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People all have one thing they want to see after the spring budget announcement

People in Cardiff have called for an increase in public funding rather than National Insurance cuts following the UK Government’s 2024 budget announcement. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed several widely-expected measures including National Insurance cuts, increased VAT thresholds for small businesses, tax on vapes, abolishing tax breaks for non-doms, investments to modernise NHS IT systems and a clampdown on second homeowners.

The announcement of the Spring Budget on Wednesday, March 6, was ant

Massive sports event to take place in Wales for first time

Cardiff has been chosen as the host of a major sports event set to take place in the city in 2027. Held for the first time at The Hague in 1992, it will be the EuroGames’ 24th edition but its very first in the UK.

EuroGames is the largest Europe-wide, multi-sport event for LGBTQ+ athletes and allies in Europe and aims to accommodate people with a breadth of diverse abilities and experiences. Cardiff EuroGames 2027 will bring 27 sports, including touch rugby, volleyball and tennis along with mor

'My son was in and out of hospital for 18 months with a mystery illness'

A Welsh two-year-old has spent more than half of his life being rushed in and out of hospital due to a 'mystery' health condition. In just 12 weeks, Elijah Jones from Pontypridd had tonsillitis, croup, respiratory syncytial virus, pneumonia and an ear infection.

For nearly 18 months, Elijah and his parents have been in and out of hospitals because of various illnesses and infections. But when his parents Chloe and Rhys noticed bruises on his body while bathing him, they began to consider the po

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.

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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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