Anthony Linforth-Hall, THE boss

On 29 November 2018, Anthony Linforth-Hall gave me an hour of his time to answer a few questions. The man seemed tired and exhausted but still accepted to talk to me about the things he achieved throughout his life. From being his own boss to his passion, photography.

Anthony Linforth-Hall relaxing on his sofa after a long talk.
Photo by: Camille Buignet.

I met Anthony Linforth-Hall at his house, giving me an idea of the type of man he is. The living room was like a museum. Photographs taken by himself were hung up on the walls and piled up in the corner of the room. 

I couldn’t express what my first impression of Anthony was. He was cold and quiet.  But  I felt like he would get really talkative when it comes to things he’s passionate about. And he did.

Anthony Linforth-Hall, known as ‘Tony’ Linforth-Hall, was born in 1946, right after the end of World War II. He grew up in London, and has always lived here. When I asked if he’d like to move to an other city, he looked at me like I was not making any sense. Tony really loves London.

The 60’s weren’t an appropriate time for studies, so he dropped off school when he was 17.  He started working with a close friend of his in a messenger company. After telling me about this, he started laughing and explained that he only worked there for a few months, before he got fired.

 He was “too pushy”, they said.

Anthony had to overcome the biggest obstacle of his career in 1976, when he and Ian Waters, his associate, decided to start their own business, in the advertising industry. Tony said “it was a bad time to start a business, especially in this industry”.

All along our talk, Tony kept stressing how important it was for him to be his own boss since he couldn’t bear being given orders. He described himself as “decisive and compassionate”, although one of his customers said:

“he was the rudest man I’ve ever met, but he’s really good at his job”.

His biggest inspiration in life would be the Duke of Wellington, since he was a military man, with a lot of modesty, and he was decisive. Just like Anthony himself, right?  He speaks like a soldier, always ready to fight. 

Anthony’s passion for photography and WWI made him travel all around the world. He took  a series of photographs that he exhibited for the centenary of First World War. You must be wondering, what has he not done? I am still trying to find the answer.

“I couldn’t do this anymore, it is hard to start at the bottom and make a name, change everything, so I really have no regrets about my life … Apart from one. I wish I had learned Boogie Woogie when I could play the piano.”

 

South Bank and its busy Christmas market

Christmas Market on the South Bank.
Photo by : Camille Buignet.

As Christmas is getting closer and closer, Christmas markets have popped up everywhere in London. South bank’s Christmas market is one of the most popular ones and also one of the biggest ones in the city, although I found it pretty small.

Open from 9 November 2018 until 6 January 2019, the Christmas market is located along the river Thames, so you get to enjoy its nice surroundings. My advice would be to pick a week day to go, because it gets so busy on week-ends that you can barely see anything.

I went on a Sunday and was personally more focused on trying to get trough the crowd, instead of enjoying the market the way I should have, which kind of ruined my vision of it.

 

Busy Christmas market
Photo by: Camille Buignet

After I finally managed to find a quiet place, I had a glass of mulled wine with my friend, and really felt the Christmas atmosphere. As a French girl, what would Christmas be without its mulled wine? 

Christmas markets are usually about festive food from around the world, but once again I was quite disappointed in the options offered. As a vegetarian, I pretty much didn’t find anything suitable for me. The only vegetarian-friendly food I found was more of street food that actual festive food.

I still enjoyed the market and its lights, which made me the happiest. Drinking a glass of mulled wine while wandering around the market made me forget how busy the market was. I would recommend it since it is a good way to enjoy Christmas while visiting South Bank.

Mulled wine truck in South Bank
Photo by: Camille Buignet

‘The elephant and castle’ or the place to be

 

 

Picture of ‘The Elephant and Castle’ pub. Photo by: Camille Buignet.

The Elephant and Castle’ was created in 1765, and has been rebuilt twice and modernised since then, but this antique pub that gave its name to the area is still standing.

Located next to the station, the ‘Elephant and Castle stands in between London South Bank University and London College of Communication, gathering a lot of students, but also tourists ending the day with a drink after visiting this culturally rich area.

The pub often hosts events such as themed parties, or football nights when an important game is on. To celebrate Christmas, a special menu and buffet will be available — bookings only. 

Located in a nice area, ‘the Elephant’, as many people like to call it, is the place I always look forward to going with my friends after a long day of work. I like the atmosphere and the ‘chill’ vibe of the place. I would describe this pub as ‘the place to be’. 

The first time I walked into this pub, I was immediately caught by the music playing, an old song that I used to listen to with my parents. My friends and I sat on these large sofas surrounding the tables, and had a few drinks. ‘The elephant’ is like a home, away from home.

Also, the pub offers a large choice of food, adapted for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone that follows a gluten free diet. I would say that drinks are affordable too.

 

LOCATION

119 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN.

OPENING HOURS

12pm – 12am  SUNDAY – WEDNESDAY

12pm – 1am   THURSDAY

12am – 2am   FRIDAY – SATURDAY

More climate change protests cause traffic chaos in Elephant and Castle

Images from the Elephant and Castle climate change protests. Photos by: Camille Buignet.

Climate change protests, causing serious disruption on major routes in London, have moved into a second day. The protest, organised by new group Extinction Rebellion will be in Elephant and Castle until tomorrow.

“ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL” is the message spread by these yellow tabards, trying to prevent species extinction and climate breakdown. This protest is the group’s second major event, after the “Rebellion Day” on 17 November 2018.

This non-violent protest consists in blocking the road for 7 minutes every 10 minutes or so. Holding ‘NON-VIOLENT‘ signs, the group is trying to gather everyone in this fight. An Extinction Rebellion group from Germany will be joining the protest today.

Reactions from Londoners affected by the protest were mixed.  Some expressed support for the group. Journalist Saul Elbein said that “What they’ve been able to do with a small amount of people is quite impressive. and they managed to have quite an impact”.

However, others were angry about the disruption. Avina Jayram, a Mauritian student told JLDN that  “Getting a whole population stuck on the street just because they believe we aren’t making an effort is just selfish. They need to be educated!!

‘I and You’, from laughter to tears.

 

Hamstead Theatre, November 10, 2018. Zach Wyatt, interpreting Anthony in ‘I and you’ stopped by us to answer a few questions and take a picture.

I and You‘ is a typical American play,  all dramatic and extra at first, telling about friendship and following a  ‘carpe diem’ philosophy.

“I can’t believe it ended like this” was the first thing I said after watching ‘I and You’ last Saturday, starring Maisie Williams (Games of Thrones’ Arya Stark) and Zach Wyatt, two young comedians making their professional theatre debuts.

The play tells Caroline’s story, who hasn’t been to school in months due to illness. Her only bound to reality is facebook, until Anthony, one of her classmates shows up at her house to work on a school project. The two teenagers are going to build a friendship, sharing their hopes and dreams. Caroline and Anthony are bonded in a way you wouldn’t expect… Adding a  real twist to the story.

About an hour and a half long, ‘I and You’ made me go though all sort of emotions, from laughter to tears. These two very charismatic characters made it easy for the audience to identify, and feel like we are part of the story.

Zach Wyatt told me he “didn’t expect that reaction from the audience, and it’s overwhelming. People of all ages came and that’s the best thing for an actor”. I found him very humble and down to earth.

After the play, I met Alex Georgiev, a Bulgarian man living in London, and asked him how he felt about the play, and he said, “It was an amazing play, as an actor myself, I can’t help but being impressed by how amazing Maisie was since she usually is more of a screen actor”.

’I and You’ is playing at Hampstead Theatre until 24 November 2018, and the prices range from £10 to £37.

Exhibition in Southwark to commemorate First World War

 

Troops of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, on the road to the trenches in the rain at Montauban, October 1916.
John Warwick Brooke [Public domain]
Photographer and Southwark resident Tony Linforth-Hall has a new exhibition of pictures of battle sites from the First World War.   

The exhibition is taking place in Southwark Council’s Foyer until November 12th.  A further week-long exhibition about World War One will start the following day, entitled ‘Local connections and those at home’.

This is a public free event, displayed in Southwark Council’s Foyer at 160 Tooley St, London SE1 2QH, opened from 9am to 6pm. 100 years ago today, the armistice was finally signed, officially ending the First World War. This exhibition commemorates First World War and is a way of remembering.

For this anniversary, many celebrations will be held to pay a tribune to all the people who fought during this war. After 100 years, people still think it is essential to keep on commemorating and remembering every year, as a form of respect for anyone involved in this war. 

UK exclusive : Michelle Obama in London for the release of her new memoir

Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama.

Former First Lady of the United States of America will be talking about her new memoir entitled ‘Becoming’ at the London Royal Festival Hall on December, 3rd 2018. This event, a UK-exclusivity will be the occasion for the audience to hear Michelle Obama telling about her life and explaining her memoir, giving complementary information.

‘Becoming’ is about Michelle Obama’s life since she was a child, telling about her experiences and what she had to overcome both in her personal and public life, making her the person she is today. She will be talking about her life as the mother of two girls, while embodying the role of  First Lady of the United States.

Tickets will be on sale on November 8th, 2018 and the prices range from £30 to £125. All tickets holders will get a free copy of ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama.

Online training encouraging healthcare workers to talk about obesity

 

Obesity by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 ImageCreator

Southwark Healthy Weight Training is a new online training program that was created by Southwark Council and the College of Contemporary Health. This training is part of a five-years plan which started in 2016 and will end in 2021 aiming at lowering the percentage of overweight people, and improve health and safety in London Borough of Southwark. It is a free program intended for Southwark healthcare workers such as nurses, GPs, people working with kids, in order to encourage them to talk more openly about obesity, and feel comfortable talking about it with families and children themselves.

The main idea of this training is to be able to work as a team, and improve communication between children, parents and healthcare workers. Evelyn Akoto, Southwark councillor and cabinet member for community, safety and public heath said:” It is vital that those on the front line of healthcare are equipped to talk about weight management in the right way.  This training is central to giving clinicians the tools they need to discuss how weight management can improve, and in some cases, prolong their patients lives”.

Camille & Kika

Filter bubbles and their impact on social medias

I spent some time looking at my twitter and instagram feeds today, trying to point at filter bubbles and echo chambers on my social medias.

My main interests in life are music, travels, tattoos, fashion and art in general, and if you don’t know me, by having a look at my feed, you could clearly tell. I also like to follow news accounts, to stay informed.

I would say that my instagram feed is mostly about art, tattoos and travels, and my twitter feed is really focused on music, since I follow my favourite bands, but also music producers, photographers, managers… and you will find a lot of fashion related posts on my twitter feed as well, and news accounts such as BFMTV or BBC. I also realised that I have a lot of sports related content, mostly football and rugby. 

Filter bubbles are both positive and negative, since we stick to what we like, preventing us from discovering other topics, but on the other hand, social medias are not what is going to get me interested in something. I find new interests and use social medias to get more information about them. I don’t use them to find interests. So following this point of view, filter bubbles are a good thing.

‘Teen Titan’, the man who made Justin Bieber

Photo via @justinbieber instagram

This profile from the New Yorker was written in October 2012, and tells us about Scooter Braun’s career. The article was written when the manager was at the top of his career after he discovered Justin Bieber and became his mentor.

Here, Scooter Braun’s story is told from the very beginning, from the moment he was a kid reading comic books to the moment he went to college, ending with his heydays as a music manager. This way of telling the story makes the reader feel empathy and he can relate to the story.

As explained by Lizzie Widdicombe, the manager always dreamt of being a basketball player, and after he realised it was impossible, he had to find a new interest in order to be ‘ a different kind of superhero ‘. Once again, telling about Braun’s dreams as a kid is a way of getting to people and creates a feeling of sympathy.

Scooter Braun is described as an open-minded person, giving a positive impression and is introduced as a hard worker who wouldn’t have any limits to get what he wants, as long as he’s not harming anyone.

The journalist used Braun’s background as a principal source of information to create a feeling of empathy when reading his profile. The many quotes showing how humble Justin Bieber’s manager is makes it hard not to appreciate him. The impression given to the reader is nothing but good, and we want to know more about this guy who made Justin Bieber famous.