Not long ago, I visited Chicago and I had a really great time! It’s a cool city with lots of bars, things to do, places to eat and great vibe. The city itself has many distinct areas: ‘millionaires row’ the hipster areas of Wicker Park, the student area and beautiful beaches (sadly I didn’t actually go to the beach but it looked beautiful from above). There are also loads of great parks around and of course the Chicago Bean! Chicago pizza is to die for (although you get full after two slices).
I was staying in South Side Chicago, which was very contrasting to the North. Poverty was rife and every uber driver warned us the area was dangerous. What was most shocking was the racial divide, it seemed like South Side Chicago was almost exclusively African american. Coming from the U.K. I found it quite a shocking site.
Another shocking site was a man on the side of the road asking for donations to get an insulin shot. His whole leg was extremely swollen, and you could see a gash showing what looked like bone - I had never seen something like that in my life. I was grateful for being in the U.K. where I would never have to worry about this.
Nonetheless here are some nice photos I took, a lot are from the 360 Tower, the tallest building in chicago. You also can go on the ‘tilt’ where you tilt off the edge of the building.
This week, President Donald Trump gave the annual State of The Union speech to congress. He called for bipartisan support, but he doesn't have a great history on this. Talks about keeping the government funded appear to be stalling too - a new deal has to be agreed by Friday.
Governor Ralph Northam, of Virginia, came under pressure after his medical school yearbook photos revealed him dressed in blackface and the KKK uniform. He proceeded to admit this, but then confusingly denied it the next day. He has said he is staying put despite outcry across both aisles.
This week, Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, outlining his five key areas, pertaining to trade, the customs union, security, commitment to science/research, and the border in NI. If these are addressed by the governments brexit deal, they will help vote it through parliament. Theresa May rejected parts of the letter, especially pertaining to the customs union. Nonetheless, parliament remains in gridlock while the Brexit countdown is looming.
In France, Emmanual Macron has been hosting town hall meetings to attempt to generate new ideas. In response to record low ratings and weekly protests from the Gilets Jaunes, this discussion of ideas across the country is an attempt to demonstrate that ideas are worth debating. He has previously been considered 'out-of-touch' and an elitist - but the public seem to be responding well to this with his polls going up.
This is a new section added from last week on request - I am not that clued up on Asian news but will try get more informed
In Thailand, Princess Ubolratana, decided to run for Prime Minister. Thailand has a strict code of the monarchy having political neutrality. The Princess has claimed she has cut off all royal ties and lives as a commoner, making her eligible to be PM. It appears she has lost backing of the party set up to support her.
Not too much to report here other than that protests are still ongoing in Venezuela.
Fun news for the week
Someone last week requested a light-hearted story/something fun that happened this week. In a sad fashion I will have to disappoint. If you see a fun story please post it in the comments!
The photo this week is of a few summers ago in London. In the Docklands, there is a stunning driving range, its in North Greenwich. You get to play golf with a stunning view of Canary Wharf, and at a pretty decent price (from memory it was around £10 for 100 balls, and a few quid to rent out the clubs (you can bring your own). Furthermore, there is a really good restaurant you can get food from. North Greenwich itself is cool, as it has the O2 arena and loads of restaurants, bars and concerts/events!
The second set of photos are from Greenwich Park - by the Royal Observatory. As you can see, it has an incredible view of the whole of London, and you can sit there for hours with friends just chatting away with its beauty in the background. I think the sunset is a nice picture.
For the driving range, heres a link (if anyone is interested) https://greenwichpeninsulagolfrange.com/
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So I decided to make a semi-newsletter style delivering a nice summary of news this week. It will predominantly focus on the US, UK, and Europe, but I will try to make it as far-reaching as I can. If you think I missed any stories (which will be inevitable), please post them below! USA
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I was lucky enough to join the Electroneum iOS Beta and so I thought I would write a mini-review of the app, and its cloud-mining function.
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I have decided that every Friday I am going to try share a decent photo that I have taken and tell a bit about the story. Any feedback about my photography would be greatly appreciated.
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I have signed up for it and m...
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Maybe I should invest in lego instead of Bitcoin ?
Yesterday, the British parliament rejected Theresa May’s brexit deal by a majority of 230. From my understanding this was the biggest defeat for a government ever. The defeat that comes closest in the 1920s or so.
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