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V Festival line up bores music fans

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Festival goers have taken to social media following the initial announcement of V Festival’s  lineup for this summer. The line-up is set to include rapper Jay Z and pop-star Pink as headline acts. Other performers include Rudimental, Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, The Vamps and Scouting for Girls. Social media reaction has been mixed. One tweet read: “Reading & Leeds n V fest are clearly in competition for who can announce the worst line up each year” gained popularity with 30 retweets and 87 favourites. Reading & Leeds n V fest are clearly in competition for who can announce the worst line up each year — Tweedle Dum (@LiammH_) February 26, 2017 Another tweet used a meme to display similar sentiments about the line-up. VFest line up pic.twit
Waterstones deny stealing indie bookshop trade

Waterstones deny stealing indie bookshop trade

#breakingnews, Culture, News
James Daunt, managing director of bookshop company Waterstones, has defended his decision to market certain franchises as independent. The company has faced criticism since the revelation that it has opened three shops under individual names, with minimal Waterstones branding. The shops located in Rye, Southwold and Harpenden contain only a small handwritten notice displaying their link with the nationwide chain. Mr Daunt said the pseudo-independent stores will be good for “customers, town centres and staff.” Daunt went on to add that he wants to encourage chain shops to operate as independent. He said: “If you want to enhance a high street you need to act as an independent ... and part of the reason we did it is to convince our own booksellers that they have the autonomy that th
Petition calling for end of TV license hits 100,000 signatures

Petition calling for end of TV license hits 100,000 signatures

#breakingnews, Culture, TV
A petition calling for the abolishment of the TV license, which funds the BBC channels, has now reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate by the parliament.   It has gained traction following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. A covert reporter discovered that bosses at company Capita pressure employees to find and fine a minimum of 28 people a week. Employees are reportedly offered bonuses of up to £20-25 per person fined over the target number of 28. This can amount to as much as £15,000 per year. The reporter was told by a Capita manager: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.” LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, described the methods as “incredible bullying tactics” on T
Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

#breakingnews, Culture, Uncategorized
Fans flocked to social media this morning, after Moonlight was awarded the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Moonlight beat the frontrunner La La Land, to become the first film with an all black cast to win the prize. Online reaction has been mostly positive. One tweet read: “Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE.” Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE. pic.twitter.com/7GeAcpdEuE — ️ (@ButeraDemetria) February 27, 2017 My motto for the rest of 2017: #Oscars pic.twitter.com/0JVzsVE7rO — xoNecole (@xonecole) February 27, 2017 The film’s director, Barry Jenkins tweeted: “To hell with dreams. I’m done with i
Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

#breakingnews, Art, Culture
PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm in charge for the ballot counting process at the Academy Awards, has issued an apology clarifying its error for the Best Picture winner. The Oscars 2017 winner for best picture is “Moonlight” but only after “La La Land” was incorrectly named. WOW! #Oscars mistakenly award cast of 'La La Land' Best Picture over 'Moonlight'. Awkward! pic.twitter.com/aUanZw77ib — SpotlightFirst.Com (@SpotlightFirst) February 27, 2017 Within hours of the mix-up, a spokesperson for the company announced: “We sincerely apologize too Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.” Watch moment Warren Beatty appears to take a second look inside envelope for
New indie game fuels Islamophobia

New indie game fuels Islamophobia

Art, Culture, Media, ReportingWeek2
Islamophobia appears in various forms but some games go beyond straightforward stereotyping. In early April of this year, Destructive Creations, developer of the mass murder simulator, Hatred, released a game called IS Defense, a game where players defend European shorelines from an invading Islamic state militia. The game mocked the cultural heritage of Muslims through sacrilegious images of their Prophet, which created a lot of controversy and though it received wide condemnation, it wasn’t banned. As tensions between the Middle-East and the West increases, this region has become the next target of ‘othering’ within modern warfare games. Invasions of Western cultural imperialism within gaming have become intolerable. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included real
UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

#breakingnews, Culture, Media, News, ReportingWeek2, Social media
The government is attempting to pass a Digital Economy Bill that would ban certain 'non-conventional' porn websites in the UK.  The new media regulating bill is making an appearance in the House of Lords for its second hearing today. The bill is intended to shelter the children from  improper images/videos and is already becoming a controversial topic within free speech campaigners across the country. What does the bill entail for the online porn consumption by the people? Is online censorship and surveillance going to help protect children? The Digital Economy Bill acts a new law that aims to simply ban any kind of ‘non-conventional’ porn websites. This includes sexual acts of violence, face-sitting, urinating and incest related porn. The government announced that non-compliant sites
EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

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The European Union and Cuba have signed a political deal to normalize ties after a decades-long period of being blocked by human rights due to the revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. The accord was signed on Monday by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini along with representatives from EU member states, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Cuba has appeared to improve its human rights record which has resulted in the EU ministers’ decision to drop a policy in place since 1996, leading Cuba to get closer links with the bloc. Mogherini said she was “very encouraged” by dialogue with Havana on human rights and the accord would help foster Cuba’s modernization both socially and politically. She also offered condolences on Castro’s death and told reporter
Monuments Men 2.0

Monuments Men 2.0

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Good ideas never die. The cultural heritage in the Middle East is under such a serious risk of destruction by the Islamic State that the British Government has returned to life the 'Monuments Men', the elite group who saved thousands of art masterpieces from the Nazi flames. For the national-socialist regime, the massive murder of Jewish, Communists, homosexuals and other enemy communities was not enough. Their cultural and art traces had to be erased too. The Nazis stole thousands of pieces from both museums and private collections and planned to destroy them. The Allied countries gathered a group of experts including scientists, museum curators and art historians to find them before the Germans could destroy the pieces. They were called 'The Monuments Men' and were responsible for the p
Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Culture, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
“We are helpless, we are broken, please let us out! We want to go to our children” The screams from inside Yarl’s Wood detention centre are followed by silence, before shouts of “Shame! Shame on you Serco!” ring out in a deafening roar from 2,000 protesters. A fence separates the protesters from the 410 female inmates held inside the privately run immigration centre in Bedfordshire, one of 13 in the UK. As the drums and chants of “Shut down Yarl’s Wood” resume, a lonely strip of black cloth waves from inside the centre in solidarity: the only visible sign of life from the where women refugees and asylum seekers held there indefinitely. Set up in 2001, the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, run by Serco, describes itself as ‘a fully contained residential centre housing adult women and adult f