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Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Art, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Galleries, London, Music, musicians, Theatre
An underground hothouse in the centre of Borough Market, the Imaginarium welcomes Christmas with a different outlook. Opening up a creative hub for artists from all fields such as storytelling, painting and live performances. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachasapthy I was able to make it on the very first Sunday, where I witnessed the opening of these feasts, ideas and theatrics.  It also gave me a chance to interact with the owner of the place- Naomi, who gave an insight about the events happening over next couple of weeks.  She said: "It is a six-week long program which consists of theatrical events, music, arts, dinning and workshops for people to join." The place stands out for its interior work and atmosphere. It also has stores set up which marks London’s independent artists, d
Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

#breakingnews, Breaking News, Culture, Tech, Technology
The first text message that was sent actually used full words rather than text-speak. The first SMS was sent 25 years ago on the 3rd December 1992. A quarter of a century ago a British test engineer, Neil Papworth, typed the first text message which said, “Merry Christmas”. It launched into a success with smartphones that some reports suggest might even have become an addiction. The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom using a personal computer. It originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers. The initial growth was slow, with GSM customers in 1995 sending on average 0.4 messages per month. But by 2006, over 205 million messages were sent in the UK alone. Did Neil Papworth have any idea at the time that analysts expect 7.89 trillion
Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced. The Ferryman wins big

Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced. The Ferryman wins big

#breakingnews, Celebrity, Culture, Theatre
In the 63rd Evening Standard Theatre Awards the dramatic play The Ferryman wins three awards (out of its four nominations). Jez Butterworth wins the prize for Best Play and Sam Mendes (known for Skyfall) gets the Best Director award for the epic play The Ferryman. The winner for Emerging Talent is Tom Glynn-Carney also for the same production. The Ferryman was also nominated for Best Actress but the award went to Natasha Richardson instead. She won for her performance as Glenda Jackson for King Lear (Old Vic). The Ferryman is the first new play by Jez Butterworth in five years and it became a hit before it was even officially out in May this year. The play premiered at the Royal Court and it quickly became the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history. Huffington Post states that
Hyper Japan Christmas–what you should not miss this winter

Hyper Japan Christmas–what you should not miss this winter

Breaking News, Culture, Entertainment, International
The UK’s biggest Japanese culture event--Hyper Japan Christmas--just took place in Tobacco Dock last Friday, attracting thousands of Japanese culture lovers. Hyper Japan is a festival providing different Japanese workshops as well as live shows such as Japanese band music, the ‘cosplay’ competition, appealing to all Japanese culture lovers in UK. The event has been held in London every year since 2010. This year’s festival was scheduled over three days (24-26 November 2017). The price of tickets differed on each of the three days, and all the information related to the festival was published on Hyper Japan’s website more than half a month before it started. This year’s site had two floors and provided more activities for visitors.   Compared with previous years, there were m

Why has a cold chill blasted UK’s Black Friday?

Business, Culture, LifeStyle, London, shopping
Black Friday conjures up images of hordes of customers pushing through shop doors to fight for bargains. But this year, many stores remained nearly empty as the holiday-shopping season kicked off. https://twitter.com/mfarris_CA/status/935188620381745153 https://twitter.com/jackgevertz/status/933978804355256321 I went to St. George’s, the big shopping mall in Harrow, and found it seemed no more busy than usual. Is Black Friday not attractive now? Mohammad Hussain, security guard of St. George’s, said: “People are getting used to Black Friday and starting to realize Black Friday is not what they think it is. I guess that’s why this year there are less people here compared to last year. Last year was slightly busier because Black Friday is a little newer then.” Trick or Treat
Winter Wonderland continues to stand out in bringing Christmas spirit

Winter Wonderland continues to stand out in bringing Christmas spirit

Culture, Entertainment, Taste
Over the past ten years, Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London. This year the event kick-started on 17th November at Hyde Park, attracting thousands of Londoners and tourists. The fair which has been running since 2007, continues to set a landmark until the 1st of January, with the motive of creating a complete experience of Christmas for the visitors. This mainly includes events such as ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, festive bars and live music. Photo credits: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy Reports show that since 2016, 14 million people have visited London’s Winter Wonderland. Even though it is a free event, visitors will have to pay to enjoy the Ice Rink, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, and the Sooty Christmas Show, Giant Wheel a
“The Nutcracker” is back this Christmas

“The Nutcracker” is back this Christmas

Art, Theatre
The students from the London’s Central School of Ballet are now working on their rehearsals to perform “The Nutcracker” on  December 12 and 13 December at the ADC theatre in Cambridge. New passionate and hard-working dancers will be introduced in this performance. These dancers have been working hard on their techniques to get the chance to be part of this year’s performance. In the school we witness the Artistic Director Christopher Marney working with the dancers to produce an impressive “Nutcracker” this year. “More than twenty dancers of all ages will be performing this year.” said Marney. Imogen Ash, a dancer at the Central School of Ballet, has been selected to perform this year the role of Clara. “I went through a competitive audition as Clara’s character requires specific
Remembering Manson’s victims

Remembering Manson’s victims

Culture
[Photo: Flicker user BostonPeter OFF & ON] In the wake of Charles Manson's death on Sunday, many have taken to twitter to memorialize his victims. Charles Manson, the leader of the infamous Manson Family cult, died yesterday of natural causes. Manson was serving several life sentences at the Corcoran State Prison for his role in the murder of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, in the summer of 1969. Manson grew his cult by distorting the messages of 60’s pop culture icons, famously saying that the Beatles song Helter Skelter foretold a race war in America. Manson became an example of how people can manipulate any idea to push their agenda. While Manson’s disturbing influence has managed to last into the 21st century, some are choosing to memorialize his victims r
Pirelli Features All Black Cast in Ground Breaking Calendar

Pirelli Features All Black Cast in Ground Breaking Calendar

Culture, LifeStyle
Pirelli sent shockwaves throughout the fashion industry featuring an all black cast consisting of artists, models, entrepreneurs and creative industry figures in the 2018 calendar. Last week Pirelli released their anticipated calendar featuring the Alice in Wonderland themed magical images from Tim Walker changing the idea of what society thinks of Alice in Wonderland. Photo Credit via Instagram @edward_enninful The calendar has become a pop culture phenomenon and each year the images are seen around the world the moment they are released. Renowned photographer Tim Walker brings the world of Lewis Caroll to life by creating a larger than life version of Alice in Wonderland. Walker brought his dreamlike and eccentric vision which can be seen through out the calendar. The all...