Good Lord, what a year it’s been! A year later, a year older and we have learned a huge amount about blogging, eating and having amazing friends. We’ve written about so many different things that looking back on the 90 odd posts we’ve shared with you it’s too hard to mention them all so we thought we would give you another chance to check out a couple of our favourites that you might have missed the first time.
I am a huge advocate of the Sonos Play:1, so much so that I convinced Rob to take the plunge; he now has enough Sonos speakers in his house to effectively host a Guns N Roses reunion tour (you may have seen his early review of the Sonos). Why am I sharing this? Because we love audio products here at Two Men About Town, particularly those that really gets away superior sound and strong beats to maximise great music*.
On the hunt for something portable and shower-proof, following a failed attempt with two cheap no-name bluetooth speakers that didn’t quite cut the mustard, I decided to take the plunge and ordered up the UE Boom 2. But how would it work out?
A while ago GO Outdoors in Milton Keynes had a small flammable problem and had to shut up shop for a while. They maintained a temporary residence over the road but it was only to buy them enough time to give the original site a top-to-toe DIY Big Build style make over. The manager Oliver and the team invited a few of us unelected guardians of the public zeitgeist (or bloggers if you want to get specific about it) over on opening week to have a nosy around, see what we thought and put a few tweets their way. But while I was getting round to answering the PR request to say yes, the kicker came in – would I also like 100 quid to buy anything I wanted from the store while I was there?! Umm, yes. Yes I would.
It’s a Tuesday night, you’re in fabulous company, it’s late and you’re a couple of glasses of champagne down – but you’re not ready to curtail the night. London is your oyster. You’re young, your reckless and you’re looking for a good time (with your trousers on*). The answer? You my friend need a round of crazy golf!
*You may choose to play crazy golf without your trousers, but I suspect the management at Swingers will ask you to leave.
Swingers had been on my ‘must do’ list for sometime, so obviously I was rather excited to get my best putting game on, even after a drink or two.
You may have seen my recent musings on The Bellroy wallet (more specifically the note sleeve), a recent purchase venturing into the exciting world and dizzying heights of simple and stylish money transportation. More specifically, I wanted something that wouldn’t bulk up my pockets (oh, hello sunshine…) and would still offer the practicalities of carrying all my necessary debit, credit and store cards. Saving you the effort of reading the review, although you’re SORELY missing out if you haven’t, I was pretty happy with the Bellroy purchase at £65.00, it ticked all the boxes. That’s where I thought the story ended.
Curiously, the good folks at A-Slim soon got in touch, full of gusto and confidence that their offering was every bit as good as the Bellroy wallet, but at a fraction of the cost, offering to send us one for the purposes of a review. “Yeah, we’ll just see about that” I thought rather smugly to myself, “I bet it won’t live up to the hype”.
When I was fourteen I think it’s safe to say that I wasn’t a complicated child. I was born in an era without iPads, or virtual reality and I used to watch the kids on ‘Why Don’t You’ wishing I lived in the city and could go to play ice hockey or absail down an office block. But the closest I ever came to anything more exciting than throwing stones into the local pond was the dry ski slope half an hour away and that wasn’t much good for anything other than extreme rope burns.
These days, I would like to think that I’ve got a bit more depth than a 14 year old but when Qwerkity dropped us a line and said, ‘we’ve got loads of stuff for kids, adults and anyone in between, do you want to take a look at something for us?’ I was proved wrong. Within moments, I saw ‘Make Your Own Robotic Arm’ and I was sold. Grown ups don’t get to play with enough toys in my opinion, we’ve forgotten how to enjoy them, so this was my opportunity to remember and I loved it.
Well what do you know? Despite the irony of not actually being a business, we only went and got ourselves invited to the Milton Keynes Business Achievement awards 2017! That’s right, first there was the MK Digital Awards and now, another awards dinner and celebration for all that is great and good in Milton Keynes has come our way! Did we deserve it? Probably not. But the price for suffering through a lovely evening filled with lovely people, not to mention all the wine and dinner at the Doubletree Hilton, was a bit of tweeting and this post. So because we rather like doing our bit to support local businesses making good on their successes (and it’s fair to say that we also like lovely evenings, lovely people and plenty of wine and dinner) we thought; lets do this.
If you follow this blog regularly then you’ll have a suspicion that between the two of us, my compadre SuburbanGent is the popular one who always looks good in his perfectly manicured suit, beautifully styled hair and shiny expensive shoes. Me? I just eat a lot and understand the truth in the fact that I’ve got a face (and body) for radio. So when Fusion got in touch and asked if we would like give away a years free membership, I thought ‘that’s one for him then, he loves a bit of gym action’. So I said; ‘Sounds good, can we come in and do a class to check it out? Maybe the super hardcore, ultramax cardio madness that is INTENCITY? How many different sessions are there? Four? That would be perfect, yes we’ll have a go at all of them.’ I chuckled to myself with the gleeful malice of a really good friend as I rang to break the news to him.
Dads. If you’re lucky, they teach you a load of different stuff as you grow up, some of which you need, some of which you don’t but they like to teach you anyway. In this respect, my Dad started off well but tailed off towards the end and specifically when it came to teaching me how to shave, he was a man of traditional tastes. Preferring his double edge stainless steel razor, over the two, three or five bladed modern inventions that he always regarded with a skepticism that bordered on the militant end of suspicious. As such, as soon as I left home, and in a display of youthful ill gained confidence I, obviously, ignored him completely. Coincidentally, for my 18th birthday I was sent a free razor by Wilkinson Sword in a move that proved more cunning than a fox who had just been ordained as Grand High Wizard of Cunning at the Official Church of Cunningology. Needless to say I’ve been sucked in to their lubricating stripped, multiple bladed, vibrating handled, flip topped progress ever since. That is, until now…
2016 was a great year for us at Two Men About Town – we launched our little blog with much excitement back in May this year, and things have gone from strength to strength, including being recognised as a finalist in the MK Digital Awards in October.
We’ve had a blast (and on more than one occasion, got rather ‘merry’…) putting together our posts this year and can’t wait to crack on with 2017, but before we do, we thought we would produce a round-up of some of our favourite (and fleeting references to our not-so-favourite) things from this year, so sit back, relax… and enjoy 🙂
We love well-crafted luxury products here at Two Men About Town, from great fragrance all the way through to quality tailoring and pretty much everything in-between; I’ve been on the hunt for a new wallet of late and this week took delivery of a new one that I would like to share with you; enter the Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve…
SuburbanGent and I recently had the opportunity to live out an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often now that we’re grown ups and all that. A couple of posts earlier, you may remember that we were invited to check out the City Stay Apartments and so while we were there, we thought it would be a pretty good idea to try to make it the best night of it we possibly could. We gathered together everything we could and tested as many as possible to bring you what we would consider to be everything you need for the Ultimate Night In.
Needless to say just like most things in life that we put our minds to, we prepared thoroughly and proceeded to give it full beans.