Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again

I considered skipping blogs about the Movies I missed but decided to write about Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again, the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia based on the Stage Musical with Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christina Baranski, Pierce Bronson, Stellan Skarsgard and Meryl Streep all reprising their roles from the first film but with Lily James playing a Young Donna, Jessica Keenan Wynn as Young Tanya, Alexa Davies (Rosie), Jeremy Irvine (Sam), Hugh Skinner (Harry), Josh Dylan (Bill) and a guest appearance of Cher as Donna’s mother and Sophie’s grandmother.

This film is 2 stories as it continues from the original film as Sophie has now done up the old farm house and wants to open it as a hotel and is trying to sort out a launch party for this as well as dealing with a personal problem with her boyfriend, plus also it flashes back to when Donna first left university and arrived on the island and how she met the 3 men that could be Donna’s father. I really liked the way this was done as it really worked and I was surprised at how good Lily James singing was, she has in my opinion really shone this last year in the films she has done, the music as always with ABBA songs is top quality and most of the singing was also very good and it peaked at towards the end with Dancing Queen and then at the end with Supertrooper when the whole cast including both young and old versions of Donna, her friends and the 3 males, came together to perform. If you loved the first film then you will love this one, I think this is better than the first one and I love the soundtrack and as mentioned was a fan of Lily’s singing and performance you also can’t fault Amanda’s singing or acting too.

If you have a free afternoon or is raining then watch this, you will get your feet tapping and the time will fly by.

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I Have A Dream (song)

Whilst listening to Encore Radio earlier in the night and listening to Amanda Seyfried version of I Have A Dream I thought I do a quick post about the different versions of this song that has been released as its one of my favourite ABBA songs, I know of 5 versions that have been released either as a single or as part on an Original Soundtrack. So here are my opinions on each version.

ABBA – The original single, this is the benchmark as was the written by them and sung perfectly by them. You can’t fault it though I’m not 100% sure if now the best version.

Amanda Seyfried – Mamma Mia Film – I liked this version as is a upbeat version and suits Amanda’s voice. I have this on my walking playlist as has a nice tempo. I think this could actually be the best version of the song but can’t decide as mostly depending on situation on listening too.

Lily James – Mamma Mia Here We Go Again – I was surprised when I heard Lily James in this film and some of the songs really suited her but I think her voice is too soft for this track but it’s good that she didn’t try and do the song the same way as Amanda in the first film (or indeed as ABBA did). This is a relaxing version of the tracking and one I have on my evening playlist.

Westlife – Double A side single released at Christmas. Very hard for me to compare as the only all male version I’ve heard. This is more beaty (not sure if that’s correct term as drums are louder and more dominant) whilst I like to addiction of the child choir this isn’t as good as any of the other versions.

Lissa Stokke – The stage version of Mamma Mia. I’ve hadn’t heard this version until I started this blog. I don’t think it’s as good as Amanda’s or Lily’s version, it’s probably closer to Lily’s version than Amanda’s in the softness of the vocals but prefer Lily’s voice.

I had thought maybe there was a release by A-Teens who released an album of ABBA covers songs or ABBAMANIA TV special but seems neither did this track.

Ariana Grande- Sweetener

Not really a fan of Ariana but I will always have respect a place in my heart for her due to what she did after the Manchester bombing at one of her concerts and what she did for not only Manchester but probably the world and to me did more than any world leader did after the bombing. I’ve only ever really liked her One Last Time song and also to a lesser extent Problem so never really listened a lot to her unless it was on the radio and until her latest album Sweetener only had One Last Time in my music library however I actually like her latest album, it’s more lively and is one I could happily listen to in the gym and I will certainly be putting a couple of the tracks on my playlist. I doubt it’ll be an album that will get lost in a ever increasing female singers as even though she’s never been my cup of time there is no doubting her talent and the mixture of music keeps you listening whatever you feel like. It’s an album I recommend especially if you have a Music subscription like Apple or Google Music. 3 out 5 stars but so close to giving it 4.

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Shaving Clubs

As razor blades become more and more expensive Shaving clubs have started becoming popular where you got x amount of blades a month (or every 2-3 months) for a lower price. I have tried several of these and these are my thoughts and opinion on them.

BIC – £3 starter set £2 a blade (£8 for 4) – blades felt blunt cut face when using and was very disappointed as BIC was what used first time shaving albeit disposable razors. ⭐️

Dollar Shave Club (DSC) – £5 starter box £2 a blade (£8 for 4) – similar to BIC in style nice shave butter that helps glide but left a lot of stubble. ⭐️⭐️

Harry – £3.95 trial set £1.75 a blade (£14 for 8) – nice clean shave and a nice feel to shaver, shave foam nice smelling. Comes with a blade cover. To me the best overall value as give a close shave and the shaver feels right. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cornerstone – £10 starter – £2.33 a blade (£14 for 6) – you get a personalised razor with 3 initials in starter kit, slightly heavier than others. Nice accessories and toiletries for the home as too large for the gym. Also comes with a blade cover. These I rate second to Harry’s and if did gym size toiletries I’ll probably use. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bold king – £13 starter set, £2 a blade (£8 for 4) – wider gap between blades recommend for body grooming. Nice shave but as wider gap does need going over a couple of times, doesn’t get clogged, expensive starter kit but I got a free wash bag with mine. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gillette – £4 a blade (£16 for 4) this is really an offer by online retailers to try and make it cheaper but having to pay about £15 for a razor too it still makes an expensive option, Amazon do do the blades for around £13 for 4 instead of £16. Closest and cleanest shave. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dorco – £1 starter set, £1.49 a blade (£5.95 for 4) , the cheapest bar far but if you have anything more than a close stubble the blades blunt very quickly and if don’t shave for a week you use 2 blades just to get a clean shave. Aggravated skin when I used these. ⭐️

My favourite is Harry as like the shaver, it gives a good shave and the shaving gel has a nice fragrance. None of these blades got 5 ⭐️ as none gave as close a shave as Gillette Pro fusion blades but at about double the price I think that’s a sacrifice to make especially for me as you’re at the same stubble state the following day and the Fusion blades are expensive. I like that Cornerstone offer more products with their subscriptions too (a couple others offer shaving creams etc too but none as many as Cornerstone) though the only issue I have is that they’re full size products that you can’t keep in your gym bag as that would be ideal.

OTTY Mattress

Recently I bought a new Mattress and after spending around the £100 mark for the last couple which only last 18 months to 2 years I thought it might be better to spend more and get a better Mattress. I looked around and compared the different ones like Simba, Emma, Eve, Temur, OTTY and a few other ones I decided to opt for the OTTY Mattress with 2 free Pillows (and when I ordered an extra £50 off) and at around £500 was the most I’ve ever spent on a mattress.

It arrived nicely boxed up and rolled and thankful early morning so I could unwrap and unroll so it would be ready to use in the evening, a cutting tool was supplied to cut the wrapper which I thought was a very good idea.

The first night I felt the Mattress was a bit soft and not as hard as I thought it would be but the next night the Mattress felt firmer having more time to expand the foam inside.

The pillows are really comfortable to don’t sink or lose shape like other foam pillows I have used in the past, both the Mattress and the Pillows claim to have cool gel in to help keep them cool, whilst the summer hot temperatures tested this to the limit, I found I only had to turn the pillow over once during the night rather than several times as I did with my old one, the Mattress felt cool throughout the night though still had to sleep without covers when the temperature was in the high teens (that’s the average daytime temperature for the UK).

I have had the Mattress for over 3 months now and I’ve not once thought about returning under the 100 night trial and though my sleep may not have improved significantly (that’s a different issue) it is a lot more comfortable. At present I rate the mattress and with a 10 year guarantee this is certainly worth the money in my opinion though some people will find the Mattress too soft or too hard but that’s dependent on taste and preference.

 

FIFA World Cup 2018

With just a couple of days until the start of the World Cup in Russia, I thought I write a small post with what I think will happen, what I would like to happen and whatever else I think of whilst writing it.

The Support team that I work within are doing a sweepstake where we had 4/5 teams each (as only 7 of us are taking part) and I have South Korea, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and Croatia. Switzerland and Belgium I think have an outside chance and think one of these 2 will cause a surprise but as mentioned on the Conduent Score Prediction page I believe Argentina would be the team to beat but only because they seem to have the easier side of the draw as if the other side you have Germany, Brazil, Belgium, England and Switzerland whilst the Argentina side I would say only France and Spain are the main contenders.

Personally I would love England to do well but with the expected oppositions in the Quarter Finals where they could meet Germany or Brazil I can see them getting any further than this stage. Depending on the stage England get to I think Harry Kane has a good chance of the Golden Boot but with Spain and Argentina expecting to go further I would expect Messi  and Aguero to be up there along with Griezmann.

My main concern over the World Cup is that if Russia go out in the first road and that whilst the majority of their supporters seem to accept this will happen I hope the hardcore Ultra fans don’t go looking for trouble against the German and English fans especially. Whilst there has been a lot of concern about the legality of Russia winning hosting the World Cup I do like the Cup being held in different countries (the same with Qatar) and I hope that it does go without any issues. The other concern I have is actually on the pitch with the use of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) as I can see this causing issuing and will be interesting to see how this works as different nations have different methods of this at present, perhaps we can learn from it but don’t believe the World Cup to be the stage to learn from.

Here’s hoping to a good and competitive World Cup.

 

New Music

Every so often I write reviews on some new albums which I listen to either during my walks or in the bath, normally it will be artist I’ve listen to before or if I have liked a single of theirs. The last fortnight I have listened to 3 new albums.

Lily Allen – No Shame

I was looking forward to this as liked her previous albums and as Kate Nash recently released an album and they’re both similar style I was hoping it was as good as Kate’s but I was disappointed to be honest, whilst the content is similar to her past albums I didn’t feel the connection to the song as if the past, she seems to have tried to modernise her style but it hasn’t worked. It’s an okay album but not one to write home about.

Various Artist – Soft Rock Forever

You can’t go wrong with putting together a Various Artist album of Soft Rock as there is plenty to chose from, this has all the classics you expect and it is coming up to Fathers Day. It contains 60 tracks and most you will love. It’s a sure hit.

Delta Goodrem – I Honestly Love You 

A Olivia Newton-John tribute with Delta singing Olivia’s hits with a couple of Duets thrown in. Whilst you don’t get the same upbeat singing as Olivia you can’t fault Delta as she is a very good female artist in her own right though I do prefer her earlier stuff  this is a good album if you’re a fan of either her or Olivia.

Charli XCX – 5 in the Morning

Not an album but a single that I just have to mention as I love this track, I’ve not been a fan of Charli’s recent work (apart from the collaboration on Girls with Rita Ora, Cardi B and Bebe Raxha) but loved her old stuff but this is a great track and deserves to be a hit.