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‘Trump baby’ blimp will fly over London during president’s visit

July 6, 2018

A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near London’s House of Parliament during the POTUS’s U.K. visit on July 13, Sky News reports. London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority has approved a request for the flight after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than US$21,000 to get the 20-foot inflatable off the ground.

Strict rules are in place for the flight from Parliament Square Gardens, with the balloon being tethered to the ground and restricted from floating higher than 98 feet in the air. It will go aloft between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m., coinciding with a “Stop Trump” march in central London.

A spokesperson for Khan said: “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organizers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”

Demonstrators say the Metropolitan Police are in charge of local airspace on the day, have seen their plans, and currently “are happy for the flight to go ahead,” but maintain a right of veto on the day.

The group behind the stunt—who call themselves anti-fascist “art activists“—

Photo source: Trump Baby UK

are now liaising with the Met and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure airspace over London is managed safely on the day.

Activist Leo Murray told Sky News: “We didn’t get off to the best start with the Mayor’s office over this, who originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest. But, following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humor. Trump Baby will fly!”

Murray has described the balloon as an “obscene mutant clone of the president” and says it will “hold up a huge mirror of truth” to the world. Describing Trump as a “dangerous excuse for a president”, the group’s spokesperson, Nona Hurkmans, said: “We are just a small group of friends who set out to show that fascists are not welcome in the UK.

“We have been genuinely overwhelmed and touched by the incredible levels of support we have received for our project.”

Activists also hope to take “Trump Baby” on a world tour following the president’s visit.

Research contact: @SkyNews

    Christmas music: jolly or jarring?

    November 15, 2017

    In retail stores and malls across America, and on the city streets, Christmas 2017 decorations already are up. What’s more, the songs of the season are ringing in our ears.

    Indeed, the Tampa Bay Times in Florida reports that local radio station 98.7 FM flipped over to 24/7 Christmas music on November 6; and they are by no means the first. According to industry news site Insite Radio,the first U.S. station to flip to all Christmas songs, all the time, this season was New Jersey’s Easy 93.1, which has been jingle bell rocking since October 20.

    For many, these traditional melodies bring comfort and joy; for others—not so much. Surveys show that Christmas music actually can be bad for your health.

    In fact, Sky News recently reported that psychologists are saying that the Christmas songs played on a loop by retailers may encourage sales, but for workers behind the counter, they can be mentally draining.

    Clinical psychologist Linda Blair recently told Sky News, “”People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else. You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”

    What are the stores that already are booming with Christmas spirit? The Tampa Bay Times did a survey and found that this year’s “Christmas Creep” started in October and will be nearly complete by Thanksgiving week:

    • October 22: Best Buy;
    • November 1: Sears/Kmart, Michael’s, and Lane Bryant;
    • November 5: Ulta;
    • November 9: H&M;
    • November 11: Office Depot/Office Max;
    • November 13: Walmart;
    • November 16: Verizon Wireless;
    • November 18: Staples:
    • November 23: JC Penney; and
    • Black Friday (November 24): Publix, Target, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Lowe’s, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Foot Locker, and Dunkin Donuts.

    The news organization says that Target—once reluctant to go “all in” on the holidays early or otherwise— has relented. Target has, for most of its history, not played any music at all in its thousands of stores, holiday or otherwise. That changed this year, the Times said, as 180 newly-remodeled stores introduced background music. They’ll flip to holiday tunes on Black Friday.

    But there is still one outlier, the newspaper noted:” The southern California-based grocery store chain Stater Bros. is the only retailer we could find that waits all the way until December to start.”

    Research contact: cspata@tampabay.com