Loudly Magazine Issue No. 1: Out Now!

Hello, Loudly readers!

We’re pleased to announce that our first printed edition of Loudly is available across Kingston University’s campuses and select dormitories, starting today!

Be sure to pick up your free copy of the magazine and share it with your friends. Read through it and let us know what your favourite article is!

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South Western Railway Strike Set to Affect Christmas Travel

Do you have travel plans to see your friends and family the Saturday before Christmas? Well, get ready for a bit of a hassle.

South Western Railway has warned passengers of disruptions on 22 December across South London and North Surrey, including areas like Kingston, Weybridge, Esher and Thames Ditton, due to a union leaders strike against driver only trains, organised by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

This will be a 24 hour action, and union members were instructed not to book shifts on this specific day until 11:59pm.

According to British Transport Police data, there have been more than double the amount of alcohol-caused violent offences at Britain’s railway stations over the winter holiday period in the past two years.

This follows the case of a policeman, who was stabbed outside a railway station in East London on 23 November.

South Western Railway said it would do everything possible to provide the best service for passengers during the strike, and claims the industrial action is “totally unnecessary”.

Will you be travelling with South Western Railway on 22 December? If so, what do you think about this situation? Leave a comment down below to let us know what you think!

The Christmas Spirit Comes to Southbank

If you’re looking to really get your Christmas spirit on this holiday season, then make your way to the Underbelly’s Christmas Market in Southbank, London.

The Underbelly is known for throwing exciting and fun events that bring in thousands of people each year, such as their Summer Holiday festival that takes place in the same Southbank venue over the summer.

Those of you who are properly Christmas obsessed will truly love everything this market has to offer: mulled wine, handmade items, delicious warm food, and even a Christmas themed ferris wheel. The Underbelly’s Christmas Market is one of the funnest–and certainly one of the cosiest– within London.

The market runs until 6 January, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way over and indulge in the Christmas spirit.

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Kingston University Student Debuts Film on Amazon Prime

A Kingston University student celebrated the launch of his short film on Amazon Prime at the movie premiere held in Blakes Hotel, Kensington on 16 November.

The short film Vent explores the life of Rose and Parker, a couple forced to live inside their flat due to a widespread radiation leak which happened three years ago. Fed up with the mundane conditions they are living in, Rose decides to take matters in her own hands and go outside, despite her controlling boyfriend’s attempts to stop her.

Mayuren Naidoo, Vent’s director and producer, said his inspiration for the film was controlling domestic relationships.

“I wanted to show this relationship in a film with a different setting, the idea that there has been a radiation leak and therefore it is only safe to go outside using a gas mask,” Naidoo said. “It also resonates with the multitude of women in similar situations in real life, as the idea that one individual can control the other and deny them of their basic freedom.”

The protagonists of the movie, Rose and Parker, are played by Vala Norén and Harrison Osterfield. Nolen is the younger sister of Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who was in films like Prometheus and the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Osterfield is known for his role in George Clooney’s upcoming Hulu drama series Catch-22 and for assisting his drama school colleague, Tom Holland, on the set of The Avengers and Spider-Man films.

Naidoo is currently doing a Film Studies master at Kingston University. In addition to his studies and his independent projects, he also recently founded his own production company, Complete Field Films.

This is not Naidoo’s debut in directing, as he previously wrote and directed his first film in 2016, Midnight Sonder, which won the Best Produced Screenplay award at the Creation International Film Festival in Ottawa, Canada and the Bronze Award at the FAMEUS International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.

The 18-minute film can be watched in high definition here, and is available both for rent and purchase at £0.99.

Backlash and Resignation Over Brexit Deal

Opposition from MPs and the resignations of Dominic Raab and Esther McVey are putting pressure on Theresa May, as she’s fighting to defend the Brexit deal reached with the EU.

The Prime Minister faced opposition and backlash from a number of MPs during the Prime Minister’s Question session on Wednesday, 14 November, as many members from all political parties are sceptical or hostile to the 585-pages draft.

The resignation of Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, in protest of the deal arranged by the Prime Minister and the EU, further emphasised the instability of the UK current political environment.

Even pro-Brexit Cabinet members, such as Andrea Leadsom, argued there’s still room for improvement in terms of the deal.

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, who wrote Article 50 which was used to trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union, said it is wrong to think leaving would result in a richer country.

“It is working against the British Government now and the reason for that is because the British Government did not decide, when it started the process, where it wanted to end,” Kerr said. “The Prime Minister has managed to keep her cabinet by not declaring what is the final relation that we are going to have with EU in her views.”

With all the criticism Mrs May has been dealing with, many believe her position as PM is under threat, as MPs, such as Steve Baker, sent letters of no confidence in Theresa May to the 1922 Committee.

If 15% of the party’s MPs hand in letters, this could trigger a formal confidence vote against the Prime Minister and her post as leader of the Conservative party. Currently, only 25 letter announcements have been made public.

Theresa May is set to visit Brussels this week to finalise her Brexit plan with the EU leaders.

Was Corbyn’s Blue Remembrance Day Jacket Offensive?

The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, was criticised by a well-known blogger and journalist on Twitter for his choice of clothing at the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony.

The political party leader, who attended the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday together with other politicians and royals and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, wore a navy blue anorak instead of a traditional, black coat.

Sali Hughes, beauty columnist for The Guardian and The Pool, went on Twitter on the same day to express her disapproval of the coat, saying the choice to wear navy blue as opposed to black was a “arrogant, wilful, stupid disrespect” and that he had a duty, as a leader of a political party, to adhere to the dress code.

“Everyone wears black to remembrance unless in uniform. This is a basic fact known by everyone,” she added in a reply to another Tweet related to the issue. Hughes, a Labour supporter, argued that his choice of clothing was most likely intentional.

While some Twitter users had the same opinion as Hughes, many people commented on the journalist’s post to disagree with her view, saying that criticising Corbyn’s choice of attire is simply pointless and irrelevant.

Do you agree with Sali Hughes’ opinion or do you think the act of attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony is more important than the colour of a coat? Leave a comment down below and let us know what your views on this topic are!

 

The Top 3 Kingston Cafes You Should Know About

Winter is coming, and as the temperature drops, the desire to warm up with a cup of coffee grows stronger. With so many cafes around, it’s hard to figure out what cuppa is worth your cash.

Here at Loudly, we know the importance of a good cup of coffee (we’re definitely self-proclaimed experts with how much we drink it every day), so we’ve scouted Kingston to find the best cafes to get your daily dose of caffeine.

  1. Fortunella Café (pictured)

Opened four years ago by Goran Brnovic, this hidden gem located in the heart of Kingston is the place to start your day with a good brew, or relax after a long day at work. From the friendly staff that will greet you with a smile, the warm ambiance, table service and the delicious food and beverages, Fortunella is definitely a place you won’t want to miss! There’s a reason they won the Highly Commended for Best Marketing Campaign award at the Kingston Business Excellence Awards.

“I wanted to prove to myself that somebody not from this country is able to bring a solid business In Kingston and I wanted to leave my mark here, and this makes me very proud,” said Brnovic.

Don’t forget to try one of the freshly-made salads or, for those with a sweet tooth, indulge in a piece of cake that compliments your cup of coffee.

2. Wags and Tales

What’s better than sipping on a delicious coffee brew? Spending time with your dog, of course!

At Wags and Tales, you don’t have to worry about leaving your four-legged friend at home—they’re just as welcome as any human customer! With friendly and helpful staff, good food (with gluten free and vegan options as well), excellent coffee and a special menu for dogs, this is definitely the spot to choose for a good brew!

3. Pickled Pantry

Although the quirky name initially makes you think of gherkins, we can assure you there’s no pickles in the coffee! This dainty café minutes away from Surbiton train station offers not a varied menu, with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Besides their delicious coffee, they also offer a great, relaxing atmosphere where you’ll feel right at home!

“I think that what makes this cafe unique is that we support local businesses in Kingston and as a result, I think our local following, we’ve got quite loyal customers because we support the community,” said Laura Yearwood, owner of Pickled Pantry who took over the previous owners in July this year.

Have we missed your favourite Kingston-area cafe? Where do you think is the best place to unwind with a cuppa after classes? Let us know in the comments!