Social Media Squabbles

April 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm (Cardiff news, new age journalism, Web 2.0) (, , )

There is no denying that social media has been pretty useful for us, not just in terms of keeping in contact with friends and family, and also fulfilling our needs to find out what is going on and what people are doing, but it can also help with useful contacts. Twitter is the latest one that seems to have suddenly risen up from the depths of the unknown into every bit of conversation I hear at the moment, whether it is on the news, radio, TV or even in everyday conversations with friends, they are all talking about “twittering”.It is a good way of tracking people in your chosen profession, especially for journalism, as many high profile journalists are on the networking site.  Unlike facebook, Twitter means you can follow anyone you like and are able to message them without worrying about privacy settings or having to add people as friends.

This has it’s pro’s and con’s. Like I said it has great communication benefits, but it can also lead to stalkerish tendencies. Some may be harmless, but when people start stalking their ex’s and love interest, it is only going to lead to disaster and heartbreak. There have been a couple of cases now where ex partners have assaulted or even killed their partners because of facebook messages or changes in their relationship status. A case a few months ago showed a man whose ex changed her relationship status to single killed her in a jealous rage.

Another concerning part of social networking that may cause problems is for high profile people. They will have to be careful of what they put out on their profiles, and what they say that represents their feelings or opinions as it suddenly gives a large part of the public and insight into their lives and personalities. This is always going to be like walking on broken glass.

Figures in the community also need to take care. The latest case emerged today, where a Cardiff Assembly Member, Jonathon Morgan linked his Twitter post to a website which featured negative images of Cardiff on a weekend night. I don’t think the picture would come as much of a shock to anyone who has been out in Cardiff on a Saturday night, or even on a match day, when it is obvious most of the photos were taken. It is messy to say the least. But instead of being concerned about what to do to tackle the problem, other Assembly Member’s have attacked Mr Morgan, saying he is promoting offensive pictures.

Perhaps they should be considering ways to help clean up Cardiff and deal with the problems rather than vindicating someone who exposes it. Instead of squabbling between each other, perhaps they should consider the problems that Cardiff suffers from on nights such as these and concentrate on cleaning up the city rather than worrying about protecting the city’s image.


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Cardiff School rasies money for Rwandan Children

March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Cardiff news) (, , , )

A PRIMARY school in Cardiff has raised money for new classrooms in a primary school in Rwanda through their partnership with the African school. Llanederyn Primary School has been raising funds for Kigali Junior Academy and Kayonza Primary School for the last four years.

Each year the school has managed to raise about £250 to go towards the school. The money was raised from donations at the school’s harvest festival celebrations and has been enough to build and furnish two new classrooms at Kayonza Primary School. They have also received donations from the British Council. Kayonza School is a charity project for Llanederyn but the links with Kigali Junior Academy is an equitable link where both schools benefit.

Madeleine Fox, who teaches at Llanederyn Primary School set up the link through her brother, after she visited her family who live in the Kayonza district of Rwanda. Ms Fox has helped arrange events in the school and has organised her own events outside of her teaching. A concert she organised at the Electricity Social and Welfare Club in Llandaff included performances from a school teacher’s band. The event managed to raise £1,000. Ms Fox has raised more than £2,000 for the Rwandan schools through a number of charity events.

Ms Fox said: “I initially went out to Rwanda to visit my family and we vitied the schools. We have had the link for about four years we have been sending letters back to them. I think the links are good for the children because we do not want them to feel that a link has to be charitable, it can also be equitable. The equitable link with the academy exists because it is not such a poor school and it is very important to move the children out of stereotypes of poor Africans.”

Ms Fox and another teacher, Helena Jones, visited Kayonza Primary School in May 2008 during an exchange visit and were shown around the two new classrooms. The Rwandan school has now renamed itself the Kayonza Llanederyn Primary School in recognition of the link. Some of the students have now got pen pals with the pupils in the African schools and regularly write to them. Members of staff from Kayonza Primary School also came over the teach in Llanederyn, and showed pupils traditional flags, drums, instruments and dances.

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February 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm (Features) (, , , )

In a time of economic turmoil, charities are beginning to suffer as more and more people are losing their jobs and disposable income is scarce, the phrase “charity starts at home” has never rung more true.


Shops in Cardiff are struggling as people are donating their clothes less and less, yet more people are buying the clothing they sell. Shelves are already starting to become empty and it will not be long before stock dries up completely.


But charities are still in great need of donations, so there has to be a new appeal to convince people to part with their finances.


Cardiff University student, Luke Todd, 23, of Linden Avenue, Roath, is tackling this problem by organising the music festival, Oxjam 2009.


The idea is new bands will play in Cardiff venues and all the proceeds made will be donated to the Oxfam Charity.


The first event is a jazz event, called the Jazz Sessions, which starts on February 28 at Tommy’s Bar, Howard Gardens, Cardiff. This is a new part to the festival and hopes to promote and nurture the talents of young people.

On Saturday 28 February, the festival will feature the Lil Big Band, a 22 piece big band, who plays a mixture of classic swing, funk and Latin numbers.



The second strand of the festival is being put together by Mr Todd, who aims to set it up for the end of March or April.


Mr Todd is the leader of the Cardiff Oxfam Group, and got involved with the cause when Oxjam was first launched in 2006.


He said: “I had gone to an Oxfam Live conference at St David’s Hall and found out that Oxjam was to be their latest campaign. I then joined the Cardiff Oxfam Group because I wanted to become more involved.”


Mr Todd says he has organised a number of Oxjam gigs each year since the launch and really enjoys being part of the cause.


Oxjam festivals take place all over the country, but the events in Cardiff have been one of the biggest successes.


So far, the events all over the country have raised £373, 212 and after the festivals in Cardiff the figure should increase by a significant amount.


Events can stretch room festivals such as Cardiff’s to a small party, or even busking in the street.


Mr Todd says he hopes that the music event will encourage music lovers in the city to go and will encourage people to donate their money to charity as they will get something out of the event.


He said: “People often want to give money to charity but they are not sure how, or it is easy for the idea to slip out of people’s minds. If there are events like this, people can not only turn up and have fun, but they can also help a very worthwhile cause.”


Mr Todd says he hopes the event will be the biggest one in Cardiff yet.


There are other parts to the festival apart for the music, including a raffle with prizes such as £20 vouchers to spend at high street shops, and a signed copy of the Kate Rusby songbook. Awareness is also being raised through a photo caption competition online with a prize of a free meal at Nandos restaurant.


The jazz night will also show a 20 minute video, Sisters on the Planet, made by Oxfam to show why the cause needs help and where the donations will go.


Mr Todd says he hopes the events that are being organised in March will be able to be held in a bigger venue so they can get wider audience in to make even more money to give to Oxfam.


Oxfam’s biggest focus now is those affected by the Gaza conflict and those in Zimbabwe who are suffering from the cholera outbreak.


The Gaza appeal is the newest appeal for the charity, and shops are desperately trying to raise the money to help civilians who have been caught up in the conflict.


The money raised by the Oxjam festivals will go to help the charity provide services and care for people all over the world and help to fight poverty across the world.

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