Tuesday, 22 April 2014

My Week with Robbie Day Six - Shame

Day Six then, and today its the single Shame. Shame was released in 2010 and is actually Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow singing a duet.

Shame was the first single released from Robbie's second greatest hits album, In and out of Consciousness: 1990-2010. This was their first song together since Robbie left Take That. It was a hit in the UK, and reached number 2.

For those of you that remember when Robbie left Take That, there was a massive feud between these two. This single was more than just a duet - it was a healing of the rift between them. They both said things about one another when Robbie left the band, and it was a very public affair.No love lost.

Clearly, time had healed the rawness, and this is the result. Apparently they wrote this in less than an hour. Probably the reason it sounds so genuine. And it does.This was their public making up - friends again. Yay!!!

Not only is it lovely that they made friends, but better than that this is a lovely beautiful song. Its funny, its sweet and its from the heart. It kicks in slowly - its a humble effort this one, not big and brash, which makes it classy and sweet. The two of them sound sincere and their voices harmonise so well it kind of chokes you up.

Here is a link to the fab video which is perfect for this song. Its just the 2 of them,walking along towards their respective cars,not speaking. Later, they are in an American bar, and they clearly are referencing real life. Robbie going solo, becoming huge, and Take That reforming and becoming huge without RW. Finally, they start to look at one another, and they go out to the lake. Now they are reunited, they strip to the waist and race up the top of the cliff to dive into the water. They get to the top,think better of it,and walk away arms around each other. Its ace!

The lyrics are really sincere and mean a lot to them, which is very clear. The first line starts us off "Well there’s three versions of this story mine and yours and then the truth". They carry on, asking is this the sound of sweet surrender. Then "what a shame we never listened". "So I got busy throwing everybody underneath the bus." "And with your poster 30 foot high at the back of toys r us". "I wrote a letter in my mind, but the words were so unkind, about a man I can't remember". Basically, taking the mick out of one another, then saying it was all so long ago. Finally they sing "words come easy when they're  true". The boys - friends once again. Yay!!

I admit,I have a soft spot for these two, and I remember being so happy that they had made up. This song still makes me happy listening to it, after several years have now passed. Its definitely a feel good song - its funny,sarky and beautifully sung. Its clever and sincere. It sounds great, and lets be honest, they both look great in this video, so what more could you ask for? Perfect.

Go on, have a listen yourself and let me know what you think. Check out My Music page here for more of Robbie, plus Take That and many others. Happy Listening :)

1 Day to Go - My Five Week Challenge

1 Day left to go of My 5 week challenge which started  on Monday 17th March 2014. The Goal?  37 days in which to lose 1 whole stone. Major challenge. Can I do it? Here is how I am trying and my progress so far.

2 and a half pounds off target  - still. 1 more day to go. It's looking doubtful.

Breakfast today was the usual cereal and fruit. Lunch was a home made chicken salad pitta. Wholemeal of course!

I had my haircut, have been to the gym, done some last minute shopping, had my nails done and a spray tan!! Phewf!!

Today's gym session was a last chance workout:

  • warm up walk - 20 cals
  • 1 mile run - 120 cals
  • fast incline walk - 80 cals
  • set of 100 abs
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 5 full press ups
  • stepper - 200 cals
  • set of 100 abs
  • 15 half press ups (knees down)
  • cross trainer - 100 cals
  • set of 100 abs
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 15 half press ups
  • 1 mile run - 120 cals

640 cals total plus floor work. I am now up to a whopping 14000 steps!! Not bad.

Healthy tea is beckoning. No alcohol for me this evening. Hopefully I will see a drop tomorrow, but whatever happens, I have lost nearly 12 pounds, so brilliant already to have accomplished that!!

1day left. 2 1/2 pound to lose. C'mon scales!! 

Monday, 21 April 2014

My Week with Robbie Day Five - She's The One

Day Five of My Week with Robbie Williams and today it's She's The One. It was released in 1999.

She's the One was taken from Robbie's second studio album, I've Been Expecting You. It was the fourth single taken from the album which was released in 2008. The single gave Robbie his second number one, reaching the top spot in the UK charts.

This is a beautiful song. It's more a ballad or a love song, and is quite slow in tempo. Robbie's voice sounds so lovely on this, and just shows what a talent he is, being able to skip between happy pop tastic and deep and meaningful in a heartbeat. The album also reached number one unsurprisingly, but She's the One is the stand out track to me.

The video to this song is superb. It stars Robbie as an ice-skating coach to a pair of figure skaters. When the guy gets injured, Robbie has flash backs to himself as a boy falling over on the ice. Clearly never skating again due to the humiliation, and instead coaching others.

He steps in gallantly though, to partner the girl after the guy gets injured and he is fantastic. Sporting a very lovely black suit with sequins, its very believable that it is actually RW on the ice, though I very much doubt it to be the case!! He does back flips and skates perfectly, and they get full marks!! It's a brilliant video.

The lyrics are lovely too. This bit is my particular favourite : "when you get to where you wanna go, and you know the things you wanna know, you're smiling". I think that's really gorgeous. Then "If there's somebody, calling me on, she's the one". Stunning.

This is a gorgeous pop song, beautifully sung. It's really stood the test of time too, as it still sounds just as great. Go have a listen, and let me know what you think. For more of Robbie, or more music stuff check out My Music page here. Happy Listening :)

2 Days to Go - My Five Week Challenge

2 Days to go of My 5 week challenge which started  on Monday 17th March 2014. The Goal?  37 days in which to lose 1 whole stone. Major challenge. Can I do it? Here is how I am trying and my progress so far.

2 and a half pounds off target now. 2 more days after today to go. Can I get this final bit off in time??

I have survived Easter - not a chocolate in sight for me. Well, plenty in sight but not for my consumption!

Breakfast today was wholemeal toast. Lunch was a sandwich - low fat chicken salad on a pitta.

PT today - I did not feel like going at all. Today session consisted of:

  • sitting squat jumps - 3 sets of 15
  • sit ups with weighted ball passes - 3 sets of 15
  • double foot half burpees - 3 x 30 reps
  • box steps front - 3 x 50 reps
  • rope pulls sitting - 3 x 1 minute
  • rope pulls kneeling - 3 x 1 minute
  • burpees with press ups - 3 x 15 reps
  • clean and press 3 x 20 reps
  • cross trainer sprints 3 sets
  • sprint on treadmill
  • full sit up to knee - 3 x 20 reps
  • 3 sets of press ups

Today was so hard. Harder than ever. I actually told my PT that he was mean!! I also came very close to saying "I can't do this". But I didn't. I survived!

We toddled off to the pub for a drink tonight - I had single measures. So no damage done. I have had a healthy tea, so lets see what the scales bring tomorrow!

2 days left. 2 1/2 pound to lose. 2 more days to survive. I can do this. :)

3 Days to Go - My Five Week Challenge

3 Days to go of My 5 week challenge which started  on Monday 17th March 2014. The Goal?  37 days in which to lose 1 whole stone. Major challenge. Can I do it? Here is how I am trying and my progress so far.

The scales have gone up. Damn. 3 and a half pounds off target now. 3 more days after today to go.

It's Sunday. Easter Sunday. No chocolate for me!

Breakfast today was cereal piled high with fruit. Lunch was a sandwich - low fat chicken salad on a pitta. I sat eating nothing at Amerton Farm, whilst my family scoffed. Mine was in the car and I was proud of myself.

No gym today. PT tomorrow. However, I did work up a sweat making a den for G! Impressed myself to be honest!!

Not looking forward to PT tomorrow, but I do now want a good body. This 5 week challenge has kept me focused on my holiday, but I want more. I want a toned body to be proud of.

Tonight was cereal again for tea. A couple of brandy's - courvoissier - as a treat. And secretly just ate one small choc!! Well, it was Godiva!! be rude not to. It is Easter!!

However, it is now 3 days left. 3 1/2 pound to lose. I now have 3 days of real restriction but I can handle anything for 3 days dammit!! :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Computer Issues!!!!!

Right. Is anyone out there a computer whizz? My laptop has suddenly decided not to recognise my iphone so I can no longer download pictures.

So far, I have uninstalled itunes - twice. Been onto apple support - twice. They have shared my screens, amended countless settings, ultimately advising me that I need to restart the laptop. So I have.

Only to log back on to find the problem is still there. Each time I restart, the connection to apple is lost and I have to start all over again. At this point, I cannot face going through it again, so I ask you instead - what has happened? How do I fix it?

Help!!! ;)

Happy Easter - Say it with Cupcakes!

So it is Easter Sunday. A very Happy Easter to you.

Now as it's Easter, and as I have a slight obsession with cupcakes, and as I just keep finding new temptation I thought I would share it with you. This site is fab - Your cup of Cake. There's a website and a facebook page full of cake stuff.

I absolutely love these cupcakes with Cloud Frosting - I've popped the link below for those ones:



But these are ace too - carrot Easter cupcakes!! My intention is to make some of these once I hit goal weight - not to mention other things I intend to indulge in!! Mainly of the chocolate / cake variety!! 

Just thought I would share these though, as this site is fab and clearly a fellow lover of all things cake. Enjoy:)