As soon as I say one word in my unpolished American accent, I can feel stranger’s eyes turn to look at me. Their glimpses have a glint of curiosity and within seconds they’ll disappear, going back to whatever they were doing before. As for what they are thinking, I’ll never know. I have spent the past four months working as an intern on my year abroad at the Independent and for the first time in my life, I’m an outsider— and as an American, this is one of the best things that could ever have happened to me. Over the last few months, I’ve imagined that when people hear my voice they are thinking something like: “why are you here?” or “what do you think of this whole Trump situation?” In reality, I’m sure most people just want me to get out of their way and couldn’t care less about my nationality. But now I've noticed that I'm much more self-conscious about being from the US than I was before. After all, … [Read more...] about I’m an American who has spent the last four months living in London – and I’ve realised that our nations couldn’t be more different
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THE dad of a murdered teenager has warned of a “killing epidemic” as homicides in London overtook New York. Barry Mizen, 66, whose 16-year-old son Jimmy was killed in Lee, South East London in 2008, urged politicians to give more support to the police. MOST READ IN UK NEWSEASTER MOANDAY UK set for 15cm of snow as freezing temperatures and torrential rain strike 'SHOULD I EAT IT?' The final words of rugby player left paralysed by eating slug as a dare TOT TRAGEDY Baby girl dies after suffering cardiac arrest at West Midlands Safari Park WAREHOUSE BLAZE Fire erupts near the Olympic Park as thick black smoke seen across London DUMPED BY POST Meghan ended marriage 'out of the blue' by moving out and POSTING rings back PAW-FECT PALS Boy bullied for different coloured eyes and cleft lip adopts identical cat There were 23 murders in London in March, with 21 in New York. A Met spokesman said: “London remains one of the safest cities in the world. We’re working hard … [Read more...] about Murdered teen Jimmy Mizen’s dad warns of ‘killing epidemic’ in London as violent deaths in the capital overtakes New York
From the outside, Manchester has the hallmarks of a booming city. A skyline dominated by cranes, and new developments and ground-breaking educational institutions on our doorstep. It is no surprise our city is often referred to as world-class. Yet the boom-town effect has failed to become a reality for disadvantaged schoolchildren across the region. ‘Huge gaps’ still exist between the poorest kids in northern cities and the poorest in London, a new government report has found. Manchester - and Greater Manchester - was highlighted as a place where youngsters are often held back by ‘a lack of confidence, uncertainty and low expectation’. And it’s not just a lack of aspiration. Schoolkids in Greater Manchester were the least likely in the country to leave school with good GCSEs in English and maths. Fewer than 55 percent of pupils gained A* to C in those subjects. The report, published by the Children’s Commissioner, found this was largely to do with … [Read more...] about Why do Manchester children do so much worse at school than those in London?
A woman who was struck by a pallet of bricks which fell from a building site in London has died, police have said said. Michaela Boor was hit by falling debris from a 100ft crane at a new housing development in Tower Hamlets on Tuesday morning, minutes after dropping her child off at school. The 29-year-old, whose birthday was on Wednesday, was attended to by passers by, while others caught the aftermath of the accident on video. Footage showed Ms Boor unconscious on the pavement surrounded by rubble. Read more 'Hero': French police officer who swapped himself for hostage dies Mother stabbed to death as husband and children killed in cliff fall Woman crushed after pallet of bricks falls from crane in London “I heard a loud bang so I came rushing over to see what had happened,” a witness, Alan Harris, told the East London Advertiser. “One woman was out cold underneath the bricks and another woman next to her was screaming hysterically for an … [Read more...] about Mother dies after being crushed by pallet of bricks from crane in London
THE finalists have been revealed in the new-look Aer Lingus business awards initiative, which has been renamed this year as the TakeOff Foundation Business Awards.The awards celebrate and reward companies which have contributed to the Northern Ireland economy and made significant progress in global export markets, and the impressive short-list was drawn up following deliberation by an 11-strong panel of judges. Among the nine contested categories, Fortress Diagnostics, Environmental Street Furniture and Brookvent vie for the title of Exporter of the Year, while Cyphra, FinTrU and UForm battle for the Fast Growth Business Award. Short-listed companies will be flown by Aer Lingus from George Best Belfast City Airport on Tuesday May 8 to a prestigious awards ceremony in at the IoD Headquarters on Pall Mall in London.Andrea Hunter, business development manager at Aer Lingus said: "The Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation is proud to support and celebrate outstanding businesses across Northern … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurial businesses flying high for Aer Lingus awards in London