Category Archives: LONDON TOWN

London attack: Sometimes people of this city just walk on by

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Carnaby Street, London, in November 2016. Photo taken by Monica Sarkar.

It’s been a week since the London attack that struck the city on so many levels. Debates on terror, authorities, cyber security and Islamophobia were stirred, as well as defiant images and messages to the perpetrators that Londoners will not lie low. Continue reading

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MLK’s speech 50 years on: Has racism become smarter?

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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his momentous, stirring speech “I have a dream”.  But do we listen, feel elevated and inspired, but then ignore it like a dream forgotten as soon as we wake up? And in the process, is racism just getting smarter at subsisting?

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The Paralympics: disabilities do not disable life

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The London 2012 Paralympics demonstrate that a disability does not have to disable life.

Victoria Oruwari, a classical singer from Nigeria living in London, lost her sight at the age of seven but enjoys life to the fullest.

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Dalai Lama at the University of Westminster, London

Photographed by Alexandra Buerger: http://alexbuerger.wordpress.com

There are many people who are able to draw and hold attention, but very few that can also command peace. The moment the jovial Dalai Lama stepped onto the modest stage at the University of Westminster in London, the entire audience sighed with joy and then silence fell on us all.

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Falun Gong: Peace or pandemonium?

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Lilach meditating across the road from the Chinese Embassy in London

The Falun Gong 24-hour peaceful protest has continued for almost 13 years outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

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Sense of London

What does London feel like?
What does London sound like?
What does London look like?
How does it taste?
How does it smell?

Explore London via the five senses, plus also the sixth!

www.senseoflondon.co.uk

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Thich Nhat Hanh: “Life is available only in the present moment”

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Whilst romantic couples exchange roses and gifts in the hub of Piccadilly Circus, another group of people celebrate Valentine’s Day with a different display of affection.

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Animal farm in London

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Londoners are used to spotting pigeons pecking along pavements and train platforms, dogs on leashes and surly cats roaming the streets. But they rarely get the chance to get close to animals.

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Dear Mr Jeremy Clarkson…

Dearest Mr Clarkson,

So, the BBC has decided to dismiss the hundreds of complaints against Top Gear India and Downing Street refuses to put you or the BBC at fault. I bet you’re grinning from ear to ear and treating your companions to jokes that are drier than the Atacama Desert.

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Returning to our roots: Emigrating to India

Photographed by Monica Sarkar. Some rights reserved – see below.

INDIANS HAVE FLED in their millions in pursuit of the greener side of the globe. In 2006, an estimated 25 million people of Indian origin lived overseas.

So it’s not surprising to find more than a few raised eyebrows when this trend started to shift and there is an increased number of UK residents packing up their lives and settling in India. Continue reading

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