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I became a little writer for JROCK NEWS 😁

I don’t talk about it as much on this blog/story/radio thing I have going on here, but everyone that knows me knows that I am pretty much obsessed with everything Japanese.

The language, the culture, the media, the music, and the celebrities. Anything you name, as long as it’s Japanese, even if I am not obsessed with it I’ll have some basic/rudimentary knowledge on the topic.

I could go on about how this obsession came to be and how long I’ve had it but this post isn’t about that, it’s about how I’ve become a little volunteer writer for JROCK NEWS.

So I love rock music, I personally think the heavier the better but then again I also like the more softer country vibes or nu-metal stuff (honestly it depends on my mood).

I ventured into JROCK, Japanese rock music when I was 14, so it’s been four years now. I won’t say I’m the most knowledgeable on the topic but I have many bands I love and music I listen to.

As some of my more faithful readers know I study Journalism and Politics at undergraduate level (1st year) and I’ve been trying to get more experience in writing. Then I notice that JROCK NEWS, this news website that I’ve been low key religiously following for a while, had an option to join their team.

JROCK NEWS is one of the leading news sites for Japanese alternative music in the West. In one of my earlier posts I showed the article I used in my application, there were other things as well that I had to write about to apply, but I’m not going to get into that. Long story short I became a writer for the website.

I am super happy right now. I have so much free time now because of the University strikes that I mentioned in an earlier post. So I started writing for them and now two of my articles are up on their site.

I’m still a beginner and I’m trying to improve, I had to do a lot of revisions on these articles 😫but I’m doing my best. I can feel myself getting better.

So check out my articles on their site and tell me what you think!!!! It would mean the world to me 😃

Blog updates, Random news update

Esprit D’Air came to Buffalo Cardiff during Constellations Tour

Blog update: So I applied to be a News reporter/writer for JROCK NEWS and I got a role. I’m so happy right now. I’m going to give it my all guys. If you don’t know them already, JROCK NEWS is one of the leading news outlets for Japanese rock music in the west and they are continuing to grow and expand everyday. So if you really like JRock I suggest you go check them out. 

This is a little article I wrote recently when I was applying for the role.

On the 6th of February Esprit D’Air performed at Buffalo Bar in Cardiff from 19:00 until 22:30. The band met with a lot of positive reception in Cardiff as attendees of the event commented on their Facebook page that “Last night was amazing please come to Wales again”, and “The gig was awesome guys! Thanks so much. Wales loves you.”

After the gig many attendees posted Instagram posts about the event. @amberjazzys stating “Was so much fun seeing these guys tonight though I’ll be deaf until the morning.”

More and more rock/alternative music fans in Cardiff have become aware of this Jrock band and are wondering who they are and when can they get more.

The tour

At the beginning of 2018 the Band announced their Constellations tour, of which proceeded from the 5th of February to the 11th. Tour locations included London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle, and Glasgow. Their gig in Carlisle was sold out and the rest of their gigs also had a relatively high turnout, proving that their popularity is soaring with every day.

Who are they?

Esprit D’Air are an electronic Jrock and progressive metal band based in London, they’re aligned with StarStorm records, and currently have two albums (Constellations and Deai) out now.

Esprit D’Air are one those bands that you come across and become obsessed with instantly.  This obsession with them is reflected by their growing popularity with 1.1k followers on Spotify that is growing every day. Perhaps it’s due to their futuristic and niche quality sound, the impressive artwork on their albums and merch, or the energy that the band brings with them. Regardless of the reason Esprit D’Air are a band not easily forgotten.

They initially formed in 2010 and were active till 2013 until they disbanded only to reform again in 2016. The band currently has 3 members: Kai (Guitar), Daishi (Drums), and Ellis (Bass). As well as two members that appear on tours: Ryoma Takahashi (Guitar) and Jan Vincent-Velazco (Drums).

Their debut album Constellations lead single ‘Guiding Light’ was listed on TeamRock’s best rock songs of 2017. The band itself was also debuted on TeamRock’s Metal Hammer and Classic rock magazine.

The Constellations Album

The Constellations album consists of the tracks Ignition, Rebirth, Guiding Light, The Hunter, Starstorm, The Awakening, Reminisce, and Versus. The album can be described as a complete “banger” as claims in their in-depth review of the album.


Random news update

University Strikes At Cardiff. Quick Summary.


05/03/2018 Lecturers and Strike supporters around Cardiff University Students Union

The University strikes began on Thursday the 22nd of February and are set to continue till March the 16th after a five day walkout.

Why is this happening?

The Strikes began due to an unresolved dispute between the University College Union (UCU) and the employer’s representative University’s UK (UUK) over changes being made to the Universerties Superannuation Scheme (USS ) pension plan. The changes to the pension scheme would reduce lecturers pensions to 20% of their current amount.

The UCU claims this will mean a £10,000 a year loss for staff during retirement.

Cardiff University is one of the 61 universities that have decided to take industrial action against these strikes. 89% cardiff UCU members voted in favour.

How are students reacting?

Many students over the last two weeks have lost out on many contact hours with lecturers which has led to growing frustration. Leading to a growing demand for compensation from the university.

At Cardiff University £9,000 a year per student is paid in tuition fees. Students demand money back for contact hours missed. 3,900 cardiff university students have signed the petition that demands every affected student to receive £840 back.

Not only in Cardiff but over 100,000 students across the UK have also signed such petition demanding compensation.

At the moment on the website most of the petitions signed have been rejected.


  • Strikes have resumed on Monday after Cardiff University was closed from Wednesday to Friday due Snow.
  • Vice Chancellor Colin Riordan held a Q&A session at Bingo Hall, Cathays Community Centre, at 12 noon today over the current pensions dispute.

Seasonal Stories Episode 3, Blooper edition.


Episode 3 of my Xpress Radio Podcast series, Seasonal Stories, is now up on Mixcloud ready for you to listen to.

This is a blooper edition where we’ve included some of the bloopers made during the production process to show the crazy amount of mistakes I make when reciting the script.

I hope my diction is becoming clearer than in previous episodes and that I’m enunciating my words properly. I will continue to improve in the future.
Presenters: Alexia Barrett & Munro Paige
Writers: Alexia Barrett, featuring Lord Byron, and Carol Ann Duffy
Producer: Munro Paige


Podcast, Short story

A Campus Love story

Happy Valentines day to my faithful readers, I’m always surprised when you like/view my posts. I love you guys. I wrote this short story for the occasion. Enjoy!


It is the month of February, the supposed time of Spring, a dawn of new beginnings. When the cold bitter weather is supposed to transition into that fresh new season. The flower buds are becoming more visible, the insects livelier, and there is that odd peal of sunlight that escapes the grey clouds and momentarily warms everyone’s hearts.

Yes, it is the month of February, the season of love.

For most students they are finally adjusting to their lives after their eventful or otherwise uneventful Christmas break. Tales of who got drunk here and there and other wintery break escapades have already been told and the festive fervour that was declining has gradually been rekindled with the excitement that the season of love brings.

In a certain accommodation near Cathays Campus a bunch of students sit around an elongated table in their flat, they’re eating breakfast. It’s a simple spread of toast, sausages, some baked beans and the occasional scrambled egg. It’s a peaceful scene, the guys and girls discuss what their schedules are for the day, what lectures they need to go to, just daily life things. But then this scene is disrupted by a sudden yell from one of the girls.

“What’s wrong!” Guy A asks, a concerned look on his face.

“It’s a bit early to be melodramatic isn’t it, Beth.” Guy B chides

“Guys!” Beth exclaims raising her phone into the air and putting it into their faces. “Look, look!”

Both Guy A and B and the other students look at her screen blankly, “Is there supposed to be something intriguing about your lock screen wallpaper?” Guy B asks.

“Look at the date!” Beth exclaims, “It’s February the 8th, the 8th!”

“Yh, and?” someone asks.

“It’s nearly Valentines day and I’m still single.” Beth cries. There was a serious expression on her face as she said this statement, which lead to an eruption of laughter from all her flatmates.

“That’s not a big deal at all, I thought you had a real problem.” Guy A rolls his eyes.

“Stop wasting our time” Guy B moans, many of the other students at breakfast agree, still sniggering amongst themselves.

“It’s not a joke guys, I am deadly serious!” Beth shouts, “I’m 19 and I have never had a boyfriend for Valentines day, don’t you think this is wrong?”

“I think no one cares.”

Beth ignores him, “Who here wants to be my Valentines date!?” she asks looking at every one of her flatmates in the eyes.

There is a deafening silence.

She stares at them and they stare at her. After one whole minute, she slumps into her chair and glumly sighs, “I see.” She then proceeds to grab her bag and leave the flat.

“Well that was awkward”

“She’s such a drama queen, just ignore her.”

“I already have a girlfriend what was she expecting me to say…”The flat bursts into discussion whilst Beth sulkily exits, walking in the direction of the student union.

She mutters under her breathe. “Has romance died, geez.”

Her head a bit down, she doesn’t care about her surroundings as she gets near to the local Subway store, leading her to walk straight into someone. A loud bang is heard as they collide.

“Ouch ow ow ow, oh my god I’m so sorry. I wasn’t looking where I was going.”

“It’s fine, neither was I.” A deep voice responds.

Beth looks up at the male stranger, smiling brightly.

The end

This short story will air in the upcoming Valentines special episode of  my podcast series ‘Seasonal stories’ stay tuned. I was trying out a new writing style when I wrote this, tell me if it sounded okay.



Flash Fiction, Short story

The Pursuit of finding a Soulmate #2

Just a reminder to readers, this is fiction.

Log 2. Hypocrisy,

Hey guys!

The greeting is rhetorical by the way. I know I don’t have an audience. If anyone does end up reading this in the future, I’ll probably be rolling around in my grave. Yep definitely 6ft under.

I forgot I started this thing to be honest. I wanted to make a place to put these useless thoughts and feelings of mine and I thought, ‘hey why don’t you start a diary’. I’ve never tried to make these things before, it just seemed a waste of time.  Yet now that I’m old I see the increasing value in a diary, it’s a place to vent.

The frustrations of adulthood make me want to jump straight in front of a car sometimes, I mean I wouldn’t do that (probably- don’t tempt me), but with all the problems piling up lately I need a place to put all these feelings or I might explode.

Writing these things is a thousand times better than talking to people. People can be so annoying, they always want something from you whether that be your attention, your time, your love, your energy. They can be angered by even the smallest thing you do, even if you didn’t intend to anger them. Being around people is like walking on egg shells. People are just so fragile. I hate dealing with them.

Even as I write this in my usual background of Starbucks I see all these people socialising with one another and just the sight of those couples, colleagues or friends just give me such a migraine.

Funny enough I feel kind of lonely, like I’m missing out. I guess I’m a hypocrite.

Flash Fiction, Short story

The Pursuit of finding a Soulmate #1

I’ve been having writers block lately. So in the process of trying to emerge from this writers block I began writing this Mini-series called ‘The Pursuit of finding a soulmate’. Enjoy.

Log 1. Day whatever

It’s a dreary October morning. The weather report claimed there would be clear skies and a little bit of sun, the weather report lied. As I write rain is sliding down the clear windows and I see people running in panic, reaching for their umbrellas, and shivering whilst I drink my Latte in Starbucks.

I sit on my little stool, typing this dumb diary and slurp my latte loudly, causing a few bemused or aggravated stares my way, but I don’t care.

My insomnia is getting worse. I didn’t sleep a wink last night because I couldn’t stop thinking about him, that man I ran into the other night, he was gorgeous. Well, there are also those other concerns that keep me awake at night, but when I wasn’t having my panic attacks I was squealing into my pillow thinking about that charming smile.

I wonder if we’ll ever hold hands together, maybe we’ll kiss, perhaps falling into each other’s sweet embrace. We would know each other better than we know ourselves, a love that would never wear out as time passes.

Who am I kidding. He probably doesn’t even remember my name.