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If you’ve kept up with the news in the last week or so, you likely came across an article about the new application Pokémon Go. Created by Niantic, Inc. and partnered with The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, this app has quickly become the one of the most popular in the world.

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The game combines the world of Pokémon in an augmented reality that allows users to experience catching Pokémon at real locations. Using GPS and camera, players can capture and battle Pokémon nearby as they appear in the real world through the camera. This means that the players must physically travel to explore the game and is one reason why the new application is so popular. Already released in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the game is becoming available in other countries soon, and was just released in Japan today.

Though the application is very popular, there are still many bugs that have been shown to come up for users. The game crashes very often because of the mass amounts of people trying to play, and a frozen screen is not uncommon. New updates are predicted to come soon, at which point, it seems, this app will rule the world!

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It’s brightened up here in London and got many people convinced that summer may have finally arrived. With so much to do in London, and now with good weather, is it worth it to travel to another country when you can have just as much fun here?

We are going to try and organize some thoughts about each so we can decide…

 

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Vacation: The office is too muggy, the kids are driving you crazy and any mention of Brexit talk has you wincing. Maybe it’s time for a vacation?

Leaving GB can offer a getaway from everything that reminds you of daily life and transport you into another culture. England is in a great area because many different countries are only a short plane ride away. Take a romantic trip to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or go to the beach with the family in Italy and experience something different than what London has to offer.

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Staycation: The weather is finally good and all of your mates are in town for the summer. With all the free events and summer-themed parties, staying home for these few months could be a good idea.

Exploring London can be very attractive to many people, and with a plethora of different and interesting parts of town there is always something new to see.  Furthermore, in the summer there are free events almost every weekend like food festivals, music concerts, and open-air venues that are only open during this time.

 

 

Should I stay or should I go?

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What is it about London in the summer that is so attractive to tourists and travellers from all over the world? Well… we’d like to think it has something to do with the weather, but probably more so with everything else that is happening.

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Each weekend there are tons of free events going on throughout London, including ethnic food festivals, concerts, indoor markets, and special events you can’t find anywhere else in the world! Grabbing one of those newspapers or magazines off the street will keep you up-to-date with all the fun happening during the week, and research online will also keep you ahead of the game to finding sold-out events for you and your mates.

London is also sunniest during the summer (maybe not this year), and many of the events take place outside in beautiful places like Hyde Park or along the Thames River. We all rather enjoy proper summertime here at LVP, and take any chance to get out of the office or to enjoy the sunshine on a Saturday. So next time it’s not raining and something good is happening in your neighbourhood – check it out! London is too big a city to be seen from inside your flat!

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What’s the number one best way to travel around London? How about the best way to get to work in the morning?

Well, that depends who you ask. There are many different forms of transportation here in London, and what is best for one commuter is not best for another. For many the London Underground and Overground trains are the most convenient and time-saving because they span for miles inside and around the city. Also popular, and somewhat confusing, are the abundant bus routes that can take you across London to select locations depending on the number bus you take. Cycling and walking can also be an option for those within close range to their office. Even driving in London is common for those lucky enough to have a parking spot waiting for them when they arrive.

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However convenient some forms of travel may be, they each come with their risks. The possibility of delays and congestion for the trains, buses, and cars in London is a common hindrance for many travellers. Just make sure your boss also takes the tube, and then you won’t be the only one late to work. Cycling and walking means that inclement weather or rain (something common in London) creates a hazard and may slow travels. No matter how you travel, make sure to leave time for these all-too-common occurrences so you can show up to work fresh and on-time!

What do you think the best way to travel is? We operate right on the edge of Zone 1 in London and everyone that works at LVP takes different transportation – just another perk of working in Shoreditch!

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Anyone who regularly uses the internet has come across one or two stray YouTube videos. Friends post them on social media, your co-workers talk about them at the office, and your mom emails them. For many of us these internet sensations are our guilty little pleasures. Adding an extra cat video or prank video to our day is just what we need to make things less dull.

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The popularity of a video at the right time can also serve to rocket someone completely unknown to celebrity status. Hit the trends at the right time and you could be the next internet sensation, even if you are only a one-hit-wonder. The impact these YouTube videos and their popularity have on the world is notable, and a popular video can lead the creator to starring on talk shows, getting job offers, and making the evening news! These videos not only make for great conversation, but can also be very informative and keep you on top of some current events across the world.

As a video production company we are always following the updating lists of new and interesting content (and making some of our own). We do what we do because it allows us to create our own content and collaborate with other artists to make theirs!

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Nestled in Shoreditch, on one of London’s most visually stimulating streets, you will find live music, delicious food, murals and more. Challenge yourself to eat at as many of the more than twenty curry houses located on the street, possibly at night when the neons light up the whole block. Walking the length of the cobblestone road packed with shops and the best graffiti in London is also a sight.

Come eat at the great food trucks that open up for lunch and then shop around at all the artsy and designer businesses located close-by. Spitalfields Market is also a street over, and home to dozens of vendors selling everything from handmade leather goods to top hats and watches. There’s even a booth selling pillows with famous personalities printed on them, except that all the stars are replaced by dog or cat look-a-likes (think Brad Pitt-bull)!

 

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But, best thing about Brick Lane are the businesses and the people. Home to many companies in art and media, the area offers lots of insight into rising trends. Lots of the people that work at these businesses are young and excited to express themselves. Leave the office during lunchtime and you will find a mix of tourists and officemates out enjoying the area.

 

We at LVP love being situated right in the heart of Brick Lane: it’s part of what makes our job so great! What do you like about it? What will be your next adventure when you come to Shoreditch? Let us know in the comments, we are always looking for something new to do!

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Excited to see Djokovic play, but you’ve shown up late to the queue and can’t get a seat at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club? No problem! Screens are popping up all over London to watch the championships for the next two weeks, and if you’re already inside the stadium the screens there will provide an even better view.

 

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Each year, thousands flock to Wimbledon to watch world-famous tennis players compete. Even more people, however, watch the matches from their home or local viewing area. None of this would be possible without the video coverage of the matches in real time. This way you can watch Serena or Nadal play live while also being ‘present’ at your workplace. Without crews filming Wimbledon, there would be nothing to watch for most of us! Video and camera services are big reason why live sporting events are so enjoyable to watch for many people. So go out, or stay in. Whichever way you want, these live broadcasts deliver all the action straight to wherever you are.

Need video coverage for your next event? Our staff here at London Video Productions can help make the occasion more viewable than ever with live streaming! We’ve got a friendly and hardworking staff that collaborates with our clients to produce great work, whether it’s streaming or post-produced video.

Wimbledon was not always broadcasted live, so it’s not too late for you make your next event the most popular yet! Give us a call and ask about live streaming.

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If you live in London you’ve probably seen the pubs packed with people on any given weekday, or heard cheering coming from down the street. That’s because the 2016 UEFA European Championship (the international men’s football championship of Europe) is in full swing. Europeans everywhere are rooting for their team to win, and things are not much different here at London Video Productions.

We decided to take a poll around the office this week and see just who some of our coworkers are supporting…

 

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Marcel

Who would you like to see win the UEFA Euro 2016? Why?

Slovakia

“I want them to win because I am from Slovakia. We went above what we thought we were capable of this year, but we need to score more goals. We have a chance, but against Germany [on Sunday] it’s a very hard chance.”

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Wayne

Who would you like to see win the UEFA Euro 2016? Why?

Spain

“I’m a neutral, I’m just watching.”

but when badgered further…

“Spain has impressed me the most with their playing… very technical playing. I think they will win it.”

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Mike

Who would you like to see win the UEFA Euro 2016? Why?

England

“Well England of course! I was born in England, most of my friends are English. But who do I think will win? …Germany. Which is good because I’m also part German.'”

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Have you ever attended a Korfball match?

This past week LVP worked with England Korfball Inspired to spread the word about the sport Korfball and how to gain accreditation for your local club. We talked to a few Korfball players and representatives from England Korfball Inspired, and found that those playing the sport are extremely passionate about it – you may even meet your future spouse!

 

What is Korfball?

Similar to netball and basketball, Korfball is a ball sport with two teams of eight. The players on each team can be either all female or split four men and four women. There is a mixed-gender league and a women’s league, but no men’s league. To score a teammate must throw the ball into a bottomless basket mounted to the end of a pole. This makes for a fast-paced game with lots of scoring and defending from each player. Originated in the Netherlands, Korfball is currently played in over 60 different countries, with two alternating national tournaments.

Check out Korfball at: http://www.englandkorfball.co.uk/

 

Everyone at LVP learned a lot about Korfball this week. In fact, we may even start our own club…

 

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In the world of social media and technology do we still find time to read a book?

A fly on the wall overheard our discussion in the office today about how we hardly ever pick up a physical book these days and lose ourselves in that wonderful place, where dusty pages and penetrating words paint a world of personal images.

Here is a selection of our favourite books and why:

 

   Ros chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Since my daughter Shayla was born the only books I’ve had time to read are ten pages long…

Shayla and I love this book – it follows the journey of a caterpillar who hatches from an egg and goes about finding food to make himself strong enough to build a cocoon.

At the end he emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

It’s gorgeously illustrated too.

 

         Yvonne chose The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

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This book has always haunted me…

A beautiful bleak story set on the coast of Newfoundland where the main character Quoyle confronts his demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society. As the story slowly unfolds he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

The book is hypnotic with each chapter opening with an image and description of a fisherman’s knot. This beautiful introduction to each section acts as a metaphor for the upcoming text. Magical!

                                                    Marcel chose English is Easy, Casaba is Dead by Peter Doktorov

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I guess being brought up in Slovakia, I have an affinity to this book…

The story outlines how the mafia worked in Slovakia and is written almost like a play with an undertone of dark humor.

                                                     Richard chose Down Lambeth Way by Mary Staples

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I love this book because it depicts family life, history and relationships…

It is the first edition to a series of books set in the Lambeth area during the First World War.  There are about ten books in the series and it spans from 1914 up until the Second World War mainly focusing on the Adams Family.

The Adams family of Walworth were poor, cheerful, and above all respectable – even though they sometimes had to seek a little help from the pawnbroker. It was 1914, everyone was going to be affected, things were going to change. But whatever happened, the Adams family – gutsy, tough and cheeky – would come through.

                                              Fatmata chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey

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I don’t really have a favourite book, but my five year-old daughter absolutely loves this story…

One of the most popular fairy tales in the English language it was first published anonymously in 1837.

The original tale tells of an ugly, old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away.

What was originally a fearsome oral tale became a cosy family story with Goldilocks replacing the old woman and the three bachelor bears transformed into Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear. This later version now only has a hint of menace!