Wednesday, February 20News For London


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

Young adults say they will only visit church if it offers free Internet

Audio, Culture, Listen, Opinion
Prudence Jinga, 30, is sitting in the front row of her church enjoying the service. She has been looking forward to today’s service particularly because she is to join the choir for the first time. But the church is empty. Only a handful of people managed to make it While others need convincing to attend church, Prudence is one of the three in five British adults that goes to church every Sunday, according to an opinion poll by the National Churches Trust. The opinion poll reported 27 per cent of British youth would only visit church gatherings more frequently if they had access to free Wi-Fi. The poll, conducted by ComRes aimed to discover what factors influence church attendance, despite a decline in the number of people going in recent years. It said respondents between t

Ed Sheeran’s switch off will make him happier

Audio, Culture, Health, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Although Ed Sheeran's social media 'switch off' may have most teenagers staring at their screens in despair, the singer could well be ahead of the game when it comes to being happy. It takes a brave man to shun 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram. But Ed Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from “seeing the world through a screen”, could ultimately make him a lot happier, according to vitality and motivation podcaster Tony Wrighton. For the last three years, Wrighton, who is also a Sky Sports presenter, has been taking a break from his mobile and computer for at least two hours a day. The results for energy and happiness levels have been significant. "All the things we love the most in life don't involve screens, whether that's chat

Creating Safer Business Environment in Southwark

Audio, Business, News, ReportingWeek1
Forty businesses in Southwark have teamed up with police to fight crime. Shops, restaurants and night clubs have joined a security network that will enable them operate in a safer environment. The Southwark Safe Business Partnership was launched last week. Adelaide Arthur reports.
Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

Audio, News, Politics
Labour’s initiative to reduce tuition fees might not be sufficient for university students. Sonal Gupta reports Labour has said it will reduce the tuition fees for university students from £9, 000 to £6,000 should it win the May election. It will reduce average graduate debt by nearly £9,000. However, there have been on-going debates on the benefits of tuition fee reduction on the future students. According to the reports some students believe that the reduction is not completely sufficient to help them pursue higher education. Some also believe that 16 and 17 year olds are  young and unaware to understand the significance of the policy.     Speaking to Westminster World prospective Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Brent Central, Dawn Butler says that the