//Les Américains: comment ils ont voté, une analyse//

Bonjour tout le monde! Aujourd’hui, j’ai décidé d’écrire quelque chose un petit peu différent – c’est probablement clair déjà parce que je écris en français, qui n’est pas normal pour moi. Par explication, je suis une étudiante de français depuis environ six ans et je pense que j’ai besoin de plus pratique donc je peut être (plus) facile en français. Alors, je vais écris une poste de blog en français. Pour mes lecteurs anglais et non-francophone, au bas de la poste, il y a une traduction anglaise pour vous.

J’ai voulu parler sur l’élection américaine 2016, comme c’est probablement les plus grandes actualités dans le monde en ce moment et après j’ai étudié le gouvernement et la politique l’année dernière, je m’intéresse à le sujet. Comme tout le monde les sait, le résultat de l’élection était pour Donald Trump et pendant que j’ai mon avis propre sur ce, je veux discuter des tendances d’électeurs différents, comme, par exemple, le pour cent des femmes et des hommes qui ont voté pour chaque candidat.

D’abord, une analyse des tendances des sexes différents et comment ils ont voté. C’est vrai que plus de femmes ont voté pour la candidate démocrate, Hillary Clinton – 54% des femmes se voté, comparé de le 42% qui ont voté pour Trump. Cependant, cette résultat était une surprise car Clinton reçu moins de votes des femmes que Obama dans le deux élections dernières.

Quoi est plus intéressant, c’est le fait que Trump a reçu la plupart de votes du gens qui vivent dans les régions rurales – 62 % – et Clinton a reçu la plupart de votes dans les grandes villes. Je ne sais pas beaucoup sur L’Etats Unis, mais je trouve ça intriguant comment les gens qui vivent dans les régions différents ont opinions différents et si j’ai le temps, je voudrais rechercher pourquoi.

Une autre analyse peut être rendu sur l’effet de l’âge d’électeurs sur leurs tendances. Les statistiques mettent que 55 % des jeunes qui sont âges entre 18 et 29 voté pour Clinton tandis que 53 % des gens qui sont âges plus de 65 ans voté pour Trump. Ce n’est pas une surprise pour moi parce que le résultat est similaire à ça de le référendum de l’UE en juin par le fait que c’était principalement les plus âges qui ont voté pour l’option “plus extrême”.

Et finalement, Trump seulement a reçu le vote de 8 % du gens noir comparé de le 88 % que Clinton a reçu. Je ne suis pas choqué puisque Trump est connu pour son opinions racistes. Trump a aussi gagné la majorité des votes protestants et catholiques, pendant que la plupart des juifs, et des gens de l’autre religion ou non religion, principalement ont voté pour Clinton.

De conclure, c’était une élection de beaucoup de controversé et il y a un grand nombre de gens qui ne sont pas contents de le résultat. Même si je ne suis pas entièrement d’accord avec le résultat moi-même, j’ai trouvé ça intéressant apprendre sur comment les Américains ont voté et les tendances du électeurs.


Hello everybody! Today I decided to write something a little different – it’s probably already obvious because I’m writing in French, which is not normal for me. By way of explanation, I have been a French student for about six years and I think I need more practice so I can be (more) fluent in French. So, I’m going to write a blog post in French. For my english and non-francophone readers, at the bottom of the post, there is an English translation for you.

I wanted to talk about the US 2016 election, as it’s probably the biggest news in the world right now and after I studied government and politics last year, I’m interested in the subject. As everyone knows, the result of the election was for Donald Trump and whilst I have my own opinion on this, I want to discuss the different trends in voting, for example, the percent of women and men who voted for each candidate.

First, an analysis of the different gender trends and how they voted. It is true that more women voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton – 54%, compared to the 42% who voted for Trump. However, this result was a surprise as Clinton received less votes from women than Obama in the last two elections.

What is more interesting is the fact that Trump received most votes from people who live in rural areas – 62% – and Clinton received most votes in big cities. I do not know much about the United States, but I find it intriguing how people who live in different regions have different opinions and if I have time, I would like to find out why.

Another analysis can be made on the effect of the age of voters on voting trends. Statistics show that 55% of young people who are between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for Clinton while 53% of people who are over 65 years of age voted for Trump. This is not a surprise for me because the result is similar to that of the EU referendum in June by the fact that it was mostly the older people who voted for the “more extreme” option.

And finally, Trump only received the vote of 8% of black people compared to the 88% that Clinton received. I’m not shocked since Trump is known for his often racist opinions. Trump also won the majority of Protestant and Catholic votes, while most Jews, and people of other religion or no religion, voted for Clinton.

To conclude, it was an election of much controversy and there are a lot of people who are not happy with the outcome. Even if I do not completely agree with the outcome myself, I found it interesting to learn about how Americans voted and the voters trends.

(P.S. I know this probably seems a it random to be writing about voting trends in the recent US election, as there are many other aspects of the election that I could be writing about that are perhaps more important. However, I just wanted to write about current affairs to help me practice my French and thought analysing voting trends would be an easier way to go about it than going into a full-scale rant about how I feel about the election, which I’m sure is what you all hear all the time these days. But if you do want to share your opinion on the election results, please feel free to leave a polite comment and we can discuss our views if you wish 🙂 Also, appologies for any incorrect French, I’m still learning!)

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Morning//Evening

Morning

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This morning, the sun rose bright and early, blinding the sky with it’s rays as sharp as lemons yet as soft as buttercups. The sky…was blue. A faint sort of cold blueness that gradually grew darker and darker as you raised your eyes upwards to observe it’s vastness.

The sun did little to ease the crisp autumn air but the thought of the sun shining down was reminiscent of the summer days long gone and long to return. The sight of the sun’s glow falling deftly on the still, crystalline sea was e t h e r e a l.

Evening

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The sun set was slow – reluctant – today. It lingered between the trees on the horizon for what felt like eternity, casting a dappled glow on the land and creating a beautiful patchwork of auburn warmth as it weaved itself between fallen leaves.

When it finally let go, and drifted down below the tree line, a band of yellow-ish green clouds remained, making the point where the sky met the sea more visible than ever. The sea was still calm, but the starry curtain that was beginning to drape itself over the last remaining traces of the sun was as alive with light and beauty as ever. It was truly s t e l l a r.

(Description of the sky today as observed by me on my way to and from college on the bus).

//It’s November!!!//

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been blogging regularly for the past few months so I thought I’d just take some time to fill you in on what I’ve been up to (sounds so exciting…it’s really not lol) and what my plans for November are. 🙂

Okay, so, September and October have been very busy months for me, what with starting college and a-levels so I’ll just run you through what’s I’ve done over the past few months.

  • Started college – as I mentioned, I’ve just finished my first term and college and it has gone SO quickly. It took a while for me to get used to getting the bus everyday, going to a new place, meeting new people and being in a different environment but now I have got used to it, it’s great! I still dread going to college every Monday but that’s just because I know I’ll have a long day ahead of me and will have to work really hard to keep up (having to wake up at 6:30 am probably doesn’t help). Once I’m actually at college though, it’s not so bad. I enjoy my lessons and although I don’t get on with everyone in my classes, I have made a couple of new friends so that’s better than I expected. I could never go back to school though. Everything at college is just so…relaxed?? Idk I mean the workload is way more stressful than at school and you are expected to do everything yourself, but it is kind of nice to have more responsibility and not have to wear a school uniform.
  • School awards evening – at the beginning of October I went to a fancy awards evening for my secondary school where I received an award for academic excellence. The actual evening was okay, although I didn’t manage to speak to many of my old teachers but that doesn’t bother me too much.
  • Started drinking hot drinks (more regularly) – I’ve never really liked hot drinks, not even hot chocolate, mainly because I don’t like milk. Recently though I’ve been trying to get into drinking hot drinks more and just trying a wider variety to try to find something that I like. I went to a coffee shop with my grandma over the summer and tried a latte for the first time but I think it’s safe to say I’m just not a coffee person (it’s way too bitter). In September (I think??) before my sister went off to uni, she decided to have a hot chocolate after we came home from an evening walk so I tried one too and somewhat liked it?? Then I tried tea recently but wasn’t too keen on that, it wasn’t sweet enough, so I bought some lemon and ginger tea and I *think* I like that (I’ve only tried it twice though). Then a few weekends ago I went to a cafe with my family and had a lovely hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows which was nice. SO yeah, dunno why you’d want to hear about my adventures in trying hot drinks but there we go!
  • Tests – I’ve had end of term tests in all of my subjects now and they didn’t go too badly (I hope). I haven’t got all the results back yet but I should do by the end of this week EEEEKkk.
  • Half term! – then last week was half term meaning I had a week off of college to catch up on all the work I’d been too lazy to do during term time  relax. I managed to be a lot more social (??) than usual; I had a board games + pizza + mini-rave thing (?????) evening at a friends house on the Monday, then on the Tuesday I went to Laser Quest with a different group of friends (let’s not mention how awful me and my friend were in the pairs game) and then on the Wednesday I went to another friends house with the same group of friends as on the Monday for an Indian takeaway + movie + board games night (we just like board game k…and food lol).
  • Read The Girl On The Train – I don’t often tell you guys what I’m reading but yeah over the past few weeks I read The Girl On The Train which was v v good but also v tense and creepy at times. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to read it because, not going to lie, the ~mystery~ aspect of the book was scaring me a little and making me anxious as to what would happen but I’m glad I managed to plough through it!
  • Got Fantastic Beasts tickets!!!!!!!!!! – I AM SO EXCITED I CAN’T WAIT, 16 DAYSSSS AHHHHHHHHHH. SO yeah me and my friend decided we want to go and see the midnight screening of Fantastic Beast and Where To Find them IN 3D (can you imagine Eddie Redmayne’s face in 3d ahhhhh).

So basically what I’ve been up to over the past few months!!

November is already looking like it’s going to be a busy month too but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless! Here’s what I’m hoping to get up to (in case I end up hibernating and don’t write another post for ages):

  • NaNoWriMo – I like, last minute decided I wanted to do NaNo again this year. I haven’t even got a proper plan, I’m just sort of making my novel up as I go along. I don’t think I’m going to be able to reach 50k, although I will try my best! Last year I managed to write 43,000 words so I didn’t ‘win’ NaNo. If I can’t get to 50k this, year I’m going to keep trying until I can finish it. I was so close last year, which was annoying, but towards the end of November I went to a concert which meant getting in the car straight after school to get to said concert then coming back after midnight, sleeping mot of the next day (which happened to be my birthday) and that left me about 2 days to try to write 7000 words (which was never going to happen let’s be honest). If you’re also doing NaNo, let me know and we can add eachother as writing buddies 🙂
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS – as mentioned above, I am going to see Fantastic Beasts on 18/11.
  • My birthday – I turn 17 in a few weeks eeeeeeeek.
  • Carry on drowning in a-level work (nothing more needs to be said).
  • Do some exploring??? – I’m not sure WHERE exactly, but since I only go to college 3 days a week, I have two ‘days off’ (I end up working from 10am-5pm anyway – THERE IS NO BREAK FROM A-LEVEL WORK) where my bus pass is still valid. I can actually travel quite far with my bus pass – all around my county and into the bordering counties – so at some point I want to make the most of that and just go somewhere new for the day. The only problem is, none of my friends have their ‘days off’ on the same day as me so I’d have to go exploring by myself *cries*. I was thinking of going out today actually, but I had lots of work to do and I want to make sure I can keep on track for NaNo as much as possible.
  • Remembrance Day Parade – for the past 8 years, I’ve been part of my town’s Remembrance Day Parade on Remembrance Sunday. However, since I’ve now left Scouts, I can no longer take part. I’m actually quite excited to not take part though, because that means I get to watch the parade go by and see the service in the park from a different perspective.

I think that’s about it for this month, but I may end up doing more (or less) exciting things.

What are you looking forward to this month? What have you been up to over the past few months? I’d love to know! I miss talking to you guys and reading your blogs. Hope you’re all okay! 🙂

Update: After writing this I went for a walk and took some pictures of the sunset!

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