Hamilton's West End production opens on December 21st after previews which started on the 6th. There was an excited hum from the audience as we waited for the show to begin. Many flashes from phone cameras as they documented the night. The lights dimmed and an expectant silence fell over the theatre. The dramatic first bar of the musical began, and the title song which ushered in the show actualised what for many audience members was just a soundtrack. If you’ve listened to the soundtrack and are attached to the original cast, Aaron Burr, the first voice you hear when the show begins, might throw you off. Giles Terera is definitely no Leslie Odim Jr but by the end of Act One, he will win you over. The sincerity in his voice during his duet with Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton), “Dea
Islington council has given permission for Mobike to launch 200 new dockless bikes in the borough, only weeks after allowing the other share bike firm Ofo expanded from Hackney. Mobike has expanded its scheme to Islington area London. Photo by Qiuyi Wu. Mobike, the Chinese smart sustainable bike share firm has expanded its scheme to Islington area, as the second district of London after Ealing. The launch of Mobike in Islington area is cooperated by Mobike company, Islington council and other local stakeholders. Steve Pyer, UK general manager for Mobike, said: “Islington is an important milestone in growing our presence in London. Islington is a stylish, energetic, multi-generational borough – and already has a strong cycling culture." As the place with the lowest
Natural skincare products are a trend. Grand View Research released figures last year which indicate that there has been an increase in demand for natural skincare products. The numbers show the growth economically: the global organic beauty market is likely to reach £11.9bn by 2020. This value is expected to double in the next 8 years. Danielle Berends, a natural-path expert, explains why clientele for natural based products are on a rise: “More and more people have started to eat clean and organic. You need to think also about what is going into your skin. So there are now many natural skin beauty bloggers out there.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlnKFWoZees Kline research suggests that there is a growing number of consumers that are choosing to pay extra for products that a
With Christmas around the corner, there are a lot bargains to be taken advantage of. It all started in the beginning of the season, which escalated with Black Friday and now everyone is impatiently waiting for the Boxing Day sales. From food to home decor, from electronics to beauty products, everything costs less and people are rushing to the stores, frantically to fill their carts with the discounted stock. Photo credits: Lia Chabane It is evident that one's bank account will be left empty, and materialistic gifts like these cannot satisfy anyone. Christmas is exactly two weeks from now and this is the time to reconsider do we really need all of these purchases. Can we enjoy the winter holidays without getting bankrupted? Is it necessary to bear the weight of Christmas shopping
Australia has finally set to legalize same-sex marriage. This follows a historic bill that was passed in the House of Representatives. After 20 failed bills and years of advocacy, the bill to amend Marriage Act was introduced a month ago and only four MPs voted against the bill. Same-sex couples can legally marry from January 2018. Starting this Saturday, people will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.This comes three weeks after it was found that 62% of Australians had voted "yes" in the national survey. Australia's Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, is expected to approve the bill over the next few days. Youtuber Raymond Braun who makes LGBT-centric content tweeted a video of the moment the Australian parliament passed the bill: T...
Help Musicians UK (HMUK), a charity for professional musicians, has launched a 24/7 helpline to support musicians mental health. Music Minds Matter, is free and offers services such as emotional support, advice in getting a diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and counseling among others. Can music make you sick? A study about working in the music industry, commissioned by HMUK found that the creative industry can be responsible for adding to mental health issues. This goes beyond depression and suicide. Addiction and eating disorders are also prevalent in the music industry. A separate study indicates that 1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder. And with the growing number of sexual assault accusations in the entertainment industry, it may com
London was named top performing city in a Europe-wide study done by the Milken Institute. The factors considered in the decision-making process included job creation, wage growth and the value of hi-tech goods and services. The city was also recognized for its high quality universities, its draw of international tourists, creative and legal industries, and biopharmaceuticals. The study divided Europe up into 279 regions, with various areas of the United Kingdom claiming five spots in the top 20. Inner-East London took top spot in the rankings. Stockholm and Budapest followed in the top three, with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire coming in seventh, Leicestershire, Rutland, and Northamptonshire 14th and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 18th. According an article in The T
London is known for having an array of Christmas markets, but a unique Scandinavian Christmas festival is coming to town again this season, and its popularity is reaching new heights. The Swedish festival of Saint Lucia, which is usually celebrated on December 13th includes a candlelit procession and songs led by a person dressed as the saint in a white gown and a crown of candles. It is meant to commemorate and honor Saint Lucia of Syracuse, the saint of light. The London festival entitled "Lucia Nights" will encapsulate these traditions along with other events through a span of five days from the 10th-14th of December. The event is being organized by LondonSwedes, a Swedish community and events team. Londoners have been taking an inter...
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
Comedienne Sarah Millican's annual Twitter campaign #joinin for anyone worried about being alone at Christmas launched last week. As Christmas approaches, many young people living in London feel isolated and alone. Often living in rented accommodation, with limited financial resources, far from where they grew up, under 25 year-olds are bombarded with festive season adverts showing happy nuclear families. According to a survey published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, 43% of 17 – 25 year olds who used Action for Children charity services experienced problems with loneliness. Less than half of this same group said they felt loved. #joinin I struggle to find joy at Christmas despite being a generally positive person. So #joinin sounds a great idea to me! It's even moved me to