Joe Mellor

Joe Mellor

Head of News & Social Media at The London Economic

Record Review: Pond – Man, It Feels Like Space Again

By William Bateman (@WillBateman6611) You’ll be hard pressed to find any article or review of Pond without a mention or comparison to sister-band Tame Impala closely following. With shared members Nick Aldbrook, Julian Barbagallo and Jay Watson, “the other” Australian psyche-rock band are one often discredited, or simply overlooked to...

Five of Bob Geldof’s Greatest Outbursts

By Alex Jones (@Alex_Jonze) Sir Bob Geldof. He’s a bit of a character to say the least. The creator of Band Aid, Band Aid 20 and now Band Aid 30 has raised millions for charity but has also raised the blood pressure of TV executives the world over on several...

South China Sea Dispute

By Tom Jones The South China Sea dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has again escalated, with IHS Jane’s reporting that China is building a large scale military heliport 300 KM from the islands. Within this range, Chinese helicopter forces would be able to aid forces active in any potential conflict...

Property in London – hot or not?

By Steve Taggart When it comes to buying property in the UK, London has always been the exception rather than the rule. Just as estate agencies are generally able to predict which way the market is going, there’s always something extra to think about when it comes to the capital....

Review: Hanbury Manor Hotel

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  The notion of a retreat hasn’t caught on in the UK to the extent that it has in places such as the USA, but given that 92 per cent of the population is expected to live in cities by 2030, perhaps it...

Are British Hotels Short on Free Wi-Fi?

By Lana Marshall Britain's hotels are regarded across the world for offering a premium service unrivalled by most other destinations, but the provision of free WI-Fi in London hotels is notably short. Despite living in a digital world that is reliant on us being constantly connected, the number of hotels...

Things to remember when planning a safari

By Carel Verhoef, Manager at DiscoverAfrica.com. A safari is a once in a lifetime trip so you’ll want to make sure that you have everything planned. From financing your trip, to researching and booking accommodation, to checking the best time of year to travel, to ensure you make the most...

Sacre bleu! Air France launches hipster airline

Marketing the news to millennials

By Grace Regan, co–founder and editor–in–chief of Clippet It’s no secret by now that traditional media has got an age problem. Ask a room full of twenty–somethings where they get their news and you’d be lucky if more than one answered: ‘I go to the ...

Breaking Boundaries: Tottenham’s Top Four Target

Sport News 24/7 By Simon White  @SimonWhite14  @TLE_Sport From ‘that’ picture in an Arsenal shirt, to ‘one of our own’, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is really making a name for himself during his breakthrough season.  With 22 goals to his name already this term, it is small wonder that Tottenham appear...

Chilcot: The Trial of Tony Blair

By Simon Bartram Tony Blair was arguably one of the boldest and most talented politicians of the late 20th and early 21st century. Domestically he is widely credited with delivering vast swathes of progressive legislation across the country, introducing the minimum wage, allowing civil partnerships, and strengthening employee rights. Britain's...

London Non League football: Hampton & Richmond Borough

Sport News 24/7 By Jack Peat - Editor @jacknpeat  @TLE_Sport  @LondonEconomic Continuing TLE's focus on non-league football, editor Jack Peat travelled to see Hampton & Richmond Borough take on Isthmian League high-flyers Dulwich Hamlet.  A cold winter’s afternoon welcomed Dulwich Hamlet to Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, south London’s pink and blue transporting...

Snow in Paradise – Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel  thefinalreel.co.uk The premise at the heart of Snow in Paradise, director Andrew Hulme’s debut film, is an intriguing one. Based loosely on the life of Martin Askew who broke out of crime by converting to Islam (he also co-writes and stars as Uncle Jimmy here), the...

How to Finance a Round the World Trip

By Steve Taggart Each year, thousands of people escape the rat race to take the plunge and travel the world. Some do it solo, others board the plane in groups, but all go for one reason: to experience something new. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the culture of...

Home Is Where The Heart is

By Dr Stephen Fear, British Library's Entrepreneur in Residence and Chairman of Fear Group   A home is somewhere we can be ourselves. Somewhere we can dress how we like, slob out on the sofa with an Indian takeaway, or watch exactly what we like on TV!   Sadly this...

Does the British public now value the EU more than the US?

Chatham House’s latest report indicates that the British public believe that Britain’s relationship with the EU is now more valuable than its relationship with the United States, and that marginally more people would vote to remain in the EU than leave it in the event of a referendum on Britain’s...

Patriots win gripping Super Bowl XLIX

Sport News 24/7 By Sean Simara  @Sean_FootyMad  @TLE_Sport Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and became a four time Super Bowl winner as the New England Patriots came through two weeks of controversy to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.  It was a fantastic game that was littered with drama throughout...

The Millennial Attitude Towards Property

By Emily Maree, Creative Content Editor for Plentific.com Renting versus buying has always been a tough choice, never more so than the last 10 years. Many moons ago, our parents would have bought a property and are probably still at that address now - they’ve hung up their coats and...

A quick stop guide to Cambodia.

By Neil Kook Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia. You have arrived, but where should you go? Opportunity comes from every angle and one should be selective to make the most out of this adventure. For starters one should explore Phnom Penh. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Mekong, and...

Creative break! Mallorca, creative writing, and Diane Redmond.

Belmond La Residencia Launches Creative Writing Retreat with Acclaimed Author Diane Redmond Creativity abounds. The village of Deia on Mallorca’s peaceful north-west coast has attracted poets, artists and writers for over a century. Famous British writers Alan Sillitoe, Robert Graves and D H Lawrence were all inspired by this artistic haven...

David Morin “Why do I busk?”

By David Morin I am often asked why I continue to busk when I have access to so many opportunities to play in venues and I understand why people are perplexed. Most people may think it's a low-brow form of entertainment, and in all honesty they are partially correct, but...

Record Review: Peace – Happy People

By Declan Roberts (@DeclanMR) Peace Happy People Columbia 09/02/2015 Where do you begin with Peace? A band out of Birmingham with no fear and no idea of their ‘future success’. It’s a mystery question. Firstly, the fact that the resurgence of indie-pop is a secure mantelpiece for them to play...

Could e-pipes be the next e-cigarette?

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic Last night I attended a small theatre production in Chiswick based on the life of Marie Curie. I won't bore you with the details, but Curie’s first husband Pierre was a played by a typically refined character  who sported a mustard yellow jacket,...

Jupiter Ascending – Film Review

By Anna Power @TLE_Film Editor @KittPower “I have more in common with a dog than I do with you” Caine (Channing Tatum or should it be Canine?) The blunder bus has arrived. There were EU food mountains less criminally wasteful than the Wachowski’s latest film, a lavish effrontery to the...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – February

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Blacklock – Soho Best known for his work at Hawksmoor, Gordon Ker’s new restaurant – Blacklock - will open in Soho this month. Heavily inspired by"Joe Beef in Montreal, roadside shacks in Portugal and the US to the Turkish Ocakbasis off the Kingsland Road,"...

Sink or Swim: The Battle against Relegation

Sport News 24/7 By Simon White  @TLE_Sport They say it's lonely at the top, but clubs at the bottom of the Premier League will attest to being a world away from anyone else.  Both Hull City and Queens Park Rangers have fallen upon hard times this season, sitting 18th and...

Restaurant Review – The Cutty Sark Tavern, Greenwich

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food editor @TLE_Food Despite the constant changes within British food culture, one ideal that has always stuck out as the pinnacle of the “great British dinner” is our beloved traditional Sunday Roast. Nowadays, the clockwork routine of gathering the family at the dining table at a set...

Pony & Trap Restaurant, Bristol – Review

By John Coles - Food Writer Expectations were high long before we went to the Pony & Trap, with many friends singing its praises. Then on the very day we finally got to go there a new poll was published rating it second among Britain's Top 50 Gastropubs, so the juices were flowing...

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Film Review

By Matt Keay @Mattadamkeay Ten years ago, Colin Firth would’ve been an excellent candidate for the role of James Bond. Previously, he had set hearts a-fluttering in Love Actually, and as Darcys both in the hugely successful Bridget Jones films, and in Pride And Prejudice. He’d also proven his acting...

Gone Girl – DVD Review

By Miles Jackson David Fincher’s latest, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, switches genres about three times during its runtime between riveting mystery thriller, sociopolitical satire and psychosexual black comedy, occasionally juggling all three of these at once. Much like its subject matter - marriage - the film is...

TLE Sports Podcast 04.02.15

Sports Editor David de Winter and Football Contributor Richard de Winter review the Australian Open and the Transfer Window, preview the upcoming Six Nations and Cricket World Cup and discuss Harry Redknapp's resignation from Queens Park Rangers. https://soundcloud.com/the-london-economic/tle-podcast-030215

‘The Big Aussie Reunion’ video footage released.

Flight Centre UK releases touching footage of ‘The Big Aussie Reunion’ Grab a box of tissues! Flight Centre UK  has launched a moving short film to showcase ‘The Big Aussie Reunion’; a global campaign that saw 80 friends and family reunited for a week on the Gold Coast of Queensland....

How to Ask for a Raise

By Helen Taylor, Head of HR at Instant Asking for a raise may fall outside your usual comfort zone but if you don’t ask it’s likely you won’t get what you think you are worth. Here are some tips on getting the raise that you feel you deserve. How often...

Minions : New Trailer

Coming to our cinema screens in June is the 3D comedy adventure staring Sandra Bullock  Minions and it looks great. Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from...

Deep Practice and Its Promise for Math Education

By Robert Sun It’s not often that an inner-city American school rises to the top of national rankings in academics, and yet Baldi Middle School in Philadelphia has beaten the odds— not just once, but multiple times. Its track record reveals some important insights for anyone concerned with improving the...

The risks of following the crowd

By David Willbe, Director in the Technology team at law firm DWF  Equity crowdfunding is experiencing a boom in publicity and popularity, but investors and startups alike must be aware of the risks when equity is involved. Prominent advertising by the likes of CrowdCube in recent months is a clear...

First Time Student Renting: A Beginner’s Guide

By Michael Bruce, CEO at hybrid estate agency Purplebricks.com Millions of students across the country are now thinking about accommodation for next term. Finding your perfect property in the perfect location can be a long process, and with lots to think about it’s easy to get stressed out with the...

A day out at Dulwich Hamlet FC

Sport News 24/7 By David de Winter - Sports Editor @davidjdewinter  @TLE_Sport Continuing TLE’s recent focus on non-league football, Sports Editor David de Winter and Deputy Editor Joe Mellor went to Dulwich Hamlet FC to see a club very much on the up. A freezing late January Saturday afternoon –...

Bony City move could be the wrong choice

Sport News 24/7 By Matthew Biggin  @MatthewBiggin  @TLE_Sport So despite saying they’d sign no players in the January window Manchester City have made probably the biggest signing of the transfer window.  Manuel Pellegrini paid Swansea City £28 million for coveted striker Wilfried Bony to strengthen his forward line, and I...

Help to Buy misunderstood by large parts of UK

 By Steve Taggart Property buyers across large parts of the UK have confessed to ‘never hearing of the Help to Buy scheme’ or have admitted to ‘hearing the name but not knowing what it was’, according to a new report. The research, carried out by Bishop’s Move, surveyed 1000 people...

Pull the other one: Would you get the ‘puppet’ facelift?

 By Rosie Wilson It’s looking set to be the ‘it’ treatment of 2015: the miracle pick-me-up for thirty-something’s that only takes as long as your lunch break. But what’s your stance on the controversial puppet facelift? While a lot of us would love to turn back the years, just as...

Parents Taking Kids Out of School Despite Fines

New research has found parents are still taking their children on holiday during school term-time despite the fines they will incur. The study found two-thirds of parents would take their kids away in term-time undeterred by strict rules set by schools which include hefty fines. More than 35 per cent...

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