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Books for vaccines charity campaign begins

Thriller writer and editorial director at HarpersCollins, Phoebe Morgan, has set up a charity auction called “Books for Vaccines”. The writer is trying to accrue financial donations and prizes for the charity, and she has organised 50 prizes so far.

According to Morgan, “auction lots can be signed books, book bundles, 1-2-1s from literary agents for aspiring writers, Zoom mentoring sessions or phone calls from anyone in the industry who has time to spare to help someone trying to get a foot in the door, particularly tricky at the moment and basically anything of value that is book related.”

The auction will raise money for the global charity Care International which works with 104 countries. The money raised will go to places like India where the pandemic crisis is raining tragically in full swing.

This page is a simple guide to help you get involved.

The auction goes live today and will run until the 21st of May.

Fun things to do in London this weekend

With at least one sunny day coming up this weekend, it’s time to go out and celebrate our new freedom from certain lockdown restrictions.

Whether you’re a fan of thrifting in vintage markets or are looking to find some of the most peaceful parks to escape into, our interactive map should be your go-to guide.

As of April 12, pub gardens, outdoor attractions and gyms are now open, and London has some of the best to offer. Here are some of the highlights…

Greenwich Market

Fancy a bite to eat? Greenwich Market has loads of tasty options: from pizza to sushi, everyone’s tastes are met. Check out what this TikTok user got up to…

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Hyde Park

What’s better than chilling with friends in a park now that the rule of six is back? When there’s parakeets! Who knew these birds would eat straight out of your hand! Check out Ariane Hine’s TikTok below…

Check out our interactive map below

From outdoor swimming to drive-in cinemas, you won’t run out of things to do

Now you know what’s in store for this weekend, we want to hear what you’re most excited for. Let us know by voting in the poll below…

Featured image credit to Lucas Peng on Unsplash

Off-licence crawls: The new way to socialise

Alcohol consumption has risen by 22% due to lockdown restrictions, according to Drinkaware.

As social points like bars and restaurants remain shut, people have been turning to alcohol as something to do and a way to cope with stress.

‘Off-licence crawls’ have become popular on the social media platform, TikTok. The trend involves walking to multiple shops to buy alcohol, and then drinking on the go.

At the time of filming, lockdown rules allowed the public to go on a walk with one person outside of their household. Young people have used ‘off-licence crawls’ as a new way to socialise whilst indoor contact remains off-limits.

Watch the video to find out more:

Graphic created using information from Drinkaware

Lifting lockdown: How are pubs preparing to re-open?

Pub gardens are set to re-open on April 12 under new lockdown guidelines. Unlike last time, there will be no food obligation or curfew.

It has been five months since hospitality businesses were allowed to operate. Some of them have used the spare time as an opportunity to make some upgrades.

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Staff members at The Leather Bottle in Hertfordshire are now preparing to re-open. They’re adding outside heaters, umbrellas and shelters to make outdoor drinking more comfortable for guests.

Manager, Nicki Dennison feels that the government have done a “poor” job handling the pandemic. “I have literally worked for four months out of this last year. I’ve really had my dark days and sometimes I wonder if I am ever going to open again.”

Despite the low temperatures in April, sales are expected to boom on the opening week. Some venues were even taking bookings back in February – two months in advance.

Eager pub-goers have taken to Twitter to share their excitement for the big day, after months of limited social contact:

“People are dying to go out”, says Maurizio Ferraiuolo, Managing Director at Experts in Hospitality. “[Businesses] are getting ready to have extra manpower, especially in the first month with spring and summer coming.”

Mr Ferraiuolo predicts that the industry will bounce back. “Cheaper” properties and “better” deals have resulted in a large number of newcomers arriving in the market.

Pub chain, J D Wetherspoon taking advantage of it too. The Guardian revealed that they are looking to buy more property due to a drop in prices caused by the pandemic.  

It may be legal to go out for a pint – but will the public feel safe doing so? A poll by The Royal Society for Public Health revealed that just 26% of the public did last year.

To minimise the spread of Covid-19, social distancing will remain in place with a strict table service policy. This means that customers will remain seated at all times, and the rule of six will also apply.

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For some people, the return of hospitality causes them to feel social anxiety. According to our Instagram poll, 15% of people said they felt worried about it, whilst the remaining 85% were excited. 

“Although it will be lovely to see friends and family again, I feel like there will be more pressure to go out when you might not want to”, says Linda Farrell*, 40 from Hemel Hempstead. “I’ve got quite comfortable staying in my own space, so it will be really hard to adjust to.”  

Twitter users have also shared their concerns over things going back to normal: 

A photographer, using low-cost props to make fashion blockbusters.

Kihmberlie, She is a photo blogger.

First of all, let’s take a look at her works.

Do you think it needs the tacit cooperation of the whole team to capture this feeling? But if you watch her shooting process, you will be shocked.
Because from creativity, setting, to shooting, post She did all the work by herself.

GIF from Kihmberlie’s Instagram

The scene she shot was just an empty room, But her works seem to cover the whole world.

The screenshot from Kihmberlie’s Twitter

In every work that makes everyone amazing, behind them are full of the breath of poverty.


Take this picture for example. You think it’s set on a beautiful beach.

But in fact, this is an inflatable pool of bubbling water in the backyard.

Another example

You think it was shot in the studio, but in fact it was simply made up of a light source and two pillars in the room.

In addition, Kihmberlie also spends a lot of time arranging complex backgrounds.

The production process, first of all, she buys fake flowers, then there is a long time of manual work. In order to make the background more in line with my own ideas, I have to reform many details myself. Then it’s setting up the background in the room.

After shooting, She kept it for the next shooting.

She spent $15 imitating Doja cat’s street MV.

And took a set of photos about protecting the marine environment, publicized and protected the environment, and advocated the prohibition of the use of plastic products.

Kihmberlie’s real name is Kimberly Douglas. The 25-year-old has been attracting art lovers with her low-cost props and magnificent photo composition. K has been dreaming of becoming a photography model since 7 years ago. At that time, as a student, she had no way to get a satisfactory sample film and no funds to hire a professional team to shoot for herself. So she began to create her own way.

First of all, She learned how to posture in front of the camera and control her body from the school modelling class.

Second, creativity is the hardest part. She began to imitate her favourite works or movies and thought about how to use the most cost-effective way to shoot amazing works with similar styles.

Without a magnificent palace, she built one herself.

Simply use the foil paper, foam board and lens from kaleidoscope glasses to create a dreamland.

With her more and more creative, more and more skilled shooting operation, the works are more and more amazing.
At the same time, it was discovered by netizens on Instagram and Twitter.

Later, there were a lot of brand cooperation and column interviews.

Now she does not need to use low-cost props to restrict her creation. But for her, to be able to use cost-effective props to complete large-scale production has become the joy of her life.
So we can still see her amazing works from her social platform.

Hope that the enthusiasm and persistence will accompany her all the time, move on and create better works.

Source:

https://www.instagram.com/kihmberlie/

https://twitter.com/kihmberlie/

Fashion student raises money to make scrubs for the NHS

Katie Winter-Wright is a Year 2 fashion student at the University of Westminster. She has been raising money via her social media platforms in order to make scrubs for the NHS workers.

Katie has used all the fund to buy specific fabrics that the scrubs needed.

This is an interview with her, let’s see what she’s got to say about the experience of volunteering. 

(image by: National Cancer Institute/Unsplash)

by Vivian Qui

LIVE from lockdown

Has social distancing left you stuck inside feeling all types of lonely and melancholy? Well Instagram is looking like your best escape.

Mental health experts and many others have shamed Instagram in the past; describing it as a relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles and the cause of low self-esteem issues.

However, in the case of entertainment during these stir-crazy times, its proven to be a sort of savour.

Everyone will be spending more time on social media than usual, as there’s nothing better to do. But celebrities and influencers are cooped up in their homes just like the rest of us.

To save their own sanity and provide their followers with some sort of entertainment, many have taken to Instagram LIVE to provide us with a much-needed laugh.

Singer Tory Lanez has remained active on his LIVE since coming out of prison.

On the 1st of April, he and Drake broke the record for the most Instagram LIVE viewers. The LIVE had over 300 thousand viewers.

The 27 year old singer was banned later that month from hosting Instagram LIVE’s after a twerking performance incorporated inappropriate antics with a sex toy.

On a lighter note, yesterday Tom Holland made a Marvel quiz via his Instagram LIVE.

The Spiderman star, 23, was joined by his brother, Harry, 21, and their family friend Harrison Osterfield, 23, which was hosted by his parents’ charity, The Brothers Trust.

The actor left his fans hysterical as he didn’t realise as he read the questions off of paper cards, the answers were revealed to his live viewers on the back.

He continued to do so even after his brother Harry rushed in and warned him previously.

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Other influencers have taken a more serious approach with their lives. Such as content creator Nia the Light, who has consistently been on her Instagram LIVE with something different each day.

Actively putting content out in series on her page, such as #NiaTalkShow where she’ll collaborate with Influencers with similar platforms to her own.

Her LIVE’s usually consist of talks, general advice, hair care and demonstrations of at home exercises.

At the request of her audience, Nia also started a series called #TravelWithNia. Within this series she posts holiday trips she’s taken thought the years on her Instagram story.

Later saving them to her highlights, making them available for later viewing.

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celebrities under quarantine

What do celebrities, royals and normal people have in common during this time? We all have to stay at home for a particular time.

This can be boring sometimes, and you might start to search in social media for something funny and that makes you think of something different for a second.

Here are four celebrities who thought of something to engage with their fans during this crisis:

1: Robbie Williams

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Robbie Williams is a famous singer with millions of fans all over the world. He came up with the idea to sweeten the quarantine for his followers by singing for them at the livestream of Instagram. This is called “Corona-oke”. The singer is singing own songs or those of different artists like Elvis Presley. The fans can write their request into the stream.

2: Sam Neil:

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The actor from New Zealand has also thought of something for his fans. He is posting videos, where he is talking about wine or is reading bedtime stories and poems.

3: Madonna

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Madonna wants to entertain and keep her fans up to date as well. The singer came up with the idea to start a “Corona diary” to give her followers impressions into her daily life during quarantine.

4: Chrissy Teigen:

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On her Instagram page the model and TV personality is uploading little videos about her kids or with her husband and she is also giving cooking advices to her community.

source:  the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/25/coronavirus-cabin-fever-the-best-celebrities-to-follow-from-robbie-williams-to-florence-pugh

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What your £20 for a NUS student discount card actually goes to

Walking through a fresher’s fair, a student is often first greeted by the welcoming bright teal sign of the NUS. More formally known as the National Union of Students, the famous brand is commonly known for offering students some of the best discounts in the United Kingdom.

Aside from the massive discounts NUS offers, when a student signs up for the union, they join a group of over seven million students aiming to use their education in order to create a fair and prosperous society.

Nevertheless, 61% of students are unaware of what the NUS does for their university environment. And even so, of the 39% who are “aware” of what the National Union of Students does, 86% thought that the organization was just their NUS Extra Card that allows them to get discounts.

Founded in 1922, as an effort to make peace after the first world war, their mission still remains to promote, defend, and extend student rights allows them to fight discrimination and injustice through democratic representation, campaigning, and targeted action.

Through the help of students across the nation, the NUS is able to bring together the collective interests of their members in order to develop research that influences national policy and take on issues that affect the lives of students now and in the future.

The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organization consisting of 600 students’ unions. That’s more than 95 percent of all higher student unions in the United Kingdom. When a student pays £20 for their discounted student railway card or the extra 20% off at Boots, they agree to uphold and support the three core values of the NUS: equality, democracy, and collectivism.

The latest elected officers of the NUS focus on pursuing equal opportunities for everyone to fully participate in a society of students to celebrate diversity. The NUS also aims to “[build] open, transparent, and accessible democratic structures that increase performance and strengthen accountability.”

Furthermore, their message strongly resonates with the quote, “unity is our strength” by constantly promoting the idea that students’ unions are more effective when they work with each other on a local, national, and international level.

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Within every student’s union lies a desire to provide wide-ranging research and discussion about the policies of further education, higher education, society, citizenship, union development, and welfare.

Spanning across Great Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, the NUS also campaigns and defends the rights of highly marginalized and underrepresented groups such as black students, disabled students, LGBTQI+, and women.

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Although it may seem like the NUS does nothing but give you 10% off at Pizza Express and lead the funding and mission student unions, their recent movements and parliamentary wins for students are very present for plenty of individuals.

Student’s right to protected student deposits in the private rented sector, exemption from Council Tax, Young Persons Railcard, and Endsleigh Student Insurance are all due to the constant efforts of the NUS.

Less known strides towards a more student-friendly world have been made by the NUS as well. In the past three years, the National Union of Students has managed to help 48,000 international students who were wrongly deported after falsified English language tests were turned in.

The NUS is also the reason why students over the age of 30 are still able to receive student loans.

When founded by Sir Ivison MacAdam, his vision for the future involved providing “hope for tomorrow.” Giving a voice to their seven million members from all walks of life and fighting for a better student environment for the future.

Read all about what the NUS is doing to not file bankruptcy here.

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