Year: 2019

What, No Likes? Instagram to End ‘Popularity Contest’

Instagram is removing the ‘likes’ count from posts in a trial across seven countries to “remove pressure” on users of the popular social media platform. It is a tacit acknowledgement of the negative effects social media behemoths — with over one billion users — like Instagram have on the wellbeing of its users. The beta trial which does not include the UK has been rolled out in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Instagram said in a statement: “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received. “We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The new initiative comes after research linked social media platforms, especially visual channels like Instagram to mental anxieties experienced by young people and influencers. Users’ status anxieties …

Victoria Beckham’s Pride Quiz Gets Some Interesting Answers

Victoria Beckham recently put her staff on the spot at her Hammersmith HQ in west London when she asked that age-old question in celebration of Gay Pride Month: “What does love mean to you?” The responses were varied, thought-provoking and eye-opening. The fashion designer who is also celebrating two decades of married life with husband David summed the definition up with her own interpretation: “Love to me is what everyone should experience in their life, no matter where you are from, no matter who you love.” She had earlier designed a t-shirt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York when gays fought for equal rights. She said: “I wanted to celebrate the #LGBTQ+ community and their continued message of positive change and inclusivity. I have always felt a deep connection to the LGBTQ+ community and am proud to help support their fight for equality.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jun 26, 2019 at 2:58am PDT

D-Day: WWII Hero who Planned Normandy Landings at his Old School

General Bernard Law Montgomery was especially chuffed to be back in his old stomping grounds, St Paul’s School for boys in Hammersmith, west London, where he’d been a pupil from 1902 to 1906. The school had been commandered to serve as the headquarters of the 21 Army Group. What filled him with so much pleasure was that he was now ensconced in the High Master’s office with its distinct terracotta facade. From here he would go on to mastermind Operation Overlord which culminated in the D-Day Normandy landings on 6 June 1944. He lived across the road in Latymer Court where ‘A’ mess was established. Normandy Landings It was in the boardroom that the Allied commanders, led by General Dwight Eisenhower and Montgomery planned the invasion and liberation of German-occupied Europe, including the D-Day landings. King George VI and the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, visited them here to approve the plans on the 15th May 1944. Operation Overlord started on the beaches of Normandy, on the 6th June. Operation Neptune Codenamed ‘Operation Neptune’ and often …

Duchess of Cambridge to Add Gloss to Portrait Gallery Gala

Duchess of Cambridge will attend the 2019 Portrait Gala, a special event at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 12 March. The Gala, hosted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and by Edward Enninful OBE, British Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Portrait Gala Committee, will see artists, friends and supporters of the Gallery come together for an evening of art, live music and entertainment to raise funds for the Gallery’s Inspiring People project. The duchess is a photography enthusiast and regularly takes photographs of her family’s milestones including her children’s birthdays. She is a patron of the NPG and regularly attends special events at the gallery which has seen her grace Vogue’s 100th anniversary exhibition which also featured her on the fashion bible’s cover. The event itinerary includes a DJ set by Mike Skinner; a live performance from saxophonist Jess Gillam and pianist Zeynep Özsuca; a photography studio by Miles Aldridge, set amongst the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian Galleries, and a private view of the exhibitions Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures …