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Crowd-funded scholarship makes study in London easier

Students around the world are set to have their have their accommodation paid for through the world's first crowd-funded scholarship. Since university fees were raised…

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Seeing underground

  A new app has been developed to help blind and partially-sighted people to navigate the labyrinth-like layouts of London Underground stations. The system, called…

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Airbnb made legal

Renting your property out for short stays through Airbnb or Onefinestay has finally been made legal. London homeowners who have rented out their properties for…

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Crowd-funded scholarship makes study in London easier

Students around the world are set to have their have their accommodation paid for through the world’s first crowd-funded scholarship. Since university fees were raised following the last general election, some students have found the cost of attending a British university out of their reach. With UK fees set to remain high under a resurgent Conservative government, help is arriving in the form of the ‘Living the Dream’ scholarship from

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Elemental flora

To the tune of I am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General   There’s campanula, camellia, antirrhinum and spartium And hydrangea and oxalis and the jolly rhododendron And euonymus, euphorbia, eupatorium, geranium And poppy, amaryllis and rudbeckia and trillium Heliotropium, helipterum, linum, limonium And capsicum and onopordum, orchid and origanum Peach, polypodium, polemonium, platycerium And tarragon, trifolium, teucrium and taxodium There’s aconitum, solanum, silybum and viburnum And symphytum, papaver,

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St Stephen’s Festival

The hugely popular Saint Stephen’s Festival of Arts & Faith returns to the Gloucester Road church bigger than ever, from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th June. This year’s festival features exclusive events from leading names in the fields of art, theatre and classical music, including Edward Fox, Philip Franks and Nicky Spence. Alongside the annual lunchtime concert series by students from the Royal College of Music, a week-long major art

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Aural Pleasure

I have had my ‘invisible’ Lyric hearing implants, from Pindrop Hearing, for nearly four months. One of the major differences this hearing system has made to my life is with my relationships with friends, family and work colleagues. My conversations are no longer peppered with ‘what’, ‘excuse me’, ‘eh’ and other ways to simply say: I did not hear you, could you please repeat that. I would find it very

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Seeing underground

  A new app has been developed to help blind and partially-sighted people to navigate the labyrinth-like layouts of London Underground stations. The system, called the ‘Wayfindr’, is being trialled in Pimlico Tube station and works through the transmission of Bluetooth signals. The system is the product of Ustwo, a studio which specialises in digital services and products. It can be utilised with a smartphone app that responds to Bluetooth

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Airbnb made legal

Renting your property out for short stays through Airbnb or Onefinestay has finally been made legal. London homeowners who have rented out their properties for short stays have been, up until last month, breaking the law. It was illegal to rent out your property for less than 90 consecutive nights putting many people off the concept for fear of getting caught. A new bill has formally legitimised the short term

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Superbug threat

Europe, including Britain, could face over a million deaths by 2025 unless more is spent on developing new cures, rapid diagnostics and preventative measures to combat the spread of drug resistant diseases, scientists warn. In Britain alone, 10,000 people die a year and experts fear this number will double or even triple within 10 years. Experts at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) have warned that

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Gorsky by Vesna Goldworthy

  Gorsky By Vesna Goldsworthy Published by Chatto & Windus RRP £12.99 ISBN 978-1784740092   It is difficult not to be drawn in by a novel so clearly inspired by a certain F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, and there is undeniably a large amount of Gatsby in Gorsky. Many would argue that reimagining one of the best-known, and indeed best-loved, novels of the twentieth century was always going to be a

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