Comparing The Infographics Of The State Of Union Speeches

When looking at the infographics of the state of union speeches, I looked at three different types of data. The first one I looked at was the language of the state of the union on the Atlantic. They used a histogram to illustrate how each president used different words in their speeches, this was an interactive histogram that when hovering over a word would show which presidents used it and how often.

 The next infographic I had a look at was on Washington Post  website, they made a list of each president and the words they used to most each year in their speeches, this very clearly shows the audience exactly what words that were used and by who but did not offer information on how often they used the words.

 The last place I looked at how journalists used the data to create infographics was on Vox, they chose to only display Obamas most popular words in his speeches as opposed to comparing it to other presidents they only made comparisons in his previous speeches against each other. 

Each journalist seems to have a different take on the information that the state of union speeches provide some of the Journalists had to clear biases which were obvious because of the way that they decided to display the data, for example in the last info graphic I looked at I noticed that in comparison to the other infographics VOX chose not to include the data from other presidents unlike the other examples.

Smart Benches Causing Havoc For Residents In Southwark

Southwark council piloted 20 solar powered ‘smart’ benches’ in Southwark in 2017 and plans to install more in the coming years, but residents claim they are nothing but bad news.

Consisting of a wooden bench with a strip like steel structure that wraps around it, 4 built in charging cables and free WiFi so that users can charge their phones while they sit, all while using renewable energy. the solar panel collects and stores energy throughout the day to provide electricity.

Sarah a local resident stated ‘I don’t feel safe walking past the benches at night there is always a group of homeless men there drinking’. As a local resident passing the benches is not a choice for Sarah so encounters like the one she described have the potential to happen daily.

Islington council is another borough that installed the smart benches, but were forced to get rid of four out of the five as a result of the benches being a target for anti-social behavior and fears of phone snatching.

After being contacted Southwark council failed to get back to us to make a statement about the smart benches. Southwark council has further plans to install more smart benches in the coming years, hoping that they will bring more people together but will they achieve the opposite?


‘No Turkey’ Christmas Sandwich Review

Marks and Spencer’s has just taken leaps in the vegan Christmas sandwich game in bringing out the first of its kind, a sandwich featuring a meat substitute! Gone are the days of ‘festival falafel’ sandwiches because marks and Spencer’s have swooped in and changed it all.


Marks and Spencer’s first announced in September that they would be broadening their vegan Christmas range after the demand for meat substitutes substantially growing over the last year. The range features all sorts of brand-new vegan options from pecan nut roasts to sandwiches but the most anticipated of them was the ‘no turkey feast’ sandwich made with spinach, soy chunks and cranberry sauce on malted brown bread.


At first glance the sandwich is visually appealing with a mixture of bright vibrant colours displaying all the fillings, deep red cranberry sauce, leafy green spinach, Grey toned soy chunks all met by soft malted bread the true essence of what a Christmas sandwich should be. Like most sandwiches in the packaging it appears to look well filled but as soon its taken out you soon realize it was all a rouse and past the first centimetre you are met with just a mixture of cranberry sauce and spinach while the latter is filled with thick soy chunks the size of 50 pence pieces. Unfortunately upon opening the sandwich you soon discover that the sandwich is not only extremely overfilled and over powered by cranberry sauce but is also seeping with some sort of white sauce which I do believe was meant to be vegan mayonnaise.


As for the taste, it cannot be faulted you truly do feel like you are feasting on a turkey sandwich, the malted bread only compliments it further adding a slight kick while the cranberry adds a sweet Christmas feel however at points it can be rather overpowering particularly where there are not pieces of soy to match its sweet taste.


The ‘No turkey’ sandwich will be available until early January in all M&S stores located in the sandwich section.

Artists room:Jenny Holzer exhibition review

Jenny Holzer has been chosen to display her work in the Tate Modern’s artists rooms along with a variety of artists from around the world. Her exhibition features projections, stone benches, textiles, plaques, posters and paintings. Jennys artistic style is very word influenced, with majority of her pieces being very word central.

The most popular part of the exhibition is the ‘BLUE PURPLE TILT’ consisting of 7 led signs that lean against a wall. The led signs have various different messages that rotate up quickly reading out various different quotes from her previous exhibitions such as ‘I find my skin a cover’. The visitors all queued up to take pictures in front of the led lights.

I found it rather comical that the most popular part of the exhibition was something that could be used for a photo opportunity especially considering that the aims of the exhibition were the opposite to that. Jenny Holzer wanted people to disorientate and transfix people not have people use her exhibition for an instagram picture.


Jenny Holzer’s work provokes thought through words but is her message truly conveyed?


The exhibition has been on since the 23rd of July and will run until the 31st of July 2019 at the Tate Modern located on floor 4.

Southbank Winter Market

Southbank is playing host to the notorious Christmas festival. It is expected millions will visit the area in the run up to Christmas. The winter festival has various different stalls selling everything from hand carved wooden wine bottle holders to handmade soaps all located along the waterfront in Southbank and will go on from November 9th till January 6th 2019. The festival also features a Rekorderlig winter bar selling all sorts of winter themed drinks including mulled wine and spiced cider, there is also great food and rides.

Upon arrival I was greeted by a flock of tourists who all seemed to be mindlessly walking and routinely stopping to stare at lights or take pictures of something on the ground who knows, but as I walked up to the entrance I was approached by a security guard who checked my bag which I can only assume was to make sure i didn’t have any alcohol in there and would be forced to spend £6 plus on a drink.

The floor plan was unexpectedly bumpy considering it is set up a relatively flat surfaces place. As you follow the path round you are met with the aromas of hog roast mixed with mulled wine and there are lights everywhere making everything feel festive I must admit. There was various different types of food there from your bog standard chips to authentic Jamaican food it all looked great but what stood out the most was the free standing two floored bars built purely for the Christmas festival. Inside the decor was unexpectedly nice with large oak tables, white faux fair sofas and Christmas anthems playing in the background, the staff however looked less than happy to be there but who could blame them I wonder how many times a day they had to explain what mulled wine is to tourists.

I decided to go for the spiced plum Rekorderlig which definitely did not disappoint! The taste was everything you could expect at a Christmas festival fruity, tangy but with slight kick of cinnamon. As i sat and sipped my lukewarm pint on the balcony of the bar I had a good look at customers on the ride in the festival, a giant swing which appears exciting for the 3 people on it but who could blame people for not wanting to ride it when it cost £7 to ride. When it came to finally leaving, the guests are asked to take a back street exit that backs on a side road in the Southbank area and are ushered out by hostile security guards.

Whether you want to get dad some moonshine to get him through Boxing Day or your sister a ridiculous wooden duck in wellingtons Southbank Christmas market certainly will not fail to get you in the festive mood but also be prepared to be ripped off


Plans to scrap the RV1 bus

It is proposed that spring 2019 the RV1 bus will be withdrawn due to a decline in usage.

The RV1 bus goes from Waterloo to Covent Garden serving various landmarks and attractions like the Tower of London, Borough Market, the shard, and many theatres in London Covent Garden. The RV1 is one of the few hydrogen buses in central London.

Hamish McCallum, the councillor for north Bermondsey wrote a letter to TFL posting it to twitter stating that he felt the statistics for the bus were not fair as the RV1 had gone under major diversions from 2016-2018 and that since the statistics show an increase in usage with an estimated 15000 people using the bus on a weekly basis.

A comment under the post read ‘fewer buses is a good thing bus rides r so unhealthy and depressing’  source/@Kim_lorio.


The 9th of November was the last date for people to submit their thoughts to TFL and a final choice is expected to be made and announced in the coming weeks.

How the role of journalists have changed as a result of the advancement in technology

The role of the journalists has really changed and developed over the last 10 years in many ways as a result of technology involving and the creation of social media. 

One of the main changes is the way in which we receive news,  In the past we would have to solely rely on newspapers and television to receive news and there was no such thing as user generated content where as now there is a wide range of platforms to receive news as well as a new wave of journalism known as citizen journalism this is usually in the form of tweets or posts online.

There are some benefits to this new form of journalism, it means that there is now opportunity for everyone to be a journalist and we are not isolated to only receiving information from big news publications. Another big benefit is accuracy with New things like live tweeting there is a lot more reliability in the news as there is often little proof or witnesses to news stories.

As for journalists the rise in technology and social media could be seen as a negative thing because it means that the is not so much of a demand for them or at least in comparison to how it once was of course a journalist working for a news publication can still report own new story but now so can anyone. There is Increasingly a lack of belief in journalism or trust as a result of various different scandals that have happened over the years to do with accuracy and public privacy. 

Local businesses expected to boom as Christmas festival opens

Thousands flock to Southbank as the much loved world known Christmas festival began on Friday and will go on for 6 weeks.It is expected that millions will visit the area in the run up to Christmas meaning local businesses expect to thrive. On average, local businesses in the Southwark boroughs in 2017 made 23% more money in the festive period in comparison to the rest of the year and in 2018 it is expected to rise as the festival is even bigger than last year.

Speaking to the local pub owner, Keith Hill expressed his excitement stating ‘business is really going to boom before Christmas because of the market’.

The winter festival has a range of different stalls selling everything from hand carved wooden wine bottle holders to handmade soaps all located along the waterfront in Southbank and will go on from November 9th till January 6th 2019.







Sexual offences at an all-time high in Southwark

The latest crime figures released by the met online state that Southwark is the fourth highest in London for crime with 5000 more crimes being reported from September 2017-2018 making the total 38,000 as opposed to the previous years 33,000. One of the most prominent points in the data discloses that there have been 915 sexual offences in the borough with 292 of those being classed as rapes making Southwark the 5th worst in London.

Speaking a resident in the borough area Sarah Jennings stated ‘At night I always have to travel with a friend just to feel safe. I don’t understand why there isn’t more being done to make us feel safe’.

Despite previous statements from the mayor of London that they would be funding the police department a further 2 million pounds, in October Southwark council announced that no further funding to get more police officers on our streets would be granted.

Southwark police department is on average losing a police officer a week and with crime rates only on the rise how far will statistics have to climb before there is change?

Petition to stop event in Southwark park


Southwark Park will play host to ‘Alice in winter wonderland’ a Christmas festival from the 21st of November to the 5th of January. The festival features thousands of lights and over 160 giant lanterns in the shape of the characters from Alice in Wonderland that can be seen set up in different scenes as the path is followed, meeting the Christmas market and Santa’s grotto at the end of the trail.

Residents have raised great concerns over the festival stating that they felt it would ‘disrupt them’ with all the noise that the event would create and even have gone as far as to create a petition that has been signed by 500 plus residents in an attempt to put a stop to the festival.

On Southwark council’s website it is stated that only 20% of the park would be used, ‘Mitigation against these potential issues are considered as part of the Event Management Plan’ and that ‘The council ecology officer has examined the plans and is satisfied there will be no negative impact’