Review – ‘Nature’ Season 35, Episode 1

Series: Nature
Studio: PBS
Season:  35
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‘NATURE’ is an informative and eye opening TV series about the weird and wonderful animals inhabiting our planet.

The 35 season, 304 episode show gives a new insight on creatures from all over the world including snakes, pandas and even bird eating spiders.

The series has been running since 1982 – back then it was called ‘Animal Misfits’ – and is showing no signs of stopping soon. Season 35 launched this year and there are a few seasons available on the popular streaming service Netflix.

Patricia Clarkson narrates the documentary, consistently giving brand new facts, explanatory commentary and even adding some humour to the more weird animals captured on film.

Episode One – which has a run time of 1 hour – of the most recent season is titled ‘Super Hummingbirds’ and perfectly encapsulates the extraordinary traits of the hummingbird as a species.

The episode includes some glorious fast paced camera work and spectacular slow motion footage of the hummingbird in flight.

We can see what makes this creature truly weird and wonderful. The only bird known for the ability to fly backwards, upside down and even float in mid air is displaying on our screen and we are mesmerised by it’s natural born super powers.

This series is definitely worth watching – you will be consistently fascinated and maybe even shocked at finding out what animals are really capable of.

Even if you only watch to find out some bizarre facts about your favourite animal or to increase your wildlife knowledge for a future pub quiz,  this show has everything you could possibly want to discover about animals and then some.

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REVIEW: Peter Doherty – ‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’


Artist Peter Doherty
‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’
Album Release:  2nd December 2016
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THOUGH the first snippet of Pete’s follow up to his debut album Grace/Wastelands makes for an effective earworm, it is repetitive, bland and – as with most of his work post-Babyshambles’ Albion – overly produced.

At this point it is common knowledge that Doherty isn’t the best singer or guitar player in the world. However, it is his raw and gritty performance that gives him his unique brand.

Knowing this, it seems odd to me why his new producer Johann Sheerer withdraws the listeners’ attention from the poeticism in the lyrical content and ruins it with the over use of auto-tune and squeaky clean guitar sounds.


When it comes to the actual composition, in a song writing cop-out Pete opts for a simple chord pattern akin to The Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane.

Though history has proven this to be an attractive formulae, it’s lazy on Pete’s part and doesn’t particularly excite me for the album to follow.


Pete’s debut single Last of the English Roses released back in 2009 had a quirky ska-like quality complimented with crude yet oddly romantic tales of urban exertion that made the NME readers of the world fuel the hype for the solo career to come.

‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’ however, is a far cry from Grace/Wastelands and sorely disappoints; Pete keeps his lyrics extremely generalised and refuses to delve into the personal endeavours we’re used to in lyrics from his previous works.

Despite downfalls in the broken down aspects of the song, Doherty doesn’t fail to envelop the tune with his innocent, ethereal charm and anthemic element.

It is this that will see him prevail in gig venues with his obsessive following cheering the catchy chorus back at him in the expected UK tour to follow.

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Live Review – BLOSSOMS, Riverside Newcastle

FRESH from festival season and supporting The Stone Roses during the summer, Blossoms continued their first UK Tour after the release of their first No.1 album at a sold out Riverside in Newcastle.

The Stockport band played a sub hour set that consisted of all of the songs on their self-titled LP ‘Blossoms’ excluding ‘Onto Her Bed’.

Walking on to Black Skinhead and then immediately starting the gig off with ‘At Most A Kiss’ made for a promising start and sent the sold out Riverside bouncing.

The indie pop outfit had everyone singing, from the teens at the front, to the old Oasis and Paul Weller wannabes at the back of the venue.

What seemed to be a wave of hit after hit, the set was halted just after halfway when frontman Tom Ogden played ‘My Favourite Room’ and segments of ‘You’re Gorgeous’ by Babybird and ‘Half the World Away’ whilst the rest of the band left the stage.

They came back with a version of ‘Texia’ that had a remixed intro, reminiscent of Black Skinhead and it certainly pleased the crowd. From here on, like the rest of the gig, Blossoms owned the stage. From beginning to end and they let us have our moment by keeping quiet during the sing-a-long choruses of ‘Blow’ and ‘Blown Rose’.

Hitting us at the end with ‘Charlemagne’ was obviously what everyone expected, but it didn’t stop the crowd from going mad.

A sea of hands and mini mosh pits could be seen from the balcony above and it was the icing on top of a perfect live performance.

The most revealing thing about this gig was how Blossoms showed us that they are not just a one hit wonder.

Charlemagne is a catchy tune that has no doubt exposed them to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, but half of the songs on their album are just as good, if not better than it.

If you can get tickets, go.

Support came from Cabbage and Declan McKenna who, at 17 year old, didn’t seemed phase by the occasion at all. He played, Paracetamol, Brazil and his new single Isombard.
There are still some tickets left for their UK Tour here:


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What will Brexit mean for students?

AS most of you will have heard by now (if you haven’t, how out of touch with politics are you?) the British people have voted to leave the European Union.

exit from the eurozone concept

A fallen star from the European flag

Instead of trying to figure out why 52% of voters decided to plunge this country into an unforeseen economic spiral of doom, I’m going to be looking at what Brexit means for students like you and me.

Since the referendum in June, the biggest and most publicised effect of the vote has been the dramatic drop in the value of the pound, which before the vote stood at £1.49 to the US Dollar and even now, four months later it is still decreasing and currently sits at £1.21 to the Dollar, the lowest level since the 1980s and Margret Thatcher’s reign.


June 23, date of the EU referendum

What this means for students is that the price of food will start to increase in shops, making it more difficult to feed ourselves. Tesco has already been the focus of a disagreement with the Marmite parent company, Unilever, which saw the brown breakfast spread and other favourites such as Ben and Jerry’s ice cream temporarily removed from the store’s shelves in a price dispute.

The cost of fuel has already begun to rise too, a constant problem for those of us who commute to university, with the average prices standing at 111.9p and 113.1p (as of September 2016) for petrol and diesel respectively, a 2p and 4p rise per litre since the referendum according to ‘’.

Holidays to Europe will become almost £300 more expensive on average thanks to Brexit, which is a nightmare for anyone planning a trip abroad in the coming months, particularly those on student budgets.


Former Prime Minister – David Cameron

Another big question, is what will happen to international students who go to university in the UK?

Well for the next academic year (2017/18) at least, students from the EU will still be able to come to the UK to study and will be eligible for student loans and grants, the UK government has confirmed, probably because we won’t have actually left the EU by then.

In an interview with The Independent, Universities Minister Jo Johnson (brother of Boris) said: “This latest assurance that students applying to study next year will not only be eligible to apply for student funding under current terms, but will have their eligibility maintained throughout the duration of their course, will provide important stability for both universities and students.”


Universities Minister – Jo Johnson

Despite  this knowledge, it is still very unclear as to what a post-Brexit Britain will be like for students when we do finally leave the EU in several years time.

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MANCHESTER five-piece Cabbage are coming to Stockton-On-Tees as part of their 2016 UK tour.

The band has also just been announced as support for the hugely popular Courtneers, as they head to Manchester for a special homecoming gig.

Tside caught up with band member Joe Martin (singer/lyricist) to talk about the idiosyncratic, neo-post punk band.

You’re playing KU Bar (Stockton) in November, how familiar are you with the area?

“I’ve been there as a roadie, but this is my first experience performing at KU Bar. Crowds in the North East of England are up there with the best, very proud and passionate and which makes for a swell atmosphere. I’m primed with excitement.”

Do you know much about the venue? As in artists who’ve played their before?

Can’t say I do, but rest assured we’ll take the roof off. Expect theatrics.


CABBAGE: Bringing music and politics to Teesside

Obviously you’ve had success with your single “Kevin” but more recently you released “Dinner Lady”, what can people expect from your setlist? Any unreleased tracks?

“Plenty! We’ve just recorded twelve brand new tracks with Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, who’s produced The Fall’s most recent albums. It’s an accomplished body of work that we’re immensely proud of.

“‘Le Chou’ began life as a collection of ideas, songs that needed to be recorded, but we all had fingers in various different pies and weren’t a band as such.”

“The new material was honed and crafted in the mill where we rehearse.

“I adore every single one of them, we’ve also covered some pressing issues lyrically. ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ touches on Jim Savile’s cushy relationship with the royals.

“However, it’s written under the guise of Freddie Royal, an Irvine Welsh character from his book ‘Ecstasy’, who is a kids TV presenter in a tracksuit, emotionally driven by a penchant for snagging stiffs.

“I met Irvine Welsh at Festival number 6 and he was thrilled by the song title, he said he baited Savile with the book (released in 96′) and got the impression the ole sod was a guilty c***, this was many years before Savile was ousted. Prior to its release, he presumed they were far fetched rumours.

“We have another song called ‘it’s Grim Up North Korea’ which speaks for itself, drawing jovial parallels with supreme leader Kim Jong-un’s regime and crushing working class life in the North of England.”

Your music is very political, what made you, as a band, decide to take this political approach. Something very welcomed in the Stockton area.

“It’s a natural talking point for us as individuals, so inevitably it filters into our music. Rather than sit around mumbling & grumbling about the dire state of Conservative Britain, or get drunk and chew the nearest ear off, we’re able to sweat, scream and unleash our angst on stage.

“I feel very lucky to have such an intense, channelled outlet in which to let it all out. It’s healthy. Without it, we’d be riding around on horses, spearing all those who ensure our country’s in an endless state of war and repression.”

So what are your plans for after this tour? Working on another EP, Album?

“Fancy an exclusive? Well, you’ve got it.

“Our next EP will be released late September, featuring some hard house, soul shaking sprout-rock, the lead single will be Uber Capitalist Death Trade.

“As well as; Tell Me Lies About Manchester, FICKLE, and Free Steven Avery (Wrong America).

“It’s set to be nothing short of momentous. An intense cauldron of angst, humour and tragedy.”

Anything you want to say to the people coming to your KU Bar gig?

“Noddy Holder reckons there isn’t a colourful “don’t give a toss” band around at the moment, akin to how Slade were perceived in the hay day.

“I love Slade, but if you fancy indulging in Cabbage, merely to prove that brummy ignoramus wrong, then join us in fighting for all that is good and pure.

See you there. Thanks for the interview.”

Cabbage will be playing KU Bar in Stockton on November 18th and you can buy your tickets here.

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Google digital garage comes to Teesside


Steve Cochrane of Psyche, Sally Pearson, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) at Teesside University, Max Freer, from Creative Business Collaborations.

Steve Cochrane of Psyche, Sally Pearson, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) at Teesside University, Max Freer, from Creative Business Collaborations.

The renowned Google Digital Garage workshops will be coming to Teesside for the first time as part of a  major digital media conference.

Digicon is a PR conference which will bring together digital professionals, academics and small businesses from the North East and across the country.

The conference has been brought together by The Chartered Institute of PR, Teesside University and Google Digital Garage.

It will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in digital media.

There will be an expert guest panel including: Andrew Bruce Smith – digital expert and author, Hayden Bailey – Orca Mobile, Rob Earnshaw – Teesside University’s DigitalCity
Kirsty Styles – Tech North, Chris Styles – Evening Gazette, Emma Angel-Jones – Psyche.

As part of the day, there will also be three Google Digital Garage workshops.

This is the first time these workshops have happened in the North East.
The workshops will be: Tell Your Story Online, Reach New Customers Online, Know Your Business with Google Analytics.

Alice Mansergh, Director of Google Marketing Solutions for UK and Ireland, said: “Google’s products and free digital training are a growth engine for people and businesses up and down the country.”

“So if you live in or around Teesside and you want to boost your career, or turbocharge your business, please join us at our Digital Garage and talk to our experts.”

Sally Pearson, Chair of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations,  said: “This will be an exceptionally valuable event in Teesside and thanks to the partnership of Teesside University and Google Digital Garage, we are able to offer businesses access to some of the most successful digital companies both in the area and nationally.”

“It will help practitioners in the area compete in an ever changing digital landscape.”

Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) at Teesside University, said: ‘Teesside University is a catalyst for business growth, strategic partnerships and regional and national prosperity.”

“We want to work with more global businesses to bring skills and opportunities to Teesside and attract more inward investment to the region and the digital and creative sectors are a key part of that ambition. It is vitally important that our students and graduates are equipped with the digital skills to help them progress and flourish in their chosen professions.”

This event takes place on November 10 from 8.30am-4pm at Teesside University.

It is free to attend for CIPR members, just email with your full name and CIPR membership number.

The event looks set to be extremely popular. If you are interested in attending you can find more information on the Teesside University events page.

Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) at Teesside University, added: ‘Teesside University is a catalyst for business growth, strategic partnerships and regional and national prosperity. We want to work with more global businesses to bring skills and opportunities to Teesside and attract more inward investment to the region and the digital and creative sectors are a key part of that ambition. It is vitally important that our students and graduates are equipped with the digital skills to help them progress and flourish in their chosen professions.’








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You Me At Six discuss the intimate tour with Tside.


YOU ME AT SIX – back to basics with an intimate tour

YOU ME AT SIX are one of the leading forces in the pop-punk world.

Their fifth LP, Night People, is released in January and to promote it, the band headed on an intimate tour around the UK to plug some new hits, which, according to bassist Matt Barnes, have “Been going down better than some of the old songs. Night People especially.”

He said: “We haven’t been on tour for so long so it is good to be back out on the road. This is what we love.”

Alongside Barnes is guitarist Max Heyler.

Reinforcing what Barnes said, he chips in with: “It has been nice to be out of the limelight for a little bit, but we are back, we are ready and the reaction has been really good considering we have been away for a year and a half.”

Although You Me At Six (YMAS) have toured the world endless times, they still care for the small things in life.

When I first arrive in their dressing room ahead of their show, they are unpacking food from their rider and putting the Cadbury buttons into the fridge.

“You can’t have chocolate like this. It has to be solid,” explains Heyler.

Their room is cramped, but they don’t see stripping back to the intimate shows a bad thing.

Heyler said: “We have come back to smaller venues because what better way to reignite the flame than to go and see some of your favourite bands in tiny venues.”

“They are some of the best gigs you will ever go to. You are not watching them on a screen – you are 20 feet away.

“I think you can tell that we are having fun on stage as well and that we and the people coming out to see us are having a good time.”

Barnes is adamant, though, that these small shows aren’t an excuse to overload the setlist with material that no one has heard, but it is an opportunity for a first listen of what is to come.

He said: “The new songs have been going down better than some of the old ones. Literally is goes bloody mental.”

Heyler adds: “We are not here to reminisce and play everything from the past ten years. We have chosen a set that goes with where the band are going right now. There are songs that we haven’t played for five years or maybe ever.”

While on the subject of reminiscing, I mention that YMAS last played in the North East five years ago and it is a show that they remember well.

“We can always remember those golden barriers at either side of the stage,” laughs Barnes.

“I think we were with Lower Than Atlantis on that show. We got rather boozy and ended up at some after show.”

It wouldn’t be a Middlesbrough night out without our signature dish and of course they dabbled with it.

“What is that thing you get here. Parmo. Yeah! They are good fun,” he continues, still laughing.

“This is a new start for us,” is preached by Heyler.

Rather ironically, though, the band have reverted back to the ’70s by releasing Night People on cassette.

Heyler said: “I am a vinyl man myself, but Chris [Miller, guitarist] has an amazing cassette collection.”

“There are classics like Michael Jackson, George Michael and even some [Iron] Maiden.”

Other than it transporting us back to 1970, what can we really expect from Night People?

Heyler said: “We say you can’t compare it to anything we have done before. We are a more evolved band with the best songs we have ever written.”

“There is the heavier side of the record, but there is a sound that people haven’t heard yet.”

As with any band now, regardless of size, playing shows and selling tickets is an opportunity for touts to exploit real fans.

YMAS are taking a stand against it, Barnes moans: “It should be illegal so you can’t buy a ticket to sell for three times the price to a fan who will get the same experience because you were there at 9am. It isn’t fair.”

Heyler agrees, saying: “Josh [Franceschi, front-man] is in direct contact with the MP right now. There are people out there being robbed because they want to see their favourite band.”

“At the end of the day, we are in a position where we have to speak up and do something about it.”

Something has in fact been done about it. A petition has been created by the band which has reached over 50,000 signatures (at time of press), meaning that they are over halfway to it being brought up in Parliament.

What is next for You Me At Six?

Heyler said: “Next year is going to be very busy for us. We haven’t announced anything as of yet, but we have stuff in the pipeline.”

“Obviously there will be festivals and we have to think about America, Australia and Europe. It is going to be busy.”

Night People is available from January 13 via their official site.

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What’s it like to be a beauty queen in the 21st Century?

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be a beauty queen?

Well tside reporter Natasha Hart caught up with 19-year-old Rebecca Risdale who recently finished her year-long reign as Miss Tees Valley to find out more.

The teenager from Eston, Middlesbrough,  was crowned the winner of the Miss Tees pageant in October 2015.

Rebbecca  now aims to be the successful candidate in her current run for Top Model of England 2016/17 and World Supermodel England 2016/17.

The Teesside University student agreed to talk to tside in her local pub to dispel the myth that  being  a beauty queen is simply about looks.


MISS TEES VALLEY: Rebecca at the 2016 Crowning ball

MISS TEES VALLEY: Rebecca at the 2016 Crowning ball

She said: “I promise you we don’t just prance around in a makeup room, looking pretty! Pageants are about a lot more than that.”

“I love the modelling side, I started with a modelling contract at the age of 13 but my main love is the friendships you make along the way.

” You work all year round, it’s a lot about helping out in the community.

“I have volunteered in community centres, worked with many people with learning difficulties, helped in hospitals for years and fundraised for lots of charities on Teesside.”

Rebecca explained her love for what she does and what she is able to give back, doing frequent fundraising events for charities such as Cancer research, Zoe’s Place and Butterwick Hospice.

Her current competition- World supermodel England– could see her travelling to the Caribbean or China if crowned the winner in November.

As a huge part of Rebecca’s role, since beginning to compete in pageants at the age of 16, community spirit has been extremely important.

The MFC employee, said: “To me, Middlesbrough acts as a huge family that doesn’t criticise others

REBECCA: 19-year-old Middlesbrough girl

REBECCA: 19-year-old Middlesbrough girl

or what they do, we help to put the wrong, right.”

“The bad publicity surrounding the area I personally grew up simply winds me up, it is not true!

“I’ll continue to represent the North East and change peoples’ expectations.”

Reports recently showed that Middlesbrough was the worst place for a girl to grow up  in England.

Based on GCSE Levels, employment rates, crime rates, childhood poverty and life expectancy; according to authorities Middlesbrough is the worst place for a female to live.

Rebecca said: “I was once a little girl living in Teesside and I’m proud of that. I have succeeded, I’m a university student in this town, I work in a local bar and at Middlesbrough football ground, whilst competing in pageants and modelling.”

“We all aren’t bad people and we certainly don’t all fit into one stereotype.”

It hasn’t all been perfect for the local model but determination gave her the fight she needed.

Rebecca grew up with a very severe case of Asthma, describing her lungs as ‘30% dead and 70% nana like’  she has been in and out of hospital her whole life.

She said: “Hospitals are like my second home, I used to call the nurses my Aunties.”

“I am on injections on a weekly basis, I have frequent hospital visits and stays and my blood levels have to be monitored all because of my illness.

“My bones are now being tested in case they have been affected by the prescribed steroids.

” I have been in Resus five times, just since the start of this year.

“But it made me fight, it is the main reason behind my very first entry into Galaxy- a national pageant and I am going to carry on.”

MISS TEES VALLEY: Rebecca crowned in 2015

MISS TEES VALLEY: Rebecca crowned in 2015

Ellie Tyers, 17,  from Stockton is the new  Miss Tees Valley.

Rebecca described the handover as an emotional experience, but one she hopes will be just as rewarding for the new winner as it was for her.

She said: “Everyone tried their hardest, it is brilliant to see so many young girls doing their best and to see how much it meant to everyone.”

“I remember being in the same situation just a year ago.

“My journey as Miss Tees Valley has finished but so many more journeys have just begun for me.”

Rebecca will find out the results for Supermodel England in November 2016, she currently leads the public vote with a huge 740 likes on Facebook.


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Teesside’s Volleyball Team Narrowly Lose Out In Close Encounter


Teesside University’s BUCS Volleyball team narrowly lost to Newcastle in a close run affair that saw them lead at a critical point.

Teesside were seen as underdogs going in to this game as Newcastle had  England International Nathan Fullerton in their ranks.

However Teesside were playing there first game at home and were hoping to bounce back from an opening day defeat.

Things did not start well for Teesside with Newcastle dominating the early stages.

This was largely down to numerous Teesside errors with a number of volleys hitting the net and serves going wide.

The main source of points for Teesside came from Harley Clarke who won the majority for the Teessiders, however this was not enough as Newcastle won the set 25-14.

The second set was by far the most exciting with both sides giving their all to win.

The story of the first set was reversed with Newcastle making numerous errors allowing Teesside to find more confidence and play with more team cohesion.

The exchange of points was back and forth, however Teesside held their nerve to win the set 25-23.

The euphoria of winning the second set clearly showed in Teesside’s play as they came roaring out the blocks.

Harley Clarke and Nathan Wallace dominated, winning the majority of points with numerous spikes.

Despite Newcastle’s excellent returning game creating some exciting rallies, Teesside dominated and won the set 25-14.

The momentum of the previous two sets did not last for Teesside as Newcastle’s experience combined with Teesside’s lack of team cohesion started to change the game.

Nathan Fullerton, who had been largely quiet until now started to dominate the game with numerous spikes and serves with Teesside unable to react quick enough in order to stop him.

This led to a fourth set win of 25-12 for Newcastle.

With the scores equal the game was set for a thrilling finale.

This however did not happen as Fullerton again was in top form combining well with his team mates to  give Newcastle the final set (15-7) .

This was a disappointing end for Teesside  in what was an encouraging performance.


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Bye bye Barack – Teesside students bid a sad farewell to first black US President

English: Nobel Peace Prize 2009, Barack Obama

EXTRAORDINARY: Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FRIDAY 20th January 2017 marks the day our beloved leader across the pond Barack Obama comes to the end of his Presidency.

With the likes of Hillary and Trump battling to get into the White House, students at Teesside expressed their sorrow as the first African-American president prepares to step down.

As he served longer than any President in decades without a scandal and became the first President to win a Nobel Peace Prize, Obama’s image over the years has gained him more and more admiration – particularly with younger voters.

The youth vote may have even secured Obama’s win in the election 2008 with his strong social media campaign that tapped into the interests of thousands of voters aged 18-25.

The Obama campaign reached five million supporters on 15 social networking sites – by November 2008, he had approx. 2.5 million Facebook supporters, 115,000 twitter followers and 50 million viewers on his YouTube channel.

Tside asked students at Teesside University what they like about Obama to figure out why he’s so popular with the younger generation.

Callum Matthews, 22, said: “Obama’s use of social media allowed him to tap into a completely difference audience.

“The fact he hired one of Facebook’s co-creators allowed him to understand the nuances of the platform and fully maximise its potential.

“He thinks about young voters. Too often the British government take from students, i.e. the increase in tuition fees, but [Obama’s] idea to introduce two years of free community college education revolutionised the system and influenced younger voters.

“Too often young people are made to feel worthless and like their opinion and thoughts don’t count. Obama gave them a voice and power – inevitably another reason that played in his favour.”

Matthew Lal, 20, said: “Obama appeals to me because I think he is a very charismatic individual and from social media I know one of his main concerns is climate change.

“The major parties in Britain aren’t too concerned so I think it’s really good that Obama is forcing the issue into the mainstream.

“During his time as president he’s come across very friendly and I find his speech is more accessible.

“He also has two young his daughters which are similar age to our generation and he uses that well as kind of an access point to relate to us in particular.”

Millie Smith, 19, said: “Obama will be remembered as an iconic leader.

“He’s done quite a lot to bring together the different races in America – like removing the threat of Osama Bin Laden and ending the war on terror. He’s made a society that is a lot more accepting to Muslims and I think that because the younger generation tend to be more liberal, they take to that really well.”

Herve Tshimbombo, 21, said: “I think [Obama is] popular amongst the youth cause he understands them and can make certain references to youth culture and discuss rappers like Drake or Kendrick Lamar and get away with it because of his cool persona that people would attribute him with.”

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