London at night
Whether you go through London university clearing or the normal application process, choosing to live and study in the capital of the UK is a decision that you will certainly not regret. There are endless reasons why spending at least a couple of years in what is surely one of the most exciting cities in the world is a good idea, but here are a few which we think are particularly important:
1) Diversity – wherever you come from and wherever life will take you afterwards, the incredible diversity of London will ensure that you never feel far from home. With more than 300 languages spoken throughout the capital, the city is an exciting hotbed of different cultures, practices and beliefs which collide with each other in the best way possible!
2) Entertainment – however unique your tastes may be, they will be catered for in London. If you are a fan of niche music, theatre or film, for instance, you may have felt a little isolated when it came to your hobbies in the past but, whatever you’re into, you are bound to come across many people and events in the Big Smoke which share and indulge your passion.
3) History – Londoners appreciate that, regardless of whether you’re studying for an accountancy degree or anything else, visitors will be fascinated by and want to learn more about the area’s rich and ancient history. From the Tower of London to Shakespeare’s Globe, St. Paul’s Cathedral and endless other, less well-known sites, the chance to discover the heritage this fabulous capital enjoys really is all around you.
For spa seekers there’s nothing better than booking up into a luxury retreat; to feel the natural soothe of heated stones, the sweet aroma scented candles and relaxing music courtesy of a pod of whales. While it might be relaxing for some people, others think that kind of therapy just isn’t enough. All over the world, people are coming up with weird and wonderful methods to help say goodbye to stress; here’s some of my favourites.
One of the latest therapy crazes is the carp pedicure. Apparently originally practiced in Turkey, people submerge their feet into a tank full of miniature carp to nibble away the dead skin deposits that have built up on your soles. As your feet become smoother, it’s believed to have the same effect on your mind and eventual outlook on life. The treatment is also now widely available to those on a spa break in the UK.
Another is the cactus massage, a favourite from therapists inMexico. This seems like an absolutely crazy idea but it’s completely pain free. The needles are removed from the leaves which are then heated in warm water, when warm they are split in half and pressed onto the patient’s skin. Cacti have soothing properties and are a close relative to the Aloe Vera plant. The juice squeezed from the leaves soaks into the skin, hydrating, detoxifying and helping to heal your skin from sunburn. Despite the positive reviews, I doubt it’s a method many will be trying at home.
Finally we have the 24-carat gold facial. Similarly seen as an act of evil by ‘Oddjob’ in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’, the people of Santa Fe can pay up to $475 for someone to cover their face with a paste containing bits of gold. Other than making you look like a BAFTA, the treatment is reported to lift, tighten and lighten the colour of your skin. It’s also rumoured to decrease the effects of collagen depletion, which can lead to sagginess and age spots.
It seems to be a well known fact that children have much more of a tuned Psychic ability than adults. Over the years there have been many documents coming to light where children have come out of surgery or had a near death experience and they have drawn angels and discussed conversations they had on ‘the other side’. Many will put this down to dreaming but it becomes hard to find reason when a child sees or talks to spirits in their own home.
One of the most plausible reasons children, even as young as two, can see or hear dead people where adults can’t is that they live with no filters. They live in the moment and have no preconceived notions of how things should be. If they see or hear something, why would they question it?
As we grow up we become more aware of physical objects and tend to question anything that may be considered spiritual. If we were to retrain ourselves to be more like children with their free spirited mind we would open ourselves up to what they see in their world. The benefit for us, as adults, to be able to do this is that we could then actually learn to do Psychic Readings.
Having the ability to do Psychic Readings can help you and others immensely. You may however find yourself struggling to open your senses, if you do, you are not alone, but if you have any children with these abilities then it could be an idea to train them correctly so they learn how to use their ability as best they can.
An unusual situation has arrived for students, staff and visitors alike at Blackburn College. Whilst vital building works are being carried out for the construction of a new Beacon Centre at the college every single person who wants to enter and leave the college is forced to walk on Memorial Headstones.
Hundreds of people from the college are walking across half a dozen memorials, which date back to the 1700’s, everyday and as you would expect the feelings about this are mixed. Whilst some people cannot see what the problem may be, as long as people show the respect the memorials deserve, others can’t believe the college have not have offered or made another available pathway, albeit temporary, to the college.
Being diverted through the graveyard is one thing people say, but to then be expected to walk over UK Headstones is quite another. Some have even gone so far as to say it is like ‘desecrating the dead’. Others have said that they ‘find it so distressing to see the gravestones being used in this way.’
Traditional cemeteries see gravestones upright at the head of the grave and if this were the case with these then there would be no one walking on the gravestones. As it is, these gravestones already make up a path in the graveyard and spokes people for the church and college have stressed that this is a temporary measure and there are other routes that are alternative if people have a strong issue with this.
It’s a very sad fact that vandals are a part of our everyday life. We see vandalism on streets, in parks, to buildings, on cars and often worse. It is something that we have become accustomed too. Broken windows, graffitied walls, smashed bollards and trampled flower beds are increasingly becoming the norm as we stroll through our towns.
Whilst vandalism is a lowly activity, often performed by people through boredom or peer pressure there are some vandals that seemingly have no bounds at all and one of the most devastating actions of vandalisms can be on Headstones. Desecrating cemeteries is an utterly disturbing event for any family who has a loved one buried there. To find upon arrival, flowers strewn across the path, the Gravestones covered in graffiti or even kicked over brings enormous upset and stress to the family.
Whilst this behaviour is not new, it does seem to be on the increase nationwide, which is why many cemeteries are now turning to what they can only describe as a bid to stop anti-social problems. By installing CCTV cameras, councils are hoping that they will deter these vandals who are largely thought to be teenagers. If these cameras don’t act as a deterrent then hopefully they will identify the faces of the vandals in the act and the police can make investigations to find these people.
Installing CCTV cameras is an expense to councils and is a sad sign of our times but in any case, this aim is to decrease, if not abolish vandalism in cemeteries, and for that reason I think we should all be agreed it is a good move.