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Pop Up Art Exhibition

The ‘Pontypridd Pop Up Art Exhibition’ is once again open for business! So why not ‘pop’ along and ‘pop’ in to see the great artwork on display by some of the town’s local artists. Photography, watercolours, ceramics and more. A friendly welcome awaits and don’t forget to take your wallet. Taff...

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Basic Photoshop

‘Basic Photoshop – An introduction to Adobe Photoshop’ is an easy-to-follow, set of short lessons on how to begin using this industry standard, image manipulation, software package. Also, knowing how confusing Photoshop can be I wanted to produce a straightforward guide to using the basics of the program. This e-book...

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Druidic Drinks

Started in 2013 by members of www.pontytown.co.uk, the annual Christmas Day ‘morning drinkies at the druid stones’ kicks off again at 12:00pm. Massive crowds are once again expected to converge on the Rocking Stones, Pontypridd Common, for what some have called the new Glastonbury. Well, it’s muddy anyway. With guitarists come furniture restorers,...

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Photography @ Christmas

Local Pontypridd photographer Dave Lewis will be exhibiting and selling some of his images at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre over the next two weeks. Start – Friday, 1 Dec 2017 Ends – Friday, 15 Dec 2017 The centre has a large exhibition space so why not pop along and see the...

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Christmas Shopping Online

I don’t know about you but as a bloke who doesn’t really see the point of shops I have to confess to doing all my Christmas shopping online (have done for years) apart from a box of Thorntons that I pick up on Christmas Eve for ‘er indoors to scoff...

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Dinner Party Politics

You’ve heard the one about the dinner party guests.  If you could have anyone from history… who would you invite and why etc.  Well, my list, let’s call it eight ‘cos I think I’ve only got that many plates might be – Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Richard Burton (the explorer),...

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State of Town

Latest News OK so we’ve had the new pavements.  People tripped, fell over, some even broke bones and then the slimy ‘claim merchants’ came out in force like vultures at a buffalo kill.  The electronic bollard outside The Wonky still doesn’t work properly… no-one knows where or when they can...

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Welsh Photo Blog

Those of you into photography might be interested in Ponty photographer Dave Lewis’s photo blog. Every month he tries to post an image that stirs some emotions or makes you think about life here in south Wales. Dave has been taking photographs with an SLR for nearly 30 years. He has taken...

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Social Ponty

Yes, I know… we finally gave in to the relentless push by Facebook for world domination and have started a new forum using their platform.  The old message board, which in its heyday had millions of page impressions a week, lots of active members and a spicy collective of rag-tag...

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T-shirt Shop

Ever wondered where people get those cool t-shirts from? The ‘Sex, Drugs & Sausage Rolls’ or the ‘A470’ route sign! Well wonder no longer… The Spreadshirt Collection stands for best-possible print results on top-quality products A huge range of sizes makes sure that our gear fits everyone, big and small...

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Welsh Rich v Welsh Poor

Although most people knew this already we now have proof that our TV people are paid way too much.  Just look at what some of BBC Wales’s TV presenters earn: Cardiff’s John Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme & bloke who reads the quiz questions on BBC Two’s Mastermind...

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Software for Photographers

Have you ever been so spellbound by something you see that you can hardly take your eyes off it? Maybe it’s a snow-capped mountain, an urban cityscape or a sunset over the ocean. Whatever it is, you are so fascinated by its grandeur, nuances and vibrance. Without diverting your gaze,...

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Happy

Now that the dust has settled after the General Election it’s time to face reality again. The world is still buggered, the same ‘nasty‘ people are still running it and the rich will get richer while the poor get poorer. So why stress over something that is so difficult to change (well,...

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What Happened There Then?

The election is over and the ‘Nasty Party‘ has won (again). J.C. ‘almost’ lived up to his initials, and ‘almost’ pulled off a miracle. If only he’d got rid of Abbott sooner who knows. Anyway, what happens now? Well, we are still leaving Europe, we still have millionaire May (for...

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Who Should You Vote For?

This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t waste it. Firstly, DON’T believe the media. Make your own mind up. Read the two parties policies then vote for what you’d prefer to see for your country. Labour Party This is the new Labour manifesto and I have to...

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General Election 2017

Normally I look forward to a general election because it means we finally get a chance to get rid of the Tories, start again with a few years of Labour before they get kicked out and so on… This time it’s a bit more depressing though. Most people I know,...

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Black Someday Soon

The global banking crisis of 2007-2008 that wiped trillions of pounds off the world’s stock markets and caused major heartache for millions of people is going to happen again. Everyone knows this but no-one really knows when it’ll be or how bad it’ll be. The ‘bankers’ (capital W), whose greed...

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Wales / Europe

In the Brexit vote Wales voted 53% to leave the EU. The BBC keeps telling us what idiots we were so let’s look at some finances. Wales gets about £658 million a year from Europe. This is spent on the following: European structural funds: This covers everything from supporting people into...

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A Look at the Top Casino Stocks of 2017

The online gambling industry has had a tremendous impact on the gaming business in the last few years and with online casino websites like Guts AU are ready to take Aussie casino players on, it is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Things were not looking very...

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Housing Crisis! What Crisis?

Hardly a day goes by without some ‘expert’ telling us all that we have a housing crisis and that we (the UK) needs to build millions more homes. Really?  Well, there are over 1.4 million empty homes, the highest number for 20 years! These ’empty homes’ are typically second homes, or vacant...

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Tips for Buying the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

As March 26 approaches, you may still be looking for the perfect gift for your mum. You know that the gift must show her how much you love and appreciate her. However, it is never easy to find the gift you are looking for, whether you are ten years old...

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The ‘Precinct’ Latest

Most people have noticed that great big hole in the ground now and many have asked what’s going to go in there. Well, the council’s ‘latest’ plans (they do change their minds quite a bit) are to put a God-awful ugly building with offices, gym and library there. Horray! Maybe…...

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Brand Wales

About 20 years ago I tried to start a ‘wear red’ day on 1st March to celebrate St David’s Day. I got about five of us to turn up on a damp Tuesday in the local pub to have a beer and talk about our cultural identity over a pint...

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Welsh Poetry Competition 2017

Calling all poets amongst our readers. Check out the international Welsh Poetry Competition website. The contest was set up by Ponty poet & writer Dave Lewis in 2007. Officially launched on St David’s Day @ Clwb-Y-Bont, Pontypridd, 2007 the aim is to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that we know...

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Read All About It

Is it me or is there a severe lack of local news these days? WalesOnline seems to have abandoned it’s local news section with stories still there from Boxing Day!  The BBC don’t even know where the ‘valleys’ are and the local rag (the Observer) is losing circulation faster than...