Rolling back the years

Rolling back the years

Hey everyone. I return with another blog posted by myself. It’s great to share my views on here. For this particular blog. I was just listening to music from the 2000’s era. As I am writing this, I finished listening to The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani on YouTube. Well maybe not rolling back the years that far but it still feels like a long time. I feel like a kid again going through in my thoughts and memories of the good music that stood out. My favourite genre to listen to at the time was Punk Rock. Bands such as Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Nickelback, Bowling For Soup, Evanescence, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blink 182 were the sort of bands I would listen to, I may throw in Linkin Park as well if it counts as Punk Rock. There were a few one off hits that just blew me away. If you knew the song ‘Heaven is a Halfpipe’ already then you must be an addict lover of rock punk music lol.

I was still listening to pop made up of artists at that time, boy/girl bands. Some of the iconic music can be found on ‘That’s What I Call …. ‘ it can be usually found by copy and pasting that into amazon or iTunes followed by 2001 or a year in 2000. Most of the songs I have put YouTube links too were music I grew up listening to. Interesting thing is that most people tend to forgot them in this day of age and I’m sure you would be surprised by the songs that found in this blog.

Always on Time Ashanti Ja Rule

 

Ain’t It Funny J-Lo

Good Life – Kanye West

I’m Real – J-Lo

Over Protected – Britney Spears

More Than A Woman – Aaliyah

Weapon of Choice – Fatboy Slim

Bad Boy For Life – P.Diddy

Lost Without You – Delta Goodrem

Stick with u Pussycat Dolls

Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas

Hot – Avril Lavigne

Pieces of Me – Ashlee Simpson

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Ignition – R Kelly

Eternal Flame – Atomic Kitten

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Starlight – The Superman Lovers

Anyone of Us – Gareth Gates

21 Seconds – So Solid Crew

Castles In The Sky – Ian Van Dahl

Maybe That’s What It Takes – Alex Parks

Do You Really Like It – DJ Pied Piper

You Rock My World – Michael Jackson

All or Northing – O-Town

Whenever, Whenever – Shakira

Evergreen – Will Young

Mis Teeq – Scandalous

Speaking of music, I do think they put The Voice UK on too early on television. I haven’t felt like watching the first two episodes yet (as of Jan 20th 2015), although I have an app on my iPhone for it. I would have rather have it starting from March or April, I just thought Janaury was a bit too soon. I’m quite happy with Rita Ora being a judge, I have her first album on deluxe and I got my money’s worth but I was rather surprised that she was chosen but its something different. I was expecting Paloma Faith as a judge with all the experience she has, I was quite impressed her performance on Jools on New Year’s Eve but I’m not really follow her music so much. Let’s see how The Voice UK turns out. I was probably a bit disappointed with the last two series as there hasn’t been anyone that hasn’t been notified in the UK charts. Becky Hill is a name that pops up now and again. I like her songs ‘Losing’ and ‘Powerless’, I just hope she doesn’t end like Alex Parks.

I’ll leave it there ………………………………………………………………..

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New Year Approached. Time for a fresh start

New Year Approached. Time for a fresh start

Hey everyone !!!!

Welcome to my first blog of 2015. I was meant to publish this over the weekend.

It’s time for a fresh start don’t you think?

Well that’s probably what I’m attempting to achieve every so often. Sometimes it can turn out to be a good and bad experience.

Hope that as you are reading this blog that you enjoyed your New Year.

New Year Fresh Start

I didn’t mind the New Year, didn’t really do anything special, just watched the tele overnight. I think around this time last week, I have been staying up way too late, I mean, from the last blog I wrote, I started writing that around 4 or 5 in the morning and then I was doing the same for any other day.

But the good news is that I have changed my routine. I’m now sleeping around 9 in the evening and waking up around 4 or 5 in the morning. It probably surprise a lot of you reading this. I wouldn’t call this an expected New Year’s resolution because I didn’t really plan for it.

Talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I am making some attempt to come to a conclusion of making some. These are what I drafted:

  1. Go out jogging at least 4 times a week and lose over 100 calories
  2. Revisit Microsoft Excel
  3.  Read non fiction books (such as The Royal Palaces of London which is unopened)
  4. Record and watch documentaries of historical interest on BBC Two and BBC Four
  5. Revisit the open course which was done by Yale on the Tudors and the Stuarts
  6. Write at least 26 blogs before the end of 2015

I think this month is one of those enjoyable times that I relish. First of all the Darts has been exceptional. I didn’t watch much of the Taylor Anderson final but I watched it towards the end and thought the game was a thriller. I’m not a follower of PDC because it’s not my thing really, one of the reasons why I watched it in the first place was because I seen what Stephen Bunting did in the BDO and thought why not watch him which I did. I’m thrilled that he is playing in the Premier League. People in the PDC probably look down their noses in the BDO anyway. But I’m thrilled that the darts is back on BBC. Since the first day it was shown, I’ve been following it all the way through and the darts that have been played is just fantastic, I can’t help being ecstatic about it. It’s the thrill you get by cheering someone on that you never met before but want them to win while I’m enjoying a chilled Pepsi or orange juice. There has been a load of memories, the match between Martin Adams and Jan Dekker was driving me off my seat, I predicted that Jan Dekker would win before the match because he beat Adams before a year ago, their were some moments I could hide my face off the tele because I felt the pressure just by sitting at home. I liked the way the international and european qualifiers have expressed themselves for the game. Of course its safe to say that the English and Netherlands have the equivalent of an Ashes cricket series (England vs Australia). For my point of view, the BDO is about established stars of the game, When I saw Peter Sajwani knock out James Wilson, that was one of the talking points of the tournament. The two semi finals were just so different, one being outclassed and the other gone to the wire. The second semi final between Durrant and Adams was completely different to what I had in mind.  It went all the way, it did remind me of Djokovic and Nadal in the Australian Open Final. I didn’t know how long it would be on there but I was glad I recorded an hour more because it just went into overtime or in extra time, excuse my jargon lol. The final was just spectacular, I watched it live (to avoid watching spoilers) and I didn’t predict who would win because it was a bit close to call. I won’t tell you the result between Mitchell and Adams (to avoid spoilers) but if you want to avoid spoilers you can always catch it on iPlayer before it expires or searching it on YouTube is a good place to try. The only thing I can tell you when you watch it for the first time, you’re in for a treat. I’m off to be watching the Snooker Masters shortly after. I’m not much of a follower of the Masters tournament whether its Tennis, Golf, Snooker. To me, it feels like bragging rights to say who is the best of the best, “OK, go and prove it then”.

As well as the Darts, I’ve been following the Test cricket that is been played. I’ve been following South Africa and West Indies. I’m a real lover of test cricket, watching teams like South Africa is a treat for me because over the last two or three years they have been the best test cricketing side in the world. One of my dreams of mine would be to go to Cape Town to watch a test match there, I say that because England are going there at the end of the year to play some tests matches, its nice and sunny that time of year whereas in the UK right now it is quite cold outside. Trouble with visiting South Africa is that I wouldn’t know what to expect, I put that in a negative way because I was typing ‘Is South Africa’ on Google and it did give some strong advice, if anyone does have any experiences then pass your thoughts in the comments box below, I would like to get an understanding from personal experience. Some of my favourite players who I like to watch are Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.

When I was seeing the Test Rankings, I was quite shocked that England were third in the Test Rankings, in their current state I would have thought they would have been ranked fourth or fifth. England have got to travel to the  West Indies for three test matches in April, from what I’ve seen from the West Indies, I expect some of their best players to be in the IPL so I don’t feel they will have a strong team out so I expect England to field a strong team but I’m not over optimistic, England may get out for 12 again. I don’t want that to happen. In terms of the Cricket World Cup, I think England has an outside chance of winning, they haven’t shown to me that they are the best so who knows, it can be anyones tournament to win but for me Australia are favourites to win, I mean they want to win it for Phil Hughes, that team unity is there, the players on the field just got to show that. They face England and India before the tournament starts so they face stiff competition early on but I think Australia will at least get into the semi finals none the less.