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Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

brexit, EU referendum, International, Politics, Student
Numbers of EU students applying for the UK universities have decreased by 7% to reach 42,070 students for 2017 cycle. The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) announced last February. (Photo by: John Walker-Flickr) EU students have a significant contribution to UK economy. They generate £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs in all corners of the country, according to analysis last year from the board of Universities UK, which is a pool for 24 vice-chancellors of universities in the UK. Numbers of EU students in UK over the past five years (Photo by: UCAS) Amid fears of higher tuition fees and raising cost of living, the UK might not be the best destination for EU students. Tal Rimon, 31 years old, a German journalist who seeks to pursue her Master
The unfiltered world of ‘fake’ Instagram accounts

The unfiltered world of ‘fake’ Instagram accounts

Opinion, Social media, Tech
“The selection process is mostly your close friends or anyone who you trust to see not-so-nice photos of yourself.” Emily* is an 18-year-old girl who loves Facebook and Instagram. She’s been on social media for most of her teen years, and enjoys scrolling Instagram for funny videos and photos her friends post.  Emily is acting as my guide to one trend on the photo-sharing app which is previously unchartered territory for me: Finstagrams. ‘Finstagram’ explained A ‘Finstagram’, or fake Instagram for the uninitiated, is a private Instagram account run alongside with the user’s public account. The difference between the two is that the ‘Finsta’ is a much more liberated space where posting is more frequent and less filtered. Emily explains: “a few of my friends do to kind of spam wi
Behind the glass: the secret world of zoo inspections

Behind the glass: the secret world of zoo inspections

Animals, Environment
Almost 500 animals died over four years at a zoo in Cumbria, and yet inspectors allowed the zoo to remain open. How do zoo inspections work, and what went wrong?   The South Lakes Safari Zoo (SLSZ) in Cumbria made headlines earlier this month after a shocking report showed that almost 500 animals died within four years. Among the 486 deaths were five young baboons and seven healthy lion cubs who were euthanised because there wasn’t enough space to house them. A jaguar had chewed off it’s own paw, a lemur was killed after entering the wolf enclosure, and a squirrel monkey was found decomposing behind a radiator. According to reports, the “overcrowding, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, and a lack of any sort of developed veterinary care” were noticed by zoo inspectors durin
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Do we still need International Women’s Day?

Do we still need International Women’s Day?

Culture, International, Opinion
Women have come a long way since the Suffragette Movement in the early 1900s. Is a day dedicated to female empowerment still necessary in the 21st century? Next week marks the 108th International Women’s Day, where women and men around the world will celebrate female empowerment. This year, along with International Women’s Day events such as all-female business panels, talks, and even a London based Women’s run, a Women’s Day Off strike is planned. Yet, some critics claim that a day honouring women has become obsolete. Have women’s rights come far enough to erase the need for marches and events? A history The first International Women’s Day took place at the turn of the century, during a time when females had fewer employment options and were denied the right to vote. Disenfranchised
Four alternative ways of living in London

Four alternative ways of living in London

Culture, Experience, Galleries, Housing, Media, News, Social media
With the cost of rent skyrocketing out of reach for many living in the capital, four Londoners have managed to find affordable ways to live that could prove to be viable solutions in the urban housing crisis.  Meet David, a Scottish bus driver. David has endured great instability in his life over the last year. After getting deported from Canada, David found himself homeless in the UK. Until now. David just moved into his new home in a converted shipping container in Walthamstow. This affordable housing project, mYPad, is the brainchild of the YMCA. The mYPad project, as David explains, is about “moving in people and enabling them to save money to move on.” David is not alone. According to Crisis.org, the affordable housing shortage in London has left over 8,000 people “sleeping ro
Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

#breakingnews, Housing, Media, News, Social media
Northern regions of the UK are becoming a better choice than London for UK property investors, revealed a report on Friday. Hometrack report stated that England’s northern parts such as Manchester have a better prospect for capital growth. According to Hometrack’s UK Cities Index, there was a decline in the headline growth for London, which is now 6.9% down from 7.2% a month earlier. The figures were much higher a year ago with an index of 7.9%. Manchester has registered one of the greatest uplifts outside of southern England, with an increase of 8.3% last year. This, in comparison to the London figures, is more welcoming for property investors across the country. Ged McPartlin, sales director at Ascend Properties, told Property Investor Today, “For years we have stressed that the M
EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

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It’s been eight months since the Brexit vote and millions of EU citizens living in Britain remain concerned over their residency and working rights within the UK. EU citizen, Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse working in the NHS, and a father of two young children, said that his life has radically altered ever since the Brexit referendum. He told Westminster World that he fears his family and his nursing profession could be ripped apart by a ‘hard Brexit’ deal. The NHS employee and PFD (Personal, Fair, and Diverse NHS campaign) champion of 2014 said: “My future, as well as the future of my family, has been in constant limbo ever since Brexit. I fear that my family and I will end up living apart. We don’t know if we are able to remain in the UK or if we have to pay a fee or provide