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Despite calling Mexican immigrant 'rapists.' Despite the obviously ridiculous idea of building a wall along the border of Mexico. Despite paying no taxes. Despite saying the Chinese made up climate change. Despite bilking contractors – small business owners he allegedly champions – who work on his hotels. Despite saying about women that he would 'grab them by the pussy.' Despite, despite, despite. 

Trump will be the American president. 

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Everything about this election is knotted up in the pit of my stomach. Over the last few months, I have watched the presidential debates in quiet, British pubs on my iPad as I travel for my PhD. I’ve read campaign websites on trains, listened to podcasts on buses, texted friends from grey hotel rooms – How many Trump signs are in your neighbourhood? I’ve felt alone and afraid and deeply, deeply sad.

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Why I reluctantly voted for Hillary yesterday: Fear

Every four years the Democrats offer the same basic platform: “We are not THAT.” They have helped foster the widening gap between rich and poor in this country (I'll go over it again: NAFTA, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, Workfare), have willingly engaged in more and more wars across the globe, have even deported more immigrants than previous Republican administrations (Article on Deportation - Fusion, statistics can also be found anywhere else throughout the net), and yet come crawling to progressives every four years with the same plea: “We’re not THAT.”

From where we stand, they have become exactly THAT.

As usual, I did not vote FOR something, but AGAINST something. I did not vote FOR Hillary, but AGAINST Trump. 

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Events, News -

This past Saturday saw an incredibly successful signing event at Waterstones in Cardiff, for Gwenno Dafydd's new book Stand Up and Sock it to them Sister, which has been described as 'a comprehensive look at the past and present of funny women [...] A must read for anyone interested in women's comedy today'. Gwenno has asked her readers to send in pictures of the book travelling the world, and here are some highlights!            Chicago, U.S.A.              Indiana, U.S.A.            Malaga, Spain         Cardigan, Wales  ...

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The Cheval Trust is inviting submissions from young writers in or from Wales for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award 2017. Set up in 2009, in memory of the poet Terry Hetherington, Cheval has created a community of poets and authors and supports young writers embarking on their creative journeys. Since 2012, an annual anthology of selected submissions has been published by Parthian Books including favourite works by past winners. The Cheval community has been organising the Poems and Pints monthly open mic events in Neath, bringing together talented authors and performers. The funds raised from these events go towards the organisation and prizes of...

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