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Fleabag

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Ever feel as though you need a television series to reassure you that life isn’t perfect and that you’re not the only person lost in the middle of it all? Then this is for you.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whom you may recognise from Bad Education, plays the lead character (whose name we never find out so we shall refer to her simply as ‘Fleabag’). From calling her step mum a c*** to breaking up with her boyfriend so he’ll clean the flat, Fleabag is the ruthless, witty, sarcastic and selfish person that we all secretly want to be. As a viewer, you can’t help but find her somewhat charming due to her honesty and “fuck it” approach to life.

I won’t go into the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but over the six episodes it’s easy to relate to Fleabag; her strong relationship with her best friend Boo, awkward sexual encounters, struggling with a career and a disorganised family dynamic. You’ll laugh, cringe and cry. Whilst being hilarious throughout each episode, the entire series deals with grief and guilt in a beautiful and elegant way, if a little frightening due to the accuracy. Small and seemingly irrelevant moments transport Fleabag into a flashback from a happier time and the true impact of dealing with grief is portrayed.

Above all, its painfully honest. Take this quote, for example:

“You know that feeling when a guy you like sends you a text at two o’clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you, and you’ve accidentally made it out like you’ve just got in yourself, so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business, suspender belt, the whole bit, and wait by the door until the buzzer goes?”

We hate to admit it … but it happens.

Fleabag’s subtle asides and raised eyebrows straight into the camera lens give an Office-esque feel and fully engage the viewer. I’d recommend this to every 20 something trying to find their way in life.

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Honesty & Politics

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General Election fever is growing and, in all honesty, it’s becoming increasingly childish. Whilst UK politics is anything but dull, I am so fed up with various parties tactics. Following the success of the smear campaign against Ed Miliband following that bacon sandwich photo, it appears that politicians are focussing more on personal insults to their opponents rather than their own party policies.

And another thing – I am hating the politician approach to questions. It would be so refreshing if a politician answered a question directly! As a voter that is aware of the dishonesty of politicians in the past, I would much prefer a potential MP to answer a question with an “I am unsure” rather than spouting a vacuous, evasive and rehearsed speech. Additionally, it would make watching interviews with Diane Abbott a lot less uncomfortable if she admitted defeat instead of mumbling on with guess answers.

As for now, I’m registered to vote and excited to be actively involved in the future of this country. Due to the evasive approach exhibited in various debates on TV, I’m relying largely on my own research into the different parties manifestos to make a decision. With a rise in fake news and incredibly biased opinions I would advise you all to do the same – it’s a big decision to make and an exciting one, cast your vote wisely my friends!