Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

Entertainment

Tragedy! Fire at Tomorrowland Festival Sees 22,000 Evacuated

When you attend a musical festival you expect, and even hope, for something exciting to happen that will make your experience unique. However, the excitement-turned-terror which went down at the “Tomorrowland Unite Festival” in Barcelona is certainly not something anyone saw coming.

Close to Disaster

Crowds of more than 22,000 concert-goers were evacuated yesterday after a main stage was engulfed in flames. Social media images of the fire show huge flames with a cloud of thick smoke hiding the entire front of the stage as people fled. While luckily no severe injuries were reported and fans were safely evacuated, there were a few people treated for panic attacks and shock.

The Tomorrowland festival, whose main event is hosted in Belgium, gets more popular annually, with tickets to events usually selling out in minutes. At this exact stage Steve Aoki, world-famous DJ, was set to perform a few hours after the fire broke out. Organizers of the concert state that the fire was caused by a “technical malfunction” however, the exact source of the fire is still unclear, with hypothesis ranging from fireworks gone wrong to a piece of equipment overheating.

A Brief History of Fires

This is not the first time a fire-hazard has threatened the lives of concert goers. In fact, the trend of fire-related disasters striking densely packed crowds of people is more common that you would think. Back in 2009 in Bangkok while the band tragically named Burn played, a fire burned through a Nightclub where the band was performing. But this time the people attending where not as lucky and 66 people tragically lost their lives. Zoom out a little and in 2003 you’ve got yet another stage-fire when a nightclub in the USA went up in flames. Here the death toll was even higher, at a staggering 200 people killed, including the lead guitarist of the band playing, Great White.

These two examples, and more in stages all over the world, show that mixing high powered technical equipment with cramped places has incredibly dangerous potential. Luckily in our case those professionals manning the Tomorrowland concert were trained enough to act in a manner which secured a safe evacuation for all the people within the range of danger. However, it remains a daunting situation to attend a concert awaiting a fire of passion, and instead…just get a real, scary, and potentially life-threatening fire.

When you attend a musical festival you expect, and even hope, for something exciting to happen that will make your experience unique. However, the excitement-turned-terror which went down at the “Tomorrowland Unite Festival” in Barcelona is...

Entertainment

Spider Boy Steals the Show

As I sat in the movie cinema, giant popcorn and coke zero in hand, I was ready to be disappointed. “Spiderman Homecoming” was definitely not my first choice, but never one equipped to fight peer pressure, there I was. It’s not only that I am not the biggest fan of super-hero movies, but I’m also not one who is crazy for change, especially since Tobey Maguire did such a good job all those years ago at really personifying the angst of Spidey boy. And while Andrew Garfield did okay in bringing a different light to what it means to be half man/half spider, I just wasn’t sure my solidarity with the original cast members could allow me to enjoy yet another re-make.

But was I wrong.

While the plot did have certain unique aspects, like focusing being Spiderman than becoming Spiderman, it was surprisingly the young, spunky, and utterly adorable Tom Holland acting as Peter Parker who stole the show. This teenage Spidey brought with him a whole new aura when he donned the red and blue suit and webbed himself around town, flaunting his abilities thanks to a bite from the infamous radioactive spider. Unlike the typical broody, nervous and over-emotional Peter Parker embodied by past actors, this Peter is your typical goofy, award and quirky teen who genuinely considers things like exposing himself as Spiderman only to gain a smile from his school crush.


It is this very realistic teenage attitude of Tom Holland’s version of Spiderman and Peter Parker that makes him so endearing. I was ready to start criticizing how newbie Hollander was nowhere near the Tobey Spiderman I came to love, but instead, I was charmed exactly by the fact that he portrayed such a different version of the character, and both myself and my girlfriends stepped out the cinema with one thing on our lips “cutest Spiderman of all time!”And it is not only the character of Spiderman people are falling in love with, but adorable star Tom Holland is getting hearts far and wide caught in his web with his boyish charm and enchanting British ascent clear from the many tweets from across the glove expressing their delight of the new Spiderman in town. From expressing relief that their new crush was of legal age, to stating “TOM HOLLAND IS THE PUREST THINK IN THIS WORLD which is saying something because my dog exists”

One of the reasons of the breakout performance could be that while other actors previously cast as Spiderman where significantly older than the teenage character which they portrayed (Tobey Maguire at aged 27 and Garfield aged 28) Holland was cast to play Spiderman at merely 19! Being so much closer to the age and stage you are meant to perform could be one of the key factors which made this rendition of schoolboy Spiderman that much more authentic. Flopping around in his oversized hoodies, feeling like a superhero god when he helps an old lady cross the street, and worrying more than anything about proving his worth, this Parker believably tries (and usually fails) to balance passing Spanish class and saving the world.

As I sat in the movie cinema, giant popcorn and coke zero in hand, I was ready to be disappointed. “Spiderman Homecoming” was definitely not my first choice, but never one equipped to fight peer pressure, there I was. It’s not only that I am not the...

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Super-Extreme Fans Who Went Way Too Far!

Famous people are great. Whether it be rock stars, pop princesses, or band boys, they provide the public with entertainment, joy, and endless gossip. However, this post is not dedicated those stars who get enough attention as it is. This post is for the unsung heroes, the ones who at the end of the idea, are the petrol that fuel these celebrities’ explosion to fame and fortune – the fans.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes, routing for their chosen star and showing their support in a wild variety of ways. From attending concerts, movies, buying albums and of course, tattooing their names on various body parts. This is dedicated to the top fifteen craziest (or most admirable…depends how you look at it) antics done by fans in honor of their heroes.

Taylor Swift

The Deed: Swimming to her front door

I would say most people are low key obsessed with Taylor Swift, with her relatable lyrics and charming Southern attitude. However, in 2013 a Swift fan took his obsession a bit far.

One 22-year- old man swam miles and miles until he reached Swift’s Rhode Island Beach home in an attempt to enter her property and meet his idol. As endearing as this dedication seems, he was later arrested and detained by police for trespassing. Next time, we suggest using the phone, or text message prior to popping in uninvited!

Famous people are great. Whether it be rock stars, pop princesses, or band boys, they provide the public with entertainment, joy, and endless gossip. However, this post is not dedicated those stars who get enough attention as it is. This post is for the...