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International women’s day protest

While doing MA Multi-Media Journalism I often felt like I was spending every waking moment looking for a story, often to no avail. Funny then, that one should come and find me on the very day of our MAMMJ reunion in London on Saturday, March 7. I was milling around near Picadilly Circus when I met a real-life protest head-on.

 

Million Women Rise protest, London, Sunday, March 8.

Million Women Rise protest, London, Saturday, March 7.

According to the Independent, an estimated 5000 women marched on central London to campaign against domestic violence. The protest, called Million Women Rise, was organised by women’s groups to mark International Women’s Day.

It was the first major protest I’ve witnessed and I’m afraid I did the news geek/ tourist thing of taking a short video. I’ll post it on here just as soon as I’ve figured out how to “use a codec to convert 3gp files from my mobile phone for PC”. Hmm.

Strangely enough, a year to the day ago, I went to film an International Women’s Day event at Bournemouth FC for a MAMMJ tv exercise. That event, much like this protest, failed to get a lot of attention in the mainstream media. Even the Independent article above puts the protest in the context of another story. I’m really curious to know why. Is domestic violence still a taboo in a liberal country like the UK  in the twenty-first century?

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Proof of the credit crunch…

The global economic catastrophe gets too much for the banking community

The global economic catastrophe gets too much for the banking community

Let me be clear with you, this is no photoshopped miracle. I took this from inside a Jubilee line train on Sunday, March 8.
There are a number of reasons why this picture is hard to believe.
Firstly, this sign is on the rail-side (as opposed to platform-side) of Canary Wharf station. Therefore someone must have risked life and limb between on-coming trains in order to get the shoe on there.
Secondly, the platform at Canary Wharf station is cordoned off from the tracks by sliding doors which only open when a train stops. So someone must have prised the doors open, and then risked life and limb between on-coming trains in order to get the shoe on there.
Either a daredevil stunt artist is having a laugh, or this is the final macabre  act of defiance by a member of the banking community made redundant as a result of the economic meltdown. Giving Canary Wharf “the boot” so to speak…

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