People urged to help name Leicester’s eco-buses

By Kira Gibson

Leicester City Council has asked the public on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to name the city’s new eco-friendly buses.

The council is urging people to suggest names for its 11 new carbon-emission electric buses by Friday (APR23).

These buses will be out on the streets from May 24 onwards, and each one will be bright green to advertise the more carbon-efficient way they will travel.

Each one will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy as a way to bring cleaner travel to Leicester.

Some of the suggestions already left as comments on the social media posts suggest names including The Lineker, The Attenborough, The Hawkins and Busie McBusface.

The buses are a part of the new plans to change the transport habits of Leicester in the coming year.

The entire scheme includes the development of new bus routes and the building of a new Park-and-Ride location in Beaumont Leys which will incorporate current services to the city centre from outerlying neighbourhoods and suburbs.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “Changing our transport habits is the kind of action we need to take to help address the urgent climate emergency we are all facing.”

To give your name ideas to Leicester City Council, please go to: https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/36CU-8FR/name-that-greenlines-electric-bus

To find out more about the Beaumont Leys Park-and-Ride development plans, please go to: https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2021/april/new-park-and-ride-site-planned-for-beaumont-leys/?fbclid=IwAR1FqLw8mIdkncBHLRynFW-Dhk-C9smJ4PXYZ-RPot-VwTY6FhqCFEK91GQ

Home time! Students preparing to travel home for Easter brings worries for many

by Abigail Beresford

Universities up and down the UK are breaking up this week for the Easter holidays, with students set to be travelling home for the break.

With students returning home, there are worries that there will be a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths.

The rule of ‘stay at home’ is set to end on Monday(MAR29), allowing students to travel back home using public transport, bringing worries in increasing coronavirus cases.

“With people being able to interact and mix more, the numbers are just going to go up and up, especially when students are coming back from all different parts of the country,” said Sarah Harrison, 38, a mother of a student from Derbyshire.

Over the Easter period, more restrictions are set to be eased, with more interaction to be allowed.

The ‘Rule of Six’ is set to be reintroduced on March 29, which will allow six people or two households to meet outside, including in private gardens.

Non-essential retail and outdoor pubs are also set to reopen on April 12.

However, social distancing guidelines will still remain in place, and people are still expected to abide by them.

“They’re probably going to want to see friends and family that they’ve missed whilst being at university, but this will end up being part of the problem,” added Ms Harrison.

“With restrictions being eased and students coming back, what if all of that hard work was for nothing?”

Students have been encouraged to book a coronavirus test, before travelling back home to prevent the spread of the virus.

To get more information on booking a coronavirus test, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.

Home time! Students prepare to travel back home for Easter.

On the way up! Petrol prices on the rise during UK lockdown

by Abigail Beresford

Petrol prices are back on the rise, after a 4p increase since last month – but Leicester has stayed below national levels.

Petrol prices were recorded at 117.32p per litre during January 2021 but have since increased in the early weeks of February reaching 121.32p per litre.

However, petrol prices in Leicester have fallen below the national price levels, averaging at 119.6p per litre, according to Petrol Map.

The increase in petrol prices aims to discourage people from travelling long distances, in keeping with the current national restrictions that are in place.

During the first national lockdown last year, prices of petrol were recorded as low as 106.69p per litre, according to the RAC Foundation.

In comparison with the current average price, there has been as increase of 14.63p, with the last record on February 12, 2021 with 121.32p per litre.

“I rarely use my car at the moment,” said Alex Garner-Woodbury, 19 a second-year student at De Montfort University.

“I mainly use my car to get to-and-from Tesco for the weekly food shop, which is only up the road. I can’t travel back home to Wolverhampton, due to the restrictions so it’s the only run my car gets.”

Back on the open road, petrol prices back on the rise

The UK was put into its third national lockdown on January 4, with restrictions put in place expecting people to avoid travelling long distances and to stay at home, unless it is essential or if they are unable to work from home.

“It’s February, and this is the first time I’ve had to fill my car up since New Year,” added Alex.

“I used to fill my car up on a weekly basis, so it’s saving me money, but the prices of petrol are probably going to jump back up as soon as lockdown is eased”

The Prime Minister is expected to provide the nation with a road map out of the lockdown in the next coming days.

Watch: Kisha Cazley’s Prague vlogs

By Nakisha Cazley

Journalism and Media student Nakisha Cazley has produced a regular vlog during a summer internship working for the iForum website run by Charles University in Prague.

She has included highlights from trips to see the John Lennon Wall, beer gardens, the city zoo, and so much more.

Watch one of her Prague vlogs below or visit her YouTube channel to watch all the highs from her trip to the Czech Republic.

Michelin restaurant dining in Hong Kong – for less than £10

By Adrianna Zawadzka

A restaurant with a Michelin star sounds like an assurance of a high-quality food, amazing service and unforgettable experience. However, after spending six days in Hong Kong, on a trip organised by De Montfort University in Leicester, I know now, that in this city everything can surprise you.

A few years ago, in a documentary about different and interesting restaurants around the world, I saw a place called Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. The authors explained how cheaply and well you can eat there, which caught my attention. The restaurant sounded like one of the biggest attraction of the whole trip.

Once we arrived to China, I bombarded my friends with questions about visiting Tim Ho Wan. On the last day, we finally managed to  give the place a chance, hoping to get swept away consuming traditional, Chinese dishes in a traditional, GOOD, Chinese restaurant.

The journey to get there took about an hour from the hotel. Hong Kong Station which was our destination, turned out to be a shopping centre. Tim Ho Wan was on the 3rd floor; tiny restaurant with a queue outside.

What surprised us at the beginning was the menu we were given while waiting for our table. A green piece of paper with the dishes divided by the type of food and a pencil. To order a dish, you simply indicate your choice of food on the menu and give it to the waiter when you are seated.

Not long after we sat down at very cramped, tiny table, the variety of dishes filled up the rest of the free space. Sweet buns with BBQ pork, steamed egg cake, spring rolls with sea food inside and many more. Each person ordered three dishes, each of us tried everything, and each of us harmoniously was surprised. That might be the perfect word. Surprised with the customer service in this place, surprised by the food, but most importantly – by the price. For three dishes of the traditional, Chinese food and a can of traditional American coke, each of us paid equivalent of less than £10.

While leaving we all agreed it was worth it. We ate in a Michelin star restaurant for less than a tenner. We tried most of the food, we always wanted to try while we were in Hong Kong. Probably more than the food, we will remember the whole experience. At the end of the day, life is all about trying something new ever day.