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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

Young & Serious | Work In The Music Industry

posted by on 28/02/2012

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to gain some work experience within the music industry then this might be up your street! Young & Serious is a programme for people between the ages of 17 and 25 who want just that; if you’re selected to take part, you’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops, network with industry professionals, interview artists, reviews gigs and more. Interested? More after the break.

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I Am Nobody's N*gger By Dean Atta

posted by on 05/01/2012

Before I get condemned for using the term in the title, it’s the title of the poem and even though I’ve starred out of some of the characters – it’s needed for you to understand the true meaning of this poem by renowned spoken word artist Dean Atta. He wrote this poem in 30 minutes, purely written out of passion after yesterday’s court hearing for the Stephen Lawrence. I’m not black and nor will I ever be able to fully understand the effect this word has but anyone with an ounce of intelligence would know how disgusting this term is. Murderers, plantation owners, racists, xenophobes and more used/still use this term, why use it? Why glorify it in your rap songs? Just no. I wish rappers would make clean versions of their albums without this term. More on the reverse.

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London's Burning | Channel 4

posted by on 19/12/2011

This Thursday (22nd) Channel 4 will start a brand new drama called London’s Burning. London’s Burning, set in Clapham Junction- one of the areas in which the riots affected; is an interpretation of a single night of rioting and looting that took place in August 2011. Starring Starring David Morrissey and Samantha Bondas senior police officers, we’ll be given insight into how residents, shopkeeers and business dealt with the violence. There is no doubt that the riots that took place earlier this year displayed violence that we as a generation had never witnessed; many of us have seen violence at it’s core but never on that scale so close to home. More info after the break.

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Losers

posted by on 27/11/2011

The folks over at Everynone continue to impress me with their creativity and this time, they touch the sensitive subject of bullying. Naturally you’d expect a bullying awareness video to shows the everyday life of bullied individuals in short sequences. From extreme close-ups to short clips of the bullying take place; the film highlights the topic well through it’s composition and definitely brings the harsh realities of bullying to life. As always with Everynone, the art direction and production is exquisite even when featuring such a topic.

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Today's Event | CALM Takeover Topman

posted by on 25/11/2011

Topman Oxford Street are hosting a free event featuring sets from the likes of Zane Lowe, Rob da Bank, The Maccabees, Huw Stephens, Eddy Temple-Morris  and a whole host of DJs throughout the day. The event is to celebrate the launch of CALMZone London Helpline. CALM is a campaign against living miserably and support young men who are depressed; the new CALMZone London helpline and texting service launches on 26th November to help prevent suicide which is the biggest killer of young men in London… learn something new everyday! Anyway, if you happen to be in the Oxford street area then head over to Topman anytime from noon. More info on CALM and the event after the break.

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Plan UK – Charity's Innovative Digital Campaign

posted by on 25/11/2011

Before we get started, my other half is writing this post. I’ll let her take over….

Here’s a bit of a random question for you: do you think your birth certificate is just any old piece of paper? Think again – and then seriously re-think that…again again. There are 75 million young girls all around the world born without a registered birth certificate. Sadly, these girls are often forced into pre-mature marriage and/or are denied the right to a proper education. PLAN UK is fully breaking the mould of charity fundraising with their latest ‘Because I’m a Girl’ campaign. Last week saw the launch of a pretty amazing and truly thought-provoking next generation interactive video app on Facebook, which puts you – yes, YOU in the shoesies of these less fortunate girls.

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The A21 Campaign

posted by on 19/11/2011

Brace yourself, this video isn’t for the light hearted. I watched it at an event a few weeks back, never have I felt so selfish and so grateful for my freedom. We live in the so called ‘golden age of freedom‘ and yet slavery is at an all time high. Martin Luther King and Gandhi may have won freedom for their people but 27 million people around the world are currently deprived of their freedom. Of that 27, 11 million are sex slaves. How have we let this happen? Whereas first world problems include missing out the H&M x Versace collaboration after queuing 24 hours for it. We forget what’s happening in the world around us with all these distractions, including materialism. Sigh. More on the reverse.

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Remembrance Day

posted by on 11/11/2011

Today is the day when we here in the UK along with other countries in the Commonwealth remember and give thanks to members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty during World War I. The red poppy has become a symbol that is now associated with this time of year and the reason for this, for those who don’t know, is because these poppies began to sprout across some of the worst battlefields after the war had come to an end. Their bright red colour is a perfectly bold colour and appropriately symbolises the blood shed during these horrific time. Please take a moment out today, preferably at the 11th hour, to say a little prayer and remember the ones we have lost.

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Why Top Boy Doesn’t Need A Season 2 | Opinion Piece

posted by on 09/11/2011

Last week, much buzzed about four-part series Top Boy impacted UK TV sets. Set in east London, Top Boy aimed to tackle the complexity of drug and gang culture, giving viewers an insight into different factors such as hierarchy, gang-loyalty and grooming, and even exploring social issues like poverty and mental health in an honest, and gritty way.

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Thailand Flood Appeal

posted by on 07/11/2011

Christine Caine gave me a massive reality check yesterday at the o2 – it’s so easy to be consumed with our 1st world problems and forget about what is going on in the world around us. Even if we know about what’s happening, we choose ignore it and live our fairytale lives without actually care for our brothers and sisters around the world. This year has been one of the worst in terms of natural disasters with numerous earthquakes, floods, tornados and typhoons around the planet. We’re blessed to have none of that here, aside from horrendous politics and youth riots – we’re fine. As always the media are far too busy to report actual news and focus more on political nonsense and celebrity life when disasters like the flooding in Thailand barely get any mention. One of my university friends gave me the heads up a week ago on the extent of the damage – flooding has been going on for months and now it has spread to Bangkok. This is the worst flooding in five decades, one third of the country’s provinces have been devastated with over 400 people dead and 9,000,000 affected. Crazy – after the cut for more.

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