Social issues

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


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 design, 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


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality, pottery


Utopia installation by Penny Woolock

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
What is the definition of 'utopia'? According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition is as follows: "An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. The opposite of dystopia."
This year, The Roundhouse invited award-winning [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Art, Sound art, British art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, British art, sound art


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