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Francesca Baker is a freelance journalist interested in a lot of things. Nothing makes her happier than wandering the streets of a city listening to music. When visiting a new place she likes to look up, or below - no one sees those bits. Read more of her scribblings here or follow her on twitter

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1000 Londoners is a project of films and people–it’s like Humans of New York, but with videos, and all the speakers self-identify as “true Londoners.”  Anyone can be nominated and as such the interviewees reflect the colourful human landscape of London. This project is the brainchild of Mark Currie and Rachel Wang, the directors of Chocolate Films (a social enterprise film production formed in 2003).

‘The aim of the project is to get people in London talking, sharing their stories and understanding how everyone else lives.’ says Reece Lipman, one of the principal film makers. It was this diversity that triggered the concept of and commitment to the 1,000 Londoners project.


The City Becoming and Decaying Exhibit-Installation-at-Aratoi-Wellington New Zealand-Goethe Institut2

The city is more than a collection of houses and people, and stretches far beyond the streets or skyscrapers. Those lights glistening from streets, offices and building blur together to dazzle and bewitch us, and make the city more than the sum of its parts. A complex entity, the city is the subject of an exhibition of photography from the nineteen photographers of Berlin’s Ostkreuz Agency. “The City, Becoming & Decaying” is on display at the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in New Zealand, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut.


Firefighters Reserve Memorial-Christchurch-New Zealand-9:11-4Photo via Flickr by Scoro

“You see on that corner, that’s part of the World Trade Center.” As we were in Christchurch, New Zealand, it turned out that our helpful airport driver was referring to some steel in a field. Rather meaningful steel in a field, and a piece of art which represents not only one of the greatest atrocities of recent years, but also indicates the desire to remember and commemorate by people all around the world.

Unveiled during the opening ceremonies of the World Firefighter’s Games VII (dubbed the Memorial Games) in October 2002, The Firefighters Reserve commemorates the the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives when the towers collapsed, as well as the sacrifices of firefighters worldwide in service and duty.


Brooklyn Bowl London-Interior-O2-England

Even though it’s less than five years old, the Brooklyn Bowl has become something of an institution and it has now gone international. In January, the London outpost of the Bowl opened. According to owner Peter Shapiro, London was the first place the Bowl could go. ‘The only city close to New York is London. With culture, food, drinking, and nightlife, if you look at they’re kind of brother and sister.”