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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.

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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!? 😀

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 😉


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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The Grand Tour Presents Seamen (Season 4) Review

Sunday, 26th January, 2020

The Grand Tour Presents Seamen Season 4

After a year or so, The Grand Tour is back with season 4, with the first episode being called The Grand Tour Presents Seamen.

The show premiere was actually on Amazon Prime on 13th December 2019, but as this was just before Christmas, I didn’t write about it.

However I of course did watch it, and this is what it’s all about.

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The First Post Of 2020

Saturday, 4th January, 2020

First blog post of 2020 on Michael 84

Hey guys!

Yes, I am still here, we’ve made it to 2020!

This must be the longest blog break I have done, not posting for around 10 days. But it has been Christmas and then New Year, so I guess everyone has been busy to just relaxing.

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas and New Year, and got themselves something good over the festive season, or bought stuff from the sales.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be showcasing what I got…

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Newcastle Christmas Market – Photos & Everything You Need To Know (Review)

Wednesday, 18th December, 2019

Newcastle Christmas Market At Northumberland Street

For the past few weeks Newcastle Christmas Markets have been in the town, and I decided that I would go and check them out.

Here’s some pictures, and information about the Christmas Markets in Newcastle this year.

When they announced that they would extend Newcastle’s Christmas Market, I was excited. I thought it would be a great thing for the city. But then I later found out that the council had basically sold the rights to the markets to a company based in Nottingham. So we’re already off to a bad start.

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Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2019 Pictures – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Monday, 16th December, 2019

Fenwick Christmas Window 2019 In Newcastle By Michael 84

It’s been that time of the year again, it’s Christmas which means a few things, and in Newcastle it means the Fenwick Christmas Window.

In 2019 the Fenwick Christmas Window is Charlie and the chocolate factory. It’s not something I ever loved as a kid, but it’s a story that virtually everyone knows and remembers. This year it also has the Christmas Market to contend with, which is on Northumberland Street too.

As always, each window tells a different part of the story, and here’s every window for you to see if you haven’t already checked it out.

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Premier League On Amazon Prime – What’s It Like? (Review)

Thursday, 5th December, 2019

Premier League Amazon Prime Review

The Premier League has fully entered the digital age for the first time, with live streamed games on Amazon Prime. Since I am an Amazon Prime customer already, it’s good news for me. But what is it like?

I watched a couple of games on Amazon Prime in the past couple of days, and this has been my experience so far.

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Leeds United: Take Us Home Documentary Review

Sunday, 1st December, 2019

Leeds United: Take Us Home Documentary Review

As you’ll know I am quite a fan of football and football documentaries and films, and this has been in my watch list for quite a while. Leeds United, Take Us Home is another football documentary, this one showcasing the 2018-19 season for Leeds.

I am somewhat of a veteran of football documentaries now (I should make a best of list), loving the Man City All Or Nothing doc, Inside Borussia Dortmund and Six Dreams to name only three. This one is of a similar structure, following Leeds through the 2018-19 season.

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Christmas Wishlist 2019 – The Best Things To Buy For Men This Year

Friday, 29th November, 2019

The Best Christmas Presents You Can Buy Men In 2019

It’s that time of the year again, it’s time to give (or receive) presents!

But what is good to buy this year?

Whether you’re buying something for another guy, looking for ideas for presents to receive yourself, or even buying your own gifts this year, these are some ideas on what to shop for.

Here’s some ideas to get you started, and hopefully you’ll be able to get some good deals in the sales.

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