Pride in London: “Our struggle is (NOT) an advertising opportunity!”

In the Pride Parade in London, last Saturday, July 8th 2017, associations and advocacy groups for the LGBTQ+ community marched along the biggest corporations and any major brand in the UK.


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Protest against Donald Trump and his executive order on immigration

On February 4th, 2017, London’s Downing Street, where the official residence and office for the British Prime Minister Theresa May is, was the location chosen by human rights and political activists to end a protest that started at U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

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Año Nuevo Chino en Londres

El pasado domingo, 29 de enero de 2017, el barrio de Chinatown en Londres celebró el nuevo año según el calendario chino, el Año del Gallo. Me pasé por allí para compartir lo que sucedía desde la cuenta en Snapchat de Código Nuevo, y este es el resultado…

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Women’s March on London

Women and allies around the world marched today Saturday, January 21st 2017, for gender equality and human rights, on the awakening of the first day for Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States.

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TUBECON 2015: The idols of Finnish teenagers are now on YouTube

Tubecon, in Helsinki (Finland), is the biggest YouTube related event in Scandinavia. Read more about it and the success of YouTube in Finland in my article for the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme.

Kids don’t watch TV anymore; they watch YouTube instead. This statement is becoming common in many countries worldwide and Finland is not an exception: recent data show that 18% of Finns between 15 and 39 years of age watch YouTube every day.

The (Finnish) national YouTube community is in a continuous growth: 357 YouTube channels have more than 10,000 subscribers and 45 channels have got over 100,000 subscribers. Most of these channels are Finnish-speaking. Victor Potrel from YouTube HQ in London said that such a large community for a language of 5.5 million speakers is a unique phenomenon for the online video platform.

These channels represent a wide offer of diverse content. Video creators are developing a strong engagement with their audiences both through their videos and through social media profiles. “Is like meeting a friend”, Potrel said.

This strong engagement is what made Tubecon a reality: in 2013, some of the most successful Finnish YouTube creators were setting regular meet-ups with their fans, but when attendance to these informal gatherings was reaching 2,000 people, they realized that there is a need for a more structured event allowing a larger capacity. Tubecon was on the making.

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Maneki-Neko: els gats de la bona sort

El maneki-neko (招き猫), un petit gat d’origen japonès amb la pota alçada, ha guanyat popularitat en la cultura occidental durant els últims anys – tant te’l pots trobar a les prestatgeries d’un basar com protagonitzant els anuncis d’un refresc – però el seu veritable significat i origen és encara desconegut per a molts.

Existeixen diverses llegendes que expliquen l’origen dels maneki-neko. La més acceptada es remunta a l’època dels senyors feudals a Japó, en l’era Edo, a la fi del segle XVII. S’explica que un temple de Tòquio passava per greus dificultats econòmiques. El seu sacerdot, molt pobre, tenia una gata anomenada Tama.

Un dia, un senyor feudal de gran fortuna, Ii Naotaka, va ser sorprès per una tempesta mentre caçava prop del temple. Es va refugiar sota un gran arbre fins que la gata li va fer senyals perquè es refugiés dins el temple. Quan es va apropar, un raig va caure sobre l’arbre on inicialmente havia buscat aixopluc. Agraït, Ii Naotaka va finançar la reparació del temple i va ajudar econòmicament tant el sacerdot com la seva gata.

En morir Tama, la gata va rebre un enterrament amb tots els honors en el cementiri per a gats del temple budista de Gōtokuji, a la zona de Setagaya (Tòquio), que segueix en peus avui dia i va ser ampliat recentment.

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#ffbcn: La fábrica de las ‘start-up’ de Barcelona

El 17 de septiembre se celebró el acto final de fàbrica futur barcelona (#ffbcn), una iniciativa del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona y la Obra Social “La Caixa” que pone el punto de mira en el futuro, incentivando diez proyectos de futuro de diez jóvenes emprendedores en diez ámbitos distintos. Hablamos con Bibiana Ballbé, comisaria de #ffbcn, y con tres de los participantes en #ffbcn.

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