Thursday, September 21News For London

Author: Shiksha Arora

The silent addiction to painkillers

The silent addiction to painkillers

Health, Medical, NHS, Radio
Shane D'Souza, a software engineer, has been treating himself with painkillers for 6 years. When he tries to avoid gulping two codeine containing pain killers frequently at work, the withdrawal symptoms consist of this unbearable pain. Ultimately he has no choice, but, to surrender to his addiction. From migraines to arthritis there is a pill available for every condition today, but, with a heavy price to pay. More and more people in the UK are becoming victims of an unseen addiction, The addiction to painkillers. While painkillers provide relief for acute conditions, a wide group of people misuse are dependent on them for long term, chronic pain relief. Opioid painkillers, such as those containing codeine, are known to initiate a dependency in the long run. According to Neal Patel ...
Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

Uncategorized
Imagine that you have both a mental health condition and a physical disability. With government reforms to the benefit system, you lost your claim to assistance. You can no longer afford food, travel, electricity or gas. Finally, one day, your power is cut off and you’re left sitting in the dark by yourself. One benefit claimant, who experienced this, felt so isolated, scared and stressed, that she attempted to take her own life. Many have had similar experiences. Up to 90 people a month die after being declared fit for work. Others are barely able to survive. Roy Bard from campaign group the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) described to Westminster World how disabled people are running short of money half a week before their next payment. “People are often going without electricit
London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
Let me show you how to Hygge!

Let me show you how to Hygge!

Audio, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Food, Social media
Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? No, “Hygge” is pronounced HOO-guh (with an old-timer car horn) which you may as well pronounce it right as it is ‘the key to happiness’ … or at least that’s what they say. (credit: Pinterest) Hygge is a Danish term broadly translated as everything from “creating intimacy”, “cosiness of the soul”, “the absence of annoyance” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”. Well … it seems the pronunciation isn’t that difficult after all. But however broad and abstract the concept of hygge may be, it has become a hype so suddenly and inescapably that the word “Hygge” itself has received an extraordinary spike in coverage. In 2016, the figure of the word alone has shot up to more than 200 pieces in national newspaper, roughly speaking, that’s 400 per ce
Zumba: the workout that can help you defy stereotypes

Zumba: the workout that can help you defy stereotypes

Fitness, Gender, Health, Sport
Alice* is a senior lecturer in a very traditional career. She has been in the academia for ten years now, but since 2015 she is also performing as Zumba instructor. According to several researches and the campaign #ThisGirlCan, Zumba is an excellent exercise for people’s body and mind. Still, Alice does not want to disclose her hobby as she fears being taken less seriously in her work environment. It's Tuesday evening and Alice arrives in London wearing a formal office outfit. She just got off from the train that brings her to the city after a long commute. Alice has to change clothes quickly, she has a Zumba class to teach in half an hour. “It’s always nice to come when you have a Zumba class in the evening”. Alice did her PhD in London, got a full time job and then a position as
Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

#breakingnews, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th
Do we appreciate having the NHS?

Do we appreciate having the NHS?

Health, Medical, News, NHS, Politics
The National Health Service (NHS) Confederation states that every 36 hours over 1 million patients are seen by the NHS. This clearly impersonates that the service is being used at a high demand and is regularly in use. The NHS was formed on the 5th July 1948 and aimed to provide a good standard healthcare for every citizen. However, presently, only after around 60 years, debates on the privatisation of the NHS have risen, leading to marches and protest on “save our NHS”. These marches included people who were wishing to have a high-quality service by the NHS which would be under democratic control. Moreover, they also wanted it to be a care free at the point of use. Other additional wants included to oppose Conservative Party privatisation drive and remove the Private Finance Initiative
Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Animals, Culture, economy, Experience, Food, Health, Taste, trends, Uncategorized
It's official. UK lactose intolerants are cheering and hipsters are more mainstream than ever. Dairy-free milks have been added for the first time ever to the inflation basket. The results published by the Office for National Statistics included soya and almond milk to a list which the main purpose is to serve as a reference of the actual consumer trends. The Office and several analysts point out that this may have happened due to the recent growth of "free-from" diets such as Veganism. A new wave of millennials addicted to new trends and worried about their health have pushed these products up to the top of the list. Every day we see in supermarkets how new meat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free options appear on the shelves, on most occasions, at a high value. This can be explained as a
Is the human touch needed to put an end to online dating fails?

Is the human touch needed to put an end to online dating fails?

dating, Social media, Tech
Finding a life partner has long been a subject of concern especially after hitting your late 20’s. If you were of South Asian origin, grandmothers played cupid and had a major role in hand picking your future partner. Matchmaking in today’s world isn' just limited to the Asian household, it has come to be a well-known phenomenon globally. In London, particularly, matchmaking has turned into this million-dollar industry where professionals in their 30’s spend thousands of pounds in a quest to find the perfect match. 68% of people in the UK admit to have used online dating sites, but what is the probability that a computer algorithm will be successful in finding you the right match? Data found in 2014, shows the success rate of the different dating sites. With an overload of dating we