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“Lie Down I Think I Love You”: interview with Emily Trotter

If you walk down Amwell Street in Barnsbury, London, you won’t help but notice what may be the strangest yet catchiest name for a shop. Lie Down, I Think I Love You is Barnsbury’s best-kept secret that can be found in a quiet Victorian road near Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Featured in magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Cosmopolitan, as well as in last year’s November “Fashion’s 100 Hottest” list in Grazia, this one-of-a-kind label is quite the success story, attracting wholehearted fans all the way from Italy and Japan. Continue reading


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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange gives press conference at City University London

Julian Assange has spoken of a war against the international mass surveillance industry as Wikileaks released documents with details of companies selling personal data directly tracked from our smartphones. Continue reading


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Student accommodation: what happens when you start university?

We’ve all been there. You get your UCAS confirmation e-mail, you celebrate the fact that you got accepted at a university, but after all the joy and excitement, you are compelled to face one simple question: “And now what?”

Well, this is when the annoying part of the process starts.  The decisions you have to take. The choices you have to make. And one crucial part of it all is, quite obviously, accommodation. Continue reading


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Student life: accomodation

To all uni students out there everywhere, please help me with this piece of research I am doing for a post I will be writing later.

Your feedback is needed and cooperation much appreciated!

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Where have you been living the past year (September-present)?

Do you have the possibility of living at home and appreciating all those home-cooked meals?

Do you live in student accomodation facilities (e.g. UNITE and uni halls) instead?

Or finally have you managed to get a place along  with some friends?

Thank you and please vote below!

Feel free to comment, any piece of information is extremely useful for my research.

POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED, but thanks to everyone who voted!


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British teens: “worst-behaved in Europe”

The Institute for Public Policy Research revealed in a report in 2007 that the British teens seem to be the worst-behaved in Europe. This study found out that 44 per cent of British teens had been involved in a fight in the previous year, while it was the case with only 28 per cent in Germany, 36 per cent in France and 38 per cent in Italy.

I had always heard about violence in London specifically but had no idea that teen violence was such a big issue in the UK. What made me dwell on this subject was a street fight I witnessed earlier on today. Continue reading


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Why is London the world’s new meltin’ pot?

Today’s London is a perfect hub of the globe. It is home to over 30 ethnic communities of at least 10,000 residents each. In this city tonight, over 300 languages will be spoken by families over their evening meal at home. This pluralism is not a burden we must reluctantly accept. It is an immense asset that contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of our nation”, Robin Cook – Foreign Secretary in 2001


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The issue of “Britishness”

When I moved to London, people often told me things like “Oh you’re so lucky, London is such a multicultural city that you’ll blend in perfectly. No one cares if you have green hair or if you’re wearing your shirt inside out!” A friend of mine from university recently posted this as her Facebook status: “Number of times I laughed to myself on the long walk home from Angel: 34. Number of times people stopped to stare at the strange Asian girl laughing to herself: 0. Another reason to love London.” But this hasn’t always been the stereotype. Continue reading


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