Yo Yo Noodle: Full of Ups and Downs

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Yo Yo Noodle first opened their Nottingham City Centre store in September 2010 and from there the franchise has expanded, with their recent store opening in Southampton City Centre.

As hinted in the name they specialise in noodles, with Asian and Oriental sauces. They also serve chips, rice, flat breads, samosas, spring rolls, frozen yoghurt, sushi, crispy crab and prawn claws (to name but a few).

An array of ready made dishes.
An array of ready made dishes.

When you arrive you are presented with different ready-made dishes: beef in black bean sauce, sweet and sour chicken, chicken curry and Shao Shao chicken. However, if those don’t take your fancy, you can create your own dish with over 4,000 variations. There is a simple three step method: first you choose between noodles or rice, then you choose the meat or vegetables and finally the sauce.

Yo Yo Noodle came to Southampton in March, and finally I managed to experience the vibrant looking restaurant. I was greeted by some lovely smiles and friendly faces, the customer service cannot be faulted in the slightest. Continue reading “Yo Yo Noodle: Full of Ups and Downs”

Petition to stop Kanye West Headlining Glastonbury reaches 100,000

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to prevent Kanye West from performing his headline slot at Glastonbury A petition was set up on change.org following the first headline announcement on 16th March. The original petition said: “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level … Continue reading Petition to stop Kanye West Headlining Glastonbury reaches 100,000

Tories propose cutting out sickness benefits to improve weight loss

The Tories have released their recent ‘stunt’ to axe the benefits of those claiming sick pay, with treatable conditions. They have specifically targeted those that have a drug or alcohol addiction, and people with obesity.

Ministers estimate that there are almost 100,000 people in the UK claiming sickness benefits on the grounds of addiction, including alcohol, drugs and obesity. These conditions have been referred to as treatable, meaning ministers and MPs believe that these people are not seeking help to get back to work.

David Cameron told the BBC: “It is not fair to ask hard-working taxpayers to fund the benefits of people who refuse to accept the support and treatment that could help them get back to a life of work.”

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Why are 16-20’s paid less than standard minimum wage?

We learnt this week that from October, the National Minimum Working wage will be raised by 20p, to £6.70.

To most people this is good news, but regular critics will point out that the British minimum wage lags far behind neighbouring Ireland and France, that it isn’t keeping up with inflation, or that it’s even further behind the living wage. But despite mentioning it, no column inches will be dedicated to the fact that 16-20 year olds are paid less.

This ‘tiered’ system was introduced with the NMW Act in 1998, on the basis that being less expensive for employers would leverage youth unemployment. This small part of the Act passed through Parliament and into action with little-to-no opposition, but now we face a problem: it didn’t work. Youth unemployment is at an all time high, and young people are considerably out of pocket, and undervalued by the current system.

Although we make up 6% of the population, 16-20 year olds are in a strange legal limbo. From the age of 16 you can live alone, have sex, marry, pay taxes, and join the Army. By 18 you can drink, gamble, and claim Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support. This is where, in theory, the state looks after you, helping you to find a job and get on your own two feet – but even at 18, you still face two years being denied a fair minimum wage.

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Mumford & Sons return after a 2 year hiatus with a new sound and Reading & Leeds headline spots

Earlier this year it was announced that British folk rock band, Mumford & Sons, would be headlining at Leeds & Reading, one of the most popular rock, alternative and indie festivals in the UK.

My first thought at hearing this was, really? Nothing against the four piece, they just seemed like an unlikely choice. The boys had been on a hiatus since September 2013 and have only recently come back on the scene with their new single ‘Believe’.

Previous Leeds & Reading head-liners include artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, The Strokes and Guns ‘N’ Roses. Arguably all much bigger names than this years headline act.

That’s not to say Mumford & Sons are unpopular, quite the contrary. The group have masses of followers both in the UK and the US, which is saying something as breaking the US as an English band is not the easiest of things to do to say the least.

But will they really work as a headline band for a festival which draws in over 160,000 people each year between the two sites? That remains to be seen.

The boys will kick off the festival on Friday 28th August in Reading and will then play the next day in Leeds. Their third album, Wilder Mind, is set to be released in May and the lead single ‘Believe’ has received a generally positive response, ranking 4th on Billboard’s ‘Hot Rock Songs’ list for 28th March.

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Alba in Inglaterra: Why do English people drink so much?

Spanish Erasmus student Alba Asenjo investigates English people’s love of alcohol.

During a recent journalism class, many different subjects were discussed, but there was one that particularly stuck in some classmates’ minds: the alcohol-related problems between English people.

As the teacher of the class approached each student, listening to their radio feature ideas, I heard various questions related to the subject: “Is what you just said about alcohol real?”, “does it affect women much more than men?”, “what exactly is cirrhosis?”

Talking with this same teacher, I told him that it surprised me that English people didn’t see alcohol as a problem. He replied to me that they did and “how could you say such a thing?” But although he tried to convince me, he couldn’t change what I have already seen. Continue reading “Alba in Inglaterra: Why do English people drink so much?”