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Trump vs Twitter

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There are many thought provoking questions that could be discussed but the most striking one to me currently is how on earth is Donald Trump still on Twitter?! It dawned on me today that in years to come history books will probably refer to Trump’s tweets as a basis for source analysis – hopefully not as an explanation for how World War 3 began…

Various articles, such as this one, have discussed whether or not Trump has violated Twitter’s terms of service. From the UK, Trump’s antics are shocking, scary and becoming increasingly less comical. It’s hard to imagine Theresa May in the same position; the PM is regularly mocked on social media due to outfit choices, behaviour in PMQ’s or scandalous antics involving fields of wheat. In comparison to the US, our leader seems somewhat stable (note: I had to roll my eyes at saying stable after “strong and stable” haunted the British public during GE2017).

It is frightening that Trump’s Twitter madness is not a new phenomenon, the President has been tweeting like a madman for as long as he has been socially relevant. The real madness is that despite his erratic Tweets, he was still elected! Am I the only person that feels as though Trump’s presidency feels like a joke that has gone on for too long?

Perhaps it’s refreshing for a politician to not be censored and to speak honestly… It’s just a shame that Trump’s opinions are ones that I think are best not enacted on or shared with the public.

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Return of the Gym Bunny

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I’m back at the gym and I am so so so happy!

I’d been having problems with my knees whilst training for the marathon and 5 weeks before I was due to run I found out that I had osteoarthritis. I can’t describe the frustration of having to withdraw my marathon place! Following my 6 weeks recovery I noticed that there was absolutely no improvement in my knees so I reluctantly froze my gym membership and committed myself to walking my dog instead.

Buuuuuut now I’m back and I went to the gym for the first time yesterday. Surprisingly my strength is still around the same, only 5kg – 10kg less than before and my flexibility is the same in my right leg but so much worse in my left. The real shock was my cardio – I used to do 20 minutes on the step master as a warm up but yesterday I could barely do 5! Fingers crossed a few spin classes will get me back into the swing of things. It is absolutely crazy how much I missed it but I’m viewing my absence as a good thing because now I am even more determined to get back into a healthy lifestyle.

If any of you have some gym tips or similar experiences please do leave them in the comments!

Yelevision

Dunkirk

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I adore historical films, specifically surrounding the events of WW1 and WW2. Therefore, I was incredibly eager to see Dunkirk. Upon leaving the cinema, I was left disappointed. Unlike films such as Saving Private Ryan, the battles seemed somewhat PG. The characters had no backstory, I expected to grow an emotional attachment to them but I felt almost numb. This Guardian article nicely sums up my initial feelings. It wasn’t until a deep discussion with my mum that I realised this was the beauty of Dunkirk – you are thrown into the “nothingness” of the beach.

The film was utterly immersive – imagine wearing virtual reality goggles and being thrown into a silent film with the silence being disrupted by the sound of explosions and gunshots. There is little dialogue in the film, which makes it all the more captivating; if a picture is worth a thousand words then the incredible cinematography is worth a million. Throughout the film Hans Zimmer’s score emotes feelings of urgency, tension and hope.

The story of Dunkirk is played out over three separate strands; land, sea and air. These strands have separate time periods; one week, one day and one hour. If I were to write down the ways in which the film hops from one storyline to another it would baffle any reader. However, on screen the transitions are effortless.

The movie bluntly portrays a stark challenge – how will 400,000 men escape the beach and get home? There is a focus on events that many similar genres have neglected; waiting, boredom, loneliness, being surrounded by strangers… Unlike other films that seem to have constant action sequences and close bonds with comrades, Dunkirk presents the reality of war and not the Hollywood blockbuster version with a romanticised storyline.

As a keen historian, the story of Dunkirk is beautifully depicted. As a movie enthusiast, it lacked a solid narrative and relationship with the protagonists (but this is all part of its charm). Dunkirk will inevitably become a classic and it deserves to be talked about for years to come. I’m grateful to Christopher Nolan for creating a masterpiece and ensuring that the brave efforts of our soldiers will never be forgotten.

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Ellie Taylor: This Guy

IMG_1201On Tuesday I ventured to my favourite London spot, Top Secret Comedy Club, to view Ellie Taylor’s preview show before she takes it to the Fringe. After seeing her performance on Live at the Apollo I couldn’t wait to see her live and I was not disappointed.

I don’t want to give away what is discussed throughout the show but the content is topical and hugely relatable (specifically if you’ve sadly lost a lot of your close friends due to the burden of motherhood). Throughout the show the delivery was absolutely effortless and I was incredibly impressed with how seamlessly the material all tied in together. Ellie is charming and charismatic – a refreshing change from other well known figures from Essex. I went to Top Secret with a friend from Fulham (we are like chalk and cheese) and even he remarked “I thought that you were an anomaly because you don’t sound much like an Essex but Ellie Taylor sounds even less Essex than you!” I’m taking that as a compliment.. it’s all about the little wins.

Furthermore, I’m hoping people will see this show and realise that taking the pill on time is something to be proud of and to celebrate! Here’s Ellie’s Live at the Apollo performance – I’m sure there will be many more to come.

Yelemusic

One Direction Solo Appreciation

Hearts were broken when the beloved One Direction announced that they were (ironically) going their separate ways. However, judging from what the boys have produced this year it may be possible that splitting up was one of the best things that they could have done for their careers!

Back to You – Louis Tomlinson ft Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals

It seems fitting to start with the newest release so please make way for Louis Tomlinson! I have a feeling this song will be lingering on the radio for a long, long time. Bebe Rexha’s vocals perfectly suit Louis Tomlinson and the pair perfectly execute the bittersweet love song; “I tell myself I’m done with wicked games/ But then I get so numb with all the laughter / That I forget about the pain”. Something a lot of people can relate to! Despite the masochist theme, the song is an awesome summer hit – it’s super catchy with an EDM vibe x with a chilled piano riff. Bravo, Louis. I’m sure get a number 1 hit out of this one.

Strip that Down – Liam Payne

I’ve declared my love for this song in a previous Yelemusic, which you can read here. Nearly two months after being released I’m still not bored of it! This song goes down so well in clubs and bars where everyone embraces their inner stripper (… not literally). Throwing a bit of shade towards the other 1D boys, “y’know I used to be in 1D, now I’m free”, Liam makes no effort to hide the fact that he is ready to become a solo star. A bold song and a far cry from the “What Makes You Beautiful” days – Mr. Payne has definitely been reinvented.

Sign of the Times – Harry Styles

wowowowow – the level of emotion in this song was not something that I expected from Harry Styles. This song absolutely blew me away. It’s incredibly mature and vastly different to One Direction’s hits. I don’t know why but the music video always makes me laugh, so that somewhat ruins the seriousness of the song but I absolutely love listening to it. In addition to this, Harry’s recent part in Dunkirk proves that his celebrity status is going to continue to soar.

Slow Hands – Niall Horan 

Confession: until now I didn’t know Niall was the artist in this song! This gentle song with a therapeutic acoustic set is exactly what I’d expect from the cheekiest member of One Direction. Whist being a little understated in comparison to the other singles released by the boys, I feel as though Niall could have found his niche and may possibly the next best thing to Ed Sheeran. I just want to cuddle with him and eat pizza.

Still Got Time – ZAYN

In comparison to Pillowtalk, this song seems a lot more mainstream – just in time for the summer season! I love the simplicity and repetitive nature of this song. I’ve had many car journeys recently with this song playing and I’ve felt completely carefree! Equally, it’s a good song to keep you relaxed about finding a soulmate. Finally, a song in the charts that doesn’t make me feel as if I’m going to die alone!