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‘TfL doesn’t help’: Passengers trapped on Elizabeth Line charged up to £26 for chaotic journey

‘TfL doesn’t help’: Passengers trapped on Elizabeth Line charged up to £26 for chaotic journey

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Social media, TFL, Transport, Tube
Commuters were charged between £8.80 to £26 for their travel. Image by Mathias Reding from Pexels Elizabeth Line commuters who were stranded for hours in the dark last week are facing fresh horrors for exceeding Transport for London’s ‘maximum journey time’. Hundreds of passengers were left in the dark for up to four hours on Thursday 7 December, as damage to overhead cables in Ladbroke Grove severely disrupted trains operated by the Elizabeth Line, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Heathrow Express. Social media footage from the evening rush hour showed passengers trapped in cold, dark carriages without power. An hour into the chaos, some were urged to jump off the train and use the tracks as lavatories. The commuters were eventually evacuated from the trains and had to walk along
Stay in the loop: Your essential guide to understanding Gen Z’s ever-evolving internet lingo

Stay in the loop: Your essential guide to understanding Gen Z’s ever-evolving internet lingo

Breaking News, Culture, Explainers, Explainers, Social media
Internet Culture, Social Media Credits: Tracy Le Blanc / Pexels Internet lingo can be complicated to keep track of, so here’s a quick and updated overview of some of the most recent slang. GenZ people are born between 1997 and 2012 and their internet-driven vocabulary keeps evolving. Roman Empire It started off as a simple question over TikTok where women ask men how often they think about the Roman Empire. The answers in these viral videos revealed a shocking frequency which then led to a wider discussion on all social media platforms. Men in these videos claimed to think about it every day or at least three to four times a week.  https://www.tiktok.com/@hannahkbrown/video/7278841701047799070?_r=1&_t=8hjnPV4iZBh @hannahkbrown on TikTok The term "R
Lights, Camera, Audition: TikTok’s Influence on Emerging Talent in Theatre

Lights, Camera, Audition: TikTok’s Influence on Emerging Talent in Theatre

Breaking News, Entertainment, Film, Social media, trends
New Diorama Theatre at Regent's Park. Image by: Malavika Pradeep TikTok has basically become the new casting frontier. People who were once nobodies are now going viral with audition tapes and snagging lead artist and actor roles. The platform has thrown open the doors for equal opportunities, especially when traditional casting avenues took a hit during the COVID chaos. We spoke to a few arts, theater, and culture students at universities around London, and they spilled the beans on the real and raw casting tricks happening on TikTok. According to them, it's all about enabling diversity and creating opportunities for everyone. And guess what? Theatre companies are all over TikTok. They're using it to hook in the younger crowd. Like, have you seen the #Wicked TikTok challenge...
Explainer: Emojis, a brief history and why they are important.

Explainer: Emojis, a brief history and why they are important.

Explainers, Social media
Photo Credit | Tyler Hewitt | Flickr. A brief history -  1977 - 2023 The 17th of July is the unofficial 'World emoji day' - mark your calendars guys!. This is a day of acknowledgement invented by one Jeremy Burge. To get a picture of just how relevant and inclusive a celebration it is - check out the Unicode emoji set, for the most complete selection of human activity, hand gestures and facial expressions, of which an estimated 92% of the world population use in their day-to-day digital and online interaction. About 5 billion emojis are used every day on Facebook and Messenger alone. The term “Emoji”, is a Japanese invention, a word that translates to “picture or pictograph”. It entered the social scene back in 1997 when a Japanese Tech-investment company, SoftBank, cre
What is Wordle and why is it popular all of a sudden?

What is Wordle and why is it popular all of a sudden?

Culture, ed-tech, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Media, News, Social media, Tech, Technology, Worldnews
Credits: Sharv G Recently, Twitter was flooded with a 5x6 grid of green, white, and yellow squares. The reason behind that is a daily online game called Wordle which has now been sold to The New York Times. What is Wordle? It is a daily game where the user has to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. The letters are spaced out in a grid, and each letter attempted gets marked either in grey, yellow or green. Green letters are part of the final word and in the right place. If they’re yellow, they’re in the final word but in the wrong place and grey letters are not a part of the final word. The game grants users the ability to share their grid after guessing the word correctly. The grid is made of emojis without any letters. Since it’s the same word for everybody, it is engag
Don’t be a dick: Campaign launched on cyber flashing

Don’t be a dick: Campaign launched on cyber flashing

Breaking News, crime, Explainers, London, Media, Social media
Bumble, one of UK’s biggest dating apps, has started a campaign to make sending unwanted graphic images or nudes a standalone crime. After a successful campaign in the US regarding cyber flashing, Bumble launched the campaign in the UK with support from UN Women UK. They plan on working with politicians, organisations and the public to call on the UK government to make it a criminal offence. WHAT IS CYBERFLASHING? According to the Law Commission's report, Cyber flashing is defined as “the sending of images or video recordings of genitals via social platforms.” In this case the victim is not the one sending the picture but the one receiving it. It has been seen that in most of the cases the victim has no idea who the sender is. A recent tool used for cyber flashing is “Air Drop
What is OnlyFans? What is the impact?

What is OnlyFans? What is the impact?

Explainer, Explainers, Social media, youth
Credit: Charles Deluvio OnlyFans is an online social media platform widely used by sex workers, though not limited to them only, to make income. Sex workers charge monthly fees for access to porn images, videos and more. OnlyFans is a subscription content service based in London - with an app that reportedly has 30million users. Though OnlyFans generates a source of income for users, the question posed is, what kind of impact does it have on individuals, particularly young adults between the ages of eighteen and twenty five? https://youtu.be/7zDCNdReeww Interviewees: Ade & Jenelle
Social media: Millennial’s path to success

Social media: Millennial’s path to success

Art, Breaking News, Culture, Education, Explainers, Fashion, Instagram, London, Media, News, shopping, Social media
Social media have become a huge part of the lives of millennials. These platforms all started out mostly as post sharing apps and have become successful marketing tools. As of 2020, one billion users per month access the Instagram app. Millions of business accounts are growing on a daily basis. As well as advertising, sponsored posts and the new shopping feature added a few weeks ago, these are all making the app a dominant marketing tool. These platforms are being used as a form of personal expression, sharing experiences - sometimes with financial gain or to build new businesses which in turn is helping thousands of the young people achieve their goals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGh02dWKbb0 We asked Suarvo, a young Londoner who started a business thanks to social med...
The effect of County Line gangs on vulnerable children

The effect of County Line gangs on vulnerable children

Breaking News, children, crime, crime, International, London, News, Social media, Worldnews, youth
County Line gang activities and recruitment of young children have increased across the UK during the lockdown. What are County Lines?  It is a technique to transport drugs from one area to another by using the individual phone lines. The Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) exploit innocent children and get them to sell and supply drugs.  Photo credits by Pixabay There are more than 20 OCGs across the UK trafficking drugs into small towns and villages. They do this by manipulating children as young as 13, especially those with mental health or addiction issues. They are trained and groomed by the drug dealers who use them as drug mules to carry packages of heroin and cocaine on public transport. Philip Seccombe, a Police and Crime Commissioner of Warwickshire tol...
Harry Styles shows gender free fashion on Vogue

Harry Styles shows gender free fashion on Vogue

Celebrity, Culture, Fashion, Gender, Media, Music, Opinion, Social media, Worldnews
Harry Styles is the first male in 127 years to be on the cover of US Vogue. He also became the first to appear solo and he has done so wearing a stunning Gucci gown. Picture by Tyler Mitchell, December 2020 US Vogue cover. Courtesy of Condé Nast. After conservative commentator Candace Owens in the Us slammed Vogue and Styles for wearing a dress and skirts in the photoshoot, actress Olivia Wilde was one of the many voices together with Zach Braff and Elijah Wood jumping to defend his gender-blurring style. https://twitter.com/RealCandaceO/status/1327691891303976961 Retweeting images of the terrific shoot, Owens criticised the magazine, calling Styles’ look and outfit “an outright attack” and asked Vogue to “bring back manly men.” The former One Direction singer has r