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Bad Moviethon #11 – Airplane vs. Volcano (2014)


Movie: Airplane vs. Volcano
Year: 2014

Plot: When a commercial airliner is trapped within a ring of erupting volcanoes, the passengers and crew must find a way to survive – without landing. But when the relentless onslaught of lava and ash causes fear and distrust amongst those onboard, it isn’t just the volcanoes that are life-threatening. Everyone must learn to work together if they are to survive their epic flight of fire.

IMDB rating: 2.6/10

Moment at which I knew there was no coming back from this cinematic travesty:

You are a big bitch

Yes, that is an actual line from the movie. The poster claims that it’s based on a true story but I can’t and won’t even comprehend that, because in a real scenario, the pilot wouldn’t set the plane to autopilot (over a volatile volcano no less) and not leave the override codes anywhere. At least I hope not.

Anyway, basically a volcano erupts just as a commercial plane is flying over. Somehow, the pilot and co-pilot end up indisposed because, you know, it’s more dramatic that way. Unfortunately the plane is stuck on autopilot but off duty pilot, Dean Cain, just happens to be on board to save the day. 

Imagine that, Superman vs. Volcano. I’d actually watch that. Twice. 

In a real scenario, we wouldn’t have Dean Cain ‘flying’ a plane that was permanently stuck in autopilot. He spends most of the movie in the cockpit steering the plane but… if the plane is on autopilot and the circuits are fried… that’s not possible? I mean, sure he could steer but I don’t know how effective it would be. Yet somehow he could move the plane… Just not enough to move it past the (world’s largest) volcano. 

Anyway, not to be outdone, there was also some weird, sketchy foreign guy on the plane that seemed content on letting them all know that they’re going to die. At one point he tries to kidnap Dean Cain mid-air before threatening to kill some guy with a broken glass bottle. He wanted to do all of that because Dean Cain, a marshal and the flight attendant lied about the pilot being dead. I have no idea why this dude was here. I guess the whole HUGE VOLCANO!! thing wasn’t enough plot, we had to have a random villain thrown in for shits and giggles. 

Oh, and also on the plane a volcano expert (not a coincidence) who got to say all of the science stuff for us. Yay. 

I guess he just forgot his protective gear

On the ground, we have an angry colonel who seems to be incompetent. He ignores Super Volcano Expert Robin Givens’ warnings and sort of stands around and yells a lot. In a real scenario, the first thing they would do is evacuate people and not wait for a huge gust of volcanic ash to fry a bunch of sunbathers first. But yeah, a bunch of people die before they realise that a volcano erupting is kind of a big deal. 

We also have some guy getting sucked into a ball of fire when he exits the plane to unclog an engine. Oh, and having the door open didn’t cause any problems at all DESPITE THE HUGE FIRE BALLS that the plane has barely been dodging up until that point. Okay. 

Anyway, somehow, the crazy foreign man manages to kill the marshal (this is after he vanishes for half an hour because they locked him in the toilet and no one needed to use it) and escape from the plane on a raft before getting blown up. Eventually everyone else on the plane is saved while Dean Cain sacrifices himself somehow in order to stop the volcano or whatever. I had no idea by the end, I was just being stubborn and determined to finish it. 

I think the worst thing about this movie is Dean Cain. I know that the bills have to get paid, but why? Why? The second worst thing is that it’s far too serious. There’s no wink nudge ha ha this movie is pretty silly, it’s acted like they think they’re in some Scorcese flick. That made it very dull and boring. 

Verdict: 0/10. 

A Bizarro Universe


The New York Times has this article up and the fact that I can’t understand why this woman supports Trump aside – I thought this was interesting.

“I feel like I am in a bizarro universe where no one but me is thinking logically,” she said. “We have gone so off the rails of what this conversation is about.”

No, sister. The only people not thinking logically are Trump supporters. I would understand if he’d actually done something since he became President, but all he’s done is announce his intent to do things. He couldn’t even keep his Muslim Ban™ going. The media are writing him off because he’s proven himself to be incompetent every single step of the way. 

I’m not even going to comment on the fact that she’s black. I just can’t. 

Meanwhile, Trump seems to be doing his best Harvey Dent impression this weekend. 

First there was this (regarding counter protesters showing up at a ‘Free Speech’ rally for the right):

Followed by this after Gen. Kelly probably twisted his pinky finger until he agreed to not fuck up as epically as he did last week. 

…If you’re wondering how he managed to post those tweets without encountering some kind of difficulty look no further.

Third time lucky, eh? He was probably coming down with chills as he wrote the tweet. I mean, lies and fake sentiments are things that he never dabbles in. He usually leaves that to fake news. 

Oh and I was surprised to see this

As a week dominated by President Trump’s response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., draws to a close, many Republicans are worried that serious damage has been done to their party.

Specifically, they argue that Trump may have set back years of efforts to make the GOP more appealing to an increasingly diverse American electorate.

There is no mistaking the seriousness with which they view the situation.

So after all of the primaries, the campaign, the election and the shit show that’s occurred since now they’re worried about the damage to their party? I don’t think they’ve been taking it seriously at all. 

Sigh. Anyway, sorry for the second Trump post in three days. I will get back to more pressing matters like the new Sharknado movie soon. I promise. 

Bye Bye Bye-nnon


The latest:

Steve Bannon is more dangerous outside the Trump White House than in it

Well, well, well. So, it continues. The exodus. None of this is surprising. Trump was never supposed to win and these people never really wanted to be in an actual government, except for Kushner who really wanted that darn loan (take that Qatar!). The goal was to shake up the establishment and they seem to be doing a good job at that. So each termination and resignation isn’t even a cause for celebration. It’s just a sign of what’s to come. More chaos. Which is what they wanted all along. Even when Trump is losing, he’s winning. It’s kind of like how One Direction and Ed Sheeran can churn out ‘hit’ albums of shitty songs and still make millions. 

Anyway, here’s what happened:

Trump: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most Presidential of them all!

Mirror: Uh, most presidential you are, buuut, there’s a huge issue that you’re yet to respond to. 

Trump: I’m still gathering the facts, Mirror. The right facts. Not the fake facts or the genuine facts, but the facts that are right for me right now. 

Mirror: Oh oh oh-oh, the right facts. Oh oh oh-oh, the right facts!

Trump: You’re fired! 

Later, without the Mirror to guide him, Trump called Bannon a great guy and said he wasn’t a racist (coming from someone who’s a rampant racist himself) but he didn’t say whether or not Bannon would remain his Chief Strategist. On one hand, it’s odd because if I was in the middle of defending a bunch of racists and neo-Nazis, I’d at least go for bat for the other racist, Nazi douchebag on my team, but hey, that didn’t work out too well for Sessions either. 

Anyway, in came Bannon who supposedly offered his resignation on August 7th and wanted to announce it a week later. 

Except, it didn’t really work out because of what happened in Charlottesville, and Trump’s “We’ll see [about whether or not Bannon stays]” comment. 

So he retaliated with this:

Steve Bannon said he wanted to “crush” political opponents taking a stand against racism following the fatal violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Spoken like a true non-racist. 

Mr Bannon downplayed the danger posed by Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi sympathisers and revealed his ambition to dominate anti-Trump groups focused on “race and identity” in an interview with left-wing magazine The American Prospect on Tuesday.

Asked about racist elements of the far-right, Mr Bannon said: “Ethno-nationalism, it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.

On the democrats:

“These guys are a collection of clowns.” He said of the Democrats: “The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.

On North Korea:

“Forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us,” he said.

Bannon might have contradicted Trump in his “interview” but what the fuck is ethno nationalism? JUST SAY WHITE. We know that the prefix ‘ethno’ probably makes him break out into a rash. 

If you’re going to pull a lazy Scaramucci, at least make it less obvious. You don’t make a phone call to a liberal journalist and then claim you didn’t know it was an interview. Mind you, many, many, many people believe him. 

I think most sane people know that he knew what he was doing. 

It was a clear message to Trump – Bannon can rewrite his own narrative and have a voice whenever he likes. Trump choosing his rivals over him is a declaration of war. He’s in a position to undermine Trump, especially now that he’s back at Breitbart. Now he’s seen firsthand how everything works and he’s in a prime position to bring it all down. 

Case in point:

He [Bannon] told the Weekly Standard, a conservative opinion magazine: “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.

“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

On life after Trump…

He said: “I feel jacked up. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up.”

One would think that he used Trump, but hey, they’re as much friends as they are not racist. And they’re both dangerous men. Bannon more so than Trump. He has ‘egomaniac, Bond-esque villain’ stamped all over his forehead. Truly a disturbing individual. 

Anyway, one down, many more to go. Omarosa and Ben Carson can stay, though. Their black membership cards are still revoked. 

He’s not finished, fake news 💩


I think everyone has heard the news about the Unite The Right rally that got out of hand in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was appalled but not surprised. It was only a matter of time. I can’t count the number of people who’ve pointed out that you see an increase incendiary views when someone in the highest position of power enables them. 

Trump ran a campaign that went after minorities, religion, anything not white and he won. 

That shit is like a Duracell battery to white supremacists. It’s validation. It’s proof that their bigoted views matter. 

It’s also bullshit. 

I watched a video on the Washington Post site, wherein the white ‘nationalists’ argued against removing the statue honoring Robert E. Lee because it was about their heritage, white people’s culture was being stripped away and tossed in the garbage, blah, blah, blah. One guy said he was for ‘killing all Jews’. What have Jews ever done to them? What does that have to do with white supremacy – oh, I forgot! They’re all Christians, worried that the world is trying to get rid of them. 

It’s all nonsense. If you ask one of these people about slavery, I’m betting they’ll either applaud it or say they can’t be held responsible for what their ancestors did. Yet, they cling onto these monuments with everything that they have. They wave their Confederate flag with pride. Fuck that. 

Now, before I continue, I think that the counter protestors had the right intentions, but ultimately, violence solves nothing. There’s two sides and both looked pretty damn ugly in the footage. However all of this alt-left vs alt-right talk is silly. You can’t expect people to stand back and listen to such nastiness being spread on the streets and do nothing. The blame is not equal. 

As for the young man that drove his car into people….twenty years old and already filled with so much hate. I was so baffled when his mother was casually giving statements to whoever contacted her (AP, I think). I was particularly curious that she said Trump isn’t a white supremacist. I personally don’t think that he is (yes, he’s racist, bigoted and stupid, but Trump goes where the money and power is, he’s a master human and not merely part of the master race). However, it was 100% inappropriate. One suspects she knows exactly what kind of son she’s raised. 

If anyone I knew did something so appalling, I would be too ashamed to do anything but express condolences to the family of the woman he killed and the people he injured.

That shit is on Trump and all of the people he’s enabled over the past two years. It’s on Bannon. It’s on anyone who’s perpetuated this myth white people are being washed out. 

To see these people say this shit with a straight face is incredible. You’ve got them ranting against Jews who were literally the targets of religion based genocide less than one hundred years ago. Black people, who endured suffering for centuries and are still unfairly targeted today, other religions that are clearly the MINORITY in the country. 

White people haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m not sure why some of them want to be oppressed so badly. It’s not fun, and no one is buying it because we have eyes and brains! Your shit stinks too, you’re no better than anyone else. Wrap yourselves in your flags and shut up. 

This isn’t just ignorance, it’s stupidity, passed down from generation to generation. Something’s being wiped out alright, but it isn’t white people. Maybe something in the gene pool? I don’t know. I don’t really want to know. 

If these white supremacists hate people like me, I don’t care. Let them. You can’t reason with such hatred. There’s not enough time in the world. We can’t fix stupid. 

However, that doesn’t mean that they should lay hands on anyone. Violence is never the answer. Driving a car into a crowd of people is never the answer. 

Trump being Trump, refused to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis after the incident, only grudgingly reading a pre-written statement some two days after. Online commentary says that it’s ‘too late’, but that’s the point. The point is that it looks like a response to the criticism and not these inflammatory groups. We all know that Trump isn’t about to turn on his most ardent supporters. I would argue that it’s the people who knew that these groups were drawn to Trump and still voted for him that should really be looking at themselves. 

What a mess.

ETA: I just read about his press conference. What the actual fuck is wrong with this man? You know, I take it back. Maybe he really is a white supremacist after all. It does sound like he’s been ‘fed’ these statements (he probably thought Alt-Left was some kind of laxative before this week) or someone has whispered into his ear, but we all know that his ties with these groups predate his ties to politics. He didn’t know David Duke was there? Really. Oh and he wanted to see the facts (since when have facts ever bothered Trump?). Was Fox News not broadcasting that day? Pretty sure all of the swastikas and white supremacist insignia were visible there too. 

When will this nightmare end?

I’m not finished, fake news.

Oh, how we wish you were finished, Trump. 

Oh, how we wish. 

stupid and senseless: neymar and psg


Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona.

The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016.

He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m.

Neymar said he has joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.

“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added.

JUST ADMIT THAT YOU WENT FOR THE MONEY.

People are saying that he was always going to be in the shadow of his teammate, Lionel Messi, but Neymar is only 25 years old. Messi is 30. There would have been time for him to be the best at Barcelona. 

Neymar aside, £200m for one player is absolutely ridiculous. The money in football/soccer has ruined the game. 

I support Manchester United so I guess I can’t talk, but I still have a sour taste in my mouth over the Pogba transfer.

Just because you have a shit ton of money, it doesn’t mean you should spend it recklessly. Not even that, the imbalance in all football leagues is becoming ridiculous. 

If I’m a player on 200k a week with or on silly money, why am I going to give my all on the pitch? Win or lose, I get paid! 

I’m not even going to mention the C word or a term with the initials ML, but know that I’m thinking it! 

Wait…

Here’s an infographic for you. 

…that being said, I still have ‘marry a (somewhat intelligent) football player’ on my bucket list. 

Fast & Furious: Trump vs. North Korea


Since Trump became President, tensions between the US and North Korea have been rising purely because Trump is the only one that hasn’t realised that North Korea are all talk and no action. 

They’re constant missile development is mostly for propaganda purposes. Their missiles are inferior compared to the US, and they aren’t really in a position to do anything to the US (most likely they would target territorial waters and South Korea, but only if they deem there to be a credible threat to them). 

Well. 

Donald Trump has claimed the threat from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continue to expand their nuclear and missile programmes.

The comments come after reports that North Korea had produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey property, Mr Trump warned that North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un “best not make any more threats to the US”.

I love the way he says ‘Thank you‘ like he’s just given a presentation that he’s really proud of.

Shuuuuuut uppppp! 

Fire and fury like the world has never seen

This sounds like something from a Games of Thrones episode (not that I’ve seen the show, but whatever). 

This is not how to respond. He sounds like every single crazy James Bond villain that inexplicably wanted to destroy the world. 

The consequences of any US strike against North Korea would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and US military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes – let alone the possibility of civilian casualties.

  1. Is is me or is there hypocrisy regarding nuclear weapons? 
  2. Yes, nuclear weapons are not a good thing, but if we want NK to stop producing their weapons, maybe the nuclear powers should work on removing their weapons.
  3. They probably won’t, so there will always be a situation where volatile nations seek to expand of their missile and nuclear programs. 
  4. Provoking and antagonising North Korea isn’t really a sound plan. This is a country where reason doesn’t apply in the simplest scenarios. Let alone a very huge issue like nuclear weapons. 
  5. What kind of world is it where the former host of Celebrity Apprentice USA is now in charge of the USA’s policy towards North Korea? 

This is the part where we all let out a collective sigh. 

[Source: The Independent]

Bad Moviethon #10 – A Cinderella Story (2004)


(POTENTIALLY)
BAD MOVIE MARATHON #10

…in which I examine if bad movies really deserve their woeful rotten tomatoes score.

A Cinderella Story

IMDB | 2004

Plot:

Sam (Hilary Duff), a teenager in California, is obliged to work as a janitor and dishwasher in the diner of her stepmother (Jennifer Coolidge). After a cell phone mix-up, Sam begins an anonymous text-messaging and e-mail relationship with a boy. They agree to meet at a school dance, but when Sam finds out that her secret pen pal is none other than Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), the cutest boy in school, she panics and looks for a way to make herself cooler.

Review Excerpts:

You can say of this movie, truly, that they took the most famous tale in the world and broke it.

Let me get quickly to the word that best describes this movie. It is horrible.

Haaaaarsh.

Technically, I refuse to call this a bad movie because it’s a classic, but it has a rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.

On behalf of Chad Michael Murray’s astounding acting ability, I am offended. Heck, Hilary Duff doesn’t deserve that either.

Anyway, I loved this movie when I was a kid. I learnt how to make DVDs with this movie. Actually, I have a VCD with this movie on it. If you don’t know what a VCD is, you haven’t lived. This movie basically set me up for a life where I could use computer software without getting confused. I will cherish it forever. 

Plot wise, this movie is uh, well, I’ll give you a brief recap.

Recap

The plot of this movie is basically – Chad Michael Murray and Hilary Duff have been texting and Iming each other but they don’t know what they look like. In real life, he’s the star quarterback and popular guy and she works at the diner her Dad owned before he died, has an awful stepmother and two terrible stepsisters.

They agree to meet on Halloween at a dance. Sam is unable to go until the last last minute when she turns up as Cinderella, complete with a face mask that does little to disguise who she is.

Despite that Austin has no idea who she is. Once it hits midnight, she runs back to the diner and conveniently drops her cellphone.

In true creeper fashion, Austin puts up posters requesting that people call him if they know anything about Cinderella. Cue lots of girls trying to make out likd they’re Cinderella just to get with Austin.

Eventually, Sam’s sisters find out, tell Austin’s ex-girlfriend, and they group together to humiliate her and Austin in front of the entire school by reading their emails out loud and revealing that Sam is Cinderella. Shock horror, the star quarterback is secretly in love with diner girl!

By the way, we keep hearing about a drought throughout the movie….

Classic line

…so…fast forward to the end and Austin skips out on The Biggest Game Of His Life™ to stop Sam from leaving and the skies open and it rains like it’s never rained before.

They go to Princeton together and live happily ever after.

Woo!

I see three main reasons why it got an 11%

1. The script sounds like it was written by someone who had never stepped foot in a high school.

2. The acting leaves a lot to be desired. Hilary is on point (let’s face it, she’s always on point) and Chad Michael Murray is good looking enough for me to overlook any less than stellar performance (plus his brooding pensive look is also on point), but the rest of them kind of sucked.

3. They used a terrible cover of a Jesse McCartney song, unless that was him singing and there’s something wrong with my ears.

4. Teenage love ending the drought? Really? Seriously? Cringe alert.

5. Somehow Sam manages to work before school and after school and whenever her stepmother requires it and still be a straight A student. I’m not saying that’s impossible, but it’s a stretch.

6. The annoying best friend was annoying.

7. It’s a comedy, but it’s more of a laugh at the movie than laugh with the movie kinda deal.

8. Most of the movie doesn’t make any real sense. The premise is that Austin ends up looking for Sam, but she didn’t disguise her voice and her eyes were all that was covered. The next time he sees her, he should recognise her. If he had selective hearing, I’d get it, but he’s the star quarterback with perfect grades, perfect cheekbone structure and perfect eyesight. There’s no reason why he wouldn’t know it was her.

9. She dropped her cellphone. I get it, that’s the modern equivalent of leaving your shoe behind, but once again, all Austin had to do was call a number on the phone to figure out who his mystery girl was. Maybe Sam didn’t have any minutes, but she definitely has texting credit (and presumably texts from other people). It’s a bit like having a key for three doors. You have to try them all to figure out which door they key is for. That’s commonly known as common sense, but I guess that doesn’t translate well on-screen.

10. I love how I said three main reasons and then wrote nine. Anyway, the most visible teacher in this movie was some odd woman who has a crush on one of the students, is generally incompetent and serves no real purpose in the movie.

11. At the end of the movie, something ‘drops’ out of a book that Sam’s father gave her. His original will. This just conveniently happens after she snags herself a boyfriend. Apparently Chad Michael Murray is the key to finally being able to claim your inheritance, who knew? It seems odd that she’d have that book for years and never drop it, but that’s just me seeing things through my clumsy lense.

All of that being said, the movie is still entertaining and I feel like it aged well. It deserves way more than 11%! I’d give it 50 at least. I mean, the epic kiss at the close of the movie ENDED THE DROUGHT! You’ve got to give them props for that. True love conquers all. Even the weather.

Verdict: 5/10

Too Mooch, too soon


Good news everyone!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post.

I’m sorry, but I have to go all Channing Tatum up in here. 

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. 

Oh no he diiiiiiiiidn’t

This is too much. 

This man missed the birth of his child to attend that embarrassing Boys Scout event and this is how Trump pays him back? He even got served with divorce papers because his wife was unhappy with his level of ass kissing. Still, that wasn’t enough to save him. 

That’s cold-blooded. I almost feel sorry for him but he’s still a rich, privileged man. He will be fine. 

I’m guessing it all went down like this. 

Trump: Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the craziest and Presidential of them all!

Mirror: You are the craziest no more but Presidential you are!

Trump: What? No longer the craziest Lemme guess, Crooked Hillary has finally shown her true colours?

Mirror: No, sir, the honour has been bestowed on The Mooch! His legend grows and grows and he’s the talk of the talk shows and fake but also real news!

Trump; The who?

Mirror: Anthony Scaramucci, sir. 

Trump: Yeah, I know that guy, but who’s The Mooch?

Mirror decides to speed the process up.

Mirror: The Mooch threatens all that you’ve worked hard for, sir. He’s taking away all of the attention!

Trump: Sad! How dare he? He’s finished in this town. Nobody makes crazy, inane statements but me, and occasionally Sean Spicer and that woman who replaced him – you know, the six point five – but also ME!!!!! 

Mirror: He even threatened Priebus via Twitter, sir. It seems that he wanted to emulate you, sir. 

Trump: NOBODY SENDS OUT RIDICULOUSLY HAM-FISTED TWEETS BUT ME!! 

Mirror: Raise hand slowly, sir and let’s say the magic words together…

Trump stretches out his unnecessarily long tie and raises his hand, his finger curling as they say:

Trump/Mirror: You’re fired!

Of course, Gen. John Kelly was the one who actually fired Scaramucci. You see, when you push out the previous chief of staff who you don’t report to, you really need to make sure that the same applies for his replacement. 

Scaramucci, you are the weakest link. 
Goodbye! 

10 ‘Our Lady Peace’ songs that everyone should listen to!


So, a friend and I were reminiscing about Our Lady Peace and given that I actually know where my old iPod is for once, I had their songs at hand and as I was scrolling through it I realised that these songs will always be classic (well to me at least). Teenage me used to bump OLP on a daily basis. I still listen to Innocent regularly because it’s one of my favourite songs of all time. FSOAT (I don’t think that’s going to catch on).

Here are the ten songs! I added lyrics just to pad the post, but whatever, OLP know how to break it down for everyone. Their lyrics are practically poetic.

I’m too lazy to link to anywhere… but OLP are on the usual places. YouTube, Spotify… and so forth.

1. Innocent

Oh, Tina’s losing faith in what she knows
Hates her music, hates all of her clothes
Thinks of surgery and a new nose
Every calorie is a war

2. Made of Steel

You wanted a hero tonight
Well I’m not made of steel
I’m not made of steel
But your secret’s safe with me

3. A Story About A Girl

Baby girl, stand up and fight
This is not some paradise
It’s just where we live
Finally you think you’re alright
Then it eats you up alive
You better get used to it

4. Not Enough

There’s nothing you can say
Nothing you can do
There’s nothing in between
You know the truth

5. Somewhere Out There

You’re falling back to me
You’re a star that I can see, yeah
I know you’re out there
Somewhere out there
You’re falling out of reach
Defying gravity, yeah
I know you’re out there
Somewhere out there

6. Angels/Losing/Sleep

It’s like the calm before the storm
You better swim
Just like it’s cold before it’s warm

7. Life

How many times have you been pushed around
Is anybody there, does anybody care
And how many times have your friends let you down
Is anybody there, did anybody stare
And how many times have your friends let you down
Just open up your heart
Just open up your mind

8. Sorry

Today’s a reason for living
Today’s the blood from a stone
Today’s the light from a candle
Helping us to find our way home
Today we carry each other
Today the past is a freak
Today is the time for forgiveness

9. Are You Sad?

Are you sad?
Are you holding yourself?
Are you locked in your room?
You shouldn’t be

10. Clumsy

And maybe you should sleep
And maybe you just need, a friend
As clumsy as you’ve been

Special mentions:

  • Do You Like It
  • One Man Army
  • Where Are You
  • Never Get Over You
  • Love And Trust

You know what? Do You Like It is too good for a special mention. It’s number 11.

11. Do You Like It

It’s too little too late
Well I can’t escape
So beggin’ you please
I changed all the things that you told me to change

Thank you and goodnight.

The R Word


I’m not going to spend a long time talking about this, but I ventured into the #racism tag on here and surprisingly, it was full of all kinds of crazy opinions. 

The hot topic seemed to be comments said by a Cambridge University student on Friday/Saturday, during a ‘riot’ that took place in East London. 

The Cambridge University student who praised rioters who threw petrol bombs at police and claimed “all white people are racist” has defended his comments.

Jason Okundaye, 20, head of the Black and Minority Ethnic society at the university, came under fire on Saturday after posting a string of posts on Twitter.

His remarks followed violent protests in Hackney, east London, on Friday night (July 28) over the death of Rashan Charles following a struggle with police.But commenting on his social media posts, Okundaye said: “My tweet about all white people being racist was pulled out of context and separate to my tweets in support of the Dalston protests.

“My tweets on white racism had been said before, in response to people acting as if racism is exclusive to working class people.

“I stated that regardless of sexuality, class, gender or age, all white people are racist i.e. not just one type of white person.”

And the reference to ‘geddit’ refers to my previous tweets on how all demographics of whiteness can and should be called out for their racism and how it specifically manifests in their groups e.g. white middle-class people refusing to hire Black people killed, or white gay men stating ‘no blacks, no asians’ on dating apps such as Grindr.

So basically, this student called all white people racist. 

Apparently that’s racist. 

He also said that all white people could ‘geddit’. 

Apparently that’s inciting violence. 

Unfortunately there are some people who think black people are afforded special treatment these days. They think equal opportunity is some sort of ploy to steal everything they have. It isn’t. Some of them even think that they’re a minority now. They’re not. They’re really not. 
What really pisses me off is the people that hear the word ‘racist’ and instead of taking a breath and calming down, they proceed to show you just how racist they truly are. Some of y’all would make shitty lawyers.

In my opinion, what this student said wasn’t racist. I don’t know how calling white people racist is racist. I can’t follow that logic. Either it’s true or false. What is racist is the people on Twitter calling black people ‘sub human’ and ‘ferals’. Or the people who say we should go back to Africa.

The difference is that I see that nonsense everyday, be it on comment sections, Twitter, wherever and it’s disgusting, but I can’t really do anything about it. I reported those tweets, but that won’t stop anything. 

Here, we have one admittedly inflammatory comment and now everyone is up in arms. Now they care about racism (but only so they can tell us how NOT racist they are, while being racist). 

They’re talking about expelling this student and prosecuting him for ‘inciting racial hatred’. That’s bullshit. I’ll admit that when I first read the news, my reaction was dude, what are you doing?? You can’t say that. Especially as a Cambridge student. Didn’t your parents tell you when to shut up! Also, hello, Cambridge!

When you’re black, you know that there will always be people ready to help you fail. You know that there are certain things you have to be careful about saying, especially around certain people. Forget context, you have to be mindful at all times. Perhaps Jason forgot himself and was so frustrated that he tweeted what he did. Maybe he was just fed up. We’ve all been at that point. I don’t think he deserves to lose his education over that. 

I find it highly ironic that an MP had this to say:

Just a few weeks ago, I was being told that a term used by one of his colleagues – ‘nigger in the woodpile’  – was just from back in the day and that outrage over the word was political correctness gone mad. 

Now… an opinion is ‘racial hatred’. Y’all need to make your mind up.

Or is it that certain people can say what they want and to hell with the rest of us? 

Let me know.

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