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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
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
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
Playing to learn: Minecraft Education and the thriving ed-tech market in the UK

Playing to learn: Minecraft Education and the thriving ed-tech market in the UK

Art, Culture, ed-tech, educational video games
Video games have been blamed for the decline of children’s studious pursuits since the birth of ‘Pong’ – one of the first arcade video games to reach mainstream popularity. More than a decade later, video games are being used as an educational tool for young adolescents in schools across the world.   According to a recent report on SBS World News Australia, Merryland’s East 5th graders, a school in south-west Sydney, recently used Microsofts Minecraft: Education Edition, to create a Minecraft cinematic about the traditional stories of indigenous cultures. Minecraft, for the uninitiated is a game that allows users to design and construct a virtual world, by using static objects like blocks and pillars. Geography and history seems to be the most obvious subject areas, which the g
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
Who Wears the Skirts?

Who Wears the Skirts?

Art, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Galleries
“I want to be a man” is her dream; Dinu’s ultimate dream ever since she can remember. Struggled through school dress codes, family’s understanding, and especially her mother’s happiness, Dinu was finally given an option to at least wear trousers instead of skirts at the age of seven. You could say she is a lucky one when compared to her friend, who was labelled a “she-male” “They basically called him she-male and you are not a woman because you have something between your legs and it didn’t matter for them the way she feels inside.” Dinu relived her childhood, telling a story of a friend who shared the same dream -- A dream to live a true self. It has been twenty-five years since Dinu's mother gave her the option of clothing, and today she is eagerly awaiting the operation of her
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Do we still need International Women’s Day?

Do we still need International Women’s Day?

Culture, International, Opinion
Women have come a long way since the Suffragette Movement in the early 1900s. Is a day dedicated to female empowerment still necessary in the 21st century? Next week marks the 108th International Women’s Day, where women and men around the world will celebrate female empowerment. This year, along with International Women’s Day events such as all-female business panels, talks, and even a London based Women’s run, a Women’s Day Off strike is planned. Yet, some critics claim that a day honouring women has become obsolete. Have women’s rights come far enough to erase the need for marches and events? A history The first International Women’s Day took place at the turn of the century, during a time when females had fewer employment options and were denied the right to vote. Disenfranchised
Four alternative ways of living in London

Four alternative ways of living in London

Culture, Experience, Galleries, Housing, Media, News, Social media
With the cost of rent skyrocketing out of reach for many living in the capital, four Londoners have managed to find affordable ways to live that could prove to be viable solutions in the urban housing crisis.  Meet David, a Scottish bus driver. David has endured great instability in his life over the last year. After getting deported from Canada, David found himself homeless in the UK. Until now. David just moved into his new home in a converted shipping container in Walthamstow. This affordable housing project, mYPad, is the brainchild of the YMCA. The mYPad project, as David explains, is about “moving in people and enabling them to save money to move on.” David is not alone. According to Crisis.org, the affordable housing shortage in London has left over 8,000 people “sleeping ro