Archive | September 2016

Top 10 dream companies for business students around the world

Google is known for offering appealing perks, great pay, and an exceptional workplace culture — so it’s no surprise that undergraduate business students find the search behemoth to be the most desirable employer.

Earlier this year, Universum, a global research and advisory firm, surveyed about 100,000 of these undergraduates across the globe and asked them to choose the companies and organizations they’d most like to work for.

Universum then put together a ranking of the most desirable employers, based on the number of undergraduate business students who chose a company as one of their dream employers.

Google, which specializes in online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and, of course, search, landed at the top of the list for a second consecutive year.

Apple, EY, Goldman Sachs, and PwC rounded out the top five. Here’s the top 10:

10. J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the sixth-largest bank in the world, by total assets.

9. L’Oréal Group

This French cosmetics company employed 78,600 people in 2014.

8. KPMG

This professional services company is one of the “Big Four” auditors and is based in Amsterdam.

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7. Microsoft

Microsoft is based in Redmond, Washington and primarily develops and sells computer software and personal computers.

6. Deloitte

This New York City-based “Big Four” accounting firm is also the world’s second largest professional services network.

5. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

PwC is the largest professional services firm in the world, operating a network of firms in 157 countries.

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4. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs specializes in global investment banking and other financial services and is headquartered in Lower Manhattan.

3. EY (Ernst & Young)

EY is one of the “Big Four” audit firms and employs 212,000 people.

2. Apple

This Cupertino, California-based multinational technology company is famous for its consumer electronics.

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1. Google

This technology company specializes in Internet-related products and is renowned for is core search engine.

If you have aspirations to work for any of the above in a Business capacity, you need to stop wasting time and get applying to The Sheffield College today! Go go go…!!!

Italian anti-Mafia police have recovered 2 Van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002

As far as Artistry goes, is having your paintings effectively kidnapped by the Mafia the ultimate compliment?

Italian police have found two Van Gogh paintings that were stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002 hidden in a farmhouse near an organized crime syndicate’s Naples-area stronghold, investigators said Friday.

The paintings, discovered without their frames, are in “relatively good condition,” the Van Gogh Museum said in a statement on its website. It said the two paintings are the 1882 work “Seascape at Scheveningen” and a later work, “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen.”

The earlier painting contains grains of sand that were stirred up from the beach as Van Gogh worked. The other depicts a church in the south of the Netherlands where the artist’s father was the pastor.

The recovered masterpieces, propped up on easels, were unveiled for reporters at a news conference in Naples. Museum director Axel Rueger said Italian investigators contacted the museum earlier in the week and asked it to send an expert to examine the paintings. Art experts determined they are authentic.

“Needless to say it’s a great day for us today,” Rueger told Sky TG24 TV. “We hope they are soon back where they belong.”

That might take some time. Authorities noted the paintings, found covered in cotton cloth in the farmhouse near Castellammare di Stabia, are part of an investigation of whether gangsters from the Camorra crime syndicate were behind the theft or if they got involved later.

Financial Police. Col. Giovanni Salerno said investigators looking into the syndicate’s cocaine trafficking operations got a tip that the Camorra might have had the artworks.

When renowned masterpieces are stolen, a theft commissioned by a private collector who has already agreed to buy them is usually suspected, since it would be virtually impossible to sell them in the legitimate art market.

With “enormous profits” from drug trafficking, the Camorra are looking for new ways to invest their ill-gained wealth, which might include stolen artworks, Salerno said.

Salerno said a person at the farmhouse when the paintings were found “didn’t say a word” about how they wound up there. He declined to elaborate, saying the case is still under investigation.

Investigators seized some 20 million euros ($22 million) worth of assets, including farmland, villas and apartments, which they say are linked to two Camorra drug kingpins, Mario Cerrone and Raffaele Imperiale, prosecutors Giovanni Colangelo and Filippo Beatrice said in a statement.

The organized crime investigative unit of the Financial Guard, a branch of the Italian police, often sequesters assets of suspected mobsters.

The museum said the paintings, inspected by a curator, do show “some damage.” It added that it is not known where the paintings were kept in the 14 years since they were stolen. Thieves broke into the museum overnight and made off with the works from the main exhibition hall, were dozens of Van Gogh paintings were on display.

The seascape work had some paint in the bottom left corner broken away, with the other had “a few minor damages at the edges of the canvas,” the museum statement said. Rueger said the museum owes a debt of gratitude to Italian authorities.

“After all these years, you no longer dare count on a possible return,” he said.

Crazy!! If there’s one thing about the Mafia, they can’t ever be accused of lacking culture! If you fancy getting into Art, make sure you check out our range of courses here at The Sheffield College today! 

10 Long Gone Sheffield Eateries We Miss

Sheffield has always been synonymous with great food. We even have our own relish to compliment. But over the years there have been some mighty fine establishments that have sadly shut up shop. Wow247 take a nostalgic, if not a little peckish, look down memory lane…

Hanrahans

This American-style bar and diner (one of Sheffield’s longest-established bars) reportedly featured in the Human League hit Don’t You Want Me. Hanrahans was popular with the city’s young professionals before becoming a branch of Loch Fyne in 2008, which also recently closed down.

Artisan

Artisan at Crosspool opened in 1995 and flew the Sheffield flag for 15 years in the Michelin guide, receiving rave reviews from customers. Sadly the restaurant closed in January 2014, provoking the rallying cry to ‘use or lose’ Sheffield’s independent restaurants. Their superb steaks and homemade black pudding are very much missed.

Josephines

Opened in the 1970s, glitzy club Josephines – which also boasted a fine dining restaurant popular with celebrities and footballers – shut its doors for the final time in 2003. Revellers recall its plush interiors (think crushed velvet padded toilet doors) as well as the wine bar and restaurant you might go to for special occasions.

Wimpy

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Orignal British burger chain, Wimpy, had more than one branch in Sheffield in the 1970s and 1980s, with locations on Fargate, Pinstone Street and High Street. Who can forget the infamous Bender in a Bun?

Nano Grill Bar & Restaurant

Nano Grill Bar & Restaurant opened in 2007 on London Road (having previously been Marmaris Turkish restaurant) offering a taste of the Med with its open kitchen and charcoal grill. It closed down in 2010.

Fitzwilliam & West

 

This well-established family-run cocktail bar and restaurant in the West One Plaza, which opened in 2007, was originally known as 23. It won positive reviews and awards, but pressure from chains forced its closure in 2014.

Platillos

 

An independent Mediterranean eatery and bar serving small plates and creative vegetarian dishes, Platillos in Leopold Square was a popular tapas bar. Tough trading conditions and competition from chain restaurants saw it close down in 2014.

Back of House

Back of House in Ecclesall Road opened in 2013, offering modern British food, with dishes such as mackerel Scotch egg, glazed pork belly and strawberries and cream impressing customers. The restaurant was short-lived, however, closing just a few months later.

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The 110-seater popular fish and seafood restaurant opened on Glossop Road in 2008, but the upscale restaurant chain closed down its Sheffield branch earlier this year.

Marsden’s Milk Bars

Marsden’s had two Milk Bars in Sheffield in the 1950s – on Pinstone Street and Change Alley – specialising in frothy milkshakes. The Marsden’s Teenage Tavern was a favourite haunt of many a Sheffield teenager back in the day.

How many do you remember? It’s always nice to be remembered for your culinary delights, why not have a stab of making a success of your cooking skills with a Catering course at The Sheffield College? Click here now to view our courses.

The 17 companies with the least painful job interviews in the UK, according to applicants

Are you looking for a new job but feeling a bit fearful of the interview process? For starters, don’t. You’ll be fine. Secondly, and we know it doesn’t just work like this, these companies apparently have the least painful interviews in town!

16. Asda: 91%

Positivity rating: 91%.

Industry: Supermarkets.

Employee review: Customer Assistant candidate in Middlesborough — “Group interview, made a balloon tower – was really fun and low pressure. After that we were put into groups and had to try and sell a product back to the management team. Finally came a 1:2 interview which was based around customer service and work ethics.”

=16. Waitrose: 91%

=16. Waitrose: 91%

A worker stocks produce shelves in the Canary Wharf store of Waitrose in London January 23, 2013.REUTERS/Neil Hall

Positivity rating: 91%.

Industry: Supermarkets.

Employee review: Supermarket Assistant candidate in Eastbourne — “We had an introduction to the interviewing managers that were really nice and friendly, the did some small talk to put us at ease. It started off with the “formal” interview process which was fairly informal because I chatted to the interviewer a bit beforehand. Then we did a group exercise where we had to match Waitrose staff to different scenarios and then present why we did this. There were a few funny ones in there which kept the process less intense.”

=12. M&G: 92%

=12. M&G: 92%

M&G sponsors the Chelsea Flower Show.REUTERS/Neil Hall

Positivity rating: 92%.

Industry: Investment.

Employee review: Investment Graduate candidate in London — “Video Interview involving 12 questions (30 seconds to prepare 3 mins to answer) and you are not expected to use up all the time. It isn’t as scary as it sounds and if you prepare well it is fine.”

=12. Jaguar Land Rover: 92%

=12. Jaguar Land Rover: 92%

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Positivity rating: 92%.

Industry: Automobile.

Employee review: Production Leader candidate in Coventry — “It was a informative day the interview team made you feel as comfortable as possible considering the pressure an interview brings. The recruiting managers gave some excellent feedback at the end of the session so we could all take some learning away from the day.”

=12. easyJet: 92%

=12. easyJet: 92%

Easyjet employees attend a media event to celebrate 20 years in business at Luton Airport, southern England, November 10, 2015.REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Positivity rating: 92%.

Industry: Airlines.

Employee review: Lead Fraud and Loss Specialist candidate in Luton — “The interviews were really nice and friendly and explained the format of the interview. I had to go through the skills on my CV and answer 8 competency questions with additional ones after that. It was quite relaxed and friendly.”

=12. Clarks: 92%

Positivity rating: 92%.

Industry: Retail.

Employee review: Sales Assistant candidate, in Nuneaton — “I handed my CV in store on the Wednesday, I took part in the group interview the following Tuesday. Group of 9, all women, and 3 interviewers from the local branch. Friendly, comfortable and relaxed. Lasted 1 hour, began at store closing time. I enjoyed it.”

=9. Procter & Gamble: 93%

=9. Procter & Gamble: 93%

The Proctor & Gamble headquarters complex is seen in downtown Cincinnati.AP Photo/John Minchillo

Positivity rating: 93%.

Industry: Consumer goods.

Employee review: Assistant Brand Manager candidate in Weybridge — All interviews are competency based and follow P&G’s values. I was never asked why P&G or why brand managing, it was all about me. They also place huge emphases on questions you have them, leaving at least 15 minutes for you to ask your own questions.”

=9. Rolls-Royce: 93%

=9. Rolls-Royce: 93%

A Rolls-Royce aircraft engine of a British Airways (BA) Boeing 747 passenger aircraft is seen at Heathrow Airport in west London April 7, 2011.REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Positivity rating: 93%.

Industry: Engineering.

Employee review: Engineering candidate in Derby — “HR were great, they were very reassuring and helpful when prepping for the assessment centre i.e. any arrangements that needed to be made. On the day, began with tea/coffee/juice with the assessors/engineers, so you’re able to introduce yourself, making it less awkward when being interviewed.”

=9. Topshop: 93%

Positivity rating: 93%.

Industry: Retail.

Employee review: Sales Associate candidate in Manchester — “There was a group interview with at least 30 people. First they made us stand in a circle and had a football with questions, we had to throw the football at each other and answer questions off the ball.”

=6. Superdrug: 94%

=6. Superdrug: 94%

Mark Wright launches his latest fragrance Mark Wright, which is available in two fragrances For Men or For Women, at Superdrug in Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.Matt Crossick / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Positivity rating: 94%.

Industry: Retail.

Employee review: Sales Advisor candidate from Luton — “The manager explained the process which was a 10min activity on the shop floor then he interviewed me. On the shop floor I was given a perfume and I had to try your sell it to customers while he observed. It wasn’t about how much you sell but your interaction with customers.”

=6. Goldman Sachs: 94%

=6. Goldman Sachs: 94%

Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.Mark Lennihan / AP/Press Association Images

Positivity rating: 94%.

Industry: Banking.

Employee review: Global Compliance candidate from London — “The actual interview was enjoyable and fairly relaxed, with the opportunity to talk to other candidates whilst waiting for your particular interview time slot. My interviewer was polite and friendly, and he didn’t ask any unexpected questions.”

=6. Morgan Stanley: 94%

=6. Morgan Stanley: 94%

James Gorman, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Positivity rating: 94%.

Industry: Banking.

Employee review: Operations Analyst candidate from Glasgow — “Overall, everyone was friendly, all the managers were approachable and there was a really positive culture there.”

=4. PwC: 95%

=4. PwC: 95%

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Positivity rating: 95%.

Industry: Accountancy/consultancy.

Employee review: Manager candidate from London — “For such a large company, PwC’s assessment process is incredibly smooth and the internal recruitment team have been an absolute pleasure to deal with.”

=4. Primark: 95%

=4. Primark: 95%

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Positivity rating: 95%.

Industry: Retail.

Employee review: Retail Assistant candidate from Oxford — “You meet so many nice people! In my experience the managers were really nice but were firm but fair when needed to be, which is obviously a good thing.”

=2. Mott MacDonald: 96%

Positivity rating: 96%.

Industry: Engineering.

Employee review: Environmental Consultant candidate — “Interview was quick, focused and friendly. Formal signed offer came two weeks after to start work in a month’s time. Entire process was pretty efficient.”

=2. BDO: 96%

=2. BDO: 96%

A photo of a BDO office uploaded onto Glassdoor by an employee.Glassdoor/BDO

Positivity rating: 96%.

Industry: Accountancy.

Employee review: Audit Trainee candidate from Guildford — “Very relaxed process. Got to meet current trainees and asked as much questions as I needed to.”

1. EDF: 100%

1. EDF: 100%

A technician inspects the blades of a turbine during a planned maintenance intervention at the Bugey nuclear power plant in Saint-Vulbas, near Lyon April 19, 2011.REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Positivity rating: 100%.

Industry: Power.

Employee review: Senior Analyst candidate from Hove — “There are generally 2 interviewers who take turn asking questions and are generally very easy to talk to. They tend to make people very comfortable. You are allowed to comeback to a question if you cannot think of a suitable answer immediately.”

 

There’s a hell of a lot of variation in there. Finance, Construction, Retail, Engineering and even Airline travel. At The Sheffield College, we have a variety of course that span as  far, and further, than that. Take a look through our course listings today, we’re sure there’s something in there for you! http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses

Here’s what it’s like to fly First Class on British Airways

Travelling anywhere in First Class is more than a treat for many of us. A rarity that often comes about by trying it on with the ticket man or being offered a free upgrade. British Airways’ First Class is looking glorious here, hopefully we’ll all get to ride there one day. Or if you fancy a career as part of an Air Cabin Crew, this is the best working environment going…

First passengers are shown to their own private, spacious suite and greeted with a pre-flight glass of Champagne.

After boarding, First passengers are shown to their own private, spacious suite and greeted with a pre-flight glass of Champagne.

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The suites come complete with “wellbeing essentials” in a bespoke British Airways bag.

Each suite is fully equipped with a personal power supply for laptops and electronic devices.

Each suite is fully equipped with a personal power supply for laptops and electronic devices.

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There is a 15-inch screen to watch films, documentaries, and TV shows or to play games, while noise-cancelling headphones allow customers to plug in to the music and audio book selection.

Passengers can hook up their laptop, iPad, or digital camera on the bigger screen with provided cables and charge their devices mid-flight as well. The new 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts, which have only eight suites in First Class compared to the usual 14, feature even larger screens and touchscreen handsets.

For longer flights, First and even Business Class passengers (pictured below) can turn their seats into lie-flat beds.

For longer flights, First and even Business Class passengers (pictured below) can turn their seats into lie-flat beds.

Passengers in Club World (Business Class) also enjoy a lie-flat bed.British Airways

The seats turn into a completely flat 198 cm bed complete with a luxurious quilted mattress and a white cotton duvet and pillow. The airline even provides overnight fliers with a new pair of complimentary soft cotton pyjamas.

Perhaps one of the best perks of First is the food and drink offering.

Perhaps one of the best perks of First is the food and drink offering.

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Along with an impressive wine and Champagne selection (British Airways is the only airline that serves three different types of Champagne in its First cabin), customers can order food from an a la carte menu whenever they want during a flight. All food comes served on white linen tablecloths and fine bone china — an upgrade from the plastic trays in Economy.

The breakfast selection includes a full-cooked English breakfast, smoothies and yoghurts. For afternoon tea, fliers can enjoy sandwiches, cakes, scones, jams, and clotted creams. And for lunch or dinner, customers can choose from items like fresh tuna and Herefordshire beef with truffle taglierini, followed by cheese platters, fresh fruit and fine chocolates for dessert.

For those left wanting more, First Class passengers also have access to a private 24-hour concierge.

For those left wanting more, First Class passengers also have access to a private 24-hour concierge.

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The complimentary service offers travel advice for passengers, offering them suggestions for restaurants and events at their destination.

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Old Wives’ Medical Tales That Are Actually True

We’ve all heard an old wives’ tale in our time. They usually sound utterly obscure, yet you somehow feel a slight obligation to believe that they are true. A guilt at quaffing at something that’s been passed through generations. And you should, for very good reason…

Turns out they were right. Chicken soup is good for a cold.

But it’s not the only old-school remedy that scientists have actually found to be helpful.

Here are nine weird household tricks that you can actually use to ward off pain, soothe a cold, calm a headache, or brighten your smile.

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Feeling a cold coming on? Try gargling with plain water. A study of close to 400 healthy volunteers found that those who gargled with plain water were significantly less likely to come down with upper-respiratory-tract infections (URTIs) — a type of infection often linked with colds and the flu — during the study period than those who didn’t gargle. The researchers concluded that, “Simple water gargling was effective to prevent URTIs among healthy people.”

 

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If you tend to get motion sick on trips, try packing along a couple pieces of ginger candy. One study comparing people taking a placebo with those taking ginger found that just one gram of the root was helpful in alleviating symptoms of seasickness, morning sickness, and nausea induced by chemotherapy.

In general, ginger may also be helpful for relieving gas and indigestion, Stephen Hanauer, MD, a professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Prevention.

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Mom was right. While the jury’s still out on precisely why chicken soup makes us feel better when we’re sick, researchers are pretty certain that it does. For one study in which researchers were trying to pinpoint the effect the soup had on inflammation (a common component of colds), they found that it slowed the movement of neutrophils, the white blood cells that are the hallmark of acute infection. In other words, the soup appears to help calm down the inflammation that triggers many cold symptoms.

 

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So long as you don’t have a punctured eardrum, you use this easy recipe from the Mayo Clinic to stop ear infections before they start. Simply combine one part white vinegar with one part rubbing alcohol, pour a teaspoon into each ear and let it drain back out. The mixture is designed to help stop the growth of bacteria and fungi that cause swimmer’s ear.

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They’re not just good for the body — fresh, crunchy fruits and veggies also help keep your pearly whites white. As you chew apples and carrots, for example, their broken-up pieces scrub the surface of your teeth, helping to remove stains. Apples and strawberries also contain malic acid, which helps whiten the enamel.

 

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Hate the taste of cough syrup? The WHO recommends honey as a cough medication for children, and a 2012 study of 300 children who’d been sick for a week or less found that those who were given 10g of honey at bedtime (compared with those who were given a placebo) had fewer cough symptoms and, oddly enough, slept more soundly as well.

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Applying ice to the head or the back of the neck can help numb away pain linked with migraines. And the chilly sensation may also help get your mind off the throbbing at your temples. In a 2013 study of 50 people with migraines, people who used a frozen neck wrap at the onset of the migraine for 30 minutes tended to say their pain significantly decreased; when they removed it for 30 minutes, they tended to say their pain increased.

 

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If you’re fresh out of rubbing alcohol, you can use vodka. Soak a washcloth in the liquor and rub it on your feet. The alcohol inside is an antiseptic (just like rubbing alcohol) and it’ll help try out moisture. In the process, it’ll wipe out odor-causing bacteria and fungus.

 

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Warts are harmless, brown-colored growths on the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Since they’re caused by an infectious disease, they can be passed from person to person through physical contact. But there’s good news! A 2002 study found that covering warts with duct tape eliminated them better than freezing them off, the idea being that the tape suffocates the wart.

The jury is still out, though: Subsequent studies on duct-tape treatments haven’t been as convincing. Still want to try it? Clean the affected area, cut a piece of duct tape just larger than the wart you want to get rid of, and smooth it over the skin. Replace the tape every few days until the wart disappears.

God bless science! Wouldn’t have wanted to believe that my Gran’s been leading me on a merry dance since I was a nipper! Anyway, Science courses here at The Sheffield College are a perfect way to dispel myths like this. Click here to view our courses now.  

The Greatest Rock n Roll Pilgrimages in the UK

For such a small island we don’t half outdo ourselves when it comes to music.

With the death of Prince back in April, the iconic musician left a lot of history behind

But aside from his musical legacy, one of the biggest things left by the late star is his 65,000 square-foot Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis, which is planning to open for public guided tours as of October 6 this year.

Minneapolis is a little bit far to go for us Brits, so what do we do if we want a musical journey of our own?

Well, how about these locations for starters…

The Haçienda, Manchester

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The Haçienda, one of the most influential nightclubs in UK history, saw just about everyone pass through its hallowed doors during its heyday.

Its melting pot of music gave rise to Madchester and Acid House, and saw Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and many more iconic acts take to its yellow and black hazard taped stage.

Sadly, only an apartment block (aptly titled Haçienda Apartments) remains in the shell of the original building.

430 Kings Road, London

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There’s basically no sign that Malcolm McLaren’s S&M-inspired punk clothing store –Sex – ever existed at the above address, but the now inauspicious location is basically the birthplace of punk.

The story goes that McLaren spyed a young Johnny Rotten wearing an “I Hate Pink Floyd” t-shirt , invited him into the shop and recruited him to the Sex Pistols after a brief audition singing Alice Cooper songs.

430 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London, SW10 0LJ

Abbey Road, London

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The site of the world reknowned Abbey Road studios, made famous by The Beatles’ near-constant use. Even more iconic is the street’s zebra crossing, seen on the front cover of the Fab Four’s aptly-named and last recorded album.

It’s become a tourist cliché to have your photo taken crossing the sacred tarmac, but thousands of visitors indulge every year.

3 Abbey Rd, London, NW8 9AY

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

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The pilgrimage with perhaps the greatest prize at the end of it (a full blown, five-day music festival), and one that resembles a traditional crusade most closely, the trip to Glastonbury is one that every music fan should make at least once in their life.

Sure, it may not abide by the same everyman ethics as it once did, but it’s still the world’s biggest, most famous, and eclectic festival.

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

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King Tut’s is no doubt an iconic music venue, playing host to bands both big and small. But does that alone qualify it for a pilgramage?

Maybe not, but throw in the fact that the Glaswegian venue played host to a chance meeting between Oasis and Creation Records boss Alan McGee, which led to the band being signed on the spot after being impressed by them, and it plays a pretty integral part in UK music history.

272 St Vincent St, Glasgow, G2 5RL

Prestwick Airport, Glasgow

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An airport is not the first thing you’d associate with a rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage, and you might have a tough time just wandering around taking snaps in light of stringent security measures.

But Prestwick Airport remains notable in music lore, being officially the only place in the UK where The King himself, Elvis Presley, visited.

Returning from Germany in 1960 as part of his military service, Elvis’ stopover flight briefly saw him call into the airport.

Aviation House, Prestwick, KA9 2PL

Leeds Uni, Leeds

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Considered one of the most incendiary live albums of all time, The Who’s Live at Leeds wasn’t recorded in a huge arena or anything like that, but instead the fairly non-descript Leeds University student union.

It’s had a lick of paint since then, and there’s probably a few more food options than there was in 1970, but you can just about imagine Roger Daltrey and co. tearing the roof off all those years ago.

University Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT

Salford Lads Club, Manchester

Salford Lads Club, Manchester

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Any self-respecting Smiths fans has taken themselves off to Salford Lads Club, which still runs to this day.

It was made famous by the Manchester band when they posed in front of the building for the inside cover of their album The Queen Is Dead, and featured it in videos for the songs ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’.

St Ignatius Walk, Salford, M5 3RX

Cavern Club, Liverpool

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Another location steeped in Beatles history, the Cavern Club is where the Fab Four started out with some of their earliest gigs.

Unfortunately for purists, while a Cavern Club does exist at 10 Mathew Street, it’s not technically the same venue in which George, Paul, Ringo and John played all of those years ago.

The original location was filled in during the construction of Merseyrail underground loop in the early 70s, though the current incarnation was built using many of the same bricks, and to the same plans.

10 Mathew St, Liverpool, L2 6RE

The Boardwalk, Sheffield

 

As is so often the case with iconic – though small – music venues, rising costs put an end to their musical legacy.

That’s what happened with Sheffield’s Boardwalk, which in the past had paid host to The Clash’s first ever gig, and in more recent years saw early gigs from local heroes like Arctic Monkeys and Bring Me The Horizon.

39-41 Snig Hill, Sheffield, S3 8NA

And whilst you’re taking a nostalgic look through Britain’s Rock n Roll landmarks, take a look at our Music courses in our fantastic new facilities including recording studios, mixing desks and rehearsal rooms.

Turner Prize exhibition opens with giant buttocks, train rides and scrap metal

Yes that is a real headline from the BBC this morning. And yes, it’s obviously related to the Turner Prize where the weird and wonderful thrive.

Members of the public have their first chance to see the artwork nominated for the Turner Prize when an exhibition featuring the four artists opens later.

Anthea Hamilton is nominated for work focusing on fetishism including an enormous sculpture of a man’s buttocks.

Visitors can ride on Josephine Pryde’s Lapses in Thinking, a train that goes around the gallery.

Michael Dean, Helen Marten are the other two artists in the running for the prestigious £25,000 prize.

BBC News is broadcasting a tour of the exhibition on Facebook Live at approximately 12:00 BST on Monday.

In a rare move, visitors will be able to take their own photos and video at the exhibition and share them via social media.

The aim of the prize is to “promote public debate around new developments in contemporary art”.

Tate Britain in London is hosting the exhibition, which runs until January, with the winner to be named in December.

The prize is awarded to a British artist under the age of 50 who is considered to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months.

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Image caption Anthea Hamilton’s work combines surrealism, comedy and sexual imagery

Anthea Hamilton, who lives and works in London, is shortlisted for her Lichen! Libido! Chastity! exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York.

The Tate said her sculpture, installation, performance and video bring “a surrealist sensibility to popular culture” and “seduce the viewer with comic and unexpected combinations of images, materials and words”.

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Image captionMichael Dean’s work tries to make words into a physical format

Michael Dean, from Newcastle, is nominated for sculptures and installations made from “aesthetically-overlooked materials” like salvaged corrugated metal from a shop shutter.

The Tate said his work, seen at South London Gallery and de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, is “concerned with the physical presentation of language”.

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Image captionLimpet Apology (traffic tenses) from Helen Marten is an example of her tableau works (Picture courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York)

Helen Marten creates sculpture, screen printing and writing featuring the “collage-like accumulation” of “models and motifs taken from contemporary visual culture”.

The Tate said she “creates poetic, pictorial puzzles” drawing on “gestures and imagery of our everyday lives”.

From Macclesfield, Cheshire, she is nominated for her presentations at the 56th Venice Biennale and Greene Naftali in New York.

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Image captionThe nominees are (clockwise from top left): Anthea Hamilton, Josephine Pryde, Helen Marten and Michael Dean. Pictures by: Lewis Ronald, Dan Mitchell, Juergen Teller and Michael Dean

Josephine Pryde‘s work, meanwhile, focuses on the meeting point between art and photography.

Tate said it examined the idea of “art as commodity and of the seductive qualities of the wider art world”, adding that she “calls into question the conventions of the gallery”.

The artist, from Alnwick, Northumberland, is nominated for her solo exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am at CCA Wattis in San Francisco.

One of her pieces is a model of a Union Pacific freight locomotive pulling two box carriages, which members of the public can ride on.

The winner will be announced in London on 6 December. Next year’s prize will be given out in Hull when it is UK City of Culture.

The Turner Prize exhibition will be at Tate Britain from 27 September until 8 January 2017.

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The Shawshank Redemption – 8bit Edition

Computer whiz-kids work on another level to everyone else. In fact, it’s likely to be beyond a level and more likely to be in another dimension. Brains that nobody else could possibly decipher. That’s why this is great. Think Shawshank Redemption crossed with something on a GameBoy colour!! Madness.

CineFix presents The Shawshank Redemption retold via old-school 8-bit wizardry.

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Beautifully Haunting Abandoned Places Around The World

Whatever the cause, it’s never nice to see a building decrepit and abandoned. No hope, just desolation and rot. It errs on the spooky and the unnerving. These were once pieces of archaeological wizardry. They deserve acknowledgement and respect not the remainder of their existence spent in decay with only moss for company. Here’s some of the most beautiful places that have been left to lie:

1. This lonely 20th-century home in a developing Shanghai neighborhood.

This lonely 20th-century home in a developing Shanghai neighborhood.

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2. An overgrown abandoned village on Shengshan Island in Zhoushan, China.

An overgrown abandoned village on Shengshan Island in Zhoushan, China.

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3. The derelict lobby of the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit.

The derelict lobby of the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit.

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4. A quiet Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, left abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

A quiet Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, left abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

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5. The uninhabited Japanese island of Gukan jima, or “Warship Island,” where more than 5,000 people once resided in the 1950s.

The uninhabited Japanese island of Gukan jima, or "Warship Island," where more than 5,000 people once resided in the 1950s.

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6. This once glorious monument in the Central Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria.

This once glorious monument in the Central Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria.

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7. This shell of a house that has since been reclaimed by the Sahara Desert.

This shell of a house that has since been reclaimed by the Sahara Desert.

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8. These 13th-century flour mills that remain standing in Sorrento, Italy.

These 13th-century flour mills that remain standing in Sorrento, Italy.

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9. A surreal scene inside an abandoned power plant in Charleroi, Belgium.

A surreal scene inside an abandoned power plant in Charleroi, Belgium.

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10. A mining village in Kolmanskop, Namibia, where the lines between outdoor and indoor have disappeared.

A mining village in Kolmanskop, Namibia, where the lines between outdoor and indoor have disappeared.

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11. The Maunsell Forts in the Thames estuary that once protected the UK during World War II.

The Maunsell Forts in the Thames estuary that once protected the UK during World War II.

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12. These 100 villas without a single resident in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

These 100 villas without a single resident in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

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13. The forsaken International Railway Station of Canfranc, Spain — opened in 1928 and abruptly abandoned in 1970.

The forsaken International Railway Station of Canfranc, Spain — opened in 1928 and abruptly abandoned in 1970.

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14. These dusty roofs peaking through the volcanic rubble after the 1997 eruption in Montserrat.

These dusty roofs peaking through the volcanic rubble after the 1997 eruption in Montserrat.

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15. The trees growing on top of the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium ruins in Beelitz, Germany.

The trees growing on top of the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium ruins in Beelitz, Germany.

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16. The empty halls of the Hellenikon airport, which once served 12 million passengers a year in Athens, Greece.

The empty halls of the Hellenikon airport, which once served 12 million passengers a year in Athens, Greece.

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17. These bizarre abandoned ships left to rust in the desert of Aral, Kazakhstan.

These bizarre abandoned ships left to rust in the desert of Aral, Kazakhstan.

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18. And the overgrown Faliro Olympic Complex where thousands once cheered in Athens.

And the overgrown Faliro Olympic Complex where thousands once cheered in Athens.
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As a Civil Engineer, seeing your vision built up and around you must be the best. Seeing it be reclaimed by the elements, nature or the taxman probably isn’t the best. That’s why it’s important to start your career at The Sheffield College to get the most out your time in the industry. For a variety of course levels, please click here.