2016 has been a weird year for everyone. We lost some incredible musicians, artists and actors, leading many to believe this year was somehow cursed. And how can we blame them? As we Brits lost our European status (many of us dragged kicking and screaming out of Mother Europe’s womb), we now face an uncertain future. Will we stay or will we go? This constant yoyoing is like breaking up and getting back together with that one ex we can never quite get over. We also gained a total madman on the throne of one of the most powerful countries in the world.
So I think it is greatly important that over the next coming years we stick together, and that we do not take for granted what we have and what we have the power to do to incite change, as that’s what is truly needed now. Let’s quietly close the door on this year and look forward in solidarity, for that is what is needed in times like this. Never forget your basic human rights, as I am all too painfully made aware of the distinct lack of in Tokyo. My new year’s resolution is to never say another bad word to put another woman down again, for as (the least quoted) line in Mean Girls goes: “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.”
We can also do it the Brooke Candy way…
This Christmas I am fortunate enough to spend it with some of my favourite people in Melbourne, but I know that I am desperately going to miss Sweden this year, the thick snow, the candles adorning shop window fronts, the smell of cinnamon buns and the pagan vibrations that Christianity somehow bastardised, the pleasant lack of carols, darkness that descends around 3pm every day, the -18 temperatures ripping at the flesh of my thighs…
And with that, here is a very alternative Christmas playlist, an eclectic mixture of various genres to hopefully suit everyone’s tastes and soothe any scrooges soul.
Things to look forward to in 2017:
- new (and final) series of Girls
- Game of Thrones Season 7
- Nick Cave is on tour
- the new The Jesus and Mary Chain album
- Beauty and the Beast due for release
- the third installment of a woman only festival encouraging young women in technology, run by beloved Robyn.
So grab a mug of Glögg (mulled wine) and put your feet up by the (often proverbial) fire and enjoy some Xmas beats whilst you decorate your tree.
From all the team at INFL we wish you a happy equal Christmas, and a safe, warm and loving New Year.
Peace and Love,
Lauren Marie x