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2016 at the Barbers

From Brexit to Trump, Ali to Bowie, 2016 has been a year of shocks and surprises. Newsbeat visits a Wolverhampton barbershop and a Birmingham salon for a review of the big events.


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I've been waiting a while, and. The most boring international football

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team I've ever watched. If I was in America right now and the police

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pulled me over, I'm staying stiff. At 20 minutes to five we can now say

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the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the Common market

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has been reversed. This will be a victory for real people, a victory

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for ordinary people. A victory for decent people. What's the first

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thing that came to your mind? When you've seen everybody voting out?

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When you found out we voted out? I thought, now I'm going to have to

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pay for a Visa to visit Spain! A lot of people didn't vote because they

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thought, we aren't going to leave Europe. I stayed at home and didn't

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vote. A KA Stephan. He thought it was in the bag. He thought, England

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isn't that dumb! A lot of people decided to vote over immigration. I

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think that's one of the main points. They thought if you voted Leave, you

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know the Simpsons movie? That's what they thought would happen. They

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thought the dome would come over. In fact we voted leave and what's

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changed? Yeah, yeah, I voted. I just turned 18. I'd never voted before. I

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was excited to be voting. The majority of people that did vote,

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that voted to leave, was middle-aged and elderly. Trying to make Britain

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how it was. But we Great Britain anyway. So regardless of whether we

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leave or not, we are still one of the biggest nations in the world. We

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are still going to get trade, we are still going to be doing well. The

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British people have made a very clear decision to take a different

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path. And as such, I think the country requires fresh leadership to

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take it in this direction. I think you just put his hands up because he

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was like, you guys are really going to do this, and he backed out. Now

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he's chilling on the beach with his wife. He tried. He was like, I'm

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gone. He's like a baby. He said let's do the referendum, lost and

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quit. I kind of felt sorry for him. He

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looked like he wanted to cry when he delivered that speech. I respected

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it, I rated it because he didn't want to be Prime Minister and

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support something he didn't believe them. That in itself is honest,

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isn't it? I can agree with that, yeah. At the same time I think it's

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kind of sneaky. The headlines at 8pm. A final farewell to one of the

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greatest sporting icons of all time. There have been times where I got

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beat up a little bit. I used to do amateur boxing so that one hit me.

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Muhammad Ali hit me. He was the greatest. He went even the greatest

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because of his boxing ability, because he spoke it. He literally

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spoke it into being. He spoke it into existence, I'm the man. I'm the

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real champion, there will never be one like me, and all you people in

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Britain who raped me as the greatest, I'm going to prove I'm the

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greatest! -- all of you people who rate me as the greatest! It was

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almost as big as Prince, massive, two legends. The first album he did

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all himself, played all 27 instrument at 19 years old.

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Definitely an icon. He will certainly be missed. When I was

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growing up my dad played Prince all the time. Prints, obviously it was a

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big thing in itself, but I think that hit home more because we

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already lost Michael Jackson. We lost Whitney and we feel like the

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greats are going. They are all figures that helped us recognise

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oppression, wherever. David Bowie died but I didn't know about him.

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Was David Bowie young? Like 50, 60? I don't know how old he was when he

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went. I knew of him. I said I looked like him when I had the red hair!

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The official announcement of his death was made on David Bowie's

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Facebook page. It said he died peacefully today, surrounded by his

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family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

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I'm a football anorak. Leicester City is the biggest thing that's

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ever happened. I can't fathom anything else in my lifetime.

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Teamwork makes the DreamWorks. It's all about when you work together

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collectively, you can get more done. All the money that's in football,

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you've still got to work hard and have a set formation and a tactic to

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win. They did it with nothing, their team is probably worth 10 million

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something daft. It all works, man. It just proves it ain't all about

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money. Especially for my man Jamie Vardy. He should have left and gone

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to Arsenal. He should have taken the money and ran. What beard? You can't

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take off his beard! Hey, hey, hey! When I wake up you'll see my beard!

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Roy Hodgson has resigned as England manager after his side were knocked

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out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. Shocking, porting, for selection. He

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is, looking worse in the second half than the first half. The end of the

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dream for Wales. It's amazing. England that the year rose... I

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actually went out there with my dad for a couple of days, it wasn't

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great. They are the most boring international football team I've

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ever watched. I can't stand their friendlies. It's a bit of a -- it is

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soul destroying. Usain Bolt has ended his Olympic career with his

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ninth gold dust Jamaica won the four by 100 m relay. It's the third time

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he's one that, no one has ever done that before. Usain Bolt did it

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again. The only thing I can say about that, really, is he's a

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legend. I think he's done it more than Carl Lewis has done it now. And

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Carl Lewis was the man. The Usain Bolt to do that, and because he's

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Jamaican as well, it makes you feel better about yourself.

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It's the second shooting of a black man by US police in 48 hours.

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They've both been filmed, one was even live streamed. Oh my God,

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please don't tell me he's dead. Please don't me my boyfriend just

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went like that. Vigils have been held with protesters shouting lives

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matter! We shouldn't have to protest because they treat us wrong. They

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shoot us because we need to have rights. Five policemen have been

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shot dead in Dallas, Texas. Attacks on police are an attack on all of

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us. The rule of law that makes society possible. There has been

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uproar about the police and all these things that are happening.

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It's not new. It's been heightened. It's been brought to life, but it's

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always been there. Nothing's changed. The any difference is we

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can now film it. Until they can properly grouped together as a full

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community and everyone can support them, it's not going to be enough to

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get it heard. A few saying unity is the key? Yeah, exactly. Black Lives

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Matter UK are holding their first official rallies calling for a

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shutdown across the country. This morning a main route into one of the

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UK's major airports was blocked and in Nottingham tram lines were closed

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of demonstrators lay on the tracks. Black Lives Matter that blocked the

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airport, I thought that was just dumb and I would be angry if I was

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trying to catch my plane and I missed my flight. I get what they

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are trying to do. I think, I'm trying to find the word, but it gave

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people a reason to disrespect it. It ain't going to change no one's

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opinion for the better, because they just blocked off the airport. Trying

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to get on holiday! If you were against black people in any way and

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then you try to go on holiday and made blocked the airport... LAUGHTER

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It's true! I accept your nomination for

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President of the United States. I humbly and gratefully accepts your

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nomination. I think it is a terrible time. Trump is a joke. But maybe

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he's meant to be the joke that we don't see coming. I'm not even

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shocked. When I went to bed, Hillary had a clear lead. I woke up, Trump

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had one. Man, Donald Trump. Up until the end the stats said Hillary had

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won it, it's in the bag. Hillary had Beyonce, all these people coming out

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on stage with her, saying she is the future. I want to build a wall. We

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need the wall. We have some bad people here and we are going to get

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them out. I made a mistake using a private e-mail. If I had to do it

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over again I would obviously do it differently. This was locker room

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talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologise to my family, I apologise

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to the American people. Americans are that fickle, they would rather

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have someone tell them as it is, regardless of how bad their

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messages, he allowed Theatre come to the surface. He allowed racist

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sentiment to come to the surface. I don't think it's all about race. I'm

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not going to be ignorant or make it simplistic. A lot of people are

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talking about bringing jobs back. Although he's not working class,

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they believe that. Because he's not a career politician, they believe

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he's going to make some real changes. Maybe he will. Hillary

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Clinton wasn't a better choice... But anybody else. A guy down the

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road, a homeless man, anyone banned Donald Trump. I don't know... His

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morals, the way he does things... Do you think he said that stuff just to

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get himself in your mind? Even if he's done that that's still a

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manipulative mindset. He could be doing worse in the future. I think

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you said what he needed to say because he was trying to attract a

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certain voter. I don't think he thinks those things at all. He

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played on an audience that he was aiming at and did it to the max. If

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you think about it, politics is really just business. Every country

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is like a business. No different to running this salon. Your light in

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power or whatever. Obviously you've got people influencing you and

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telling you what to do and stuff like that. If Trump can be such a

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successful businessman, then obviously a country as a business so

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maybe he'll be successful because he'll make business decisions. Do

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you want me to comb it out? Yeah. MUSIC

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Kanye for President next time!

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From Brexit to Trump, Ali to Bowie, 2016 has been a year of shocks and surprises. So where to get the banter and a review of the big events? Radio 1 Newsbeat visited a Wolverhampton barbershop and a Birmingham salon.