Why James Blunt Is Campaigning For Sustainable Fishing

James Blunt is best known as a singer, but he’s also an outspoken advocate for ocean conservation. Blunt sat down with Jim Edwards, editor-in-chief of Business Insider UK, to discuss why he’s campaigning for sustainable fishing and why he is a spokesperson for the Blue Marine Foundation.

Following is a transcript of the video:

James Blunt: 90% of the larger fish in the ocean are gone. We’ve taken them through overfishing, unsustainable overfishing.

Jim Edwards: You’re known as a singer obviously, and a surprisingly dangerous and funny presence on Twitter. But you’re less well known for your interest in fish, how did you first become interested in ocean conservation?

James Blunt: My father was based in Cyprus, he was in the army and so I grew up on and in the Mediterranean. I live in Ibiza now and have done for 14 years and I call it my home, and as such, I can really see the changes that have happened there over my lifetime. I think anyone who goes on holiday in the Mediterranean will ask the same question as me when you jump in the water, which is where are the fish? I mean there are so few now compared to when I was a child I think people really recognize that plastics are a problem, we go into our supermarkets now and I hope that we’re all more aware that by purchasing goods covered in plastics it will end up with them being in the ocean. But I think people have realised that is just the tip of the iceberg of the problem. The problem is not just plastics, but climate and also our huge amount of overfishing in an unsustainable manner. 

Jim Edwards: What is the single worst thing that’s happening in the sea right now?

James Blunt: I don’t think you have to look very far, in Dogger Bank which you will have heard about from the weather reports. Dogger Bank is where we’re supposed to have one of Europe’s largest marine conservation areas and instead what’s going on there is this remarkable thing, this terrible thing called pulse fishing, where they literally send a pulse down into the seabed. In doing so that snaps the spines of larger fish, kills up to a quarter of the young cod and indiscriminately kills all marine life on the seabed, in the mud and is destroying an ecosystem.

Jim Edwards: So they’re literally just electrocuting the sea?

James Blunt: Absolutely and it sounds as bad as it is.

Jim Edwards: So who’s at fault for all this, who’s doing this type of fishing?

James Blunt: Well I think we’re not talking about small fishing boats in the English Channel, we’re talking about large-scale industrial fishing which is literally going with enormous great nets and taking everything they can out of the ocean. 

Jim Edwards: So shouldn’t we just eat less fish?

James Blunt: Well I think if we continue to in the way that we have there simply won’t be any fish at the end of it but I think the answer for us is to question where our fish is coming from and ask, is it from sustainable sources, is it locally-sourced? 

Jim Edwards: So, who’s standing in the way of this?

James Blunt: I don’t think anyone’s standing in the way of it, it’s just about action or inaction. Sometimes we can be focused on other things we just need to focus our minds and focus our pressure on ourselves, on business, on governments to act on this.

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Inside London’s New £15bn Elizabeth Line Upgrade

Business Insider UK got an inside look at the progress works of London’s new Elizabeth Line. The entire upgrade costs £14.8 billion and has taken nine years to build. We visited Farringdon—one of 41 new stations for the new service—to see what to expect once the line officially opens in Dec 2018.

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We Went Inside A Secret, Immersive Blade Runner Event

Secret Cinema is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with its biggest ever theatrical event. It has recreated the dystopian world of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner in an East London warehouse.

Business Insider UK was among the first to be allowed to film inside the cult theatrical show.

Secret Cinema has shows running until July 8, 2018 and tickets cost between £45 and £110.

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Inside London’s ‘Slim House’ That Is 7 Feet Wide And Costs £1m

Business Insider UK got an inside look at the ‘slim house’ in London; a home that measures only 7.5ft wide.

The narrow building features 3 floors, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and was renovated by architects alma-nac, who added features to the house to maximise every inch of the limited space.

Take a look inside the home that appears small on the outside, but is deceptively large inside.

It is on sale for £1 million.

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Meet the artist leaving positive notes to strangers around London

Artist Andy Leek leaves notes to strangers around London to brighten up their day.

He started the project 3 years ago after a career in advertising and after recovering from a mental health problem.

“I had a very long commute and I realised that was probably my only chance to make art,” he told Business Insider. “So I started off trying to make a difference for one person every day by leaving cards with positive notes to strangers on them in copies of the Metro and leaving them on seats for random people to find.”

At the bottom of each note, Andy signs off with his Instagram handle. He gained such a big following that 9 months later making notes became his full-time job.

He now makes, posters, paintings, and picture frames. Prices can go from £14 to just under £1,000.

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Craig from Craigslist thinks he has a solution to ‘fake news’

Business Insider spoke with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, about a solution to “fake news.”

Newmark believes that there are too many unreliable news outlets who are poor at identifying trustworthy news.

Newmark’s project aims to reduce bot networks that propagate fake news, identifying the trustworthy networks and leaving consumers with only reliable information.

Do you think this will solve the problem?

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Craigslist founder Craig Newmark explains why he chose philanthropy over an IPO

Business Insider spoke to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Craig Newmark: In my first year or two in San Francisco, a lot of people helped me acclimatise myself to the town.

They helped me understand what neighbourhoods were good and maybe where to shop. I got a lot out of it.

Early ’95, I decided I should give back, started a simple mailing list, it succeeded via word-of-mouth. I had to call it something at some point, was going to call it “San Francisco Events”.

Jim Edwards: How many people were on the email list at its height?

Craig Newmark: Well at that time, around 250 people. People around me though told me that I had invented a brand – Craigslist – they explained to me what a brand is, and I’m being literal here.

They were right, so that worked for a while. But by the time the end of ’98 came around, people helped me understand then that I needed to make it into a real company or it would fail.

I decided to monetise as little as possible, partially because of that Sunday school lesson: “Know when enough is enough.”

VCs and bankers at that point told me I should do the usual Silicon Valley thing and make some billions. But no-one really needs billions of dollars except to give away.

Jim Edwards: So you have no regrets about not doing the whole VC thing?

Craig Newmark: No, I’ve no regrets not doing my own IPO. I plan to give away a great deal more money to charity, I’ve already committed to do so, and trying to figure out how I – as an amateur philanthropist – I’m trying to figure out how I can do that most effectively given the realities of this time.
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KPMG’s US CEO Lynne Doughtie says you need to do these 3 things before making work decisions

Business Insider UK spoke with Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO of KPMG US at Davos about dealing with making tough decisions as a leader.

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Alyson: Being a CEO comes with a lot of responsibility, just tough decisions sometimes you have to make – it’s not all glory, at all, it’s a lot of work.

One tough decision you had to make that you got wide praise for was last year, there were six executives who had found some insider information at KPMG; they learned that an audit was gonna happen. And you made the prompt, quick decision to fire all six of the executives.

How did you make that decision? I mean, it was widely praised, but I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy?

Lynne: No. And I think all leaders at some point in time you’re gonna face tough decisions. And I think it’s really important that…you know, the way I approach that – and I think others should as well – is you have to seek the facts.

It’s not something that you do in isolation. It’s getting the perspectives, seeking the truth, and I think it’s also looking at the core values of what you as a person, and as a leader stand for, and what your organisation stands for. And there are certain things that are zero tolerance. It doesn’t mean that you want bad things for people, but there are consequences. You have to set the tone for the organisation.

And so I think as any leader or future leader approaches those tough decisions, it is important that others are involved, but sticking to what you know is right, from your own core is important. Then also, usually if it’s a really tough one, you’ve got to be decisive and move quickly. Finding that right balance of seeking the facts, moving quickly, getting to the right answer can be tough; but it’s something that others are watching, and it’s important that you set the example for your organisation.

Alyson: I think the decisiveness is really important if you can’t waffle, once you make a decision you just have to own it and lead into it.

Lynne: Exactly. And also, look, leaders aren’t perfect. You’re gonna make some mistakes and it’s owning those mistakes as well. And that kinda gets back to the authenticity, and real. And it’s just being very transparent about: “here’s what I thought through, here’s the decision that’s in the best interest of our institution.” And explaining that and then moving forward.

I think when you do that you get to the right answer.

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Here’s the painstaking, 2-week process that goes into making masks for the Carnival of Venice

Business Insider UK visited three different workshops to see how the masks are made for the world famous Carnival of Venice.

The traditional masks are made in papier maché and are decorated with things like gold leaf, feathers, or gems.

The Carnival of Venice began in the 12th century, it bloomed during the Renaissance period but was disbanded during the late 18th century.

The festival was restored in 1979 and has grown in popularity since then.

Watch the video to see how the masks are made.

Special thanks to workshops La Bottega dei Mascareri, Magie di Carnevale, and Ca’ Macana.

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This BBQ shack is giving huge meat platters away for free to promote Monster Hunter: World

This BBQ shack is giving away food for free!

It’s part of a promotion for the launch of the video game ‘Monster Hunter: World’. They wanted to pay tribute to the game by cooking food in ‘monster’ proportions, and are roasting half a cow at a time as well as serving pork and lamb.

Guests can try out the game while eating enormous platters of meat. You track and hunt monsters, looting them for items which will allow you to progress through increasingly difficult hunts.

The popup is open at London’s Flat Iron Square, but be sure to catch it quickly as it’s only open until January 28th.

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Donald Trump apologises for retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos from Britain First

US President Donald Trump has apologised for retweeting a string of anti-Muslim hate videos posted by the British far-right.

Trump used an appearance on UK television channel ITV to acknowledge that Britain First, the party whose deputy leader he hugely amplified by retweeting three posts, were “horrible, racist people.”

He told Piers Morgan, the host of ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” and a personal friend, that he had known little about the group and was willing to apologise for the incident, which took place in late November.

A clip of the exchange was aired on Friday 26th January, and it is due to be broadcast in full on Sunday 28th at 10 p.m. UK time.

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Sir Martin Sorrell: We need a soft Brexit and an end to uncertainty

Business Insider UK spoke with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, at Davos about the possibility of a soft Brexit.

The biggest issues facing British businesses is uncertainty, Sorrell says.

Businesses might increase variable costs, instead of fixed costs, to improve market share and sales.

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Undercover footage from inside secretive Presidents Club Charity Dinner

Financial Times reporter Madison Marriage took a secret camera inside London’s Dorchester hotel as part of an exposé on the event, where hostesses were asked to wear revealing clothes. Some have said they were groped and propositioned by attendees.

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It took two cranes to recover a crashed plane in Turkey

Transport officials on Thursday recovered a plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 had 168 people on board when it skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport on Saturday.

It stopped at an acute angle only a few metres away from the Black Sea.

All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.

Turkish media reported the pilots of the plane as telling investigators that the right engine experienced a sudden surge of speed that forced it to swerve to the left.

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We got our ears professionally cleaned – and the results shocked us

We went to the Clear Ear Clinic in Oxford to get our ears cleared using a procedure called microsuction.

“It’s done with a tiny vacuum that hoovers everything that’s in the ear gently,” ENT nurse practitioner Sarah Elliott told Business Insider.

Wax is the body’s natural protection of the ear canal. But too much of it can cause damage, including infections or pressure in the ear.

“Wax is composed of three things: dead skin, the oil that everyone secretes onto their skin called sebum, and a specialised form of sweat called cerumen,” ENT surgeon Simon Gane told Business Insider.

Ears have a natural clearance mechanism to get rid of the excess wax. But sometimes using earplugs, cotton buds, or drops will prevent this system from doing its job, leading to more buildup.

There are also other factors that determine one’s wax buildup, such as genetics, and the size of one’s ear canal.

A microsuction for both ears at the Clear Ear Clinic costs £85, and takes around 15 minutes. Doctors recommend getting your ears checked annually.

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How a luxury watch company makes its £28,000 watches

Business Insider was given an exclusive look at how one of the rarest and most complex watches in the UK are made.

Luxury watchmakers Garrick England, have created the “S1,” a “skeleton” watch that’s made and carefully crafted by hand, taking a total of around four months to make. We were shown some of the processes involved in creating the watch, including how the hands of the watch are coloured and how the wheels of the gears are cut.

Currently, only one version of the £28,000 S1 watch exists, with a possible estimated total quantity of around 10 models; making it one of the rarest watches in the world. 

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Inside Aldwych, London’s abandoned Underground station

Business Insider was given a tour of London’s abandoned Aldwych Underground station.

The station has quite the history, opening in 1907 and serving as a bomb shelter during the Blitz in the 1940s. It was also used as a hiding place for some of the British Museum’s treasures including the Elgin Marbles.

The station used to provide services to the Picadilly line, having only one stop to Holborn, which is around a 10-minute walk away. The station was eventually closed in 1994, due to heavy maintenance costs.

The station is now used for various forms of training by different organisations – including the fire brigade and the police – and public tours from the museum.

Hollywood movies are also filmed in the station, previously providing scenes for “V for Vendetta” and “Atonement.”

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Divers discover 215-mile-long cave in Mexico full of Mayan relics

A group of divers have connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilisation.

The Gran Acuifero Maya, (GAM) a project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula, said the 347 kilometre- (216 mile-) cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels.

Near the beach resort of Tulum, the group found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 263 km (163 miles), communicated with the 83 km- (52 km-) Dos Ojos system, the GAM said in a statement. For that reason, Sac Actun now absorbs Dos Ojos.

The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is studded with monumental relics of the Maya people, whose cities drew upon an extensive network of sinkholes linked to subterranean waters known as cenotes.

Some cenotes acquired particular religious significance to the Maya, whose descendants continue to inhabit the region.

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Footage shows how close this plane came to landing in the sea

A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.

Images show the Boeing 737-800 on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water.

Preparations were underway on Sunday to begin moving it.

If it had stopped any further along the slope, the plane would have likely plunged into the Black Sea in the Turkish province of Trabzon.

The incident late Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines flight, but they were all evacuated safely.

Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz said Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway and that the airport would be closed until 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT).

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Inside Wimpy, the UK’s forgotten fast food chain

We went to one of the few remaining Wimpy restaurants in London.

Wimpy was first introduced to the UK in 1954 and became one of the most popular fast food chains in the country. That was until McDonald’s entered the market in 1974.

In the 70’s there were over 500 Wimpy restaurants across the UK, now that’s down to just 80. The chain was famous for some of its menu items such as the Wimpy Burger and the Bender in a Bun.

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Gadget Could Save You If Your Car Gets Stuck In Mud Or Snow

This strap can free your car from mud and snow. It’s called the Trac-Grabber.

It can be installed onto most cars and trucks. The straps are attached to each drive wheel and fastened tightly. When you drive forwards or backwards, the rubber block on the strap creates a smaller surface area to channel pressure.

They call it the ‘paddle effect’. Prices for the Trac-Grabber start around £37.

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We tried dermaplaning, a £150 treatment where your face is scraped with a scalpel

Dermaplaning is a beauty treatment that uses a scalpel to scrape dead skin and peach fuzz off your face. It uses a very sharp blade which is the same used in surgeries to cut the skin, so it needs to be used only by a certified doctor.

We went to Dr. David Jack’s practice in London to try it. He said: “It helps with things like fine wrinkles if it’s done over a long period of time. Also in the short term, it helps with luminosity of the skin”.

The treatment starts with an alcohol and antiseptic wash and an acid gel cleanser. Dr. Jack then starts scraping. At the end of the treatment, a vitamin C serum is applied, together with hyaluronic acid serum and a vitamin A (retinol) cream.

Critics say it’s unnatural to remove the skin as it protects against bacteria and UV rays. Others are worried their facial hair will grow thicker.

“You are shaving the top of the hairs off. You’re not doing anything to the follicle. You’re not changing the growth of the hair. There’s no risk of that whatsoever,” said the doctor.

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Why central banks are experimenting with blockchain

Business Insider spoke to economist Garrick Hileman, from the University of Cambridge, about central banks experimenting with blockchain technology.

Hileman said an increasing number of central banks are looking to the system due to its resilience and transparency.

He adds that although blockchain could become important as banks move away from physical currency, there are privacy issues with the technology.

Watch the video to find out more.

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Footage shows the devastation caused by California mudslides

At least 13 people have died from massive mudslides in a wealthy Southern California region early Tuesday morning.

A heavy storm triggered flash floods and unleashed debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara, around 2.30 a.m. local time (PST), the LA Times reported.

As Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters on Tuesday night: “The best way I can describe it is it looked like a World War One battlefield.”

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Trump appears to forget the national anthem at Atlanta football game

President Donald Trump was on the field for the national anthem before the College Football Playoff national title game.

Trump walked onto the field accompanied by the ROTC units from Georgia and Alabama. He was greeted by mostly cheers from the crowd on hand to watch the game between Alabama and Georgia.

Trump waved to the crowd before the Zac Brown Band sang the anthem. Hand placed over his heart, Trump appeared to sing along at times.

No players were on the field yet. That’s unlike the NFL, where some players this season protested racial injustice by kneeling during the anthem – often drawing Trump’s ire.

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