Here’s the round-up, ground-up, breakdown of news that [smiths] has been paying attention to – so you don’t have to.
Olly Alexander and Owen Jones discuss mental health awareness
This week, our favourite baby faced Politician, Owen Jones, carried out an interview with Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander. The conversation circulated around the very important topic of mental health. Alexander his own personal experience with being bullied in primary school as well as his battles with his sexuality and identity. He also discussed mental distress within the LGBTQ community, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health illnesses. Olly Alexander finished the ten minute interview by giving a very important message to those suffering with mental health issues – ‘so many people go through the same thing, and there is support out there’. He also stressed on how he feels like mental health can be part of who you are, and not necessarily in a negative way. ‘I’ve learnt a lot about myself’, he said, joking ‘there’s a lot of fun to be had [in life]’. You can watch the full length of the interview here.
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Over 150 UCL students have withheld over £250,000 of rent money
The UCL Cut The Rent Campaign has gathered 150 students who are refusing to pay their rent for university accommodation until their demand is met for the cost to be cut by two thirds. According to the Guardian, campaigners claim that in just seven years, the rent costs have increased a massive 56%, making it harder for students of a lower income background to come to London for the education and experience that they so rightly deserve. Despite the loans provided, students are driven to pick up part time work, having a knock off effect on the overall quality of the degree which they are already investing so much money into obtaining. A spokeswoman for UCL said that the cuts made to the rent are difficult to carry out, due to the Central London location. She also stated that most of the rental money received goes back into the accommodation, rather than making profit.
Netflix gets us even more excited about The Series of Unfortunate Events reboot
At the tail-end of 2015, a teaser dropped suggesting that Netflix was going to be putting out their very own version of a childhood fave – Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, fans are further enticed by the revealing of key cast members. According to Kobini.com, This Is How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is to take to the screen as the lead of Count Olaf, with CBS’s Malina Weissman as Violet, and a fresh faced newcomer, Louis Hyner, as Klaus. We are sad to say that there is no current release date, but we can anticipate for another trailer to follow this teaser soon(ish). Hold on tight kids.
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