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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
What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

#breakingnews, Audio, brexit, EU investment, EU referendum, EU talents, International, Media, News, Politics, Social media, Tech, Tech startups, Video
UK’s tech entrepreneurs remain concerned over Brexit despite the government’s recent investment guaranteed on the Spring Budget. Talent access Jack*, a london-based tech entrepreneur, said that he is to launch a startup company, but is concerned over Brexit. He told Westminster World that he fears the hiring cost of his business would spiral because of a “hard Brexit deal”. The 29-year-old will create a digital publishing platform where consumers could be engaged by various visual content. He said: “Especially for digital startups, their employees have never had to think about residential opportunities here, whether they need visa or not. Even if Brexit is not here yet, for many of them it would make no sense to take jobs in the UK if after a year they will have to apply for certain
Thriving without money: Local London Charities tell the tale

Thriving without money: Local London Charities tell the tale

#breakingnews, Audio, Environment, Harrow, Health, Media, News, Social media, Video
With the country facing harsh financial climate, hundreds of charities in London are striving to create a better environment for local people. Despite their efforts, a new survey now shows that all of them are in danger. How do local charities function and achieve their goals in London? What are the dangers that are stopping them from thriving? Leah Robertson joined Mind in Harrow just over a year ago with a burning passion. Passion to help those in need, especially those who suffer from mental health issues. With experience in working at mental health care homes, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London. She is currently the coordinator of the Support & Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), and is in charge of supporting people wit
Tattoo or not to tattoo: Are we witnessing the death of the body art?

Tattoo or not to tattoo: Are we witnessing the death of the body art?

Art, Audio, Tattoo, Video
An estimated 1 in 5 British people have at least one tattoo. There are over 2200 tattoo parlours within the UK - compare that with 1800 McDonald's or 898 Starbucks and it’s clear that Brits have a love affair with tattoos. Tattoos are more popular than ever before with 33% of millennials sporting at least one piece of ink. But what happens when the tattoo you once loved falls out of favour? When the job you desperately want doesn’t approve of the Chinese writing on your neck? Or when you break up with that partner whose name decorates your chest encased in a red heart? Tattoo’s are not as permanent as people once thought. Tattoo removal is now almost as financially lucrative as tattoos. But are we really falling out of love with our body art? The Price of Tattoos Mathew
Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Audio, Blogs, Data Journalism, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student, Transport, Travel, Tube, Video, Watch
LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
A mind full of colour

A mind full of colour

Art, Audio, Culture, Health, Listen
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne

The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

Audio, Data Journalism, Fashion, Health, Listen, Media, News
A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you

A very British national anthem: should England have its own?

Audio, Culture, Music, Sport
A last chance rush for the bar ensued in a crowded north London pub on Saturday the 19th of March as the English and French rugby teams emerged onto the pitch of the Stade de France in Paris. The last game of the Six Nations between historic rivals England and France was about to begin, and with championship victory already secured England fans were in high spirits, hopeful for a five of five grand slam win. The teams lined up for the traditional rendition of the national anthems and as the opening drum roll of God Save the Queen began a distinct hush, punctuated by the odd clinking of glass, descended upon the ensemble crowd. But the uncharacteristic vigour with which the anthem was sung by both the players and supporters over on the continent failed to be matched by the north London

“Wig or Frizz”: black hair and Identity

Audio, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Opinion
As the “Black lives matter” campaign rages on in the USA, some may be asking how much of it has reignited black pride sentiments in countries like the UK.  Just before the largest natural hair show “Natural Hair week” kicks off in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham from 30 April to 7 May, we take a look at how hair is becoming a revived statement of black pride among women living in the UK. Black hair, black pride The 60s and 70s are quite significant for black civil rights movements in America and the creative forms of protest that black Americans used to draw attention to self-determination. Elaborate hairstyles became some of the big statements adopted by black icons like Grace Jones, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and the commodores among others, to reflect pride a