Donald Trump is president-elect.
Reality TV personality, businessman, and self-confessed sexual assaulter Donald Trump has beaten Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States.
Let that sink in for a minute.
In January, the man who ran a campaign based on fear, uncertainty, doubt, racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, violence and mocking of many different minorities will be inaugurated as one of, if not the most powerful people in the world, in control of an arsenal of roughly 7,000 nuclear warheads.
Once you've ordered your nuclear bunker, come back, and let's think where we go from here.
There are those who will ask "How did this happen?" It's an important question, but this column is not structured in a way that allows deep analysis of societal shifts.
However, it doesn't feel much of a stretch to say what we witnessed was the rejected of the status quo. The rejection of politics as normal. This feels like a protest from a class of society who for too long feel they've been ignored by political elites, and have latched on to a person who talks of change - despite offering no real framework to deliver.
One could also draw comparisons between the US election and Brexit. Both had racial undertones, motivated by fears of job usurpation and uncontrolled migration, and a long-bubbling apathy to existing political structures and attitudes. Both led to division within the respective countries, with vitriolic language and an 'us and them' attitude poisoning any potential for debate.
Those who are disillusioned by these results are entitled to feel that way - there is plenty to be concerned about. What cannot be allowed to happen though is the abandonment of hope. All things come to pass, and dark nights lead to bright days. Trump is already toning down his language, although the damage may already be done in terms of validating the hatred that was just below the surface in some "deplorable" individuals.
We can all act to further moderate and minimise the damage that can so easily come from such divisive movements. Stand up for one another, call out hatred when it surfaces, and speak on behalf of those who have no voice of their own. Throwing our toys out of the pram isn't going to solve anything, it will just make the mess worse.
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States
Well, there we go. The US election is now over, and Donald Trump, business mogul and reality TV judge has been elected as the 45th President of the United States. In doing so, he has defeated Hillary Clinton, and put an end to eight years of Democratic occupation of the White House. Trump's campaign was laced with worrying rhetoric, inciting violence, racism, sexism and misogyny. He also completely warped the truth and outright lied on occasion, and put in less-than-impressive debate performances. Nonetheless, the US have spoken and Mr Trump is now President-elect, and we all have a responsibility to combat any hate that stems from that. Already he appears to be talking down his grand plans, so it might not be the end of the world.
Two minutes silence marks Armistice day
Friday was Armistice Day, marked by two minutes of silence across the country. At 11:00, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, the guns fell silent as peace was agreed, ending World War One. Prince Harry laid a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and in Bristol, 19,240 shrouded figures were laid out on College Green - one for each soldier who died during the Battle of the Somme. The Prince of Wales attended a service in Bahrain, where a wreath was laid and he met with veterans currently working in the Middle East. The Royal British Legion charity organised several events across the UK, and has called for a "rethinking" of Remembrance so people think of those who have died in more recent conflicts alongside those who laid down their lives for the two world wars.
Leonard Cohen has died, age 82
Canadian songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82. Considered by many to be one of the world's greatest and most influential songwriters, Cohen touched the hearts and souls of people all over the world with his work, including songs such as Hallelujah, Bird On A Wire and So Long Marianne. He released his final album, You Want It Darker, just last month.
A statement on his website reads: "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."
Sheldon Cooper to get his own TV spin-off from The Big Bang Theory
Warner Bros. TV and CBS are apparently in talks to produce a spin-off to the hit TV show Big Bang Theory, focusing on the early life of Sheldon Cooper. Variety writes that a script deal is currently in the process of being negotiated. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is pegged to be an executive producer, along with Bill Prady, who is Big Bang Theory's co-creator and executive producer. The show is said to focus on on Sheldon growing up in Texas as the neurotic genius he is, a fact referenced to a lot in the main show. Nothing has been officially announced yet though.
John Lewis release their Christmas advert
In what has become an annual tradition, John Lewis have released their christmas advert to fanfare across the country. This year features #BaxterTheBoxer, a dog who is envious of woodland animals getting to play on the trampoline set up for the family's daughter on Christmas Eve. It features a cover by VAULTS of One Day I'll Fly Away by Randy Crawford. Last year was the heartwarming #ManOnTheMoon, and the year before was #MontyThePenguin. I personally don't feel this year stands up to its predecessors, but it certainly serves to brighten an otherwise fairly dark week.
Giant snowballs appear on Siberian beach
Along an 11 mile stretch of a Russian coast lie thousands of naturally-formed snowballs, spheres ranging from the size of an average tennis ball to three-feet long balls of ice. Locals in the village of Nyda (above the Arctic circle) were stunned to find the phenomenon. How? Along the shallow waters of northern seas, ice is shaped by weathering, such as wind and water, creating irregular shapes that washed ashore late last week. A similar event earlier this year produced thousands of snowballs in central Idaho. But this happens on a fairly regular basis: on Lake Michigan in 2015, and the Gulf of Finland in December 2014.
Source: Live Science
See the supermoon; the largest full moon in living memory
Monday sees astronomy lovers taking to sky gaze across the world. The moon will be closer to Earth than it has been for 68 years, around 221,000 miles away. And according to space.com, it won't be approaching this close until November 2034. Supermoons are new or full moons that appear when the orbit of the moon brings it particularly close to Earth- a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all. Said to be 30% brighter and 14% bigger than normal- It's going to leave us moonstruck.
Trailer for T2 Trainspotting released
The sequel to a film which is oft-considered the greatest British film ever has spawned a trailer. Since the announcement of the script by John Hodge, Danny Boyle and producers have tried to get the entire original cast back into the surviving characters they played twenty years ago and they succeeded. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlisle, and Kelly Macdonald can all be seen in the trailer. The film is based on the novel Porno by Irvine Welsh who also wrote the novel from which the first film was adapted and concerns the characters reunite after twenty years and get into pornography to make some money. The trailer has a lot of tropes directly copied from the phenomenally successful first film, including the very last shot, which will send the fans of Trainspotting sky high. On top of this, with the cinematography and editing looking even more impressive with an undeniably higher budget, it looks to be an audiovisual treat far greater than the original.
Isis Sky, Johanna Coulson and Bhavesh Jadva contributed to this report
Listen to our new music selection
So here is a new thing we will be trying out - Spotify music playlists. We are still in the very early process of planning how this will work, but we are taking the Google approach and throwing it out there to see how it works. Included here is music from Emeli Sande, the late Leonard Cohen and the soundtrack to Planet Earth II!
Enjoy, and keep an eye-out for more playlists. We welcome feedback on how you'd like to see this work too! We are a community here, after all!
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