Lest We Forget.

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Lest We Forget

Today marks the 100th year anniversary of when the shooting stopped and the guns were laid down to mark the end of the First World War.


Remembrance Sunday is always a landmark day in my calendar – because in my eyes it shows great respect, honour and tribute to a generation that gave everything they had to give us our future. At heart I am a Royalist and Patriot – but sadly saying such things like thatImage result for first world war colour film gif now days open up connotations of racism and narrow-mindedness and that is something I don’t stand for and I can imagine the Men and Women that gave their lives 100 years ago wouldn’t stand for it either.

This post is not about today’s politics, today’s situation or location in the world. But about respecting and honour the biggest sacrifice for the greatest good.


As found on the Royal British Legion website it tells us the Poppy is; A Symbol of Remembrance and Hope worn by millions of people. The story of the Poppy comes from Flanders fields in Belgium. The Poppy was the first flower to grow in the freshly churned ground of soldiers graves and inspired the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after visiting the site and grave of his friend and fallen soldier.

Image result for ww1This day is such a big part of our history, not just nationally for our country but also internationally for world history, which deserves the utmost respect and honour. Each year I go to town and watch the parade. Seeing the different factions of the forces come together to march for the service is always overwhelming and beautiful.

So please take this moment to pause and think of the people who gave for us. To show respect and give a two-minute silence in their name.

 


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One final note I would like to add – Blackadder Goes Forth, the final season of this show was set on the Western Front during the WW1 and even though it’s a comedy the final episode pulled out the stops and become a beautiful homage to the war, the lost and the fallen. Every time I watch the final scene where they are preparing to go over the top I get choked up. Because the script, the acting and the tone of that whole episode is perfect. The ending see the cast in slow motion filter into black and white image of the battlefield and then filters into a shot of a Poppy field in vibrant red.

If you are not sure on what I am talking about give this a watch.


Thank you for sharing this moment with me, no matter what your thoughts or feelings are on today, I am glad you stopped to take in mine, have a moment of reflection and just absorb the true magnitude of the day.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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The Haunting of Hill House – The Review.

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I am home, I am home, she thought; now to climb.

 

Recently I have been watching “The Haunting of Hill House”, or commonly known as, the Haunted House on the Hill, The Hill Haunting House, or that show that makes you poo your pants! For some reason everyone I have spoken to struggle to put the name together properly . . . maybe it’s the show that has scarred them too much.

Firstly I want to begin by saying this review will be a SPOILER FREE review. One because I don’t like being THAT guy and Two, because the show needs to be watched rather that told. I won’t be able to do it justice if I try to explain the ending, the twists and the resolution.

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I went into the show, hearing so many people rave about it, sing its praises but also claim the nervous wrecks they became from it. Now horror films aren’t really my thing, I don’t think they are made these days with fear and horror in mind, but more to show special effect and a bucket full of fake blood. But I pushed on and jumped into this and wow I am so glad I did – I loved it! It is so much more than a horror show.

The premise of the show is about a family being haunted by mysterious supernatural forces within a house. The narrative jumps across about 30 years, from the family as kids moving into the house, to present day where they have all grown up in different ways after the ordeal of the house.


The main story revolves around 5 siblings who have all taken different paths in life after several traumatic experiences from their childhood. Showing different coping mechanisms from Drug Abuse, to Denial, to Over Compensation. I’ve read and agree with that each sibling in the show is a symbolic version of a step of Kubler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief” process. Which thinking back to how all the characters act and process their surroundings it becomes very obvious that theory could be spot on.

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Another aspect of this show that I loved is the cinematography and the style of shots. Most memorably Episode Six which included an 17 minute long shot. Which is beautiful. Giving the desired impression that the single shot is happening in real-time. While choreographing swift and solid movement with the cast and set to not interrupt the shot. You will know the scene when you see it and afterwards just think “Wow” – I did.

Overall the show, the feel of it and the story is superb, gripping and captivating. Even with the scares involved. The true horror I think comes more from the depiction of Human Nature and how it reacts to unreasonable events, or events you logically can not make sense of.

Please go and watch it. I can not stress enough how much I enjoyed this show and how I want everyone to witness it. True horror making at it’s best.

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Side note – after I had finished it, which I had started while moving into a new house (I know right), I had a small dose of paranoia set it, I found myself standing in the empty spare bedroom in the dark one morning getting ready for work, thinking about the end of the show and what it all meant. But the more I thought about it, the more my mind began to play tricks on me with sounds and imaginations of what could be behind me. Silly I know but I put this down to how good the show was, the idea and story stuck with me and played on my mind so much that I felt it could be real.

One final tidbit that I learnt when I was on about episode nine was from an article I read about the show and the missing ghosts. Take a read over HERE – I can’t promise it is spoiler free, but I can promise shock, this article goes into explaining how the show has ghosts all through it but you just don’t notice them because you don’t know where to look. The sheer amount of detail the show runners put into this is amazing. They knocked it out of the park and I for one love that.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, it’s Friday night. Pop Netflix on and start this show. You will not be disappointed.


Have a great weekend boys and girls  . . . . if you survive that long.

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Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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Happy November.

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This is it guys, Halloween is over – time to pack the pumpkins back in the box, hang up your fangs and pop those sexy cat ears back in the draw for next year.

But don’t be sad – this is a good thing. Because now we are in NOVEMBER! And this means, Fireworks, Bonfires, Remembrance Day, GF’s Birthday, Christmas Markets and the countdown to Christmas itself!

I love this time of the year and I think this is also a great chance to start the season of with some festive loving and blog sharing.

I’ve hand selected three bloggers that I want to share with you all (it was hard to pick as if I could I would share and write about all my followers, as they are amazing people) but for this moment here are three that I strongly suggest you check out, follow and make friends with.


Nicole

 

Nicole – My Superhero Cousin with the Irish Blood. – What an absolute gem, kooky, crazy, funny and sweet. Sometimes she needs a wee boost of pick me up. But we all do every so often. Nicole is real, her photography on Insta are amazing and just all round swell gal. Go check her out and say hey. Twitter, Blog, Instagram.

 

 


Abbie 🐢🌱

 

Abbie – If I were King Arthur she’d be my Holy Grail, amazing, captivating but out of reach. Geographically we are miles apart. But that doesn’t stop me from loving everything about her – nailing Blogtober like a boss, rocking a new quirky hair style or sipping gin. The list goes on. She is incredibly supportive and well worth a good follow. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 


Matthew

Matt – My man! The lad. I don’t know about you dude, but I bet we’d be great drinking buddies in another life. If it’s not takeaways, his dogs or suits he is posting some stunning photography and my god I mean it’s something amazing. Well worth a follow if you ask me. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 

 


Also for any of my Insta / Twitter fans you will see I dressed up as POTUS Donald Trump. Which was awesome, so much fun and as we know I love dressing up. Didn’t I mention it [Yes, Here] – anyway here is me and then here is the results of the voting from the office competition.

I WON!

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Let me know what you love to do in November, I might try to take on some new traditions. Answers on a postcard please.

 

The News! An update of what I’ve been doing.

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So over the past few months I’ve dropped in content. The Man Vs Movies series dried up, I missed self set deadlines and I just couldn’t find time for the blog. I was worried about the how my lack of presence would affect the community. Not that I am a role model, but more would this be it, would I be forgotten for the newest trend. I know right, silly thoughts but they were there. So I clawed back as much time as I could and put out what I could when I could and just keep up with people. But I soon remembered the blogging community is one of the most supportive groups of people ever. I could vanish for six months, come back and still have an amazing group of people checking in on me.

The reason behind this was because I was spending my time filling out a shit tonne (I believe that is the correct unit of measurement) of paper work and having meetings for our latest adventure. This is the pinnacle of Adulthood life and just what this blog was built for.

Because we have just bought a house!

(Pause for applause)


On the 26th June at 5.30pm me and the GF went to view a house. A lovely 3 bed semi-detached in a nice area of town. Garden, Garage, Driveway. For the area, size and price, it was a steal. So we put an offer in and the following day it was accepted.

This is just the start of the journey, 4 months/16 weeks later (on the 26th) we have finished, exchanged, got the keys and began our next chapter.

Getting there was hard and at times mentally draining on me. As we were selling her flat to buy this we decided she would deal with the appropriate people for that, as it’s a Shared Ownership property (which I recommend people avoiding, as it was a nightmare to get out of and the hidden fees and ‘Oh to get that you need to pay this’ were for stupid reasons), while I was to deal with the Solicitor on everything else.

I don’t want to go into the boring, long-winded details. I have already bored and ranted at friends, family and co-workers on this for the past 4 months, I want to spare you that pain. All I will say is it’s a simple process that seems to attract useless people. There is no need for the process to take as long as it does and in turn cause as much stress as it does.

There were days I would say to my GF that I was genuinely worried about my Mental Health – and I like to think I am a strong character. But some of the people involved in this just set out to be ignorant and useless. But I am good now. I only ranted and snapped at the solicitors twice. Which is good going isn’t it.


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Now it’s all hands on deck. We have a lot of work ahead of us but it’s going to look amazing when we have finished.

It kind of means Christmas is on hold and going to be stupidly cheap. Because paint and curtains is a priority over presents sadly. But if anyone is wondering what to get us. Vouchers for The Range, Dunelm Mill and Next Home would be spot on.

It’s such a relief to have this completed, it ticks something of my 30 before 30 list – getting on the property ladder and it’s the next step in my relationship with the GF. Oh and it’s good to be able to let you all know finally, it was hard keeping it from twitter – I think secretly a handful of you knew but now I can share the love and tell you all properly.


Next step – Right from the off the GF stepped in with her interior decorator hat on and threw ideas, colour palettes and swatches at me. So we made a compromise. I am such an easy-going guy and usually like what she picks out, but I wanted 3 spaces that I can decorate, decide on and have control of – she can have the rest of the house, but I wanted the Garage, Garden and third bedroom (smallest of the three). The deal was struck and pow we have harmony.

So as you read this I am probably up to my eyeballs in paint, tools and old tiles. I have to rip the bathroom floor up pretty quickly and we have to get the whole house painted as the carpet man comes in a couple of days to lay the new carpet. So it’s literally all hands on deck. If you are wanting to give us a hand by all means popover, there will be pizza as a reward.

Keep your eyes peeled on Insta for those cool “Before/After” house shots and also if anyone has any decoration guides or quirky life hack builds I’d love to see them, any and all inspiration is needed.

I Can’t Believe I am a Homeowner! MWAH!

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Happy Anniversary!

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We’ve been together a year now. Started seeing each other in September but October 11th we became official. I told all my friends about you. Share photos of us on Instagram and started to make many memories.

We’ve bought new people into our relationship, met some great friends and loved every minute of things. Even the dark times where we wouldn’t talk for a week or so. We worked through it, we have become stronger and still as much in love as when we first started.


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My main thank you, is to you guys, the readers, the followers, the friends I have made. This year has been amazing and I have loved what we have made here. I can’t wait to see it grow, to get better and even more awesome.

Honestly I never thought when I first started that I would have met such inspirations and amazing people such as: Maud, Abbie, Lauren – and then the #BlogVengers; Colin, Gareth, Elle, Annie. These are to name a few – I could go on forever naming all the gems in this blogging world. Basically if you are reading this, you are one of them! I am so thankful! I also want to thank the brands who have trusted me and given me the chance to work with them to promote their amazing brands. I have loved every chance I have had.

To the next year!

10 Unusual Facts about ME!

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This week has been taggnation for me! Left right and centre, batting them bad boys out of the field. So much love for all of the people who think of me when they are trying to pick the lucky S.O.B’s that they want to tag.

So this tag is from the lovely, supportive and ever so sweet Lauren. This is here POST and TWITTER – go and check her out. Also a few days later I was tagged in this again by Elizabeth a super friendly, awesomely geeky gal whose state side stories make me VERY jealous. Her original post is HERE and her TWITTER. I can’t stress how much you should follow both of these fabulous women! Trust me.

So now I’ve been asked to open up, to share some dark secrets and little tidbits that you might not know about me.

Let’s do this!

  1. I don’t like coffee – Thought I’d throw this one in there, Lauren I am with you! Sorry bloggers!
  2. I don’t like wearing socks . . . any chance to whip them off I shall. I feel free & a little bit like John McClane.
  3. Controversially I don’t rate Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart, Amy Schumer or Rebel Wilson. They all seem to play the same roles and run the same non funny slapstick jokes.
  4. I once got lost in Matalan – I was very young and was a maze of frocks, tops and bottoms.
  5. Frogs and Toads freak me out, the way they jump and they are wet and slimy. I am shuddering just thinking of them.
  6. As much as I am not religious or practicing a faith. I am very open to the concepts of them and find learning about them very interesting. I have a lot of respect for the Church due to my Nan’s faith and relationship with faith.
  7. I begrudge paying more than £10 for a haircut, to the point where I bought clippers and now my GF cuts my hair.
  8. I have a list of 30 things to do before I am 30 – I have 18 things left to do and just over two years to do them. Not sure if it’s doable.
  9. You might know this but I think due to cultural locations it could be seen as unusual (and I am struggling to think of things) I am getting into NFL America Football. As a Brit it’s slowly becoming a bigger thing over here and I’ve jumped on the wave and am riding it out. I’ve really got into it and it’s so much fun.
  10. I broke my arm once while playing Basketball.

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Now that you know me a bit better why don’t you tell me about you.

I am going to nominate the following people, because for one reason or another they are amazing, funny, supportive and awesome. Let’s do this.

Penny.

Nicole.

Zoe.

Michael.

NaDa.

Siobhan.