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Can’t afford it? Rent it!

Can’t afford it? Rent it!

Fashion, News, UK
Streetwear fashion can now be rented in London. Can’t afford that luxurious handbag? No problem! The Drop is here for you. A fashion stylist opened a pop up store in Westfield London renting affordable designer goods. Alize Demange of The Drop believes this is how people will get new clothing in the future. Demange told the BBC that "It might seem strange, but it could be something that becomes part of our everyday lives. An bag you might want to wear for a week but not want to invest all the money into buying it." The Drop offers clothes from well known brands such as Coach, House of Holland, Axel Arigato and Dirty South. T-Shirts can be rented for less than £10. If you want to feel a little special, you can go for a Marques Almeida jacket - worth over £1000 - for £200. https
Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials, UK
Religious hate crime has risen by 40% in England and Wales – and more than half is directed at Muslims. A writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to be interviewed by the Voice of London; her family are among those who have faced Islamophobic discrimination, even though they do not actively practice any religion. But discrimination found its way in.   Her husband is of Sudanese heritage, and they have two young sons together. They live in a rural, coastal community, which she describes as “one of the least diverse places in the UK.” Here, she says, they are in the minority as a mixed race family. During a phone call with the Voice of London, she started sharing her story “when you come up against something like this, it’s shocking because you don't expect it to happen.” For th
Disappearance of the public library

Disappearance of the public library

Lifestyle, Society, UK
The latest figures from CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show that the number of public libraries and paid staff in Britain are rapidly decreasing. Almost 130 public libraries have closed in Britain in the last year, displacing 712 full-time employees. Meanwhile, the number of community-run library branches has seen an increase. Volunteer numbers have gone up to 51,394 people - a rise in 10,000 over three years - and volunteers are currently running over 500 libraries across the UK. The closures of public libraries comes at budget cuts by local authorities. Over the last year, spending on libraries by local councils fell by £30m to a total of £741m. “Libraries have faced significant cuts under austerity, with councils forced to reduce s
Cookies, scary masks and generous cats: what’s your Christmas like?

Cookies, scary masks and generous cats: what’s your Christmas like?

Christmas, culture, Lifestyle, UK, World
Christmas is celebrated differently around the world. How do your friends and family celebrate the most wonderful time of the year? Many of us have grown up with the idea of Christmas with decorating the Christmas tree, hanging up stockings, and leaving cookies and milk for Santa, who comes down the fireplace and leaves you presents. The worldwide idea of celebrating the holiday is coming to the tree with presents on Christmas morning and opening them with your family. However, Christmas has different kinds celebrations around the world, ranging from familial to national traditions. For example, Santa is not celebrated in Austria at all; in fact, he is quite the opposite of a jolly plump man with a huge beard and wearing red clothes. In Austria, Santa’s evil accomplice Krampus g
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