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The State: Can you glorify the truth?

The State is exactly what drama should be. A show that raises questions about the world we live in, questions that we may or may not want to answer. Questions that we may not get the answers to; but will make us think, nonetheless.

The journey of those who leave British shores to travel to Syria in the ‘name’ of Islam is something that is debated on an hourly basis.

Despite what certain parts of the mainstream media would have you believe; the story isn’t as simple as a bunch of Muslims wanting to bomb us all because they despise western ways. Nor is it only brown people who make the decision to join ISIS or its variations. Like most things in life, it is far more complicated than that.

Many of the reasons are touched on in the first hour-long episode.

The young London Muslim who feels he is honouring his brother’s memory. The single mother who wants to offer her medical services as the new Islamic State builds itself. The young girl who has never used a communal bathroom and wants to be “a Lioness amongst the Lions”.

I’ve seen lots of comments suggesting that it is glamourising the idea of terrorism, but you rarely see that when the subject matter is rape or any other kind of abuse. Regardless, it doesn’t.

It’s trying to show you why people are making those decisions, and why some believe they are doing the right and noble thing when they make this choice. A choice that often results in them giving up their life.

It’s trying to show us that we cannot truly try to stop radicalisation until we consider the causes of how people are brainwashed in this way.

I don’t have all the answers, sadly none of us do. But maybe The State will help us all start to ask the right questions.

The State is on Channel 4 at 9pm until Wednesday, or it can be found on All4.

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Made in Chelsea – Ibiza: F**k your journey!

I adore Louise’s such obvious distaste for the Sam and Mimi situation. Hashtag big sister goals. As someone who has been there, done it and worn the t-shirt – she did date Spencer + Jamie – she can see the car crash coming a mile off.

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Made in Chelsea – Ibiza: Same crap, different country

I can’t be the only one wondering how our richest reality TV stars would fare in the party capital of Ibiza.

But I think we all agree they are visiting a different part of the country than we are used to seeing splashed all over the tabloids every summer.

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TOWIE: Open your eyes

So I caught up with last night’s TOWIE, and wanted to shout at the screen several times. 
I’ll try and explain why… 

Whether you like Tommy and Georgia’s delivery or not, you can’t deny they’re doing the right thing. They’re protecting their friend. Yes Chloe is a strong woman but she is also a single woman with a teenage daughter and when we’re upset, we need our friends to support us. 

Fair enough that Pete is upset with Tommy, but Georgia didn’t have a go at him. She spoke to him calmly and explained her reasons. So why did he then slag her off? 

I’m glad him and Chloe cleared the air but if reports are to be believed other events may affect that. 

I can’t help but agree with Chloe. Every scene – bar the Gemma/Bobby bits – involved people talking about Megan. Not because they’re jealous, or they actually care; but because of the way she acts. 

As an older person, I hate to see girls like her and Amber Turner advert like that. They come across like the fields in school who made other people’s life hell. Their pretty faces don’t make up for ugly souls. 

She is manipulative, you only have to look at the way she unnecessarily rang Pete last week to tell him about Tommy. The way she is quick to shout and scream at everyone else, but makes out like she’s the victim when it’s people she knows some tasks her shit. Suddenly she’s all sweetness and light when Chloe or Georgia day something. 

Chloe Meadows was right not to go. Why would Megan want her there when she clearly doesn’t like her. And who invites people on the day of the event. As my Nan used to say: “Late invitation is for fool.” 

Besties love

On a happier note, I loved Gemma doing her best friend duties and reminding Bobby that he is fabulous and worthy. Because, frankly, he is. Trust me, if I can find someone then there’s hope for everyone. 

And Myles and Courtney were once again the epitome of cuteness. Can you imagine the babies?

TOWIE is on ITVBe Sunday and Wednesday at 10pm

Made in Chelsea: Karma is a B****

I can’t help but feel like Frankie cheating on Jamie was merely his just desserts for all the cheating he’s done over the years. I always feel like if you’re cheating on your partner is because you don’t want to be with them, deep down. Just do the decent think and move on. For both of your sakes.

But much like Sam, I don’t take pleasure in it; I just ended up feeling sorry for the balding bleached bore. I mean once you look past money he isn’t exactly a catch and as the years go on, he doesn’t seem like he’s a lovely person. Although I imagine he’d be a good laugh on a night out.

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