“The very first black band to make its mark in the UK, the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, brought West Indians into the British jazz world in 1919. Put together by composer Will Marion Cook in New York the previous year, the 27-piece African-American band arrived in London to fulfil long-term contracts first at the Philharmonic Hall in Great Portland Street, and then at Kingsway Hall in Holborn. Along with the all-white Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who came from the US for an  extended stay at around the same time, the SSO can be credited with introducing jazz to the UK.

The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, invited the SSO first to play at Buckingham Palace, and subsequently to headline a grand ball at the Albert Hall to mark the first anniversary of Armistice Day. With demand high, the band stayed on beyond 1920 Over the ensuing years, its original American members drifted away, to be replaced by London-based musicians who hailed from Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Antigua, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Ghana.” - Lloyd Bradley; Sounds Like London

Finally. The Inspector has an Iron Republic safe-conduct now. There is no longer any reason to pretend to be friendly to Hell. First order of business: write some very sharp replies to some rather forward notes, and throw out a cartload of Surface flowers.

Book Name Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely the-evergreen-reader! I’m going to (attempt to) spell my name using book titles (?).

A- All the Bright Places

M- Mistborn: The Final Empire

Y- (The) Young Elites

I have to tag other people now. I tag … thequeenofstories and florish-and-books!! You’re it!! (Get it because I tagged you, haha!) (sorry I’m not funny)


In this week’s 5 in 5, we’re chatting with Adi Alsaid! Alsaid is the author of the contemporary Let’s Get Lost and the upcoming Never, Always, Sometimes.

Can you describe yourself in five words?
Goofy, gluttonous, clumsy, curious, appreciative.

What are your five favorite moments in Let’s Get Lost?

Swimming across the Mississippi; meeting Stoner Timmy; planning an escape from jail; 8th birthday party; swings and a sunrise.

- Where are five fictional worlds or places you’d like to visit? (YA or otherwise!)
The presidential house in Bel Canto; The circus from The Night Circus; the world of Wildwood by Colin Meloy; I haven’t even read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab yet, but visiting different Londons sounds like fun; a world that resembles what Leslye Walton wrote in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

What are five things you’d like to see more of in YA?

Magical realism, global settings and characters, high-concept character-driven stories, multiple POVS, books that know how to combine comedy and heart (and if those authors can get in touch with me and share some tips, that’d be great).

What are five YA books you’d recommend to friends and fans?

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  3. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  4. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  5. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

For more on Adi Alsaid, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Between the late 1920s and the mid 1940s, a black intelligentsia started to find traction in London. The city became a gathering point for African and West Indian students, professionals and political dissidents. Organisations like the League of Coloured Peoples, the West African Student Union and the Union of Students of African Descent all set up shop, exchanging ideas and experiences from around the world. Much of what was discussed in London was to influence the break-up of the British Empire.

Trinidadian singer Sam Manning arrived in London in 1934 as calypso’s first international star. His influence was much more than strictly musical. Manning had spent the 1920s in New York, recording his trademark jazz/calyspo hybrids and featuring alongside Fats Waller in the original performances of the jazz musical Brown Sugar. That was where he first met his partner; the show’s producer Amy Ashwood Garvey, who had formerly been married to Marcus Garvey. The couple founded the Florence Mills Social Club, a jazz nightclub and restaurant in Carnaby Street. Named after the legendary black American cabaret star, it became a gathering place for London’s Caribbean and African intellectuals, and students of the growing Pan-Africanism Movement.

—  Lloyd Bradley; Sounds Like London

clockwork-pizzas asked:

Your accent kind of sounded like a mix between London and a bit western, then I learned that Kendal is in the north west, so I guessed right I guess.


Yeah, you’re pretty much spot on - I was born maybe half an hour away from London? :D

anonymous asked:

5'7" long straight black hair, olivey-tan skin, deep brown eyes, long thick eyelashes. I've traveled a lot and I like indie music, clothes and interior design. I like expensive things but its a struggle to by everything I want! it takes me a while to open up fully and I don't bare my soul to people. I think a lot about the future and I take love/relationships seriously (even though I haven't had one yet heh)

u sound like a london !

fightoffthelight replied to your post “fightoffthelight replied to your post:fightoffthelight replied to…”

I’m about an hour from central Auckland, but if I were to rent around here it would cost $300ish per week. Renting central is $400-500 per week. House prices are awful, crappy rundown shacks are selling for over a mil based on proximity to town.

lmao fuck New Zealand. Although those prices pretty much sound just like London tbh.


Friday, May 22: today was the ultimate best day. Apart from the fact the venue was really badly organized, the whole experience was incredible! In sound check I got to ask the boys a question, “ if they could replace a band member with a dog, who and what would it be?” And Michael asked me where I was from, said “ you sound like you’re from London ” I almost died, they were so sweet, we had this mini conversation and they decided to replace Calum with Boo. Cute. They sound checked beside you and pizza ( awesome!!!) and we also heard them rehearse good girls before going in.
Then the concert came around, and it was totally incredible. I’ve got some amazing photos! ( partly thanks to Alycia, as I gave up taking them I was waaaay too exited. ) and yes, that last photo with the signs, when they did that it was overly cute, it brought nearly everyone to tears ! The EU project worked! And they answered us! So cute. That photo has since gone viral. Love me for it. Thank you Ashton, Calum, Luke and Michael for making a dream come true and a perfect night.

I feel like doing a translation for that Phoneshop clip.. But it would take forever 😂😂
Disclaimer: We all don’t sound like that in London.. I surely don’t loool

anonymous asked:

it's prolly Juss me but India low key sound like Lauren London (New New lol) but seems like she changed how she talks. she's not as "hood" as she used to be..

lmao I love me some New New


Um thanks

Also Londoners sound like they are from Brooklyn. 

hecataes replied to your post “hecataes replied to your post “i’m british but not that kind of…”

that’s really weird tbh like i live on the outskirts of london & i’ve heard people genuinely use those kind of sayings (but obviously not as exaggerated)

yeah it does sound like something people from london and around london would say, but i think it’s just cos i live in an area in east london that is predominantly asian/black so maybe it’s cos we don’t really say that and we don’t hear it around here

I need to study accents from the UK cause I’m having trouble with Chris’ voice. I know what a Londoner sounds like, same with more northern accents like Liverpool and stuff.

In my head Chris does sound English but doesn’t sound like a native to London, I could use the excuse he’s lived in other places for awhile but eh. He doesn’t have a northern accent.

Argh I dunno…..fuck me and my stupid head.