It’s been a crazy year for all manner of reasons and mostly because of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum and Brexit. Whilst 2016 will come to an end when the bells chime on midnight 1 January, the fallout from both situations will still be carrying on. The US Presidential Election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has to go down as one of the worst US elections that I can remember and probably of all time.
Where previous elections have been heated maybe and on policy the US election of 2016 has been nothing more than who is the lesser of two evils. Whilst Barack Obama no doubt had his faults, his election broke up the Clinton/Bush line that had previously dominated the White House. Now though we have Hillary Clinton who has been embroiled in controversy and Trump just the same but different trouble and allegations to boot.
Gathering from friends stateside it seems that people may well be voting for Hillary with whilst holding their noses as it were than to vote for Trump, who well has much to be desired. It would seem better the devil you know than the devil you dont.
As we all look in to the US Election it would seem that the US election has been nothing more than who is the least detestable. Few policies seem to be known, apart from maybe Trump’s wall and no Muslims allowed in America to that effect.
We shall find out the result on Wednesday and we will see the fallout over the coming days weeks and even months when in January either Clinton or Trump are formally made President of the United States of America.
So Brexit, ah dont you just love it or maybe you don’t. Since the vote there has been a lot of unacceptable attitudes and opinions on both sides. Leave voters have either been accused of being racist, bigoted, morons, thick, stupid or idiots and people who voted remain thinking they were better than leavers. There are of course people who voted remain that have resisted the insults and patronising attitudes.Whilst sadly there have been elements of scum who have taken the opportunity to make racist comments or attacks, these dont reflect the many decent genuine and law abiding citizens who based their vote to leave on EU related issues. Behaviour in other ways has also been unacceptable and not tolerated.
There have been many discussions and debates with opinions, claims and counter claims. Business has seen commitment to the UK despite the looming exit. Apple, Boeing (Announced pre Brexit), GlaxoSmithKline, Nissan, Adobe to name a few. Things maybe a little bumpy but the economy will recover, people might not believe it but the growth predictions put things in a positive light. No economy can ever be free from blips, but being in full control and being able to make decisions to aid that economy boost.
I personally voted leave, but respect people who voted to remain although disappointed when the personal and petty insults get thrown.
So this past week we saw the launch of Pokemon Go and the instagram photo of Victoria Beckham kissing her daughter Harper on the lips. The two differing stories but in a way connected.
Im no fan of Pokemon, I wasn’t when it was first released and not now with the appearance of Pokemon Go. However I do find myself defending the game. For those who dont know what Pokemon Go is, let me explain. It is ann augmented reality game that allows you to take the virtual into the real world. You can capture pokemon in your own home, in your garden as well as out and about. You may have seen people out and about stopping in various places and swiping their smartphones. A couple of weeks ago it might have been someone fed up with their smartphone, but now its more likely to be Pokemon Go.
People though are naturally getting concerned. Pokemon and the Pokemon stops appear in various places. Whilst there will be many within your own property and various public places, they have popped up in some inappropriate places. Reports of Holocaust memorials, 9/11 memorials etc. Now I dont mean to sound horrible,but if you play Pokemon Go and still find the need to play it around such sensitive areas, then you really need to think about yourself and your morals. There may also be ones you can see but cant reach. Dont be stupid and risk your life by trying to reach the unreachable. Use your common sense and dont do the stupid things. Whilst there will be ones you cant reach,there will be those in unfamiliar places. The younger player that maybe on their own, just don’t do it. In fact if you too young to be out alone then you are probably too young to be playing the game.
Victoria Beckham celebrated her daughter Harper’s fifth birthday by posting a photo of her giving a kiss on Instagram. Nothing wrong with that you might think. Well when it shows mum kissing daughter on the lips and boy did all hell break loose. People across the internet claimed that it was sexualising,wrong,weird etc. For me it is something out of nothing. Whilst Ive never been a fan of the woman, I see no harm in what she has done. Im sure she wouldn’t want to put her daughter in any difficult position. To be honest I imagine she is no different to many other loving parents up and down the country and indeed around the world.
This blog post is one that will rarely be seen on my blog and that is one talks about politics. It’s been a busy period for politics as 5th May sees various elections take place. Whilst some will have council elections to vote in, others will have a chance to elect a mayor and many of the country will be voting for a Police and Crime Commisioner. Not only that there has also been the standoff between Jeremy Hunt and the BMA and something to do with some referendum coming up in June and the presidential candidate contests.
It seems for all the world that for all the government is seemingly doing wrong, apparently in the local elections, Labour could lose several councillors and even control of a few councils. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was quoted as saying that Labour wouldnt lose any council seats….That is something that no party can state. Whilst many councillors of all colours could have done a great job, nothing will stop the local electorate from kicking the councillor out, merely from just being associated with the party in question. Of course there will be councillors who totally deserve the kicking they receive at the ballot box. It will certainly be interesting to see the fall out from the counts over the next few days.
Thursday also sees the election of Police & Crime Commisionners. It is an idea that seems good, giving local accountability but it doesnt always seem to go to plan. Take Kent for example. Ann Barnes stood as an ‘independent’, but it seemed much afterwards that she was surrounded by Lib Dems together with a Lib Dem twitter account announcing her victory as one of theirs. Barnes was elected as something different from the main parties, but in turn her time appeared to be something more akin to an Armando Iannuci comedy. Several PR gaffes and ‘teen crime commisionner’ nightmares just showed the rest of the country how not to run as a P&CC.
So to the EU referendum that many thought would never happen, but here we are. The question has been decided, the IN and OUT campaigns truly running and the debates hitting the mainstream with the odd controversy thrown in. It has been an interesting debate so far which has seen many differing opinions but one of the things that really annoys me is some of the IN campaign. It seems 90% scaremongering and very little in the way of positive campaigning. We have seen things like threats of being out of pocket to the tune of £4300 the OUTGOING US President stating that the UK would be at the back of the queue in trade deals…It’s not for him to say. Then of course the ‘Little Englander’ line being thrown about at those who dare to wish to see the UK leave the EU and the accusations of those wanting to vote leave being tarnished as racist. It is quite pathetic to be honest and it wouldnt be any wonder to see that more people would consider voting out. We are also told that many of the things that have happened, wouldnt have happened if it were not for the EU, that may or may not be the case but is it not possible for a government to introduce such things?
As I write this, the DoH and the BMA look like attempting more talks to resolve the Junior Doctor contract. Change and updating is something that even the BMA stated themselves. The problem is that it hasn’t quite gone to plan. Both sides seem to not want to budge from the discussion. Hopefully both sides will come to an agreement although it seems that elements of the BMA are seeing this as a battle on the NHS in general.
Finally in this little political blog, we have the US Presidential candidate race. If ever the Republican party wanted to avoid having a US president anytime soon, then allowing Donald Trump to have a chance of becoming the Republican candidate. The guy is either deluded and shot away or in fact a secret Democrat plant. Saying that though Hilary is no better. I guess having George W Bush as the US President doesnt seem that bad given all that there is to look forward to.
Well that’s been my more than likely solitary political post on my blog, but do feel free to comment. Till the next post, have fun and be happy.
The subject of WWE and wrestling being fake is something that always appears to rear its ugly head. As far back as the 80’s through the 90’s to current day, some people will always throw the lines that its pretend, not real, its fixed etc etc. There will always be people who continue to spout the tedious lines as though they actually have a point.
Im sorry to say that you are tediously boring and wrong. WWE is entertainment, it’s no more real than the misery of soaps such as Eastenders, Corrie and Hollyoaks. You will also find the majority of those who watch WWE know that the output is not real, Im sure that many a wrestling fan will be seen to roll their eyes upon hearing the fact that WWE or other professional wrestling organisations are fake. Wrestling fans will be the first to tell you that the events that unfold are merely storylines created by writers.
Some of the storylines maybe absolute crazy and unbelieveable, but correct me if Im wrong, was it not a storyline in Corrie that saw a campaign to free Deidre Barlow from prison. Yes a national campaign that saw it even result in the subject being brought up in the House of Commons. Yes that’s right, a matter that was so trivial that no one in their right mind would have contemplated getting worked up over, ended up as a question to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The wrestlers that perform week in week out are entertainers, albeit athletic and sometimes bloody crazy. Whilst the outside stories maybe a little, the risks as the men and women do battle are all very real. Many stars have suffered injuries both life changing and non life changing. In 1997, Stone Cold broke his neck, 2001 Triple H tore a quad muscle, Droz who at the time was wrestling under a different name was involved in a move that went wrong and saw him paralysed, Joey Mercury ended up with a busted nose, Shawn Michaels with a back injury. Then of course in an indirect wrestling incident, the tragic loss of Owen Hart. These injuries and tragedies are the very reason why the WWE always state not to try this at home.
The Carlton in Westgate is slowly becoming a second home, not that Im complaining of course. The second half of 2015 saw as many visits to the cinema as the previous year what with Star Wars, Mission Impossible and others. It’s so easy when a trip to the cinema can cost around a tenner for two tickets pop corn and a drink (The combo). It’s even better when you can book tickets ahead so there is little disappointment.
In 2016 though, we’ve already managed to chalk up four visits and it’s still early February. The Hateful Eight, which wasnt too bad once it actually got going, it was just so slow to start with. The Revenant was next and this one was a great film to watch. Leonardo Di Caprio was truly on form in this movie and was great from start to finish. If this doesnt get him an Oscar, I really do not know what will because it certainly deserves one.
The Fifth Wave featuring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) is a sci fi film based on the books by Rick Yancey. It’s based on human survival after several waves of wiping out the human race. Moretz plays her role well and with the run of films lined up, it will be a busy year for the youngster who has built up a vast array of movies in her career.
There are several visits to the cinema still to come and 2016 is certain to be a bumper year especially with the spin off Star Wars movie due out just before Christmas.
Whichever film you choose to see this year, do go along to the Carlton where the seats are cheap and you can pick yourself up a loyalty points card.