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Pots and kettles in bonkers Britain

Just when you think the political goings-on couldn’t get any weirder after Britons voting for Brexit and Americans electing Trump, we are now facing some seriously weird s*** in the run-up to the UK’s general election on 8 June 2017.

Welcome to bonkers Britain. This is going to be a long post.

Full disclosure: As a foreign national in the UK I have no vote, but my political beliefs are best summed up as: they’re all as bad as each other.

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[NL] Geen heil

N.B.: Dit stuk wordt opgediend met een dosis cynisme, een lading sarcasme en een heel grote korrel zout.

Jaren geleden gingen groepen voetbalsupporters geregeld met elkaar op de vuist, waarbij ze onderweg zo’n beetje alles wat daarbij in de weg stond sloopten, zelfs al was dat in hun eigen stadion of stad. Iedereen die niet zelf aan dit geweld deelnam, leek het met elkaar eens: dit had weinig met voetbal te maken, maar het leidde er wel van af. Soms werd geopperd om de boosdoeners ergens in een veld of weiland te droppen, alwaar ze het dan onder elkaar zouden kunnen uitvechten zonder al te veel tastbare schade aan de omgeving toe te brengen. Dan zou het daarna misschien afgelopen zijn met al dat onnodige, onnozele voetbalgeweld.

Deze week moest ik daar ineens weer aan denken.

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Rounding up 2016: Two years in film

I love films, but I’m currently not a regular cinemagoer. My cinema visits in 2016 can be counted on one hand, and involved only one new(ish) release:

Because I watched everything else at home — hence waited for films to become available for (legal!) downloading or streaming — I’m going to list two Top 10s of 2016: one of 2016 films and one of 2015 films watched in 2016:

My personal top 10 of 2016 films

  1. The Brand New Testament
  2. Weiner (documentary)
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  4. Midnight Special
  5. Sing Street
  6. Hail, Caesar!
  7. Eddie The Eagle
  8. Holy Hell (documentary)
  9. Zootropolis (also known as Zootopia)
  10. The Secret Life of Pets

My least favourite film of 2016: Imperium (I wrote and posted a review of this film here).

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My personal top 10 of 2015 films watched in 2016

This Top 10 “goes to 11” with two titles sharing third place:

  1. The Hateful Eight
  2. Je Suis Charlie (documentary)
  3. Brooklyn
    Spotlight
  4. He Never Died
  5. Janis: Little Girl Blue (documentary)
  6. Bone Tomahawk
  7. What Happened, Miss Simone? (documentary)
  8. Creed
  9. Concussion
  10. Spectre

My least favourite film of 2015 that I watched in 2016: The Witch

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Rounding up 2016: 30 days of music

Recently I posted the 30-Day Music Challenge to my Facebook profile. It was one of my Sunday afternoon projects: I scrolled through my music collection and made a list, then used Hootsuite to schedule thirty Facebook posts, one to go out each day at 4pm.

The full list is as follows:

DAY 1: A song you like with a colour in the title

Monday 21 November 2016: Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

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DAY 2: A song you like with a number in the title

Tuesday 22 November 2016: The Selecter – Three Minute Hero

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DAY 3: A song that reminds you of summer time

Wednesday 23 November 2016: Rainbow – Catch The Rainbow

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DAY 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about

Thursday 24 November 2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Wet Sand

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DAY 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Friday 25 November 2016: System Of A Down – Chop Suey!

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DAY 6: A song that makes you want to dance

Saturday 26 November 2016: James – Laid

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DAY 7: A song to drive to

Sunday 27 November 2016: Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod

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DAY 8: A song about drugs or alcohol

Monday 28 November 2016: The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

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DAY 9: A song that makes you happy

Tuesday 29 November 2016: Outkast – Hey Ya

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DAY 10: A song that makes you sad

Wednesday 30 November 2016: Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart

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DAY 11: A song that you never get tired of

Thursday 01 December 2016: Rammstein – Sonne

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DAY 12: A song from your preteen years

Friday 02 December 2016: Duran Duran – Friends Of Mine

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DAY 13: One of your favourite 1970s songs

Saturday 03 December 2016: Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop

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DAY 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

Sunday 04 December 2016: The Damned – Love Song

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DAY 15: A song that is a cover by another artist

Monday 05 December 2016: The Lightning Seeds – You Showed Me

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DAY 16: One of your favourite classical songs

Tuesday 06 December 2016: Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakme

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DAY 17: A song you would sing as a duet on karaoke

Wednesday 07 December 2016: The Beautiful South – Song for Whoever

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DAY 18: A song from the year that you were born

Thursday 08 December 2016: Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

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DAY 19: A song that makes you think about life

Friday 09 December 2016: R.E.M. – I’ll Take The Rain

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DAY 20: A song that has multiple meanings to you

Saturday 10 December 2016: Pearl Jam – I Am Mine

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DAY 21: A favourite song with a person’s name in the title

Sunday 11 December 2016: Madness – Michael Caine

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DAY 22: A song that moves you forward

Monday 12 December 2016: The Killers – Everything Will Be Alright

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DAY 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

Tuesday 13 December 2016: Triggerfinger – First Taste

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DAY 24: A song by a band you wish were still together

Wednesday 14 December 2016: The Smiths – There’s A Light That Never Goes Out

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DAY 25: A song by an artist no longer alive

Thursday 15 December 2016: David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

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DAY 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

Friday 16 December 2016: India Arie – Ready For Love

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DAY 27: A song that breaks your heart

Saturday 17 December 2016: Bette Midler – Stay With Me

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DAY 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

Sunday 18 December 2016: Selah Sue – Crazy Sufferin’ Style

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DAY 29: A song that you remember from your childhood

Monday 19 December 2016: Phil Lynott – Old Town

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DAY 30: A song that reminds you of yourself

Tuesday 20 December 2016: Catatonia – Strange Glue

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Politisplaining, Alt-Rightsplaining & Mediasplaining

Because mensplaining and womensplaining are old hat — sexism, like racism and other type of bigotry, is apparently mainstream again — I figured I’d introduce the new concepts that I think are (unfortunately!) going to be all the rage in 2017: politisplaining, alt-rightsplaining and mediasplaining.

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