Urban life

Urban life

March 26, 2018

The radical theory of urban development must expand our understanding of the relationships and contradictions between struggles around urban living, where the subjective dimension of class seems to dominate though the objective dimension is important (housing quality is both a function and an objective expression of a person’s place in the division of labour and […]

That’s Rich!

Does London’s capitalism necessarily leads to urbanisn because the capitalist mode of realizing surplus value necessarily leads to its spatial concentration in cities and towns. The uneven distribution of wealth in society is mirrored by the uneven distribution of wealth over space. This points to the conclusion that the radical theory of urban development must […]

Urban jungle

The theory of urban degeneration paradigm argued that chronic market imbalances, beyond the control of the ‘respectable’ slum dwellers,   were responsible for overcrowding. The majority of workers competed for scarce jobs and thus wages were low. With little money in their pockets, they could only afford, and therefore demand, a low quality and quantity of […]

The City of London’s power

March 20, 2018

It is not surprising that during the reign of Victoria almost the whole of the City was rebuilt, the vast majority of the seventeenth-century and eighteenthcentury merchants’ houses giving place to warehouses and offices and enlarged company halls. The overriding importance of central locations for their businesses meant that capitalists were unwilling to assert their […]

A complete guide to starting homes in London

March 3, 2018

Converted lofts and Victorian townhouses, or tiny working-class homes that “needed fixing” are ideal starter homes for young couples looking to move to London.   Such places produced the “return” a certain type of household: a predominance of young singles and older couples without children at home. But rarely did families find such retrofitted environments […]

Suburban life

March 2, 2018

Since the days of Federal Urban Renewal, the agendas of numerous planning administrations in the United States have included schemes to attract middle class families as residents from the suburbs into the central city. During the 1950s and 60s, there was considerable optimism that this could be done on a large scale by the clearance […]

Values of culture

February 21, 2018

Gregory Bateson (1990) proposed three ways of evaluating aspects of value in a culture. None of these approaches is found in textbooks, but we resort to them nevertheless when we encounter a situation and need to decide whether it is good. One approach to valuation is the pragmatic. Because change is usually painful, conditions that […]

The face that launched a thousand ships

Aldous Huxley (1990) asked whether we are not compelled by the very nature of our being to conform to the natural forms and rhythms within and about us? In our appreciation and creation of beauty, we resonate with and borrow from the forms of nature. The natural world is the template with which we resonate. […]

Ideas of the self

February 7, 2018

James Hillman (1992) in The Practice of Beauty was convinced that one of the reasons for the repression of beauty in our culture is that beauty is supposed to be good for us. The repressed in our society, said Hillman, “is not what we usually suppose: violence, misogyny, sexuality, childhood, emotions and feeling, or even […]

Quest for authenticity

February 6, 2018

The consumer’s quest for authenticity could be said to be largely driven by the awareness of the increasingly inauthentic modern world. In such a time of global and uniform culture people look back to traditions and what they trust in order to gain a sense of ‘the real thing’, just as Baudrillard states, “In an […]

To be, or not to be

In Hamlet, Ophelia is presented as an important contributory character to the overall theme of tragedy in the play, in which juxtaposing interpretations can be drawn from her character. She could be viewed as immensely passive, therefore a victim and simply collateral damage, caught up in the corruption of everyone around her. On the other […]

Malvolio

One of the key reasons the idea of alternatives is so integral to both plays is because the audience themselves is also affected by the multiplicity of interpretation. They have an near omniscient view of events and this gives them the ability to place events in context with on another, and thus appreciate the dramatic […]

Salem and witchcraft

February 4, 2018

The main female characters of the dread Crucible, who accuses many villagers in the town of Salem, of witchcraft. Arthur Miller skilfully allows the audience to see her as both tragic villain and victim, through the means of stage direction and language. Abigail Williams could be seen as a tragic villain throughout ‘The Crucible’. She […]

Times two

February 1, 2018

In contrast to this idea of multiplicity within a structured framework being used to concentrate elements together into a tangible form, Hamlet Act3, SC2 demonstrates how multiplicity can be used to cause a confusion that unravels any definitive explanation. Thoroughout theplay, Hamlet’s diction is filled with so many meanings and interpretations that Polonius- a figure […]

Realistic Representations

January 31, 2018

  The last relevant recurrence that Trodd notes in Edwardian literature is that it sought to be realistic in its representation and “modelled its language on historical writings, […] biography and […] journalism.” In Woolf’s eyes this was the equivalent of coming to a sudden vision of true revelation and enlightenment, and then trying to […]

Irish Nationals prt 2

January 25, 2018

Pegeen represents Irish culture in its most hypocritical state. Her love for Christy turning to hatred the second he breaks an unwritten code of conduct is rather remniscient of the Irish peoples treatment of Charles Parnell pleaded with the Irisih people not to throw him to the English wolfs after he was involved in a […]

Modernity

Modernity is by its very nature a world of shifting entities and one can find themselves either swept into the multiplicitous nature of movement or excluded from the slow transformation of their surroundings. James Duffy, from Joyce’s “A Painful case” is clearly one who is isolated by modern life. He is a man that is […]

The best thing since sliced bread

January 23, 2018

The best thing since sliced bread   You could roam the streets of the capital for a year and Beigel Bake may still elude you. With the chains and the delicatessens so concerned with highbrow food culture, you’ll likely walk straight past it in search of branded napkins and “rustic” blackboards. You’re probably searching for […]

Life of luxury

January 16, 2018

The term high culture is often used to mean ‘the type of culture that one refers to when speaking of the arts, manners or education’ Art, literature, opera, philosophy are all examples of high culture, primarily produced and appreciated by a restricted audience. Low culture by contrast consists of the normal and the unextraordinary: clothing, […]

Catching Fire – a restrospective

January 15, 2018

For anyone who’s seen the first film as well as the trailer, working out most of what happens in Catching Fire isn’t particularly hard. The plot is remarkably similar to that of the first film because essentially, it’s just a slightly different take on the same premise. Usually, this would be setting alarm bells ringing […]

Mrs Dalloway’s Dream

January 10, 2018

There is nothing definite about the nature of a sign then the base of signs, called language, is simply a subjective pool of interactions between meaningless phrases given affirmation only by the fact that they are not another: “What characterizes each most exactly is being whatever the others are not.” If “nothing is a sign unless […]

Powerful speeches

 “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Today we’ll look at the effect of language and expectation in an author’s influence over his reader, and to explore the scope of such influence. Though there are a number of other factors worth considering- such as the use of imperatives and the authority […]

The Modern world

A by-product, or perhaps the root of this mundaneity can be seen in Mr Duffy’s strict adherence to a set routine in which he goes to work, takes “a bottle of larger beer and a small trayful of arrowroot biscuits” at lunch, finishes at four, eats in a dining hall, then heads out of the […]

The Real Men’s Guide to: Valentines

January 8, 2018

We are just over a month away from the day that most men find absolutely terrifying. The day where you’re expected to pull out all the stops and offer your heart up on a plate for a discerning woman. When you do just that, you’ll find that you’re going to struggle so often to match […]

Christmas in the capital

October 25, 2017

Break out the reindeer jumper, hang up your stocking and break out the mulling kit: Christmas is (nearly) here! Yes, it’s that time of the year again when you get start drinking in the early afternoon and indulging in fattening treats without a care in the world. This week we’ll be guiding you through all […]

No such thing as a free lunch?

October 4, 2017

  With the impending trial of Paul May, the man who has faced charges for taking food out of supermarket bins, Freeganism and food management have both been regular topics of discussion in recent times. On one side, there are those that are determined to uphold the law and ensure that property rights remain strong […]

A Gentleman’s Guide to: Meat

October 3, 2017

A few years ago, very few people had heard of the Ginger Pig but now having them appear on your table, menu or supplier list is a sign of true excellence. Straddling the line between chef’s favourite and household name, this truly exceptional butcher is starting to come into the mainstream. With 6 stores now […]

5 Top London Trends of 2017

September 14, 2017

The perfect tonic: gin! Fans of Juniper berries rejoice because this year gin is most definitely back. Blended in cocktails, this wonderful concoction lends a depth of citrus flavour and clarity to any drink. Rising combinations include a mixture of gin, bitter lemon and fresh lime juice. That might sound like a face wrinkler, but […]

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