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
Picture this. You are at a bar or even a coffee shop, you see a cute guy. You just made eye contact but he is not coming over to talk to you. What do you do? As a female, it is hard to start initial conversation with a guy you like, or a guy that you have just met in a public place. Traditions teach women that it is a male’s role to chase the girl. If he is interested in you he will speak to you. As we roll into 2018, this statement could not be more wrong. Traditional notions on dating are flying out the window. Female empowerment is bigger than ever and that is thanks to the rise of dating apps. Tinder seems to be a thing of the past now that Bumble has made a beeline to the forefront of dating apps. Bumble stands outs. Bumble gives women the power to make the first move, instan
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...
Miss India Manushi Chhillar has won Miss World 2017, and although the 20-year-old medical student’s beauty stood out amongst the other contestants, her intelligence ended up being the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Ms. Chhillar is the sixth winner of this competition, making India tied with Venezuela as they both now hold six victories over the course of the pageant’s 67 years of running. Ms. Chhillar is the first Indian to win the competition in seventeen years. The event was held in the coastal city of Sanya, China on Saturday evening. The competition held contestants from 118 countries and regions. As Ms. Chhillar made it to the final round of the competition, she was asked: “Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?” Her award winning response was: “A mother deserve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa89pAxnuYg Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium Combatting Winter Season Stress [Video: Emily Srebotnjak & Diana Whistance-Smith] Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is the UK’s very first café is the ideal anti-stress mechanism during the winter season. The café, open since March 2014, has seen business boom this month particularly, as stress hits a yearly high during the winter season. Its nuzzled interior and homey décor has been drawing in students and families alike looking for a mental escape amidst the hectic season. Laura Nastelli, the chief “Cat Carer” at Lady Dinah’s, spoke on behalf of the owner Lauren Pears. An employee since 2015, Nastelli has watched the soothing presence of the Emporium's 16 in-house cats affect all sorts of customers, from universi
The ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) has recently released a report which describes the clamp down on advertising codes. The new review aims to bring an end to body shaming, gender stereotypes and the idea of the perfect image. Everywhere you go, you are told how you should dress, what you should look like and who you should be. A major factor in this is advertising houses capitalising on increasing people's insecurities. This is about to stop. The ASA has said “Our review shows that specific forms of gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to harm for adults and children. Such portrayals can limit how people see themselves.” 37% of respondents in a survey taken, agreed that the advertising industry has a responsibility not to use gender stereotypes, as reported by the G
From today Spotify sells more than just music and related official merchandise. Users who visit the service to stream tracks by US singer songwriter Maggie Lindemann, will now be offered the chance to buy the same make-up she wears. Cosmetics company Pat McGrath Labs teamed up with the music streaming app in what Spotify plans to be the first of many e-commerce collaborations. Details for the products will appear in the same area where music lovers can buy gig tickets and band T-shirts. Lindemann has 7.5m monthly listeners on Spotify and 2.4m Instagram followers. The launch of this new commercial venture coincides with the release of her new single, Obsessed. SHOP #LiquiLUST007 Singles EARLY on @MaggieLindemann @Spotify now!! See the full video on https://t.co/YbyGE7Ocgf!???https
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