Our resident entertainment guru, Nick Shottel, is back to ensure we’re enjoying downtime during lockdown.
From TV and music, to books and playlists, he’s got us covered this June. Here’s what he’s got in store this time…
The Boy on the Shed by Paul Ferris
I’m really looking forward to starting my new book, delivered this morning by Amazon. It is called ‘The Boy on the Shed’ and is a memoir written by Paul Ferris, former player and physio at Newcastle United.
Paul Ferris was a teenage prodigy, becoming Newcastle United’s youngest-ever player in 1982, only for injury to ensure his promise went unfulfilled. He later returned to the club as a physiotherapist before earning a master’s degree and beginning a successful quest to qualify as a barrister. But the lure of football was always strong and he went back for a third spell at Newcastle, as Head of the Medical Department – again working closely with a host of big-name players and managers. The memoir tells of his life and family, growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles and how a twist of fate brought him to Newcastle.
I’m really enjoying ‘Ozark’ on Netflix at the moment. I had started watching it some time ago but, for one reason or another, stopped after about four episodes. I’ve started watching it again and I’m totally hooked. The story follows Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozark Mountains, Missouri. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
The Craig David Funk and Soul Show
My go-to listen on a Sunday morning is ‘The Craig David Funk and Soul Show’ on BBC Sounds. It is broadcast on Saturday evenings, but I always catch up with it on a Sunday morning whilst pottering around the house. It’s a great mix of classic and modern funk and soul. It’s a great listen.
This time I’ve gone a little more up-tempo and have produced a playlist consisting of 20 dance tracks. Hope you enjoy it. Check it out here: open.spotify.com/playlist.