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Take That Giants Review

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Take That are Britain's biggest and most successful boyband ever. Yes, they're even more successful than One Direction and The Beatles. If you look at their back catalogue then it's pretty clear to see why that is, with 90's anthems such as Back For Good and, of course, the 2007 number one Rule The World which has been played at every wedding to have ever happened since it was released. Now, the three remaining members (Mark, Howard and Gary) are back after a three year break with their new single, Giants, and a new album, Wonderland. 

I've always been a massive Take That fan and have seen them live twice, and will be seeing them twice this year too. Mark has always been my favourite, and I cried the morning I found out that Jason had left the band. Admittedly, I was pretty disappointed with their last album III, but after hearing it live I realised that actually, it's not that bad. I'm hoping that the same will happen with Giants. 




My first thought when I was listening to Giants is that it sounds a lot like Union J's song Tonight (We Live Forever.) Now, that isn't a bad thing but it's also not the BEST o things to say about a new Take That song. Take That have been renowned for their ballads and feel good songs which, yes this is, but it's nothing close to Greatest Day or The Flood. Looking at Giants and then III, it's pretty clear to see that Jason had a HUGE impact on the band's sound, even if he was often forgotten about. 

Lyrically, though, Giants is great. The chorus made me tear up a little bit when I first listened to it and after going through the lyrics, I realised it's probably about the band's fans rather than one individual which is sweet. I do think that an acoustic version of Giants will be more to my liking, though. Also, I'm praying that Mark and Howard are going to sing a bit more on Wonderland. That was another thing that really disappointed me about III, 90% of the songs were just Gary singing and then Mark and Howard's voices layered over the top Really, all I want is an album full of songs like The Garden and Mancunian Way

Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate how good Mark looks on the single cover? Serious make up inspo. 

Giants is out now and the new album, Wonderland, will be released on the 24th March.  

lifestyle

An Ode To Stationery

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I'm one of those ridiculously nerdy girls that loves stationery with a burning passion, especially notebooks. (I have an entire draw of notebooks. I know.) So compiling my favourite stationery items into a blog post seemed like the perfect idea.

A lot of my stationery bits were influenced by a little corner of Tumblr, the studyblr community. The main impulse purchase thanks to my fellow studyblrs was the Pilot FriXion Pastel Highlighters which I picked up from Amazon for £6; a lot of money for a five pack of highlighters. As much as I love the shades of them, they're pretty rubbish highlighters as a. they smudge my pen and b. the ink always bunches up at the end of where I've highlighted, leaving an uneven highlight. All in all, I probably wouldn't repurchase them but I'll try and use them up. Another Tumblr-enabled purchase were the Muji 0.5mm Gel Pens which I seriously love. I have all of the colours and two six packs of the black ones. I use these pens every day for my school work and the only disadvantage is that the ink smudges so easily so I always have to be careful when writing. I think a leftie would really struggle with these pens, but as I'm a righty I just about manage to cope.

But moving on to notebooks, I have a standout favourite. For all of my A-Level subjects, I have an Oxford Campus A4 Wirebound Notebook. The paper quality is insane and makes writing so easy and comfortable. The paper is also quite thick so it's pretty rare for the ink to run through the paper, both when writing and highlighting. The only highlighter that I've found to have run through the paper is my Promarkers but as I rarely use them, it's not that much of a problem. But as far as the rest of my notebook are concerned, they're from a whole range of places. My prized notebook, though, is my A5 Mulberry Lined Notebook that I bought as a 16th birthday present to myself. I am yet to use it as it is so pretty, and have instead been making my way through my notebook draw. I tend to use my notebooks for doodling and plotting out ideas for fan fiction rather than using them for anything overly productive. I really want to start a diary in 2017 so will defiantly use one of my many notebooks for that!

Have you got a favourite type of pen or a favourite notebook? Let me know in the comments below!