Social issues

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


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


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


Nostalgia for the Icelandic sky

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Toothpicker

Sunrise in Reykjvik
 
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzmán's 'Nostalgia for the light'. The poignant, insightful and stunningly beautiful film was set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and it is a meditation on life, history and the universe. The film touched me on many levels, but [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Climate change and was tagged with nature, climate change, sunset, Iceland, Reykjavik


Designs for the homeless

Posted on January 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

In my last entry, I focused on the growing issue of homelessness in London, now I want to examine the solutions designers have come up with to tackle this issue.
Last year, London architectural designer James Furzer's ‘Home for the Homeless’ project won the top prize in FAKRO's International Design Competition.
Furzer has designed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Homelessness and was tagged with architecture, British design, homelessness, Dutch design


An encounter with London's homeless

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

Left: A rough sleeper in Islington; Right: the same problem can be seen in the streets of Glasgow

 
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions simply because if I want to make changes, I would not wait until the beginning of the year. However, a new year has motivated me to do [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Homelessness and was tagged with London, paris


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