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How to do South LONDON accent

How to do South LONDON accent

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Telling you how to do a South London accent. I tell you the different aspects of grammar and the sounds that make a South London accent. There are different kinds of South London accent, this one is a ‘street’ accent for a woman around my age. Learn how to do a ‘common’ or ‘street’ English accent with me 🙂

UK’s first official vinyl chart launched as sales rise

UK’s first official vinyl chart launched as sales rise

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The UK’s first weekly vinyl chart has been launched by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continue to soar.

Despite predictions that CDs – then MP3s and streaming – would render vinyl obsolete, sales reached an 18-year high in 2014, at 1.29 million.

Figures show sales of vinyl albums are set to grow by another 70% this year.

Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is 2015’s biggest-selling vinyl album so far.

The weekly vinyl albums and singles charts, published on the Official Charts Company website, are being introduced ahead of Record Store Day on 18 April.

The first official vinyl albums chart is topped by All Time Low’s Future Hearts – echoing the week’s UK album chart broadcast on BBC Radio 1 yesterday.

In the first official vinyl singles chart the number one spot was taken by Underworld vs Heller & Farley’s track Baby Wants to Ride.

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This year’s biggest-selling vinyl albums are by: (l-r) Noel Gallagher, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Public Service Broadcasting, The War on Drugs, Royal Blood, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys

The charts company said it was responding to “the huge surge of interest” that has seen vinyl sales climb from a low of 0.1% of the albums market in 2007 (205,000) to 1.5% in 2014 (1.29m).

“Yes, it’s still a small part of the business,” admitted chief executive Martin Talbot.

“But what makes this so unusual is that usually you see new formats arrive and grow in popularity, reach their peak and then they decline and kind of disappear.

“Here you’ve got something that has grown in popularity back in the 60s and 70s, declined in popularity through the 80s and 90s, got right the way down to the bottom and then started climbing back out again.”

The UK’s first Official Vinyl Charts – 13.04.15
Official Vinyl Albums Chart Official Vinyl Singles Chart
1. All Time Low – Future Hearts 1. Underworld vs Heller & Farley – Baby Wants to Ride
2. Drenge – Undertow 2. Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30a
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell 3. Swim Deep – To My Brother
4. Turbowolf – Two Hands 4. Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
5. Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy 5. Lulu – Shout
6. Coutney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think… 6. Everything Everything – Distant Past
7. Van Morrison – Duets – Re-working the Catalogue 7. David Bowie – Young Americans
8. East India Youth – Culture of Volume 8. Chic & Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There
9. Nadine Shah – Fast Food 9. Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
10. James Bay – Chaos and the Calm 10. Toseland – Hearts and Bones
Source: Official Charts Company

Mr Talbot put the appeal of vinyl down to a mixture of “nostalgia”, sound quality and wider availability.

“We’ve seen specialist music shops start to stock more vinyl, we’ve seen fashion retailers start to stock vinyl, and there are now mail order services where you can get vinyl much more easily than maybe 10 years ago,” he said.

So far this year Noel Gallagher has sold the most albums and singles on vinyl, but classic acts such as Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin are also among the year’s biggest vinyl albums.

Brit Award-winners Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys and The War on Drugs also feature in the top 10 of the year, while bestselling singles include David Bowie’s Young Americans and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit Uptown Funk.

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Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is 2015’s bestselling vinyl artist in the UK

Mr Talbot told the BBC the trend spans generations.

“This isn’t just about rock acts targeting men in their forties and fifties – I’ve got a 15-year-old daughter and her friends have all started to collect vinyl,” he said.

US rockers All Time Low topped the first vinyl album chart with their sixth album Future Hearts.

“What I love is that there are different worlds of vinyl fans,” said the band’s frontman Alex Gaskarth.

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More than 200 UK record shops are taking part in this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday

“There’s the audiophiles who swear by the sound of vinyl, the people who like owning it as a collectors’ piece, and then groups like our fans who buy a vinyl of our record simply so they can hang it on their wall.”

Underworld’s Karl Hyde said they were “honoured” to top the first vinyl singles chart with their charity record in honour of late DJ and house music legend Frankie Knuckles, describing it as “a fitting tribute”.

“Vinyl has always been a hugely important part of what we do as Underworld,” he added.

The new chart coincides with the build-up to Record Store Day, which is in its eighth year in the UK.

Biggest-selling vinyl albums of 2015 so far
1. Chasing Yesterday Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
2. Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin
3. AM Arctic Monkeys
4. Royal Blood Royal Blood
5. The Race for Space Public Service Broadcasting
6. Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan
7. The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
8. Lost in the Dream The War on Drugs
9. Happy People Peace
10. Four Symbols Led Zeppelin
Source: Official Charts Company 2015

Gennaro Castaldo, from industry body the BPI, said the new vinyl chart made “perfect sense”.

“The chart will not only help us to better understand which artists and type of music are driving this resurgence, but will also help guide a new generation of younger, but emotionally-engaged, fans as they contemplate the vinyl delights that await them.”

“Yes, it’s still a niche audience,” added Mr Talbot. “But to grow at the rate it is, there’s clearly something happening here.”

Breaking: Tylenol maker to pay $25 million for selling metal-contaminated children’s drugs

Breaking: Tylenol maker to pay $25 million for selling metal-contaminated children’s drugs

A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary agreed to plead guilty late Tuesday to federal criminal charges of selling liquid drugs for children contaminated with metals.

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It comes as no surprise that yet another drug company pleads  guilty today to  criminal charges, but we’re   a bit shocked they only have to pay  a mere $25 million for the irreversible  damage they have done.

The contaminated drugs (some listed below) were given to infants, kids and adults. From the Reuters piece just out:

There were far-reaching multiple recalls… involving hundreds of millions of bottles and packages of consumer brands such as Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Benadryl and other products due to faulty manufacturing. The recalls kept widely used products such as Children’s Tylenol off pharmacy shelves and seriously tarnished J&J’s once-sterling reputation.

A manufacturer of over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge that it sold products that contained metal particles.

Court documents unsealed Tuesday say McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, will acknowledge selling adulterated bottles of Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin. The company agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case.

Court documents say metal particles, including nickel, iron and chromium, were introduced during the manufacturing process. Prosecutors said McNeil failed to take immediate steps to fix the problem.

What is more amazing is how ineffective the FDA was in all of this.  From another article (Reuters)

  In addition to metal particles getting into liquid medicines, there were moldy odors and labeling problems. For example, the label for Sudafed allergy tablets incorrectly repeated the word “not” to say “do not not divide, crush, chew or dissolve the tablet.”

In the case involving metal particles, the troubles began in May 2009 when a consumer complained after noticing “black specks” in the bottom of a bottle of Infants’ Tylenol. The specks were found to be nickel and chromium particles.

So children and adults  were ingesting moldy products with nickel, chromium and iron?  I hardly think 25 million will pay the bill (where does the money even go?) How do we know these babies and kids (and adults) didn’t develop something serious as a result of  being unknowingly given metals and possible mold. How did mold  and metal even get into the products in the first place? If it’s hundreds of millions of bottles of drugs can we even track who was injured (or who might have died from a drug interaction (or should we say metal interaction) Do we even know the quantities of metal? I imagine a newborn ingesting a ton of nickel is not a good thing.

The articles also explain that Johnson & Johnson went down $900 million in sales and is no longer the trusted brand they once were (really? I never trusted them and always had bad allergic reactions to their baby shampoo which was anything but “natural”)  Perhaps the tides are finally turning and folks will finally learn that these drug and chemical companies cannot be trusted. If you buy your cleaning products, drugs that you feed your infants and children, shampoos and soaps to wash your child  from drug companies-  you’re not doing your due diligence. Check out organic products without the harmful chemicals (or free doses of metals added) and do yourself and your family a favor by dumping these harmful companies that obviously do not care about you or the health of your child and where money is the bottom line for them. At any cost.

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

A British teenager has been murdered abroad – why is David Cameron so quiet?

Cameron has intervened over the killing of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Thailand, but for Tyrell Matthews-Burton he does nothing. There is no consistency

“I want people to know Tyrell’s life was important and that his death was senseless, unnecessary and brutal.” Not my words, but those of Tyrell Matthews-Burton’s mother, Sharon Matthews. At present she is sat in a Greek court trying to piece together what action has been taken since her only son was stabbed to death on his 19th birthday in Malia last year. Two other young British men sit accused of this crime, and a further 14 other UK nationals are also connected to the incident or charged with offences.

Despite the overwhelming British interests in ensuring a fair trial and active investigation, our government continues to sit on the sidelines and this incident remains stubbornly outside the public eye.

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The Met is investigating the deaths of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand. Photograph: PA/PA

Those whose stories do capture the attention of news editors seem to have a very different experience. To great fanfare, this week the prime minister personally sent the Met to intervene in the investigation of the murder of two British citizens in Thailand. This disparity in attention and action in such cases should sit uneasily on our national conscience.

It is every parent’s nightmare for their child to go on holiday for the first time unsupervised and not return home. Tyrell and his friends were celebrating university places and birthdays. They did not know the young men now accused of his murder prior to that fateful evening, despite being falsely accused in the Greek press as gang members. Since Tyrell’s death, concerns about the nature of the investigation have grown. The Greek authorities returned the clothes Tyrell was wearing when he was killed to his mother via the post. Questioning of ministers has uncovered that one of the accused of affray with connection to the fight was convicted in London of carrying a knife just five days before Tyrell’s death, yet allowed by the judge to suspend his sentence to go on holiday. UK-based witnesses were initially told they would have to pay their own costs to travel to give evidence in Greece. Requests to ensure the safety and security of those doing so have been left unanswered, meaning several have refused to participate.

A memorandum exists between the police, Foreign Office and UK coroners that states where a British national is killed and a British national charged with this crime overseas, the case can be tried in the UK. To date, requests for this to happen have been dismissed without consideration.

Tyrell’s family and friends have been tireless in seeking assistance from our government to address these concerns. As Sharon’s MP, I took her to look David Cameron in the eye and ask for his personal help, only to be told that the government cannot intervene in the investigative processes of other countries if their input is not requested. Except, the cases of Madeleine McCann, and David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Thailand, highlight that the government is in fact willing to break its own rules when it sees fit. To ask why these cases receive such attention isn’t to suggest that they should not, but to call for consistency in the concern shown from our consulates and officials. The amount of coverage a trial is given by the mainstream media should not be our guide in whether our citizens are fairly treated.

Lawyers this week in Greece confirmed that little forensic evidence has been recovered to try to identify who in the frantic nightclub melee wielded the knife that killed Tyrell. When I asked Cameron on Wednesday why he had not asked the police to help but had demanded their involvement in the investigation of the Thailand murders, he made a point of justifying this by saying the matter involved two British citizens. Tyrell was a British citizen. It is still not too late for all of us to ask what happened to this young British man and how do we get justice for his British family as well, Cameron.

Aziz Ansari returns to London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 30th November 2104

Aziz Ansari returns to London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 30th November 2104

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SUN 30 Nov 2014
AZIZ ANSARI
+ Show Starts 21:45
Doors Open: 20:45
VENUE: Eventim Apollo
45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9DZ

All dates for Aziz Ansari

Following his packed-out show last year, American television star and acclaimed comedian Aziz Ansari returns to London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 30th November. Due to popular demand, Aziz Ansari has announced a second, late show on 30th November.

Having spent the year touring the states, including two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Aziz brings his unique take on modern life to London for a one off comedy event. Named Rolling Stones Magazine’s ‘Funniest Man under 30’, Aziz Ansari’s critically acclaimed stand up special Buried Alivedebuted late last year on Netflix, cementing his position as one of America’s brightest young comedians and earning its way into a number of best stand up lists, including The Onion and AV Club.

Ansari is best known for his starring role in Emmy and Golden Globe nominated sitcom Parks and Recreation, a critical favourite amongst both American and UK audiences which is about to enter its sixth season. With credits also stretching to film, having appeared in Funny People(Universal) and This is the End (20th Century Fox) opposite Seth Rogan and James Franco, Ansari’s star continues to grow, having also lent his voice to animated features such as Epic and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Radio Show – Uncle Drummer talks  Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Dr.Dre and Master P

Radio Show – Uncle Drummer talks Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Dr.Dre and Master P

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Uncle Drummer in this Webisode of Hott Topics Talking Issues and Topics in relation to Jay.Z, Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Dr.Dre and Master P in his Power Hour on www.LondonHottRadio.com –

Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

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Shaftesbury Avenue was closed while police investigated the fatal shooting

A man has died in hospital after he was shot at a private function inside a nightclub in London’s West End.

The shooting happened at the Avalon club in Shaftesbury Avenue at about 03:00 GMT.

The victim, believed to be 31, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe they know the identity of the man but await formal identification.

A man has been arrested and is being questioned at a south London police station.

The next of kin of the man thought to be the victim had been informed, the Metropolitan Police said.

Shaftesbury Avenue has been closed while police investigate.

The Avalon Soho describes itself as a cocktail lounge with live DJs every night.

Its website says it is “a revitalised venue that oozes creativity and class”, and which brings “a unique and stylish vibe to the heart of West End’s party scene”.

Source : BBC News

DJ Sin talks to DJ 279 about Choice FM London and more

DJ Sin talks to DJ 279 about Choice FM London and more

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DJ 279 from Choice FM talks to DJ Sin about his recent departure from the Radio station and his feelings about the future.

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