On This Day: May 14th

On this day in 1955, the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies signed the Warsaw Pact. It was designed to ensure the close integration of military, economic and cultural policy between eight Communist nations: the USSR, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania.

People You’ll Definitely Live With In Your Second Year House

As the first term of your first year at uni comes to an end, the stress about housing for your second year becomes very real. Chances are you assembled a group of people together as fast as you could, and when second year rolls around you realise that wasn’t the best decision. Here’s why…

The Smelly One

They’ve clearly never done anything for themselves in their entire lives, and the move from halls to a house has destroyed their bubble. They won’t use the washing machine all term, they might shower once a week, and they’ll leave dirty dishes for other people to wash. You’ll most likely need to call for an intervention.

The Anal One

They’ve probably had a sheltered upbringing with uptight parents who won’t let them wear shoes anywhere in the house or drink/eat anywhere but the kitchen table. All they do is nag, nag, nag, nag, and nag some more.

The Horny One

All you’ll hear is moaning and a squeaky bed. You’ll be woken up to moaning and a squeaky bed. And there’s nothing you can do about it because you can’t ask someone to not have sex.

The One Who’s Always Out

They’ll never remember their keys on a night out. Prepare yourself for a message to the group chat at 4am at least twice a week: “seomen lwt me in plz hant got me keyddd”. Once you’ve gotten out of bed to let them in, they’ll stumble through the front door, perch on the stairs and shout really loudly, waking everyone up in the process.

The One Who Works

The odds are you’ll have a housemate who, like myself, has to work to be able to pay rent etc. You’ll barely ever see them, but when you do all they’ll do is moan to you about how work take advantage of them and they never have time for university work. The most likely time you’ll see them is emerging from their room at 3am for more coffee as they try their best to stay on top of everything.

The One Who Does Nothing But Moan

All. They. Do. Is. Moan. About everything. About dishes. About dust. About hair in the plughole. About unopened mail. About someone using their PS3 ‘too much’. About the temperature. Absolutely everything.

 

My Boyfriend Is My Best Friend And That’s All Right

There will be a lot of people who will roll their eyes at a couple spending a lot of time together. But I don’t think it’s so bad. My boyfriend and I were initially friends, and have been together for almost three years now; and we still haven’t grown sick and tired of one another.

14341611_1259075354123641_1219643719_nIt’s not just about going out for meals, and Netflix and chilling. It’s much deeper than that. It’s about feeling more whole in their presence; it’s about a unique connection. They should be there for everything, from being a shoulder to cry on when things go awry to celebrating your every achievement. That’s what mine does. And that’s also what best friends do. So, yes, it is all right for your boyfriend to be your best friend.

Whether it’s a godawful Buzzfeed quiz about what kind of cloud you are, a Joe Biden/Obama meme, or a 9/11 conspiracy theory article at three in the morning, your boyfriend is the first person to receive it. Even when you find yourself sending him ten stupid Internet findings in the middle of the night, it’s fine because he always wants to be bothered by you.

Even when you know you’re looking your absolute worst with your hair pulled back, the same pair of pyjamas on for the third day in a row sans makeup, you know you’re not being judged. He’s happy to see you in your natural state eating an entire Dominos meteor pizza to yourself.

When you decide to treat yourselves and have a date night, it doesn’t feel weird going dutch. You’re so close that it doesn’t matter who pays for what – what’s yours is his and what’s his is yours. The same goes for his hoodies being yours. They’re all yours. All of them. Yours.

As menial as your day-to-day tasks might be, it’s always riveting to your boyfriend when it’s coming from you. He feels inspired just knowing that you gave that snotty customer a dirty look as she left the shop.

Sometimes it can feel as though you and your boyfriend are in your own special bubble when you basically have your own language with the scope of inside jokes you share. It’s ok to act stupid together. In fact, it’s the silly moments that make it that much better. Even when he farts in your face. And when you poo while he showers. Nothing is off limits. He’s your best friend.

It’s easy to get mad at him because he’s the most annoying person alive, but it’s also that easy to calm down and get over it because he matters more to you than whatever it is you’re arguing about.

At the end of the day, you love each other and don’t want to be without one another. Lovers and best friends.

The Alt-Right

Pepe memes, Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon: all strange, and yet central to what we now know as the alt-right.

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Now, if Pepe memes don’t clear up what the shite the alt-right is, then maybe I can sum it up for you: the alt-right is nothing more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of society: white supremacists, mysoginists and anti-Semites. But, is it an ideology? This is a question that doesn’t half rattle my cage. It’s not conservatism, but it’s certainly not liberalism. It seems to be a patchwork of the ideas of young white men who crave attention.

Why do I think this? There’s a sanctimonious portion of the left that have so belligerently pushed for safe spaces, trigger warnings and the acceptance of an infinite amount of genders, attempting to tell people what they can and can’t do, and can and can’t say. The reaction to this – on an extreme level – is the alt-right. Essentially, a bunch of vitriolic, self-indulgent white boys have turned to the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos and latterly Donald Trump in an attempt to say a big “fuck you” to political correctness and the establishment.

The reason the alt-right is so dangerous is that it’s fuelled by white boys. Historically, white boys have never had an issue with getting their voice heard have they? This is the danger; the danger of people who have never experienced any level of systematic oppression claiming that they are being oppressed by the status quo.

Unfortunately, it is becoming harder and harder to ignore them. It’s almost as if they’ve formed their own society; a society in which it’s completely acceptable to have a President who not only thinks that its funny to grab women “by the pussy”, but is also endorsed by the KKK. We can only wonder what’s next.