performance-of-the-decade

Do you see that? Looks like a joke image, right? Well, it isn’t.

This happens in Venezuela. It looks like nobody knows how is our crisis, because I’ve talked with a lot of people (Americans, French, Canadian and even Mexican people) who really don’t know what is happening.

I’ll explain the imagen.

In Venezuela, we haven’t medicines, even in the hospitals. This is because a patient with hypoglycemia is being attended in this way, because the hospital don’t have dextrose for the people. This is happening in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. But not only in Caracas, is confirmed that in Maracaibo too, and who know where too.

Another cases:

“I take prednisone for animals because I can’t found it anywhere and it helps me, isn’t logic, but our health can’t wait”

“Confirmed, I’m medic performing in so many decadency. We even’t have privates places for dextrose for decompensated diabetics and believe me I could write for hours about so many that I’ve lived in the middle of this catastrophic crisis, where personally I’ve take with me a hurted pacient behind of a 350 because we haven’t ambulances, where we haven’t gloves for protect ourselves and a lot of  things like that, this is the reality…. It must be give “ORALLY” because the drink is rich in glucose (Sugar) for these pacients this imagen showes [She means the soda imagen] how is conected to a micromanager where it doesn’t looks very good… But it’s valid by an OROGASTRIC probe. As a heroic way, becase like we know “It’s incorrect”.


I even can give my own testomony. My mom is sick, and she must work everyday, I can’t help her because my leg is broken, and my brother must help his own family. She’s in pain everyday, and the money is too hard to found. If there’s money, but there’s no medicine. And, if there’s medicine, there’s no money, because all the treatments are very expensive, like everything, for our inflation on the 1600%.


Please, help us.

i love that the lead singer of kansas actually came up to jensen and told him it was cool if jensen wanted to join them on stage like jensen is so freaking amazing at everything he does that actual professional musicians who have been performing for decades want him to sing with them and it makes me so happy that jensen gets to hear that and experience first-hand just how much people admire him and his talent

Why Yuuri Skates Half Blind

After seeing the post where Chris wears contacts on the ice while Yuuri just goes half blind, it really struck a chord in me like “Hey, I’ve done something stupid like that before.” and it really got me thinking.

Why doesn’t Yuuri wear contacts on the ice?

There could be a variety of reasons from health, his eyes not being suitable for contacts, etc. but assuming that Yuuri is perfectly capable of wearing contacts, why does he choose not to? There isn’t any proof of this at all but this is just my thoughts on a plausible reason why.

Stupid and dangerous as it is, perhaps he chose not to - because of his anxiety.

Why? Because he can’t see the audience clearly at all.

Yuuri doesn’t perform well under a huge amount of pressure. We see him breakdown when faced with the pressure to hold first place from the SP and to keep his and Viktor’s reputation from tarnishing if he screws up. He performs slightly better away from his home crowd. He thinks that nobody in the audience supports him and that the audience is there to watch him fail.

I’m a person with anxiety but I’ve also been a part of the performing arts for a good decade. When you’re on stage, the audience eyes are on you even when you’re in a big group. You feel the pressure of a hundred pairs of eyes staring at you and scrutinising your every move. You go into every performance with the reputation of yourself, your group, your conductor, and even your school on the line. This is what Yuuri must have felt at some point.

It’s really damn scary.

I’ve emceed for huge crowds of more than a thousand, I’ve sung with a choir in full auditoriums under the stress of competition. And I did at least half of these events half blind like Yuuri.

In fact, I chose to emcee or sing half blind due to anxiety. The days I did choose to wear my glasses were the days where my anxiety wasn’t bad or I didn’t feel under a lot of pressure. But other than that, I intentionally chose not to wear my glasses because not seeing the audience clearly really took a lot of the pressure off.

When you’re short-sighted and myopic, you won’t be able to see the audience and even the judges clearly when they’re quite a distance from you. You see these people as a blob of colour that look like humans but you can’t see them clearly at all. You don’t really think about them much but you’re aware that they are human and they are watching you. You’re able to focus a *little* better without the scrutinising eyes….. But not so advantageous for looking at your conductor or doing something as dangerous as dancing or ice skating (thankfully for me, I was placed in the front row of the choir so I could see the conductor easily).

Singing half blind is HARD. And I’m just standing still. I’ve no idea how Yuuri does figure skating half blind or how high his degree even is. Jesus. Bless this precious sinnamon roll before he hurts himself.

But wait! Yuuri was squinting and attempting to see!

It is actually normal for people with myopia to squint when they’re not wearing glasses. Squinting is a natural way to help your eyes focus a little better - but only to a certain extent and not really effective if you have a high degree. Sometimes you won’t even realise that you’re squinting at all. Yuuri’s sultry bedroom eyes in Eros were either planned as part of his femme fatale persona or…… Yuuri just trying to see on the ice.

I suppose this puts my rambling/theory to its end so…. #PrayForYuuri #BlessYuuri #GiveYuuriContacts2k17

One of the most versatile and talented thespians of his generation, John Hurt has been turning out one amazing performance after another for decades. Probably best known as Kane, the first victim of the xenomorph in Alien, he’s well known to a whole new generation of younger viewers from his roles in movies like Harry Potter, Hellboy, and Indiana Jones 4. This is my tribute to a brilliant actor.

UPDATE: Got an email this morning from John Hurt’s personal assistant. Apparently he saw the illustration and wants a print. Ok, that just completely made my day! O_O

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Springsteen Alphabet ↦ Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)”

“With his legendary E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen leaves everything on stage in epic, live, communal live performances that have rocked audiences for decades. With empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are, as Americans chasing our dreams, and as human beings trying to do the right thing. There’s a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen’s America.”

anonymous asked:

I need a fic where Ashoka from Rebels finds Anakin (either she time traveled or Anakin does) and Ashoka just hugs him and cries--thinking how can this man become Darth Vader and Anakin is really confused but he hugs her and it's all cute and yes. Or for angst--Anakin finds out about his future from Ashoka and he's terrified but idk I need older Ashoka talking to Anakin ahhhh.

It’s not Anakin.

It cannot possibly be Anakin.

“Just hang in there. We’ll get you back to the medics in one piece. Just don’t give up on me, okay?”

But that voice and hair and those too-old eyes in a too-young face are Anakin’s. The thin scar is Anakin’s and the impossible balance of cold durasteel strength and warm, calloused skin around her hand are Anakin’s.

The sounds of battle all around her, is the music of his life, of his existence. Anakin Skywalker was born to wage war and Ahsoka Tano knows this better than anyone.

She has watched him perform this dance for almost two decades now.

“Anakin?” Ahsoka croaks out, grimacing in pain as she looks up at his young, unscarred face. This is not the burning demon with hellfire eyes and a dead star for a heart.

This is not Darth Vader.

This is her Skyguy.

But even know, she can feel the darkness eating away at him.

“Sir! She’s awake!” Kix cries out and Ahsoka wants to weep. It has been so long and she has missed her family so much. So many of them are gone, so many lost to time and Palpatine’s machinations.

“Kix?” she whispers, marveling as he turns to look down at her, the familiar blue paint of the 501st scratched up on his helmet and chest plate. “Is that really you?”

Why does it hurt to breathe? Where did she get hit? When did she get hit? Where had she been before this?

“General! The charges are set!” Rex’s voice crackles out of his helmet as he runs into Ahsoka’s vision, firing back at battle droids as Anakin continues to protect her, deflecting bolts like he was born with a blade in his hand. “Ready when you are.”

She’s back. She doesn’t know how she’s back or what brought her back but she has to tell Anakin while she has the time. While she’s still aware, before she passes out.

There are sounds of gunships and suddenly she’s being lifted up, shouldered between Kix and someone else as they drag her to the gunship. She lets out a groan and tries to keep the contents of her stomach down as they run, jostling her and nearly knocking her out as whiteout flashes of pain wash through her.

The world tilts sideways and then Anakin is running for the ship, Rex hot on his heels. They jump inside as the ship starts to take off, the doors sliding shut in a perfect symphony of skill, bravery and sheer dumb luck. It is an evac only Anakin Skywalker is capable of.

Anakin Skywalker, the man slowly turning into Darth Vader.

The man being eaten alive by his fear and his love.

“Skyguy…” she whispers, trying to reach him in the Force, trying to tell him everything he needs to know before she loses consciousness, before she wakes up and it’s all a horrible dream. “Please… master… You have to… listen to me.”

“Sir? I think she’s trying to tell you something,” Kix shouts over the sounds of battle, as the ship is buffeted by the explosive force of cannon and laser fire. The lights flicker out for a moment and Ahsoka stifles a cry.

She has to tell him.

She has to stop him.

“Skyguy…” she nearly sobs, holding out a hand. “Please!”

Anakin manages to climb over the wounded to make it to Ahsoka’s side, confused. “Kix, what did she say? I can barely hear her.”

Kix shakes his head. “I don’t know but she says you have to listen to her. I think… I think she called you Skyguy.”

What?!” Anakin snarls, anger flaring and dying before he looks down at her. The edges of her vision are going grey and then black and for a moment she quails and thinks those dearly-missed blue eyes have burnt away to gold but then it’s gone and Anakin is holding her hand and it’s Skyguy and Master and everything is warm and all right again.

For a moment she is Snips again and she did not realize how much she missed being Snips.

For a moment she is sixteen and Anakin will make everything better.

“Master…,” Ahsoka whispers, trying to squeeze his hand. “I… I have to tell you… about Darth Sidious… and v-Vader. I… have to… tell you… I won’t… leave you…”

“Kix?” Anakin’s voice is harsh and demanding as her vision turns to black and she starts to fade away. “Kix, get her back! Snips! Talk to me! Ahsoka! AHSOKA!”

Ahsoka closes her eyes and her last thought is I’m sorry I can’t keep my promise, Skyguy.




There is a convoree outside the window of the hospital room, hopping from branch to branch, fluttering its wings and tilting its head to the side as it watches the inhabitants of the room through the transparisteel.

“All biological markers are identical. How is that possible?”

“The Force works in mysterious ways, Anakin. Especially around you.”

“Ha ha. Very funny, Obi-Wan. I’m serious. That’s Ahsoka. This… this… this woman is my Padawan!”

Neither of them say Former Padawan even though they both think it.

“We shall simply have to wait and see when she…”

“She’s waking up! Ahsoka? Ahsoka, it’s me. It’s your ma… It’s Anakin.”

Ahsoka’s vision slowly comes into focus as her montrals tell her that she is in a private room, several monitors cheerfully cataloguing her biorhythms and her continued existence. The light is too bright for a moment and then it’s softer, darker, a shadow falls over her vision and when she finally opens her eyes, Anakin is smiling down at her, worried, terrified and cautiously happy.

The Force sings with his presence. Master! Master! Your master is here! He’s here and he’s safe and you are back home where you belong!

Ahsoka takes a shallow, watery breath. “Anakin?”

He touches her cheek and smiles, squeezing her hand with his gloved hand. “Yeah… Hey Snips, you uh… you got taller.”

“How are you feeling, Ahsoka?” Obi-Wan seems to simply appear in her vision, hovering behind Anakin, his anxiety barely hidden behind his Negotiator’s mask and a gloved hand nervously combing his beard. “Should we get a healer?”

Ahsoka shakes her head and squeezes Anakin’s hand back and give him the best smile she’s capable of. “No. The healers can wait. I have so much to tell you.”

“Snips…” Anakin’s tone is familiar, the rumbling warning of his displeasure at her self-neglect and brings tears to her eyes.

To be Snips again meant to be cared for, cared about.

To be Snips again meant that someone loved her.

Ahsoka takes a breath.

“Skyguy… I’ve missed you so much but… I have to tell you about Darth Vader.”

anonymous asked:

Best performer ever? Wtf ever heard of Queen? Michael Jackson? Aretha Franklin? Hell, even Brittany spears probably tops her

and in case you need a reminder…

This performance was unanimously chosen as the best Queen’s performance but it was arguably more for vocals. Freddie has incredible vocals, but this was about performances.

Legend herself, Aretha Franklin, complimented Beyoncé and even said that they have a MUTUAL ADMIRATION FOR EACH OTHER. And here’s some of her best vocal performances throughout the years. Hell, even look at the Kennedy Center Honors performance. I think you’re mixing up VOCALS with PERFORMER.

I literally shouldn’t even have to address “Brittany Spears” because your dumb ass can’t even spell her name right, but I will. Bey’s worst performance of the decade, which is probably Drunk In Love at the Grammys 2015 is still SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER than EVERY SINGLE PERFORMANCE BRITNEY SPEARS HAD THIS DECADE.

Michael Jackson is genuinely the only person on this list who can rival Beyoncé; however, Michael Jackson CONSTANTLY spoke well about Beyoncé and her work ethic, her performance skills, said she made him nervous while she presented him with an award at World Music Awards, and Michael even gushed about him having a MAJOR crush on her. 

Beyoncé even spoke well about Michael Jackson, again on the Tyra Banks talking about him having a tremendous impact on her, dedicated an entire performance to Michael + breaking down because she loved him. At this point in her career, she’s still able to make the audience grow by over 12 million, pulling a total of 26.05 millions… which outpeaked the last two Grammy awards show in the past years for ONE. PERFORMANCE.

Performance wise, vocal wise, dancing wise –> Beyoncé BODIES all these artists nowadays. The funniest thing is… you had to reach for legends, with the exception of “Brittany Spears”, to try and compare them to Beyoncé.

s(QUAD) intro post part 1: #shomajesty

onwards to: s(quad) intro part 2: dj boyang, s(quad) intro part 3: #slaythan

i…really don’t have time to be doing this lmao but i couldn’t resist. since i’ve gained some new followers lately and the grand prix is about to start, here’s another intro post about one of the bright young stars of figure skating and my favorite current men’s skater, shoma uno!

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Ok I watched these 2 random performances from almost different decades and i swear this is like the same gotdamn girl on TV like 12 years later

In March 2018, Nightwish will begin their 9-month-long ‘DECADES: WORLD TOUR 2018’ starting with 34 shows in North America.

The band will have a very special setlist for the tour, featuring rarely heard material from the earlier era, and excitingly for both band and fans, they will revisit the old songs with some new twists.

This setlist will be a ‘one-off’ and only performed on this ‘DECADES: WORLD TOUR 2018’

To accompany the tour, on March 9th 2018, Nuclear Blast will release a 2CD compilation »Decades«.

NIGHTWISH ”DECADES: NORTH AMERICA 2018” tour dates:

09.03. USA Atlanta, GA - Tabernable
10.03. USA Charlotte, NC - The Filmore
12.03. USA Norfolk, VA - The Norva
13.03. USA Baltimore, MD - Lyric Theater
14.03. USA New York, NY - Playstation Theater
16.03. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
17.03. USA Worcester, MA - The Palladium

18.03. USA Albany, NY - The Egg
20.03. CAN Montreal, QC - Metropolis
21.03. CAN Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
23.03. USA Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
24.03. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
25.03. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
26.03. USA Covington, KY - Madison Theater
28.03. USA Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
29.03. USA St. Louis, MO - Touhill Performing Arts Center
30.03. USA Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
31.03. USA Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
02.04. USA Omaha, NB - Sokol Auditorium
03.04. USA Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
05.04. CAN Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud
06.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
07.04. CAN Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theater
08.04. USA Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
12.04. USA Ventura, CA - The Majestic Ventura Theatre
13.04. USA San Jose, CA - City National Civic
14.04. USA Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
15.04. USA Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
17.04. USA Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
18.04. USA Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
19.04. USA Mobile, AL - Saenger Theater
21.04. USA St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
22.04. USA Miami, FL - Olympia Theater

Putting on the pants

…and heading to the Really Really Old Ladies Home. I have a dislocated/bruised/fucked up rib, the uke player/singer called and said “I need to see a doctor, I think I have a lockjaw” (he can speak, so, not a very bad case?), hopefully the lead singer/uke player is OK… 

It’s going to be a performance of the decade! 

We are going to the doctor after.  That reminds me, we need a tetanus shot, just in case… 

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On this day in music history: July 31, 1969 - Elvis Presley begins a successful run of shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Still riding high off of the momentum generated by the “‘68 Comeback Special” and having scored major hits with “In The Ghetto” (#3 Pop) and the album “From Elvis In Memphis”, Presley and his manager Colonel Tom Parker will receive an offer from the newly opened International Hotel (later renamed the Las Vegas Hilton) to play a one month long residency. Initially, Presley is hesitant to accept the offer, having played Vegas in 1956 and was met by a tepid response from audiences, also nervous that he has not performed live concerts in nearly a decade. A deal is reached with the venue and Elvis begins the first of fifty seven performances at the hotel beginning on July 31, 1969. Backed by a crack band that features guitarist James Burton, bassist Jerry Scheff and The Sweet Inspirations (background vocals), Elvis takes to the stage in front of a sold out crowd of 2,200 fans with numerous celebrities present including actor Cary Grant and rock & roll legend Fats Domino. The audience give him a standing ovation that lasts several minutes before he can sing a note. The residency is an overwhelming success, which leads to Elvis signing a five year contract with the hotel, appearing twice a year (beginning in February of 1970), and is guaranteed an annual salary of one million dollars.

Best Films of 2016!!
by: Tristan Bunn

I can’t believe that 2016 has already reached an end! This year has absolutely flown by, but it was an amazing year for cinema. This is a list of my top 10 favorite films of the year, and it was really hard to just narrow it down to 10, but I did so with some honorable mentions.

It’s important to note that these films aren’t ranked based on the grade I gave them. These are just my personal favorite films ranked based on my opinion and how much I love them. Also, I have not yet seen Paterson or Silence because they haven’t opened in the Southeast yet.
Without further ado, let’s get started with my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2016!!

Honorable Mentions: Sing Street, Deadpool, Hush, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Midnight Special.

10. The Neon Demon: I know not everyone loved this film, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest effort really took my breath away. I think Refn said so much about vanity and beauty in our society through brilliant visual storytelling, and I liked it more with repeat viewings.

9. Green Room: Jeremy Saulnier delivered a brutal and heart-pounding cat and mouse thriller that kept me coming back for more. After I saw this film the first time, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’ve seen it 5 times, and could easily watch it some more. It is beautifully violent and incredibly well directed.

8. Nocturnal Animals: Tom Ford brought us his best film to date in a really impressive visual tale that connects three narratives wonderfully and takes you on a gritty journey with amazing performances that make it hard for you not to be sucked in with your eyes glued to the screen.

7. Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen is back and delivers one of his best performances to date in this touching and moving film about family that offers up some wonderful insights on our society. The script is sweet and funny, and the performances are touching. 

6. Manchester by the Sea: This film was so realistic and the dialogue was so masterfully crafted, that I felt like I was just peering in on the lives of these people. Casey Affleck delivers one of the best performances of the decade in a film that deserves to be seen.

5. Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson is back and better than ever! This film is absolutely stunning. It really sits and builds this hero without pushing any kind of agenda whatsoever. The hero is built up so that when we got to the war sequence, my jaw was on the floor and my eyes were full of tears. This is the most brutal war film since Saving Private Ryan, but it isn’t glorifying violence in any way. It is placing these events in front of your eyes without holding back, so you can appreciate true heroism.

4. Arrival: Denis Villeneuve continues to prove he’s one of the best directors working because he just gets better and better at honing his craft. Arrival is a gorgeous film that examines communication and human connection in a slow burn and methodical film that rewards you more so than I expected. Villeneuve continues to blow me away with each film he makes.

3. The Nice Guys: This is, by far, the funniest film of the year, and one of the funniest in quite a few years. The chemistry between Gosling and Crowe is pure cinema magic and Shane Black’s script is genuinely perfect. Black has provided an amazing movie for true fans of cinema to soak up. Please go support this movie because it underperformed, and that is such bullshit because The Nice Guys is phenomenal.

2. Hell or High Water: This movie blew me away. I adore this film. I bought the blu ray, and I’ve watched it over and over again, and I just love it more each time. I actually think this is the best screenplay of the year, powered by great direction and Oscar worthy performances across the board. The cinematography is also gorgeous, bringing this world to life in one of my favorite films I’ve seen in many years.

1. La La Land: I was a huge fan of Whiplash, but I think Damien Chazelle outdid himself here. La La Land is the best directed film of the year, hands down, and is a love letter to people with passion, ambition, and who want to follow their dreams. Gosling and Stone have chemistry that comes along maybe once every couple of decades in cinema and the film builds upon them masterfully. The script is amazing, the songs are tremendous, and the directing is flawless. This is truly one of my new favorite films, and it actually got better on the second viewing! There was no doubt in my mind that La La Land was my favorite film of 2016 because it is a true cinematic masterpiece.

There you have it! Those are my 10 favorite films of 2016! Thank you so much to all of you who have read our reviews here at Home Planet Reviews for yet another year. It really means a lot to us that people care about what we have to say because we just love movies. We started this page just for fun and because we love talking about cinema, and we get to do that here. So, to anyone that reads our reviews, thank you. We look forward to doing it again in 2017!

-Tristan

Jeremy Corbyn speech - Stepping up for Britain

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in east London today, said:

This morning I’m going to say a few words about you. And even some about me. But if you don’t mind, I’ll come to that later.

First I want to say that this general election more than any I have previously fought will define our times.

Last week, I said the dividing lines in this election could not be clearer.

I pointed to a clash of interests between working people on the one hand, and the privileged and super-rich on the other.

This is not about a government getting its priorities muddled. And it’s not simply a case of saying one thing and doing another.

It’s about presiding over a rigged system that shapes all our lives.

Of course that’s not something the Conservatives want to talk about. It’s why, I think, they’re so desperate to make this general election all about Brexit.

Don’t be taken in.

The Conservatives would much rather make incredible promises about Britain’s future outside the EU than talk about a scorecard of broken promises and neglect stretching back seven years.

Even their approach to Brexit betrays what they’re really about.

Unlike Labour’s jobs-first plan, it is both reckless and rigid. And entirely in keeping with their record in government.

Make no mistake; a Brexit for the few is being cooked up by this government.

One where any money saved is handed out as tax cuts to the super-rich and their corporations.

Where new trade deals with the US and elsewhere are used to drive down our working conditions, environmental regulations and food standards.

I think you can guess what is likely to happen to the many in a rigid and reckless Brexit. But what about the Conservatives themselves, and their friends and backers?

Do you think their personal prospects will suffer? Do you think their lives will get harder as wages slide and jobs become even less secure?

Unlikely, I think you’ll agree. And that’s because the Conservatives and their backers can afford to opt out when things go wrong. They’ve been doing it for decades.

They already send their children to the most exclusive schools and universities. They already dominate the upper rungs of every career ladder.

In truth, they have a get out of jail free card when the Conservatives are at the controls.

So I have a message for you all today: Unless you too have a get out jail free card, it’s time to Step Up.

And when I say Step Up, I mean register to vote. Claim your future.

You have till 22 May!

Over 2.4 million young people are missing from the UK’s electoral register. Barely 40 percent of 18 to 24-year olds turn out to vote.

The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs. Apathy and resignation will secure them seats on election day.

I ask you to Step Up because when I talk to people all over the country, I’m struck by something troubling.

It’s not that our young people don’t have the energy and talent to succeed. Our country is full of potential.

But something hangs in the air. It typically goes unspoken.

It’s the unheard story of why so many of us are scaling back our hopes and dreams in favour of just getting by.

It’s the reason why this country is unable to unleash its potential.

Because as families, communities - entire regions – we are all being held back.

If you’re young – like many here today – it’s a familiar feeling:

If you feel trapped in a job that barely covers your rent.

If you feel anxious about keeping on top of credit cards and loans.

If your heart sinks each time you see the prices of homes displayed in estate agent windows.

Then you’re being held back.

In a Fairer Britain, government would be bending over backwards to unleash your potential.

You’re our future after all.

You’d be supported to be confident and equipped for higher paid and secure jobs.

You’d be able to look ahead without mounting debt taking away your choices.

And you’d be able to enjoy the security and rewards of one day bringing up a family in a home of your own.

Being held back means we can’t provide the life that we want for ourselves and those closest to us.

And it hurts. It makes people angry and worst of all resigned to the idea that nothing can be done about it. We end up blaming ourselves or each other.

This is life in Conservative Britain.

It’s why a Fairer Britain has to be the choice at this election.

It’s also why Labour will unveil plans to upgrade our economy.

Because unless we move from a rigged to an upgraded economy, there can be no Fairer Britain.

That is what June 8th is all about.

Don’t let the Conservatives hold you back.

Don’t let the Conservatives Hold Britain Back.

And now for a sentence I’ve yet to utter in my political life: Enough about you, what about me.

I’ve just laid down the gauntlet and asked you to Step Up.

Each and every one of us must Step Up for Britain. Including me.

In the 34-years since I became a MP, I have been attacked for what I believe in. But it has not changed my core values – and sadly many of the problems we faced then are still with us.

In 1983, I stood up in Parliament for the first time and used my maiden speech to condemn deeply damaging cuts in public services and the NHS.

It’s a tragedy that I could make a very similar speech today and it would once again hold true.

Between then and now I learned first-hand how the privilege of being an MP could help achieve change. Profound and lasting change.

At the time, young protesters were being shot dead on the streets by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa – Nelson Mandela and hundreds of ANC leaders were in prison.

The Conservative Government refused to impose sanctions, entertained the leaders of the regime and banned protests outside the South African embassy in London.

Being an MP helped bring attention to that ban and the wider cause of South Africa’s liberation - and got a group of us arrested.

But the space for people in Britain to organise in support of freedom in South Africa was defended and strengthened.

And I realised then that political leaders can, if they want to, create and preserve the space for others to organise and transform countries.

My role is different now but there is a common thread: we should act together, to overturn unfairness and create a better society.

It became my yardstick for measuring the performance of governments going back three decades, Labour and Conservative.

In that time, I’ve seen Prime Ministers and Leaders of the Opposition come and go.

But for all their achievements and failures, what I didn’t see was a sustained attempt to rid this country of what really holds people back.

I never heard a clear invitation for everyone in the country to work together and create a real alternative to our rigged economy.

So when I was asked to put my name forward in Labour’s 2015 leadership election, I felt I should step up.

I didn’t expect to win.

But under my leadership, we have forced the Conservatives into one U-turn after another: over cuts to tax credits, disability payments and their recent attempt to increase national insurance for the self-employed.

And I respect my critics when they make a reasoned case. They are doing what I have often tried to do – and that is to challenge leadership.

It reminds me of the 1990s when the political mainstream bought into Conservative ideas about markets, finance and the economy. It ultimately left us with no defence against a global financial crisis that had its roots in another country’s housing market.

Again, it taught me that if leaders go unchallenged, they can make some of the most damaging mistakes. And if party leaders put themselves ahead of serving the people, they stop listening and even put our country at risk.

Barely nine months into Theresa May’s premiership, there are clear warning signs that she and her closest advisers are slipping into that presidential bunker mentality.

Whereas it is the job of leadership to hold open the space for dissent, new thinking and fit-for-purpose policy.

So while it might not be the stuff of soundbites, I have always believed in standing firm and empowering others to make up their minds and come on board when they are ready.

It is the mind-set that gets community centres and nurseries built. And increasingly defends them from closure.

It is the mind-set that negotiates hard for better conditions in the workplace.

It is the mind-set that serves the many not the few.

For many years, I couldn’t see much beyond how so many political leaders manipulated us while giving in again and again to vested interests.

I didn’t want to be like that. And it wasn’t clear to me there could be another way.

But I’ve learned there is.

Whereas insecure leaders want to feel stronger by asking you to give them more power.

I recognise strong leadership as equipping you with more power.

And that starts with encouraging you to Step Up and register to vote - as part of a wider engagement with your community.

Because there’s no doubt that these are anxious times.

Individually, more of us face uncertainty at work.

Nationally, we wonder how we will make the transition out of the EU in a way that protects jobs and living standards.

And globally, we wonder how safe we are as extreme right wing movements and violent conflicts spread.

I hope you can see now that there is more than one way to respond.

We could seek a fragile calm. And hope someone in power knows what they’re doing and will guide us through.

That means looking to whoever’s in charge and welcoming their reassurance. We don’t look further, we don’t ask questions.

It’s the response the few have bet on the many settling for.

I’m in this job because I believe there is a better way to respond.

It’s about rejecting fake reassurances or simple slogans from government.

It’s about sharing ideas and deciding upon real and lasting answers.

We are not going to have free thinking shut down by a hostile media or an elite that scoffs at anyone who dares to step out line.

No, each of us has a contribution to make. We have ideas for a better tomorrow and we are going to respond together.

We are a party that wants to bring together people and ideas, and harness the thirst for real and lasting change.

If you agree our times demand a response from all parts of our society and all corners of our country, then I am proud to be your leader.

And if you want someone to hold that space open for you to help change the direction of your life and our country, then I am proud to be your leader.

Because it’s only through unleashing our talent that Britain will succeed on the world stage.

Since its foundation, the Labour Party has believed we are richer together. Seven years into Conservative government, we are poorer for being apart.

Across the country, people are being held back like never before.

Unless we change course, expect more insecure work for less pay. More stress for less time with our families.

It’s gone too far and the country knows it.

Quite simply, only the Labour Party can deliver a Fairer Britain.

But we need your help to do so.

Please register to vote.

Step Up for Britain and vote Labour on June 8th.

ENDS

monsta x in chicago!

okokok so my legs are still completely numb from driving so much yesterday omg but i saw monsta x last night!!!! this is what my mushy brain can remember:

wonho - wonho is MUCH MUCH MUCH paler irl than i expected? that boy looks pure af lmao. his ass is also MAGNIFICENT guys i mean it’s out of this world. i could see the curve from where i was sitting! i couldn’t stop staring at him tho like he looks so good in person. pictures really do not do him justice! he’s also so goddamn sweet like he seemed a little nervous/shy but was overall super smiley n cute. jooheon kept yelling for us to cheer for his arms lmao (which were great btw)

jooheon - HOLY SHIT does jooheon have a lot of fans! like, a lot! he got the most screams for everything. it was really nice bc i never see enough people supporting my dude. he has ridiculous stage presence like w h o a it was unreal! he really belongs on stage. i felt like i was watching someone who has been performing for decades. he was that good! he’s also much paler than i expected and his hair was rly nice lmfao. he had a lot of energy and was all over the place and you could see how excited he was to be here. lots of talking in english! his pronunciation is really good too!

i.m - FIRST OFF, he introduced himself and went, “hi babies” so we all kind of died. since he’s an english speaker, he was the one speaking most of the time (along with minhyuk interrupting quite a lot lol what an excited puppy). he seemed to get flustered a lot and embarrassed when he would mess up. i’m over here like “baby omg no it’s okay!” there was one point where he was talking about hyungwon being gone and he just gave up and went “whatever” lol sweetie, you did good and we’re proud of you! he was also a popular one with fans - could probably rival jooheon if jooheon’s fans weren’t so loud lmao.

kihyun - THIS BOY IS SO SMOL GUYS I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU. especially when standing next to the members guys it was so cute and so noticeable? idk why i never noticed that before! tbh i can’t remember a lot of him bc he was so quiet. but he did seem super excited to be there like he was smiling nonstop. and let me tell you - his speaking voice is so nice to listen to! whenever he spoke, the audience shut up, unlike for the rest of the members most of the time lol.

minhyuk - WHAT A PUPPY. THIS BOY WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE. SUPER EXCITED. ALL THE TIME. HE WAS SPEAKING A MILE A MINUTE. also was interrupting i.m like 24/7 to put his two cents in. it was so cute guys. he was hella cheesy too like lots of flirty english lines, as expected lol. he was also pretty handsy with the members, even though the other members weren’t. like idk fanservice (in terms of bromance, they were super flirty overall with fans) was really low but minhyuk was still pushing to do it and i’m highkey not surprised.

shownu - THE MAN OF MY LIFE. guys. wow. what a man. wow. just. wow. he looks so good in person like they had his hair done all nice and he was so??? i don’t even have words. y'all you know that vine from no.mercy where his expression changes from evil to puppy in .02949 seconds? I GOT TO SEE THAT IN PERSON WITH MY OWN TWO EYES. this man is seriously so much more adorable than people give him credit for! he was pretty blankfaced but when he would smile, he SMILED like his whole face lit up and it was truly #beautiful. also his talking voice is so much deeper than i thought it would be? like he already sounds like an old man lol. he is also super tan like wow and i thought i was gonna die looking at so much perfection. and his dancing is so smooth? like monsta x as a whole are such good dancers but live it was so much easier to see his specific style and it was really cool! he seemed to be a little nervous but he did super well talking and i’m so proud of him c: ALSO i heard a lot of fans screaming for him and only him like his fans were very…specific and vocal like i feel so warm and happy inside knowing that he now knows that there’s a lot of shownu stans like myself here in america~

okay now for the actual songs. i can’t remember the whole set list but it was a pretty good mix of songs off of all their albums! like they even did blind/incomparable/calm down/be quiet/ex girl (all of which i never thought i would see live). they also covered 24k magic by bruno mars (minhyuk, jooheon, i.m). let me tell you - there is nothing cuter than minhyuk singing bruno mars and then saying later on, in english, how much he loves him lol. they didn’t do stuck, all i do, or amen which i’m kinda salty about but whatever lol. they did nearly all their title tracks. ALSO THEY HAD LIKE DUO/TRIO STAGES (jooheon/i.m/minhyuk, wonho *would have been with hyungwon*, and kihyun/jooheon) AND SHOWNU DIDN’T GET ONE I WAS LIKE WTF WHERE’S MY MAN? idk why they left him out and i was kinda mad tbh lol.

the sweetest part about this all is that they CONSTANTLY kept bringing up hyungwon! like they would say “oh hyungwon likes this song” or “hyungwon was really excited to dance this piece with wonho”. they even left spaces for him when they were talking or dancing and it was so sweet! the fans cheered loudest when he was brought up, i think. despite that, you could definitely feel that there was a member missing. monsta x felt so incomplete! they are not supposed to be six. i could feel it the entire time. something felt off. it just goes to show how great monsta x is as seven!

ANYWAY this is hella long but overall i had so much fun and the fandom was so sweet and respectful and y e s easily the best night of my life !