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The Best Place to Stay in London

Every full-time student and professional trainee can become a member of International Student House (or ISH for short), the amazing residential hall in the centre of London that I am proud to call home. However, ISH is much more than a residence. It is actually a cultural, intellectual and social center where activities literally do not stop thanks to the efforts of a fun and dedicated staff, especially the ISH events team.

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My Relationship with London

Someone recently shared with me an electronic copy of A Baseball Game in London and other Exaggerated Chronicles, a short book written by a fellow Cuban who spent a few years in London completing a PhD. The Cuban literary magazine Cubaliteraria had invited the author to write a series of vignettes about British culture, as experienced by his own senses. What results is an insightful and at times hilarious memoir that shows how even a baseball-loving Caribbean can find and love his home in London.

This not-so-baseball-loving Cuban can understand. I too have come to embrace London as a fourth(!) home. As a foreigner, I am a proud member of a majority group, sharing seminars and meals with people from Tibet, Kosovo, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Vietnam. London has brought us together and allowed us to discover that we actually can laugh at the same jokes.  

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TED Talks - Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Google's head of personal growth Chade-Meng Tan shares interesting insights into compassion, and his thoughts on the relationship it has with happiness.

Beyond personal development and adopting a world-embracing view, this lecture looks at how everyday compassion can also be beneficial in the workplace - which is highlighted in businesses such as Google.

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The Horribly Terrifying but Ultimately Successful Search for Housing

I had been warned and I confirmed it: looking for accommodation is the one nightmare that foreign students will have to face before they can settle into the otherwise wonderfully student-friendly city of London.

Fortunately, I had friends in London that came to the rescue after I called for help. A couple of months before my arrival, my friends showered my inbox with e-mails full of invaluable advice on how to make the most of my housing search, even from the United States. There I submitted online applications to LSE residence halls as well as International Students House (ISH), a private residence hall for university students. When LSE rejected my application and ISH put me on a wait list, I was thrown against my will into the world of letting agents and websites of available rents.

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Royal Wedding to be Superhero Themed

It was announced today that Prince William and Kate Middleton are taking the unusual step of making their upcoming wedding superhero themed.

The happy couple are both big fans of comic books and it is expected that guests will not be allowed entry into Westminster Abbey for the service unless they are appropriately dressed. A senior source from Clarence House told us there will be a strict “No mask, no entry” policy.

Speculation as to what the bride and groom will wear is rife, though it has been suggested that political pressure is being put on Kate to dress as Wonder Woman “for the good of the nation”.

As for the Prince, a close friend revealed that Spiderman is his favourite masked crusader, claiming:

“William loves the Spiderman comics and the first two films. He became disillusioned with the whole thing after the third film, but he’s managed to overlook it”.

Indeed, bookmakers in Britain are already making Spiderman the 3/1 favourite, though it may be worth taking a punt on SpongeBob SquarePants at 25/1.

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