London Flâneur

My name is Arya, I live in London & I love travel, coffee, & the cityscape.

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Me & a Galaxy S5

I think I deserve to win the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Virgin Media because for the first time, my loyalty to iOS has begun to waver. I’ve been an iPhone user from day one, in fact, it still is the only smartphone I’ve ever owned. Some flirted with Blackberry when it was the default, smart choice for on-the-go email and private messaging, while others moved to Android early on out of principle - it’s a more open ecosystem and there are plenty of hardware options to choose from.

I’m still using my iPhone4 and not because I haven’t been able to upgrade - but because with every iteration, I’ve thought to myself ‘Is this life-changing?’ and the answer has been ‘No, wait for the next one’. Sure, things are more sluggish than they used to be and I find myself getting a little hot under the collar when something takes seconds longer than in my mind it should. Credit to Samsung, they put their full weight behind catching up with Apple and now I feel like they have them on the run. You only need to take a cursory glance at some of the documents/emails disclosed in the latest Apple-Samsung court battle to glean as much.

Why do I deserve the S5? I’m tired of waiting ‘for the next one’ and want to be excited again when I wake up to my phone (it’s my alarm clock - is that sad?) and look at it over 160 times a day. It’s now at the cutting edge, where I’d like to be. 

Write a blog post for your chance to win here.

Already a week has blown by since this year’s London Coffee Festival. I remember attending the very first one a few years ago and it’s great to see the festival has grown, just as much as the local, independent coffee scene has. This time, I attended with 20 bloggers from the Nuffnang community. Have a read of our summary post with links to some of the bloggers who joined us on the day here!

Enjoyed attending PM @leehsienloong’s #ChathamHouse lunchtime conversation, with plenty of insightful & humorous observations, such as #Singapore is like #Davos but without the ski slopes! #CHEvents #vscocam (at Chatham House)

Fabulous lunch @duckandwaffle, thank you @bossming for treating the @nuffnanguk team & urging us to keep moving onwards & upwards (just like the Heron tower elevator). (at Duck & Waffle)

Nothing beats a stroll & chat in the park when #spring is in the air 🌼 #KensingtonGardens #Daffodils #SunWorship

London skyline radically reshaped - FT.com

"There are an astonishing 236 towers in the pipeline or under construction in London…the towers, categorised as buildings comprising 20 or more storeys, represent arguably the most radical reshaping of the city’s skyline for more than 300 years."

dothegreenthing:

Addict by Dan and Ray 7/29

Wieden+Kennedy Creative Directors Dan Norris & Ray Shaughnessy have created a playful poster that challenges us all to own up to our energy addiction, in the hope that we will pull the plug on this destructive behavior.

“When we sat down to think about a poster to get people to unplug their stuff, we decided to list everything in Dan’s home that used electricity,” says Ray. 

“This is that list: 2 alarm clocks, 3 bedside lamps, 2 phone chargers, 1 tablet charger, 2 laptop chargers, 1 kettle, 1 fridge freezer, 1 oven, 1 toaster, 1 microwave, 1 blender, 1 washing machine, 1 tumble drier, 1 dishwasher, 1 hoover, 1 handheld hoover charger, 1 boiler, 1 satellite box, 1 plasma screen, 1 games console, 1 broadband wireless router, 1 monitor,  2 speakers, 1 digital radio, 2 table lamps, 1 lamp, 1 hairdryer, 1 razor charger, 1 electric toothbrush charger and 1 nightlight.

It read like a portrait of an electricity addict. So our poster is hopefully the first step to helping others deal with their addiction too.”

Why?

We may be in denial about the impact our electrical consumption has on the environment, but the fact is that coal burning is still the main fuel for generating those watts, and the amount used is growing each year. It’s time we all went on a much needed e-tox.

How?

Once you admit you have a problem, you can use this ten-step program to break the electricity addiction loop.

Buy the print

We’re selling this poster printed on FSC paper with sustainable ink for £12 plus VAT, postage and packing with all proceeds going back to the Do The Green Thing charity. You can buy it here.

Join the world’s biggest celebration of our brilliant planet and sign up for Earth Hour on 29 March at 8.30 pm.

A smart way to bring the energy debate/conversation closer to home (literally & figuratively).

Back to London with a baby blue macchiato 😀 #vscocam #coffee (at Workshop Coffee Co.)

Good Morning #Bastille #Paris #CafeAuLait #Croissant #TarteletteFraises #Coffee #Travel (at La Tradition Du Pain)

#Coffee so smooth, it’s criminal @OzoneCoffee #Shoreditch #London

A family of coffees #Copenhagen #Birthday #Reunion #Coffee (at Cafe Dyrehaven)

The Little Mermaid #Copenhagen #Travel (at Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid))

Avocadomad og œg med rugbrød - sooo good! #Copenhagen #Breakfast #Brunch #Travel #Coffee (at Cafe Dyrehaven)

The Chef said “I’m the Buddha of #Copenhagen”! #Travel (at Bistro Boheme)

The ‘full Danish’ (for one person!) #Copenhagen #Breakfast #Brunch #travel (at Bang & Jensen)