The year is 2019 B.C. (Before COVID) and I’m pretty confident in my taste in television. I reckon myself an aficionado of the hard stuff; a smattering of documentaries, a thriller here or there, a drama that pulls on your heart strings thrown in for good measure. Normally I’m in it for the nitty gritty: the meaty dialogue, the serious subjects, poignant social commentary and pressing global issues.
As someone well-versed in Chatting Shit myself, I failed to understand why friends would spend their spare time religiously tuning in to watch other people — some of whom look and sound…
The term “challenger bank” typically refers to the new generation of smaller banks challenging the larger incumbents for market shares. Also referred to as digital first, digital only and neobanks, these companies are relatively smaller than the leading national banks. In the UK, the “Big 4” national financial institutions are Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland; while in the US, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup dominate the market.
New challenger banks compete for business by specialising in areas underserved by the “big banks.” An example of one pioneer is Metro Bank, which began…
It’s raining — pouring, if I’m honest — and despite the sun’s best efforts to break through, menacing clouds continue to assemble overhead. Despite the grey and grizzly start, the weather is not my primary concern this morning. Instead, I am consumed by an overriding sense of duty as I make my way down Mare Street towards a new pop up food bank in Bohemia Place. Walking through the street market’s vacant car park I can’t help noticing how yet another London hot spot has been drained of its colour since the vibrant individuals who frequent there were asked to…
A multi-currency bank account does exactly what it says on the tin. Customers can spend, send and receive funds, in multiple foreign currencies, using the same account details. International bank transfers often prove time-consuming, so, multi-currency bank accounts offer a more streamlined process which makes it easier to manage balances and transactions from the same place. These accounts can be a great solution for companies of all sizes — or globetrotting individuals — who are searching for advantageous deals on foreign exchange. …
Now officially the world’s largest live streaming service for gamers, Twitch TV allows users to “watch and chat to millions of other fans from around the world.”
Originally founded in 2011 by US entrepreneur and avid gamer, Justin Kan, Twitch recently reported a record number of users participating in online streams and gaming tournaments.
Last year as the real world plunged into darkness with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual world of online gaming lit up like a Christmas tree, with Twitch reporting an increase of five billion hours watched between April and June 2020.
A fire broke out in a terraced house in London on 18 January 1981, claiming the lives of 13 young black people. Why did the families of the victims initially assume the New Cross fire was a racist attack?
Forty years ago on Sunday, 18 January, a fire broke out at 439 New Cross Road in Deptford, south east London.
Flames began to curl up the stairs, trapping friends and family members who had gathered to celebrate Yvonne Ruddock’s 16th birthday.
In what witnesses described as a matter of minutes, the entire house was immersed in flames as people scrambled…
Though the fog thickens
As we journey down this road
Unsure of destination
Threatening to implode
Though it appears impenetrable
By the light we took for granted
Streets once walked
With those since departed
Though grey skies threaten to return
Those we love, lost
The speed at which we moved
Unaware of the cost
Though in carrying this burden
Banished to remote islands
United by pain
Though under a veil of darkness
The suffering has spread
The sun must retreat, for us to discern
As we await its inevitable return
True to form, I began plotting my next getaway before the wheels had hit the tarmac at London Heathrow. Both my boyfriend and I wanted to escape the doom and gloom of a drab British winter and were discussing the prospect of heading overseas again. We decided on a trip to South-East Asia as we had both travelled there previously and it seemed familiar (and cheap enough) territory to set up camp for a few months. We wanted to line up another adventure and delay our inevitable British reintegration. …