Friday 27 March 2020

Something for the weekend Sir? Try the BBC Iplayer.

The home alone scenario we're all in, means we're getting bored with Netflix, TV although remember, YouTube. But coupled with the growth in podcasts, radio is seeing a resurgence at the minute.

The BBC Iplayer is superb.

Apart from being able to listen to live Radio 4, radio 3 and others, it has lots of cool features. Like being able to pause (catch up), a great archive, a cool snooze button (so you can leave the music on as you go asleep with a timer), great alarm for the mornings and much more.

Productions are world class. In fact everyone on Radio 4 sounds like a British Airways captain, very quintessential posh radio. Really easy to use too and so worth the change.

You'll get it in the Apps store.

A lovely change in these boring times.....

Thursday 26 March 2020

Great great viewing. The Americans.

I can't say it any plainer, but this is the best thing to watch. Now you'll need an Amazon Prime sub (about 7 euro pm) but don't hesitate to get one just to see this.

2 KGB sleeper spies living as husband and wife in Washington, as Americans to spy during the 1981 Reagan Cold War years. It's a thriller, but it's also human. 

6 Seasons (last one was 2018) with Keri Russell (Felicity, Mission Impossible) is incredible it in with 'husband' Welsh actor Matthew Rhys who is great too. In fact, it's all great and they both formed a relationship during filming. Always good because you see it on screen. 

Lots of awards including a Golden Globe but binge away because you won't stop. Forget the virus, think Cold War. Be a spy for a while....

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Feel better. Roberta Flack 'Quiet Fire' 1971.

I don't know what it is, but there's so much positivity out there. We seem to have moved from being very, very scared to embracing where we are at. Maybe we're beginning to understand that there's more to life than the daily grind.

The fish are back in Venice, people are smiling again and my kids are planning a trip to our local restaurant once they re-open. Something that we would do every week and take for granted, in and out. Now it's a treat to look forward to and so it should be. Life balance is changing.

So, you need to do no more to feel greater, than to put on Roberta Flack's third album from 1971 'Quiet Fire'. There is no better feel good record.

It's cover songs but you'd hardly recognise 'Bridge over troubled water' because she's re-invented every song, beautifully. You'll probably recognise the single 'Will you still love me tomorrow?'.

Working in the kitchen, the study, the bedroom, just put it on. And feel good. And Take care. It's going to be better.