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Memes for Cities

Clare Reddington | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Amongst all the Fitbits and Jawbones, the Glass and the things, this year's SXSW featured a small, but perfectly formed cluster of events about public spaces, neighbourhood platforms and the need to re-connect people with each other and their environment.

Why the London Underground Sucks

Carina Maggar | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

The London Underground. It's dusty, it's grimy and it's full of people's body odours that I care not to sample. If i wanted your armpit shoved up against my chin, i'd be in a relationship with you. Then there are the breed of people who think it's acceptable to eat curries/pasties/burgers in such a confined place. This was my horrific experience recently:

How Do Hormones Make Bankers Worse In A Crisis?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Financial crises can be made worse by the hormones of stressed bankers could make them take less risky decisions, a study suggests. High levels of ...

'Dinosaur' Farage Blasted For Saying Mothers 'Worth Less' To Employers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has been branded a "Neanderthal" for claiming that women who take time off work to have children are "worth less" to employers than their...

The Paris of Parisians

Marion Bretagne | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marion Bretagne

Parisians usually avoid tourist spots as they much more enjoy to be part of the local life of their neighbourhood and have their habits at the same bakery and cafés. Their ordinary routines are entangled within the traditional clichés of Paris and create this unique and authentic atmosphere.

Around the World in 14 Days

Max De Lucia | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Max De Lucia

The idea is simple. We're on a mission to bring people all over the world together through the power of music and the human voice. We've asked you to help us make it happen and you haven't disappointed.

Branson's Virgin to Enter Formula E

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been watching Formula 1 for a few years then you'll know that Richard Branson, boss of Virgin and one of the UK's richest men, has been around the series but only dipped his toe in the lukewarm waters of the world's most advanced for of motorsport...

'Game-changing' Strategic Opportunity in China Is Missed by the United Kingdom

Adam Matthews | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

What Would Happen if Mayors Ruled the World?

Chris Giles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Giles

Democracy is in crisis. The obstacle we have to overcome is how to solve issues that transcend the boundaries of nations in the most democratic way possible. Benjamin Barber has created the framework for an institution which can bring about more optimism for the world.

Are You Stuck in a Broadband Black Hole?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

When it comes to playing the lottery, most people understand the chances of their dream win are very slight and will shrug off a loss. With the lottery of broadband speeds in the UK on the other hand, losing out can be much more frustrating.

Goodbye Lamp Post

Clare Reddington | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Hello Lamp Post asked Bristolians to look at their city anew by communicating with lamp posts, post boxes and other familiar street furniture. By texting hello and the unique code found on each object.

London - a Very Unfamiliar City

Meredith Berman | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Meredith Berman

Describing the place you live as 'familiar' is probably one of the worst adjectives I would ever pick to use and quite frankly, a sin. I wouldn't ever choose to live in a familiar destination - which is why London might just possibly be the greatest city in the world.

London - Just One Big Dysfunctional Family?

Josh Zitser | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Zitser

What events like the Royal Wedding, the London Olympics and Wimbledon show are that, deep down, we are in fact amongst that most genuine and charming people out there. Give us a bottle of Pimms and we'll stumble and knock over our metaphorical walls. Give us a bit of sun as a remedy to our coldness, and our solar-powered souls are reinvigorated.

Boris' Curious Use of Facts in Attacking the Robin Hood Tax

Simon Chouffot | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Chouffot

It may not be everyone's choice of how to spend the hottest evening of the year, but on Monday night Boris Johnson gave a speech at the British Bankers' Association dinner. Hot yes, hotbed of progressive thought, no. But Boris' speech nonetheless got my blood boiling. In taking a swipe at the proposal for a European Financial Transaction Tax - every City fat cat's favourite bug bear at the moment - he chronically misrepresented how it works.

Ten Great Songs About 10 Great Cities

Andrew Matthews | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Matthews

There is something special about having a song named after you. Unless your name is Kim and you had an on-off relationship with Eminem, of course. But for a song to be about a city, well, you know that there's got to be something special about that place, something worth experiencing for yourself right?

Let Your Feet Do the Talking!

Kate Lawson | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Style
Kate Lawson

A day-to-night sandal is often a key factor when choosing Summer footwear - while trend and comfort are also important, making a style statement with your feet which can work across on or off duty ensembles, is ultimately what drives most women to shop in store or online.

Does New York Meet the Expectations of Our Dreams?

Harriet Morgan | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Morgan

In the wise words of Frankie (Sinatra) New York is what I wanted to be a part of for a very long time. Why? Because at heart I am little bit of a hopeless romantic, wanna be fashionista and passionate foodie.

Why Ferguson's Retirement Could be Great for The Premier League

Luke Hurst | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Sport
Luke Hurst

It is going to be fascinating to see who replaces Ferguson, but this is not a story that will go away quickly. The unknown trajectory of the future of Manchester United will keep us entertained for years.

Banking Reforms - Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

Tom Davies | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tom Davies

The politicization of banking reforms makes a mockery of the problem at hand. Regulators at all levels should have unchecked power to impose reforms as they see fit. When it comes to regulation, the Basel committee should not be making concessions to the private sector whatsoever.

What Does 'Smart' Mean for a City?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

The Smart City idea attracts hype and scepticism in dynamic balance; but it's a boring kind of balance. As something of a bystander until now and as an architect and citizen, I will attempt here to sieve out the essence of smart.

How Did Aviva Lose £3bn?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

Aviva, one of the UK's best known insurers, announced a catastrophic loss on Thursday morning of £3.05 billion, driven by the writedown of its US bus...

The Plight of the Single City Girl

Lauren Fraser | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Fraser

Transitioning from the mating ground of university to the corporate working world was never going to be easy. Watching too many episodes of Sex and th...

The Playable City is Here: It's Time to Start Having Fun With the City's Infrastructure

Clare Reddington | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
Clare Reddington

While there is certainly merit in "seamlessness and efficiency", at Bristol's Watershed we wanted to do something with a little bit more joy in it. As a counter-point to the 'Smart City', we have been exploring the notion of Playable Cities, bringing artists, designers, technologists and academics together.

Premium Travel in...Clerkenwell, London

Raj Gill | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Raj Gill

For some time we had been hearing all about Clerkenwell and how it is now THE most happening place in London. We had already checked out south London, and been quite impressed with Bermondsey. So we thought why not go further afield, this time east to see what's new and happening. And we were suitably impressed.

Premium Travel in...Bermondsey, London

Raj Gill | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Raj Gill

When staying in London we usually try and choose a hotel that is pretty central, and generally stick to W1, it's a stone's throw from all the shops and perfect for getting around.