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New Man Utd kit is growing on me, slowly but surely!

When I first saw the new Man Utd kit I was like ‘WTF’, but after looking at it for a few days it’s definitely growing on me. Yes the logo may be a little big but the reintroduction of white, black and red collar and cuffs is a great design choice.

I also like the simplicity of the new kit, no table cloth graphics like a couple of seasons ago or a gordy geometric design like Liverpool’s new away kit, the Man Utd kit looks clean and crisp. Let’s just hope that the players can do the shirt some justice this season after a terrible campaign in 2013-14.

I’d still like to see Van Gaal add another world class midfielder and a central defender before the transfer window closes, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

If you haven’t seen the new kit yet here it is:

man utd

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Forget what the weatherman says with the BloomSky personal weather station

If you, like me are frustrated with the weatherman telling you that it’s going to be a glorious day only to go out in your t-shirt and get soaked by a rain shower, then this product might just be for us.

The BloomSky personal weather station has an array of sensors that gives you real-time information on the weather, temperature, humidity and UV strength, and the best part is that it all connects to your smartphone.

BloomSky-Pic1

Simply place the BloomSky personal weather station in the garden and check the weather instantly. Each BloomSky sensor transmits its location and all of its sensor information to a central network where users can check the weather wherever there is BloomSky transmitter, so as more and more people install these in their gardens the better the weather readings will be and the more location will be added.

BloomSky App

BloomSky runs on a rechargeable battery and can be fitted with a solar panel so it’s constantly transmitting the weather in its location. It also boasts a 170 degrees wide angle lens so you can actually see what the weather is like in real time.

BloomSky Icons

BloomSky is currently looking for crowd funding on Kickstarter and has already raised over $50,000 towards its $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in the personal weather station prices start at just $99 while the Kickstarter project is running.

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Heading to Majorca again this summer!

We’ve booked our summer holiday with the kids and have chosen to go back to Majorca. This time we’re heading to Camp de Mar and are staying in the Grupotel Playa hotel which has had some great reviews on TripAdvisor.

We’ve also hired a car which we will pick up at the airport and use it to explore some more of the island. Camp de Mar is approximately 30 minutes from the airport, so hopefully the kids won’t be too much of a handful.

We were contemplating using SendMyBag to transport our heavy luggage to our hotel for us, as we are using them for our skiing holiday next year, but because we’re going to do as much exploring as we can on our trip and the kids will undoubtedly want to an amusement park, hiring a car was the best option.

I can’t wait to have some time off from work and recuperate a bit, I’m sure my wife feels the same way. Six weeks to go :-)

MajorcaPicture: Carol Munro

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Luis Suarez – a great player, but a liability!

Luis Suarez looked like a player who had turned himself around since his ban at the beginning of last season, but as the world watched yesterday, he really showed that a leopard cannot change its spots.

After having one of the best seasons of his career with Liverpool last season and showing some great form in the World Cup so far, Suarez looked like he would become one of the hottest properties in world football with an array of European teams wanting his signature, but all that seems to have gone after he appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s win over Italy last night.

If Suarez is found guilty of biting an opponent (again), FIFA could ban him for up to 24 games or two years, and FIFA also have the power to ban him at club level too. I bet Brendan Rogers and a lot of Liverpool fans hope that it doesn’t come to that, especially as he is so vital to the team.

Being a United fan this reminds me of the Cantona days, a great player, but unpredictable and a liability. A part of me hopes that FIFA ban Suarez from club football too as he is undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player, but it would be a shame to see such talent on the side lines.

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E3 failed to live up to the hype

I enjoy watching the conferences at E3, but this year I was left very underwhelmed. Most of the developers pitches included things that we saw at last year’s conference including The Division, The Crew and The Witcher, which is nice but isn’t anything new.

That and the fact that EA still hasn’t got any decent footage of their new Star Wars Battlefront game, it made for a poor show. There were some surprises though, including a new Rainbow Six game called Siege, which looks awesome by the way (video below).

I suppose I was wishing for too much after last year’s console announcements and demos, but it does feel like the games industry has been crawling along since last year. The fact that a lot of the games featured last year are still not out and were featured again this year just shows you how long it takes to make a AAA game these days.

Well, at least there are a few games coming out at the end of the year to keep me occupied.

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DIY Wolverine claws – dangerous but cool

I love messing about on the internet and finding cool and interesting stuff, and nothing is more interesting than people who make their own crazy gadgets. Check out the video below of Colin Furze and his awesome Wolverine claws.

The self-confessed crazy inventor has already come up with a range of wacky ideas including a jet powered bicycle, jet engine BBQ and 60mph mobility scooter, but has shifted his attention to X-Men powers.

As well as his impressive Wolverine claws, Furze has also made Pyro’s fire control and a pair of Magneto boots to make himself walk upside down, what will he do next?

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Looking forward to the World Cup, Come on England!

Being English is quite hard sometimes especially when it comes to sports, because we aren’t really that good at it. Yes, we may have won the World Cup in 1966, but that is nearly 50 years ago and although we always seem to have a pretty decent team on paper, the team never really performs on the big stage.

That being said I’m excited to see what the current squad can do especially seen as a large majority of them are young and have limited playing time at a big tournament. This may bode well if the younger players play with no fear and produce some good performances.

It’s just under a week until England kick their World Cup off against Italy, and if everyone stays fit and puts in a good performance then we could well turn some heads this year.

Here is my starting eleven for the Italy game:

England Team

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First homebrew of the year is nearly ready!

I know what you’re thinking, it’s nearly June and you haven’t got your brew on yet, but the truth is it’s been too darn cold in the cellar to brew properly, I know I’ve tried. Two batches I did earlier on in the year had stuck fermentations and I had to put more yeast and sugar in them and bring them in the house and one of them still failed.

But now it’s warm enough to brew and I’m bottling up my first official brew this weekend. It’s a stout (as usual) because it’s really easy to make and in my opinion comes out better that Guinness Original, which is always a good thing.

The bottles are washed and I have my printed labels manufactured in the UK by DataLabel ready to stick on when their filled. The stout should be ready in a couple of weeks after its carbonated and should be around 4.7%.

Here is my recipe for a smooth stout for any budding brewers out there. Give it a try and see what you think.

Stout Ingredients:

  • 2.00 kg Maris Otter grain
  • 0.90 kg Flaked Barley
  • 0.50 kg Roasted Barley
  • 0.50 kg Dextrose
  • 0.50 kg dark malt extract
  • 35g Target Hops (boil 60 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon Irish Moss (added to the boil with 15 minutes to go)
  • 1 pack of Danstar Nottingham Yeast

 

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Titanfall’s Expedition DLC is well worth the money!

Still, after two months the Titanfall disc has barely come out of my Xbox One and we’re now getting new maps in the form of the Expedition DLC. This expansion pack contains three new maps and although it doesn’t sound like much, it adds a new set of challenges and experiences to the game.

Many a time when I have bought a DLC for a game I felt that it was a bit half-assed, especially the map packs for Call of Duty: Black Ops which looked like they were designed by a child, but thankfully Respawn have taken the time to produce some maps that are the same if not better than the original maps.

The three maps include Swampland – a map covered by large trees, plant life and ancient ruins, Runoff – a huge water filtration site with large buildings, pipes and rusty textures, and War Games – a training simulation style map which looks a bit like Tron.

Each map feels as fluid as the 15 already in the game but some do lend themselves to different games modes, such as Swampland which is great for Hardpoint and Pilot Hunter and Run Off that is great in Last Titan Standing, but I’m having the best time on War Games playing Capture the Flag.

If you haven’t already downloaded the DLC I would thoroughly recommended it, I bought the season pass for £19.99, which gives me access to three DLC’s, but if you just want the Expedition DLC it’ll cost you £7.99.

Titanfall Expedition DLC

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Rio Ferdinand to leave United this summer

Rio Ferdinand has announced that he will be leaving Manchester United this summer after 12 years at the club. The 35 year old defender made 454 appearances for the club and won six Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League during his United career.

 

In a statement on his website, Ferdinand said, “I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future, and after 12 fantastic years playing, for what I regard, as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.”

Adding, “I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.”

His final appearance for the club was in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

 

Rio Ferdinand’s Honours with Manchester United:

  • Premier League (6): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Football League Cup (2): 2005–06, 2008–09
  • FA Community Shield (5): 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
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