Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | OUR SAY -


He’s done it again. Af­ter­life is the most-talked-about show on Net­flix this week. It’s co­me­dian Ricky Ger­vais’ new pro­ject and it’s spec­tac­u­lar. The show bravely takes on taboo top­ics such as drugs, sui­cide, de­pres­sion, can­cer and workplace bul­ly­ing – all the while mak­ing you laugh out loud. This show is def­i­nitely my pick for Net­flix view­ing at the mo­ment.

Strug­gling to come to terms with his wife’s death, a writer for a news­pa­per (played by Ricky Ger­vais) adopts a gruff new per­sona in an ef­fort to push away those try­ing to help. I know, right? Gritty stuff. There’s just some­thing about Golden Globe win­ner Ger­vais. He gets it. Life is hard and throws you curve­balls all the time. Some­times it’s hard to know how to be brave in th­ese sit­u­a­tions. OK, there’s def­i­nitely some The Of­fice feel about this show but be­cause of the heavy premise, it leads you away from the awk­ward and more to what one could only de­scribe as an emo­tional roller-coaster. Each episode is packed full of dif­fer­ent emo­tions. You’ll cover more emo­tions than Mel­bourne does sea­sons in one day.

That’s my rec­om­men­da­tion for the adults. Now, if you have young kids, the movie Sing is king. We’ve paid for our Net­flix sub­scrip­tion a thou­sand-times-over with the num­ber of times we’ve watched Sing. It’s like The Great­est Show­man but for kids. Be­fore I go, I’d love to hear how many peo­ple share your Net­flix ac­count. We’ve got three fam­i­lies at the mo­ment. I know ... naughty, right? Hit me up on In­sta­gram @dav­esamash.


For seven years, my lit­tle fam­ily and I sur­vived with­out a tele. It was a quiet time: a con­scious de­ci­sion we made for the oc­u­lar health of our daugh­ter.

Then one day it was back: the flat, black hole of doom that sits in the cor­ner and demands your at­ten­tion. Your full, un­di­vided at­ten­tion. It was back and it wanted us to sit and sam­ple.

What TV on de­mand cre­ated for this gen­er­a­tion of info suck­ers is huge, and it changed the face of view­ing en­ter­tain­ment for­ever.

You can “Net­flix and chill” your way through a binge ses­sion of Vik­ings :an ex­cep­tion­ally well-made se­ries that will not only con­sume you, but it has also pro­vided count­less jobs to Aus­tralian un­der­wear mod­els in­clud­ing lead­ing man Travis Fim­mel.

Per­haps ABC 2, 3, 4, 5 is more your speed. No more test pat­tern hold­ing screen po­si­tion while clas­sic Aussie rock un­der­scores are re­quired. There are in­fomer­cials, mock­u­men­taries and more.

SBS is also on de­mand, which means pre-pubescent teens are now fast-track­ing their ed­u­ca­tion and jump­ing straight to the “booby scenes” with­out wait­ing or watch­ing the 43 min­utes of ed­u­ca­tional doc­u­men­tary be­fore see­ing a fleet­ing nip­ple.

When it comes to sport, well by 2025 the word “sport” will have been re­placed with the word “FOX” in most ur­ban ver­nac­u­lars. TV is not what it used to be.

We’ve de­cided to keep ours, just in case it’s how we travel and eat be­fore too long.


There’s no ly­ing that the Sun­shine Coast Com­mu­nity Board gets flooded with “hey, just won­der­ing if any­one can sug­gest some good Net­flix shows? I’m on the hunt for some­thing new?” This is where we come in! I’m not a mas­sive TV watcher be­cause I get eas­ily dis­tracted but one of the best shows that keeps my tooshie firmly placed on the couch is, For­mula One Drive to Sur­vive. Now I hear ya. You’re think­ing “re­ally, Ash?” While I love my sport, I never thought I’d be one to get hooked on motorsport but yep, I’m there.

I rang my Dad the other night to get him on to the se­ries but nope, it was Sun­day night and he was watch­ing MAFS. True story. He’s so hooked, he calls it MAFS, not Mar­ried at First Sight. Any­way, I di­gress. My fe­male friends are even hooked on this doco. Not only does it teach you about the sport, but For­mula One Drive to Sur­vive shows you every­thing that goes on be­hind it. Their $500 mil­lion bud­gets per car, the $48mil­lion driver salaries and the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the driv­ers and even their own team­mates.

Let’s be hon­est, though. This se­ries had me at Daniel Ric­cia­rdo. He is hi­lar­i­ous! I’m such a proud Aus­tralian. Not only can he pull off the world’s best “shoey” which, of course, is when you pour cham­pagne into your shoe and drink from it. But he’s a sought-af­ter pow­er­house in the world of For­mula One. With his wit and charm, Daniel gives a great in­sight into what life is like rac­ing for th­ese huge com­pa­nies. If you’re not into rac­ing, you’ll be there for the eye candy. I was!

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1 ON WEEK­DAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM. ..............................................................................................................................................................................

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