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Save Womanby Street, Cardiff.

To save Womanby St, sign the petition here. Feel free to continue reading if you need any more persuading.

This week, J D Wetherspoons revealed plans to turn three of its vacant floors above The Gatekeeper, located in Womanby St, Cardiff into hotel rooms. The plans revealed that no additional construction will be needed, besides two extra windows.

Every Cardiff goer will know of Womanby St, whether it be for The Full Moon, Clwb Ifor Bach or Fuel. Each of these venues bring something brilliant to the Cardiff night life and is especially vital to the Cardiff music scene. Regular visitors to any or all of these venues will know the sheer amount of local bands that start their musical journey from these clubs. Clwb Ifor Bach especially has existed since 1983 and has always been a major role in the music scene. Independent artists such as Jay Brannan or bands such as Senses Fail and InMe have appeared in Clwb Ifor, and frequently has sold-out shows. If that doesn’t say much for it’s popularity, I don’t know what will.

Fuel Rock Club, a bar and venue known for it’s adoration of metal music has even been big in the news recently. Bruce Dickenson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, visited Fuel and spent time behind the bar pulling pints of The Trooper for fans. Not only did Fuel have the singer of a world famous heavy metal band visit, but it is a venue that consistently puts on events and supports growing acts. Eradication festival held at Fuel Rock Club brings in bands from all over the UK – many of which has complimented the music scene that Cardiff has.

The Full Moon Club has had it’s fair share of events too. The Rum Festival brings people from everywhere to the depths of Womanby St, and with the Full Moon’s interactive, friendly and brilliant staff, the club is one of the best places to socialise. With their calendar constantly full up with events and shows that are at affordable prices that garners a lot of attention. It’s a place where people can find new music, have their creativity inspired or just fill up a night with some fun.

These three venues has a lot of loyal customers, regularly draws a crowd and makes a lot of noise. Womanby St is the best place for it, because it’s mostly away from sleeping ears.

The Gatekeeper, next door to the Full Moon, is where the hotel will be opening. It’s already a popular pub, even to those who visit any of the three venues mentioned previously. The pub has food and plenty of places to sit and during sports days, the pubs near packed. With people sleeping above the pub, especially during peak hours of activity, there will be complaints flying left, right and center. Putting a hotel in one of the busiest and most vital areas of Cardiff is not only silly, but downright cruel.

The development plan says that it will not affect any of the immediate commercial area, but how long can that be guaranteed for? It’s unfair to assume that because, well, people are going to want to sleep and the club-goers are going to want to party.

There are plenty of places for J D Wetherspoons, especially in Cardiff, to build their hotel. There is no need for it to potentially sabotage something special within Cardiff center. An argument for is that the hotel will bring “tourism and commerce,” but do they not understand that this small music community that has thrived for years, has brought “travel and commerce”? It’s rare that bands or artists will announce Cardiff shows these days, and Womanby St at least gives us the chance to offer those bands and artists a place to play. It gives local bands a start in their musical journeys. It gives regular people that love music, or just love a good time, the chance to be a part of every thing that comes and goes through these streets.

A petition has been started to save Womanby St from this only-for-profit hotel and you can sign it here. If you’re not from Cardiff or have never heard about Womanby St, please consider the points mentioned in this post. Would you want your cities local music scene destroyed by something that is unneeded?

Check out the facebook pages of the venues by clicking the links below to see just how many events they hold and attention they garner.

The Full Moon | Clwb Ifor BachClwb Ifor Bach | Fuel Rock Club

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5 ways to motivate writing through procrastinating.

It’s no doubt that there are a lot of people in this world that enjoy the practise of writing. Journals, creative or even reality – writing comes in many ways and it’s always fun to explore the different ways to go about exploring your passion of writing. I’ve loved writing ever since I was little. I dreamed of being an author, then I wanted to be a journalist, and now, all I want to do is just write. But, it goes without saying that even the best writers get writers block. It’s horrible and it easily chips away at the pleasure of writing. I’m in my third year of a creative writing degree, and I’ve felt the pressures of writers block too many times. And, well, procrastination has actually been my best friend in those difficult times. These are five ways of procrastination in the most wonderful way that has helped me on my writing endeavors:

 

  • 1. Watch a film, documentary, tv series

Like I said, procrastination. But some of my favourite ideas have come from watching something. It’s best to find something related to your writing – if you’re writing about crime, then watch a crime documentary. If you’re writing fantasy, watch something sci-fi and fantasy related. Side note: it’s always easier when watching something new. That way, there’s something that will grip your attention, whether it be a character, the scenery or even a new language. Besides, it’s always fun watching a new film and expands your horizons in both ways.

  • 2. Listen to an entirely new band, artist or album.

Just like the last one, it’s always easier listening to a new band, artist or album rather than your favourites. Only because, we both know, that when your favourite comes on you’ll be screaming each word at the top of your lungs. With something you’ve never listened to before (whether it be a new album or an entirely new genre) then you’re listening to new sounds, new words and getting an entirely new emotional experience. Music can also help explore the mood of your writing. If your soundtrack is happy, then your words are going to be more upbeat and the reader will feel it. This does also depend on your mindset at the time too.

  • 3. Read other blogs.

This is for more than just creative writing. I know just how hard it can be to come up with new content for your readers. (Hello, by the way!) When you are forcing yourself to write, then it stops flowing and it’s easy to tell when someone is bored. AND it’s easy for it to happen, even to creative writers. Unfortunately for those wanting to make something of themselves in the writing world, the majority of media and journalists cover what people want to read. For those without up-to-date and unknown press releases that’s going to get us out there in the big wide world, we have to depend on making our own interesting content. Other blogs can be very helpful of this, especially those that are starting to break out into the bigger world. It’s an easy way to find out what people are reading and what people are writing and even a way to inspire yourself. For most around my age, it’s make-up and fashion, and I’m terrible at both. But by reaching out to other blogs and exploring further into the blogiverse, there’s still hope for me. People. Freakin’. Love. Lists. Hence this post!

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  • 4. Reddit writing prompts

Reddit is an interesting place, and recently my favourite place when I’m all out of ideas. Sometimes, it’s a lack of creativity rather than writers block. Especially in university when there’s a thousand other assignments to be done, my mind finds it increasingly difficult to keep coming up with fresh, new ideas. That’s where I’ve been using Reddit. It’s helped spark some minor ideas, but it’s also sparked my major ones. There’s some silly and fun prompts, but then there’s also the ones that will get you writing for days on end if you can actually get behind it.Not to mention, there’s a thousand other pieces, written by real people to read too, and that sparks creativity enough. Click here to be taken to the page and see what you can find!

  • 5. Take time away from writing.

If my tutor read this, he’d be reeling in his seat. But it’s true. This is my final year in university, and I’m doing a creative course that I should be writing for 90% of the time. But I don’t and I don’t plan to. Why? Because if I forced myself to write a section every day then it would be forced. The last emotion I want to feel when writing something I should be passionate about. Like I said, my final year means this should round up my best writing pieces, and if I hand in something that has boring sections, then whoever ends up grading it will be like “well, shit, she doesn’t really want to be writing this, does she?” I’ve spent most of this year away from my laptop, and that’s no word of a lie. Hell, the most I’ve spent on a computer is the time I’ve been bored out of my mind on a four hour uni break, and all I’ve done is watch YouTube videos. Not writing 100% of the time doesn’t make you a bad writer, keep that in mind. Your own exploration can be your biggest inspiration.

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Introducing a new beginning [2017]

It’s time to start afresh. It’s time to forget what I was, and what I made this platform of tangled words to be and begin again. A new sense of motivation and inspiration – whether it’ll last forever, or even a day – a fresh beginning will always help. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just trashed all my old posts, they mean something and can be found here. There’s a couple of gems in there, that may or may not one day resurface, but for now, I’m happily locking them away whilst I take a deep breath.

Above: a select few things that make me incredibly happy.💖

I don’t know whether an introduction is necessary. Maybe you know me, or maybe you don’t. Either way, not much has changed. I’m a twenty-two, indecisive writer that has no idea in which direction I should be heading. Sometimes I loop, sometimes I sprint forward and sometimes I stay still while I sleep away my days. I’m still figuring it out, but all I know is that I am a writer, and I have a lot to say – doesn’t everyone who owns a blog?

I’ve no idea how to present myself on social media. I’ve never tried to appeal to the masses, and therefore, I mostly have no idea how to get my words into the big world where people can hear or read them. I have no desire for popularity – I’m the last person who would thrive in the glowing lights of fame. I would love to be a person that could – to be a person who influences, who motivates and who helps those who come across this page that’s more than likely lost in the blogisphere, but all I want, is to document my own journey. Perhaps through my own, I can support others. Perhaps through my own, others can see that there is a light at the other end of the tunnel.

So here it is, a fresh page entirely undocumented. Welcome to, well, my own definition of paradise.

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