March 2018 Favourites

Well, that’s an early Easter out of the way for this year, and I hope everyone had a great time. We had the typical bank holiday weather here in the UK – i.e. wet – but on the plus side we also had lots of treats to indulge on as well, so it’s been like another Christmas in that sense. Indeed, with the wintery weather still hanging around, you’d be forgiven for not realising it was spring yet. Still, just like February, once again the weather hasn’t stopped me from having another very successful month.

But before I get on to the details, I just want to very quickly mention a free event I’m attending in April that you might also be interested in. I’m not being paid to mention it, but I am one of their voluntary social media ambassadors. And regardless of that, I’m genuinely intrigued by the whole thing anyway, having never heard of it before, so it deserves a mention in any case. And I don’t want to bury it at the bottom of the post where nobody will see it.

So to quote them directly:

Naidex is Europe’s most exciting event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend! Register for your FREE ticket on naidex.co.uk!

There are bold claims there, I know, but in all fairness I’ve looked through the show guide listing the exhibitors, speakers and events, and it really is very exciting. PLus it is their 44th year, so they know what they’re doing. I’ll be there both days and will have no problem filling the time, and I will of course tell you all about it. But I recommend going too if you can – it’s free, so you just have to be able to get to Birmingham on at least one of those days, and you need to register for tickets on their website in advance. If you’re a fellow blogger who’s also going, and you want to say hello there or collaborate in some way in relation to it, you’re welcome to get in touch. And if you know others who might want to go, pass it on!

Ok, that’s all I have to say about it, I just felt it deserved a plug. Now let’s crack on with my latest favourites post and video, so you can see what I’ve been up to. I hope you enjoy it!

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My Christmas Music Collection

Back in 2016 I posted extensive lists of my music collection, and have done a few little updates on it since. But the one thing I didn’t get a chance to do last year, because I was moving house over the festive period, was to go through the Christmas music I’ve accumulated over the years.

So now it’s time to rectify that, with an epic feature-length Christmas special of a post, showing you the festive albums and tracks that I have in my collection. Some will be obvious, some probably much less so. And if you’ve followed my Christmas music advent calendar in 2017, you’ll have had a sneak preview of a few of them.

I hope you enjoy digging through it all, and maybe it’ll introduce you to some Christmas music you weren’t previously aware of. My intention is to update this post each year, so if there are any festive tracks or albums you think I should check out, do let me know and I’ll update this post accordingly.

I’ve also found as many of these songs as I can on Youtube and gathered them into a Christmas music playlist, so you can explore and shuffle it all to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

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Music Haul November 2016

Now that I’ve listed everything in my current music and DVD collections, I can now do smaller posts on my latest purchases every so often, to show you what I’ve been buying And in October and November most years, in the run-up to Christmas, there are always a few new releases that I want to get.

I’ve already posted about the new DVDs I bought in my previous post, so this post is about the music I’ve recently acquired. Most of the music I get now is downloaded, but occasionally I’ll buy a physical set for one reason or another. So here’s the music I’ve got over the past couple of months – by Madness, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Howard Goodall, Derek & The Dominos, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and a little known band called Cherry Suede. Yes, I’ve been treating myself a little bit – but then I haven’t bought this much music for a while. It’s all come along at once!

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Music Collection – S

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letter S. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s over 3,000 tracks on it now! 🙂

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Album Reviews – Status Quo Deluxe CDs

In this post I’m going to review the 3 albums that Status Quo have just re-released as deluxe editions On The LevelIf You Can’t Stand The Heat and Whatever You Want. Each consists of 2 CDs – one for the original album, and the second for bonus tracks – plus a booklet, all within fold-out packaging. The albums are also available as downloads (without digital booklets). I tend to download albums online these days, but for my favourite bands like Status Quo, whose physical CDs I’ve bought over many years, I like to keep buying the CDs, at least for their studio albums. There are plenty of live shows of theirs I’ve downloaded.

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