The South Korean One Direction?

BTS: A South Korean Boy Band Taking the World by Storm

BTS Continue to rise

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is making waves all other the world right now as they have become the first K-Pop band to top US album charts, knocking Post Malones Beerbongs & Bentleys off top. Since PSY, there are biggest musicians to come out of South Korea and are selling out arena’s around the world already, thus it is being called the Korean wave. They have toured around America and are planning on touring around the UK despite the band mostly singing in Korean. The BTS call there fans, the BTS army what seems to just keep growing and growing.

Who is BTS?

The band debuted in 2013 with the song ‘No more dream’ from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool. They have six studio albums in total, three in Korean and three in Japenese. The Korean released albums are Dark and Wild, Wings and Love Yourself: Tear. Love Yourself: Tear the album that has topped US charts with over 100,000 sales and getting into the top 10 of the UK charts. The band consists of seven members:

Jin – Vocalist

Suga – Rapper

J-Hope – Rapper

RM – Leader, Rapper

Jimin – Vocalist

V – Vocalist

Jungkook – Vocalist

Like One Direction was, they are known for their boyish good looks, ever-changing fashion sense and along with the singing songs about girls. None of the members has girlfriends which also helps the bands appeal. All the members have individuals personalities that set them apart from the rest, along with their looks, creating a member everyone can get behind.

BTS Members – A Little bit about each member

Jin, also known as the Pink Princess and Hand Kisses Guy. He also is a fan of Dad jokes.

Suga, also known as Swag Master and Motionless Min. He sleeps a lot and dyes his hair a lot.

J-Hope, also known as Hobi and The Sun. Can play the recorder with his nose.

RM (Rap Monster), also known as Rap on and God of Destruction. Has a IQ of 148

Jimin, also known as Chim Chim and Mochi. Can do the splits both ways.

V, also known as Gucci Prince and Blank Tae. Loves Gucci

Jungkook, also known as Triple Threat and Jeon Cena. The prankster of the band.

As you can tell with the little facts about them, they have a devote following in which fans what to know every little thing about them.

What do you think about BTS? leave a comment below.

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Runeacape Classic is shutting down after 17 Years

My Memories of First Playing Runescape

17 years after releasing Runescape Classic, Jagex will shut down the original version on August 6th, 2018 due to Jagex focusing on their main platforms, Runescape and Old School Runescape. This comes because of the increasing number of bots on the servers and their inability to apply Internet safety and micro detection tools to it. This will give them more time to further improve Runescape and Old School Runescape, and let the original Runescape model lay to rest. He is some of my memories of my early days on Runescape.

Tutorial Island

Where it used to all begin. After designing your character, you would be placed to tutorial Island where you would learn to cook, fish, woodcut and all the combat skills by testing your powers on rats and chickens. If you were committed enough you get all your levels to three before going off to the big leagues, where you be called a noob because you were only level 3.

Running to get everywhere

Unlike the Runescape of today, there was no lodestone network so it took real effort to get around unless you had high magic to teleport places. One Small Favour was the longest quest ever as you couldn’t just teleport to the places you needed to go, you’d have to walk/run across the map.

The Quest Dragon Slater

Completing this quest made you feel like a legit hero, you’d worked hard to get to get to this point, as you had to have decent skills to kill a level 68 dragon. The hardest quest for free to play players, this was the pinnacle of free to play, as you would be able to wield rune after completion, still the highest armour for free to play.

The Wildernesses (Wildy)

This is not remembered fondly, having been PKed in here many times through promises of 1 Mill and better armour. You’d be lured in deep in the wilderness where a group of PKers would be waiting to bind you then bombard you with attacks. You’d also do this to your friends as well if you were cruel. It used to be the most dangerous place in the game but has been watered down now.

Selling your items in a bank

You could be standing for hours on end in a bank trying to flog and buy stuff. Using colours and flashes to make your writing stand out above the rest. Varrock Bank world one for free to play personally while world 2 for members was the place to be to get the items you needed. There was no grand exchange which makes it so much easier today. You’d also think you were rich when you made 1k after selling 10,000 feathers from killing chickens. I also mistakingly thought I had more money then I did, with the currency used.

Playing as a girl to get free stuff

Everyone has done it in one game or another just to fool someone into them giving them free stuff. Going to the makeover mage to transform yourself into a woman, trying to make her as attractive as possible so that a male player would take you under his wing and give you free stuff. It’s one of the weirdest things of the gaming world.

Killing Goblins and Cows with your Wooden Sheild and Bronze Dagger

If you didn’t have any friends who already played, the first item you would require would be a bronze dagger, the worst weapon ever made, along with the worst shield, the wooden shield. You’d go north from Lumbridge and start killing Goblins, it taking ages to kill them and struggling against them even though they’ve only got ten hitpoints. When you could finally kill them in one shot with a Rune Scimmy, you knew you had made it.

Let me know what memories of Runescape you have

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Childish Gambino – This is America. Showing the background problems of America

Childish Gambino – This Is America. Exploring America’s problems with his controversial video

Why People Beleive This Video to be Controversial

There is heavy violence during this video, at one point Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) gunning down a whole choir. Along with the violence portrayed in the video, it’s also controversial due to the message it is stating. That America doesn’t realise that their county is falling apart because of the distractions around them.

Why his Video is So Clever

Synopsis of the Music Video

Childish Gambino is seen dancing through a warehouse where he is occasionally joined by dancing school children. He kills a South African man along with a choir in the process. While he is dancing with them there are various events going on in the background, from people rioting to police brutality. The video ends as you see Donald Glover running away down a dark alleyway.

What does the beginning mean?

At the beginning of the song, you may dance along with the Childish Gambino seeing it as a new dance craze and as the song is very catchy. The way he moves is like a jim crow caricature which you would only realise on another viewing.

The introduction to violence

However, the dancing along then ceases completely, as you see him kill a man sitting down with a bag of his head on a chair. As you shocked Childish Gambino does not react and keeps on dancing. He also lays the gun as a cushion not giving any thought to his victim. The video causing joy and horror for the person watching.

Why Childish Gambino guns down a choir?

He later shoots an entire choir, only to keep on moving, supposedly in reference to the 2015 murder of nine churchgoers by Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina. Thus, the dance moves are just distraction to what’s really going on in the world. The gun he uses, sort of AK-47 kind of weapon, could be a signal to the rise of terror threats and the norm they have become.

Why he is dancing with children?

He dances with children after the devastating killings again like nothing is the matter. The children look happy and do not seem to care, this can be interpreted as children being desensitised to the events around them as they have experienced them so much. This is why they just dance. The children also may represent 40’s and 50s Harlem dancers which people would deem appropriate image for blacks at the time.

Why is he running?

Many have related this to the film Get Out, comparing this to the sunken place, a mental prison for black people.

What is happening in the background?

White Horse

At one a point, a white horse is ridden across the screen with a man covered from head to toe in all black. This seems to be a reference to the Bible and the white horse symbolising that death is coming. ‘A pale horse and the man that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him’. This alluding to the increasing media of police brutality.

Battered Cars

At the end of the music video, he dances like Michael Jackson does on top of a car. The cars are inexpensive and all have there hazard lights indicating a warning. The fact all the doors open may even symbolize all the people have been pulled over by police for no real reason. Others have claimed the cars age point to the stalled socioeconomic and political mobility” of black Americans. There was also similar cars in the 1922 Los Angeles riot.

People on their phones

You briefly see people on their phones, this due to the number of times you see video’s of police brutality on youtube, facebook etc.

Review

The video is controversial but for a good reason, asking if you would survive in America being black. Childish Gambino is a genius. His video asking us not to simply forget about #blacklifesmatter, the killing of black people by white people, police brutality and riots. He is providing a commentary on what is going on in the world, and what is going on in the world behind us that we are missing.

Let me know what you think of the video below.

Is the hope of a Two State Solution between Israel and Palestine nearing it’s end after Donald Trumps speech?

As Pope Francis has declared during his Christmas speech, ‘Urbi et Orbi, he has promoted the idea of a two state solution in the Middle East. The Vatican having previously recognising Palestine as a state. This comes in response to the President of the United States Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the US embassy there also. Trump stating that it is ‘Obvious’ Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Completely going against decades of US foreign policy, angering many leading politicians such as Theresa May who see it as regressing for a two state solution rather than a step forward. Donald Trump has gone on to threaten US aid recipients if they fail to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Only furthering undermining Palestinians and Palestine being it’s own state. A two state solution looks further than it ever has before with Trumps words. As Rasa Aslan declares, ‘Their is no peace process, and their is no state solution’. Trump has only confirmed this with his recent actions.

The reaction to Trumps speech has created much needed hope in still creating a two state solution, but it still looks far away as the strongest country in the world is backing Israel. The outcry have greatly came from Palestine for obvious reasons, as they still want their capital to be in Jerusalem. Hamas calling on Palestinians to unite and protest the US recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hamas feeling like Trump has crossed a ‘red line’ which he arguably has as no other president has went out openly declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital.  Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, condemning the move and is pushing for the US to not be the top peace keeper of negotiations. Furthermore, Trumps actions have angered the Islamic governments of Turkey, Jordan,, Syria and Iran, taking the side of Palestinians who believe there capital should be in East Jerusalem. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated: “It is out of despair and debility that they want to declare Jerusalem as capital of the Zionist regime [Israel]. On the issue of Palestine, their hands are tied and they can’t achieve their goals”. This speech seemingly giving up on Palestine ever achieving a two state solution. Although, Iran have said the two state solution looks unlikely, Jordan and Syria leaders, have held hope, saying their will be repercussions for the USA actions. Despite all this, Israelis have embraced the US’s ruling and having named a station after Trump in his honour.

The idea of two state solution is over in my eyes as Palestine are not tall enough to box with God. Through Israel’s illegal settlements and continuing population, Palestine is slowly deteriorating, holding onto Gaza which no one really wants and other various land. At this point in time, a preferred solution would be a one state solution but that does not come without complications also. The US would have to recognise Palestinian people,, and push for peace talks in which Jerusalem can be the shared capital of one state. Sharing the Old city and the Holy places that surround them.