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Sunday Morning Playlist

myextraordinarylife relax listening to music on headphones on phone with a cup of tea on a sunny morning

This week’s been great.  What a difference a bit of sunshine makes!

myextraordinarylife field of yellow daffodils on a hot sunny spring day

Everything seems better.  Everyone’s in a good mood.  There’s definitely been a holiday vibe this week – shorts and strappy tops, paddling pools and barbeques.  It’s been lovely to sit out in the sunshine on a night just talking and relaxing.  I love the light nights.

These few days this week have been so wonderful, it’s hard to believe only a month ago we had snow!  My house is very old, and extremely cold and drafty.  This time last month my smart meter read 0° in my kitchen, this week it’s reached the heady heights of 23°!  I love it!  I’m quite new to having a smart meter so I’m still a bit obsessed with it!  Let’s hope after an extremely long winter we’ve got a lot more sunny days ahead!

myextraordinarylife red and orange tulip surrounded by purple spring flowers

Happy Days and Happy Sunday to everyone!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

Freakin out – Graham Coxon

Holiday in the Sun – Sex Pistols

Norgaad – The Vaccines

Mr Brightside – The Killers

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Sunday Morning Playlist

My Extra Ordinary Life Sunday Morning Playlist Tea and Biscuits on a Tea Tray

I’m part of a music group called the FTA – the Frank Turner Army, that forms a monthly playlist on Spotify.  I love this.  Members are allowed to nominate one song per month and a combined playlist of about two-hundred songs is formed.  It’s a huge commitment by the wonderful man who compiles it each month, and it’s been a huge success.  Because we all have a mutual taste in music most of the songs are immediately to my taste.  It’s a fabulous way of being introduced to new music: every month there are bands or artists that I’ve never heard of before, or those that I’ve been meaning to check out and never got round to it.   I’m still making my way through this month’s list but one of the songs that I loved and kept putting on repeat was The Omen by Camp Cope.  They’re an Australian band from Melbourne and immediately reminded me of The Smith Street Band, also from Melbourne, who I love.  The song doesn’t have a video yet, just an audio-track.  It’s taken from the album ‘How to Socialise & Make Friends’ and I’m going to spend some time this week giving it a listen.

My Extra Ordinary Life Daffodils in a Mason Jar

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week.  Enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.

Happy Sunday everyone!  Have a great day.

 

The Omen – Camp Cope

Passiona  – The Smith Street Band

Your Graduation – Modern Baseball

Cigarettes & Saints –The Wonder Years

Monsters Ball – Electric River

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Sunday Morning Playlist

Sunday Morning Playlist Hot Cup of Fresh Tea

Well, we’ve certainly had the April Showers this week.  I haven’t been very far, but the fields have been flooded and very muddy!  Blossom’s loved it! She loves nothing better than splashing about in muddy puddles then sharing the love by shaking herself right next to me!  And it’s great that the nights are lighter too.  This next week I’m hoping for more walks in the fresh air and maybe a day out or two.

My Extra Ordinary Life Blossom on a Dog Walk in the Mud

What’s everyone up to? Where’ve you been to this weekend, and have you any plans for today?

Hope you’re having a great weekend, whatever you’re up to.  Enjoy and Happy Sunday.

Lesley xx

Free Fallin – Tom Petty

Runaway Train – Soul Asylum

Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms

Bury Me In Philly – Dave Hause

My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

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Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks! Review of Netflix Show.

Everything Sucks! Netflicks Series just cancelled

Everything Sucks aired recently on Netflix, and I’ve got to say the initial thing that grabbed my attention and wanted to make me watch was that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were playing on the trailer.  So I wanted to watch on just from that!  Set in the Nineties, music features heavily and there are some great tracks.  Any show that plays Rancid gets my thumbs up.

Everything Sucks! Netflix Boring high school yellow school bus
EVERYTHING SUCKS!

The show is set in a high-school in Boring, Oregon, and definitely has the feel of Stranger Things, and steals a lot of ideas and character structures from there.  It’s also been said that it’s very similar to Geeks and Freaks but I’ve never watched that so I can’t really compare.  It is however, a very sweet coming of age period piece.  It’s not perfect, there are things they could’ve done better.  But having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Episodes are short, 20 minutes, so it’s a quick watch.  Me and Jordan watched the whole thing over a couple of nights.  The season ends on somewhat of a cliff-hanger, suggesting that there’s more to come.  However, Netflix have just confirmed that there will be no more, so sadly the story will go unfinished and unanswered.

Everything Sucks! Netflix Title name

The music changes throughout the series, becoming more mellow as the atmosphere of the show changes.  Here’s just a few of my favourites from the show, but there are a lot of playlists on Spotify out there if you want to see what other music features: Weezer, The Offspring, Bloodhoung Gang, The Cardigans and Tori Amos to name but a few.  Better still, give it a watch and see what you think.

Everything Sucks! Trailer

The Impression That I Get – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Time Bomb – Rancid

Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Two Princes – Spin Doctors

Connection – Elastica

Linger – The Cranberries

Run Around – Blues Traveler

Wonder Wall

Everything Sucks! Luke and Kate listening to Oasis Wonderwall on Disc Walkman

Hope you enjoy these tracks that I’ve selected.  Let me know what you think of these tracks, or any other music from series.

What do you think about Everything Sucks! and Netflix decision to cancel it.  What do you think would’ve happened next?

Lesley xx

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Easter Sunday Playlist

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter. Oh, and April Fool’s Day too!

Let’s hope it’s a snow-free Easter, and that warmer weather is on the way now that Spring is here.  I seem to remember Easter being a time to start in the garden, well not this year, maybe in a couple of weeks.  As a child I never did egg hunts or egg rolling, but we used to make paste eggs – dyed boiled eggs – eggs covered in leaves, flowers and onion skins, then boiled, to make pretty patterns on the shell.  When cooled the shells were rubbed with butter to make them shiny.

This Easter I’m spending time with my gorgeous grandsons – lots of cuddles and chocolate!

I hope your day is filled with chocolate, Easter bunnies, flowers, family, and fun.  And not too many tricks!

Happy Easter and have a great long weekend.

 

The Opening Act of Spring – Frank Turner

Nothing but Flowers – Talking Heads

Chocolate – The 1975

Chocolate – Snow Patrol

Living In Colour – Frightened Rabbit

Brand New Day – Van Morrison

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Mars Bar Cake

This is a bad recipe, an unhealthy recipe, a special treat recipe; but absolutely delicious!  Being Easter, it’s a great excuse to make Mars Bar Cake!

It’s not really a cake, just a kind of posh Crispie Cake.

When I was young I first tasted Mars Bar Cake in Cumbria when visiting my Aunty who lived near Silloth. You could buy Mars Bar cake from lots of the bakeries there, but I can remember eating she made it herself too.  I’d forgotten all about it until a few years ago when I received some as a gift.  Being a teacher, we certainly don’t expect presents at Christmas or at the end of a school year from pupils and I’m always a bit embarrassed by this, but I thoroughly appreciate the wonderful generosity, and kind words that are given.  One Christmas I was given a beautiful gift box and inside was homemade Mars Bar Cake.  It was so appreciated and gorgeous.  After the holidays I passed on my thanks to the pupil and his mam.  She was over the moon that I had enjoyed them so much and explained they had made them together as a family and they always tried to make home-made gifts.  She passed the recipe onto me in the playground and this is my version of it.  I’ve added the mini eggs for Easter, and have made them as gifts for my grandsons.

Mars Bar Cake

6 Mars Bars

3 x 100g Bars Milk Chocolate (I used Asda Milk Chocolate – cheap but the best and tastiest for cooking)

180g unsalted butter

120g Rice Crispies

Mini Eggs to decorate

Method

1. Slice all the Mars Bars into small pieces and put in a pan.

2. Weigh out 180g of butter.  Cut into small pieces and put in pan with chopped Mars Bar.

3. Over a gentle heat, melt the chocolate and butter.  You need to stir constantly so the mixture doesn’t stick and so that it doesn’t split and separate.  The nougat part of the Mars Bar takes the longest to melt.

4. When melted, stir in the crispies.  I added 100g first and then added an extra 20g so that all the crispies were evenly coated.

5. Spoon mixture into a lined baking tray or flan dish.  The one I used was a couple of inches deep.  Spoon evenly and flatten down.  The mixture will cool and set a little as you do the next stage.

6. Break up chocolate into pieces and melt over a bain-marie or in the microwave.

7. When the chocolate is melted pour over the crispie mixture and level out.

8. If making for Easter, sprinkle with mini-eggs.

9. Put in the fridge for a few hours to set.

10. When set, cut into pieces.

As I say, they’re not healthy, but very tasty and may be something to make if you end up with a house-full of Easter Eggs this weekend.

If you try, let me know what you think.

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist

This week I’ve finally completed watching Breaking Bad.  I know, better late than never!

Wow! That finale!  OMG! It was the best finale I’ve ever seen and just a perfect ending to the show.  I can’t get the show or that final song out of my head!  I just keep thinking about it all the time.

Anyway, enjoy listening and have a great weekend whatever you’re up to.

 

Swing Life Away – Rise Against

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – David Grey

One Day Like This – Elbow

The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys

Baby Blue – Bad Finger

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Car Mix-Tape (Part 2)

When making mix-tapes I would spend hours choosing all the songs and deciding which order by how the songs transitioned into each other.  In the film High Fidelity, which I love for so many reasons, there’s a scene where John Cusack talks about the intricacies of making a good mix-tape.

I think because of Youtube and Spotify peoples’ listening has changed away from albums and back to this kind of way.  Example was on a few chat-shows recently and said that although he prefers making albums because they tell a story, they have an over-arching feel, tastes are changing, so his latest song was only being made as a single.

As with most of my playlists, my songs are chosen from different eras, have different styles and may be singles or album tracks.  On a 90 minute tape you could, on average, get between twelve and thirteen songs on each side, so some of the songs must be a bit shorter as I managed to squeeze fourteen tracks on Side B.  Hope you enjoy listening to it.

Side B:

Why Don’t You Get A Job – The Offspring

Basket Case – Green Day

Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts

Teenage Kicks – The Undertones

Semi Charmed Kind Of Life – Third Eye Blind

Breakfast At Tiffanys – Deep Blue Something

Brimful of Asha (Norman  Cook Mix) – Cornershop

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring

Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Live from Red Rocks) – U2

Back of Love – Echo & The Bunnymen

The Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene

Place Your Hands – Reef

All I Want – The Offspring 

Hope you enjoy – Listen to Side A here.

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Car Mix-Tape

As you can guess I love a good playlist.  I love listening to other people’s playlists and suggestions on Spotify.  As a teenager I would spend hours making mix-tapes: I had hundreds of tapes in my music collection.  Later when the lads were young and we finally got a car, it was a pleasure making mix-tapes to play when we were going on holiday.  This tape here was our favourite and it got played so much I’m sure it unravelled many years ago.  But for some reason the hand-written list and case long outlived the tape itself, so here in two parts, Side A and Side B, originally titled, is our Car Mix Tape (No.1).

Side A:

Local Boy (In the Photograph) – Stereophonics

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Motorcycle Emptiness  – Manic Street Preachers

Nothing Ever Lasts Forever – Echo & The Bunnymen

Another Girl, Another Planet  – The Only Ones

She’s Got Issues – The Offspring

Hope Street – Levellers

Top Of The Pops – The Rezillos

Weak – Skunk Anansie

Ray of Light – Madonna

Identity  – X-Ray Spex

If You Tolerate this Your Children Will Be Next  – Manic Street Preachers

Hope you enjoy – Listen to Side B here.

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist

Well, we’ve got snow back again! It just means an extra cup of tea, then make sure you wrap up warm when you go outside. It’s really windy out there this morning.

Blossom’s been out for a little walk and she’s happy whatever the weather.  Whatever you’re up to, have a great day.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hit with a Fist – Florence and the Machine

Cherry Bomb – The Runaways

Pyscho Killer – Talking Heads

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Hammer to Fall – Queen

Lesley xx

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