on demand services from the likes of ITV and Channel 4.

Here’s some binge worthy box sets you can watch. Get yourself some food and drinks, sit back, you’re going to be entertained for hours.

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The Coronavirus Stops Football Worldwide Including The Premier League

Friday, 13th March, 2020

Coronavirus Cancels Football

It’s the worldwide crisis which has dominated the news in the past several weeks, and sadly it’s probably just the beginning. Obviously I am talking about the Coronavirus aka COVID19.

This is serious, people are dying and it’s a terrible contagious infection sweeping the globe.

People and health are number 1, that goes without saying. I could write about toilet roll shortages and the stockpiling of pasta, but we’re probably sick of talking about that.

So with that said I’ll keep it light (or as light as you can be in this situation) talk about what many of us love and how it’s effected that, football and sport.

The Coronavirus has stopped football worldwide, including the Premier League, which announced this morning that it would be suspended until 4th April.

Here’s what’s happened so far.

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Quitting Twitter – It’s A Year Later, What’s Changed And Has It Improved Health/Life?

Sunday, 1st March, 2020

Twitter is toxic - 1 Year of not using twitter. What's the difference?

This week back in 2019 I quit Twitter, and it was a long time coming. I wrote a post back then about how Twitter is toxic in my opinion, this was on the back of myself declaring the platform “not the same” in 2016.

So, a year has past, what has changed, does it improve health and lift in general.

Here’s everything which has happened since I stopped using Twitter on 28th February 2019.

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The Brits 2020: The Best Brits Awards For A Long While?

Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

BRITS 2020

I watched the BRITS yesterday as I usually do each year, but they never seem what they used to be. These days the shows always seem a bit drab, boring, too scripted and nothing exciting ever really happens…But The BRITS 2020 was a good one!

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Valentines Day 2020

Friday, 14th February, 2020

Michael Day 2020 Wearing red shirt with grey sweater

Happy Valentines Michael Day!

The tradition for normal people to celebrate Valentines Day, but if you’ve been reading this blog since day one, it’s been a tradition to have Michael Day. It’s not a tradition I can stop, and why would I!? ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s an absolute eating and drinking fest, and the only food which is allowed is terrible food which is not good for you. That would be lots and lots of chocolate and various carbs, not forgetting lots of alcohol later.

If you’ve seen any of my previous Michael Day’s you’ll have seen me make home made gyros, have filet steak, plenty of champagne and of course you can’t forget the truffles!

I have toned things down in recent years, this year I will have spaghetti bolognese and I’ve already had french toast for brunch/lunch…Something I love but rarely eat.

This usually coincides with pancake day and I call it fat week, however this year that’s not until the end of the month, so there’s 2 weeks to wait for that.

If you are planning a Valentines with a girl I have some helpful posts. Whether you’re looking at what to wear, what fragrance to use, where to go & what to do, or some general style rules, here’s some posts from the blog which will help you out on this day:

Hopefully these will be helpful to you for whatever you’re getting up to tonight.

I also can’t get it go without talking about my style. Since today is all about red, I’ve dug out a red shirt I own, and teamed it up with a V-neck jumper in grey.

I bought this red shirt such a long time ago and rarely worn it. It’s such a bright poppy colour, probably too bold to wear on it’s own. I think it works fine with another darker piece, and I think it works fine with the sweater. For the lower half I’ve kept things dark with some black chinos.

Whatever you’re up to today and tonight, have a good one!

Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿ˜‰


The Dolly Parton Challenge – Photos On LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram & Tinder

Monday, 3rd February, 2020

Dolly Parton Challenge Linkedin Facebook Instagram Tinder - Best Footwear

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps not on social media and especially Instagram, you’ll not have missed what’s being called the Dolly Parton Challenge.

If you don’t know, it’s where people upload 4 different photos which are suited best to their profiles on the different social networks. This has been named the Dolly Parton Challenge as she was the first, or one of the first’s to do this, or at least the one who got it to trend.

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James May: Our Man In Japan (Review)

Sunday, 2nd February, 2020

James May Our Man In Japan Review

Bim, Guess What!? (A joke from the show which you’ll understand when you watch it)

James May has branched out on his own and got his own Amazon show without Clarkson and Hammond, Our Man In Japan.

This is of course not the first James May show, with previous shows on the BBC such as Cars Of The People, Toy Stories and The Re-assembler, he’s no stranger at doing TV shows without the other two.

I have always wanted to go to Japan, and I think it’s quite a fascinating place, many people do. When I heard about this show I knew I had to watch it, so I did.

Here’s what it’s all about.

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