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GHOST SIGNS OF LONDON

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Since it’s freshers week and I happen to be a stupid fresher I went to the coolest of uncool events planned for us, which was a tour of some of the ghost ad signs around London. It was me and three other students, oh dear. Ignoring this fact I focused on the old ads, all hand painted on old brick walls hidden in alleyways and back streets, which I do actually like. So here is some stereotypical british sign porn: 1 Garage2. Postcards The teacher told us that in the 1800’s people sent as many postcards as we send texts today. INSANE! And you could send one, get a reply and respond once more at least, all within a day. See, school is teaching me stuff. 3. Coachwork 4. Little Crown Court 5. Garage 6 BP 7 Pring 8. Pring9. sign 10. Furniture 11. G Baily12. Gilette14. Gillette It was a total of two hours starting in Soho, up to Marylebone and all the way back to east London. Once we got to Farringdon though, I just had to rebel a bit and sneak out of the tour to instead meet up with Daniel for lunch. Got to stay disobeying right.   Linn  

KENYA

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westagePicture 049 My family at Westgate, Nairobi 2010   I have trouble writing this post as I’m hurting and will still never come close to describing or feeling the pain caused to the people of Kenya. The past week Al Qaeda has carried out a terrorist attack on the mall Westgate in Nairobi where at least 69 people has been murdered and over 200 injured. The victims have been beheaded, raped and disfigured, children stabbed with knives. As the mall was then demolished, it collapsed and trapped up to 200 more people in the rubble so they expect the number of dead to increase with another 130-160. This is a country I love, it’s my second home as my family still live there, and Westgate is a place me and my family visit frequently. I am so grateful that they were lucky enough not to be there and that they are safe. I am also horrified that it happened to these absolutely innocent people. NOBODY should have to experience anything like this. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.   Having said that, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that when it’s wealthy, white people dying, the whole world gets involved, but when street children and poor Africans get abused, molested and killed every single day in the same area, it’s accepted as a part of this system.   Linn

NYC // DAY 5

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För er som hellre läser på svenska. Wednesday in NYC and we got up to head up to the Meatpacking District. Just as we exited the subway the sky cracked open and we ran for protection to the sound of billions of raindrops against the city streets. Daniel i regnet At an appalling coffee shop we hid from the rain, trying to find a good and close lunch spot through Unlike City Guide. 1 Grey Dog It told us to go a couple hundred meters down to this place. 2 grey dog Old signs, warm, tons of sandwiches and fairy lights, plus they were playing Lykke Li and AlunaGeorge. Perfect. 4 the grey dog3 the grey dog So instead of strolling around NYC we just hung out, Daniel and me, talking shit and telling stories for a few hours until the rain stopped. 6. West Village Back outside we walked around through Chelsea, Meatpacking, West Village and Greenwich Village, photographing and chatting. The last two areas were were my favourites as there were lots of brick buildings and even more trees. 7. Soho oysters Eventually we ended up in Soho and at some Mexican bar we ordered some happy hour beers and one little oyster as I’m convinced I should like them. And every time, I’m proven wrong. 8 Oyster bar10. Oyster bar After all, I’m in love with rainy holiday days too as you don’t have to rush anything, just get a bit drunk and eat good stuff. Around six Nicolas met up for us and we headed back to Brooklyn. On the was we picked up some pizza and then packed up all of our stuff again, as it was time to take the overnight bus up to their hometown Toronto, in Canada! I was dead nervous and above all excited.     Linn