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Paola Revenioti is standing in the middle of London’s George and Dragon pub in tears. Paola is a trans prostitute and activist who first went into the streets of Athens in the 1980s. She used earnings from her nighttime business transactions to fund the pioneering trans-anarchist fanzine Kraximo (Greek for ‘gaybashing’) and the very first gay pride events in Athens in the early ’90s. No-one has done more to promote LGBT culture in Greece, but her contributions went largely unrecognised – even in her home country – for decades. Seeing her work appreciated here and being taken seriously as both an artist and activist by an international audience, she’s overcome with emotion.

Moments like these are exactly what filmmaker Konstantinos Menelaou had in mind when he … Read the rest

Should we celebrate Uber losing its London licence?

Yes, be glad Uber is over – Abi Wilkinson

Without a doubt, the decision not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London was the right call. What other choice is there when the company shows such disregard for passenger safety and the rule of law, in the UK capital and across the world?

Revelations earlier this year that Uber used specially designed software to “greyball” law enforcement officials in cities where its service violated regulations – so that they weren’t able to hail a car during sting operations – were shocking but unsurprising. Like so many of Silicon Valley’s self-proclaimed “disruptors”, Uber executives seem to believe they’re above the jurisdiction of local and national governments. Technological innovation is part of the picture, sure, but they

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The fabulous NHS nurses demanding to be paid fairly

As the first Prime Minister’s Questions after the long summer recess kicked off inside the House of Commons, just outside the Palace of Westminster this afternoon it was all kicking off too.

Hundreds of nurses converged on Parliament today to demand an end to the 1% public sector pay cap, the latest step in a summer filled with actions led by members of the Royal College of Nursing to have this policy scrapped. The representative body for nurses in the UK says that seven years of tight pay caps have resulted in a real terms pay cut of 14% for the medics on the frontline of the National Health Service.

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On the grass of Parliament Square, healthcare professionals and their supporters piled on the pressure, as … Read the rest

Capturing what it means to be young and in London in 2017

When photographer Julian Mährlein thinks about youth, his mind doesn’t instantly turn to the boring, tired stereotypes we’ve seen time and time again. Not the endless images commenting on social media obsessed teens, not the detached portraits of subcultures and expensive street fashion. Instead, when Julian thinks about youth, he’s all about neutrality and earnestness – a genuine wish to portray and understand, rather than judge or imply.

That perspective was particularly scarce when he started his London Youth series, right after the riots hit the capital back in the summer of 2011. While major media outlets focused on depicting young, tracksuit clad British people as savage beings getting off on mindless vandalism, ‘the most unpleasant and violent in the world’, Julian set out to … Read the rest

BWA for BLM Offers Space for Dialogue Between Black Female Artists in NY, LA, Houston, and London

A three-month long show offers a space for dialogue between black female artists and curators between New York, LA, Houston, and London. The collective Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM, for short) was formed in July of last year out of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement and the seemingly endless number of unarmed black men killed by police. In such a short period of time, the group has become impressively established in the art world, and now presents in all seven rooms of Project Row Houses in Houston. 

Their first appearance together at The New Museum followed a call by artist Simone Leigh during The Waiting Room, her show that, separately, looked at the notion of medicine in African Read the rest

This futuristic tiny home switches rooms by rotating like a washing machine

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The Rotating House prototype is designed by British architect George Clarke. It weighs 3.5 tonnes and stands 14 feet tall.

Clarke wanted to utilize every inch of the space, turning one room into four.  The floors can become walls which can become the ceiling, depending on the rotation of the home. Read more…

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This Restaurant Banned Avocado from Its Menu for Being Too Basic

At this point, avocados are inescapable. You can’t throw one of their oversized seeds without hitting something related to the world’s most overexposed healthy fat. The internet is littered with slideshows for SEVEN LIT AF AVOCADO TOAST RECIPES, Starbucks has added a $1 packet of avocado spread to its refrigerated section and just yesterday, I had to stop myself from physically assaulting a woman wearing a “Let’s Avo-Cuddle” t-shirt. That’s why London eatery Firedog should be commended—if not just all-out knighted—for its anti-avocado efforts.

Firedog, a new Aegean restaurant in the capital city, has instituted a complete avocado ban, excluding the fruit from any appearances on its menu. “Our mission is to reinvigorate the morning dining scene in London, which has done avocado to death, and … Read the rest