Saturday, 16 December 2017

Aces High - An Interview with London Spitfire Head Coach Beoum-Jun "Bishop" Lee

(Taken from Bishop's Twitter)

After a year of hard graft and preparation, the Overwatch League is set to go for its inaugural season. Twelve teams are locked in to represent countries from across the world with the pre-season matches taken place last weekend. The Overwatch League is set to start January 10th with much anticipation surrounding it. I’ll be doing a series looking into the team who will be representing the United Kingdom and Europe, London Spitfire.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

What To Expect When Your Baby Arrives

When I originally published my What To Expect When Your Partners Expecting post, I intended for it to be a one off. It was meant to be a funny post on serious problems or sayings that Alice and I had before we became parents. As the post was fairly successful and there have been more occurrences since Joshua arrived. I feel like I’m going to turn this into a series as Joshua grows up.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

My Shaving Essentials

When it comes to looking after yourself and grooming, it’s important to have two things. A good set of products that you can trust to do a solid job and  having routine that you keep up with on a regular basis. This is because when you are shaving it’s not just about the razor and shave cream you use, it’s also about the pre and post skincare products you may (or may not) use. I’m sharing my go to products at the current time.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Excitement For The Overwatch League

Blizzcon has been and gone, the dust of the Overwatch World Cup has settled with South Korea defending their title and finally, all of the information has been released for Overwatch league with team names, rosters, colours and jerseys finalised.  I'm going to dive into why I feel The Overwatch League (OWL) is the way forward for professional esports. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Autumn Walks OOTD

It may have taken us until November for Autumn to arrive, but we've finally got to see the leaves turning from green to brown, the air is starting to cool and the major coffee shops are now starting to introduce their Christmas specials. It's the perfect time to get some of out warmer Autumn/Winter favourites or add to these collections. 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Introducing Baby Spake

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages. The Spake family proudly presents to you the blogging baby champion of the world: Joshua Richard Arran Spake. With the over the top dad announcement done and out the way, Baby Joshua was born on Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 07:50 and has now been in our lives a little under 2 weeks.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Things That Made Alice Cry During Pregnancy

Pregnancy, as we all know is a very difficult time for women for very various reasons. They go through so many changes during those nine months of baby growing that sometimes things are just a little bit too much to deal with and the tears come. Due to these little things called hormones, Alice has moments where she's become upset over the last few months when she normally wouldn't so today I'm going to share my list I've been keeping with you. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

As Content Creators We Need To Be Responsible

Whether your content is as a Blogger, Youtuber or an Instagrammer, we all come under the same umbrella as content creators. We as content creators get some amazing opportunities to work with some great and well known brands in our fields of choice and some of us get the chance to be a part of huge campaigns that we wouldn't have had the chance to take part in if we weren't content creators. Each of these opportunities provides our content channels a way of expanding and getting more exposure to new people. Which is why today I want to talk about why as content creators, we need to be more responsible.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

FIFA 18 - Galaticos & El Tornados

You've played a long, hard and mentally gruelling match. The score is currently 2-2 in the 88th minute, your defending hard after a sustained amount of pressure from your opponent when the opportunity to counter arises. You get the ball and run down the flank with Roberto Carlos and see that Cristiano Ronaldo has made a run but has a defender has hung with him. You decide a through ball over the top is the best course of action so you hit and hope. Ronaldo is 25 yards out when he turns, controls the ball first time and knocks the ball up into the air. Then in one swift, fluid motion he turns 180 degrees on a sixpence and smashes the ball into the top right hand corner for the win. This is FIFA 18 and it produces moments like this as if you were watching a real game regularly.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Rise of The Grimestar

When it comes to Grime, I've been listening to it since the days of Dizzie Rascals Boy In The Corner and Wiley's Treddin' On Thin Ice, when the Grime scene first started to make it's way. I've seen this peaks such as the emergence of Stormzy, the calm before the storm when Roll Deep went more Pop. The creation of the Super group Boy Better Know and the return of the grime scene Champion Skepta last year. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Building The Snuzpod

When you're expecting a child there's a lot of preparation to be done before they arrive, part of this preparation is finding your inner Nick Knowles and doing a lot of DIY. The cot is one of the most important pieces to create because otherwise where will your little one sleep? So with this in mind, I'm going to share how I fared when it came to creating Baby Spake's Snuzpod.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Call of Duty WWII Beta

After a few years of going further and further into the future with their warfare games, Activison and Sledgehammer games have decided to go back into the past and into a period of time that most Call of Duty fans have been begging for for the last few years. World War 2. The private beta for CoD: WW2 finally dropped on Xbox One this weekend, so I've been able to have a little pay around!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

1 Year of Blogging

Today's a little bit of a special day for me, as 1 year ago I started my little blog as a hobby. Originally it was there to see me through the days where I couldn't actually game, or I had something I felt like I needed to share. Yet from blogging over the last year, there is in fact quite a bit that I've experienced and today I'm going to share this with you. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Cosatto Easi Peasi Changer

We're in the home stretch of Alice's pregnancy, which means that we're at the stage where we need to get everything up and running for Baby Spake before his arrival. The first thing up is the Cosatto Easi Peasi Baby Changer so I thought I'd talk you through how easi peasi it was to set up and what is included in the fun, print addition to our home.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

L'Oreal Men Expert Pure Power x2000 Face Scrub

We've all been in the situation where we've woken up with a busy day ahead, where you're going to meet every person you know that you possibly could and you're feeling confident in the day ahead as you already have that look for the next day planned out. Yet when it comes to the morning, your face looks like the Blackhead equivalent of Glastonbury has turned up on your face and your cursing your face scrub.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

PGL Krakow Major Review

It was tipped to be the most wide open Counter Strike Global Offensive major so far and now that a few days have passed since the 2nd major of the year ended, it's time to review what happened in those 8 days of shocks, upset's and outplays to lead us to where we are now. A surprise new champion and a scene that could possibly be wondering what will happen next.  


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Esports Events I'd Love To Attend

If you have been following me on Twitter then you would've no doubt seen my numerous live tweets during professional gaming events. These Electronic Sports or esport events are just like any other sporting events. The best players and teams in the world all come together to compete in major tournaments for prize money, but to also give us fans the opportunity to see our favourite players and teams to the best they can, with some high light real plays in between.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

BoohooMAN Activewear

When it comes to exercise and fitness, your aim is to get to a point where you feel comfortable within yourself and the way that your body looks. So whether you're trying get the body of your dreams or getting your fitness levels up to run the marathon, it's important to feel comfortable in your training gear. It's here that Boohoo Man can hook you up with their active wear range. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

What To Expect When Your Partners Expecting

Here we are! Alice is on the verge of the final trimester of her pregnancy, its been 27 weeks of up's, downs. laughter, tears, the expected and unexpected. It won't be long before Baby Spake is here and the long sleepless nights and the daily grind will begin. Today I'm going to share with you what to look out for an possibly expect when your partner is pregnant.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Lush Male Grooming Haul

The days are starting to be longer, hotter and sweatier. So it all the more important to have products that you know will help keep your face free from those pesky beads of sweat and irrational spots that always seem to appear when the sun pops out from behind the clouds. I recently went to Lush and got a haul going on of products that I feel are ideal for this weather. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

For those of you who've never played The Witcher games (what have you done with you're lives), Gwent is a free to play, turn based collectable card game that was originally the main mini game that could be played in The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt. Now that it's been given it's own platform and I've been playing the open beta, I'll give you my views so far.


Monday, 29 May 2017

It's Not Right But I've Grown Accustomed To Racism

This is actually a post I was hoping that I'd never have to write, but after being on the receiving end of racial abuse on Friday just gone I had to get my feelings into words. I really feel like it's time I voiced my personal experience on racism and how it's now at the point that I've actually grown to expect it as each horrific event highlights more underlying racial tension. My posts aren't often ranting ones but I feel that this subject is a special circumstance.  

Monday, 22 May 2017

Birthday OOTD

The day of Arran has been and gone, the weather decided to go against it's usual trend of raining on my birthday which was a nice change and this allowed Alice and I to go out and about Southampton to enjoy have a nice meal to celebrate the Last Birthday. We did this by going to the new West Quay Watermark and L'Ostoria, which is an Italian restaurant that has recently opened up there. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Last Birthday

Happy birthday to me! Well on Wednesday I turned 29 and its caused me to start to reflecting on what the next steps are for me in my life and how I'm feeling in my last year in my twenties. So while I still feel like a young'en, as I haven't hit 30 just yet. I'm going to share what these recent reflections have been.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Why We Don't Need Male Specific Awards

It's early May which means that we're half way through Spring, almost half way through the year and we're into the blogging season that gets everyone excited, awards season! It's the season where we see the dates being announced for entries, nominations and then the awards themselves. It's also the time of year that always brings up the question within the male blogger community, should there be specific male blogger genres or awards. Today I'm going to explain my reasons as to why I don't feel there should be. 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda

The Mass Effect series of video games turned has turned into one of the biggest and best video game franchises in recent history. The story of Commander John (or Hannah) Sheppard and the crew of the Normandy, fighting against the incoming Reaper invasion over the first three games got fans by the heart strings. Mass Effect: Andromeda looks to do the exact same thing but this time with a new ship, new crew, new star system and new story. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Men-U Wash & Shave Review

Men-U is a British male Grooming company that is aimed at the modern male with efficiency in mind with their ultra concentrated formulas, the Men-U wash & shave range is no different to this and has a specific focus on a little going a long way. I've been putting this to the test over the last few weeks to see how effective this idea is when put into practice. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Favourite Blogs To Read

One of the best parts of blogging is being able to share your views and experiences with other people and being able to read what's going on with everyone else. So today I'm going to be sharing my favourite blogs to read.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Fatherhood - On A New Level

So in case you missed our announcement this week, which from all of the congratulations and well wishes we've received by everyone is unlikely, You'll be aware that Alice is pregnant and we're expecting our first child in October. While I want to use this post to thank everyone for the messages, I also wanted to mention what this means to me.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Spring Style

The colder winter months have started to fade, your thick woolly jumpers can start to stay in the back of your wardrobe and it time for you to dig out those Spring and Summer favourites in the faint hope that this is going to be the year that we have a decent spell of weather. If you're like me and have this in mind then take a look into what I plan to wear as the weather starts to warm. 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Proud To Admit That I Play Computer Games

I've been playing video games since I was around the age of 10, I turned to gaming after I had one too many knee injuries playing sport and needed another hobby or outlet as I never fitted in the area I grew up in (Sob story time), gaming helped fill this void perfectly.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Franca Manca - Sourdough Revolution

If you're ever looking for a way into my good books and stumped on how to achieve this, then offering me pizza is probably the best way to my heart. Southampton is a city where there are a lot of different Pizza restaurants and the majority of them all offer the same bog standard Pizza idea that you've probably see on a regular. This is where Franca Manca comes in as it's in a pizzeria of it's own.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Madden NFL 17 - From No Name to the HOF

The NFL season maybe over, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady may have won another Superbowl and the off-season process of the Rookie Combine, Free Agency and The Draft is now upon us, but this doesn't mean that it's too late to be sitting down and playing a game of Madden NFL 17.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Harum-Scarum Beard & Shave Review

We're about to hit spring and the time of year for some whether to keep the beard, trim it down or shave it off completely with the warmer months coming in. No matter what the of the above you plan on doing, Harum-Scarum have a product for you to use no matter what growth stage you're currently in. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Superdrug Couples Challenge

Towards the end of January, Alice and I got the opportunity to take part in and film with Superdrug. If you've ever been on their Youtube page, you may have seen the video's where either friends or couples are put to the test in a couple of challenges, to see how well they can do. Today I'm going to give you a little sneak peak of our day.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bill's Restaurant - Southampton West Quay

When it comes to the restaurants in the new West Quay Watermark, Bill's Restaurant was the one that I felt we would be visiting the most. I'd previously tried the burgers in the Salisbury restaurant a few years ago with Alice, so when it came to the opening of the Watermark restaurant I can safely that I was excited to try the menu.


Monday, 6 February 2017

Get My Greek On - The Real Greek

I've never tried Greek food before, so when I was invited to an event hosted by The Real Greek to try the menu, I was very much interested on a new food experience. As is customary with events within Southampton I went with the girls from Southampton Bloggers and got ready to see what The Real Greek had to offer.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Commitments - Soul The Show

It's 1985 in the north side of Dublin, Ireland. The working man is struggling with day to day life with not a lot for them to do. One man who feels that there is a change requires is Jimmy Rabbitte, who wants to bring something new but old to the people. He decides that Dublin needs Soul and that he is the man to bring that to Dublin, by creating The Commitments.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Choosing The Bald Life

At the tender age of 28, well 29 this coming May. I've been going though what would be a problem for the majority of men, Male Pattern Baldness! While I said that it is a problem for most men, I'm going to explain why I've decided to accept this and go bald.


Friday, 20 January 2017

New Year, New Style

We're almost a month into the new year and as is customary now, we always set ourselves new goals or resolutions in order to improve the way we live. I'm no different to this, as you can see in My Goals For 2017 post, I have a few different areas that I'd like to progress. One of these is the way that my blog looks and what its focus is on, this for me is Male Fashion.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

On CAU'D 9 - CAU Southampton

For anyone who isn't aware, CAU is an Argentinian restaurant that brings the vibrancy and cuisine of Buenos Aires to your city. CAU's menu combines a mixture of food from Italy, Spain and the speciality of Argentinian food, their Beef. With a large variety on offer I was totally hyped to try out a restaurant I hadn't before.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

My Winter Skincare Routine

The new year has hit and with this comes the colder weather that batters your skin making it feel dry, sensitive and irritated. Which leaves you scrambling for skin care products to get your skin feeling back to its usual self. Today I'm going to share the products that I use on a regular basis to help me combat this difficult time of year.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Red Dog Saloon

When West Quay Watermark was announced as a new leisure district for people to relax and dine together, I was totally excited to hear that an authentic American Barbeque diner was going to be one of the restaurants on offer, I went into full food overdrive. I love everything American when it comes to food so when I had the opportunity to review Red Dog Saloon, I was all over it. 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Final Fantasy XV - Imperial Foes & Chocobos

As soon as I saw the first trailer for Final Fantasy XV a few years ago, I knew that I would need it in my life. So when it was released on the 29th November I spent the entire month making sure that everyone knew it was on my Christmas wishlist. Unfortunately this didn't happen, but thankfully I managed to buy it in the boxing day sales and I haven't looked back since.

Monday, 2 January 2017

My Goals For 2017

We're a few days into the new year and I wanted to have a little place to write down a few goals that I would like to achieve this year. This isn't a new year, new me post, or a new years resolution post as I don't want to set something that I know I'd break. So without further ado below are my goals for this year.