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Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

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LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
Save Andrew’s Café in Gray’s Inn Road

Save Andrew’s Café in Gray’s Inn Road

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The historical Andrew’s Café located in Gray’s Inn Road could close in May to make way for an expensive housing development. Andrew’s Café is one of the oldest in Camden with a history of over 70 years and was established before World War 2. Its current owner, Erdogan Garip, faces eviction after 12 years of hard working live running the café. The massive development scheme submitted to Camden Council by the property firm Dukelease, a private company owned by a single family, will demolish lovely heritage buildings and destroy a vibrant and active community which will be replaced by 13 new million-pound flats made of glass, metal and concrete. Unfortunately, Andrew’s Café it is only one of many businesses that will be forced out if the planning application for Panther House and 156-
When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

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International Make-up artist Georgina Graham presented The Artist, the new KIKO Milano collection inspired by the world of art in an event at Covent Garden on Saturday. The Artist collection is an explosion of colour created to mix and experiment with colours that allow you to paint endless beautiful looks. “I think summer 2016 is going to be about experimenting with all colours. Its not one colour, it’s the colour that makes you feel happy”, said Georgina Graham during the event. The eyes come to the forefront with the eyeliner’s adjustable stroke and the high pigment eye shadows ensuring a long lasting effect and the lips are lit up by brightly –coloured lipstick. As if she was painting in a canvas, Graham created three different masterpieces over various types of skin
More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

More diversity in 2017, promises Brit Awards chairman

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Next year’s edition of the Brit Awards will see more black and ethnic representation, Brits chairman Ged Doherty has said. Last week’s event received widespread criticism for failing to give black music its due recognition and for ignoring the achievements of black artists. The controversy even led to creation of the Oscar-style hashtag #BritsSoWhite, which was soon trending on social media. Great to chat to @Trelowe & @bignarstie about #BritsSoWhite on @5_News To.... https://t.co/Hpn7CllkU3 pic.twitter.com/peSTMgwgkr — Matt Barbet (@MattBarbet) 24 February 2016 Responding to the controversy, Doherty has written an open letter to the Guardian, in which he has promised to change the makeup of the 1,100-strong voting academy. At present, he suspects “ it is largely white an
15th RTS Award nomination for Ant and Dec

15th RTS Award nomination for Ant and Dec

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Multi-award winning duo Ant and Dec have received their 15th nomination for the Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards, it was announced today by RTS at the Hospital Club. The pair have already bagged 7 RTS Awards in the past. Nominated in the Entertainment Performance category for their body of work in 2015, the Geordie duo is pitted against Jack Whitehouse, a panellist on A league of Their Own, and The Last Leg’s Adam Hills. @antanddec have been nominated for a RTS award, for the 15th time in a row!! — SNT News (@SNT_news) March 3, 2016 In the acting categories, Claire Foy has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in BBC Two’s Wolf Hall. On the other side, nominees in the Best Actor category include Adam Long for BBC Three’s factual drama Don't Take My Baby, Ant

Harry Potter play will hit west end this July

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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eight part in Harry Potter series and will premiere in London  for the first time 7th June 2016. Photo credit-Flickr The play is the first Harry Potter play to be seen on stage and will be based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and Jack Tiffany "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". It will premiere in Palace Theatre this summer and will tell the tale of Harry Potter nineteen years later. The play will be shown in parts 1 & 2 over two days. The cast of the play have been named with Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley taking the leads as Harry, Hermione and Ron. It will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany. The tickets can be pre-booked now and prices range from £30-130. The first
Street art in Shoreditch London

Street art in Shoreditch London

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The walls of Shoreditch exhibit the best street art of London, known as one of the greatest open air galleries in the world. Shoreditch has transformed from being one of the poorest areas in the United Kingdom to a vibrant, ever-changing district in the East End of London. Street art is the main responsible for it because its beauty attracts a huge amount of tourists which generates money for the local economy. But what street art is? The first thing people tend to think about when they listen the word "street art" is graffiti. However, while graffiti is vandalism, street art is commissioned and artists paint during the daylight rather than at night. Gregory Simpson, who has been giving tours in Shoreditch for four years along with documenting and painting, explains the main dif

Is London the Solution for Chinese Same-sex Marriage?

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Homosexuality is no longer a taboo word in China, but same-sex marriage has yet to be approved by the Chinese law. While London provides freedom and tolerance for the couples, they have to make a choice between their lover and homeland. “I never think about marriage, because I know it’s impossible for me to have our relationship accepted by the law and the public", says Misa, 23 years old, international student from China, gay. China disapproves same-sex marriage. The Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China explicitly defines marriage as the union between one husband and one wife. Even though it does not specify it as "one man and one woman", none of the homosexual couples has been recognized by the law. However, at the beginning of the New Year, the authority was challen
For greener pastures in London. Literally.

For greener pastures in London. Literally.

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Sub-zero temperatures at 10am on a Saturday morning — far from a good excuse to put on your tough boots, roll up your sleeves and head out to plant trees.   Which is why it came as a welcome surprise when several enthusiastic groups of volunteers gathered at Southall’s King George’s Field last weekend for a tree-planting exercise. Organised by Ealing Council in partnership with NGO Trees For Cities and Unilever, the aim was to plant 10,000 new saplings in a single day. The event was part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s larger efforts to make London a greener place by planting 40,000 new trees across the city. His iTree urban forest survey shows that London has 8 million trees that are worth a whopping £6.1 billion to the economy and contribute £130 million in wider benefits. These
Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

Zayn Malik’s solo debut Pillow Talk tops UK singles charts

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Zayn Malik’s week-old single shoots to number one position on UK charts. The hit song – the singer’s debut since his departure from One Direction – has already raked up combined sales of 112,000 including 4.97 million streams, according to Official Charts Company. These figures make Pillow Talk the fastest selling track of 2016 thus far. Malik’s sensual single has knocked last week’s number one – Shawn Mendes’ Stitches – to third place this week. Jonas Blue’s Fastcar, a dance version of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit song has taken the second spot. Pillow Talk is a far bolder song than any of the previous tracks the singer made when part of the sensational pop group One Direction. The erotic video sees Malik and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid get physically up close and extrem