“heavy” police presence in anti ISIS protests through Angel

Hundreds of Kurdish protesters are marching through Central London challenging MPs and the west to “wake up”.

The protest, organised by the Kurdish Community Centre according to fellow activists, began at Trafalgar Square this afternoon. The activists were seen marching from Kings Cross station just after 7:00pm. Those involved then moved through the city onto Pentonville Road chanting “your silence is killing children. Your silence is killing women”.

Mehmet, a fellow protester who had brought his own megaphone, said “we are protesting against ISIS today to get the west’s attention. To let them know we won’t stand in silence. The Turks and the Kurds haven’t had the best relationship, but there are children and women being massacred. They need to act”.

Kurdish protesters uniting against western "silence"

There was heavy police presence on the move, with almost 10 police officers on the ground and two riot vans following the march.

Jamie, 24, was walking home from Kings Cross station when he saw the march. He said: “It looked large and loud but fairly peaceful.

“There seemed like there was a pretty heavy police presence for what looked like a peaceful protest. Im worried that the more police are turning up the more likely it’s going to escalate later on”.

Police presence continues to grow as the protest gathers strength. At 7:30pm a further 2 police cars were heard rushing to Angel station where the protest has reached.

More on this to follow…

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“heavy” police presence in anti ISIS protests through Angel

8 food blogs to follow for Fairtrade month

October marks the start of Fair Trade Month, and the food blogs are going crazy with anything made from something out of the rainforest. Here’s a selection of some of the best established food blogs and sites on the net and what they’re doing to celebrate!

 

1. A Couple Cooks

This writer + photographer couple have made a home for themselves on the net by posting great ideas and stunning images of whole food meals.

Why follow them? Not only is the photography irresistible, they’re having a prize giveaway this month with a load of ethical goodies. If you’re looking for recipes that look like junk-food but aren’t then this is for you. Their chocolate surprise truffles are vegan, raw, gluten and guilt-free.

2. Sprinklebakes

Unapologetic food porn. This site has cookie milkshakes, chocolates, cake, cookie pies and anything else that isn’t savoury.

Why follow them? Heather is one of many food bloggers invited by Befair.com to contribute recipes using ethically-sourced ingredients and tell a fair trade farmer’s story. Her first post tracks the life of coffee grower Basinga Maria and offers up some sinful-looking chocolate cakes.

3. Edible Perspective

Much like A Couple Cooks, Edible Perspective is all about food photography. The food is anything from gluten-free to vegetarian to pig-out snacks.

Why follow them? Ashley’s hot drinks recipes kick off a fair trade October that looks imminently edible.

4. This Week For Dinner

This self help food diary turned blog is perfect for tracking a weekly budget and making sure food is never wasted. It’s ideal for anyone on a budget and with little time on their hands.

Why follow them? Cage-free, fair trade, GMO free. These granola bars have more morals than you.

5. Organic Matters

Not so much a food blog as a lifestyle site, this page tells you everything you need to know about the organic and ethical food trades. The site posts anything from recipe ideas to the latest news on organic farming.

Why follow them? If you’re really into the food industry and have a passion for ethical trading, this site is for you. Their first post this month hits the nail on the head talking about why fair trade month is so important for farmers around the world.

6. Equal Exchange

Much like Organic Matters, Equal Exchange has all you need to prepare for October. Everything from fair trade recipes to info about the industry, the website delivers everything in a style that makes it accessible to foodies who might not know so much about ethical farming.

Why follow them? This post tells you everything you need to know to get involved this month.

7. Jelly Toast

No-nonsense home cooking and comfort food offered up in stunning images. That’s all you need to know about Jelly Toast. Every recipe in this blog is easy to recreate at home and, judging by the photos, are what you’ve been missing your whole life.

Why Follow them? This pumpkin spice mocha. No further explanation needed.

8. Fairtrade.org.uk

No post about the Fair Trade cause would be complete without a tip of the hat to the organisation that started it all. Their #Befair campaign has galvanised some of the biggest names in food blogging to raise awareness of what switching to fair trade produce can do for communities all over the world.

Why Follow them? It’s the flagship of the Fair Trade mission. This blog shows you how you can help, where to buy and opens up a dialogue between donators and the communities they’re helping.

8 food blogs to follow for Fairtrade month

Welcome to the blog!

Hello everyone! I’m a bit new to blogging as an adult with bills and looming unemployment so please bear with me.

I’m an Essex girl-turned honorary Northerner-turned London city-slicker. Having spent the last 3 years studying books at the University of Sheffield, I’m now living in London working towards my Interactive Journalism MA at City University.

Right now my biggest career aspirations include war correspondent, wine critic and being Dame Maggie Smith.

I want to use this blog to show all the aspects of my journalistic interests. I’ve always been passionate about food, so I will be blogging about tesco, foodie trends et al. However, this is a work in progress so you will see a lot of what I’m working on at university too. Expect to see anything from Stoke Newington gossip to trans-gender awareness to infographics.

If you have any thoughts on the subject or want me to find something out, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions. I’d love to hear from anyone else who shares my interest!

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