Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a very special book. On the face of it, it’s a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat and completely absorbing novel as you follow the journey of Wade, Aech, and Art3mis on their Easter Egg hunt. On a deeper level, this novel is a social critique about where we could be heading as a society and what is truly gut-grabbing, take-the-breath-out-of-you scary is that everything in Ready Player One could be true.
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Glastonbury 2017

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It’s that time again. Time to lament that Glastonbury is once again over for another year. But it’s double sadness this year as my favourite festival will not return until 2019. Massively sad times.
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Glastonbury Festival 2015

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And so there is another Glastonbury over. I’ve got a serious case of the post-Glastonbury blues so I thought I’d share my weekend and daydream away back to Worthy Farm.

After an, ahem, eventful start (Fran!), we piled into our cars and off we drove to Somerset. We arrived at 7am and by 10am our camp was set up in the wonderful Park Home Ground, overlooking the Other Stage.

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As the only one in our group of 12 that had ever been to Glastonbury before, I decided to take the group up to the top of the hill by the Stone Circle for the first night to give them an idea of the site and we were treated to the most majestic sunset.

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It’s a truly magical place and I felt even more in love with it this year.

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I didn’t see a bad act all weekend, but here were my two highlights:

Florence

2015FLORENCEANDTHEMACHINE_LIVE_GLASTONBURY-2015_WO-10260615.article_x4I love, love, LOVE Florence and have followed her career since she played in a tiny tent at Leeds Festival in 2008. Her set was full of energy, excitement, emotion. She showcased her fabulous new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, as well as the best of her back catalogue and a heartfelt version of Times Like These by the Foo Fighters. Every song was brilliant and her voice continues to give me goosebumps. What was lovely to see was how grateful and humble she was about the performance. It was incredibly moving, a real highlight of the weekend.



Lionel

Lionel Richie performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury FestivalOh! What a feeling!! When we’re dancing on the ceiling! Lionel’s set was un-be-lee-va-bl! Glastonberry! Hellooooooo, is it me you’re looking for?! It was just a brilliant, uplifting, hilarious set. I adored it! And so did 100,000 other people, fantastic!

After a wonderful weekend, we all watched The Who together before heading home the next morning. It was wonderful.

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Until next year, Glastonbury

Rx

Music of the minute

Every so often I like to keep you updated on what’s top of my current iPod playlist so here’s a few of my favourite tracks that have been circling my head for the last few weeks…

Jamie xx – Loud Places (ft Romy)

Oh Jamie, you wonderful, wonderful man. Everything you touches turns to beautiful, aural gold. I implore you to give this one a listen, just heavenly. This video is pretty sweet too.
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Hello 2015!

It has been a while. I know, and I’m sorry. The chaos of December, starting a new job, Christmas, New Year and a holiday means I’ve been a little busy of late. There’s no excuse, life just got on top of me for a bit.

So I thought to make up for my utter lack of posts I would do a bit of tidying up. If you look at my previous two posts, you’ll see what I got up to for the last two months with my final month in photographs posts. If you come back tomorrow, you will see a post about my brilliant holiday to Val Thorens in the French Alps!

But for now, let us have some music shall we? Here is a run down of my favourite songs of 2014.
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Music Monthly – September 2014

Having had a wonderful summer of music, I’m excited to share with you my next monthly music favourites. I’ve just got back from Bestival which was utterly wonderful. It was my first visit to Rob da Bank’s musical furore on the beautiful Isle of Wight – it’s like a mini Glastonbury!

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Nile Rodgers was incredible – what a way to finish on Sunday night! Seeing as Nile has basically produced every catchy song ever written since the 1970s, the whole gig was a huge party – lots of singing, lots of dancing, it was amazing!

Another highlight for me was London Grammar. Their set was precise, emotional and euphoric. I adore their album ‘If You Wait’ and hearing it performed live was something truly special.

Disclosure. Whilst it makes me a little sick at how incredibly talented these two brothers are for their age, I can’t help but love them. I get completely mesmerised when watching DJs, I think they are so talented – but watching two DJs on different decks work seamlessly together to make this phenomenal music is utterly amazing.

I’m a massive fan of music from the 1980s and lately, it seems that’s all I’ve been listening to. INXS are brilliant, and I simply adore Michael Hutchence’s voice. His silky, charismatic tones just make me want to dance. Turn this up and get on your feet!

Finally, after seeing Back to the Future at Secret Cinema, this one has been on repeat:

What have you been listening to lately. I’d love to have a listen, leave links and comments below!

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An awesome August

Well the last month has been pretty wonderful. I feel like I’ve had most of August off work and I’ve feel like I’ve barely been in London. It’s been brilliant!

First I went to the beach in Mablethorpe for a weekend with my friends. And as anyone who has visited the beach along the North East coast of England will know, it can be bracing, wet and down right cold but it is always the most fun.

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Next, me and my housemates went to Croatia! We went to Split and Hvar and I cannot recommend it enough. The place is beautiful, the people are warm and welcoming and the company was brilliant. I basically spent the entire holiday with a smile on my face, it was glorious.

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The day after I got back from Croatia I went to a wedding! My gorgeous friend Lucy tied the knot in Gloucestershire. It was a beautiful day filled with love and laughter.

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Next on my adventures in August was Leeds Festival. I hadn’t been to Leeds in a few years but it was the first festival I ever went to – and boy was it good to go back! We had a massive camp, carnage ensued and a good time was had by all.

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All in all, August has been awesome. Next on the list is Secret Cinema and Bestival and I cannot wait!

What have you guys been up to this summer? Hope you’ve had a wonderful August too!

Rx

Music Monthly – July 2014

As well as my months in photographs I thought I’d share with you some of the songs that have been a constant on my iPod over the last month.

Up first: Alt-J and ‘Hunger Of The Pine’


The first time I heard this I was hooked. There is something utterly captivating about Alt-J’s sound, which I have loved from the very beginning. I CANNOT wait to hear the rest of the album.

Next, the return of Jamie T with ‘Don’t You Find’


Jamie T is one of my favourite artists of all time. His music really spoke to me and I think he was on the cusp of becoming a voice of our generation after Kings and Queens in 2009. I was gutted he disappeared – I used to do a social media search for him every month or so, desperate for him to come back. And he finally has! This song is joyous – give it a listen.

Third comes Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin”


I’ve liked Jungle for a while now but seeing them at Glastonbury made me fall in LOVE with them! I bought their album (which I would highly recommend doing) and every song is brilliant. I could have put any one of their songs in Music Monthly but Busy Earnin’ has a truly excellent video. Let’s learn the dance!

Fourth comes Lana Del Rey. Well, the Cedric Gervais remix of ‘Summertime Sadness’


I’m not the biggest fan of Lana Del Rey. She mainly annoyed me during her Glastonbury performance with her constant posing. I do think her voice is good but I can’t listen to many of her songs in a row before I want to end it all. BUT, this remix of ‘Summertime Sadness’ is great! It really lifts the song and for me, this is summer in a song.

Golden oldie time now for my final song – Pink Floyd with ‘Wish You Were Here’


For a long time I avoided Pink Floyd but I have recently realised they’re brilliant. All those people were actually right about them… who knew? Anyway, this is a beautiful one.

What have you been listening to this month? What’s been your top song? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

Rx