London. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that it's a magnet which draws people towards it whether they're tourists, students, jobseekers or immigrants looking for a better way of life.
We are amid the greatest revolution human life has ever known - the liberation of communication - in the hands of the many as well as that dangerous few. Yes of course the danger is there - the danger that what we call news maybe hijacked, distorted, lied about, propogandised. But today I argue that we stand at the dawn of the golden age of what we have come to describe as journalism. The mediation of information by individuals, collectives, groups, whom WE have the very individual powers to choose.
I was recently neknominated by a friend. For those of you who have been living on a desert island (that has no internet access) for the past couple of months, Neknominate is an internet-spread drinking game whereby the nominated drinks a pint of alcohol (often beer) and then passes on the nomination to someone else via social media...
In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.
Students' unions across London including at UCL, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, and LSE, have adopted 'no-engagement' policies against Student Rights with more unions expected to pass the motion in coming weeks.
Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.
A joint British-Norwegian citizen was found guilty of killing his friend and cellmate in the Democratic Republic of Congo even though there was expert evidence to suggest he was innocent.
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII was released this week and I had the chance to sit down with Yoshinori Kitase and Yuji Abe to once again talk all things Lightning.
When the UK is hosting a two day international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, involving two future kings of our country and world leaders from fifty nations, all invited by the prime minister, why does the Met police have a team of only five people to fight an illegal trade estimated to be worth $19billion a year? Isn't it time we got serious about this crime?
The trade and policing measures agreed today do not fit the nature and scale of the challenge. Many of Africa's most precious species will soon face extinction unless we tackle this problem at its roots, and keep the door to rainforest destruction closed.
The news that a baby giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo has been shot dead has provoked a storm of worldwide protest. Wildlife enthusiasts are described as 'saddened', animal rights campaigners are furious and petitions are flying around social media demanding the zoo's closure. But not me.
What if we told you that the wild African Elephant, a species so iconic to us all, might be extinct by 2025 and that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks? Sadly, that's the bleak reality facing the species and its set to continue unless action is taken against the trade in ivory.
On Tuesday, 4 February, London life as we knew it came to a 'special service' halt. For two days, disgruntled Londoners made their way to work above surface, furiously tapping tube lines into Twitter in a bid to come out triumphant in their quest for underground solace.
If the calculations show that a job is obsolete, let's do something about it. Yes we need jobs. We need people doing work that is relevant, useful and advantageous to the economy. But not just any jobs, not jobs for the sake of having jobs, or because Bob Crow, with his ideological blinkers and fat pay check says so. We need real jobs, not artificial ones.
We'd all like to see the NHS take action and positively tackle the problems that exist within the organisation. Ideally, if there's an issue that was causing concern, it'd be raised, examined and appropriately addressed.
The marginalisation that occurs due to this amplified culture plays on the mind of men. Even if they're usually confident individuals, this subculture will cause them to deliberate over their own identity, to question their own masculinity. The fact that these lads parade as a group and promote themselves as 'real men' gives a reason for young men to think they aren't men at all.