Social issues

Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, music, concert


2016 was crap, but will 2017 be any better?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

'Hope' sculpture in New York City was created by American artist Robert Indiana in 2009
 
It's a pessimistic title, but after a roller-coaster 2016, is there anything to look forward to in 2017?
I consider myself a positive person and I have always been able to bounce back up after crises and difficult periods [...]

This post was posted in Social issues, Politics and was tagged with politics, the age of Aquarius


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


The London Design Biennale 2016

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby's installation 'Forecast' by U.K.

 
The inaugural London Design Biennale which coincided with The London Design Festival took place at Somerset House (7 – 27 September) with over 30 countries and territories participating. Curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, the newly commissioned installations explored [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, London Design Festival, Somerset house, London design biennale, Utopia


What the heck happened to Newburgh?

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

The derelict Greek Revival style Dutch Reformed Church was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1835
 
The fate of a city often resembles the life cycle of a person. A city may experience prosperity for a few decades/ centuries; but one day, it may be destroyed due to wars or natural disasters, or [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, New York, Social issues, Architectural conservation, gentrification and was tagged with architecture, New York, heritage, Architectural conservation, gentrification, Newburgh


A peaceful anti-Brexit protest

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

In my youth, I was not into politics and I was never an activist of any sort. As I grow older, I started to care more about the world I live in, perhaps it's partly due to the fact that we live in a more turbulent world.
The term 'Utopia' was created by [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with London, EU Referendum, Brexit, Protest, politics


Not proud to be British today...

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Toothpicker

My response to today's referendum results
 
I am sure that 48% of the British who voted to remain in the EU are feeling the same way as I do now – shocked, sad, disappointed, disillusioned, confused, anxious, pessimistic, and very angry. And we have every right to be angry with what has happened [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with London, EU Referendum, black friday, global crisis, Brexit, politics


Berlin

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
 
While many people dislike metropolises for their high density, fast pace, congestion, noise level, pollution, rudeness, and high property prices etc; Berlin, however, seems to be an exception because it still retains an unpretentious charm of a smaller city.
The city is relatively cheap (compare to London and other mega cities), it is [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness, Berlin and was tagged with Food & dining, street life, homelessness, Berlin


Wall trees in Hong Kong

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

The remains of the banyan wall trees on Bonham Road
 
Unsurprisingly, the image that is often associated with Hong Kong is its famous skyline and high-rise. Yet personally, I consider the city's banyan wall tress to be its most unique sight and heritage. In recent years, trees have become a hot topic in [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Nature, Social issues and was tagged with Hong Kong, nature, heritage, trees


Hooligan Sparrow

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan
 
Last week I attended the opening night of the Human Rights watch film festival to watch a new documentary called 'Hooligan Sparrow' by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang.
The filmmaker originally wanted to make a film about the abuse of sex workers in China, but ended up [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, Film festival, Human rights, Hooligan Sparrow


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