General Election 2017: Social Media & Pushing Opinions

Hey Sweeties,

Imagine if social media didn’t exist and people actually had to make a decision about who to vote for in the General Election, entirely by themselves. Imagine! I love social media, I love the discussion it can generate and the virtual communities it can create. But, I HATE social media around elections & f****** Brexit as suddenly all these people I like, follow and are friends with turn into these pushy individuals that do nothing but force their opinions onto everyone else. No discussion, no debate, just, “vote my way because if you don’t you’re (*insert judgement*).

General Election 2017

There is nothing wrong with sharing opinions, hell, that is what I do myself every day, but be constructive, encourage discussion, understand yourself what you are actually preaching (as in, fact check), and be willing to consider another point of view. Politics is as old as time itself, and it will always divide people because we each value and care about different things.

The thing about the General Election that worries me the most is the amount of people who will decide their vote based on what they see in their social feeds and in the media, rather than actually researching the policies proposed by each of the parties for themselves. Politics is confusing, and it can be hard to get your head around, but you need to be sure that the box you tick on the ballot paper is the right one for you. For me this is the first time I am not voting as an individual, I am voting as a married woman and I have to consider how my vote (as well as other peoples) will affect the next four-five years or more, which may/may not have an impact on my family life.

General Election 2017

In this General Election there are really only two parties in play, Labour and the Conservatives. One promises to keep us strong and stable, but its recent spending cuts from the public sector is making people angry, particularly in light of recent terror attacks. And then you have this loud group on the left who seem to be saying all the right things but whose spending is wild against the opposition.

I was saying on Twitter the other day at how I do not understand why there is no balance, there feels to be a real lack of middle ground representation. You’re either rich and Tory or poor and Labour. (Read image bottom to top)

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You have to seriously question where all the money ‘saved’ through the cuts is being collected, but equally work out where all this money to pump £30bn into the NHS, and wiping university tuition fees (which is an estimated £11bn by the way) will come from. People need to be questioning this more rather than just voting for how good/bad it sounds. And four new Bank Holiday days? Is no one questioning the cost to business here? Great for us working people, sure, but again, these things cost money, which has to come from somewhere and I am sorry, but you can’t just use taxing as a solution.

Rather than believing everything your friends and people you follow are sharing, take 10 minutes to look over the manifestos yourself before your vote on Thursday; this guide on the BBC News website is a great impartial look at what each party is proposing.

Anyway, I just wanted to get something posted about the General Election because I have all these thoughts and questions whirling around my head that I just needed to expel.

I would be really interested to know what you guys think about what I’ve shared above, but also on your thoughts more generally about the General Election so please do let me know either in the comments, or on Twitter. But vote, please vote if you registered!

Until next time x

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How do you Judge Beauty? -A response to Julia Roberts being voted People’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2017

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On Thursday this week, I was just finishing my lunch break and doing a quick scroll through Twitter when I saw a this from InStyle.co.uk –

Julia Roberts

“The Oscar winner has been named People‘s World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2017 and it’s an honour she has earned for a record fifth time.” –InStyle.co.uk, 19th April 2017

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Why I will not be watching the Grand National

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The Grand National is a death trap for both horses and riders. I disagree with the number of horses entered; 30+ horses galloping at speed all trying to clear huge fences is just stupid and making injury inevitable. While I acknowledge the National is for the elite degree of horses and riders (much of its appeal), the height (and width) of the jumps is too great for a race; and the distance of the course –have you tried jumping a fallen log in the woods when you are feeling a bit tired? Try jumping 30 (two laps of 16) huge hedges, most with ditches before and after, across a five mile stretch.

Sandown races

Sandown Races last August

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A Tale as Old as Time – A Review of the Live Action Disney film, Beauty and the Beast

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I’m not going to lie, I’m thirty-years old in a few months and I still find pleasure in curling up on the sofa and watching a Disney film, I’m not ashamed to say this (read my post too old for Disney). I am not really into all the modern Disney films (I mean, I do not get the hype about Frozen AT all…) but the classic films from my childhood I still love.

When I heard a year or so back about the re-telling of Beauty and the Beast as a live-action film I was intrigued, but it is only when the trailers and teaser scenes started appearing on the internet did I take a deeper interest. Anyway, to cut a short story even shorter, I found myself with little to do on the opening weekend of the film so I took myself to the cinema for a Saturday afternoon screening.

Oh My Days… Beauty and the Beast is so good!

The film made me laugh, it made me want to cry (it is okay, I held my composure in front of the kids), and it made me want to punch Gaston in the face; and when the film finished I wanted to applaud.

Beauty and the Beast

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If at first you do not succeed, try and try again – Why it’s Okay if things don’t always work out right

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As I wrote last week, February marked ten years living away from home, and so much has happened in that time. As I come to reflect on my twenties, it has taken this decade of my life to find what I want from life and from myself -I can’t emphasise enough how important it is for people to try things, and that it’s okay if things don’t always work out right; just take a new direction.

As we have all come to realise, what we see of each other’s lives is mostly a highlight reel because we only show what went/goes right. But failure, mistakes and wrong turns happen all the time.

In this post, I am going to share some advice and my own personal experiences to help you realise that –

If at first you do not succeed, try and try again… and why it’s okay if things don’t always work out right.

it's okay if things don't always work out right

1. Don’t be afraid to admit when something doesn’t feel right

There is such a pressure as you come to the end of school to know what you want to do, which frankly is ridiculous. It is good to have an idea of the direction you want to go in, but no one is going to land his or her perfect role straight away and to be honest, would you want to? We work for like, 50+ years of our life, there is plenty of time to try a few things and still achieve expertise in an area once you find it.

I knew fairly soon after moving to London (in 2007) to pursue dental nursing, that I wasn’t going to remain a dental nurse for long after qualification, but I still stuck out my two years training so I at least got qualified and had something to fall back on. For ages, I considered becoming a Hygiene Therapist, before thinking about becoming an actual dentist… before realising that even if I became either of those things, my interest in the media and communications would never truly disappear. Therefore, I took a new path and went to university to study media communications – read my Graduate Experience here.

it's okay if things don't always work out right

it's okay if things don't always work out right

2. I took my driving test five times

When I failed my test for the first time, I cried my eyes out and the weight of failure was heavy on my eighteen-year-old shoulders. I had a dream at some point between maybe my third test and my fifth, that the examiner I would pass with was a woman with brown hair. After failing my test for the fourth time, I took a break from tests and finally got the opportunity to practice driving outside of my two-hour weekly lessons (my Mum was a Saint!). Sat in the test centre for the fifth time, when the examiners came down the stairs and called people’s names, a woman with brown hair called me up and the rest they say is history –weird huh! Honestly though, I am very suspicious of people that pass their driving test first time. The message here ultimately is that tests and exams can be retaken, so don’t stress if things don’t go right on the first take.

it's okay if things don't always work out right

it's okay if things don't always work out right

3. Not every Interview will result in a job offer

Admittedly, before graduating from university, I think I got every job I interviewed for… but there is a difference between full-time work and a weekend job for some extra pocket money. As I explain in my Graduate Experience post, I had 10 interviews before getting my break in marketing and then a further three interviews and two job moves before finding somewhere I can settle for a while. There are a hundred reasons why someone is turned down for a job, but not all of them bad. Sometimes it is just fit; a person might be fabulous on paper, but the employer feels that in person, their personality does not quite fit with the rest of the office; annoying, but it’s life so don’t be disheartened if you don’t win every interview… the right position is out there waiting for you!

Read my top five tips for how to nail an interview here.

it's okay if things don't always work out right

it's okay if things don't always work out right

4. Mistakes make Life

They do. Life never runs one course, decisions that do not go quite to plan so often actually turn out for the better on reflection, even if they seem like the world has ended at the time. For example, in secondary school, between years 9-11 I trained for the Ten Tors (it’s a Devon based walking expedition) so every other weekend I was out on the moors hiking miles and miles ready for the challenge in May. The first year I should have walked the challenge, Foot & Mouth hit the county so the event cancelled. Then, the training walk or two before the challenge the following year, I had a random funny turn and ended up having to quit the walk, which was completely out of character. I was distraught and my teenage self just could not handle the emotion and conflicting feelings I had. Consequently, despite all my successful walks, this one walk/practice expedition lost me my place and I had to settle for first reserve instead. This in itself was devastating after all the training I had completed over the past two years. However, the night before the ten Tors event, I got the news that I was walking for another school who were missing a team member and I was DELIGHTED! I might have completed the expedition faster if I was walking with my school, but you know what, I had a much better time and experience walking with a totally new team. To this day, I am still in contact with one of the guys I walked with, and for me, it just demonstrates how things have a funny way of working out for the better.

it's okay if things don't always work out right

it's okay if things don't always work out right

I hope you guys found some of this helpful and that you now know that it’s okay if things don’t always work out right ? Have you had any similar experiences that you could share?

What I’m wearing: Top – New Look; Bomber jacket – Very; Skirt – H&M; Boots -New Look; Choker – Choker Nation ; On my lips – Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

Photo credit: Charlie Clarke 

 

Until next time x

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