Terrorism Will Never Win

(This was originally posted on my other blog, but as this is a journalism blog, I thought I’d add it on here too)

I know it’s not normally something I would post on my blog, but I have to say something.

Last night, on the 22nd May 2017, the UK experinced one of the most horrific terrorist incidents of all time, after an explosion was detonated outside an all-packed Manchester Arena.

At around 10:30 pm, 21,000 Ariana Grande fans began to gather their stuff and leave the arena, when the explosion happened. Confusion quickly led to terror, as people started to leave as fast as they could, climbing over chairs and one another, trying to get out as fast as they could.

And this callous and shocking event has injured 59 people, and taken the lives of 22. Two of those lives lost were 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

That’s what makes this attack even more heartless. THESE WERE FUCKING CHILDREN. Who thought it would be a good idea to ruin the lives of children, INNOCENT CHILDREN, who wanted to have an amazing time with their favourite artist? It makes me sick that there are people out there who would do this.

But terrorism hasn’t destroyed us. It’s brought us closer together. We’ve shared images online of people who haven’t returned home yet, making sure that they are safe. We’ve expressed our condolences towards the victims and their families. That’s the power of social media – it’s brought billions and billions of people together, uniting against terrorism and giving it the middle finger.

No matter what happens, we will always stand together, as a society, and because of this:

Terrorism.
Will.
Never.
Win.

Is Ross Barkley Going To Stay At Everton This Summer?

Well, if you ask Everton manager Ronald Koeman, you’ll get a response along the lines of ‘I doubt it’.

In today’s press conference ahead of their final game against Arsenal, Koeman said that he is “not confident” that Ross Barkley will be at the club in the summer. The English international currently has a contract with the club until next summer, and has been offered a long-term deal, but hasn’t signed it as of yet.

Last week, Koeman also warned Barkley that if he doesn’t commit his future to the club (sign the contract), he’ll be sold in the summer.

Asked whether he would be worried about Barkley leaving the club, Koman responded: “I am not worried because I like to work with players who like to stay. We will go on and we’re looking for players in that position. If he stays, there will be more competition for him next season.”

He also added: “If you offer the player a good contract, it means we want him to stay here. If we don’t want the player to stay longer, we don’t offer him a new contract”

So the chances of Barkley leaving Everton in a few months? Very likely. “But where will he go?” is the big question that most people would be asking.

Even though he’s only got 12 months left on his contract, he won’t be cheap. He’s played some part in Everton’s 2016/17 season, scoring five goals and creating eight assists – which isn’t too bad for an attacking midfelder. Also, he’s English, so he’s guaranteed to be around £30 million AT LEAST. That’s just how it works in the market these days.

So I can only really see him go to one of the top clubs in the summer, whether it’s Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, the Manchester clubs or (more controversially) Liverpool.

Call Of Duty: WWII

It’s no secret that Call of Duty has been dying over the last few years. Since Ghosts, the hype for Call of Duty games has died. Sure, they’re still popular, but the standard of their games has fallen, and year after year, all we’ve got is a bundle of mediocre jumping-simulator games. And if it wasn’t for Modern Warfare: Remastered, I’m sure most people wouldn’t have even bought Infinite Warfare last year. In fact, I’d imagine that people haven’t even touched Infinite Warfare yet.

So, Activision released their trailer today, for their new Call of Duty game, which will no doubt revitalise the franchise. Call of Duty: WWII.

OH MY GOD! CALL OF DUTY ARE GOING BACK TO THEIR ROOTS! I WONDER WHAT CAUSED THAT TO HAPPEN????

Anyway, the like to dislike ratio is so much better on the trailer this time, so that’s good for Activision. And it’s fairly obvious, isn’t it? No jetpacks. No “out of space” BS. Just a fast-paced, on the ground shooter, like the old COD titles we all know and love.

 

According to the Activision blog, Call of Duty: WWII “is about a squad’s remarkable journey of personal growth and heroism across Europe in World War II, and is a story about common men and women doing uncommon things to preserve freedom.”

“It takes place in the European theater of conflict, at a time when the Allied forces were finally starting to gather strength on their march into Germany. You and your squad will fight your way through occupied France, Belgium, and across the Rhine into Germany.”

I’m not going to lie, I’m excited for this. I am always guilty of falling into the “hype trap” of video gaming, but the campaign sounds amazing, and it looks great. I’m expecting big things from this game…

…and future Call of Duty games too.  Sledgehammer Games have been building this game for almost two and a half years now, around the time where their previous game, Advanced Warfare, was coming to an end. To me, it showed that Activision knew that the futuristic games weren’t such a good idea after all, and told Sledgehammer Games to make this game for now, and now that Black Ops 3 is done too, it just makes me wonder what Treyarch are doing at the moment, and what Infinity Ward might do after Infinite Warfare.

Finally, we can get excited about Call of Duty again!

Some Really Quick Thoughts About The New General Election

Honestly, I’d never thought I’d be writing about politics on this blog… 

On behalf of all of the British people, I want to say this: WTF is actually going on with our country?

One minute, we’re talking about triggering Article 50 and a possible war with Spain over Gibraltar, and now we’re going in a complete u-turn and having a General Election.

Thanks, Theresa May. Thanks for making things 100x worse to understand. As if it wasn’t already difficult enough. 🙂

I mean, why now? Why wasn’t this done in the first place when Cameron resigned, like any normal, democratic country would have done? Why the sudden urgency now? Why wasn’t anyone told about it?

And let’s say someone like Jeremy Corbyn, or any other anti-Brexit party leader, was voted in this election. What happens to Article 50? Will it be abolished? Will Brexit negotiations have to continue? How will/have the EU leaders react to this?

 

It’s just so confusing at the moment, and hopefully, the majority of these questions will be answered in the next few weeks. Otherwise, we’re fucked.

I guess the most important question on everyone’s mind is Brexit and whether it can be stopped. That will probably be the deciding factor amongst young people, like myself, who are eligible to vote now.

But most importantly, I CAN’T WAIT for the constant “Who’s going to be elected?” Twitter polls, fake propaganda, and those AWFUL Party Political Broadcasts in the upcoming weeks 🙂 

Jesse Lingard Proves Why Modern Football Is A Joke Now

Honestly, I’d too would be as happy as Jesse Lingard, if I was being paid £100k a week for being average.

Let’s be completely honest, football was already a joke. It’s not really a sport anymore. It’s a business. Billions of pounds thrown at Premier League clubs for TV rights every year, nine-figure sponsorship deals are rammed down our throats with adverts and Twitter emojis, seven-figure prices are thrown at slightly above average players, and ridiculously expensive season tickets that the average fan cannot afford anymore.

Essentially, it all boils down to ‘who has the most money to burn in order to get a Premier League title’ and ‘who can charge “fans” (customers) the most money”. It’s shit.

And it’s been shown again today. Jesse Lingard has signed a new contract at Manchester United today for… wait for it… £100,000 a week. One. Hundred. Thousand. Pounds. A week.

Sorry, is this still April Fools’ Day? I thought it was last week.

I’m probably going to get some backlash for this, but what exactly has he done to deserve that? He scored a couple of goals at Wembley, and now he gets a huge pay rise? Eh?

Oh sorry, I forgot. He dabs (remember that Dabbing University advert he did. Christ…). And he played for England a couple of times. Totally worth it now. Sorry lads, I’ve changed my mind. Give him 200k a week next time, lads.

Seriously, he is not worth it. And before you go ‘ooh, you’re not a United fan, so you’re going to be biased’. Even Arsenal, the club I ‘support’, pays Theo Walcott 100k+ a week.

I know wages have been over £100k a week for years, even when I first started watching football about ten years ago. The likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand. Players like that. World-class players. It was justified, in my opinion. But now, any average footballer can get a ridiculously high wage.

And it still baffles me how big clubs are throwing money at players when there’s a huge underlying issue in grassroots football. Not to mention that non-league football clubs are going into administration and are struggling to survive on a daily basis, while they’re pissing money away like it’s some unlimited resources.

Or, that tickets to watch dab merchants live for 90 minutes is ridiculous. And I now the answer already. “Oh, our costs are high, we’ve got to cover our costs” Well if the wages weren’t high, there wouldn’t be a problem, would there?

 

Anyway, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Modern football is an absolute joke right now. And it won’t be long before I’ve lost all interest in the sport I once know and loved. Because this is getting out of hand now.

Sutton United Face Arsenal In The FA Cup Fifth Round!

In perhaps one of the most exciting FA Cup draws to date, Sutton United have drawn against Premier League side Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. The National League side, who are currently 105 places below The Gunners, will look to cause an upset at The Borough Sports Ground.

Lincoln City, the other remaining non-league side in the competition, also drew against Premier League opposition – Burnley at Turf Moor, whereas mid-table League One side Oxford United will face Middleborough.

Elsewhere, Wolves, who defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday, will face in-form Chelsea later this month, and current FA Cup champions Man United will play Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Here is the full list of the FA Cup 5th round ties (these will be played between the 17th and 20th February) 
Burnley v Lincoln City
Fulham v Tottenham
Blackburn Rovers v Man United
Sutton United v Arsenal
Middlesborough v Oxford United
Wolves v Chelsea
Huddersfield Town v Man City
Millwall v Derby/Leicester