Borderlines: Stop the Spread!

Borderlines: Stop the Spread!

Following the emergence of an allegedly more contagious strain of COVID-19, multiple nations have put the shutters down with the UK.

After a hard year of restrictions of varying degrees, in places all around the globe, it is time to revisit the ever changing history of the world’s borders and barriers!

This episode of the Globe Guides explores the theme of Borderlines!

From Historic walled cities such as Fez and Jerusalem, to divided capitals such as Berlin and Nicosia, this show uncovers the history behind these division and the reason why many of them remain to this day.

Megan McCormick visits the Great Wall of China while Ian Wright takes a trip to the DMZ in Korea. Justine Shapiro and Megan both learn about the history and future of the Berlin wall in Germany, while Zay Harding see one of the world’s most recently constructed walls, the West Bank barrier, and learns about the effect that its construction has caused.

Listen to our podcast here!

In London…

London has found itself locked down over the Christmas period, with trips to leave the capital to now be prohibited.

In the rest of the UK…

The UK has found itself in a spot of bother with its European neighbours this week after scientists claim to have discovered a strain of much more highly transmissible COVID-19.


Main image: Guardians – Downing Street, Phil Dolby, Flickr Creative Commons

Lights, Action, London!

Lights, Action, London!

Once again, London displayed its reputation as a city of intrigue and wonder as a cacophany of light beamed across the city.

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Over the course of a chilly weekend in January, throngs of visitors  flocked to wander the streets and join the hunt in and around the city’s central spots to seek out luminary gems.

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Luminous fish kites hovered above the popular shopping district of Regent Street, gigantic flowers resembling triffids swayed in the gardens of Leicester Square, and a series of mannequins formed by netted structures set in various poses; flying above or seated atop rooftops in St.James, near the Piccadilly Arcade.

lumiere5Elsewhere, blinking match stick men shifted rhythmically towards and away from the crowds, the sonic effects of Elephantastic and her baby elephant swinging in her trunk reverberated through the crowd whilst Westminster Abbey was intricately lit by light that integrated with its structure entitled called ” The Light of the Spirit.”

Lumiere was presented by Artichoke, the production company who brought London to standstill with The Sultan’s Elephant.

Thanks to Neda Dorudi for the images

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Where’s the Party At? NYE Most Expensive…

Where’s the Party At? NYE Most Expensive...

Where’s the most expensive spot in the world to celebrate the end of the year (and the beginning of a new one, of course)? Boxing Day sales may be rife, but they’re only in order for us to save money for a special NYE. If you’re in or heading to the UK to ring in the New Year, maybe you’d like to shop around using this interactive planner thanks to hotelsdirect.co.uk to work out which city fits your budget.

 

 

 

Feature image by On.My.Bigfoot, Flickr creative commons