Dear Cat & Fi: The One Where I Get a New Favourite Band

Dear Cat & Fi,

Hello! Your little bro Alex here. I thought today’s blog post could potentially be the start of something new. Obviously, both of you, my twin sisters, live miles away from me now and I may not get to touch base with you both as much as I’d like to – some of this my own fault, because I’m rubbish at responding to texts straight away or remembering to ring – but one thing I do do brilliantly is write, so I felt why not use my blog as a means to keep base with you both. Maybe it may even inspire you to start blogging yourselves, and it can be like one big cocoon o’blogging fun. I digress.

So this week’s been a bit of an interesting week. It started pleasantly enough – I met up with my long time bro Simon Miles for a coffee after work on Monday as it was his birthday on Tuesday. So in light of that fact I utilised it as the perfect excuse to get us each one of these and pass it off as an early birthday cake:


Yum yum yum. What you’re seeing above is an Eton Mess traybake which Costa are selling at the moment for the summer months and, considering that we all know I wasn’t much of a dried fruit man growing up, the dried strawberries in this slice of heaven are actually quite the bomb. And Simon thought so too so happy days all round.

What wasn’t so good, and really came out of nowhere was me suddenly obtaining the sore throat from hell on Monday evening. I had this recently as well but basically I had it for about two days along with a thumping earache and headache and was then perfectly fine again by Thursday. Very odd indeed, but proof there’s nothing endless bottles of water and cups of tea can’t do. See also: sprinkling cinammon on everything in sight which, according to mum is good for sore throats. So I learnt something new from my episode of freak illness if nothing else.


On a more pleasant note, I have a new favourite band. Watching the 20th anniversary TFI Friday episode on Channel 4 recently (which has just been green lighted for a new full run in the autumn – YAY) I saw this new band that you see above called Years and Years performing. Well, they were new to me anyway because it turns out they’re not new to everyone else. Such is the price I pay for being a Radio 2 listener nowadays and not down with ‘da yoof’. They were the BBC Sound of 2015 winners at the start of the year – a poll which I always thought was reserved for boring and/or cringey twatbuckets like Jessie J and/or Sam Smith.

Years and Years are happily not twatbuckets, and are actually pretty tops. Their music is gloriously, wonderfully poppy, but not in a cheesy way. Their first single ‘King’ was at number 1 for a month in March and their new single, ‘Shine’, was the song they performed on TFI Friday and I’ve had it pretty much on loop this last month, to the point where I think it’s pretty much my single of the year now bar Marlon Roudette’s ‘When the Beat Drops Out’. It’s all wistful and dreamy and generally lovely. I’m probably going to ask Village for their album ‘Communion’ for my birthday I think.


And finally…as you both know, I am a big lover of funny animals on the internet, and they don’t come any funnier than one of my recent discoveries. Crusoe, otherwise known as the ‘Celebrity Dachshund’ is a big thing all over YouTube and Instagram. The first video I saw was of Crusoe and his other unidentified Dachshund buddy dressed as New York cops and robbers. I showed it to Helen and Village and they both thought it was hilarious.

Helen then informed me today there was a new one which has been doing the rounds of Crusoe and chum again, this time dressed as the Minions from the ‘Despicable Me’ films (which, thanks to countless viewings with Mia and Fin, I have become addicted to. Another reason why being an uncle is the best excuse for watching kid’s films EVER). Along with the video of Tom Fletcher and his son Buzz laughing at dandelions, they are now my go-to feel-good funny things on the internet piece.

Anyhoo, I think that’s about it this week. Cat – thanks for the new pictures of Indi you WhatsApp-ed to me yesterday, can’t believe how quickly she’s growing up bless her! Give her a big Uncle Alex kiss and cuddle from me *MWAH*

Fi – glad your gift card I sent you has come of use to you hun. There’s something I’ll want to tell you about on next week’s blog but that’ll have to wait until then given I’ve not started it but a hint: it’ll be what I call SUCH FUN 😉


And on that note I’m off to get things started with a cuppa.

Until next week, in the words of Alanis Morissette, I’ve got one hand in my pocket, and the other one is drinking a mug of tea.

Luv-oo, Alex

x x


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