It is said that people are becoming more and more individual. They care mostly about their work and their holidays, not so much about the place they live. Other people are being used for personal goals and in this time the important thing is the capital people have and how to increase it. But society sometimes forgets that there is also social capital, which can be increased as well.
Some people might not be familiar with the term, for those the simplest explanation could be that social capital is networks in a community which allows the whole community to function more productively and effectively. It is coming to various sociologists’ attention that while people are getting wealthier and more educated, the ties in and between communities are weakening.
This especially is felt when it comes to voluntary and community organizations. People are happier with giving money for charity than actually doing something that would take their time away. Neighbors are becoming strangers and neighborhood events are becoming a rarity.
There are three types of social capital, which are:
Bonds (ties between family members and relatives);Bridges (friends, colleagues, associates);Linkages (links with other people that don’t go into bonds or bridges).
Every once in a while most people travel to some other country or meet someone with another culture. This happens while going to study abroad, moving to another country or it can happen while simply making a change of cities in the same country.
Culture shock occurs when a person is faced with cultural differences, different daily life than they are used to and this causes discomfort. It even has world-wide known symptoms such as sadness, insomnia, lack of confidence and identity understanding, feeling left out and not fitting in. To wrap up in a few words the person feels homesick instead of trying to fit in to the new city life and culture.
There are a few stages of cultural shock which are:
Honeymoon – the person is fascinated with everything that is new to him/her;Crisis – homesick and feeling that you don’t belong, other people’s customs seem strange;Accepting – getting used to the customs, language;Resolution – the person feels like home in the new place.
Of course, it depends on a person – if he/she is more open-minded then adjusting to the new daily life will be easier and the person might not even miss home. But these people are quite rare, so for most people it is best to prepare for the culture shock in order to deal with it better.
It’s not always an easy decision to choose the way of travelling in London. Multiple means of getting around the city exist such as famous red buses, underground lines or amazing black cabs. We shouldn’t forget walking and cycling routes and more exciting ones – Emirates air line cable cars or travelling on the river. So which of these options should one choose for the best possible experience?
You may be surprised, but many of the main tourist attractions like Big Ben, the London Eye, the National Gallery, Leicester Square or Trafalgar Square are within walking distance. So all you need for a memorable day of exploring the places London is famous for is a pair of comfortable shoes and some free time. What is more, you may find some amazing sights to admire that are less known as well, so don’t forget to bring a camera with you – London is even more beautiful if you explore it narrowly. If you get lost don’t be afraid to ask for directions – not all stereotypes about Londoners being sad, antisocial and angry are true!
When longer distances between the objects you want to see exist, but you prefer to stick to ecological ways of travel, Barclays Cycle Hire bicycle sharing system is probably the best choice to consider. A big plus is that the sharing scheme is available all year long. You will be able to reach pretty much any place in Central London because of more than 10 000 bikes and over 700 bike docking stations across London and pricing starts at only £2 for a 24 hour access of unlimited journeys of less than 30 minutes (just dock a bike at any of the docking stations and hire again if you want to avoid being charged extra). Biking infrastructure has improved greatly over the recent years in London, so you shouldn’t be disappointed after choosing a bike to explore the city.
It’s not always possible to explore the city on foot or using a bicycle. You’ll definitely have to choose other means of traveling if you plan to visit many tourist attractions in different parts of the city. What to choose then – bus or the tube?..."
Learning is the prime source of equal rights and opportunities. People living in the western world sometimes see it as something they’re used to every day, but there are people all over the world who are risking their lives to get the basic education.
Study system is important because it provides the future citizens who will be able to participate in social governance. A good education system provides a mindset that enables people to understand how society and government works. Better understanding about the world means that the government can openly discuss its decisions with its people while not being afraid of misunderstandings. Deeper understanding of the society helps people to find their rightful place in the world because through education system people can explore their potential and develop it.
Formal learning should be directed so that each and every person after graduating would have higher earning capabilities and wouldn’t waste their potential. Sadly, not everywhere the education is providing that. This is the reason why there are so many jokes spreading like “I finally found a use for my diploma – a coaster”. Some cities seem to be forgetting, that learning system is probably the main thing that the future generations and how the world looks like depend on.
"These days everybody is concentrating on everything that is smart: smart people, smart goals, smart phones and… smart cities. But while the smart phone can provide you with valuable apps and help you out in everyday life, how can a smart city improve your life?
It is expected that in less than 2 years there will be metropolitan areas inhabiting more than 10 million people. In 2050 the population will have grown up to 9 billion people. What does that mean for the world? It means we need more resources, while trying to maintain the same quality of life. Cities cannot physically achieve this without saving resources and optimizing what they have.
That means that cities have to become smarter about their expansions and usage of already existing buildings. Their physical growth is no longer as important as their ability to have sustainable growth."
"Some countries have more parks and others less. Every day people pass planted trees, parks, public gardens. Usually the countries which are rich with green spaces forget how important parks and green spaces really are.
People are attracted to parks as they give an opportunity to be social, it is a great place to spend the afternoon. While spending time at the playground children can get communication skills that they will need later in life. It is also scientifically proven that if there are proper spaces where youth can spend time, it lowers youth delinquency rate. If the green spaces are not well kept it actually attracts youth for vandalism.
If classes are held in fresh air, it lets students and teachers to interact in an unofficial environment. It helps to ease their communication and often return the will to study for students. Parks encourage people not to close themselves and not to lose their social skills.
Some of them may seem hard to believe, but all are real life activities that people are getting paid for in London. Check out our list of 6 strangest jobs in London!
Wolf Boy at The Circus of Horrors. The show was formed in the summer of 1995 and attracted considerable global success since then. They even performed during the 5th season of Britain’s Got Talent (2011) and reached semi-final there. You may not believe this, but an actual advert was placed in one of the UK’s job listing websites looking for a wolf boy (or girl) to perform in their show. How crazy is that?
Food Technologist…for pet food. Yeah, that’s as real as blue sky or green grass in the summer! Marks and Spencer hired a person to taste their luxury range pet food for a living. The responsibilities for a pet food technologist include checking it for texture, banned ingredients and flavour. Well, looks like these days we can be sure our pets eat something we could too!"
It’s a fact – modern society tends to form certain stereotypes about specific countries, races, individuals or simply follow the ones already created (often for no real reason). No surprise that even cities or specific areas there have some kind of image formed nowadays. Let’s find out what Londoners think about four regions of the city they live in. Find more at: http://placeilive.co.uk/london-one-but-extremely-different/
About 40% of the world’s population ride bicycles. Part of those are bike maniacs, who do it all the year and cycle to work, shop and even spend their freetime by discovering new cycling routes. Big chunk of cyclists use bikes only on specific seasons and only for particular trips. The fact that amazes the most is that more than half of the population never rode a bike. Advantages and disadvantages of cycling in London are analysed here.
Something a bit different from our usual posts – “Highest and lowest in London” or everything from temperature extremes to house prices in different boroughs of London.
Points above sea level. We start with the highest point in London. It’s Westerham Heights located in the London borough of Bromley. Although Westerham Heights is the highest point above sea level in London, it is only the 1154th tallest peak in England with the height of 804 ft (245 metres). On the other hand, the lowest point in London is the Walworth Road in the London borough of Southwark.
Temperature. Highest temperature ever recorded in London was 100.6 °F (38.1 °C) in the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. It happened at the height of intense heat wave and made August 10, 2003 London’s hottest day so far. Temperature at the Greenwich Observatory the same day was 99.5 °F (37.5 °C). The lowest temperature in London was recorded in 1709 and reached -70°F (-21 °C). Brrr, freezing!
Big cities have this sort of charm that people who are active want to be there. They have this charisma that attracts people like flies to the lamp. There are many benefits of living in a big city, there are disadvantages as well, but are they worth it?
Big city life is exciting, it’s fun and fast-paced. People come to the capitals and metropolitan cities because they offer something small cities can’t – freedom. People there are the only leaders of their own life, nobody is watching them and nobody is judging them. It is because big cities have such large diversity, that they accept different people with their different habits and customs and don’t even take notice of it. You can actually feel it if you have a look at some restaurants or hear the languages people are speaking – Chinese, German, Italian and many many others.
Metropolis offer choices which you couldn’t have in smaller towns or country. There is a variety of job offers and of course a variety of how to spend your free time – different parks, leisure activities and ways of entertainment.
But there is a dark side of living in a big city as well. The freedom that you get can make you feel quite lonely, because nobody even notices you exist. This may lead to depression as most people work from morning to night and have little time to socialize. People tend to become more selfish and sceptic in these cities as they get a sense that they are not individuals but just a mass. It is a place with a lot of people and therefore it is easy to lose a sense of your own identity.
Over 60 000 streets or roads exist within the 6 mile radius of Charing Cross, so it’s an obvious thing you may see names that sound interesting at least. In this article we pick out some of our favourite street names in London that are odd, funny or even rude.
Batman Close. Who doesn’t like the Batman? He is definitely one of the most popular and best known superheroes after all. So it would be a shame if such cosmopolitan city would not have a related road. Those wondering where this road is situated may be surprised when they find out it’s right behind famous Queens Park Rangers’ football ground in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. But seriously, what about Batman’s sidekick Robin? We are still looking for a street named after him.
Pudding Lane. Situated in the City of London, this location is famous because of the Great Fire that started there in 1666. There are plenty of streets named after food in London (such as Nutmeg Lane, Pie Corner or Honeypot Lane) and we can understand that – you may run out of ideas naming thousands of different streets. We had to single this one out as a tribute to one of the favourite desserts of our team though!"
We are always searching for something unique to see, explore or taste. That’s who we are – we need that to be able to live our lives to the fullest. In this article, we discuss 6 strange, yet awesome places which everyone should visit when they are in London.
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Definitely the most unique way to reach the Isle of Dogs from Greenwich. It’s a 1 215 feet long tunnel with around 200 000 white tiles that runs about 50 feet under the River Thames. Sounds cool enough, doesn’t it? The tunnel opened in 1902 as a part of an infrastructure project to help workers living in south London to get to work at the docks on the other side of the River Thames.
It’s a popular spot nowadays by many tourists who do a deeper research of objects worth visiting in London and it’s no wonder why. Look for a circular entrance buildings to access this amazing underground passageway – route is open 24/7!"
"Considering the fact that London is one of the biggest and most multicultural cities in the world, it’s understandable it has a relatively high crime rate. You may be amazed that some boroughs with much lower crime rate than the UK average exist there though. PlaceILivepresents you with the 5 safest areas of London!
Bexley. This outer London borough which was practically unoccupied prior to the 19th century is one of two safest boroughs to live in London according to the numbers for the last year announced by the Metropolitan Police Service. This area shares the lowest total recorded offences rate – 50.4 crimes per 1000 citizens with another borough of London – Harrow. Violence against the person, robbery and burglary rates in this area were only 11.8, 1.1 and 7.6 crimes per 1000 citizens (respectively 2nd, 3rd and 3rd lowest in whole London) in 2013-2014. What is more, rate of all recorded offences in Bexley is constantly decreasing since 2005-2006 and has decreased by almost 80% (from 90 crimes per 1000 citizens) since that time! No wonder it’s becoming more and more attractive place to live in not only because of its location (borough is lying within the Thames Gateway and has over 1500 acres of open space and green parkland).
"Different cultures have an effect not only on various people’s characters, habits or life rhythms. Different cultures can impact various home interior decisions that are adjusted to each country’s citizens’ lifestyle. So what would be the difference between Scandinavian, Dutch and Italian interior design?
Scandinavia is famous for its cold climate. But people have learned to use this while designing their homes. You can really feel it in their created interior: Scandinavians get their ideas from nature – the usual tones are light and they especially love using white as it reflects more sunlight. The used colours (white, light grey and blue) are important because they accentuate the sunlight and that is very important in a place where the days are so short..."
Wake up! It’s summer! So open your wardrobe, grab that dusty pair of running shoes and hit the road – it’s about time… We are even ready to help you decide with some of the most beautiful running routes in London! And make sure to keep an eye on running tips for beginners provided below too… Read it here: http://placeilive.co.uk/look-around-its-time-to-go-out-for-a-run/
London recently became the most visited city in the world and there must be some reasons behind it. It is extremely dynamic – one of the world’s economic centers and at the same time – a popular holiday destination.
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