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Planning Out Your Shots: Why This Should be The First Thing You Should Do Before Taking Any Shots

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There are many photographers out there that love shooting from the hip. I used to be one. I used to get lucky with the shots that I got but sometimes I would miss the mark. Sure, I got some decent shots but they seemed just off. The reason was that I was merely shooting from the hip and hoping that if I was at the right place at the right time with the right lens, I would walk away with a winning shot.

The trouble is that I was never really sure of what I wanted. I knew the kind of shot that I wanted to get beforehand or even simply the location but I never really had a clear vision of what short I wanted or the story that I wanted to tell. Once I started planning my shots, I had a better idea of what I wanted to say with them. That later lead to, in my opinion, much better shots.

The What and the How?

The biggest questions are basically what to do and how to do it. One is a little easier to do than the other. In order to better explain this to you, I will take you through my process of getting shots from this year’s Buddha’s Birthday celebration. Most of the time, I get so overwhelmed by the colours and the lanterns that I end up taking the same shots over and over again.

I first visited Junggwangsa, an old standby in Ulsan that I have photographed for years.  At any rate, I started to fall into my old habits of not really thinking about what I was shooting.  This time, I stopped and asked myself a few questions.

What did I want to shoot? Why?

What stories do do I see?

How can the shots that I am taking add to or tell the story better?

I sat on a bench sipping a coffee and then it hit me. I was missing something here. Sure there were a lot of pretty lanterns but I couldn’t really tell the story that I wanted to at this location. I had to go elsewhere. So I went out to Tongdosa the next chance that I could. That is where I got a better idea of what I wanted to achieve from these shots. I walked in from the front gate where the parade was being assembled. I knew they going to walk with the lanterns down the path to the temple. My brain was constantly pointing out places to shoot from. I walked to the temple and back before I had a better idea. Then I got into position and waited.

So the how here is to have a clear idea of what you want to shoot and where you want to shoot it from. This means getting there a bit early and scouting the location. Knowing where you should be at what time is also helpful. I use an app called PhotoPills for this.

Taking a walk around the location and making a plan is HOW you get the shots that you want when the light is quickly fading. For Tongdosa, I knew that once the light was gone it would be next to impossible to get anything good from the forest path. So as soon as I got the shots that I wanted, I walked up to the temple where there was more light and I could get better shots.

Putting this into Practice

Shortly after this epiphany at Tongdosa, I went to Samgwangsa. This is one of Busan’s most famous temples and probably one of the busiest at this time of the year. I HAD to have a plan. So with my wife alongside of me we got to the temple early and walked around. We scouted locations and took test shots. Then made a plan. I wanted to get the “money shot” which was from the main building’s balcony and then finish on the other side of the complex. This meant that I had to budget for time properly.

 

This was one of my most popular photos on National Geographic’s Your Shot site. It earned me an editor’s note.

Once blue hour hit, it was go time. I snapped away and moved from location to location with ease. This also freed my brain up to find other locations as I finished. There was no stress as I had everything mentally planned out and new exactly where to be and when.

If you are thinking that this sound like a lot of effort, it really isn’t. It just means taking a bit of time to scout before you settle in. If you are heading out for a sunrise shoot, maybe try to get there during the daytime and scout as things will look completely different in the dark.


The Bottom line is that you should have some sort of plan when you go out. Most of us look at the photos on sites like 500px or Instagram and think “Yeah… that is what I want” and then either come away with only that or just random shots. Building a plan on site will help you conceptualize what it is that you want to achieve when the light starts to get good.

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5 Experiences You Absolutely Must Have in Nami Island

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Located near Seoul, Nami Island is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to Korea, offering a variety of natural and cultural attractions.

As there are so many ways to experience the magic of Nami Island, we have come up with five experiences you absolutely must have on your trip to Nami Island.

As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.nami-island-trazy-map

Book our shuttle bus package here to go to Nami Island hassle-free.

1. Step into nature

| Tree-lined paths

Among the beautiful tree-lined paths in Nami Island, below are the three most popular paths you should definitely take:

  1. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane 

     

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    A main pine tree-lined path that leads to the center of the island.
  2.  Ginkgo Tree Lane

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    A tree lane that comes into its full glory in autumn.

     

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    During autumn, Ginkgo Tree Lane offers a splendor of the vivid yellow ginkgo leaves.
  3. Metasequoia Lane

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A magnificent redwood-lined path.

| Woods & Riverside Paths

Take a stroll along the scenic riverside paths in the southern part of Nami Island.

As soon as you walk out of Lovers’ Wood (refer to the map above), you can find wooden walks for strolls around the water’s edge.

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Lovers’ Wood, a romantic path to walk through with your other half.

2. Navigate on fun transport

For those who want to navigate the island easily and conveniently, there are various modes of transport available in Nami Island.

If you are not a walker, we recommend you to get a bicycle or hop on an electric tour car!nami-island-experiencesnami-island-experiences-(2)nami-island-guide-(27)

For more info on transport options available on Nami Island click here.

3. Follow in the footsteps of Winter Sonata

While Nami Island is one of the popular shooting locations for Korean dramas and variety shows, including My Love from the StarSecret Garden and Running Man, it is most famous for being featured in the 2002 hit drama, Winter Sonata, starred by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.

On the island, you can find a statue of the main characters and a special photo zone for visitors to take pictures.

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A statue of the main characters from Winter Sonata in Gongsaengwon Garden.

There are also replicas of snowmen from the iconic kissing scene in Winter Sonata, or also known as the “Snowmen Kiss”, where the male lead character builds two snowmen, makes them kiss and then steals a kiss from the female lead character. Try and recreate this scene with your other half while in Nami Island!

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A replica of mini snowmen statue from the kissing scene in Winter Sonata.

Want to visit more K-Drama spots? Book our tour to Nami Island and Petite France.

4. Take photos with Nami Island’s superstar ostrich

Don’t be surprised when you see an ostrich on the loose in Nami Island.

They are one of the animals you can find on the island and sometimes they get out of the pen and roam around. Don’t be afraid and try taking photos with them (but don’t get too close)!

You will find ostrich pen on your left when walking along the Central Korean Pine Tree Lane.

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Nami Island’s superstar ostrich, “Gganta.”

5. Buy a souvenir to cherish your memories of Nami Island

Drop by a gift shop near the entrance or around the center of the island before you leave (refer to the map above).

  • Artshop Snowman: Near the Maple Lane of True Love
  • Artshop Imagine Nami: Near Baplex

You can find a variety of accessories including rings, bracelets, bookmarks, key chains and many more, all of which are designed with the iconic “snowman”.

These umbrellas with designs of the best natural attractions of Nami Island below can be great keepsakes as well. Costs 35,000 KRW for each.nami-island-guide-(11)

Are there any other experiences in Nami Island you would love to share? Let us know in the comments below.

Are you traveling to Nami Island? Check out more of our guides and tips:

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While visiting South Korea, don’t forget to check out Trazy.comKorea’s #1 Travel Shop, for more ideas on your trip!

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Teacher Pay vs Work Hours – Which Is Better For South Korean Teachers?

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A 2016 education report from The Economist asks if higher wages or less working hours make a better teacher. While South Korea has one of the highest wages for public teachers in the OECD, public teachers in the ROK also spend double the average amount of time on administrative tasks. Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland spoke with Economist data journalist Slavea Chankova & Ellen Sherratt, the co-Deputy Director of the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders & senior researcher at American Institutes for Research, to find out more. Find more info on teacher pay vs work hours at http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/04/daily-chart-18

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What’s the Best Way to Go to Nami Island from Seoul?

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Visit one of the most popular destinations near Seoul, Nami Island. Nami Island, or officially called Naminara Republic, is one of the most visited tourist destinations

The Complete Video Creators Bundle 2017

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While I am primarily a still photographer, since starting into the world of cinemagraphs I have had to learn a lot more about videography. It is a completely different world for me with different programs to use and different ways to express my ideas. Fortunately, the team behind the 5 Day Deal have put together video creators bundle that is out of this world!

You could spend countless hours scouring the Internet looking for the right training and tools OR you could be spending that time improving your craft and using proven, high-quality resources to grow your craft and advance your career as a video creator. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your money. Get the Complete Video Creators Bundle for just $97. After today this is gone forever. So take the time to invest in yourself.

One more time, bundle is finishing in less than 19 hours and this is why I will keep this post short and sweet. Buy this bundle and help charity. One of the main reasons why I participate and help the 5 Day Deal whenever I can is the impact that it has on people in need, especially children. The amount of money that the team at 5 Day Deal have donated to charity is unparalleled and  it always puts a smile on my face when I see the final posts of their deals.

Get the 5 Day Deal Video Creators Bundle Now!

Again, YOUR PURCHASE HELPS THOSE IN NEED!  $60,000+ is the 5 Day Deal fundraising goal. 10% of every bundle sold will go to charity. This equals $9.70 per bundle by default, but you can double that to $19.40 by adding Charity Match to your purchase. When making your purchase you can choose to match the charity contribution. Your extra support comes with a huge THANK YOU plus a bonus collection of exclusive products from some of our expert video creators. That’s where I come in.

I created a special cinemagraph course from this bundle sale. When you choose the charity match bonus you will receive my Complete Cinemagraph Creation Course for free along with some awesome other goodies. My course goes through not only how to create cinemagraphs using Flixel Cinemagraph Pro, but photoshop as well!

The Charities involved are also truly amazing. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, without regard for race, gender, or religion. BOMA helps ultra poor women start small businesses in their rural communities, so they can pay for food, school fees and medical care for their families. The Exodus Road fuels interventions & rescues by providing funds, covert gear, technology, resources & staff to support local authorities in finding and freeing modern slaves. Smile-A-Mile’s provides hope, healing of the spirit and love for the whole family during the childhood cancer journey through year-round programming & more.

Here are some of the awesome people involved in this deal

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May 26 - May 30, 2017I rode a Giant Ibis Bus from Siem Reap to...

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May 26 - May 30, 2017

I rode a Giant Ibis Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for $16. I rarely recommend a bus over a flight but I truly enjoyed the ride and view. Also, seats were comfy, wifi worked well, and there was an electrical plugin by each window seat.

Phnom Penh (pronounced “per-nom-pen”) is vibrant and sprawling, dotted with wats and men asking if I’d like to ride a tuk-tuk (”Today? Tomorrow?”). I stayed at a few different places: Sundance Riverside Guest House ($12.74/night), Grand Waterfront Hotel ($22.91/night), and The Local Riverside ($12.48/night). I liked staying by the riverside but never found the right accommodations. 

I started my trip by walking the riverfront and paying $1 to walk up to Wat Phnom, the city’s namesake. I was also able to walk to the Royal Palace to see those famous sloping gold roofs. Then, returned to the riverfront around Sisowatch Quay for a meal and also Bodia Spa (on street 178) for a $65 3-hour relaxation massage. This massage was three times more expensive than average pricing in the area, but I felt it was well-worth it. 

The next day I paid $20 for a tuk-tuk. We had three stops. First, we went to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek; just one of hundreds of sites all over Cambodia where people were slaughtered and left in mass burials. At Choeung Ek there is a stupa made of skulls, and outside of that, there are placards noting where administrative buildings once stood and walking paths through the small grassy enclosure. There was a small body of water to walk around, benches under shady trees, and here and there are depressions in the ground with signs like “100 women and children, naked, found here” or “about 150 bodies found here, without their heads." 

As the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh was immeasurably affected by the Khmer Rouge regime. If you want to see a living example of resilience then Phnom Penh is a good place to be humbled by as every person I met had a smile and positive attitude.

On the way back into town, I went to the Russian Market (aka Psar Toul Tom Poung). I bargained a couple items cheaper than I was able to in Siem Reap. I purchased two medium-sized leather carvings for $53. Always bargain with a smile is my main tip. 

I continued on to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the site of the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). It was a high school converted into the most brutal of the Khmer Rouge’s prisons. According to a guide at the museum, of the more than 14,000 men, women, and children who passed through, only 7 are known to have survived, and all of them escaped from the killing fields, none from the prison itself. The rooms full of photos and the barrage of information were soul crushing and the cells were haunting. It’s ironic that a premier prison of a regime that tried to exterminate anyone educated still feels like a high school; in the hallways, in the stairwells, and in the torture cells which still have chalkboards on their walls.

After Phnom Penh, you could take the bus to Sihanoukville to relax on the beach or to Kampot for a beautiful internet-free riverside. 

I instead was ready to end my trip. I flew to Seoul with Vietnam Airlines ($166). I took a tuk-tuk from the riverside for $10. A bumpy, breezy ride in a tuk-tuk can be eye-opening and wonderful. A tuk-tuk journey is one that involves all of the senses, and it’s one of the best ways to get to the airport. However, remember to take care of your belongings and hold them tight!


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Conversation Starters for Adults

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Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults

If you’re looking for a quick warm-up or perhaps a more in-depth discussion, check out these 10 conversation starters for adults–perfect for your ESL speaking classes. They are appropriate for students in almost any country.

If you want to start your ESL class off in style, with the students talking, sharing ideas and having fun, then you’ll need to consider using these Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults. Have fun!

If I won the lottery

Have students describe what they would do or what they would buy if they won the lotto. I usually specify an amount of $1,000,000. This is enough that you can do almost anything you want, but it’s not too unreasonable-it forces students to prioritize.

Bucket List

Students need to think of five things they want to do before they die. You can give some examples to get them started, but most people are pretty familiar with this concept.

Guilty Pleasures

Explain to the students what a guilty pleasure is–they likely won’t know the term in English. Then, it’s time for confession!

Things You’ve Learned Lately

Have students think of two or three things that they couldn’t do as a child but can do now. Emphasize that it’s related to a skill of some kind or you’ll just get answers like drinking or smoking.

Last Purchase

Have students talk about the last thing they bought that was more than $100.

You’re the President

Your students can talk about what their top three priorities would be if they were the president of their country.

Favorite Things

Students submit questions with the starter, “What is your favorite _____.” Collect the papers, choose the best three and then students must answer them. Or, you can hand out a couple of papers to each small group and they can discuss different things.

Horoscopes

Find some daily or monthly horoscopes online. Students read their description and see if they match. It’s quite fun because horoscopes are so open to various interpretations.

People in Your Life

Who are the three people that you spend the most time with these days? What qualities do you appreciate about each person?

The Best Decision

Students think of a difficult decision they made but which they’re confident that they made the right choice.

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Jackie Bolen: How to Get a University Job In Korea

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May 21 - 26, 2017My mother and I flew to Siem Reap together...

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My mother and I flew to Siem Reap together ($39.60 a person) from Bangkok. My mom left for Busan on May 25 on Vietnam Air ($176). It was easy to get a visa on arrival for US citizens ($30 each, $2 if you don’t have a passport photo). Immediately after exiting the airport, you’ll see a taxi stand where you can book a taxi for $10 or a van taxi for a few dollars more. 

Warning: They will sell you hard on tours you should take for the rest of your trip. The costs seemed reasonable ($40-50/day) but I don’t know anything about the quality of the tours.

Cambodia is a place that crushes and rebuilds your spirit at the same time. It’s hard to experience a country so close to such tragedy. Up to 2 million Cambodians were killed during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-1979). That’s 1 out of every 4 people gone! Some killed for being educated, some for merely having soft hands. Few died “easily” - children were beaten to death against trees and adults were tortured in many different ways. My heart was heavy after a lot of what I saw in history museums.

The name of the city literally means Siam defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) in the 17th century. We stayed at the Tropical Breeze Guesthouse for $14.34 a night. I really enjoyed the location as it was next to some decent restaurants and within walking distance of the night market and pub street. 

Angkor Wat, etc.

Angkor Wat is the reason most tourists come here, as it’s the largest religious monument in the world. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west and its design is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Its symmetrical towers are depicted on the modern Cambodian flag. Funny fact: There aren’t any buildings in tall taller than Angkor Wat! A friend recommended hiring local, Tohor, to guide us. He charged $95 for a full day at Angkor. We also purchased tickets early in the morning ($37 for a 1-day or $62 for a 3-day pass). 

We arrived at Angkor Wat before sunrise. After exploring Angkor Wat, we went to the Angkor Thom complex (Bayon, Baphuon Phimeanakas, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King), Chau say Tevoda Thommanon, Takeo , Ta Promh, Bonteay Kdei, and Banteay Srey.

Baphuon is a “temple mountain” which was actually so heavy that it had partially collapsed the hill which served as its foundation. Restoration records were lost during the decades of fighting and it is still being reconstructed. The causeway leading up to it is intact though, and you can still get a sense of how impressive it must have been. 

Ta Prohm is a beautiful temple wonderfully overgrown by roots and tangled up in the trees that have grown up in and around it. Banteay Kdei is a big temple complex whose length is what made its biggest impact on my tired legs. A long central corridor stretched back with courtyards and rooms opening off of it. I guess it would have been more of a monastic nature than a temple proper.

We ended our day visiting Banteay Srey, which is 25 km outside of town and considered by most people to be the loveliest and most artistically perfect of the temples. 

Phnom Kulen National Park

Tohor took us to the Phnom Kulen National Park, which included the reclining buddha temple and waterfall. We also saw Kbal Spean (aka 1000 Lingas). It’s easy to then go to lunch and then to Tonlé Sap Lake. This tour cost us $65 for the day and we were able to leave whenever we wanted to.


‘If We Stand Together, We Can Make A Difference: An Interview with Labour’s Chris Williamson

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“SORRY I’m late, Ben,” the Labour Party candidate for Derby North Chris Williamson says to me as he greets me outside the train station. “I’ve just finished recording with the Today programme and this fucking racist wouldn’t let me leave.”

Tall and much younger looking than his 60 years (due to his veganism probably), Williamson smiles at me with a broad grin, shakes my hand and off we drive to a restaurant in the city centre.

As you’ll no doubt begin to notice, Williamson swears quite frequently. Not in an obnoxious or even offensive manner, but in a way that quickly puts me at ease, like talking with an equal or an old friend — due probably to his Derbyshire accent.

“I suppose I always had an interest in social justice,” he tells me when I ask him what led him to the Labour Party. “Me mam and dad were a big influence on me. Me dad often talked about the [second world] war and how it was the troops who put the 1945 Labour government into power.”

Joining Labour in 1976 at 19 years old, Williamson says he never had any illusions of heading to Westminster. “I just didn’t think it were for the likes of me. I was just an apprentice bricklayer at the time and I never thought I would be in a position to become an MP.”

But then — after working in the building trade and almost falling to his death; selling whole foods in Derby marketplace; working in social care; editing the Hunt Saboteurs Association magazine and eventually becoming the Derby City Council leader — he represented Derby North constituency as its Labour MP from 2010 to 2015.

At first, Parliament was intimidating. But he found guidance in Nye Bevan’s words. “I remember reading In Place of Fear, where he talks about when he first arrived in the House of Commons. All those statues of people from history there can have a cowing effect on someone from humble origins. Bevan says that you have to remember this history has nothing to do with us. These are the bastards, who ruthlessly exploited our forefathers.”

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Nye Bevan (Image skanked from here)

The intimidation didn’t last long as he soon realised that many of the people in Parliament were “flying by the seats of their pants.”

“The regrettable thing is that it’s a bloody game to a lot of people down there. They’re not passionate and there is a diminishing number of people who come from a working-class background like myself. I think that’s kind of contributed to a sense that people have felt disconnected from politics because the people who represent them don’t seem to be the kind of people they can relate to.”

Williamson talks exuberantly as he reminisces about his time in Parliament — the debates he took part in; the heckling he received from Eric Pickles and other arch-Tories; the heated discussions within the Parliamentary Labour Party; Westminster’s pointless pomposity and a few interesting off-the-record stories. It’s clear that fighting against austerity, standing up for the working class and the labour movement are his real passion in life.

When he lost his seat in the 2015 general election by just 41 votes to Tory Party candidate Amanda Solloway, Williamson fell into depression. But when Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, he told me this gave him a renewed sense of purpose and determination to see Derby North return to Labour.

“What’s so fantastic about Jeremy is that he’s such a people person. I’ve seen other leaders and when a member of the public comes up to meet them, you can tell it’s kind of superficial. Whereas with Jeremy, he really is listening and has time for them.”

Corbyn joined the campaign in Derby a few days prior to our meeting. Though support for the left-wing leader isn’t universal up there, Williamson says the visit was incredible. “I’ve come across people who say that they don’t like Jeremy. But when you spend a bit of time with them, they’ll often come round to us; they’ve been very receptive to us.”

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With each word Williamson uses to describe the effects the Tories have had on his constituency, he grows ever more enraged.

“The numbers of people on zero-hours contracts here is unreal. We’ve seen people being sanctioned, people having their personal independence payments and disability payments cut. People stuck in shitty jobs with no future. We see people unable to get a decent home. And you just think: ‘What the fuck is happening here? How can the fifth or sixth-richest country in the world be treating fellow human beings like this’?”

Calmer now, he continues: “When I left school, there were about 120,000 manufacturing jobs in this city. It wasn’t perfect then; there was a lot of issues. But it was highly unionised and everybody could look forward to a better life than their parents had. Youngsters could aspire to buy their own house or, if they wanted to, they could rent and they’d be protected whether they went in the private sector or with a council house, which were much easier to get.”

The city voted in favour of leaving the EU by 69,043 to 51,612. And if YouGov polls are to be believed, then 69 per cent of the public now believes Brexit should go ahead. Williamson, like Corbyn, campaigned on a remain and reform agenda during the referendum.

He says the “choice now is either a people’s Brexit with Labour, that will actually work in the interest of ordinary people. Or we can have a bankers’ Brexit, where the Tories will turn Britain into a kind of offshore tax haven, a plaything for the bureaucrats and the oligarchs and the elites. Far from taking back control, we’ll be ceding power to faceless corporations.

“All we’ve got in terms of power is each other. If we stand together we can make a difference, like we did in 1945. We did that by standing together and saying: ‘We’re not going to have what went before. We’re not going to accept the status quo any longer.’

“Just image if Britain invested in building houses, tackling the social need of it, creating hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs, the economic growth that benefits from that, the tax and national insurance contributed from that which can then be recirculated to fund our public services. I’m not an economist but to me it’s just plain common sense. And how anyone can perceive that as some kind of radical, hard-leftism is just beyond me.

“The election is not a left and right issue. It is fucking between right and wrong. How can it be right that we’re doing this as a country? How can it be right that all the money’s going to the super-rich while our kids can’t get a job and working-class kids are coming out with £50,000 of debt to get an education?”

So, I ask, how will a Labour victory make things better here? “Firstly in terms of the manufacturing here, they’ll be a massive effect. Manufacturing is still a massive part of the Derby economy. It’s under pressure; it’s run by bloody, faceless corporate bods who are, Rolls-Royce included, continuing to externalise jobs.

“Obviously, the public services will thrive. The lifting of the cap on public pay will have a huge impact on the standards of living. The security and the hope for young people that they will be able to get a job with some prospects and not just for young people but poverty pay will be abolished. So at a stroke, £10 an hour living wage, that’s going to have a massive beneficial impact on the people of this city.

“By putting more money in the pockets of the public-sector workers, in low-paid workers, creating more jobs by stopping their externalisation, by building houses and infrastructure — by doing these kinds of activities, you create an economic virtuous circle, not just in Derby, but across the country.

“There is a bit of cynicism about the capability of the political process to make a significant change. But the younger generation cut through that in the 1945 election and look what we did. If you’d have said to Keir Hardie or my predecessor Richard Bell, who was the first elected Labour MP in England, that we’d one day have a universal healthcare system, full employment, council houses and the welfare state, they probably would have gone: ‘Aw, great. That’s unbelievable.’

“There was that research recently showing that if we get an increase in young people voting, then Labour’s gonna win. As Captain Sensible said: ‘If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to have a dream come true’?”

A note from the editor-in-chimp: This article originally appeared in the Morning Star, where I work as the deputy features editor.

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