Guerilla Sticker Craze Sweeps London Underground

If you are one of millions of Londoners who stoically battles through the Tube’s rush hour commute, you will no doubt pass dozens of Transport for London signs and notices on your journey. But how much attention do you actually pay to them?

Take the following examples:

“No eye contact. Penalty £200.”

“We apologise for any incontinence caused during these engineering works.”

“Peak hours may necessitate you let other people sit on your lap.”

These are a few of a growing number of guerrilla stickers that have recently appeared on the network. They use the same fonts and designs as London Underground’s famous branding. But they subvert the intended message making often amusing but sometimes serious points about anything from overcrowding to Tube etiquette. But British Transport Police (BTP) warned: “The costs of graffiti are substantial for the railway industry in terms of repairs and clean-up, and can leave permanent scars on the infrastructure.”

The BBC spoke to a spokesman for the website which sells stickers similar to some of those which have appeared on the Tube. He referred to himself as James, from east London, and said his site had sold about 200 stickers “for the Underground” so far this year, at an average cost of £2 per sticker. He believes the stickers are about “taking back power”.

He said he has seen the stickers growing in popularity. But he defends his website for selling the stickers: “I’m not putting them up and the website cannot endorse them being stuck on the Tube,” he said. “It’s not graffiti. Stickers can be removed,” he added. “It’s up to people where they stick the stickers. I don’t think it’s been doing any particular harm.”

Do you find these “Guerilla stickers” amusing or just another eyesore? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: BBC News

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Bride Adapts Nose-Tube Diet as Wedding Preparation

There was a time when brides prepped with a spa day and professional makeup and hair styling; now, according to a report by the New York Times, they are turning to extended juice fasts and radical weight loss plans such as the K-E Diet which involves being administered a mere 800 calories a day through a tube that runs from the nose through the esophagus and into the stomach.

Like marked-up wedding dresses and exorbitant caterers, it all comes with a hefty price tag. But Jessica Schnaider, 41, of Surfside Florida, stuck with the K-E diet, for a cost of $1,500 for 10 days, in order to slim down for her June wedding. Her weight loss guru, Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro explains that the tube administers a solution of protein and fat, but no carbohydrates. This puts the body into a state of ketosis, which can lead to quick weight loss because it starts burning fat instead of sugars (carbohydrates) for energy. Nose tube diets promise to help you lose as many as 20 pounds in less than two weeks.

While Schneider and other brides-to-be who engage in extreme weight loss plans often do shed pounds prior to their wedding day, critics warn that crash diets can cause side effects such as kidney stones, headaches, dizziness, vitamin deficiencies, and dehydration. They can also lead to weight cycling—when you gain back more pounds than you lost.

Like marriage, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Its no surprise brides want to look gorgeous on their wedding day, but being skinny for photographs certainly won’t prevent a divorce.

What do you think of the K-E Diet? Would you be willing to go through it to prepare for your own wedding?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: 12 News