Mamma Mia

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I went to the Novello Theatre to watch Mamma Mia, which is one of my favourite musicals. I had never seen the play before but I have watched the movie many, many times. I was not disappointed with the play one bit, it honestly was amazing. Now the new film has come out, I advise everyone to go and watch the play too if you have time whilst visiting London. 

The atmosphere during the play was brilliant, everyone knew the words to the songs since they are ABBAs’ greatest hits and they all seemed to sing along too. 

If you have time whilst visiting London, go to the theatre and watch it. There’s also an app called Todaytix which sells them at great prices and you can be right at the front. 

1994’s Assault weapon ban and was it useful

did 1994’s assault weapon ban really work?

In 1994, President Bill Clinton passed Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. One of the subsections was the Federal Assault Weapons Ban which restricted the making of certain semi-automatic firearms for civilian use. These weapons are usually considered assault weapons, and often they have ammunition magazines because they were “large capacity”. These allowed the guns to hold more than the standard number of rounds that they are meant to have, with a particular number of bullets dependent on the control as well as certain types of firearm.

On September 13, 2004 the assault weapons ban expired.  This was because the original assault weapons law was written so that it would expire after ten years. Then in 2004, some Democrats even tried to renew it, but there wasn’t much interest in Congress. Still in a few states, such as  New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, they still have their own versions of the law.

So did the ban really help do anything or not? 

I spoke to Professor Eugene Volokh from UCLA who is a renowned gun control expert. I asked him about 1994’s AWB and if it really worked and this is what he said, “I’m unaware of any real mass shooting decrease evident in the data at the time of the 1994-2004 ban – or of any studies that show that the assault weapon ban was responsible for any decrease in homicide or crime of any kind.  Partly because of this, I’m skeptical that a revival of the ban will do any good”

He also sent me his website in which he explains in more detail. “Lots of people have been calling for bans on so-called “assault weapons,” often arguing that such bans would reduce mass shooting deaths. But I doubt this would work, because, despite the name, “assault weapons” are no deadlier than other weapons.” says Professor Volokh 

Although most experts say that the assault weapon ban didn’t work Ted Deutch believes that it helped reduce mass shootings. Ted is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 22nd congressional district. 

“Let’s be clear, mass shootings went up 200 percent in the decade after the assault weapons ban expired,” said Ted Deutch at a town hall with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting. 

From 1994 to 2004 there were 17 mass shootings causing 106 fatalities. From 2005 to 2015 there were 44 mass shootings resulting in 349  fatalities.  Although the fatalities went up the percentage of households who own gun/s dropped. For example in 1996 40.1% of households owned gun/s but in 2012 only 33.1% households owned a gun/s. The rate dropped by 7%, a sizeable decrease.

In 1994 – 2004 there were only 17 mass shootings, this is considerably small comparing it to now. Overall the rate of gun crime is rapidly increasing and will continue to increase until a gun law comes into place again. As the assault weapon ban did help decrease the rate in mass shooting and gun crime.  Introducing a new assault weapon ban might help decrease the number of mass shooting taking place in the USA. 

Infographic by Ananda de Morais

Essie Buckham the creator or Fortie Label

FORTIE LABEL – FASHION SCOUT

Essie Buckham’s made her big London fashion week debut on Friday the 16th of Feb. Having won Fashion Scout’s Merit Award she was able to show off her talent at LFW18. As she received a fully sponsored catwalk show hosted by Fashion Scout. Before The Merit Award she already had the likes of Rihanna and Jorja Smith wearing her brand and supporting her. Which is a brilliant achievement.  The collection she created was my favourite one of the day. She brought all her game into this show, by creating incredible looks. When the show ended I got a chance to have a quick interview with her to discuss her catwalk show.

 
Fortie catwalk show at Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week 2018

“SO I’M JUST WONDERING WHERE YOU GOT ALL YOUR INSPIRATION FROM AND HOW YOU PICKED YOUR DESIGNS?”

“It was inspired by video vixens of the 90’s and noughties, just classic R&B videos, Hip-Hop videos.”

Fortie catwalk show at Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week 2018 .Her inspiration came from the women in those music videos and how men in Hip-Hop were portraying the women, as just ‘women, money, weed or alcohol’. This inspiration was taken and showed in her looks. Her first model was male, wearing a big fur coat and chinos. Splashing money around. The male model gave his fur coat to the female model, who was wearing a dark brown swimsuit which was collaborated with Louisa Ballou.

The Merit Award winner wanted to create a ‘new’ uniform for the women, as she said “every woman kind of relates to being objectified at least once in their life”, the show she wanted to put on and the looks she wanted to create were meant to make women feel ” more fierce, fearless and like a tough bad b****”

 

“HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE RIHANNA AND JORJA SMITH WEAR YOUR CLOTHES ?”

“It feels great. It’s amazing, they’re all very supportive. Females in the game that just love my stuff and I love working with them and they have their ideas of doing custom things and they’re not afraid to push the boundaries with silhouettes and pattern cutting, or embroideries or crazy hand painted stuff.”

It isn’t easy being a WOC in the fashion industry but she is still going at it and creating one stunning look after another. She worked very hard to get to where she is today, and is still working hard to achieve her goals. “I never thought I would be here” said Essie.

“BEING A POC AND A WOMAN IN THIS INDUSTRY, IS IT TOUGH?” 

“Its very tough, its been a struggle to get here in a sense. I don’t think of that, I don’t rely on that as an excuse. I just want other POC’s to see what I’m doing. To see all these beautiful women of colour and men of colour killing it. Just the visibility is important. When I was growing up I didn’t see that.”

Essie wants to be an inspiration for young people of colour, that they should believe in their dreams.

 

Mona Chalabi

  • Data gives you a scale
  • Statistic can be misleading
  • It’s hard to understand sometimes where the numbers come from
  • There’s good and bad statistics
  • Political poll – it’s not accurate at all
  • Polling is very inaccurate now because of the way our society has changed
  • How was the data gathered?
  • Look at the survey properly, read every question.
  • How many people have answered the surveys, polls, questionnaires.
  • Who asks the questions
  • Go to the source of the survey, who wrote the survey . You need raw material. 

Alan Smith

  • Statistics can be more reliable method of whats true
  • One annual survey captions the 
  • It shows the real side of the world and not just perception 
  • Perception can determine how you think and vote
  • People perceive things different to actual reality
  • You can read things and people can read it as facts

Tom McCabe: A Profile

Tom McCabe current CEO of CoolTan Arts, a charity that help adults who suffer from mental health.

Tom McCabe is the CEO of CoolTan Arts, a charity ran to help adults with mental health problems. CoolTan Arts helps adults who are referred by their GP and their psychiatric nurses. The charity started 25 years ago in Brixton, but it moved to Southwark, Walworth Road. This is charity is funded by the patience’s personal health budgets from the NHS, personalisation money via by the NHS, and they also have to apply for different trusts and foundations.

Three years ago, McCabe started working at CoolTan Arts as a consultant to help fundraising development work. After working there for a year, there were some administrating changes in CoolTan, with these changes it led to McCabe being invited to be an operation director intern. Around a year and half ago McCabe was asked to be the CEO of CoolTan Arts. 

Being born and raised in Upstate New York, McCabe lived and worked many years in New York before moving to Philadelphia. It’s where he worked for years and a place that he can call home “kind of what I almost call home”.  Tom comes from a background in international arts management, which means he’s worked with sound engineering, lightning design, arts administration such as working with facilities management, programming curation, performing arts, visual arts as in creating visual arts exhibitions. 

When McCabe first started he worked in folk culture and folk art, which also included world music. Tom has “worn several different hats” in the arts facilities and general management. He was once manager director in an organisation in New York and Philadelphia. This then proceeded to him doing subcontract work as a consultant in some well-known festivals, such as New Orleans Jazz Festival and The Big Chill Festival.

With having moved to the U.K 21 years ago for personal reasons, McCabe “has seen a lot of the world” whether it was through work or holiday. This had led to McCabe actually conducting tours for artists in Europe and Overseas.

He saw a lot of artists struggle to maintain their mental health in a good state.  McCabe was inspired. ” I came across people in the arts who are straddling a fairly fine line between an artistic genius and the other side of that fine line or threshold could be some really disturbing issues with their mental health.” And this is one of the reasons McCabe does what he does now, he says.

He explained that being an artistic genius “isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always stimulated by a health mind set. So, what’ll happen is people will self-medicate. As I found in the arts, that might be through alcohol or through drugs. You’ll see a lot of people struggling.” Because of all of this McCabe had always thought how could he help the artists, so he started to talk to them and ask them how they felt and from this onwards McCabe started working towards helping mental health.

East Street Market and its diversity

The great diversity that happens in East Street market

The Walworth area is situated in the district of South East London. With Walworth was once being home to the great English comic actor Charlie Chaplin and also Sir Michael Caine.

The area of Walworth is famous for their East Street Market which has been around since the 16th century. The East Street Market sells a lot of different goods varying from Caribbean and African vegetable and fruits to household items. The diversity in the market is very similar to the people who live in Walworth, the market tries to reflect their sale on that.

I spoke to a student who lives in Walworth and asked him how it feels to live in a such an ethnically diverse and youthful area of London, “it feels really cool living in such an ethnically diverse area, it brings a lot of character to the community and with the market it provides such a large variety of worldly goods on your door step” The market is open every Tuesday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-6.30pm, Sunday 8am-2pm.

Save Harker Studios

Harker studio is one of the only 6 art studios left in london.

Built by Joseph Harker in 1904, Harker studio’s is being threatened to be destroyed so new luxury apartments can be built instead. There is a petition going around to try and save the studio. If you would like to sign it heres the link:

https://www.change.org/p/sadiq-khan-neil-coyle-mp-justine-simons-obe-and-lorraine-lauder-mbe-saveharkersstudio-stop-creative-hub-serving-the-theatre-for-110-years-becoming-more-luxury-housing

DING, DING Huntsman and Hounds pub saved

Huntsman and Hounds pub has lucky been reopened because of walworth society

Huntsman and Hounds pub has re-opened. The pub was closed in 2014 as it was sold to a developer but in August 2016 it was then re-opened. The pub re-opened due to a campaign led by the Walworth Society.  The pub’s 161-year-old building was earlier this year bought by United St Saviour’s charity, and the pub will then be ran by Market Taverns.

The company that opened the new Huntsman and Hounds also has a Market Porter in Borough Market. “There aren’t many pubs around Walworth anymore, it’s going be nice to bring in local people again.”says their new manager Isobel Wall. The pub has shut for another couple of months but then again it was re-opened with the charity now guaranteeing its future.

United St Saviour’s says the pub’s rental income will be used to support the charity’s community investment programme and sheltered housing for elderly people in Southwark.  United St Saviour’s say’s that the pub will introduce teas, coffee, cakes and traditional pub food. A few changes have been made to the pub’s interior just before it was re-opened, now re-opened the pub will bring the community back together.

 

Burgess Park revamp

South-west of Burgess park gets a touch up of £3.5M.

Southwark council has decided to comple a £3.5M revant in the Burgess Park, which is also part of the £9m scheme that will also try and improve the sport and public toilets facilities. 

They are planning on building:

  • 90 trees are going to be planted because 45 were cut down int eh park.
  • There will be a Natural play area made of wooden features for the children.
  • A new park entrance will be built with new lighting and seating.