Sunday, January 17News For London

Christmas

Father Christmas, more like Mother Christmas: Is it womens’ job to create the magic of the holidays?

Father Christmas, more like Mother Christmas: Is it womens’ job to create the magic of the holidays?

Christmas, Covid-19, Culture, Food, LifeStyle, Women
Photo credit: Catalin Bot The burden of upholding Christmas traditions falls to women, even in 2020. At least, this is according to a SAGE report. The document outlines the insights into celebrating holidays including Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas during covid-19.  Speaking about women at Christmas, the report said: “Women carry the burden of creating and maintaining family traditions and activities at Christmas.” It further stated: “Messaging should be supportive of women adapting traditions.”  There is the implication that adapting Christmas to a covid-19 world will also be the responsibility of women this year.  Are women really the driving force behind Christmas? Westminster World spoke to members of the public to see how roles are divided or shared
‘Substantial meal’: substantial enough for pubs to survive?

‘Substantial meal’: substantial enough for pubs to survive?

Breaking News, Christmas, Covid-19, Food, London, News, UK news, Uncategorized
As the UK moves out of lockdown and a regional tier system is introduced, pubs in tier two are forced into a difficult middle ground, and the question arises are they better off closed? Image by Emily Latimer From 2nd December, pubs in all but three council areas will either be closed or only able to open if they are serving substantial meals, the government announced on Thursday. The government’s winter plan defines a substantial meal as “a full breakfast, main lunchtime or evening meal”.  For tier two, the news will be of little comfort to ‘wet led’ pubs, which are forced to remain closed and for those who do serve food, the restriction places them in a challenging position, in which they can open but are only able to make a fraction of their sales. In a letter to th
Covid-19: Cyclists boom London as Christmas approaches

Covid-19: Cyclists boom London as Christmas approaches

Christmas, Covid-19, Fitness, Health, Sport, Transport
Photo Credit: Anjali / Riders crossing road The number of cyclists has doubled in the past few months, according to the data provided by Strava Metro  - a fitness app that works with Transport for London. This surge is witnessed after the initial investment of £250m by the UK government during the first wave of Coronavirus to promote recreational activities. Weekends provide a different view on roads in central London as cyclists step out for work, exercise and group activities. Different cycling communities work in several parts of the city including Hyde Park and schemes have surfaced as an aid to these eco-friendly riders.  Photo credits: Anjali / Riders at Trafalgar Square London Cycling Campaign (LCC) launched a scheme called Cycle Buddies which aims
First Christmas after lockdown: The last chance for independent shops

First Christmas after lockdown: The last chance for independent shops

Black Friday, Business, Christmas, Covid-19, economy, London, UK news
For Christmas trade, independent business owners are cautiously optimistic. Have they lost the opportunity to make money? In a toyshop, electric toy cars are at discounts to encourage customers to buy.Credit to Peiyun He England’s current lockdown will end on Wednesday 2nd December. Shops, gyms and personal care services can reopen. Meanwhile, Christmas is around the corner. For retailers, the Golden quarter – which incorporates both Christmas and Black Friday – will be critical this year. UK shoppers are planning to spend an average of £346 on Christmas gifts this year, according to an annual study by American Express . This is 11 per cent more than a year ago, with Brits spending £312 on Christmas presents in 2019. However, some shops might have already missed the opportunit
Foreign students staying in London for Christmas break express why

Foreign students staying in London for Christmas break express why

brexit, Christmas, Covid-19, Education, EU talents, London, Student, Uncategorized, virus
The end of the lockdown approaching did not convince some foreign students to travel back. Seven out of ten interviewed told Westminster:World their decision to stay. Two of them have accepted to be featured on this article. Safety as the first priority Credit:Naima Tazergha "My father is not well and it is crucial to protect him from covid-19, and there is always a risk for me to catch the virus while travelling and submitting it to him." Charlotte is from Stockholm in Sweden. She moved to London this Autumn to study her first year of Interior Design at Regent's university. As the government reached to students to encourage them going back home between the 3rd and 9th of December, some don't even consider thinking about it. She is young but knows the risk- the one of c...
Christmas jumpers are fuelling environmental crisis, survey reveals

Christmas jumpers are fuelling environmental crisis, survey reveals

Breaking News, Christmas, Climate, Environment, Fashion, News
As Christmas is rapidly approaching, shoppers are being urged to reconsider buying their annual festive jumper as new survey reveals 12 million jumpers are expected to be bought this Christmas, fuelling micro-plastic crisis. The Christmas jumper is set to become one of the most infamous examples of fast fashion as it is now revealed to be hugely damaging to the environment and adding to the plastic pollution crisis. Growing public interest in eco-shopping and sustainability alongside concerns over fast fashion has raised alarm over the problematic popularity of Christmas jumpers, as new report finds a third of young adults in the UK buy a new festive sweater every year. The survey was published on the 6 December 2019 by the environmental charity, Hubbub, who sample tested 108 Christ...
All I want for Christmas is companionship

All I want for Christmas is companionship

Charity, Christmas, Health, London, Student
Christmas has most of us rushing to book tickets, buy gifts and decorate the tree with friends and family. However, this is not the case for the over 200, 000 elderly people in the UK who are going to spend the holidays alone. For the millions of elderly living without company, Christmas is a season of loneliness.  The holidays can be especially challenging due to the added pressures of social celebrations which they are used to spending time with their loved ones. In fact, an estimated 200, 000 people will not hear from any friends or family throughout the month of December.  Loneliness can be life-altering for the elderly who are experiencing it but is also a minefield for those of us who want to help, but don’t know where to start. Studies from AgeUK show that older people are
Auschwitz Camp images on Christmas merchandise put Amazon under public pressure

Auschwitz Camp images on Christmas merchandise put Amazon under public pressure

Breaking News, Christmas, Media
On Sunday 1st December 2019 an online retailer Amazon.com has released a number of Christmas themed products which included pictures of Auschwitz concentration camp. The ornaments feature various photos of historical places in Poland, including Krakow and the Auschwitz camp in Oswiecim. The list of products released by different retailers included Christmas tree ornaments, bottle openers and mouse pads. Amazon users, as well as the staff of Auschwitz Memorial, were quick to notice these products on the website, and there was a negative response confronting the website. As one user calculated, first removal of the products started after 10 hours since the time they have been posted. During this period there have been new posts appearing with Auschwitz photos, which made it harder ...
Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Christmas, Culture, LifeStyle, London, News, shopping, Student
The young workforce who are trying to make a bit of extra cash end up having an anti-social Christmas. Over 78,000 people have signed a petition to stop shops opening during Christmas and Boxing day after retail workers across the UK have complained about the stress of working during these periods. As Christmas approaches, streets and malls become busier with shoppers from all over the world, and young people are mostly found working in these retail shops which prevent them from spending time with their families on the holidays. Dave William, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Media officer told Westminster world: "We know that boxing days are becoming popular in recent times but we don’t see any reason why these sales cannot take place some other day
35 health and safety complaints over Sainsbury’s “plug boy” Christmas Advert

35 health and safety complaints over Sainsbury’s “plug boy” Christmas Advert

Breaking News, Business, Christmas, News, ReportingWeek1, Social media
The Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) has received 35 complaints over the “plug” boy. The moment that “plug boy” launched himself into a huge socket in the wall to turn on all the decoration became a sensation on social media. The plug Boy launched into a huge socket (Copy right: Sainsbury's) The plug Boy launched into a huge socket (Copy right: Sainsbury's) There are people genuinely complaining about the plugboy in the Sainsbury's advert, because they think it will encourage their children who see it to play with plug sockets. If that is genuinely what you're child takes away from that advert it's just natural selection really — Charlie (@charlesstone15) 3 December 2018 The Ads watchdog confirmed that they are assessing the complaints but has not decided to start