Millwall Football Club, have always been the centre of attention, when it comes to controversies surrounding it’s fans. Are they on the brink of changing?
Back in May, Millwall Football Club won Family Club of the Year at the EFL Awards. People were torn at this decision first, explaining that the club has had a fruitful history behind it’s fans, and certain club rivalries.
Their most notable instances of bad behaviour, come in the form of their rivalry with West Ham, which has been noted as one of the longest and bitter rivalries in all of English football. In 2009, West Ham and Millwall played against each other in the Football League Cup second round. Outside the stadium while the game was ahead, rioting occurred, where supporters were stabbed and up to 20 people were injured.
A fan, who we messaged privately, by the name of ‘David’ on Millwall’s Reddit page, also said recently that “Millwall are a changed club – we really want to put behind all the bad blood/memories, and settle for a brighter future.”
Adrian Lugg, Head of Marketing, at Fourpure Brewery Co, is an inspired individual, who explains that the South Bermondsey area is a great place to work a business from.
They’ve only been running for three years, but Fourpure Brewery Co. have made a killing out of selling beer to mass markets, and their own ventures inside their area. Adrian Lugg, one of the many people behind the multifaceted and booming companies in the industry, meets us in the companies own bar, before we’re taken up to the main offices in the building above.
When talking about working in beer, Adrian says that there is a “bigger opportunity to know your local landscape”, as 65% of their products go to local postcodes. Their products also, however, are distributed through Tesco, M&S, Ocado, and most recently Co-op.
“Craft beer is very much about prominence” – Adrian exclaims, when talking about whether or not being in a different area compared to the South Bermondsey-based region. There’s over 2000 breweries in the UK to date, but most of them are only distributing to 90/100% of their area. Having a tap room on site, as well as the offices, helps to cement a tangible community for people who love craft beer, to experience new and different flavours.
The main Fourpure brewery, houses 24 fermentation tanks, with a mixture of smaller tanks, which are used for some other beers too. While taking the picture above, we had a quick look around, and noticed the level of detail that goes into creating the beers.
As far as best products go, the best product they’ve allegedly released is the White Tonka Stout, with exclusive plans to release the beer itself on a bigger scale, compared to it’s limited counterpart. In essence, however, Adrian goes on to say that “Whoever you ask, they’re all going to have different answers, that’s the thing with beer.”
Social media is a big player in getting your product out there. “Undoubtedly”, Adrian answers, as we ask him the question. “There are certain industries that lend themselves from growing a company straight off social media alone, for us it’s all about being on the ground, and in front of people.” Events also play a huge role in promoting their products. He credits the sales team with the amount of hard work they put into the company as well.
After 10 minutes in a room with glass surroundings, we whisk ourselves away, taking one last look at the people working next to the giant silver silos and chambers. It’s quite astonishing really, that a business on such a local level, has the ability to reach out further and further into the UK. Since writing this, Fourpure have also started to expand in the US, live-streaming their plans in New York on Facebook.
There’s one thing for certain, and that’s the solid evidence that hard work does pay off, especially in Adrian’s case.
News outlets on social media, provide a look at current affairs, features and common interests. However, lots of people tend to stick inside their own “bubble”, following outlets that cater towards their needs.
A good example of this, is the way I absorb news through the likes of Twitter. If you was to trawl down my feed, you would find the likes of music outlets like Resident Advisor (RA), Mixmag, The Fader and more, populating my feed. A secondary interest of mine, is fashion – filling my feed with the likes of articles from HYPEBEAST, Vogue and more.
Surprisingly enough, I don’t really follow anything related to current affairs. Although this might seem bad, I do now and again use aggregators such as Reddit to get my daily news fix. On the off chance, I may search for BBC or Sky News in the search bar and read tweets from them, if I’m feeling like it.
With this look at what I browse on Twitter, its easy to see why people stay biased under their own “filter bubble”. But I feel like I may have the chance to branch out and explore new territory, in the near future.
Established in 2013, Fourpure Brewery Co. are a home-based beer brewery startup, located in the deep parts of South Bermondsey.
It was tough locating the brewery at first – scrambling around the Millwall area, before finally finding our destination in a business park not too far away from when we started.
The name “Fourpure” derives from the four main ingredients they use to create their beverages, spanning the likes of hops, grain, yeast and water. Each IPA, is inspired by a certain place, distilling a feel of adventure and exploration, everytime you take a drop.
Have some spare time lying about? You could take a tour of the brewery. Fourpure conduct tours of their brewery on certain days, going through all the steps it takes to create some fresh-tasting beer. You can even try some of the beer that’s been freshly made.
Fourpure regularly put on events at their establishment, so if you’re looking for something fun to do – why don’t you head on over?
You can find out more information and the company, the events and the ambition behind their journey at the link here.
Originally being a disused power station, the Tate Modern was opened to the public as a fully fledged art gallery in the new Millennium.
Along with its opening, the platform and utopia for all things abstract and wonderful, allowed artists of all kinds to usher in their unique artistic talents. You’ll also find literally anything you can think of here, whether it may be paintings, sculptures, or the likes of hard-hitting performance art pieces.
Famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and even Roy Lichtenstein feature in the gallery. You might even find yourself stuck for choice, as the site happens to house ten different floors of creations and exhibits.
With its iconic chimney and turbine room, it wouldn’t be hard to spot the venue. If you’re interested in visiting, you can hop on a train to Blackfriars station, or you could walk along the South Bank river instead. More information about Tate Modern and its other museums in the Tate family, can be found on its website at www.tate.org.uk