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Arsenal’s players Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Özil, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi during a team’s training session at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on September 27, 2016 ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group A match against Basel.

i juST WOKE UP AND I’M LAUGHING BECAUSE CONSTANTINE DOESN’T DRIVE, SO WHEN CHAS ISN’T AROUND TO GIVE HIM A LIFT HE PROBABLY WALKS EVERYWHERE, BUT I’M JUST IMAGINING CHAS BUYING HIM A BIKE ONE DAY. PROBABLY AS A JOKE, ALL PINK AND PURPLE AND RIBBONS AND A BELL, BUT ADULT-SIZED AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL. AND ONE DAY CONSTANTINE HAS TO ACTUALLY TRAVEL TRAVEL AND MAYBE HE CAN’T USE THE TUBE FOR SOME REASON AND HE HURT HIS FOOT SO HE CAN’T WALK VERY FAR. AND PEOPLE SEE THIS GROWN-ASS MAN IN A TRENCHCOAT, CHAIN-SMOKING, WITH A WIRE CAGE DUCT-TAPED HAPHAZARDLY TO THE FRONT OF THIS EYESORE PINK FLOWERY BIKE WITH A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH RATTLING AROUND IN IT, JUST BIKING THROUGH THE STREETS OF LONDON. AND HE HAS TO BIKE IN THE STREETS, BECAUSE GOOD LUCK BIKING ON THE SIDEWALKS OF LONDON, THERE’S FUCKING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, AND HE’S CONSTANTLY WOBBLING AND GOING TOO FAST AND CRASHING INTO THINGS, BUT AT RED LIGHTS HE JUST SLOWLY LOOKS AT THE PEOPLE TO EITHER SIDE OF HIM WITH THE CALMEST, STEELIEST ‘TRY ME’ LOOK.

From the American perspective for a long period of time I think the perspective was that I'd disappeared…while I was doing Bleak House and Great Expectations and choosing, you know, choosing things like that… By embracing that and re-embracing my childhood and being in London, it’s a much broader choice that I’ve made. And I think that the UK is much more embracing of long careers, of longevity. The most extraordinary actresses out there are from the UK and it’s because they’ve been able to mix up their career between doing television and theatre and film.
—  Gillian Anderson, Front Row, BBC Radio 4 (x)
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33 Emotional Stages Of Bastille’s HUGE Apple Music Festival Show

Bastille stormed the stage of London’s Roundhouse last night (September 26th) as they took over Apple Music Festival in support of their rather excellent new album Wild World.

And we were there to capture all of the action first hand, documenting our full emotional fangirl breakdown for you in full below. Here’s what went down (spoiler - may feature the legendary Craig David).

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Jane Asher and Gerald Scarfe attend a memorial service for the late Sir Terry Wogan at Westminster Abbey on September 27, 2016 in London, England.

The DJ’s good friend Jane Asher once a giant Terry Wogan cake much to his amusement made of sponge, cream and multi-coloured icing on September 24th 2009 to celebrate his 30th year as host of BBC Children In Need. Sir Terry said he ‘staggered back in horror’ when he first saw the cake, but on second glance found it 'enormously flattering’. He said: 'Now that I can see him properly in all his handsomeness, I think it’s enormously flattering - apart from the stomach which appears to be sticking out a bit.’

He died on January 31st this year.

URBAN DESIGN AND MENTAL HEALTH
The design of urban environments is increasingly being viewed as a mental health issue. Greenery, good access to public transit and dense living environments have positive impacts on mental health, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Researchers are drawing direct links between depression and loneliness and the configuration of urban environments.

While some designs can worsen mental health, there are steps cities can take to improve well-being, the article says. Green space and tree-lined roads are found to have a calming effect on stressed city dwellers. High-density living and robust public transport ensures that even the most isolated residents have human interaction and mobility.

Click here for more information on how to participate in the Urban Mind Project, a pilot study on urban living and mental health spearheaded by King’s College London. The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre recently published a detailed guide on strategies for integrating health and wellness into urban planning. The guide is available for purchase here.

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Source: Citiscope (19 Sept 2016)