Lockdown was implemented in the U.K just over a week ago and despite being an essential worker I have been forced home due to an injury. This has resulted in complete and utter boredom for myself and my family and so I’ve resorted to adult colouring books and binge-watching various shows. So here is a list of shows to make your lockdown go a little quicker.
Recently whilst working the delivery at my job I’ve gotten into listening to podcasts on many different subjects like crime and politics. One of those podcasts was ‘The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it’ with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe. This podcast made me stop in my tracks for many reasons. Beginning her talk Hayhoe believes that we as a species see global warming as a constant now - much like the sun rises and sets every day we see it as a natural part of our lives. She walked me through the data. Did you know that almost 70% of people in the U.S agree that our climate is changing and that change will ultimately have an effect on future generations? However only 60% of those Americans believe that the United States will be effected by global warming and furthermore only 40% of them believe that they personally will be effected by global warming. What’s even more alarming is that Hayhoe discussed the history of global warming. It has been over 150 years since climate scientists discovered that we were adding a layer to the ozone layer. It’s been 50 years since a president of the United States was informed that climate change was going to be a serious threat to the world, and that truthfully those who have contributed the least to the problem are bearing the brunt of the impacts. If this is true then why is the fear of global warming just become news recently? Did they truly believe it wouldn’t be a problem? But the thing that really stuck with me that Hayhoe says is that climate change isn’t an issue that’s rooted in science, we know the science exists, but in political alignment. This idea that climate change is a radical liberal issue. This idea that we know global warming exists but we choose to do nothing about it.
Remember when you watch a TV show for the very first time and you love it so much that several years later you binge watch it again? The second time around is always when you realise that a particular character is honestly the worst. Why is this? Maybe you’ve matured, or you have more life experience that really allows you to see these people as the horrible personas they are.
In 2018 my favourite album was LM5 by Little Mix, however this year is a completely different ball game. There are a few honourable mentions of this year, Lizzo came into her own with Cuz I Love You, Taylor Swift blew me away with Lover and Jonas Brothers made a comeback with Happiness Begins. Nonetheless seventeen year old Billie Eilish with her album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? stole the year 2019 for me.
In the year that one Marvel phase ended and another began, where the Star Wars trilogy found it's conclusion and Jennifer Lopez actually starred in a good movie, the quirky comedy Booksmart shines bright. Olivia Wilde's directorial debut had been on her mind for a while but the director was insistant on getting this film right, including the right cast. In all honesty I never expected to love Booksmart as much as I did, especially when teen movies have really taken a dive in quality in recent years. However this coming of age film belongs right up there with the best. I'm talking Mean Girls, Clueless, Superbad, all the greats.
All the characters ranked have travelled in the Tardis (apart from one execption) and appeared in at least two episodes of New Who therefore characters like Jenny will not count. Now, on with the list. Also this is a warning for spoilers.