Rock & Metal: Just Hear It Out (Part One of Three)

Here’s the thing about Rock & Metal music. As a self-confessed, massive fan of the genre, I’m more than familiar with society’s attitude towards it. While the people who have enjoyed bands like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Machine Head for many years couldn’t have better things to say about it, the folks that refuse to listen to Rock & Metal tend to foster an incredibly negative opinion towards it. Like it’s a feral dog who hangs around the estate at night. But while I agree that it certainly isn’t for everyone, I think the genre gets a bad rep.

Some of my closest friends and family members have openly expressed their views to me about Rock & Metal music – and it’s nearly always the same comment: “It’s too loud for my liking. It’s all just noise.” At one point in my life, I would’ve agreed with this. Until I turned fifteen, my iPod shuffle (remember those??) primarily consisted of artists from my sister’s laptop. Justin Timberlake. P!nk. Mika. Calvin Harris. The stuff you’d spot in the charts each week. Although I was fine with it, I never felt like it was for me. Sure, I’d get a song in my head every now and again – but that didn’t necessarily mean I wanted it there in the first place.

Then I found rock. I was honestly shocked that I’d made it this far without even giving it a chance. But once I did, I never looked back. Over time, I came to listen to heavier and heavier bands, venturing from indie rock through to soft rock, before exploring hard rock, metal and eventually the music I love today. I admit, it was quite a leap to go from the Now That’s What I Call Music! CDs onto fast-paced head-bangers. That’s probably why my sister still posts shocked comments on Facebook whenever I upload pictures of the gigs I’ve attended. “You’re mad!” she regularly states. “You sound surprised,” I reply.

My point is, I once hated the idea of Rock & Metal music. I’d catch distant echoes of its presence throughout my childhood and every single time, I would mercilessly disregard it – and I would do this for the exact same reason mentioned: it was all just noise. To me, there was nothing distinguishable about it. Nothing you could truly call music. But now, seven years on, I can’t get enough of it. So, if someone like me can turn into a devoted rock and metal fan in such a short period, then maybe – just maybe – you could too. If you just gave it a chance.

For this reason, I propose an experiment; one that anyone who isn’t already a metal head can attempt, if they so choose. The challenge is this. I’m going to post three separate lists via this blog in the coming weeks – and each list will have 15 artists that I think you should check out. As the lists progress, the bands will get “heavier”. If you end up taking a shine to music I propose this week, then I’ll suggest you move on to the next list. My guess is that if you’re interested in taking part, you’ll already have a curiosity for rock music. However, by the end of the step three, I believe you’ll come to love rock – and perhaps even consider looking into a spot of metal.

To those of you on board, a hearty pat on the back to you. Let’s do this thang! To those of you turning your nose up in uncertainty, what’s the matter? Afraid you’ll like it? Don’t panic, you won’t find anything like Slipknot or Lamb of God or Dying Foetus on this list (and no, I didn’t make that last one up). Instead, I’ve handpicked these bands with careful consideration. I’m well aware that everyone’s taste is different, but I’m sure that if you’re already starting to get into rock, then you’ll find at least a couple of bands here you’ll enjoy. You ready? Then in no particular order, let’s kick off Part One …

(FYI: Only artists that have toured in the last ten years can make this list. Sorry Queen. You’re on a list for another day.)

Green Day

Suggested Album(s): American Idiot (2004), Nimrod (1997), 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

We begin with a staple (if not the staple) of American punk rock. Sporting Billie Joe Armstrong at the helm, this band is a great starting point for any rock enthusiast. Nimrod contains an eighteen-track collection of anthems like Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), while 21st Century Breakdown includes iViva La Gloria! and 21 Guns, a phenomenal anti-war ballad. Regardless, any fan of Green Day is bound to say American Idiot is the undisputed masterpiece of their career – and they’d be right to say so. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams. Holiday. Wake Me Up When September Ends. You can’t go wrong.

Foo Fighters

Suggested Album(s): The Colour And The Shape (1997), Wasting Light (2011), In Your Honour (2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

It seems that, as far as the music industry is concerned, Dave Grohl and his full, dark fringe can do no wrong. Foo Fighters is solid proof of this. Time after time they’ve delivered songs like Best of You, The Pretender, Walk and Monkey Wrench, repeatedly wowing mainstream listeners without fail. It’s fair to say their headlining slot at festivals is well-deserved. What’s more, last year they released Saint Cecilia, a very free EP that anyone can download. Bonus!

AC/DC

Suggested Album(s): Let There Be Rock (1977) Back In Black (1980), The Razer’s Edge (1990), Highway To Hell (1979)

Where would the world be without Angus Young and this ground-breaking band? I hate to think. Still going since 1973, AC/DC have a wealth of records for you to choose from –  the ones I’ve selected above, however, are a decent place to start. Whether you prefer Brian Johnson’s distinctive screech, or the softer delivery of Bon Scott (their original lead singer), you’re bound to fall in love with bangers like Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck, Back In Black, Whole Lotta Rosie … the list goes on.

Black Stone Cherry

Suggested Album(s): Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Kentucky (2016)

These guys seamlessly combine solid riffs with Chris Robertson’s easy-going vocals. While their latest outing – aptly named after their hometown – is a fine addition to their track record, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is definitely the album of choice. There are feel-good tracks like In My Blood and Like I Roll, or slightly heavier additions like White Trash Millionaire and the surprisingly dark Such A Shame. It’s certainly worth a listen.

Royal Republic

Suggested Album(s): Weekend Man (2016)

I’ve only recently discovered this band, so unfortunately I cannot vouch for any of their earlier stuff. What I can do, though, is tell you about how fricking amazing Weekend Man is. Drawing parallels with bands like Electric Six and Faith No More, their quirkiness is a dominant presence throughout. And you’ll be glad it is. Notable songs include High Times and People Say That I’m Over The Top. But there’s one thing I can absolutely guarantee: if you listen to When I See You Dance With Another, you’re bound to get it in your head. Multiple times. My girlfriend can safely back me up on this.

You Me At Six

Suggested Album(s): Sinners Never Sleep (2011)

Here’s one thing I’ll say about You Me At Six: the majority of their stuff is either forgettable or just a bit meh. Having said that, Sinners Never Sleep is by far their best work. Don’t be put off by the surreal choice of guest vocalists throughout, because the record is still chock full of varied and enjoyable songs. My personal favourites are Reckless, Loverboy and No One Does It Better, but you’ll be sure to find your own somewhere among the track list. It has plenty to offer the casual listener.

Biffy Clyro

Suggested Album(s): Only Revolutions (2009), Ellipsis (2016), Puzzle (2007), Opposites (2013)

The fact that I haven’t yet seen this band live is criminal. But if the studio outputs of this Scottish trio are anything to go by, the moment I finally do is going to be Biblical (for those of you that got the pun, I regret nothing). The Conversation Is … is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourite tunes; the title track on Opposites is a powerful, emotional song to chill out to; and their latest album, Ellipsis, is yet another powerhouse of memorable singles like Howl and Friends And Enemies. If you dug through the vaults of their career, however, Only Revolutions is the treasure you’d come across with awe. Be sure to look out for The Golden Rule, Bubbles, and … you know what, just check out every song on it. It’s all great.

Creeper

Suggested Album(s): The Stranger EP (2016), The Callous Heart EP (2015), Creeper EP (2014)

Creeper are yet to release a full studio album and have only surfaced in the last few years; yet they are rapidly making an impact in the Rock & Metal community. In stand outs like Honeymoon Suite, Valentine and We Had A Pact, Will Gould‘s vocals carry dedicated fans into a state of sheer bliss with every listen. But the star of the show, by a country mile, is Misery. Give yourself to the chorus of this soft, catchy ballad, and you’ll be gladly reciting it for months, even years to come.

Pure Love

Suggested Album(s): Anthems (2013)

A bit of a sappy name to go for, I know. But don’t be fooled. The lead vocalist, Frank Carter may have gone on to heavier solo ventures since this band’s break up, but before this sad occasion, they treated us to Anthems. This gem delivers several feel-good numbers, including Handsome Devils Club and Riot Song. Yet Bury My Bones is the most enjoyable of the lot. An overall fantastic album to stick on in the summer time.

Fall Out Boy

Suggested Album(s): Infinity On High (2007), Save Rock And Roll (2013), Folie à Deux (2008)

The moment I listened to Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, I knew Fall Out Boy were the real deal. Fans of Panic! At The Disco’s early stuff might draw similarities with the frontman, Patrick Stump’s voice – but this is far from a bad thing. While they seem like a quiet bunch on stage, the antics Fall Out Boy members get up to outside the limelight are testament to this amusing and talented group. Infinity On High is my favourite album of theirs, as it’s filled to the brim with outstanding singles such as The Take Over, The Break’s Over and This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arm’s Race. But you’d be equally safe going for Folie à Deux or Save Rock And Roll. I Don’t Care and Where Did The Party Go are definitely worth your time.

Weezer

Suggested Album(s): Pinkerton (1996), Weezer: The White Album (2016), Hurley (2010), Make Believe (2005)

Where do I start with this band? I think a fitting place is the album cover they picked out for 2010’s Hurley. There’s no other way of putting it – it’s a face shot of Jorge Garcia from Lost. Why? Because the lead guitarist Brian Bell claimed, and I quote, “all we wanted was his amazing face.” [1] This sums up Weezer perfectly. They’re the definition of random. But shockingly, they also make some damn good music too. Make Believe is worth a listen just for Beverly Hills; Ruling Me from Hurly is truly intoxicating; Pinkerton is simply marvellous from beginning to end; and their latest release isn’t too shabby either. Girl We Got A Good Thing is the one for me. I’m certain it’ll be the one for you too.

Royal Blood

Suggested Album(s): Royal Blood (2014)

If you tune into BBC Radio One on a regular basis, you’ve likely heard Royal Blood songs on numerous occasions. With only one album out, this duo seemingly came out of nowhere and propelled themselves to festival status in a way that most up-and-coming bands would be infinitely jealous about. Although I consider them a tad overrated, no one can deny that they know how to pull off a solid rock tune. Using deep, bass-fuelled riffs, tracks like Little Monster, Out Of The Black and Figure It Out are all wonderfully executed and a sight-to-see when played live.

The Darkness

Suggested Album(s): Permission To Land (2003), Hot Cakes (2012), One Way Ticket … To Hell And Back (2005)

The music brought to us by these Suffolk boys is not for the faint-hearted – or for people with tinnitus. But that’s beside the point. Justin Hawkin’s signature voice brings high-pitched glory to every song The Darkness churns out. Permission To Land is a phenomenal album, with favourites like Growing On Me, Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman and Friday Night making it so engaging. You’ll undoubtedly be familiar with I Believe In A Thing Called Love and their Christmas number one single, Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End). But this band has plenty of other magnificent tunes that most people are unaware of. Listen to She’s Just A Girl, Eddie and One Way Ticket, and you’ll surely be itching for more.

Against Me!

Suggested Album(s): White Crosses (2010)

If there’s one thing you take away from this list, I strongly suggest it be White Crosses. It’s a fantastic record that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. I Was A Teenage Anarchist is the clear champion on the track list, but you’ll also indulge in High Pressure Low, Because Of The Shame and Bamboo Bones. You’ll find that it’s mostly Laura Jane Grace’s voice that carries the music into greatness. All in all, Against Me! is a fantastic band to sink your ears into.

My Chemical Romance

Suggested Album(s): The Black Parade (2006), Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)

That brings us to our final band – and boy, is it a grand one. If you haven’t heard of My Chemical Romance, then you need to listen to them. The Black Parade is utterly brilliant in every way. From Dead! to Welcome to the Black Parade to Teenagers to Famous Last Words, you are bound to fall for this album. But it doesn’t stop there. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge also boasts stellar tunes, just a couple being Thank You for the Venom and I’m Not Okay (I Promise). The only quarrel I have is that they aren’t touring anymore. But who knows, somewhere on the horizon, a reunion might be on the cards. Here’s hoping.

There you go. Those are the fifteen bands. Go away, stick a couple of their albums on. If you like them, I urge you to come back for Part 2 of Rock & Metal: Just Hear It Out (I make it sound like a TV show!) Did I miss out any bands that you think should be here? Let me know in the comments section below. Who knows? Your suggestion might pop up in a later list. Come back to my blog in a couple of weeks to see if you have the stones to become a rock fan. Until then, thank you and farewell.

Sources

[1] http://antiquiet.com/music/2010/08/weezer-hurley-corporate-endorsement/

 

 

 

 

 

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The Saturation of Film Sequels

Terminator: Genisys. Paranormal Activity 4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Can you honestly recall a single person that asked for (or was even looking forward to) any of these movies? If you can’t, it’s probably because that person doesn’t exist. Yet, despite this being the case, sequels are more common today than they’ve ever been. And it doesn’t end at sequels.

Everywhere we look, both in the physical and digital world, we are graced with posters and trailers for remakes, reboots, prequels, spin offs, the works. These formats are nothing new, though. The concept of taking a successful film and remaking it goes back decades. In fact, Stephen Follows states that “the fourth horror film ever made was a remake of the first horror film.” [1] Unfortunately, it seems that lately, this technique has been blown out of proportion.

This is a topic that, for me, has been a regular source of dismay for the last few years now. Every time you discover that a new picture is coming out, I’m willing to bet my hard-earned pennies that nine times out of ten, you think to yourself, “What? Another one?” And I’m sorry to be the bearer of awful news, but this trend isn’t going to stop any time soon. Yahoo! Movies claims that in 1984, 58.56% of major film releases were original creations. As of 2014, that percentage dropped to 24.72%. [2] What does this mean for the future of film? Let’s just say that with over 170 sequels already in the works, expect to see plenty of classic (and non-classic) movies being resurrected for modern day audiences – whether you like it or not.

Sure, with almost every subject matter, genre or era you can think already touched upon to some extent, one could rightly state that nothing nowadays is truly original. Every object of creativity that doesn’t originate from the dawn of mankind takes at least some inspiration from material that came before it. So, allow me to clarify. By ‘original’, I’m referring to movies that aren’t officially linked to any established source material. It can be similar to previous ideas, but because it hasn’t yet been produced in any other form – whether it’s a novel, a comic book, a play, a TV show or whatever – it can be considered original.

Today, movies that manage to fit this criteria have become somewhat of a delicacy. Nocturnal Animals and The Secret Life of Pets are the newest, original films that come to mind. Yet, regardless of their critical acclaim, the highest grossing pictures of this year have been (you guessed it) the sequels, the adaptations and the remakes. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Jungle BookJason Bourne. Captain America: Civil War. I can mope about it all I want, but facts are facts.

The reality is that I’m not totally against the idea of sequels. I believe that in capable hands, film makers can actually pull them off pretty darn well. One of my favourite films of all time is The Dark Knight. Directed by Christopher Nolan and boasting the scene-stealing presence that is Heath Ledger’s Joker, this is more than just a Batman film. It’s an undisputed masterpiece. But for all its thought-provoking themes and mind-blowing, realistic set pieces, I admit that once you strip away all it’s outer coating, it’s still a sequel. Well, actually – it’s worse than a sequel. It’s a sequel to a reboot of a film franchise which was based on a TV series which was in turn based on a comic book character. Errgh, what a mouthful.

Nevertheless, pictures like The Dark Knight, Aliens, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Terminator 2: Judgement Day – they all prove that with the right people at the helm, film makers can do justice to the source material and even, every so often, improve on it. But this presents a problem. When the few people who know what they’re doing manage to deliver a ground-breaking sequel – and receive widespread praise because of it – you’ll always get other people trying to follow suit. And anyone who has viewed the results of these ventures quickly realise that it doesn’t always turn out as hoped.

 

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Image by Felix Mooneeram on Unsplash

 

Now, one could argue that the reason why the film industry isn’t forking out for anything original anymore is simply because they’ve run out of ideas. Filmmakers are deprived of creativity because everything has now been done before. Every so often we might get a fresh, never-before-seen idea to grace the screen. But for now, the film industry is just making do with what’s available to it. It’s doing everything it can to reinvent past materials just keep the industry alive. Right?

Well, to those that believe this as fact, here’s my opinion on the matter. That is absolute bull. No ideas left to work from? Undoubtedly the laziest excuse I’ve ever heard. No, my trusty readers – if you think there is no creativity left in the world, then think again. Because if you were to look at what students of the arts are churning out at universities on a weekly, even daily basis, you’ll quickly learn that creativity is far from dead. Writers everywhere are a never ending, vibrant source of ideas, stories and above all, originality. So why doesn’t the film industry harness this? If all they seem to be making is sequel after sequel, why do they not draw on the hotbed of new creative concepts available to them? The answer is a simple and depressing one. As you may have guessed, it’s not due to a lack of creativity. It’s money.

With movie piracy and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime putting the integrity of cinema at increasing risk, studio executives can’t afford to make any mistakes when choosing what pictures to release to the public. It’s painful to contemplate, but because they are new and without established audiences, original ideas thought up by optimistic writers are just too much of a financial risk for major studios. So what do they do? They go with the safe option. They attempt to breathe life back into what has made tonnes of money in the past. Sometimes the result is only loosely related to the initial material; other times, they just end up creating a soulless, carbon copy of a classic – all in the hope that moviegoers will flock to the cinema for just one more nostalgia trip.

The sad thing is that everyone is doing it now. Even Disney, one of the most innovative movie creators of our time, has started to resort to sequels and remakes. The live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast may not be out yet, but if the trailers are anything to go by, it’s not bringing anything new to the table. Moreover, while Finding Dory is the highest grossing movie of 2016 so far (and rightly so) it’s still an obvious and unnecessary attempt to cash in on people’s fond memories of Finding Nemo. I feel heartbroken just admitting it.

The worst offenders out of everyone, however, are the dreaded two-parters. I love Harry Potter to bits, but as soon as the final book (or not, apparently) was split into two, very successful movies, every other YA film series jumped on the band wagon. The Hunger Games. The Maze Runner. Divergent. Twilight. They stretched the authors’ novels beyond what they were capable of, just so they could cash in on the undying devotion of fans. Disgraceful.

What worries me most, however, is that from now on – whenever an original film does come out – you can guarantee that the studio executive or producer responsible will be whispering that single, damning word to themselves over and over: Franchise. And suddenly, what used to be an original story is exploited for everything it’s worth, until the source material is barely recognisable even to the most devoted fan a decade later.

After all of this, one question remains. Is this end of original movies? It’s tempting to reach that conclusion, but I choose to believe not. Of course, things look pretty bleak. But I think we’re nearing a turning point in film history. Right now, money has taken over creativity and is actively dictating everything that makes it to the silver screen. But it won’t last forever.

I think people will start to wise up it the act. We’ll get sick of it. When the time comes that literally every new film you want to watch is a sequel of some form, we’ll stop enabling movie studios. We’ll stop paying to watch their trash. And when this happens, studios will have nowhere else to go. All their market research and trend graphs will point to one inevitable result: to give people what they’re willing to pay good money for, the film industry will have to start making original pictures again. This is the day that I long for. The day when movies makers come to their senses and start returning originality to its rightful place. Until that day, however, I suppose we’ll have to make do with Bad Boys 3, Madagascar 4, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Transformers 6. Yay …

 

Sources

[1] https://stephenfollows.com/hollywood-remakes-and-reboots/

[2] https://www.yahoo.com/movies/how-unoriginal-is-hollywood-very-and-weve-got-the-101773800642.html

Trump is President: Are We Doomed?

For many of us, the truth hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It’s unfathomable. Insane.  Preposterous. But I’m afraid we need to accept it. As of January 20th 2017, Donald Trump will be President of the United States of America ­– the superpower that essentially supports the entire world’s economies and political systems. And he’s here to stay whether we like it or not.

It seems completely surreal to me. I thought the world was starting to improve its attitude. According to Time Magazine (as of June 2015) gay marriage is now legal in 21 countries as well as America. [1] Global organisations like Barclays bank have been encouraging more diversity in their business cultures. [2] Women are being given more equal rights in order to tackle male dominance in our society; with The Guardian telling us that “in the US, for the first time, in 2011, women made up slightly more than half the workforce.” [3] Granted, we still have a long way to go – but we’ve been getting better. Slowly.

Although, just when the western world seems to take a positive step forward, it takes a monolithic step backwards. Right after America’s first African-American, Barrack Obama, completes two terms of a solid and admirable presidency, the people choose to replace him with a misogynistic, homophobic, narcissistic racist. With riots and protests sparking all over the continent, many of you are probably asking, “How did this even happen?” I’ve been asking the same thing.

BBC News reckons the success of his campaign was down to a number of factors. There was obviously his “white wave” of supporters. Then there was his charisma, which – like him or not – was so prominent (and so contrasting to Clinton’s) that any controversy he ignited was quickly snuffed out and forgotten. He was also an outsider – an underdog, almost – who trusted his own instincts against all the odds. But perhaps the biggest element was Clinton’s own questionable past. [4] One can’t help but wonder, however, if she would’ve been the lesser of two evils.

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In the end, it makes no difference how Trump won. The fact that he will sit in the White House is clear evidence that he can sway the nation to follow him, whatever outrageous plans he has in store. Yet, while we (the British) can mock America’s decision with awe and bemusement for many months to come, are we really that much better? Even though it may have been slightly overshadowed by recent events, it wasn’t that long ago that 51.9% of our country (according to The Telegraph) voted to leave the European Union (EU). [5]

I’ll make this clear now: there shouldn’t have been a referendum in the first place. It was way too complex a decision for uneducated voters to make and few people truly understood what the consequences would be either way. Now, I voted to remain; I did this because I believed it was the only logical choice. But for those of you who voted to leave and are itching to start typing away in the comments section, please hear me out.

If you read George Bevan’s blog (and if you don’t, do! He’s a bit sweary, but makes a lot of sense) and you happened to come across EU Referendum: In or Out, you may have realised how much the EU actually does for us – and how much we take it for granted. Just a few things include easy access to a third of the world’s markets; cross-border policing to combat human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism; and for 60 years they’ve acted as “a foundation of peace between European neighbours after many years of bloodshed.” [6] In my view, we have too much to lose by leaving.

Having said that, I have to respect the views of those who supported Brexit. I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’ve done my best to look at the situation from both perspectives. I must say, I’ve heard some valid arguments from work colleagues about the benefits of Brexit. Points like being able to trade with the EU under our own terms, rather than theirs. Assuming we can negotiate it, this would be brilliant – because it would work wonders for our economy further down the line. And this is still possible, even now. Unfortunately, it appears that the majority of citizens who voted to leave the EU didn’t do so for this reason.

Novelist and journalist, Will Self – who happens to be a former lecturer of mine – made a statement on Channel 4 News on the eve of this year’s referendum. As entertaining as it was to watch Will (a sweltering pot of sardonic commentary) beating heads with a spirited Brexit supporter, he did make one point that stood out above all the rest: “Not all Brexiters are racists. But almost all racists will be voting for Brexit.” [7] A bit of a “steady on!” statement perhaps. What’s more, this is a fellow who doesn’t exactly have to highest levels of empathy when he’s trying to make a point. Though, on this occasion, he’s making a good one.

It saddens me to say this, but the overarching reasons why our country will be leaving the EU in around two years are the exact same reasons why Donald Trump will now President of the United States. Fear and hatred. Because – despite our attitudes towards things like sexuality, ethnicity, gender, climate change and so on having improved significantly over the last few decades – a huge segment of our society is still stuck in the dark ages. Unable or simply unwilling to accept change.

So what do we take from all this? Well for one, 2016 doesn’t seem like a year that most of us are going to look back on with pride any time soon. But are we doomed? While I chose to put it in the title, I should point out that “doom” isn’t exactly a word that gets used a lot nowadays (if Game of Thrones doesn’t even use it, you know it’s out of fashion). If, however, the real question is whether or not Donald Trump will turn out to be the worst president of all time, I cannot say.

Although I take an interest in politics from time to time, I don’t follow it nearly enough to be able to craft an informed conclusion. Then again, I don’t think anyone can. It’s just too early to tell. Will Trump follow through with his claims about immigration? Will the world’s economy and environment suffer because of his newfound power? Will his questionable values lead to an increase in terrorism and hate crime? Or will he surprise us all and actually be a good leader? I seriously doubt that last entry, but right now, there’s simply no way of knowing with complete certainty.

So, instead of dwelling on the uncertain future ahead of us, let’s take a page out of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and look on the bright side of life. David Attenborough is still going strong and giving us another Planet Earth series. Physical books are still a thing, even after e-books tried to do away with them. And best of all, Star Wars is more prominent and epic than ever before.

The moral of the story is, try to stay positive! If you’re still feeling down about the way of the world this time next week, fear not. I’ll be here to provide you with a weekly fix of randomness to brighten up your day. As it seemed appropriate, this week has been about politics. But what will my next post be? A review of the latest theatre performance? My take on a popular film theory? A short story perhaps? Like Trump’s overall impact as president, only time will tell.

Thanks for reading through my first ever blog post. I’m sure there will be many more to come. Stay awesome, Internet. Until next time.

 

Sources

[1] http://time.com/3937766/us-supreme-court-countries-same-sex-gay-marriage-legal/

[2] https://www.home.barclays/citizenship/our-approach/diversity-and-inclusion.html

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/sep/29/women-better-off-far-from-equal-men

[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37918303

[5] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/leave-or-remain-eu-referendum-results-and-live-maps/

[6] https://glwtf.net/page/3/ [It’s his first post. Scroll to the bottom)

[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLpWU46USbo (about 4 mins 53 seconds in)