The Hamilton Book Tag

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This tag has been a long time coming. I’ve been obsessed with the musical Hamilton for about a year now, and I’ve professed my love frequently on both this blog and social media! (Along with many other things. :P) A while back I did the Les Mis Book Tag, so I think it’s only fair that I now give centre stage to the revolutionaries across the Atlantic! Although I wasn’t actually tagged for it, I found this on Chasing Faerytales; it was originally created by Maureen Keavy.

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The Room Where it Happens: a book world you would put yourself in

Well, I probably should say Harry Potter. Because I love the Wizarding world, and I also love magic, and the Ministry of Magic also SUPER needs reforms. (Has anyone noticed the utter lack of democracy? Yeah, no.) But I have to confess that I think I’d go to Watford from Carry On! Because the spells are based on popular idioms, and I am a language nerd. And also because I like cherry scones.

The Schuyler Sisters: an underrated female character

*waves hands around frantically* I HAVE SO MANY CHOICES FOR THIS GUYS. I’m frequently upset by the lack of love given to girls in books. (Ginny Weasley! Agatha Wellbelove! Blue Sargent!) But I think I’m going to go for Cosette Fauchelevent from Les Mis, because I have been in love with her since forever. Asdfjkl she is just an amazing kind goddess person and I find it difficult to express my affection.❤this savage song

My Shot: a character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

This description definitely fits Kate Harker from VE Schwab’s This Savage Song. (I know it’s Victoria Schwab in the US, but my UK version says VE. So I AM GOING WITH THAT.) I mean, she definitely has a lot more depth beneath her cold ambitious exterior, but she is still a very scary girl. You know, killing monsters and all that.

Stay Alive: a character you wish was still alive 

I mean, this applies to every single character from Les Mis, but that’s a given.😉 I don’t want to spoil too much so I’ll put it in white, but: ALED’S DOG FROM RADIO SILENCE BY ALICE OSEMAN. Literally the most heart-breaking thing, oh my goodness. (And yes, that counts as a character.)

fans of the impossible lifeBurn: the most heartbreaking relationship you’ve ever read

There are rather a lot of contenders here – particularly Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park — but one that sticks out to me is Fans of the Impossible Life. It’s not the most well-known book ever, but I ADORED it and I 100% recommend it if you’re looking for an awesome contemporary YA with queer characters. Anyway, all three of the main characters are (kind of?) in a relationship and you sort of know it’s coming, but… you feel the pain anyway. And I swear this isn’t much of a spoiler. IT’S ON THE FIRST PAGE.

You’ll Be Back: sassiest villain

Man, I’m going to have to go with another Schwab: Victor Vale from Vicious this time! Aside from the obvious awesomeness of this book, Victor has a lot of great angsty cutting lines.there will be lies

The Reynolds Pamphlet: a book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake is the most plot twist-y book I have ever read. Not only is there one crazy twist, but multiple. I even forgot they were coming when I re-read it. PROPS TO HIM FOR THAT.

Non-Stop: a series you marathoned

I read The Mortal Instruments + Infernal Devices over the summer two years ago (wow, that sounds so long!) but more recently I marathoned the first three books of The Raven Cycle. I finally gave into the hype and got out all three from my public library! It’s safe to say that I fell in love and haven’t looked back.😛

ghostwrittenSatisfied: favourite book with multiple POVs

Yes! That is a non-YA book you see! Although David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is probably more well known, I was astounded by his ability to differentiate no less that 9 (9!) first person perspectives in this. All writers should take notes on character voices. *nods* Each story has its own flavour, and you wish that they didn’t finish so soon! I’m always so interested in fleeting connections with other people’s lives, so this was perfect for me.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: a book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history

Harry Potter is the obvious answer for a modern book here. And I’m pretty sure that it will be remembered for an awfully long time! But, you know, I’d also hope that Shakespeare’s plays and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables would also make it through. (I know this is the Hamilton and not the Les Mis book tag. I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT MUSICALS. As I’m sure you all know by now haha.)

are you a hamilton fan like me? which song is your favourite? and if you enjoyed this, check out my les mis v hamilton fandom battle!

One more thing: I’m going to be away with absolutely zero wifi between 24th July (Sunday) and 4th August. Unfortunately I won’t be able to talk to you during that time, but I’ll be catching up as soon as I get back!

Harry Potter: Exploring the Unforgivable Curses

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Today I’m delighted to be participating in the Potterhead July blog festival, hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. All through this month many other wonderful bloggers are writing about a wide variety of topics to celebrate the release of the Cursed Child script! You can check out the full schedule here.

I decided to write about something which I have a deep interest in — Wizarding law! Even though you might not think it features a lot in the books, there’s a LOT of fascinating material to look at. *nods* (If you couldn’t tell: I am nerdy when it comes to Wizarding law.) But the whole of Wizarding law is rather a broad topic, and neither you nor I would have the willpower to read and write a massive sprawling paper on it. Although I am  kind of sad not to be able to write about werewolves. But ANYWAY. In this post I’m focusing on the Unforgivable Curses! I’ll be looking at the reasoning behind them, their flaws, what they mean for morality in the Wizarding world.

As I’m sure many of you know, there are three Unforgivable Curses: the Imperius curse, the Cruciatus curse, and the Killing curse. (AKA Avada Kedavra. For ease that’s what I call it most of the time. SORRY, TECHNICALITIES.) Imperius makes the victim unquestioningly follow the will of whoever cast it — i.e. mind control — Cruciatus causes extreme pain/torture, and Avada Kedavra instant death. The penalty for casting an Unforgivable Curse is an automatic life sentence in Azkaban.

“And they are so named?”
“Because they are unforgivable. The use of any one of them will….”
“Earn you a one-way ticket to Azkaban. Correct.”

(This is from the movie of The Goblet of Fire, by the way. Not actual canon, but I though it was a rather nice explanation.)

The reasoning behind them is essentially that these spells are so evil that you can never be forgiven for using them. (The clue is in the name.) They’re some of the — if not the — worst crimes a witch or wizard can commit. It seems fairly logical; after all, in the Muggle world we usually have strong penalties for murder, torture and slavery. (There isn’t a completely direct Muggle Imperius comparison, but that seemed most fitting .) In many places people can go to prison for life for these crimes.

However, if you look into them a bit more then the concept becomes rather flawed. Firstly, the inconsistent reasoning behind the Unforgivable Curses themselves. Although many people would call them the ‘worse’ of the three Curses, Cruciatus and Avada Kedavra are both rather problematic. Like I said earlier, there isn’t a direct comparison to Imperius in the Muggle world — you can’t get the same effect in any other way. But the results of Cruciatus and Avada Kedavra can be achieved fairly easily via non-Unforgivable means, whether that’s with other curses or through Muggle means. The penalty is placed on the method rather than the result.

Avada Kedavra has the weakest argument, to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very strongly against murder! But there are many other ways to be killed in the Wizarding world and the same punishment isn’t meted out, particularly in reference to Aurors. It doesn’t figure that only people who murder using Avada Kedavra should be punished with the Unforgivable penalty. So the first problematic element to the Unforgivable Curses are their inconsistency.

The second problem is the automatic sentence to Azkaban. It’s unclear whether this includes a trial or not, but as you might now the Wizarding judicial system isn’t exactly trustworthy. *coughs* let’s hope they did some reforms Normally a judge would decide the punishment. But it seems as though with the Unforgivable Curses, the caster is given no option but to go straight to Azkaban. (Which is especially unfair if that’s without a trial.)

Following these rules, several characters we see as good — including Molly Weasley and Harry himself — should be in Azkaban. In the books they did escape this, but what of those without fame and some form of trust from the establishment on their side? It’s far more fair and logical to hold a trial, consider the situation and evidence and then punish the caster. Considering the horrific conditions of Azkaban, you don’t really want to be sending the wrong person there. (Although that seems to happen, er, fairly frequently.) (Okay, I know this post isn’t a discussion about the prison system, but we should probably consider whether Azkaban is actually a useful place for criminals to go. I mean, it wouldn’t be beneficial for the world if Harry Potter was locked up in prison, so…?)

As well as these two major problems, there are also many other terrible fates out there in the Wizarding world that aren’t branded Unforgivable, such as the Dementor’s Kiss. It just doesn’t make sense to single out these three for particular attention and then disregard others.

The strong penalties aren’t even very effective. Many wizards seem unafraid to cast Unforgivable Curses. Like I said before, this includes many characters we’d see as good, and brings into the equation the question of their own morality. Ultimately, the governing system is still very flawed and practices violence despite their laws. And, as Hermione might point out, they don’t have very good relations with non-wizard magical beings. It’s pretty unclear as to what the law is concerning Unforgivable Curses in this manner. You’d think it would be the same, because a lot of the phrases are to do with the method rather than the effect, but the Ministry of Magic seemed pretty content with killing Buckbeak so it’s difficult to say.

In summary, although I find the concept of Unforgivable Curses very interesting, I think that they’re a rather flawed concept and — like many aspects of Wizarding life — require changes. If you fancy reading up on a bit more, then it turns out there are some rather excellent legal articles out there (by actual law students) about Harry Potter! Yes, that’s an actual thing.😛 I found this one by Aaron Schwabach extremely useful, but this is also great if you want some broader information about the Law in Harry Potter.

what do you think about the unforgivable curses? are they fair? are you participating in the potterhead july festival?

Introducing: Finding Our Feet

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Hellooo! Today I’m super excited to share a new project that hopefully lots of you can join in with.  (Instead of listening to my general long rambles and being bored.) (Well. I HOPE NOT. :P)

Finding Our Feet is a project by and for teens & young people. It was created by Em @ Adventures of a Lost Teen, with help from myself and Victoria @ Addlepates and Booknerds. We’re aiming to compile a short video with clips and advice from all of you guys about the struggles of growing up and finding our place. We’re hoping that through this we can find shared experiences and give some support around the teen blogging community.:) Being a young person is never easy, but *cue music* WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

And this is where the feet part comes in! We’re asking you to send in a clip of you walking anywhere you like to accompany the message you submit. I know a lot of people would prefer not to show their face, and it fitted reall well with the theme of ‘finding our feet’. (Literally. This is all a massive pun and I LOVE IT.)

how exactly can you get involved?

Okay, so as I mentioned if you’d like to participate we’re asking for two pieces of information from you:

  1. A 10-20 second clip of you walking as an email attachment
  2. A short written message of advice or support for other young people or an inspirational quote

And then send both of these to findingfeetproject@gmail.com by 31st July.

a couple of tips

  • You can film your clip on whatever you like — a phone is perfectly fine! — as long as it’s got your feet walking. (You can check out an example clip that Em made below.) We’re hoping to get as much variety as possible so feel free to get creative with where you’re walking! (As long as it’s not dangerous. SAFETY FIRST,PEOPLES.)
  • Regarding the length of your clip: as I said, it can be anywhere between 10 and 20 seconds, but remember that your message must be read out over your clip. So if you’ve got a slightly longer message then go for a longer clip! We can always cut clips down, but trying to make the words fit in a short time period is a lot more difficult.
  • Send your video in an attachment, but send your message written! We’ve decided to have a few readers saying the messages rather than asking you to send in audio clips yourself.:)
  • If you’re sending in a quote and it’s been said by a particular person, it would be wonderful if you could include a source.

Here’s Em’s wonderful example!

Message: “never let other people tell you your dreams are impossible”

Now all that’s left is for you guys to participate! Its open to all young people wherever you are, and we’re accepting clips + messages until 31st July. The final video should be up sometime in August. We hope to see as many submissions as possible!😀

And if you have any questions then feel free to comment, check out Em’s introductory post or contact us on Twitter (@appletaile, @Addlepates or @em_is_lost99).:)

7 Languages I’d Like to Speak // struck by linguistic love

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I HAVE SO MANY LANGUAGES APART FROM ENGLISH THAT I WANT TO LEARN. Literally all of them. There are way too many languages in the world. And let’s remember that I’m still on my way to learn English. I just…LIKE LANGUAGES A LOT.❤ I have such a busy summer ahead of me. Even though I probably won’t end up doing all the work I want, but hey!

1. Spanish This is probably my favourite language at school! I want to be able to read the Spanish copy of Eleanor & Park I bought. Don’t ask. There’s also a lot of Spanish literature I’d love to read in its original language, but… HOPEFULLY. Someday. I’m going to make this happen.

2. Old English The language of Beowulf, Merlin, and the maybe the basis for Elvish. (Which makes an appearance later.) I have basically no knowledge of this language at all, unlike most of the others on this list, but thank Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Cycle inspires unknown language-learning, okay?

3. Japanese Yes. I am in theory learning this, but I’ve basically only learnt the hiragana and katakana so far. So I can read some things phonetically! But I can’t tell you what they mean. The hope and the dream is to watch a Ghibli film in its original language (and without subs). Because I am a nerd, and I like Studio Ghibli.

4. Latin The textbook we have is kind of silly — yeah it’s the Cambridge one with Caecilius and everything, hi to anyone else who knows what I’m talking about — but this would be awesome to be able to know it a bit better. I could be Ronan Lynch. With a bonus of obscure words definitions.

5. British Sign Language Obviously BSL is different to the other languages here! There are no opportunities at all to learn it at school, so I think I should at least learn some basic phrases. It’s really cool. And then you can speak in all sorts of situations where you can’t vocally say stuff.

6. French I just handed in my options to give this up next year. *sighs* I have to many subjects that I want to study and it’s awful. I still hold my Les Mis/living in Paris fantasies in my heart, though, and I AM GOING TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN. Even if it means visiting with another person who, you know, actually can communicate. I will not give this up.

7. Elvish I’m not going to lie here: I went through a phase of researching constructed languages (i.e. made up languages) and it was all very nerdy and academic. But being able to speak Elvish would be awesome, no?| IT WOULD BE LIKE A SECRET CODE. I wish I could learn Morse Code as well. I know it’s not really a language, but can we just put that as the honorary eighth? I don’t want to break the seven tradition, guys.

do you speak more than one language? which ones would you like to learn? are you torn in WAY too many different directions like me?😛

 

My Thoughts on Carnegie Medal 2016

carnegie cover2Every year my school hosts a shadowing group for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, which is basically where we read all the books on the shortlist and discuss them over smoothie and brioche. I’ve loved it for all the years I’ve participated and this has been no exception! I actually think that the shortlist this year was the best in a while. Perhaps that’s because it catered more to my taste in YA rather than MG, but hey.

This post is a little late because One by Sarah Crossan was announced as a winner the other week, but I thought it would still be fun to tell you guys my personal opinion on all the books.

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We read about one book a week, and I managed to finish them all this time.:) Here’s a lovely infographic showing how I rated them. I’ll go from least favourite upwards so that we end on a positive note!

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgewick I regret to say that this was definitely my least favourite. (I rather liked the author’s other book, Midwinterblood.) It was very carefully crafted and Deep. But…I just didn’t get it. Although beautifully written, the stories didn’t grip me, and I couldn’t understand the heavy-handed theme of the spiral. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT ALL MEANT, GUYS. So it wasn’t really for me.

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine I was one of two people in our whole book group who didn’t enjoy this one, so perhaps I’m in the minority. It was better than I had initially anticipated — and I think it did well to try and remove itself from typical grief/uplifting story, but it just annoyed me. The prose was too purple, the characters boring cut-outs. (MANIC PIXIE DREAM BOY MUCH. Dear Librarian: Thurston is definitely not Donna Tartt’s Boris. Uh-uh. Nope.) In a different year I might have placed I higher, but as it is it stays here.

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders Again, in a less strong year this might have been higher. I thoght I’d hate this — especially since I haven’t read the original Five Children and It — but I thought it was a cute adventure story. And IT WASN’T SUPER PATRONISING. Thank God for that. Carnegie has a habit of picking patronising MG novels. *sighs*

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness What?! you cry. You’re putting a Patrick Ness 4th? After raving about this for so long? I know, I know. I do love this book. But upon re-reading it, I realised that…I don’t know, it just isn’t my favourite Ness book. There were other excellent books this year. And I still think that this book is really important and that the whole not-Chosen one thing actually does work. But it’s just not up there for me.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake Weirdly, this book moved up in my estimation from when I first read it. I understood I a lot better! And I COULDN’T REMEMBER HALF THE TWISTS. So there were a lot of surprises. *coughs* The Dreaming parts really dragged the pacing, especially since the ‘real world’ bits were pretty fast action-y, but overall a strong contender.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge I love this book! It’s one of my favourite MG reads in ages. The combination of pseudoscience/fantasy things, gothic Victorian aesthetic and historical feminism is SO GOOD. It’s just a solid novel.

One by Sarah Crossan This was wonderful; I’ve read several books by Sarah Crossan and I still think that her strength lies in verse novels. (Is that what I call them? Poetry novels? Anyway. ) She does them so well, writing beautiful poems whilst still creating a narrative! IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. My main problem was that it did feel a bit clichéd and expected… I don’t know, I guess I’d just have liked a bit more of a twist.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley When I first saw this was on the shortlist, I thought it would be my favourite. And…well. It still is! I adored this book even more the second time I read it. History! Civil rights! Queer people in history! (And awesome chapter titles.) SO MANY THINGS TO LIKE. The ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly, but to be quite honest we need more happy queer characters in historical fiction. Lies We Tell Ourselves will probably have a personal space in my heart for a long time.:)

Although One was crowned the eventual winner, I’m not too upset because it was my second choice. I thought the judges would probably go for it. And Lies We Tell Ourselves actually won the popular vote in the inter-schools event I attended, so I’m super happy that other people have enjoyed it! (Also, OUR TEAM WON THE QUIZ. Mwahaha delicious maltesers as a prize.)

read any of the books on the shortlist? do you attend a shadowing or book club? which one would have been your favourite?

After Brexit

My emotions are in turmoil right now. I’ve been drifting between bleak emptiness, outrage, and flat-out crying. It feels like the world shouldn’t be able to keep happening — yet it does, and every time I remember that we voted Out it jars me. This all feels like one big impossible nightmare.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m fucking disappointed right now. I am very disappointed. I cannot believe that my own country has chosen xenophobia and uncertainty for the sake of non–arguments like: ‘take our country back’, ‘make Britain great again’ etc. I despise the numbers of people who voted to Leave. I believe passionately that staying in the EU is the better choice, and I think this is catastrophic. Our country is…well we’re pretty fucked right now. We’re left with Farage in victory and potentially the idiotic Boris Johnson running for PM. You know you’ve made a bad turn when Trump and Putin approve of your decision.

It seems bad. I cried when I saw the news on Friday. I feel more sad right now than I have felt in as long as I remember. I watched my future plans slide away from me as the results came into the television. And the worst part was that I couldn’t even do anything — the people voting Leave were by and large the older generation. That was an utterly selfish vote. It’s us who will have to pick up the pieces. If anyone dares to tell me that young people don’t care about politics, I swear that I will hit something.

I fear a lot for myself and for many other young people. This is going to affect our lives in so many ways. I’m also pretty upset because Brexit is undoubtedly a bad thing for LGBTQ+ rights, and it kind of shadowed Saturday’s Pride. (Next year, I swear, I AM GOING. Instead of just sort of skulking around central London ‘by coincidence’.) (I did actually have a Guides thing, to be fair, but I ardently wish I had gone.) We’re facing the implosion of the Labour party and a probably more right-wing PM than we had before. I’m not a fan of Cameron, but quite frankly he’s the best of the Tories.

But although I am shocked and angry: we must not lose hope. This is not the end of the world. We’re going to survive. Although following the murder of the wonderful Jo Cox it may seem like we’ve gone into war, we haven’t. The vote was very, very split, and hopefully they’ll be able to take that into account. Perhaps when we go into negotiations we’ll be able to keep some elements of being an EU member. (Well, free movement will probably happen anyway, so you know.)

We haven’t left yet, guys. The fight is not over. Article 50 hasn’t been triggered and there are a ton of layers of bureaucracy to get through. No one should have the right to strip away my EU citizenship, and I’m not just going to let it go. This referendum isn’t even legally binding — I mean, they’re obviously not just going to ignore it, but it doesn’t have to be the complete final word. There are many petitions you can sign to — for instance — get a 2nd referendum with 60% majority necessary, or to require that £350 million goes to the NHS per week as promised by the Leave campaign. (Maybe London will eve become an independent city state…? Or we can all move to Scotland when it leaves the UK.)

Remaining in the EU was probably the first big political thing that I truly, passionately embraced. It’s such a shame that the xenophobia that’s sadly in many places worldwide right now had to manifest itself in something irreversible. I’m really scared for the possibility of President Trump but at least he can be voted out after his term ends. Following this result I feel even more determined to do something about the state of politics — I don’t want us to head in the direction of racism and ignorance. I want the media to properly educate people so that the don’t make bloody stupid votes for reasons with absolutely no foundations. I want the Labour party to get its fucking act together, thanks very much.

This is a sad time for us all. But there will be some positives to come out of this. Let’s remember that it’s okay, we’re okay, and we’re not giving up on Britain.

Thursday’s EU Referendum // do i stay or do i go?

The referendum that will decide whether Britain leaves the EU is coming up this Thursday. I can’t vote — and I wouldn’t be able to vote even if they did allow 16-year-olds — but I feel like this is one of the most important decisions yet in my life. I’ve seen over the last year I’ve been trying to have greater political awareness, and the more I’ve read into this issue the more passionate I’ve become in my belief that we’re better off in the EU.

This post may not change anyone’s mind. It’s pretty late know, and I’m not exactly famous. Plus, three quarters of people under 25 want to stay in anyway so perhaps I’m preaching to the choir. But I the polls are incredibly close and feel so, so strongly about this. I want to be able to look back and say: I said something. I really hope it’s not from the perspective of a Britain out of the EU.

For any readers who are a bit confused: Britain is a member of the European Union. I mean, the EU is kind of complicated and I don’t know all the ins and outs, but it’s basically a political and economic union of various states. This mainly means we can trade easily with member nations and that free movement of people in the EU is allowed. The two main issues of this debate have indeed been the economy and immigration.

I don’t think the campaigns have been the best. Both sides have gone for really negative campaigns, which I think is such a shame. Remain in particular had such a strong case to present the facts logical rather than go for crazy scaremongering. But, putting that aside: I want us to stay in. I think that the Leave campaign has really reminded me that there are people who don’t want to be inclusive. That it’s better to cut ourselves off and build a wall.

Perhaps that’s not everyone voting Leave. Obviously there are a lot of different factors. (Please do check out Em‘s post which explains the details a lot better than I can!) I’m sure there are people voting Out with a lot more legitimate reasoning. But in general I’m scared by the idea that we need to ‘take Britain back’. I’ve seen our country, inexplicably, compared to the USSR by educated people…?

I don’t want us to return to being Good Old Britons who sneer and hate foreigners. That’s not how we should be thinking. Yes, Britain is still a democracy; no, the EU is not going to remove our voting rights.(It placed sanctions on the current Polish government because they are doing some very shifty things. Like messing around with the Supreme Court. It’s not a ‘mildly conservative government’, guys.) In particular the EU does reduce the effectiveness in some areas of law, but I think that the benefits outweigh that. We can’t be all take and no give. There are lots of great EU policies! Worker’s rights. The environment. It’s not all doom, gloom and red tape.

I admit that I also believe we should stay for more selfish reasons. I want to be able to travel around Europe! I love that I could go for a day trip to France if I wanted. We can’t know the future of Britain or the economy, but most people agree that Brexit would mean higher prices for some time after, especially whilst we re-negotiate all our trade deals. I don’t particular feel like being a student during a time with both high prices and more difficult travel. Any of my current plans would basically die. Also, my parents’ jobs would be a lot worse and Boris Johnson would potentially become PM. He is a) extremely unqualified and b) not a nice person, so. I don’t love David Cameron, but he’s way better than a lot of people.

This post is not perhaps the highest political analysis you’re going to get. I realise that I’m speaking from a pretty privileged middle class perspective But I do believe, ardently, that Britain is better off in the EU. If we leave I feel the economy and security of our nation would suffer, and I don’t want us to reject all our ideas of co-operation and inclusiveness. We are not so important that countries will just make trade deals with us again. We are not so important that the EU will help us when we need it. Yes, the EU needs reforms, but you can’t change the system from the outside.

If you are able to vote this Thursday then I hope you make the right choice. And I hope that I won’t wake up on Friday to Brexit.

what’s your opinion on the eu referendum? in or out? (and does anyone else think ‘brexit’ sounds like a breakfast cereal, or is it just me?)