From Gangnam Style to London Style

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 15th, 2012

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Ever heard of this phenomenon KPOP song the ‘Gangnam Style‘ by rapper Psy?  Sure you have.  I first heard the single and music video in the middle of Summer, my reaction? I felt a chill down to my spin, it was cheesy….I mean very cheesy but hilarious, ridiculous but amazing.  The song and silly horse riding moves became the dance anthem across the globe, it became the most watched Kpop video and has been viewed over 450 millions times on Youtube, beating Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.  Charted at number 1′s in most of the countries, this included United Kingdom.

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The song and music video are still reaching its never ending peak level, flash mobs, trending conversation topic in social media, song used in viral campaigns online and tv.  And, the most current trend – spoof videos!

Spoof videos being produced for a little fun, with videos from across the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Russia, France, Poland and many more, and London has its own version too (info via The Standard).  Showcasing London’s landmarks and of course the iconic horse galloping dance move, the video went viral on mid September and has reached over 1 million views.

‘…..Oppa Gangnam Style.’

(Videos and stills via Youtube)

 

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 Away from the heat and hanging out at Campania

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 9th, 2012

To commemorate the final few weeks of Summer, the heatwave we experienced back in August and the urge to drink and chill indoors were virtually impossible when you have burst crowds of people doing the same time.  Hanging out with friends whilst still sweating and fanning ourselves (a new workout for the arms), we had the opportunity to settle at a near deserted restaurant ‘Campania’ off Columbia Road, the beauty of this restaurant is its nostalgic interiors, old film polaroids stuck on the wall, rustic oak wooden tables and the signature Italian atmospheric feeling reminds me of my school trip to Florence.  A glass of fizzy orange juice and very late in the Sunday afternoon, the restaurant had to close, not enough moment to observe every single details of the lovely interior.  Enjoy the photos.

Campania, 95 Columbia Road, E2 7RG.

 

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 Coloured doors

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 8th, 2012

Walking through to random parts of quiet neighbourhood areas of Notting Hill, Camden, Borough or Shoreditch, you hardly think once or twice about being admiring some-else’s front gardens and flash cars in front driveway.

This particular neighbourhood however, near the infamous Columbia Road Flower Market in East London has rows of 1940s houses with front doors painted variant shades from red to black, I used to call it the ‘colour palette neighbourhood’, very inspiring which attracts local photographers alike (like myself) or Pinterest pinners to add to their ideal mood boards.  It also reminds me of Benetton‘s colourful stairs in Oxford Circus.

 

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 Eatery: Recipease

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 3rd, 2012

Another eatery post, I fear my stomach won’t hold much longer after visiting countless visits to food chain and independent cafes/restaurants, the joy of sampling food and snapping food and interiors often end up wanting more.

The other week whilst my friends were in town and rarely venture out to the West side of London, Notting Hill, totally forgotten the town still exist but less on my radar.  A close friend of mine suggested having coffee, tea and cakes at Jamie Oliver’s concept food and kitchen shop ”Recipease” opened this August, other branches include Brighton and Clapham Junction.

What’s so amazing about this concept development is that you can booked a cookery lesson at an open space and to eat after at a cost of £7o per head, pastry shop, buy herbs and other produce, food to go, cafe and restaurant all on two floors. It was fascinating to watch people eat whilst sipping coffee at the same time.  Wouldn’t it lovely if we had a Benetton cafe in store?

Recipease in Notting Hill: 92-94 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QB.

Recipease in Clapham Junction: 48-50 St Johns Road, Battersea, SW11 1PR.

Recipease in Brighton: 72 Western Road, East Sussex, BN1 2HA.

 

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 Unemployee of the year

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: September 24th, 2012

The economic crisis has aggravated the crisis in the world of work, leading to dramatic situations in many parts of the planet but especially in Europe.  Young people today are the hardest hit:  At present they are nearly 3 times more likely to be unemployed than their adult counterparts.

United Colors of Benetton launches Unemployee of the Year, a new global communication campaign to support non-employed youth.  To raise the awareness on youth non-employment issue, Benetton launches an online contest to sustain 100 projects, submitted by young non-employed people between the ages of 18 and 30, they are free to submit outlines of projects within the UNHATE Foundation mission that would create a social impact in their community.  The project is to be submitted to the UNHATE Foundation website and will be voted by the online community.

United Colors of Benetton wants to send a positive message of hope to celebrate the ability of young people to find new, intelligent and creative ways of facing the problem of unemployment and finding their own unique solution.

Today’s generation testifies that being non-employed doesn’t mean being useless, lazy or an anarchist.  It is a social problem; politic, recession, the rise of tuition fee and country’s debt problem.  A generation that is fighting for a less temporary future in a different way.  Contrary to common misconceptions about being young and non-employed, their smart, creative and inspiring working experiences do not compromise their dignity.

This communication project will run globally, in print and virally, through photographs and videos, using social media and an ironic approach to facilitate the involvement of young people who can help face the global problem of unemployment.

For further information, please visit www.unhatefoundation.org 

 

Please help the youth.

 

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 Eatery: That amazing beef burger and chilli chips

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: September 19th, 2012

Don’t we just love a good lean, mean, meaty burger and chunky potato chips in the evening after a hard day at work?  Head over to Lucky Chip at The Sebright Arms pub located on Coate Street near Bethnal Green and Netil Market in London Fields, apparently they serve the best meaty and juicy burger in London, as a non-red-meat eater, a little bite won’t poison me.  I ordered a bacon and beef burger, topped with melted cheese, sliced pickle, crunchy lettuce and mustard-mayo sauce, clamped with a big softy bun, and a large chilli cheese potato chips – it tasted delicious, mouth-watering, the meat simply melted in my mouth gone within seconds like no other meat.  Oh go on, give it a try.

 

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 Inspire a generation, dreams do come true. Thank you London 2012

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: September 11th, 2012

Thank you London 2012 for giving us the greatest Summer we ever had, the Olympians, Paralympians, volunteers and game makers has brought us tears, joy, and hope.  We have witnessed the Superhuman (Paralympians) performed their best, not just their disabilities but their abilities, we’re celebrating their achievements of what their bodies can do.

London 2012 united the world, countries and neighbouring territories, win or lose it was only a game.

‘These were Games for everyone – Games for people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds that connected millions of young people with sport and education in communities and cities around the world.’ – Lord Seb Cole.

Roll on to Rio 2016!

(All photos copyright via London2012.com)

 

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 Eatery: Book Club

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 31st, 2012

The social hang out scene is relatively well known in East London compared to their counterparts around London, such the Book Club offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, tea, dinner and bar all in one place.  A spacious dinning room with an uber cool canteen style, offers creative events, workshops, showcases, parties, table tennis, pool to lively bar music – this is the new cultural revolution in east end of London.

100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH.

 

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 The Notting Hill Carnival

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 29th, 2012

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Over the Bank Holiday weekend West London have held its annual event Notting Hill Carnival, known as Europe’s largest and spirited festival founded by the West Indian community of Notting Hill in 1965, many of whom lived in the area since the 50s.  The carnival celebrates the abolition of slavery and the slave trade and the joy of freedom, it attracts over a million of revellers and visitors from all around the world to witness the spectrum arrays of bright and colour costumes, live Caribbean music bands and vast multitude of food stalls serving the traditional Jerk chicken, curried goat and peas and rice.

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Facundo Arizzabalaga/EPA)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Image)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Celebrating the freedom and, featuring the strong elements of dancing and dressing up bright colourful costumes mostly features and elaborate feathered headdresses, mimicking the European fashions of their former masters, their faces covered (even in friendly flour/paint fight) in white or colourful flour and paint in a fun sort of way.  How amazing the event were held together by the hands of the local volunteers?  Perfect timing as the Paralympic 2012 is happening just around the corner.

 

(Photos by Oli Scarff, Sang Tan, Facundo Arrizabalaga, Will Olivera, Getty Images, APP, EPA via Guardian.co.uk)

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 Eatery: Lily Vanilli Bakery

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 24th, 2012

Lily Vanilli Bakery is a must visit bakery-caffeine haven for any Londoners who enjoys hand baked pastries, the cafe is easy to find and is located on Ezra Street corner of Columbia Road in East London.  I love admiring its rustic features with arrays of pots, pans and old antique baking equipment displayed behind the counter,  Sunday is particularly busy during the flower market day so you would often see a queue snaking around for coffees.

 

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