Top 5 England Songs You Need For The World Cup

Audio is what we do – and being swept up in World Cup fever, we’re singing out most days in the office some cracking football songs as England go into this weekend’s quarter-final with Sweden.

With that in mind, we decided to run down the top 5 England songs we think you need to download or stream this weekend.

5. We’re On The Ball

OK, so perhaps the name of this track didn’t really help us out in 2002 as we headed to Japan and South Korea. After England trounced Germany 5-1 and David Beckham saved the nation with quite possibly the most important free kick he ever scored; David Seaman wasn’t quite “on the ball” as Ronaldinho lobbed him from distance when England were knocked out by Brazil.

Memorable lyric: Some would say “We’re on the ball. We’re on the ball. We’re on the ball” was memorable. We say “It’s Neville to Campbell. Campbell to Rio. Rio to Scholesy. Scholesy-Gerrard. Gerrard to Beckham. Beckham to Heskey. Heskey to Owen to nod. 5-1!” was the standout from this.

4. Back Home

Just four years on from our glorious – and only defining – moment in any major international tournament, Bobby and the boys got in the studio to belt out this corker in 1970 for the World Cup in Mexico. It was the year Gordon Banks made his incredible save from what seemed a certain Pele goal, although was later beaten by Jairzinho. Unfortunately, West Germany got their revenge from 1966 later in the competition, and duly sent us back home in the quarter-finals after a 3-2 defeat.

Memorable lyric: “We’ll fight until the whistle goes. For the folks back home” – brings a tear to the eye still.

3. Vindaloo

One of the great England anthems. Football, beer and a nice Ruby Murray at the end of the night. Vindaloo had no right to ever be a football song, written by Keith Allen, but it did and we’re thankful for it. The closest World Cup to be held to England since 1966, we took over the English Channel and headed over to France. 18-year-old Michael Owen (who went to school up the road from the BuyCleverStuff offices!) produced one of England’s most incredible goals, before David Beckham got himself sent off, and we got sent home on penalties by Argentina.

Memorable lyric: “Nah nah nah (Vindaloo). Nah nah nah (Vindaloo). And we all like Vindaloo. We’re England. We’re gonna score one more than you!” – well unless we get to penalties and then everyone else always seems to come out on top (sorry, not sorry to Colombia…)

2. World In Motion

1990, Bobby Robson as our manager, Bryan Robson as our captain, Gary Lineker on fire, Paul Gascoigne a star being born; we were ready for Italia ’90 and so were New Order with probably what at one stage was the best England song we had produced. It was also the year we produced our best performance in a World Cup since 1966, until Stuart Pearce had his saved and Chris Waddle missing. West Germany again. But it won’t be in 2018…

Memorable lyric: Not going to write this out, but without a shadow of a doubt it was the rap performed by John Barnes. Rob in the office knows it off by heart. (However Rob also appeared on Don’t Forget The Lyrics so we’d be disappointed if he didn’t know the words…)

1. Three Lions

Quite simply the greatest song ever written to be sung on the terraces. Cast your minds back to 1996, Euro 1996 to be precise. We’d won nothing for years and we needed something to inspire the boys to victory. Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner were tasked with putting lyrics to the music from Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds – they did and the rest is history. We got knocked out (again) by Germany on (again) penalties. Gareth Southgate the unfortunate one who couldn’t walk down the street for weeks and months without being tormented over his spot-kick miss.

However in 2018, we’ve got past penalties with Southgate in charge – will we be hearing Three Lions bellowed at the top of our lungs come the actual World Cup final? We’ll see…

Memorable lyric: “It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming. Football’s coming home.” Yes, yes it is.

If you’ve not got anywhere near sorted for the World Cup (and how have you not?) then check out our outdoor TV enclosures to protect your screens and some incredible outdoor garden rock speakers which can connect up to your TV or even pair via Bluetooth – all available to order at BuyCleverStuff!

Come On England!

Watch the World Cup in Ultra HD on the BBC

BBC to broadcast the World Cup in Ultra HD

The World Cup for the first time ever will be broadcast on the BBC in Ultra HD – but only to a select number of viewers, the broadcaster has announced.

It will also incorporate virtual reality viewing, but both options are as part of trials to see how ready the BBC, and the industry in general, is to experience such pin-sharp content over the country’s current Internet network.

Other broadcasters, such as Sky and BT Sport, already offer 4K UHD content openly, but this is the first time a terrestrial channel will offer this method of viewing.

There are, of course, a few prerequisites needed before you can watch this summer in 4K Ultra HD.

  1. High speed internet connection – recommended to be of a speed of at least 40 megabit per second (Mbit/s)
  2. Compatible smart TV available – the biggest push this summer is for modern 4K UHD screens, and are becoming widely available
  3. BBC iPlayer – most smart TVs do have the service built in to their functionality, but you will want to register an account or be signed in ready

We say be signed in and ready because the Ultra HD coverage on BBC iPlayer starts once the BBC One coverage begins – and only “tens of thousands of people” will be able to access it, and there has been no definitive number given.

History of the World Cup on TV

It is a definite step forward for television viewing in the UK as the BBC’s Chief Technology & Product Officer, Matthew Postgate, says: “The BBC has brought major live broadcasting breakthroughs to UK audiences throughout the history of the World Cup.

“From the very first tournament on TV in 1954 and England’s finest hour in 1966, to the first colour World Cup in 1970 and full HD in 2006. Now, with these trials we’re giving audiences yet another taste of the future.”

Get ready for the kick off at BuyCleverStuff

We know here at BuyCleverStuff that viewing parties will be happening all over the country, and with the fantastic weather we’ve had, why not consider installing two brilliant additions for your 4K UHD screens outdoors?

The TV Shield is a perfect waterproof enclosure which is also fully lockable and effective against vandals – great for gardens at home, outdoor areas in pubs and clubs as well as other events for large crowds.

TV Shield - the Waterproof Enclosure you need for your TV screens this summer

Take your World Cup experience even further with our amazing Systemline outdoor speaker bundles!

The Systemline E50 or E100 is matched perfectly to work alongside TVs by using aux-in connection – usually just a simple headphone jack cable will suffice.

Systemline E50 with Qi65EW On Wall Speakers

With both rock speakers and on wall bracket speakers from sister-brand Q Acoustics, you’ll have the perfect outdoor sound system that can work standalone from mobiles and tablets or for use with TVs!

So get Ultra HD ready for this year’s World Cup with TV Shield and Systemline!


Waterproof TV: What To Think About

Waterproof TVs can be defined over a widespread area from being fitted indoors in kitchens and bathrooms, and more specifically within showers, and then also outdoors for home personal use or on a commercial level for public houses and beer gardens.

With the range of products we stock at BuyCleverStuff, we are confident from the years of experience we have, that we deal with the best products on the market which have passed all the relevant safety and compliance testing.

We stock Waterproof TVs in various sizes to fit most spaces, but to be sure of exactly what you want and need, read through our guide below to help decide on your perfect solution.

  • Purpose

You’ve had in mind purchasing a Waterproof TV or a Waterproof TV Enclosure – but what is it you hope to get out of such a product?

Perhaps you want to relax in your bathroom, shower room or find yourself in the kitchen missing out on your favourite programmes, our fully recessed televisions can be the best solution to cater for this. They are the next step beyond our range of flipdown kitchen TVs with their larger screen size.

We do have larger screens for larger bathrooms and kitchens should you require, but there are differences between sizes and functions which we will outline late.

If your needs are more for outdoor use, then our range of larger outdoor waterproof TVs are a fantastic option, as well as our Waterproof and Vandal Resistant Outdoor TV Enclosure which can utilise a television set you already have or one of your own choosing to install, safely and securely.

  • Size of speakers / room

For most bathrooms and shower rooms, our 19″ to 26″ televisions will be a suitable size to install, but if you want a larger screen and have a larger space, we have screens of 32″ and upwards.

Our 19″ to 26″ Waterproof TVs come with separate ceiling speakers. This allows you fully recess your television into your wall space to give a flush, neat finish. Larger screens do not come with additional speakers.

Our Waterproof and Vandal Resistant Outdoor TV Enclosure from TV Shield is best suited to be situated outdoors or a large indoor pool / jacuzzi / sauna area. This option is handy as it allows you to use your own television within the unit, so you can decide upon what size of television rather than our other defined size of television we offer.

Such a product is also useful on a commercial level as it is vandal resistant and lockable, giving you extra security and peace of mind.

  • Functions

Across our range of Waterproof TV products, there are varying functions between each product,

The TV Shield Waterproof and Vandal Resistant Outdoor TV Enclosure as previously discussed allows for your own television to be fixed in position within the enclosure. They are lightweight, from 6.8-13.2kg in weight depending upon size selected. They feature two keyed and chambered locks to prevent theft, and are able to withstand both hot and cold temperatures, are shatter resistant and comes with optically clear LEXAN Polycarbonate to give you a brilliant viewing area. Extras to help maintain the product include moisture gel, cleaning kit, energy film to protect the television within, 2” Spacing Kit, a heater kit for winter and a fan kit for summer.

Freeview TV tuners are built in to all of our Waterproof TVs available on our website.

Our selection of units from 19″ to 26″ include ceiling speakers as they are meant to be recessed fully into your wall space.

The range of TechVision Waterproof TVs also have the ability to connect a separate Bluetooth receiver, meaning not only can you watch great television, but you can also connect your personal Bluetooth device and stream your music collection. There is also the ability to connect via HDMI with the available input.

Condensation on your Waterproof TV need not be of any concern, as the heat generated from the components safely prevents any misting from occurring on the screen.

  • Appearance

Depending upon your needs and requirements and what product you actually choose to purchase is to how your product will appear once installed.

The Waterproof and Vandal Resistant Outdoor TV Enclosure from TV Shield will look very bulky and commercial, but it must be remembered that you have more freedom of choice with your screen.

Although a Mirrored Waterproof TV looks great when installed, we always make it apparent of the constraints of this style of TV.

Mirrored Bathroom TVs have a semi-reflective / semi-transparent coating on the glass, meaning the mirror is not a bright full reflective mirror and you can still see the TV behind the glass when switched off.

As well as the mirror not being as reflective as a normal mirror, when the TV is switched on the image is not as bright either as it needs to get through the mirrored coating on the glass. Finally, as mirrors are reflective then a Mirrored Waterproof TV is more prone to reflections on the screen, which in turn could affect your viewing pleasure.

From what we have said there, it might sound like we don’t like Mirrored Waterproof TVs, which is definitely not the case, but provided that they are installed in a suitable location where possible reflections are minimised then a Bathroom TV with a Mirror Finish is a great addition to any bathroom.

Hopefully having read through these four areas of what to consider before purchasing a Waterproof TV, whether you were scoping out a product for the first time, or if you were unsure before and needed some more information, you can now browse with more confidence over on our main BuyCleverStuff website.

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How To Choose Your Perfect Waterproof TV

Selecting a Waterproof TV can be a little bit daunting if you’re not too sure of what to consider. At BuyCleverStuff, we’ve sold these for many years, so we know the best products on the market. Our range of Waterproof TVs have passed all the relevant safely and compliance tests.

What is the best Waterproof TV for me?

For the end of the bath, Waterproof TVs in the 17” to 27” range would be the ideal solution. With units around 19” being an ideal size, both for price and size so as not to dominate the bathroom. From our years of experience we would suggest Black Waterproof TVs. The main purpose will be for watching programmes, and it’s hard to ignore that fact. Whilst Mirror Finish is a nice look, it will always be a TV!

If you are looking to fit your Waterproof TV in a larger bathroom or within another area, then Waterproof TVs in the 27” to 32”+ range would be the best size as they would allow you to see the screen as a distance.

Things to consider when choosing a Mirrored Bathroom TV

Although Mirrored Waterproof TVs look great when installed, with Mirror Finish we always make it clear of the limitations of this style of TV.

The first thing to understand is that currently all Mirrored Bathroom TVs supplied by ourselves are simply a semi-reflective / semi-transparent coating on the glass. This means that the mirror is not a bright full reflective mirror and you can still see the TV behind the glass when switch off. The mirror is not as reflective as a normal mirror. Also, when the TV is switched on, the image may not be as bright as it needs to get though the mirrored coating on the glass. Finally, as a mirror is reflective, then a Mirrored Waterproof TV is more susceptible to reflections on the screen, which could affect your viewing pleasure.

This might sound like we don’t like Mirrored Waterproof TVs, but it is not the case. Providing that they are installed in a suitable location where possible reflections are minimised, then a Bathroom TV with a Mirror Finish can be a great addition to any bathroom.

How do you install a Waterproof Television?

Although each Waterproof Television installation differs between models and manufactures the principle remains the same, first find the ideal location for your Waterproof Television which is best done by lying in the bath and see where your eyes naturally fall. This position is really where the centre of the Bathroom Television should be, but it is best to check the viewing angles of the television and possible reflections to ensure you get the best picture.

Once you have found the best position for your Bathroom Television, a hole would be made into the wall together with a channel run up or down the wall for the cables to be run within.

When calculating the depth required into the wall for the Bathroom Television, account for the thickness of any plasterboard, tile adhesive and tiles as in most cases you will not need the full depth cut into the wall if it’s a solid wall. Before tiling it’s important run all the cables from the television location to the loft or floor void, and it is best practice to put an extra “pull-through” wire should any extra cables need to run at a later date.

Depending on the model you might install a frame into the wall prior to tiling the wall or in some cases this is done after tiling has been completed, but either way once the tiling is complete the TV would be fitted into the frame that is installed into the wall. Before finalising the install, most Waterproof Televisions require a bead of silicone sealer to be run around the frame and in some cases around the glass too.

Once the Waterproof Television has been connected to the mains supply, antenna and any other inputs you are ready to enjoy a bath with your own television.

Do I need an antenna with a Waterproof Bathroom TV?

All our Waterproof Bathroom TVs require connecting to an antenna just like any other television and we recommend that it is a good quality antenna outlet to ensure you get the best from your Waterproof TV.

Can I get radio on your Waterproof TVs?

As all our Waterproof TV’s have Digital Freeview TV Tuners then yes you will be able to listen to a selection a Digital Radio Stations, they can be found from channel number 700 in the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) of the Bathroom TV.