I recently read ‘Holding Up the Universe’ by Jennifer Niven, New York Times best-selling author of ‘All the Bright Places’. Holding Up the Universe was published in 2016, so I’m a little late to the party (2 years late), but once I picked it up and began to read, I didn’t stop until I’d finished the entire thing.
This page-turner transported me into the lives of two teens, Libby Strout, and Jack Masselin. After the death of Libby’s mum, she remained hidden away from the world, unknowingly eating her way into an early grave. Once America’s Fattest Teen, now three years later following counselling and rewarding weight loss, she returns to high school. Here is where she meets Jack. At first, it’s all part of a mean joke, but their relationship begins to develop into something bigger than the both of them.
The Christmas spirit of one Essex community was put to the test towards the end of 2018 after a hit and run driver left a Brightlingsea Church graveyard in pieces. The community rallied in support of All Saints Church, and as I report, so far, they’ve raised over £1,000.
It was in the mid-1990s when we saw the first signs of television becoming a staple in the British family home. On the 7th June 1946, BBC television re-opened after the war, and in July 1948, London hosted the 1948 Summer Olympics, which was the first ever Olympic tournament to be broadcast to home television in the UK. At this time, only a select few had working television sets from before the war. Few British homes would invite family, friends, and neighbours round to sit and watch the small screened box.
Following that was the biggest broadcast to date: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was broadcast on the 2nd June 1953. A royal moment that has lived on in Great Britain ever since as a national tradition.
By the summer of 1955, 95% of the UK could receive BBC television. Watch-anytime TV was born in the late 1950s, followed by video recording in the late 1970s, early 1980s, which then allowed people to record and watch their favourite shows at their convenience.
Satellite television was established in the 1990s and by Christmas Day 2007, the BBC had launched iPlayer, an internet service, which back then was for watching previously aired TV shows. Netflix then launched its movie and TV streaming service in the UK in January 2012, which many people didn’t realise would shape a lot of our viewing habits to date. Since then other streaming sites such as Amazon Prime have launched, advertising their own exclusive TV shows and films.
It’s January 1st and I’ve just watched ‘Voltage’ Rob Cross beat 16-time World Darts Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor 7-2. With Rob Cross hitting 73% of his doubles, finishing on 140 to win the Championship, the retiring 57-year-old Taylor didn’t have much hope of gaining top spot in his final appearance at Alexandra Palace.
Cross, 27, only turned professional at the start of 2017. Playing darts in his local pub, his Uncle recognised Cross’s skill in the sport. He was the one to drag Cross out of bed and try out for a qualifier, which he went on to win. A year later and Cross is £400,000 better off financially as well as the Darts Champion of the world.
Transport for London (TfL) has sparked a row by telling the popular taxi service Uber that the company’s licence to operate in London won’t be renewed when it expires next week.
TfL have expressed concern over Uber’s approach and conduct to a number of issues, which have “potential public safety and security implications,” but Uber says the decision is an attack on innovation and value for money.