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Why Do We Share Our Lives Online?

As of October 2023, there are 5.3 billion internet users worldwide. Of this total, 4.95 billion are social media users. That means 61.4 per cent of the world’s population are posting online.

The phrase “the advent of the internet” is one that has been thrown around online for the best part of a decade, marking a period in which the internet has undergone a myriad of transformations. Recent data has even shown that social media users are now growing at a rate of 9.6 new users every single second

Mari Lwyd, Noson Gyflaith and more: Wales' traditional Christmas celebrations

From carol singing to toffee making, here are a few old Welsh traditions to get you in the mood for some Christmas reminiscence.

Plygian services were conducted between 3am and 6am.

Plygian can loosely be translated into ‘cockcrow’ or ‘daybreak’ and signals the early hour that it begins.

Men usually gathered to sing carols in three to four-part harmony and conducted Bible readings.

It has seen a resurgence in recent times and if you are interested in finding a plygian service you can find on

How you can make sustainable choices in your Christmas shopping

Longer nights, shorter days and bone-chilling cold - but has any of that ever come in the way of the spirit of Christmas?

With the festive spirit in full swing, and markets flooded with people and decorations galore, making sustainable and ethical decisions while shopping isn't always easy - especially as the cost of living crisis bites.

But gift-giving is an integral part of celebrations. No matter what the occasion gifts always find their way in, especially as the world gears up to celebrate

Be the Safe Space: How to Help a Friend with Trauma

It is challenging and emotional to help a friend with trauma, and requires both patience and effort on your part. How people deal with trauma also differs, along with the time it takes for someone to come to terms with it.

Trauma, defined by the American Psychological Association as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster,” can vary by type and degree. Trauma can also be a response to incidents such as harassment, bias, and discrimination.

It is ne

Bankrupt Birmingham: How Did This Happen?

Birmingham, Europe’s largest local authority has effectively declared itself bankrupt, halting all spending except for essential services.

The Birmingham Council issued a Section 114 notice on 5th September, before announcing its bankruptcy two days later.

Britain’s second-largest city, which provides services for more than 1.4 million people, projected a deficit of £87 million ($109 million) for the year 2023/24.

In April 2010, 500, mostly female, council staff won their case for equal pay a

Women like partying too! What's the problem?

If we are in an era of post-feminism, why is something as commonplace as partying seen as rebellious, or out-of-character for women?

Why is it so important that women be boxed? If she parties she’s a “party girl”, if she shaves her head she is “the talk of America”, if she dates men she’s a “serial-dater”. Could you imagine a man being punished by the headlines for acting like this? Perhaps my imagination just doesn’t run that deep.

The world of fashion, film and music is all glitz and glamour

How is the RAAC crisis being managed — is it a 'f****** good job' at all?

In the early weeks of September before the start of the new school year, the UK government announced that school buildings containing RAAC would need to close or delay opening owing to a risk of collapse.

Now 100s of schools in England have been shut or partially closed because of the risks associated with RAAC, and could potentially be one of the biggest public safety scandals in the last few decades.

But did the Prime Minister address this at the Conservatives conference in Manchester on 4th

Tobias Ellwood resigns after backlash on Afghanistan video

Chair of the Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood, resigned from his position as head of the committee and cross-party group on September 13th. The resignation came after backlash over his comments in a video praising the Taliban.

What has caused Tobias Ellwood to resign?

In a video posted on X, Ellwood spoke about his visit to Afghanistan in July, and claimed it was a “country transformed” which felt “different now that the Taliban had returned to power”.

He added: “Security has vastly improved

Making Bengali Compulsory in School - A welcome change or a recipe for disaster?

Making Bengali Compulsory in School - A welcome change or a recipe for disaster?

The West Bengal state cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to make Bengali mandatory as a second language in private English medium schools.

The cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee also gave its nod to setting up an Education Commission to look into complaints against private schools.

The state education policy framed for government and state-aided schools makes the three-language formula compulsory

Wildfires Rage on the Hawaiian Islands with 80 Dead and Counting

Wildfires Rage on the Hawaiian Islands with 80 Dead and Counting

Wildfires began after midnight on Tuesday 8th August, in the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Big Island, with the historic town of Lahaina - on Maui - thought to be one of the worst-hit areas.

US senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii told CNN that Lahaina resembled a bombed-out war zone where the heat had melted engine blocks. The wildfires were aided by strong winds from an off-shore hurricane, Hurricane Dora, in the eastern Pacific, prom

What doesn’t kill us, kills us slowly. So why do people smoke?

What doesn’t kill us, kills us slowly. So why do people smoke?

The World Health Organisation found that Tobacco kills 8 million people a year. In 2020, 22.3% of the global population used tobacco. Tobacco in all its forms is harmful but cigarette smoking is the most prevalent form of tobacco use worldwide.

Nicotine is the main addictive substance in cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. It is a drug that occurs naturally in tobacco and is thought to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

It t

A Condition with No Cure. What is Endometriosis?


Endometriosis is a debilitating gynecologic condition and according to the World Health Organization, is a growing global concern that affects roughly 190 million reproductive-aged women. For this reason, it becomes all the more important to be aware of the symptoms of Endometriosis and talk to a professional if necessary.

Currently, there is no known cure for Endometriosis. Diagnosis is difficult because symptoms can mimic other conditions and

Anarchy or a Forerunner to it? Discussing the Violence in Manipur

Anarchy or a Forerunner to it? Discussing the Violence in Manipur

“Manipur” when translated from Sanskrit means ‘jeweled land’. It is a beautiful lush-green state in the Northeastern part of India and surrounded by the Indian states of Nagaland to the North, Mizoram to the South, and Assam to the West. Placed as delicately as a cocooned pearl.

It is important to note that the state has always been home to a variety of people who converge in more ways than one. In Manipur, the ethnic communitie

First, in the world - Australia legalises psychedelics for mental health

First, in the world - Australia legalises psychedelics for mental health

In a one-of-its-kind legalization, Australia becomes the first country in the world to legalize the use of psychedelics to treat certain mental health issues.

From July 1, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and treatment-resistant depression can now have MDMA and Psilocybin prescribed to them by authorized psychiatrists.

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) shocked many in the Medical and S

Widespread Riots in France: What we know

Widespread Riots in France: What we know

There has been widespread violence across France after a teenager was shot dead at the hands of the police.

Nahel Merzouck, 17, was of Algerian and Moroccan descent. He was shot by a police officer at a traffic stop on Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Nanterre - four miles northwest of Paris.

The Economist wrote that the protests “first broke out after a traffic policeman on June 27th shot dead a teenager (Nahel Merzouk) in a rented car who failed to obe

U.K Electoral Commission issues notice about "complex cyber attack"

The UK’s elections watchdog has revealed it has been the victim of a “complex cyber-attack” potentially affecting millions of voters, first identified in October 2022.

The Electoral Commission’s notice said unspecified ‘hostile actors’ had managed to gain access to the system in August 2021.

The commission explained that it first needed to stop the hackers' access, examine the extent of the incident, and put additional security measures in place before making the attack public.

Defending the

Dragon Taxi to renew its Safe Taxi Scheme with Cardiff Uni and Cardiff Met

Dragon Taxi has announced that it has renewed its partnership with the Student Union at Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

This will be the scheme’s 10th year of working with the SUs.

What is the Safe Taxi Scheme?

The Safe Taxi Scheme helps students from the associated universities get a lift back to their halls or student residence after a night out at no fare.

Every day between 10PM to 6AM, students from the participating universities can book a taxi journey worth up t

Welsh student who defaced Captain Tom memorial with faeces could face four years in prison

Madeleine Budd was protesting the use of private jets in the UK

A Welsh former medical student could face up to four years in prison for defacing a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore with faeces.

Madeleine Budd, 21, was charged with criminal damage after a video of her pouring what is believed to be human waste over a memorial of fundraising hero and army veteran Captain Tom was posted to Twitter.

The act was carried out in Hatton, South Derbyshire and was uploaded to the End UK Private Jets’
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These are the most underrated pubs in Cardiff that you just can't miss

If you’re a university student, you’ll know that the year ahead will bring with it a whole lot of new experiences, many of which will probably include alcohol.

Whether you’re into having chilled drinks with your friends or fully sending it on a karaoke mic, Cardiff certainly has a pub with your name on it. So here is a list, though not in order, of our favourite pubs in Cardiff.

Cathays is where most Cardiff students live, so of course it is has a number of pubs that house cheap drinks, great
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I am a freelance writer and content creator from the small-bustling town of Siliguri, in West Bengal, India. I am currently in Cardiff, United Kingdom and have recently completed my MA in Journalism  from Cardiff University. I enjoy writing - about the things that move me, make me happy or sad or surprise me. Film-making is an important part of my life and writing about/for films is an important goal too. I love hearing from you - your comments, suggestions and critique. Please get in touch in case you have something in mind or simply want to say hi!

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