Knife crimes are getting more and more serious in London

 

People are scared to walk alone after 8 pm. The knife crime has become a serious issue in greater London. After the latest stabbing on Old Kent-road where a 75-year-old woman has been stabbed, people are getting more frightened to leave their home or walk the streets at night.

Mary (42) said that she is scared of the stabbing becoming more common but she doesn’t understand it at the same time and wants people to stop. She said that she doesn’t want her daughter to walk by herself. 

Old Kent-road has become a serious spot in south London for knife stabbing and people are not suggested to go there since a 15-year old boy has been stabbed there as well earlier this month.

People feel left alone without the polices help. Cathrine (24) a university student, living on Old Kent-road, said that she considered moving out of her accommodation because of the safety in her area.

People are sure about the fact that the council and the police need to work on the safety in this area. And feel like that they don’t care about the fact that Southwark and the rest of London are getting affected by this.

Artists and Society

“An exhibition not as usual” 14 rooms with over a 150 paintings about Artists and Society

The exhibition Artists and Society is displayed in the famous Tate Modern Gallerie on Southbank in London. It is open to anyone and the admission is free. Sculptures, photographs, paintings, prints, videos, posters and blackboards with notes on them are displayed in 14 rooms each with a different them. Nathan (24) said: “It is so wide-ranged, so unusual and also timeless” Famous artists such as Picasso and Joseph Beuys displayed their works in the exhibition. The artworks in the exhibition are often critical against society and let the visitor think. 

Some very critical works where displayed others just people in their daily life and with others you had to go a lot more into detail. Torrie Gabb said that she looked at the picture and after reading the description of the art-works she felt a lot more different about it. 

The exhibition was very well visited and a lot of people were very interested. As the exhibition is displayed over so many rooms and in between you have movies which are from five to ten minutes it is suggested that to visit the exhibition you will need more than an hour.

The Telegraph trying to impact the younger generation to read the news via Snapchat

Snapchat has become one of the most popular social media platforms over the years. The App where people communicate within “snaps” is mainly popular within younger age groups. After developing the app with updates Snapchat decided to bring newspapers and other online news sources to the consumer. There are many different kinds of newspapers such as the Cosmopolitan, Daily Mirror, Buzzfeed and many more. 

The Telegraph updates their stories every day in the late afternoon. Their posts include mainly about 10 slides where articles are linked to. Little documentarys but also hard news are included. For example last week they uploaded a post on Stormy Daniels being a “Liar” and about John Lawson who was glad for his brain tumour.  The most recent one is about the Ryanair hand luggage charge.

The appeal of the Stories are mainly visual and there is always playing music in the background. The pictures are moving and tried to be as attractive to look as possible. 

My personal opinion on their Snapchatstories is very good, Snapchat is the social media platform I use mostly but during the last update, Snapchat hasway too many adds between the stories of your friends but also during the subscribed content you want to read or watch.

People walk for freedom on the march of Brexit

Thoundsan of people came together to protest against Brexit and for a better life.

On Saturday the 20th of October People stood up for the rights and marched from Hydepark Parklane down to Parliament Square against Brexit. People from all over the country came to London to protest. The march started at 12 pm and around 700`000 people attend. (BBC)

Steven has lived in the UK for over ten years, he is originally from France and said: “I got Rights as well”. People from all age groups attended the march. Susan was a big part in organizing the march she said: “I’m marching for my future, I don’t know if this will change anything but I am not losing the hope” People were devastated after the referendum has been accepted.

People where hopefull and wanted to be heard by the politicians. The goal of this protest would be another vote. A petition is currently ongoing. 

“But in the end, if young or old British citizens we all live in the same country and should act as one country.”

The development of digital journalism

The way people consume news has changed in the past years a lot. The “old-fashioned” newspapers are only a part of a big industry of journalistic work. The news is now being provided all over the Internet, such as social media and personalized blogs. All of the newspapers have an online reader where they update the news several times a day. Consuming news is much easier than it used to be.

Due to this change, everyone can publish news and fake news such as click bait lead to the “poor journalism”. This leads to the trust issues the public has with newspapers; only 44% overall trust the news, the trust is also orientated on the political interest the consumer has, but it is approved that people trust their local newspapers more. 

However, the change and the development in journalism is significant and also very intersting.

How I consume news from my social media

After analyzing my social media accounts, on how and what news I consume on social media I found out that my main interest relies in fashion. Following a lot of Fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle but also the fashion brands themselves like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Chanel, etc. knowing the latest trends, what new products and clothes they offer and also what was going on on the fashion weeks in London, New York and Milano really interests me.

My other big group of getting my news from are the general newspapers, as I am from Germany I still want to know what is happening in my country, therefore, I follow a lot of German newspapers, such as t “Die Süd Deutsche” and “Die Zeit”. To get my daily news I rather go on the homepage of the newspapers directly than finding it on my social media account. However, I still follow the Guardian and the BBC on Instagram.

Also, Celebrities are a big part of my social media, such as the royal family. I am very interested in what they do for the public and what is going on in Kensington Palace and in Buckingham Palace.

I am also very interested in Photography such as Portrait but also Landscapes, I always get some inspiration off my social media accounts.

The social media site I use the most is Instagram right after Snapchat. I nearly get all my news from Instagram, but I still like to read a good “old-fashioned” newspaper.

Migration hidden beneath Tate Modern’s latest Exhibition

Migration hidden beneath Tate Modern’s latest Exhibition

Heat-sensitive material accompanied with a ‘crying’ room are apart of the latest exhibition at The Tate Modern with the intention to make visitors ‘uncomfortable’ and highlight the journey migrants take.  

Tate Modern’s Turbine hall flooring is covered in heat-sensitive material, commissioned by Hyundai. Hiding beneath it is a portrait of Yousef, a young Syrian man who fled to the UK in 2011 and is now a biomedical science student working for the NHS.

A low-frequency sound is constantly being played in the Turbine hall, as well as a ‘crying’ room with an organic compound that physically makes the visitor cry – both designed to make the visitors feel uncomfortable. Tania calls it ‘forced empathy’ and is intended to break down peoples usual social barriers as well as saying ‘Life is not comfortable. I want people to get out of their comfort zone’.

With this exhibition, Tania aims to create awareness about the positive aspects of migration by bringing people together to reveal the portrait of Yousef.

The purpose of the crying room is to make people think about the loss migration involves. Entering the room, visitors are stamped with a 12 digit number, representing the number of migration plus the number of migrant deaths both in 2018. Based on these numbers, an ever-changing title is created as the migration and deaths change (currently 10,143,225).

Speaking to local visitors, Nicholas Morgan and Jeni Godwin, they stated that they felt that it was powerful to look down on the entire portrait from the viewing platform. However, they said they felt “no sense of anything”, not understanding the link between the three parts of the exhibition and feeling “disappointed”.   

Is Tania Bugeras message truly conveyed in this abstract new piece of art? Or has her message been lost in Tanias key beliefs being misconstrued? Find out for yourself by visiting the Tate before the closing date on February 24th 2019.    

Southbank

Being a Student in the first year can sometimes be hard. For people who come from abroad, there are so many new experiences, new people an different language and a culture you are just not used to. The first week was hard but the people you meet and identify with are the reason for you to survive. I am from a small town in Switzerland and never lived in a city such as London, this was always my big dream to get out of my comfort zone and see the world. The people in London are inspiring and so individual. in a small town, everyone looks at you when you are different, they judge and you clearly feel that you don’t fit in the social norms. 

The area in Southbank always makes me feel that I am someone and that I can do whatever makes me happy and fulfils me. I had a walk yesterday with my friend Abi and we walked down from the London Eye to Borough market, the street artists, the singers on streets are very inspiring to me. My favourite is the little bookstand, where you can purchase second-hand books and every time I walk past I always find a little treasure. It is an area full of surprises and inspiring people and you feel in a different world walking down the streets, it gets you away from the daily basics and leaves you completely happy afterwards.

 

Isabella

A Silver screen scene

 

Inside the Exhibition, showcasing the definitive movie requisites from the past fifty years.

Today an Iconic Exhibition has found its end in the BFI Imax, in Waterloo, London. Many tourists but also natives have come to visit the Exhibition of Hollywood’s famous film requisites. The Hoverboard from Back to the Future and the Han solo Jacket where displayed for two weeks. For the last five consecutive years, the BFI Imax has played host to the entrainment memorabilia auction, where over six hundred Hollywood costumes and props are sold to buyers across the globe. However, only the most pinioned garments are on display for the general public.

 

Aretha, a student from London said that she admired the display of the Harry Potter book, which was signed by the Actors. Another visitor, Steve was eying up to an original Star Wars film poster and he was planning to go to the auction to buy this poster.

The Auction that took place earlier cemented the value of some of these items; for instance, a life-size statue of Edward Scissorhands was sold for £65,000.

Although the showcase was appreciated by its visitors, what the event was lacking was publicity. Most of the visitors were from London. Furthermore, it still proved to be very popular, because it ran every day from 10 am to 9.30pm.

About me

Hello everyone!

My name is Isabella Ehrlicher and I am a Journalist student at London South Bank University. Studying in London was always my big dream and I couldn`t be happier. My heart belongs to Germany where I am originally from. Although I spent nearly all my life in Switzerland I still feel very related to Munich which is my hometown. Two years ago I left all my friends and family to start a new life, I went to a boarding school but you will hear more about that in upcoming posts. I hope you will enjoy what I will write in the upcoming future, it will all be about the life as a journalist and a foreign person (me) in a different country exploring new people, cuisines and many places.

Isabella