Back in March Amalia Illgner wrote a long read on "The Guardian":https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/27/why-im-suing-over-my-dream-internship describing why she is suing Monocle over her "dream internship". The article pinpointed many of the issues of internships and how it "excludes the less privileged from the arts, media and politics".
This year, workers in Britain were shown the extent to which men are paid more than women, and the results were damning. Mandatory gender pay gap reporting revealed nearly eight in 10 large firms pay male workers on average more than female workers.
Kathryn Newman, then 21, was "over the moon" when she was offered a four-month internship at London's Sir John Soane's museum in 2012. She held a BA in history and an MA in cultural heritage studies, and had already completed two successful unpaid placements.
The first time I encountered a digital toilet seat was at the central London headquarters of Monocle, the self-consciously chic monthly magazine and 24-hour digital radio station for those who enjoy their geopolitics served with a side of artisanal Swiss sunglasses.
THE system that provides social care to the elderly is chronically short of cash. Now one organisation is touting a new approach that runs on time, not money. Give & Take Care, a company founded by academics at Brunel University, is poised to launch a social-care scheme in which volunteers can log the hours of care that they provide to elderly people, and exchange them for care for themselves later in life.
As a medical student, I volunteered for lots of drug trials to make extra money. I sold my blood, my sperm - I did them all. You're more likely to get hurt on the way to the trial unit than as a participant.
"Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire" - Gustav Mahler The pumpkin soup is saffron orange with swirls of cream, cinnamon and rock salt. When you cup the bowl, the warmth transmits straight to your heart. It tastes like a song. Wooden spoon grazes a wooden bowl.
Prince Harry officially opened new hospital facilities at Hackney's HIV centre Mildmay yesterday, continuing a legacy set by his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Mildmay Hospital, nestled behind Shoreditch High Street, is Europe's only centre dedicated to rehabilitation for patients with HIV-related brain impairment.
In the final of our four-part series of stories about the housing crisis in London, Amalia Illgner reports on new figures that reveal Croydon's poor record on housing families with children in temporary accommodation. Croydon Council is the worst borough in the country for keeping families with children in emergency B&B accommodation over the six week legal time limit, new government figures have revealed.
Three home kits, two apps, and one midwife all tell me I am 11 weeks, one day and about two hours pregnant. Next week I will have my dating scan, an ultrasound, which will confirm my due date and hopefully tell me if all is well with my developing baby.
Schools in Tower Hamlets risk losing out following changes to their funding announced in the Chancellor's spending review, according to a local headteacher who has warned of a "perfect storm" ahead.
What makes blockchain devotees so passionate about the technology? Is it a means to get rich or something much bigger? And how do you even explain the thing to people who don't quite get it? We sent reporters to blockchain conferences in Dallas, Texas, and Cambridge, UK, to find out.
THE blockchain revolution is struggling. The much-vaunted technology behind bitcoin promises to enable trusted transactions without intermediaries, so why have the overwhelming majority of new blockchain projects failed? One problem is that there is no longer a single blockchain: the past few years have seen an explosion of different proprietary versions.
Food and Drink
BREAKFAST It would be Paris in the spring and I would wake up in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée with one of my lovers. We would have a classic French breakfast in our room: hot black coffee, sparkling water and a delicious fresh croissant with apricot confiture.
A piping hot bowl of ramen noodles must take no longer than 15 seconds to make its way from kitchen to table. Any longer and that first taste of pork broth, simmered for 12 hours to give it a cappuccino-like foam, will lose its umami zap.
Breakfast A market, for me, is heaven. And La Boqueria in Barcelona is the most thrilling in the world - even the women working on the stalls are sexy, dressed up in lacy outfits.
Fool's gold It's easy to mock the clichés of gangsta rap, something exploited to delightful effect on "GerviGlingur" (Fake jewellery), the second album by JóiPé and Króli (above), two teenagers from Iceland. On "B.O.B.A", they rap in a swaggering style not about money, attractive women and flash cars, but about being ignored by girls and driving the family hatchback.
Interview with Dr Mahmoud Hawari, the director of the Palestinian Museum
Happily ever after In "Andalusia of Love", the latest album from Lebanon's master oud player, Marcel Khalife ( above) weeps for a lost medieval kingdom. He sets to music the verse of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, an old friend and one of the Arab world's great writers.
Homeland insecurity There are three times as many Armenians living outside Armenia as in it. One of them, Sevana Tchakerian, a French-Armenian, sings in Collectif Medz Bazar, a group of folk musicians.
Roh resurrected After the impeachment of the previous president for abuse of power, South Korea recently picked a new one. Yet it is a late head of state who is drawing crowds to the country's screens. "Roh Moo-hyun Imnida" ("Our President"), a gushing account of the 2002 election, has become the most popular South Korean documentary ever.
After landing in Bogotá, I was greeted by smiles like white laser beams. The combined dazzle of the staff at the national airline's information desk is mesmerising - enough to make one forget about one's delayed connection or missing bag.
Anzhela Ayvazyan's granddaughter was coming out of kindergarten when the shooting started. As soon as the five-year-old heard the gunfire, she put her head down and ran straight home. "She's a clever girl," says Ayvazyan, "she knew not to stop anywhere."
25 June 2016 | by Amalia Illgner In silence and in prayer while a mournful hymn was sung, Pope Francis formally paid tribute to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1918. Visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, a monument to the martyrs on Saturday, Pope Francis wrote in the guestbook, "May God preserve the memory of the Armenian people.
26 June 2016 | by Amalia Illgner Francis visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, to "reflect and meditate" on the lives of the martyrs who were killed in 1915. And it was here, against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Ararat, faintly visible in the distance, that he continued his demonstration of solidarity with the Armenian people.
Syrian Armenian refugees struggle to adjust
It's 7.30am and your alarm, that spiteful tinpot dictator, has commanded that you wake. You hydrate and caffeinate, and prepare to face a wall of fellow marching zombies. If you're in Britain you might be one of the 3m people who spend more than two hours travelling to and from work, a number which has soared by 72% in the past decade.
His big eyes seem to smile as you stroke his furry head, his whiskers twitch when you tickle his tummy, and his flippers flap when you say his name. Paro looks like a baby harp seal, but he's actually a robot designed to help people with dementia.
Oil and Gas
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Best practice fire safety management is essential to protect employees, reduce downtime and to avoid costly insurance claims. Amalia Illgner spoke to experts in the field about the latest innovations to help oil and gas operators.
What is the impact of the Brexit decision on the African oil sector?