Camdens Vintage Scene

Camden town, renowned for its quirky stores, costume shops, and alternative scene. With stores such as Rokit, Fat Faced Cat, and the infamous Camden market bringing in the vintage scene for buyers with an edgy clothing taste, wanting something different and unique, independent retailers are flooding in bringing pop up vintage fairs.

This weekend, the Camden Vintage Kilo Sale took place at cecil sharp house, a one day pop up event bringing a range of retro and 90s style vintage clothes to be brought at the cheap cost of £15 a kilo. Dozens of clothing racks all packed to breaking point with denim, suede, rave and fur jackets, levi jeans, shirts, tops, leather and metalic skirts. All completley unique an aspect that average vintage clothing stores somewhat lack.

Despite having to rummage through some very questionable colour choices and clothes that should have definitley stayed in the year they came from, the rare style and quality of the clothes makes the long process worth it, with myself coming out of the event with four items costing just £20 .

With such low cost vintage pop up events with a huge range of items, happening on a monthly basis, street stores such as Rokit will definitly struggle to keep up.

 

 

 

Stuck in an Echo chamber

Social media is continually growing; with new apps and websites being developed and released on a daily basis, and existing ones continually undergoing updates to advance. During this, more and more people are joining social media sites, with Facebook now having a count of 1 billion users accessing the website or app every day, and Twitter with 134 million daily users.

Social media is now one of the fastest ways a person can access information and news, as and when it happens. Generally when following accounts and accessing websites we will only do so if they are relevant to our interests and views. Just as we would do when associating with people in every day life, outside the virtual society of twitter and Facebook.

The ease of finding content relevant to us, is now easier than ever, with information from past browsing history, being used as a tool for social media sites to suggest content and accounts we would most likely be interested in. Here is where an issue arises however, with filters aiming to provide ease when surfing social media but instead putting up barriers to content that may clash or disagree with what the user supports. We become accustomed to seeing one side of something, only being exposed to content that matches our own personal views, meaning we run the risk of a narrow-minded approach not just online but also in real life.

Political issues in particular seem to show this trend, with people only following accounts and pages relating to there own political views. Putting up a wall from them seeing the opposing views of different political parties.

Breaking out of the circle of these echo chambers and filter bubbles means having a greater understanding off all areas of every day life and discussion, be that political, philosophical or just general.

Journalism In Digital

Over the past century print media has been the prime source of publishing articles and stories for the publics consumption. However over the past 10 years in particular the digital age has come about bringing along with it social media, and allowing print media to move into a digital form.

With the ability to publish articles and stories online and harbor social media as a further means to push content out to a wider audience, its no wonder print media is beginning to slowly die.

With online news websites such as Sky and BBC news being able to regularly update information as stories continue to unfold, and post breaking news as and when it happens, print media has little comparison.

The days of news papers being delivered to your door for convenience is essentially redundant now with the World Wide Web and an abundance of news sites just a click away.

Despite the obvious benefits of digital news, the sad fact of the slowly dissipating print media era, comes along with the loss of actual storytelling and narrative, with very few online articles over 1000 word becoming viral and reaching a larger audience, the majority of online articles are reduced to the basic facts with little input from the writer themself.

No Health, Without Mental Health

 

On the 18th of October, local MP Helen Hayes and a select panel of experts specializing in mental health will be meeting at 155 half moon lane to hold a public meeting in which to discuss the effects of the consistent budget cuts to the mental health portion of the NHS.

Over the past few years in particular, awareness and understanding towards mental health has been on the increase, with charities and organizations working non-stop to spread the word. Despite the endless efforts to raise awareness however, mental health is still not perceived with as much importance as other areas of the health section, despite statistics showing suicide to be in the top 15 reasons for death across all ages.

The meeting will discuss the severe repercussions the cuts are having on both individuals and families, and will aim to raise public understanding.

Brought forward will be issues such as the lack of trained professional staff, the huge distances both adults and children are forced to travel in order to receive treatment due to the shortage of hospital beds, the lengthy waiting times and the importance of correct diagnostic and treatment by qualified individuals.

Doors will open at 7:30pm with talks beginning at 8 pm.

 

The Underbelly of Southbank

 

Tucked away behind the seemingly endless stretch of river that makes up the south bank, is the Underbelly Festival. By night, a popular venue for young professionals looking for a place to relax and appreciate a night out, after a long and stressful day at work. While transforming into the ideal location for tourists, particularly on Sundays, enticing families in with its bright decorations and outdoor set up.

“The festivals popularity has boomed in recent years” according to Ben, a member of the bar staff who has worked with the festival since its opening, 5 years ago in 2012. The Australian cabaret groups “Briefs” have played a colossal role in the festivals positive reputation and rising popularity, with its “unique”performance.

Elizabeth Abbott a former student at Manchester University and an employee at the festival, told us off the “masses of food and drink options” such as, Waffle On, Prosecco cocktails, the Heineken bar along with the “lovely atmosphere of the festival”. The extra expense of food and drink however makes it understandable why younger professionals such as Mark, 24, prefer the venue and think of it as “a chilled place to drink with your friends”, compared to students who perhaps prefer a more lively and budget friendly scene.