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WHY I BLOG? WHY I WRITE? WHY I BREATHE.

Blog’s have become a huge opportunity for writers globally, to communicate within one post. A tool, that can give you freedom to express, describe or translate. The ability to be your own creator. In other words, your own boss. Some writers do it for money, or studies, or for even their work. For me? I do it for passion. Something I’ve never been able to not do. Even if it is writing just a quote a day, or a bunch of lyrics, or a heartfelt essay of collection of thoughts and feelings. It’s almost like breathing to me. IT BECOMES NATURAL. Obviously you need some sort of ability to write a blog, however you do not need to be the best. Just write what you feel, what I usually say. You can always read examples for help, you can find four common styles of writing. Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and…

LIVING THE DAIRY FREE LIFE

Simple, food makes you feel good, especially dairy products. In this trend setting world we live in now. Everyone is after finding that health-craze substitute, lucky enough gives people like me ‘lactose intolerant’ a vast array of options to pick from! The rise of lactose intolerant people in countries has increased rapidly. According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global lactose-free food market is expected to reach over USD 10 billion in revenue by 2020. Just to put it into scale! Three types of milk use to be the common selection of choice (semi-skimmed, skimmed and full fat dairy). Now people pick from over five alternative sources to get the substitute. Explaining The Intolerance? “Lactose intolerance is a difficult one as even people who are intolerant can actually tolerate some lactose in their diet,” says Dr Miranda Lomer, senior consultant dietitian in gastroenterology at Guy’s and St…

LONDON’S TROPICAL HEATWAVE

Think we can all agree with Marilyn Monroe right now, “We’re Having A Heatwave”! With all the pictures, videos and comments storming the internet, the public are being very verbal about their opinions! Twitter Received Mountains Of Classic British Humour Tweets!  This British Furnace of a heatwave is a little more serious than some imagined it to be! By little I mean very incredibly large. Here shows The Telegraph, tweeting about Britain’s heatwave, and the magnitude of it in a simple weather graph. Savannahs Of Africa Igniting Onto Europe. From earthy green to a dusty brown, taken a month for this heatwave to dry us up. Can see the damages across the rest of Europe to. As the United Kingdom has been hit by 50,000 lighting strikes! Live updates from the Met Office warn, ‘could danger lives. . .’ these wildfires the public…

FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY IN LONDON

How to find the right property for you in London? Having spent the last 3 weeks of my life (this year only) viewing houses I thought that it would be a good idea to utilise all this experience (good and bad sometimes) and write an article that I can help anyone who is or will be in my shoes. Where do you start really? Don’t panic!! Keep reading and you will find tips on how to search properties in London, help you narrow down your search, identify properties that suit your needs, and how to tell if the asking price is too high. Let’s start at the beginning; How to search for properties? As most of the things in life right now the answer is simple: ONLINE! There are various sites out there like  Zoopla, Right Move, Prime Location and Move Bubble that are the top choices to start your research. You can search…

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO GET FIT-LONDON

While some people are super energetic and love to run around all day, others are like Garfield (or me) and are allergic to exercise. Literally I could come up with the craziest excuse to avoid going to the gym! I thought that exercising meant being miserable! All that changed when I moved to London and discovered alternative ways to get fit. You don’t have to suffer to be healthy! This city has a great number of exciting activities that will both keep you entertained and work your muscles at the same time! You can choose between dancing classes, roller skating, ice skating, pole dancing, boxing classes, aerial yoga and many more. Trust me, once you get started, you will be amazed by how much fun you can have while getting fit. So if you don’t like the gym and here are a few alternative ways to get fit and stay healthy. Aerial Yoga…

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

The rise in mental health awareness has increased and improved in London, (United Kingdom in general has), you have numerous amount of people in the limelight talking about these issues. From the Government Officials, to The Royal Family giving public talking and investment in charities, plus the on-going list of Famous Celebrities. This post is going to talk about the improvement, importance, and the steps you can take in order for you to take control. Improvement In the last decade from 2013, studies have shown that the publics attitude towards mental health has improved immensely. Still work to be done to fight discrimination and stigma, but overall charities and programmes have been fighting for years and still are. Hopefully the fight will be over soon. Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: In recent years we’ve seen thousands of people starting to speak out, challenging big high street brands…

LONDON JOB HUNT-HOW TO GET STARTED

Job hunt in London…well…London has always been a magnet for Europeans and people from all over the world who are looking for an exciting job opportunity while living in the world’s most multicultural City. This huge amount of international people has made London’s labour market pretty competitive. However, this should not worry you as (at least before the Brexit and its consequences kick in) everyone can find their dream job if they want to! Regardless if you are new or old in London, if you are looking for some tips on how to find a job then you are in the right place. KEEP READING! Not that I’m a recruiter, or that I have conquered my ultimate job fantasy but through my years here and countless changes I’ve learned so many useful things (mostly by my mistakes) which is why I feel that I need to share my ‘wisdom’ with…

THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

DO MANNERS MATTER? LIVING IN THE UK

In this post, we are going to talk about English manners and what kind of behaviour is considered to be polite and what impolite. In England, people place a great deal of importance in good manners. It is well known that this is a multicultural place and you can find people here from all around the world, especially in London. As a result, you will often come across different accents and cultures in your every day life. Having a broken English accent isn’t a problem really, but not being aware of the basic British etiquette rules can be. You may sometimes upset people by things that you say or do, even if these things seem perfectly normal in your own culture. Despite who you are or where you came from, your manners have a direct impact on your social and professional success. Follow this list of important social etiquettes and Londoners…

WEAKNESS YOU LEARN FROM

Make no apologies for the weakness you may have, apologise for the force of strength you will give. “Comfort is the enemy of progress” – P.T. Barnum. Words to live by! A moment of weakness is all it takes to fall into a negative cycle. Your growth will oppose your weakness. . . Balance your ideas and plans, learn from them, whether it be your life in London (including other urban cities and secluded countrysides), or financial crisis’s, searching for that new job, with the perfect social life. Pick your battles and signify what means the most to you. HOWEVER, by all means necessary make sure YOU are in every plan and idea. You as a person need to create that healthy mind and body, everyone suffers from that same place, by not being able to picture how on earth they will achieve this? You can! Just pick apart your…

WHEN THE SUN IS OUT IN LONDON

I know that we don’t get to see a lot of sun here in London, but nothing can break out spirit! Our hope that one day summer will actually come never fades. One way or another, this article is going to give you a few ideas on things to do and places to see when the sun is out. London, as every other place on earth, becomes so beautiful under the light of the sun. It doesn’t stop to amaze me how everything changes when the clouds disappear and that yellow source of warmth takes their place. Everything looks different, like buildings and streets. If you are lucky, you will discover new small details (that you may never have noticed before) about the City that will make you love London even more. As the nice weather in London should not be taken for granted, the list below will give you some…

EAST, WEST, NORTH OR SOUTH LONDON?

If you live in London you already know that you might have to move a few times in order to find the perfect flat and the best area that compliments your lifestyle. London is a large beautiful city considered to be the “heart” of Europe. There are many opportunities here for people who are trying to build their career or grow within their profession. This city also gathers a great number of students from all around the world- London has some of the finest Universities in Europe. Regardless the reason you’ve decided to move to the “Big Smoke” one thing is for sure, you’ll need to think carefully about the area you choose to live in. Deciding where to live in London depends on a multitude of factors, such as cost, distance to work and more. Making the wrong choice can result in spending money and time you don’t necessarily…

BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN LONDON

Live each day with the breeze of the moment. INTERVIEW Tell Me About Who You Are And Where Your From? Hey! My name is Ilaria Iannarilli, 21 years old. Photography Student at London Metropolitan University. I was born and raised in Rome, Italy but now I live in London. Why Did You Apply To Study In London? The reason why I have applied to study in London, is because there are no opportunities to study anything like photography in my home city. I always felt they do not take it very seriously. For example, here universities give space to pave a way for creative people, while in Italy, they do not get a degree but something more similar to a certificate.  Why Did You Consider This As A Great Opportunity? Living and studying in another country at my age is always a great opportunity, I guess. It’s that time of your…

PASSION YOU LEARN FROM

For one’s desire to strive, is to water it and let it grow. Image Credit:  @aliachasingthemoon Sometimes life can be cluttered, disorganised, hectic and just straight up difficult. That can come from living in the city of London. People moving faster than you, progressing more than you, doing everything better than you. With that, you sit alone and ponder as to why you are not them? The need for drive in this never-ending city Your darkest thoughts can lead you anywhere but your mind chooses the darkness, picks apart the lowest of the low. Settling you into this lifestyle of what you think was not your decision, however it was, more so than you think. You need to pick apart what you want from life, if you want to ‘sell your soul’ for the devil so to speak or live out your dream and fight for the life you are…

TIPS ON AN “EASY” START IN YOUR NEW LONDON LIFE

Moving to a new country can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Whether you are new in the Big Smoke or you are planning on moving here at some point, you will certainly need some beginners tips. London is a big city and things can be tricky for newbies, especially for those who don’t have anyone to guide or advise them. We are here to share some tips with you in order to make your life easier! 1. Nowadays we are all addicted to our phones due to the fact that they make our lives easier in many ways. So… one of the first things you should do when coming to London is to get an English mobile number! You can either get just a sim card (in this case, you can top up as much as you want anytime you want) or get a monthly contract that…

THE FESTIVAL SERIES: LUMIERE FESTIVAL

This is my first article of a series, which have as the main purpose to introduce (or give you even more info) about any kind of festival, mainly in the UK but not exclusively. My goal is to host as many festivals as possible and also ensure that people with different taste and back-rounds, can find something interesting here. And first on our list would be the LUMIERE FESTIVAL. Lumiere or differently London’s festival of light is a free festival that takes place for four days in our city. With more than 50 installations of projections, neons, interactive pieces and illuminated sculptures, Lumiere will make you see many buildings around London with a different perspective. It was established in 2016. Following its great success and the millions of people who visited the festival, it’s time for the sequel. This time it’s even bigger, brighter and with even more artists participating. One…

LONDON…A LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP

You’ve decided that your country no longer matches your passions, dreams and your future plans. You are simply looking to try out something new and exciting! So as a result you packed your bags, booked a flight, said goodbye to friends and family to start a new adventure in…LONDON. In this post I’d like to emphasis on the constant love-hate feeling which you most likely will experience between you and the city. As you possibly already know you will be living in the city of opportunity; the city that offers unlimited options and gives you the chance to fill your days with new experiences and activities. That… long story short, is the place to be! However, having mentioned all the above, something you probably are not aware of is that there’s  another side to this city. A side that makes you feel similar to how your best friend’s bad habits make…

BEST RESTAURANTS IN LONDON FOR DATE NIGHT

 You made great effort on flirting, being charming and smiling (a lot!) and finally got it! You have your first date!! Then you start stressing out (first dates can be really stressful) because you have to make a good impression and make this first date a good one (this is what I call hard work, right?). You have so many things to think about, like what to wear, what subjects are good to discuss, where to go… and should it be dinner or drinks…? One thing less to worry about as I have a list with the best restaurants in London that offer great food and amazing cocktails and will transform this night to a unique experience. Please remember: love goes through the stomach.   INAMO: Covent Garden, Soho, Camden When restaurants make a quantum leap into the future London leads the way. At Inamo guests use tablets to place their…

10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

There are many words one could use to describe London: beautiful, raw, intense, exiting, controversial and more, but boring is definitely NOT one of them. On the contrary, London has a great deal to offer when it comes to attractions and site seeing. Keep in mind that London is a leading global city  in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transportation. So yeah, not boring at all!   Today I made a small selection of 10 of my favourite and most popular places in London. Most of the following attractions gather not only a big number of tourists but also a great deal of London based people. Like me! So let’s have a look: 1)Tate Modern First on our list is my all time favourite place to be, Tate Modern. Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. Tate Modern is one of…

5 “MUST SEE” MARKETS IN LONDON

London is well known for the great number of covered, outdoor and street markets. Markets in London have their origins in the middle ages and ancient charter; set up to serve the population of the City of London. Today they have a great number of visitors daily and they are spread all over the city. Most open very early in the morning and close early or late in the afternoon. Some specialise in a particular type of product or sell different things on different days. Over time, some markets emerged as wholesale markets selling products such as meat, fish and vegetables. Below you can see a small selection of our favourite markets and some info that will help you decide which one you would like to visit first. Have a look and enjoy! 1. Columbia Road Flower Market Columbia road is very close to Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market in East London. Apart from the flower market…

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