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Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

Benji Hyer responds to listener Matthew about what the Commonwealth means to young people...

Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member-states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.

Currently, they are competing in the Commonwealth Games on the East Coast of Australia, and that is going ahead without any political commotion.


The problem is that, despite the splendour of the Commonwealth Games, there is not a great deal of demand for the continuation of the Commonwealth.

Recently, reports in India, Nigeria and Jamaica explored what the old fellowship meant to young people from those countries, and it concluded that it meant absolutely nothing. Rather than being a profound union, it is for them an antiqued organisation representing a colonialist era and having zero impact on significant foreign policy.

It may still mean something to Brexiteers, who see the Commonwealth as Britain’s next trading area, however nearly…

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Music

The Long Road Festival Announcement

Danielle Bradbery, The Shires, Una Healy and more confirmed to perform at the new country festival!

We have another festival announcement coming your way!

The Long Road festival is launching in the UK this Summer – taking over Leicestershire from 7th – 9th September 2018. The festival is going to one of the UK’s largest, most authentic country music festivals – featuring five stages of live performances, plenty of food and lots of experiences to help immerse you in the world of Nashville!

So, at this point you’re probably thinking: This sounds good, but why should I go?

Well, firstly, we are going to be there. So, that should be enough of a reason for anybody really.

But, secondly, there is going to be a ton of amazing music to make a truly memorable weekend – including our very favourite Danielle Bradbery who, following the release of her sophomore album ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’ last year and her stand-out performances at…

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Books

The Clean Conversations: How do you cope with addictions in your life?

The Clean Conversations are presented in partnership with Juno Dawson’s new book, “Clean”.

The Clean Conversations: How do you cope with addictions in your life?

The Clean Conversations are our series of conversations exploring addiction and the ways it impacts our lives as young adults. The Clean Conversations are presented in partnership with Juno Dawson’s new book, “Clean”.

Award-winning author Juno Dawson has released a new book called 'Clean'. The book follows Lexi, a spoiled socialite who has hit rock bottom. After almost overdosing, her brother stages an intervention and takes her to a rehab clinic for troubled young people.

In the book, Lexi is addicted to drugs – but, addiction in any form is very common. For example, 50% of young people feel they are addicted to their mobile devices. Mobile phone addiction has been studied and is on the rise, with a new studio showing that addiction to phones and the internet is harming our minds – literally

In fact, France has declared its tech-addicted teens to be a matter…

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