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The Man Who Saved The World

Posted: May 4, 2016 in Features

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The death of a loved one is never easy, especially when it is someone who you looked up to, were inspired by or even learned from.

It continues to amaze me how one single person could influence your entire life, make you the person that you are today. The funny thing is, you aren’t completely aware of the impact that person has made until they’re gone. I was at a funeral today, my cousin John Francis Kennedy passed away on the 2nd of May of a heart attack. This name means nothing to my readers of course but to me and my family, it means everything. John has been sick for a very long time and he knew it yet he never once let that stop him. You could talk to him for hours on end and always be in tears with laughing so much. He touched the soul of everyone he met; which begs the question, who influenced his life, who made him the man he was. The answer? The same as millions of people around the world, Kurt Cobain.

Cobain has to be one of the most influential people not just in the music industry but society as well. Lead singer for Nirvana Cobain reached the hearts of millions. For generations, boys and girls had jumped on their beds, swinging tennis rackets around and pretending to be the rock stars they dreamed they’d become.

Cobain, though, always seemed like he never wanted that kind of fame or the attention. He was tormented by his own personal demons and memories or his abusive childhood. He poured his pain and anger into his work creating not only exceptionally song still famous today, but a gateway into metal health. Cobain was among the first musicians to openly speak about his mental health issues.

I didn’t struggle with many of the issues that Cobain did such as divorced parents, homelessness, chronic pain or even substance abuse. However, Nirvana’s music, and Cobain’s broiling passion and clear-eyed vision, made me feel connected to him. I wasn’t the only one who was inspired by him, without his music there wouldn’t be bands like The Beatles.

What made him so special was that he seemed like a regular guy who stumbled into rock stardom and then recoiled from it when he reached the heights that some people spend their every waking breath striving for. That is punk rock. Who knows what would’ve happened if he hadn’t killed himself on 5Th of May 1994 but what we do know, he changed the world. He changed the way the world looked at music and more importantly, the way we look at mental health, he made the world a better place because without him, thousands would’ve have the courage to speak up and ask for the help that they need.

So Kurt Cobain, I’d like to thank you for the influence you have had on us and for being John’s idol, without you he wouldn’t have been the fun loving man we loved.

 

-Michele Kennedy

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The above is a list of the top 10 bands of all time, ranging from old classics to current stars. Of course there are a few that I would’ve loved to add but didn’t make it. Bands like Busted have been a big part of the music scene even now, long after they have disbanded, shaping how songs are written today.

This is my own opinion of course, let me know in the comments what you think, who would you choose as your top 1o and give me reasons why. Have you ever met your idol?

-Words By Michele Kennedy-

Keeping it real?

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Features, Polls
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Reality television, a section of the TV schedule dedicated to showcasing the lives of us ordinary citizens. In this day and age, we have hundreds of different reality genres, like music/talent, love/heartbreak and even the night-life of a few drunkards.

The genre began in earnest in the early to mid 1990s with The Real World. It then exploded as a phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global success of the series Survivor and Big Brother.

Since then, we have the likes of The X Factor, started in September 2004 with celebrity judges; Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborn and Louis Walsh. Nine years on and it’s still going strong with new judges and even harder challenges. Or is it?

As the show goes on, there are more and more claims that the show’s producers have been fixing votes in favour of the most controversial acts in order to boost ratings. In the 2012 show there was a major bust up between the producers and the viewers.

Louis chose to save Carolynne, but then took the vote to deadlock as Rylan Clark went through. After the decision, Carolynne’s mentor Gary Barlow stormed off, devastated Carolynne said she is ‘very cross’ about the situation, and won’t be auditioning for The X Factor again.

After Louis initially told host Dermot O’Leary he wanted Carolynne to go through to next week’s show over controversial Essex contestant Rylan Clark, he then backtracked and shouted that he wanted to take the vote to deadlock.

Louis’ last-minute change of heart caused outrage among viewers, with many pointing out that he was spotted chatting to the show’s executive producer Richard Holloway during Carolynne’s sing-off – prior to the judges’ decision on who should go home.

So, is reality TV real anymore, with rumours saying that even the likes of reality TV show Geordie Shore being scripted? Have your say in the below poll and leave your comments in the comment section.

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With X Factor back this year, so is the fix rumours: Sensationally claiming X Factor rigged the voting to make her go because she was ‘a threat’ to the other hopefuls who all made it through to next week’s show, she also blamed her exit on her styling.

‘I’ve had issues with this all along,’ she said. ‘I wanted to talk to Sharon about the styling but she was too busy.’

But despite Sharon’s apparent no-shows when Lorna needed her, the 26-year-old says Mrs O still ensured she was controlling Lorna’s wardrobe.