A journalist in the UK with a passion for news, politics, music, pop culture and anything that makes a good story.
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The Grammys: 7 facts you might not know
Sunday 14th March 2021 sees the 63rd annual Grammy Awards being held in an undisclosed building in Los Angeles. Unlike previous years, there will be no live audience and a masked crew. To celebrate Music's Biggest Night, we reveal seven facts you might not have known about the awards ceremony...
Pancake Day Around the World
Today marks Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday in the UK. I thought it would be interesting to explore how Pancake Day is celebrated around the world – does the UK do it best? Are there better ideas out there?
Are technological developments killing the news industry?
In a world where news and access to information remain vital, more and more people are turning away from television and newspapers, and are heading online and to social media for their news. What impact does this shift have on traditional news media? Are they slowly dying, to be replaced by social media news?
Jay-Z's Roc Nation is Educating the Next Generation of the Changemakers
Roc Nation, the record label and entertainment company founded by Jay-Z in 2008, which is home to musicians such as J.Cole and Rihanna and athletes includes Kyrie Irving and Skylar Diggins-Smith, has announced a historic collaboration with Long Island University (LIU) to create the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The school, located in Jay-Z's hometown of Brooklyn, will start enrolling students at LIU Brooklyn from Fall 2021.
Kanye West's 'Wash Us In The Blood'
The ever-controversial, often genius (depending who you ask) Kanye West has dropped a new single 'Wash Us In the Blood'. This is the first new music from the musician since Christmas, and acts as a potential teaser for his newly-promised forthcoming album, 'God's Country'.
Beyoncé is Coming
In an Instagram video shared with her 149 million followers, Beyoncé dropped the news we've all been waiting for: she is releasing a new project. 'Black is King', a visual album which is written, directed and produced by the star, will drop exclusively on Disney+ on July 31st.
From Norwich to New York City
• There will be language barriers Despite speaking the same language, I have still come across (admittedly minor compared to my friends from Finland and Germany, for example) language barriers. There have been a couple of instances where I’ve used terms common to the UK in conversation and have been greeted with confusion or a blank stare – most notably I was shopping in Target, looking for bin bags, and was told, much to my confusion, considering the glut of cleaning products surrounding me, that they didn’t stock those. Turned out they thought I wanted bean bags.