Lewis Hopkins

Second year Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies student at Cardiff University.
Freelance writer for several publications including 'The Tab' and 'Gair Rhydd'.
Currently looking to gain industry experience/internship to further my career in journalism.

The Street Art of Roath

City Road in Roath may not be the most picturesque area of Cardiff, usually littered with pieces of furniture, clothing, empty lager cans and polystyrene kebab boxes. There are numerous restaurants and fast food outlets, a large variety of ethnic supermarkets and a sprinkling of garages. Don’t get me wrong Roath has some beautiful parts to it, namely the park, but City Road is not one of them. But the hidden masterpieces that can be found down the back alleys of City Road will thought-provokingly stop you in your tracks!

The male contraceptive pill is ‘a step closer’, but would us men take it?

According to researchers a male contraceptive pill, that identifies and blocks two specific proteins which in turn prevents the launch of sperm cells from the testes during ejaculation, may be ready for mass production sooner than we think. The pill has been initially tested on genetically engineered mice which made them temporarily infertile, while they continued to mate as normal. For fertility experts this pill is the holy grail, and one that has proved particularly elusive. But we’ll leave a...

I selfie, therefore I am.

So it seems the word ‘selfie’ has been named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary with research suggesting its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the past year. It states that the term has evolved from a niche social media tag into a general mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph. To qualify for word of the year, the said word or phrase does not have to be invented in the last year, it simply has to have notably risen to prominence in that time. The word ‘...

‘Fan Fiction’ is bloody bonkers!

Wedged somewhere between amateur porn pics, romantic novels, and online Star Wars forums, there exists something known as ‘fan fiction’. This is fandom at its most obsessed and mad. “Screw owning the director’s cut DVD,” says this new breed of manic typing überfan. “let’s write twenty years’ worth of sequels using the characters, locations, and atmosphere of the original.” Ever wonder what might have happened after the ending of that classic book you r...
The Tab Cardiff

How to make your s**t uni room feel more homely.

Uni is a barrel of laughs most of the time. We’re all busy getting drunk, occasionally doing work and sleeping, either with each other or just napping, all the time. There are times though, when we feel a bit lonely (aww), so The Tab has put together a few ideas on how to make your box room feel a bit warmer and a little more comfortable for those darker moments of term… You’re right in thinking its late November and you’ve left it far far too late to start decorating the empty, clinical, hellis...

If Malcolm Tucker were the 12th Doctor.

So yes if you haven’t been living under a rock or in a parallel dimension this week then you would have seen that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the 12th Doctor. But what exactly would it be like if Capaldi played the Time Lord in the same way he played infamous sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker from ‘The Thick Of It’? Politicians shrivelled at the mere mention of Peter Capaldi’s formidable character in ‘The Thick Of It’, so Daleks and Cybermen will not stand a chance now he ...

Asking the questions no one wants asked. Kay Burley.

Yes she’s at it again; the insufferable Kay Burley just hasn’t learnt her lesson and once more has managed to kick up a furore. This time she was ‘presenting’ live on location and criticised for her ‘insensitive bordering on cruel’ questioning of volunteers looking for missing 5 year old Welsh girl April Jones. She confirmed the news that Mark Bridger had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of April Jones, this was after one of the women told her that she had not heard the latest updates on...