Browsing All posts tagged under »London«

All-weather jobs

July 8, 2011


What is the worst job in the UK when it rains? Inspired by the glum weather today and this man’s efforts outside my window to trim hedges whilst soaked to the skin, I would like to share my own experience. A few summers ago I worked for a charity as a ‘Face-to-Face’ fundraiser. This is […]

An unlikely olympic martial art?

June 13, 2011


A brutal, fast-paced martial art, Kurash is the national sport of Uzbekistan and may one day become an Olympic event. But, most people would struggle to find Uzbeksitan on a map – will this sport change that? The short answer is: it’s difficult to tell, because although Kurash is gaining popularity it is a sport […]

Social Media Summit verdict: Touch screens are a blessing

May 23, 2011


There weren’t many agreements made between contributors at the BBC’s Social Media Summit (SMS) but all who did attend can be thankful for the noiseless calm of touch screen phones and tablet computers. Sat amongst the crowd in a cramped, sweaty room you could easily have gotten the impression that the whole event was nail […]

A meerkat’s view of the Royal Wedding at London Zoo

May 2, 2011


White van man: myth or reality?

May 2, 2011


The White Van Man is a British invention coined by a radio presenter in 1997 referring to the aggressive, abusive misdemeanours of the UK’s van driving population. A typical ‘White Van Man’ drives a large Ford Transit with a roughly folded copy of The Daily Mail on the dashboard and a face buried inside The Sun. My personal experience […]

Where do flash mobs start? Q&A with Morph-man organiser

April 6, 2011


The London 2011 Pillow Fight attracted twice the number of people as the previous year. But what organisation does it take for a ‘flash mob’ to come together? I put questions to Morph-man aka the co-organiser and participant of International Pillow Fight Day in London and flash mobs in and around London every year. You […]

Passive aggressive: flashmob pillowfighting in London 2011

April 4, 2011


The bell struck 3 o’clock. All at once hundreds of people all stripped off clothing revealing pyjamas, tore open their bags to grab their pillow and began assaulting each other in one big massed mosh pit – minus the music. The frenzied arm swinging, chanting and pushing might have looked much more violent than it […]