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Like a virgin: Millennials are waiting longer to have sex

New research by The Next Steps project found that millennials are waiting longer to engage in sexual activities than previous generations.

The project is a University College London study that followed 16,000 people born in 1989 and 1990 since they were 14 years old. One in eight millennials reported they were still virgins at 26 during interviews carried out in 2016.

The study also shows that young people maintain personal independence later into adulthood and are less likely to have sexual partners than older generations, as they grow older.

Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, blames it on millennials being ambitious and motivated. She told The Washington Post: “a lot of them are afraid that they’ll get into something they can’t get out of and they won’t be able to get back to their desk and keep studying.” London is certainly a city where young people are focused on thriving.

The results support the common myth of fear of intimacy and commitment amongst young people. Susanna Abse, psychoanalytic psychotherapist of the Balint Consultance, told the Sunday Times “millennials have been brought up in a culture of hypersexuality, which has bred a fear of intimacy”.

Student health nurse at the University of Westminster, Martin Jones, says he is surprised with the results, as his own experience proves otherwise. He points out that the sample of the study is very early on in an entire generation and that “there are certainly more partners now than their parents”.

Featured image by Crew on Unsplash

How to celebrate the royal wedding in London

If your invite to the royal wedding got lost in the mail, the city has plenty on offer to so you can still celebrate the big day. Here is our list of what you should check out:

1. Right Royal Knees Up, 19 May, 10am – 5pm

The Book Club is offering an East London twist on the royal wedding. Expect plenty of Pimms, prosecco, drag queens, bingo, markets and live music – all the whilst the wedding is being broadcasted on screens. Advance tickets are £5.

2. The Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, Thursday, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays in May

Step aboard a classic Routemaster Bus that will take you around the must-see sights of London. On the road you’ll be treated to an afternoon tea that includes Californian-inspired avocado and crab verrine in ode to Meghan Markle’s heritage. Tickets start at £55.

3. Throwback Royal Wedding Disco, 19 May, 8pm – 2am

Put on your dancing shoes for this celebration. Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is bringing you a night of disco, soul and house music whilst supplying retro photo booths and a lot of glitter. To put a royal spin on the night, there will also be royal fancy dress and cardboard cut-outs of the royals.

4. A courtyard celebration with food and drinks, 19 May

Join the Bluebird in Chelsea as they deck their courtyard with bunting, screen the wedding, cook a BBQ and host a live DJ. There will even be a special Royal Wedding cocktail. Tickets are priced at £25 and include a glass of champagne.

5. Royal Poutine

This Instagram-ready, plant-based cafe by Chloe, is serving a vegan alternative to Meghan Markle’s favourite food; poutine. By Chloe have created the dish using air-baked fries, spicy seitan chorizo, cashew mozzarella, gravy and chipotle aioli.

6. A royal-inspired cabaret dinner, 19 May, 6pm – 10pm

Alongside hosting a dinner, the famous cabaret club Café de Paris will capture Meghan and Prince Harry’s love through an exciting performance. The show will follow their relationship starting with their early dates in Soho to the day of the proposal. Tickets start at £30.

7. Try the Meghan Markle Cocktail

Whiskey, champagne, violet liqueur and cherry bitters create the Meghan Markle inspired floral cocktail that will be served at London’s oldest restaurant, Rules.

8. A royal wedding Garden Party, 19 May, 11am – 6pm

The Devonshire Club is opening up to non-members for a day of afternoon tea and sparkling wine held in their Garden Room and terrace. The club will be screening the wedding as part of the celebration. The event costs £32 per person.

9. Prince Harry Tour of London, 20 May

This two-hour walking tour will take you on a journey of some of the most important moments in Prince Harry’s life. Locations include Trafalgar Square where he began his charity trek to the South Pole and Westminster Abbey where he was the Best Man at Prince William’s wedding. An adult ticket costs £12.

10. Bottomless brunch, 19 May

Gastro pub Galvin is offering a bottomless brunch accompanied by a special royal menu. And of course, they will also be screening the royal ceremony whilst you feast. The meal costs £15 per person.

Find an interactive map of the events by clicking this link.

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Read more WNOL posts about the royal wedding here and here.

Cuts to police and youth ‘linked to rising crime rates’

London’s crime rate continues to rise as the Metropolitan police struggles with numbers.

The total number of murder victims in the capital reached 63 on 6 May, overtaking New York’s murder rate, following a surge of 44% in homicides.

Harrow MP Gareth Thomas said his area has seen 173 officers taken off the streets since 2010, putting a strain on the police resources.

This follows a cut of £600m from the Met Police’s annual budget and a decline in police numbers, according to a Home Office report.

Thomas said: “The recent spike in crime can only be evidence that the Met’s capacity is greatly reduced.”

In a similar way, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners has said falling police numbers were a concern in the rise of crime rates.

The figures, released in January, show cuts to youth initiatives and a historic low of police numbers with reductions of more than 20,000 police officers across the country.

The Serious Violence Strategy launched by the government last month doesn’t make mention of that and instead puts the focus on social media activity and the role of local communities to prevent crime.

A series of shootings over the Bank Holiday weekend put a spotlight on the rising crime rates. The latest fatal victim is Rhyiem Ainsworth Barton, a 17-year-old who died of gunshot wounds in Southwark on the evening of 5 May. He was shot while playing football and died at the scene shortly after he was found.

Another incident followed the next day in Harrow, where a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old were shot in Wealdstone High Street in Harrow within minutes of each other. The two are now recovering from their injuries.

Moped crime has also seen record numbers in the capital. According to a BBC investigation, it has increased 30 times in five years with 40% of incidents happening in Camden and Islington. Transport hubs are considered hotspots for crime as people are usually distracted around these areas.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has recently announced a city hall investment of an extra £110m for the Met and a £45m youth fund to prevent more violent crimes.

 

Featured image by Paul Townsend on Flickr.

Ban on junk food ads: What is the point?

As childhood obesity levels skyrocket, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is proposing that junk food advertisements are banned from all London public transport — buses, tube and trains.

So will we no longer see fast food chains advertising everywhere?

No. Well, not as they are today. Instead of advertising burgers, chips and ice creams, we will see carrot sticks and salads making their way on to the tube.

Carl W Jones, senior lecturer for PR and Advertising at the University of Westminster, told the university’s radio station that the new advertising campaign will help to battle childhood obesity within the city.

“If TFL don’t advertise those brands, the organisations have to adapt” so they’ll have to come up with new products or find other ways to reach the same audience. As TFL tube alone reaches 4.8 million commuters each day, companies do not want to lose their advertising spot.

Advertising healthier options rather than junk food will help to reduce the amount of junk food seen across the capital as the publics “opinions will be influenced” as at the moment it is all we see. It will seem as though there is a wider range of choice of food that is available to the public.

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Graphic by Tabitha Durrant     Statistics from: gov.uk/health 

Jones also mentioned the companies targeted will have to be seen as though they are “caring about children”. Children are easily influenced and as society becomes more health conscience we need to give children a range of choice, without only advertising unhealthy foods and drinks.

The ban on junk food advertisements comes shortly after the sugar tax, which all companies, aside from Coca Cola, which will help reduce the intake of sugar. Now, if you wanted to buy a full fat Coca Cola, you need to pay an extra 12 pence.

A quarter of children aged between two and 10 being classed as overweight. In 2014/15, the NHS spent £6.1 billion treating patients suffering from the condition.

See what you can do for National Eat What You Want Day

Body found in search for Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison

Police Scotland have said they have found a body in the search for Scottish musician Scott Hutchison.

Hutchison, 36, went missing in on Wednesday in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh. Police said they had found a body on Thursday night at Port Edgar, and that his family had been informed, although it is yet to be formally identified.

His band, Frightened Rabbit, had been scheduled to play in London at Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival next month.

The frontman had taken to Twitter shortly before he was reported missing. “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given.” He posted, before continuing, “I’m away now. Thanks.”

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Throughout his career he had been vocal about his struggles with depression. In what has been his final interview with Noisey he discussed suicide and especially the song Floating in the Forth, (which includes the line; “Am I ready to leap, is there peace beneath, the roar of the Forth Road Bridge?”). He said he found the song difficult to relearn for a recent anniversary tour of 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight but said “It’s heartening to know that I’ve been through that, and I’m stood there performing that song, alive and feeling good about it.”

Frightened Rabbit, which also featured Scott’s brother Grant on drums, are regarded as one of Scotland’s most influential indie bands, with a 15-year long career.

Hutchison’s frank and open lyricism had formed a loyal, connected fanbase. In one past interview he said he had heard from a fan who said “Floating In The Forth had helped her recovery in the aftermath of her failed suicide attempt” and a couple “who had one of my lyrics engraved inside their wedding rings.” He said “these are the things that make this worth it.”

Some one also posted a letter that he wrote to a fan who had been struggling with depression.

As Frightened Rabbit expanded to a five-piece, they also worked with The National’s Aaron Dessner on 2016’s Painting of a Panic Attack. The album became the second of their discography to make the UK Top 20.

This year Hutchison had also released work with Mastersystem, a supergroup with members of Editors and Minor Victories.

Scottish musician KT Tunstall wrote: “Much love to Scott Hutchison’s family, friends, bandmates in @FRabbits and fans. Very sad news.

“As a society, I hope we learn how to provide far more for those suffering mental health issues. Any one of us could need that support at any time”

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