ANNYEONGHASEYO! Richmond student Nompi Majola takes a summer term in Seoul, South Korea, p. 2
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE? A critical look at H&M’s new sustainability efforts, p. 3
Tuesday 2 April, 2013 • WEEK 11 • ISSUE 9
Sky Sports journalist visits Richmond
Richmond student chairs MUN Conference
by Susan Bergreen Staff Writer
by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
Earlier this month, Rebecca Blank, an International Relations major at Richmond, had the honour of chairing a series of debates at the University of Bath’s Model United Nations conference. Blank, who normally attends conferences as a delegate, presided over the Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC). “As a Chair, I helped manage the Facebook group, read the delegates’ position papers, and most importantly, I managed the debate over the two-and-a-half days,” Blank tells The Gazelle. “The parliamentary system can require 1-3 people to manage the debates, calling upon speakers, approving resolutions, and keeping time.” With years of experience in Model UN as a delegate, Blank says
The student paper of Richmond, the American International University in London
Rebecca Blank, left, with her co-chair at the Bath MUN Conference Photo by Rebecca Blank
that her experience at Bath MUN was definitely something unique. “It was a new experience. I have seen two different sides to MUN as a delegate and as a Chair, and the two perspectives have given me a new appreciation of Model UN,” says Blank, who boasts several years
of experience in the programme. “I have another role in MUN to be excited about. Chairing at BathMUN 13 really means a lot to me after being a delegate for so long.” Richmond’s Model United Nations continues its involvement in conferences around the country.
Last Wednesday the university had the privilege of welcoming guest speaker Adam Leventhal, broadcast journalist for Sky Sports News. He spoke on his struggles and successes in his career and gave advice on how to achieve the same. Adam’s career started at the age of 15 when he went to work for Capital Radio in London. With his foot in the door, he began working in production and editing. By the time he was 17, he was working on the air as a football reporter. He earned his degree at Nottingham Trent University. He excelled in his career by working for Arsenal F.C. as an exclusive reporter for home and away games. In 2007, while covering the Cricket World Cup, Levethal went from sports reporter to crime reporter when Bob Woolmer, cricket coach, was found dead in his hotel room following the game. In 2008 he had the opportunity to cover the Mumbai terrorist attacks, showing footage of his reports on YouTube and point-
ing out some of the rookie mistakes that he has learned from. During his career he has also had the opportunity to report on issues such as politics, science, racism, homophobia, and sexuality. Today, he is a Sky Sports News presenter which is the most watched news channel. “It’s the home of the sports news”, he jokingly recited the channel’s motto. Levethal educated students on the day in the life of a sports presenter and gave a play-by-play of what to expect during a typical work shift. During the Q&A, he was asked what the best decisions he made to become so successful. Leventhal said, “One of my bosses once told me, ‘if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, that’s the main thing to adhere to.” He also answered questions about female sports reporters and the many struggles and achievements he has witnessed while working in the field. He complimented several female reports from different countries and noted that, “While there is still a long way to go to be fully accepted, there shouldn’t be anyone thinking they know better.”
You Aren’t What You Eat: Food Poverty in London Published in serial. Look out for next week’s installment. by Magdalene Thomas Layout Editor
The unemployed, disabled, elderly and single parents with dependent children are the groups who are most at-risk of falling into poverty. But a new class of impoverished are emerging in London, the working poor. For the working poor, the barriers to obtaining healthy foods may not be purely financial. Artur Gorski, 27, says his food choices aren’t necessarily affected by his financial access to them, but by his lack of knowledge on how to cook a coherent meal. Gorski, who works preparing food for the canteen at Richmond University, said he learned how to boil pasta for the first time when he took the position three years ago. Even though he’s spent a lifetime working in the food industry- preparing, baking, cooking and serving- Gorski still insists he has no knowledge of how to cook and would rather spend his limited funds on low-priced ready meals. When asked about his cooking skills, Gorski responds with an adamant and inarguable “no,” hands slicing through the air in front of his chest like a baseball umpire calling a safe slide into home plate. “I just don’t want to cook because I don’t know how to cook,” he
says. “If I had a choice, I would obviously prefer to eat healthy food.” Because of his lack of food knowhow, Gorski is not focused on nutrition. He is focused on convenience and, as a consequence, has been eating unhealthy foods since he moved away from home almost ten years ago. He suspects his mental block against cooking is due to never learning how to cook a full meal, and says he wasn’t ever actually given the opportunity (his mother guarded the kitchen like a dragon guarding a cave full of treasure). While cooking skills were a privilege never afforded to Gorski, the microwave sitting on his kitchen countertop has enabled him to never have to learn how to cook. Tess Baxter, Convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Food Policy group, notes that technology has been transforming the way Brits think about food since the advent of the at-home freezer. “Cookery changes often follow the technology,” says Baxter. “Until there was the car, you didn’t get the development of bulk foods... The microwavable dinner with its little tray didn’t exist until there was a microwave to put it in.” The freezer gave families the option to purchase volumes of frozen meats and vegetables and moved consumer attention away from the freshness
of produce. Canned vegetables and fruits became a staple good in any pantry. Consumers were able to ignore the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and meats, and instead shift their attention towards price and quantity. Food gradually became less of a cycle of growth, harvest, cooking and consumption, Baxter says, and instead became a task of efficiency at the expense of quality. Particularly, the advent of the microwave oven enabled hungry eaters to “remove themselves from the cooking process,” much like Gorski. But Caraher points out that cooking does play a role in food poverty. “Cooking is part of the solution. If you don’t have cooking skills, you’re doubly compromised... But even if you can cook, you’ve still got those problems of access and adequate income,” he says. “All of those skills are necessary and the skills that have probably been lost in the population, not just among the poor; actually everyone. But if you’re poor and can’t cook, it’s a double hit.” For working class Londoners, who punch their timecard during the week but also work the highest number of weekend and night hours in the European Union, convenience is a critical aspect of food. With the surge in popularity and quality of ready meals in 2003 according to the BBC, working class Londoners shifted away from the
stove top and towards the microwave. Gorski says that cooking after a long shift at work - “for anyone” - is not always fun. “It’s a chore. I want to come home and relax, not mess around in the kitchen.” His go-to meals are noodle soup hot pots, reheated curries, microwavable pizzas and, if he’s “fed up with that” (pun intended, he laughs), he opts for frozen, breaded cod from Tesco or Sainsbury’s. “In a way, I’m aware that this [diet] is unhealthy, but I used to eat a lot more unhealthy food,” he says in defense of his high salt, sugar and carb meals. “Diet has plenty to do with well-being. I did start paying attention to it three years ago, and for what I can do I’m trying to eat as healthily as possible.” He says that his progression towards less unhealthy foods are part of his gradual shift to a healthier lifestyle, but that learning to cook still isn’t an option, even if it affects his longterm health. Gorski suffers from an autoimmune disease called psoriasis, which manifests as irritated skin and redness around his neck and scalp. He says the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but genetics seem to make people more vulnerable to the condition. As he explains the suspected origin of his psoriasis- the imperfect genes of his grandfather- Gorski admits that his condition is aggravated
or calmed depending on his diet. He points out that psoriasis didn’t exist in Japan until the 20th century, when the western diet began to influence Japanese eating habits. Indeed, psoriasis is more pervasive in a population of a developed country with the exception of Japan and Australia, which both have a high protein and fatty oil diet from eating fish. “Whatever the Japanese were eating before burgers - mostly rice and fish - might help me,” he admits. “There is a suggestion that if you stop eating certain foods that your psoriasis will disappear, but one of those [suggestions] says you shouldn’t eat things like chocolate and strawberries - all the nice things in life you are never allowed to touch.” Gorski’s inability to cook is one of the consequences of his working class status, and the working status of his family when he was growing up. While he remains relatively cushioned from severe poverty because he can afford to buy food, his inability to cook is his barrier to cooking and obtaining healthy food, and is truly what prevents him from achieving a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to the microwave, Gorski has no need to learn how to cook. Technology, like Baxter says, has separated the chef from the food and comes at the expense of healthful, quality ingredients.
2 April, 2013
A Seoul-ful summer: a student’s summer experience in South Korea by Nompi Majola Staff Writer
The diverse group of International Summer Campus participants was unexpected but splendid. I met students from different parts of Asia (Singapore, Japan, Philippines and China), the U.S. and Europe (En-
gland and Norway), some from the summer programme and others from the pre-college programme. Professors from various nations also gather every year just to teach at the programme and explore South Korea; of the three classes I took I had Korean, American and Swiss professors.
Every Friday there was an activity or day trip for both students and professors. The first week students attended a welcoming party that included a dance performance from our Korea University buddies (degree students that volunteer to be a buddy) and one of the university’s bands. The
Richmond student Nompi Majola (left), with a friend at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul. Photo by Nompi Majola
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Italy in your backyard Foubert’s Italian restaurant off of High Street Kensington by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
On Saturday, my partner-in-crime and fellow burrito enthusiast Jess Vaughan decided to take a break from our quest to find London’s best Mexican restaurant, and tried our luck at one of the umpteen Italian restaurants in the Kensington area. Our wandering led us to Foubert’s, a small Italian restaurant and café on the high street. Situated quaintly between Latinso Mexican Grill and local club and pub Archangel, Foubert’s is a mere seven-minute walk from Atlantic House. The restaurant’s appearance was nothing out of the ordinary – we were greeted by a standard Italian restaurant’s façade, the same look that graces pasta houses and spaghetti pads across the continent. The odd, colourful paintings on the walls echoed the verses of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Billy Joel; and the soft, dim lights made the place the scene of a cheesy romance flick. In short, Foubert’s did not look different from any other Italian restaurant we had visited. Regardless, I feel as though Foubert’s is still worth a review, and my justification is two-fold. Firstly, their courses were savoury and portioned
generously (think American-sized servings). Halfway through our casa pollo and carbonara, we were already as stuffed as a brand-new teddy bear. The satisfying dishes were coupled with calamari and Peroni, and topped off with a delightful tiramisu. The meals were also fairly-priced: with pizzas, pastas, and meat dishes ranging from £7 - £15, and a three-course that totalled £17.95. The second element of Foubert’s that makes it unique is its music. Instead of the usual Venetian, gondolan soundtrack that graces the airs of most Italian restaurants, Jess and I were treated to a diverse playlist that consisted of classical guitar instrumentals, Taylor Swift, and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The holiday carol was more than appropriate – our entire experience was like Christmas at the end of March… literally. Foubert’s is definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for a decently-priced, well-portioned Italian restaurant in Kensington’s own backyard. Cute, quaint, and convenient, it’s the perfect place for a romantic candlelit dinner or a late afternoon coffee. If there was ever a place to find Italy in our backyard, it’s at Foubert’s.
following weeks we went to Nanta theatre in Hongdae to watch a play; watched a Korean pop concert on campus which included b-boy dances, traditional and contemporary Korean music performances; drove to Lotte World Amusement Park in Songpa, a district south of the Han river; ventured north of Seoul to a military base where we learned a bit about weapons and divisions, and had lunch with the soldiers. The highlight of the trip was riding on a tank. During summer South Korea hosted the World Fair, in Yeosu along the southern coast. A number of us travelled five hours by train to go to the expo but the main reason for the ladies was to go and see their favourite idols performing at the expo. K-pop fans would understand what it means to have seen CN Blue and Super Junior live. An aquarium was also set up at the expo (after all, it was an expo focused on marine biology) and there were numerous pavilions representing various nations from every continent. At night there would be various light and water displays and performances. It was an exquisite experience and well worth the journey. Six weeks was definitely not enough. There were so many places to visit, too many dishes to try and so much more Hangul to learn. Hongdae was the place to be if you wanted to mingle with local and foreign students and hit up some of Seoul’s less expensive clubs. If you felt like doing some shopping around midnight
Dongdaemun was the famous spot for it. Itaewon was the tourist hub and Myeongdong one of the must-visit shopping districts. Namsan Tower, the highest spot in Seoul, was a great place to overlook the city, although it’s more of a couples’ look out. A fun group activity was a trip to the spa– a typical Korean past-time and very relaxing. For history lovers, Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace was the perfect place to spend a morning watching the guards change, touring the museum, exploring the palace where King Sejong lived and if one survived walking for a few hours and made it to the back, you’d get a glimpse of the Blue House, where the president lives. Korean meals are very filling. Almost every meal comes with a variety of side dishes making it difficult - almost impossible - to finish everything. Their meat dishes are especially delicious: bulgogi, shabu shabu and galbi to name a few. My favourite rice dish would have to be bokkeumbap – fried rice– consisting of kimchi and a variety of other vegetables and meat. And of course kimbap, which looks a lot like sushi but isn’t eaten with soy sauce, tastes different and is divine. Naengmyeon is a delicious, affordable, cold noodle dish perfect for their humid summers and some other notable tasty dishes are pajeon, bibimbap and galbi tang. Beware of the fact that Koreans like their food spicy! If you are a wine person, Korean rice wine (Makgeolli) is a satisfying way to ease a burning tongue.
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2 April, 2013
H&M campaign for ‘zero waste’ should be dumped by Magdalene Thomas Layout Editor
This week, I walked into H&M searching for a pair of cheap, wool socks for our never-ending winter. Next to the till was a cardboard bin and a brochure announcing H&M’s latest corporate social responsibility initiative: textile recycling. The initiative is a match for the mass-production retailer because it directly addresses H&M’s contribution to waste and landfills. Shoppers could even think it’s generous: for every bag of clothing of any brand they donate, they get a £5 voucher towards an upcoming H&M purchase of £30 or more. Initially, I was thrilled to see the collection box in H&M. I’ve supported similar causes before, and was proud to see a huge name championing the cause. Brochures near the tills and cardboard bins explain how it works: your donated clothes are either resold, repurposed, recycled or converted into energy to achieve zero waste. While I typically give all of my unwanted clothing to Oxfam, I thought that this scheme could be an alternative to which I’d be interested in donating. The back of the brochure provided two links for more information: one to H&M’s website restating the same information and another to a company called i:CO, who organizes textile recycling programs with major retailers around the world. i:CO is owned by the Soex Group, one of the world’s largest clothing recycling companies. i:CO is a part of Soex that focuses on attracting namebrands under the flag of corporate social responsibility. I:CO (and Soex) work like this: the clothes you donate are picked up via eco-friendly logistics and sorted at a central processing plant. Anything that is in salable condition is resold as second-hand goods. Things that
can’t be resold are converted into new products (like rugs and cleaning cloths), and other donations are broken down even further into fibres and used in manufacturing (like insulation used in the floors of vehicles). If what you donate is utterly unsal-
I love it when people tell me that they don’t care about politics! And by “love,” I mean, “absolutely despise with every last fiber of my heart!” Humans, as Aristotle put it, are “homos politicos,” or “political animals.” Everything in our world is political, from the food we eat to the exams we take to the Bon Jovi ballads stuck on repeat inside our heads. Anger at the political system– derived from the classic grumpy uncle stereotype that all politicians are conniving bastards – is one thing, but an assertion of pure and unabridged apathy towards anything political in nature is just complete folly. As a political science major, this claim is easy for me to make– since the day I arrived here, I was indoctrinated with the idea that government, economy and media are the things that make the world go round. In a sense, they truly are– politics affect everything we touch, feel, see, and do. It is for this reason that I find myself involved with the most accessible level of government– politics on the university level. People who say they don’t care about university politics must simply be lying– as students, we are directly affected by rules and regulations; from smoking and late sub-
their partner programs to give back. For as much as i:CO emphasizes their focus on the environment during collection from bins in local stores (they use pre-existing trucks and logistics routes and facilities to group things together), their major textile sorting and production facilities are located in Wolfen, Germany. While they claim eco-friendly transport within London, nowhere do they mention eco-friendly transport to their location in Germany. It should be noted that i:CO lists a location in England on their websitebut details of what type of facility, its size or what happens there aren’t provided. In fact, no information is given for most of their international locations: they could just be rented PO boxes. The exception is their processing plant in Los Angeles. I:Co and Soex are working for a noble cause: zero waste. The fashion industry has needed to confront the issue of wasted clothing, and i:CO helps to address that issue. However, Oxfam has been following the same practices as i:CO for longer, doing so locally and benefitting others worldwide. Your £5 bag of clothes is worth much more at Oxfam. Each item is resold at a range of prices depending on quality, brand name or trendiness, so your bag could be worth (conservatively) £20. Your donations are sorted at the shop, where about 40% of it is tagged and put up on the shelves. The other 60% is sent to Oxfam’s ‘Wastesaver’ sorting facility in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. From there, it is redistributed to other Oxfam locations (including special vintage shops) and festival stalls. Potentially high-ticket items are sent to Ealing to be reviewed by antiques experts before they’re sold for the appropriate price. Some clothing goes to overseas retailers, anything that cannot be resold is pulped to use as fill-
H&M’s partnership with i:CO and Soex is a noble cause, but ultimately for profit.
vageable, it is used to produce energy. Unfortunately, neither company provides much information on what happens to the clothing you donate beyond this. Their website doesn’t provide any details on how this energy is created (I would assume incineration), or where the goods they manufacture or the clothes they re-sell secondhand are sold, at what margin or for whose benefit.
The importance of university politics by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
We can rule out possible donations to charity. The only charity with which i:CO is affiliated is their own, CharityStar, which boasts an outdated website and extremely disappointing track record. And CharityStar doesn’t actually benefit from
mission policies to atypical assessment norms to attendance policies. The student and faculty voice co-existing with one another in perfect harmony– or so we aim for. There’s the always-changing academic system, and the pros and cons surrounding each option. You don’t need to witness me waxing poetic about the school’s government…if self-interest is our motivating factor, we should all be naturally involved in university politics! This document on the screen in front of you is in itself, inherently political. Dialogue forges discussion– discussion about what’s good, what’s bad, and how things can be changed. The Gazelle is destined to be one of the most– if not THE most– politically charged document you’ll ever find in your university email inbox. My hope is that you read it and take something away from it– decide how you feel and get involved in the discussions. As Academic Chair of our Student Government, I am at the crossroads of some of Richmond’s most important decisions. I am able to play a role in Richmond’s politics that no other extracurricular endeavours can provide. I am hoping to stay involved in university politics as I run for Student Government president. Ask not what Richmond can do for you; ask what you can do for Richmond.
i:CO’s profits- all of CharityStar’s money comes from donations of €0.02/kilo of collected goods from the retailers who have bins in store. It seems that i:CO, as figureheads for corporate social responsibility, have managed to keep themselves free from their own CSR. i:CO and Soex are running a profitable, multi-national business off of clothing donated by consumers and depend on
er for insulation (the proceeds from which Oxfam puts into their charity initiatives) and 5% is incinerated. But wait- isn’t this the same thing that i:CO and Soex do with their donations? Yes! And Oxfam has been doing it better, for longer, for the benefit of others. I:Co and Soex are doing it to work towards zero waste, but also to make a profit. Whether your donations are sold in your local Oxfam shop, abroad or as shredded insulation, all the money from them goes towards continuing Oxfam’s charity initiatives. The majority of their money goes to development and emergency response programs, with 5% going towards political lobbying, 7% used to sponsor larger fundraising initiatives and 9% goes to paying the salary of Oxfam’s employees and covering operating costs like transportation and rent. Oxfam has it’s critics. Some disagree with all non-profit or charity work because it relieves pressure on governments to act on behalf of their struggling population; some worry that Oxfam is playing a strategic game with their close ties to government. No, not every Oxfam project has succeeded. But no mega-charity can boast a 100% success rate; simply, there are too many chances to fail. Here’s the bottom line: If you just want a £5 voucher for your bag of clothes, donate to H&M. If you don’t need an incentive, don’t feel like spending £25 at H&M to redeem your voucher, or just want to help make a difference, donate to Oxfam. Your clothes will be sorted, divided and repurposed in virtually the same way. But Oxfam’s endgame is zero waste and charitable cause, while i:CO and Soex seek zero waste and profit. Don’t let H&M’s donation boxes fool you: the program is CSR disguised as goodness, for the profit of I:Co and Soex.
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2 April, 2013
The Tail End
Staff Feature: Nia Danner
Hmmm what to say? It’s hard to write about yourself, especially when it’s for something public like the school newspaper. However, since I am part of the staff, I’ll bite the bullet and follow Phil’s orders. First, the general stuff: I am a junior here at Richmond University. I transferred here last semester from a community college back at home with “home” being Easton, Pennsylvania. It’s not exactly West Philadelphia, but I was definitely born and raised there. I am a History major and have an International Relations minor. No, I don’t know what I want to do yet but I’m confident I’ll find something that fits. Since many of us were asked the same question of “why did you want to study in London,” when we decided to go to Richmond University, I’ll answer that as well….because I LOVE it! There, a simple answer, but let me elaborate. I came here first in 2008 with my high school and again in 2010- each time, falling more and more in love with the city and coun-
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try as a whole. To me, studying in London, or anywhere internationally, shows that you have independence and a drive to go outside the box. The decision was not easy as I’m sure it wasn’t for many, and living in one of the more expensive areas isn’t as well, but I’m getting by and trying to take full advantage of this opportunity. Here are some more side facts just in case that wasn’t enough. I’m very quirky and clumsy, so random music usually leads to random dancing. With that, I absolutely love music and films. My music tastes go from early 1900s all the way to today’s hip hop- basically, it’s really rare for me to ask someone to turn off the music….that would be just silly. My film tastes run parallel to my music tastes, very broad: old black and whites, musicals, action, drama, comedy, etc. However, and I will admit this, I have yet to see Star Wars, Star Trek, James Bond and any of the Indy films. I’m sorry if that was offensive to some, but I just have not gotten to them yet.
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Spotlight on: student poetry
Look within by Julia Schwenk
Editor-In-Chief Philip Tacason
Searching Searching inside To find something good I knew that memory that lived in me A perfectly good morsel of the past A brushstroke of bright, vivid color painted Across the dull, gray canvas Whenever I feel upset Hold on to this memory I feel the warmth swell up inside A piece of the past Only that I know I cherish And no one can take that away from me Flipping through the crusted, old pages To find a deep poem For a split second This is the only thing keeping me happy Look within Find there are many great memories that lives inside me Focus on that memory That particular memory Don’t let it go Keep it There is something good in everything bad Just look for the good parts Dreaming of that perfectly encapsulated past Holding on to something so small Everyone and everything has a perfectly good morsel from the past worth holding on to Just look within And it’s there Falling by Maria Badillo This is the first breath of air just when you think you’ve drowned. This is Beethoven’s Fifth after a lifetime without sound. This is crisp, clean water after a desert-filled eternity. This is rebirth without death, heaven after graveless purgatory.
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Below are some free, cultural events around London to keep you and your wallet happy.
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by Bahja Norwood Staff Writer
Let’s All Be Free Film Festival The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is a free film festival event celebrating the theme of ‘being free’ that will be taking place from 5 April to 7 April at the Brunei Gallery in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London near the Russell Square station. The festival includes short films, panel discussions, Q&A and it also will feature guest speakers such as Amnesty International’s International Advocacy Director, Steve Crawshaw. Register for this event at www.letsallbefree.com/film-festival Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan This free exhibition at Wellcome Collection lasts until June 30 and features more than 300 works of ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculptures and drawings from 46 artists. Each day at the end of the exhibition there will be a series of documentary films featuring some of the artists from the exhibition. Wit’s End: The Satirical Cartoons of Stephen Roth This is a free exhibition at the Wein-
er Library in Russell Square that features the work of creative Czech Jewish cartoonist Stephen Roth. The exhibition features several of Roth’s original works. He made political cartoons during the Second World War. Exhibition ends 22 May. The Alternative London Tour The walking tour takes place in east London where you will explore the history and culture of Brick-Lane, ‘Banglatown’ and Shoreditch and see street art. Make sure you have good shoes on because the tour is about an hour and a half to two hours long. The tour is free; however a tip to your tour guide would be greatly appreciated. To book the free walking tour visit www.alternativeldn.co.uk and make sure you select the walking tour because the other three Alternative London tours will cost you money. Murder in the Library Exhibition The British Library is hosting a free exhibition of its collection of crime fiction. The collection includes manuscripts, books, rare audio recordings, artworks and artifacts, and will feature famous writers such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Exhibition ends 12 May.
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