GQ| March 2015 |

Whenever a new GQ comes out, I get a little excited. I don’t necessarily get excited to see the silly faced models wearing silly clothes – this month for example there’s a man dressed in a Gucci bar-code – I get more excited for the main feature article (we’ll speak more on that in a bit); the mad cars that are featured and crazy gadgets; among other things. It doesn’t matter what you’re searching for, this monthly mag has it all.

Let me quickly begin by saying that I don’t hate ALL fashion that these uber expensive designers create; there is some pretty swish style knocking about in there; Polo Ralph Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo performing particularly well in this latest edition. I love looking at the latest styles and seeing how all the different designers go about it, but when, for example Dolce and Gabbana come along and plonk all their models in a white room dressed as bull-fighting Matadors…that’s where I have some issues. I mean really? Who’s going to dress like that? I don’t understand fashion sometimes and that’s why I tend to gloss over it when it begins to enter realms of pure hideousness. But enough of that; you can read all about how I don’t understand fashion, right here in my ‘Sometimes Fashion Baffles Me’ post.

Anyway, today we’re here to talk about strange concept cars; Britain’s 100 Most Connected Men (including Kevin Spacey) and obviously Kevin Spacey, who is this months feature interview with Alastair Campbell.

Let’s talk about that special 100, shall we. Because I have one or two bones to pick with you, GQ. Bone number one, Alfie Deyes. I used to like Alfie aka PointlessBlog, but recently he and a number of other large YouTubers have unfortunately become very aware that they are in fact, famous. This isn’t a bad thing in some cases; i’m sure some of these YouTubers are very intelligent and have worked hard for a very long time to achieve great things; but Alfie…i’m not convinced. You see (and i’m not trying to be too horrible here, so stay with me on this one) Alfie was rather young when he began YouTube and still is, really; and this is bad for a couple of linked-up reasons. He isn’t experienced in being ‘famous’, doesn’t know how to handle himself in many different situations and isn’t very intelligent, at all. You see Mr Deyes is a fine definition of making stupid people famous. Please stop it, and GQ, i’m disappointed.

Actually the rest of the 100 hundred seem like pretty decent choices. So i’ll leave it there. Perhaps GQ were running out of ideas when they came to Tech and Social Media.

Let us move on to one of the most unusual concept cars I have ever come across. The Chevrolet Chaparral Racing 2X Vision Gran Turismo. That’s quite a mouthful. But it’s quite a car; and very unrealistic (i.e will never happen).  Let me show you this bug-like creature.

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Kind of speaks for itself, really. GQ themselves have this to say…

“There are pies in the sky overtaking flying pigs that are more realistic prospects than this”.

You can’t really blame them for thinking this, either. The driver sort of wears the car like an exo-skeleton in a pod, which will inevitably turn in to a burning pod of death at the side of the road, as this is more of a super-bike/hyper-car hybrid. Not good, and rather ugly as well for a hyped-up concept.

So before I leave you i’ll say a few words about Kevin Spacey. The perfect choice if you’re looking for a dark and mysterious character; someone outright scary but with that look in his eyes that gives his enemies a minor touch of hope, before he destroys them. Spacey is currently playing Francis Underwood in the Netflix original series ‘House of Cards’; I wont give any spoilers because I just want you to bask in its magnificent glory as a series. Underwood is a man who will stop at nothing to get everything and cares little for the well-being of others (this is apparent from the get-go, so I haven’t given away any spoilers). Spacey is the king of Netflix at the moment and House of Cards is an amazing series of drama, politics, money, love, death, the lot. Get on Netflix now and binge watch the lot.

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Well GQ, you’ve given us another edition of some wild fashion, wild cars and wild actors that can keep us busy with debates for weeks. Thank You.

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Until next time…

Bye!!

 

I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My list

Travel. It seems complicated; it’s not. It seems expensive; it is, unfortunately. Yep, travel does cost a lot of money; you can’t just arrive at an airport and hitch a ride to the nearest world-wonder. But it is one of those elusive excitements that everyone at one point in their lives has aspired to achieve. You see, last year I became part of the little community that is YouTube. Set up a channel with my sister, said some weird things and have henceforth uploaded the outcome every Wednesday. During our time on YouTube- which has been amazing, by the way – we have met and discovered some pretty inspiring people. They might not be aware, but these people have had an incredible effect on my life; one in particular, and i’ll tell you why.

Allow me to introduce you to Corey Jones aka Radventurouscorey (follow the link and subscribe to his YouTube channel). Now I’ve mentioned him in various different videos; I #ff (follow Friday) him occasionally on Twitter and try to make everyone subscribe to his channel as much as I can. That’s all very well and good, I’m sure he knows that he is a great guy; but I really want him to realise quite how much of inspirational person he really is. It’s easy for me to sit and type this out; and say he’s a good guy, but I want you, anyone reading this to go to his channel, watch his videos and tell me that you don’t leave your screens with the genuine want and need to ‘Get out in the world [and] do something creative’. The places he goes, his genuine love for adventure make you feel better; makes your day that little bit brighter. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank You, Corey. You really are Rad.

Travel is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to say I’ve done. I’m visiting America (Orlando and Miami) this year and hopefully I find as much adventure on my travels there as I possibly can. I want to visit Australia, Egypt, Canada; I want to Ski in Austria and dive in the Great Barrier Reef. All of these things cost money but that’s OK; I’ll just have to save for a bit, then I’ll be off. I don’t really feel the need to stay in five star accommodation when I go on my merry travels, a hostel here and cheap hotel there; perhaps even a roof of open air and stars (OK, that one was a bit cheesy). But you get my point, right? It’s not about the money, it’s about the adventure; the good times with even greater people and inspirational destinations.

I mentioned Corey earlier on in the post. He is one of many YouTubers who I would suggest you go and check out, if you haven’t already. Here are some more, quickly before I continue in my traveling day-dream…

1. Tal : The Traveling Clatt

I discovered Tal through Corey a little while ago and am now utterly addicted to his channel.

2. Armin : The Greatest Cookie 

Where do I even start. This guy just buzzes enthusiasm and good vibes. He vlogs, does videos similar to mine AND plays music. What’s not to love?

3. Ben : Mr Ben Brown

I’ve mentioned him in my ‘Top YouTubers” post, and many many others, I think. An all-round great guy. Definitely check him out.

4. Dan : Dan the Director

Very talented film-maker and again, great guy. I found him through Mr Ben Brown and just love his lust for life.

5. Louis : Fun For Louis

The Tarzan of YouTube. Need I say more?

Now, let me conclude my day-dream.

Do you ever look out of your bedroom window and just wonder what else is out there? What else the world has on offer? Because I do. I have that dream of putting on a rucksack, getting on the next flight from Gatwick and jetting off to start my own adventures and from that, my own stories. It seems crazy only to those who don’t have the same ambition for travel. That’s OK, I don’t judge people who are content with stagnating and not exploring the world (well, maybe a little) I just want a little more for my life, that’s all. I want to look back at my life one day and think, “Yeah, not bad”.

So that’s the plan, I guess. I want to make some money, then travel. Then make some money, then travel. I tried an office job once which wasn’t in any way connected to the field i’m interested in; it lasted all of two weeks and was boring as hell. I don’t want to live for that lifestyle.

Life is to be lived, not endured. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Until next time…

 

Bye!

London I Love You

I used to visit London a lot as a child; but it’s only really recently that I have come to actually admire quite how much of a beautiful city it is. I spent eight, yes EIGHT hours filming in London last Saturday for my YouTube channel (Sibling Junction) working on a short video which massively differs from my others. Whilst walking around – and subsequently ruining every muscle in my body – I realised something. You see, ever since I was a child, London has been portrayed by the media as a crime ridden place full of gangs and violence. And then every now and again they say “oh but it’s not all bad, we’ve still got the memory of the 2012 Olympics!”.

Back to the point. There was a moment on my Saturday outing when we came to China Town; a section of London filled with vibrant colours and people and the smell, oh yes! THAT SMELL! The Chinese population were at the time celebrating their New Year, (and although to me London has always been a place of fun and excitement) the city became such a bright place. It seems weird, but what with all the tension these days with -*warning, taboo topic*- immigration, everyone just got along and the place simply…mingled. There was no atmosphere that suggested any form of tension in the city that day; it was beautiful.

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One of the things that I love about London is how random it can be. I mean, take that Saturday for example; I was walking from Waterloo train station to the London Eye, no big deal right. I had to walk through a car park; again, what’s so random about that? In the middle of this small (not even a large) carpark, the floor was all ripped up and a structure made in to a loop replaced it with a car stuck upside down on it. Actually i’m finding this far too difficult to explain… Here it is.

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How random can it get? It matches randomness levels of the floating house that someone (I never know who does these things) plonked in the middle of Covent Garden one day last year. Here’s a picture of that as well… Who comes up with this stuff? Really.

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After spending a good few hours getting some shots for the video, we made our way to Trafalgar Square to visit one of my all time favourite buildings; The National Gallery. There’s something about that building that just calms me (you know, once I manage to zone out all the rambling tourists and crying children). The thought of having so much history in one building, so much beauty over hundreds and hundreds of years of human life, is astounding. If you haven’t already visited The National Gallery and are planning a trip to London any time soon, go and have a look; it’s free entry and you get to look at the jaw dropping talent that adorns every wall. Here’s a little taster of what you can expect when you visit this quite extraordinary building. Again, try to blank out all the other people.

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So there you go, I love London and to me it will always be the greatest and most beautiful city on the planet. Let me leave you with some other snaps I took while I was wandering around near the river that day….

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Until next time, friends…

 

Bye!