2017 had everything going for it. After a pretty disastrous 2016, it wasn’t really that hard to make things better and to be a fairly successful year, however, it became clear pretty early on that this wasn’t going to be any straightforward year. This is my year in review. I’ll start with the more personal/harder bits and then move on to my media picks of the year before rounding off!
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ll know by now that Theresa May has called a snap General Election to be held on June 8th. This post is why I’ll be voting Labour and why I think you should too.
If we’re going to be honest, this a two horse race. The Conservative’s are reportedly ahead of the rest of the pack at the polls and the only party with any hope in catching them is Labour. Between Scotland backing the SNP and the north along with other working class areas slowly turning to other smaller parties, Labour has a tough fight ahead of them… This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
It’s been a bit of a weird few days to be honest. Due to some less than amicable circumstances, I felt forced to hand in my immediate resignation at the office I was working. This was due to the way their sometimes questionable absence policies work. I had somehow found myself backed in to a “jump or be pushed” situation. I decided to jump. I figured this would at least give me some chance of survival when I hit the floor. However I left without sending the customary ‘goodbye’ email.
Ah 2016, the coffee stain on the desk that is the 2010’s. It’s certainly been a bit of a weird year! Politics have turned down a road that no-one expected. Not even those leading the way saw this coming! On top of this, there are claims of the year being cursed thanks to a constant stream of big name deaths from all corners of the entertainment industry. 2016 has certainly been a year that many want to be over!
For the past year or so, I’ve been listening to the Distraction Pieces Podcast, by Scroobius Pip. This is part of the Distraction Pieces Network set up by Pip himself. Pip started off his media career doing spoken word at open mic nights. It was on this circuit that he met Dan Le Sac, who provided electronic beats to Pips words. This projected them both into the British Hip-Hop scene and have allowed both to carry on to bigger and better things. For Pip, this included starting his own record label, Speech Development Records, and Podcast network.
So it struck me the other day that even though I’m technically now an adult, I don’t feel like I’m growing up. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve grown up from my teenage years, but I still feel like I’m in my early 20’s even though I’m bordering 30. The Daily Post is Mind the Gap, I felt it would be a good topic to attempt to cover.
After thinking about this for the past few days, I’ve realised there’s a vast difference between growing up and being an adult. When I was younger I used to think being an adult and growing up went hand in hand. You go to school, then college and uni and then get a job. At some point on this journey you find the love of your life, get married and have kids, et voilà – You’re a fully fledged, grown-up adult!
Boy, was I wrong.
Welcome to Post-Brexit Britain. Please leave your freedom of speech at the door. Your opinion is only welcome if you’re one of the 52%.
Waking up to the news that the Brexit campaign had won on Friday morning was a bit of a shock if I’m honest, as it was to millions of others. However, it was the following reactions on Facebook and other Social Media sites that shocked me even more. As more and more remain campaigners started to share their feelings, it became apparent that freedom of speech was no longer welcome by a lot of users.
This is an open letter to the best mum I know… My wife, the Mother of our 3 children.
You are the glue to our family and I know that without you, we would have fallen apart a long time ago.
You are constantly giving up for us and not in the bad way.
As you may or may not remember, I wrote a blog post some time back about small live music venues being under threat from closure. In this post, I urged everyone to sign a petition for Urgent Review of the Noise Abatement legislation. This petition is now closed and the Government has replied stating the following:
The law, as currently constituted, strikes the appropriate balance between managing the noise environment and considering the needs of business.
In short, they’re not willing to help keep small venues and live music alive. Frank Turner (Lead singer of Möngöl Hörde and acoustic folk singer) is not happy with this as he thrives and makes his living from live music. Frank has come up with another solution… To adopt the Agent of Change principle!