The Richest Young Musicians From the UK

From Britpop to English folk rock, the UK has fostered some of the most prominent young musicians of our time. And they have gone on to make millions. Here is The Sunday Times’ top 10 richest musicians under 30 in the UK and Ireland.

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The Wealthiest Kings and Queens of Hip-Hop

Hip-hop lyrics are often about “making it big” with little or nothing to work with. Most hip-hop artists have gone from rags to riches through their music. In the spirit of Forbes’ recent list of the top 5 wealthiest hip-hop artists, here is an extended list of hip-hop icons that mastered the art and struck gold. Click to see how they made their millions.

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10 Ways to Get Paid to Travel Around the World

Do you find that your bucket list is growing a lot faster than your bank account? A number of people find themselves putting off their travel plans because they’re tied to a job. If you are one of those people who doesn’t want to sacrifice a steady stream of income in order to be able to travel, here are a few jobs that will actually pay you to see the world.

Flight Attendant

UnknownAir stewards and stewardesses strike a balance between padding their bank accounts and seeing the world. Their duties include enforcing safety and security measures, customer service and hospitality, boarding particulars and ensuring a safe and pleasurable ride.

The pay: $3,000-$4,000 per month.

The credentials: first aid certification, a second language

Cruise Ship Employee

MSMajestyOfTheSeasEdit1Because a cruise ship is just like a microcosm community, there are jobs in demand for all skill sets. From chefs and food servers to swim instructors and tour leaders, there is a role for everyone. Cruise ship employees work long hours and the pay is less than amazing, but the chance to see the world from coast to coast is invaluable.

The pay: $1,200-$1,500 per month.

The credentials: immunity to sea-sickness

ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher

esl1This method is the most popular means of travelling while working, especially for young people. The type of workvaries greatly depending on where in the world you are teaching, but your purpose is to teach English to speakers of other languages.

The pay: $2,000-$5,000 per month (South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan tend to pay the best).

The credentials: TESOL certificate (or equivalent)

Tour Guide

snowshoeingAlthough on the lower end of the pay scale, this job is perfect for the action-loving adventurer. If you have a destination in mind that you know a ton about and are willing to spend a significant amount of time in, then you might as well capitalize on it.

The pay: $10-$15 per hour (guides sometimes also receive tips)

The credentials: training and certification are optional but not necessary. It’s also a good idea to be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic people-person.

Travel Writer

beach workerThe role is pretty self-explanatory, but there are a few ways to do this job. Sometimes you are paid to travel to a location selected by the company you are working for. But if you freelance, you have to pay your own way and do the leg work of finding publications to buy your stories.

The pay: Depending on how well you manage your time, $3,000-$5,000 per month.

The credentials: strong self-descipline (the piña coladas will call your name, so you have to be able to block out temptation)

Travel Nurse

iStock_000012050555XSmall_crop380wAlthough this occupation is not for the faint-of-heart, a travelnurse has the opportunity totravel the globe while still pursuing a career. And they get to feel good about helping people to boot!

The pay: $50,000-$70,000 per year

The credentials: nurse certification, 1-2 years experience

NGO Worker

ngo-workerAlthough this is not the most materially rewarding, working for a non-governmental organization is another way to feel great about what you are doing. Travel the world and make money while making a difference. NGO experience looks fantastic on a resume. That being said, the positions are quite competitive.

The pay: $40,000-$60,000 annually

The credentials: learning the language of your chosen location will definitely give you an edge

Tree Planter

TPE2007bentessierIf you want to get in great shape, earn some good cash and spend a few months roughing it in the backwoods of Canada, then tree planting is the trip for you. Although thework is hard and the pay is nothing to write home about (literally), you meet some amazing people, help MotherEarth and you’ll see all the beautiful wildlife Canada has to offer.

The pay: $1,600-$2,800 per month

The credentials: a strong back, camping gear, SPF 50, and about 20 pairs of gloves

Au Pair

978x420_aupair_003An au pair moves into the home of a host family and helps thefamily by taking care of thechildren and helping with housework. The details of these positions are often negotiable, but an au pair usually receives free room and board and a stipend, has weekends to themselves, and is sometimes even provided with a travelpass, language courses, or a car to use. Being an au pair in a foreign country is not only an excellent way to travel, but also experience a new culture and learn a new language.

The pay: free room and board plus $150-$350 per week in spending money

The credentials: 18-30 years old, typically females are in higher demand

Digital Nomad

RTW_digital_nomad-2Also called “white collar nomads” or “extreme telecommuters,” these people have given up their desk jobs(and their houses and cars in some cases) to take their business on the road. If you have skills that can be done online — web designers, photographers, consultants, writers and artists are among these — then there is no reason why you cannot keep the same job while travelling. The white collar nomad is becoming very popular in the digital age, and without the cost of a mortgage, it allows one to actually savemoney while travelling.

The pay: save $10,000-$15,000 per year.

The credentials: digital skills, a solid laptop computer with an impenetrable lock

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Life Ball 2014 in Vienna


This year’s Life Ball had crowds gathered in beautiful Vienna, Austria, inside City Hall. The theme of the year was “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and featured utopian dream-like garden imagery as well as lusty costume.

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A Fire Burns in Kyiv

Pro-European protesters take cover behind improvised shields during clashes with riot police in Kiev January 22, 2014.

Pro-European protesters take cover behind improvised shields during clashes with riot police in Kyiv January 22, 2014.

Oh bury me, then rise ye up
And break your heavy chains
And water with the tyrants’ blood
The freedom you have gained.
                         — Taras Shevchenko

Does any of that sound familiar? Probably not, because no one cares about Ukraine … unless they are throwing Molotov cocktails at policemen of course.


Taras Shevchenko on a current 100 hryvnia bill

Taras Schevchenko was Ukraine’s most famous poet. Exiled on April 5th, 1847 for writing an “inflammatory” poem that criticized Emperor Nicholas I, Shevchenko’s life and death have served as the great Ukrainian metaphor: the stifling of artistic expression and the censorship of political opposition.

Since its independence in 1991, Ukraine has had a rough ride. Not only have Ukrainians been at odds with their government since well before WWI, the election of President Viktor Yanukovych has only exacerbated the rift between king and countrymen.



Probably the paradigm of corruption and incompetence, Yanukovych has done literally nothing for the people of Ukraine. While he sees to it that his family and friends get richer through his ties to Vladimir Putin (whose agenda is still to rape and plunder Ukraine for all it’s worth,) Ukraine has fallen into impoverishment and bitterness, lending to its reanimated anarchic spirit.

Ukrainians want the same thing that they have watched their neighbours to the east and west of them obtain: prosperity and transparency (see: glasnost.) Too long have their public officials shirked accountability for their corruption and lies. In a situation such as this, where a bad state of affairs has seen no progression, swift and violent rebellion is the only natural advancement.


Kyiv Protesters at Independence Square, brandishing Ukrainian and EU flags

The moment that sparked the revolutionary fire in Ukraine was Yanukovych’s refusal to back the EU trade agreement. He threw away 5 years of negotiations between the EU and Ukraine after a meeting with Putin. Not only does the agreement contain material such as clauses on copyrights and the registration of patents, it would resolve many trade disputes that keep Ukraine under Russia’s proverbial thumb. It would mean more independence, recognition and backing from the EU (one of the most powerful economies in the world), and an imposed transparency of government that would serve to fight corruption. Is it any wonder that Yakunovych turned it down?


Putin Riding a Shark

Even if Yakunovych conceded, Putin would never let it happen. Putin believes that a treaty between Ukraine and the EU is a dishonour to Russia and himself; that Ukrainians should follow suit and support Russia’s decisions to play by their own set of rules. The EU agreement would also threaten Putin’s advantage over Ukrainian markets because a market driven by the rule of law would eliminate those Russian companies who think they can operate above and outside of the law.

Putin is also trying to build his own trade union, the Eurasian Customs Union, between all of the post-Soviet states. Kazakhstan and Belarus have already signed up, their compliance no doubt owing to fear of Russian antagonism. Since Ukraine was once a part of Russia (and some might argue it still lies writhing in Putin’s claw), it is imperative that Ukraine be on board with his plan.


Bad Baba

All things considered, the revolution in Kyiv is the typical circumstance in which a people who have been screwed for far too long are rebelling against a government who has left them no alternative.


Protester throwing a burning tire at security officials

Two protestors were killed by police in the clashes in the capital on Jan 22nd. It is confirmed that they died of bullet wounds. When the police stormed protesters’ barricades at Independence Square (Hrushevskyy Street: a road leading to government buildings) protesters hurled petrol bombs and stones at police. Riot police responded with stun grenades and rubber bullets. Demonstrators began setting tires on fire and throwing them at security forces. Protestors wore masks and helmets, in direct opposition to the new anti-protest laws issued on January 16. These are a group of ten laws restricting “freedom of speech” and “freedom of assembly.” They are known as the “dictatorship laws.”

Why should we care? Besides the obvious moral issues here, we are a country of privileged democrats who have the time and the money to care. Why should we help? Because we CAN.

Clash between police forces and civilians

Canada was the first country to formally recognize Ukraine’s independence. Since the onset of the violence in Kyiv, Canada has agreed that Yanukovych has lost his entitlement as leader of his people. Of course he is refusing to resign. As a method of persuasion, Canada introduced Visa restrictions for top Ukrainian government officials. The United States followed suit, but no other western countries have aided in this effort.

The next step for Canada is to impose sanctions. If they do not do something soon, we may have to witness the onset of another civil war … From the comfort of our homes, through the screens of our computers, over Youtube no doubt.

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The Patriots

(I came across a box of old writing scraps and memorabilia. In it was this poem. Written at the age of 15, it’s pretty strange how a young girl can develop such a sensitivity to the international political climate from the ivory towers of suburbia; without really being in touch with it beyond televised news coverage.)

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The Romani of Istanbul

vaga4-0_banner-home2The Romani people, formerly known as “gypsies,” are wandering merchants and entertainers who originated in Northern India and moved into Central and Eastern Europe. They are some of the most musical people in the world. In late August, I ventured to Istanbul in search of their haunting yet buoyant melodies.

I landed at the Atatürk Airport, and then travelled by train to the Beyoğlu district. I took the historic red tram straight down İstiklal Avenue to the Rapunzel Hostel.


From the outside, the inn looks like a typical apartment building. Inside, the place resembles an old stone castle. Utilizing my bare-bones Turkish, I negotiated a private room for $25.

The space was squat, yet charming, with a double bed, desk, lamp, and a wooden chair – all I needed. Since I was so jetlagged, I decided to start my exploration in the morning.


breakfast-roomI woke to the sounds of dishes clanking. I proceeded down to the breakfast room and discovered I had overslept. A man clearing potato skins off of a cutting board told me to visit Haci Baba Restaurant, a cheap and traditional lokanta that serves Turkish food, located just down İstiklal Avenue. I made my way outside.

İstiklal Avenue is a stylish pedestrian street, which features boutiques, galleries, theatres, pubs, and all the essentials of a lively haci-baba-restaurantmain strip. Haci Baba is a nostalgic restaurant with a glassed-in terrace, overlooking the courtyard of the Greek Orthodox Church next door. It offers traditional Ottoman dishes from a large menu, including soups, hot and cold appetizers, grilled meats, seafood and desserts. I was partial to their goulash, which was prepared with beef, parsnips, potatoes, and tomato. It was seasoned with garlic, caraway seed, marjoram, and sweet paprika. It cost only $10 and it came with a complementary slab of fresh, crusty, braided white bread.

imgw_hungary_gypsiesFor my main event, I traveled down İstiklal Avenue to Taksim Square. Dark-skinned people in colourful yet ragged clothing were setting up homemade-looking instruments. Small children in oversized shirts weaved in and out of the crowd.

I was given a mug of anise-smelling liquid called Raki. I swallowed a mouthful and felt the liquid blaze down my esophagus, warming me from the inside.

Soon I was swaying to the music. The songs ranged from devastatingly sad to raucously boisterous. True to the nomadic style of its composers, gypsy music is a mixture of techniques, blending swing and polka with soulful theatrics. One song, called “Korkoro,” performed by a young Romani boy, was particularly evocative. It conjured a deep feeling of sadness associated with a long history of 360_postcard_gypsies_0609struggle, but at the same time expressed an exuberance and gratitude for life.

Given their meagre finances and their accordingly low level of formal education, there is no doubt that the Romani people are among some of the most naturally talented musicians in the world. For a small price you can visit their world yourself.

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