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Podcasts: Capital

avatars-000324914197-vj02ag-originalI have never listened to sitcom podcasts before but I am definitely converting! Capital is the funniest sitcom in a long, long time.

Inspired by Brexit, Capital takes a satirical approach to a recent referendum held on Capital Punishment, which gained a 51% majority in favour of bringing it back. The story follows a team of civil servants having to navigate their way around the controversial new law. The main cast consists of Adam Drake (Goose), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Call The Midwife), Liam Williams (Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee), and Matilda Wnek (BEARD), with appearances from Jon Snow & Harry Enfield. The relationships between the characters are perfectly portrayed and the rapport between them (or, in some cases, lack of) makes the podcast utterly immersive.

What impressed me the most was the way in which the episodes were recorded. Writer Freddy Syborn created a number of ‘beat-sheets’, that the cast used as a basis for the plot whilst improvising the rest. This method adds to the charm and makes each episode seem utterly effortless.

The series only consists of 3 episodes but it is enough to make you sympathise with civil servants and is a light-hearted approach to a serious subject matter.

Topical, humorous and eccentric – this is not one to miss.

 

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NFL Protest

Protests against police brutality and racism have already begun this NFL season. Following Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem last season, Michael Bennett chose to sit on Sunday before the game against the Los Chargers.

In a brave decision, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end remained seated during the National Anthem with a towel draped over his head. This action was a result of the horrific and barbaric far-right violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Following the game, Bennett described how the recent events spurred him “to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice”.¬†The horrendous nature of the Charlottesville violence has been further exacerbated by Trump’s apparent reluctance and failure to publicly reprimand the protestors.

It is somewhat suspicious that Kaepernick’s actions he has not been signed this season – making the racial divide in the NFL explicitly clear. Other players must follow the lead of Kaepernick and Bennett as an important step in making the world aware of the injustice and racism that people are being forced to face on a daily basis.

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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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Adventure Time!

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On Wednesday I found out my ESTA application was successful and I am free to venture to the States for the next 2 years!!!

Last year I had the choice of going to Japan or America and ended up visiting Japan then venturing to Australia. America is somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go – I have family out there and my Grandad always returned from visits with the most amazing stories to tell so that’s massively inspired me to add it to my bucket list. But I wanted to do America with no budget restrictions and no time limit.

I studied the War on Terror for my dissertation subject and am so excited to explore the places I’ve only read about in books and journals. Equally, I’ve been closely following US politics so, as nerdy as this sounds, I’m interested in watching the news from the perspective of a US citizen. Typing that has made me realise how much of a loser I sound but I love getting immersed in a different culture. Also, I can’t wait to venture out into the US comedy scene – American humour differs from British humour but I find it absolutely hilarious.

Ahhhh I am so so excited!!!! I’m staying in New Jersey with my brother and cannot wait to venture around one meal at a time. I lived with my brother for a month in Sydney and we had the best time ever – he’s the only person I can spend that amount of time with without having any quarrels at all.

I’m planning a long road trip next year but for now I’m going to only go for a couple of weeks. If any of you have any recommendations with places to go around New Jersey/NYC then please do let me know! I’m also planning on flying to Florida whilst I’m there so also let me know anywhere I should check out there – it’ll be highly appreciated!

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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!