2016 US Election: Americans in Cardiff

What is it like for Americans in Cardiff watching the US presidential primary election from across the pond? Republican candidate Donald Trump has been all over the news, but he’s also been on the minds of some Americans abroad.

It’s a long way to the White House and choosing the next president of the United States isn’t simple. Though the general election – where ballots are cast for the next president of America – isn’t until 8 November, the voting going on right now is for the nomination of one candidate to represent each of America’s main political parties: one Democrat and one Republican.

Two Democrats and four Republicans are currently competing in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. This summer, only one Democrat and one Republican candidate will emerge. The two will continue campaigning throughout the fall until the general election.

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Couch to 5k Cardiff

Grangetown local Daniel Allsopp will start training his fourth Couch to 5k group next Monday. He runs the five-week program solely on donations to charity out of a passion for active, healthy lifestyles at a time when obesity rates in the UK are on the rise. 

Daniel Allsopp

“If you commit to the program, you’ll progress.” – Daniel Allsopp


Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and will start and end at the Cardiff International Pool car park. Though the program is aimed at beginners, all are welcome. Those who are interested in signing up may do so by contacting Daniel Allsopp directly. A one-off donation of £10 to the Dreams and Wishes charity confirms one’s spot.

Citizens such as Allsopp are doing their part in helping to tackle the obesity crisis in Britain. Twenty-nine percent of people in the UK are obese and treating the consequences of obesity costs the NHS about £5bn per year.

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Where I’m ‘Really’ From

Consider this an uncensored diary entry of sorts. Political correctness isn’t something I necessarily expect of others, but once in a while, exceptions must be made. Taiye Selasi thinks so, too. In her talk Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local, she says: “Our experience is where we’re from.” She also admits her biggest problem with ‘coming from’ countries is the myth of going back to them – something I can definitely relate with.

Radio Package: Bath Street Food

I killed two birds with one stone when I visited Bath, England last month. I had the chance to be touristy and check out all the sights. I also conducted a few interviews and recorded the necessary audio in order to complete a radio package assignment for my broadcast course.


Immediately before you press the play button below, imagine yourself hearing a radio host say:

“The Bath Street Food market ends today (Saturday). The festival ran all throughout October in the city centre at SouthGate. It was one of the many events that took place during the month-long food fair, The Great Bath Feast. Shelley Pascual reports.”



Irene Smith was a vendor at the Bath Street Food Market.


I conducted a vox pop on the streets of Cardiff last week. Vox pop means “voice of the people” in Latin. The purpose of it is to find out what people think about an issue. In search of opinions, the question I went around asking people was, “What do you think Wales should be doing about the current refugee crisis?” Here’s what some of them had to say.