Category: Pontypridd

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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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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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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...

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Industrial Style Bespoke Furniture

Barebones is driven by the desire to make living spaces and working spaces feel welcoming and comfortable for all those that experience them. We provide a service that gives our customers an opportunity to make their own mark on the space they occupy.  We believe that by actively encouraging our customers to...

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Big Brother

Extreme surveillance becomes UK law but not one of the mainstream media care. I wonder why? Maybe they are all in this together too? The bill gives the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world. Maybe you should start asking your own MP why...

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Stupid & Racist

Hours after the Brexit result many of my so-called kind, intelligent, liberal friends (University educated, in good jobs, great pay) branded my other friends stupid and racist. I imagine the same thing happening in the USA after the Trump upset. I hung back and observed. I watched the vitriol spew...

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Christmas Shopping 2016

In order to help you beat the crowds, avoid road rage and expensive city centre car parks we have always offered quality year-round shopping on the website (see links on the right hand side). This year we have a few new suppliers. And remember, by shopping through us it helps...

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Wales Trails

In 2005 two Ponty boys, Dave Lewis & Derek Goode, cycled the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats route and raised over £1000 for Ty Hafan. In August 2016 Dave decided he needed a new challenge and so cycled around Wales to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. He completed the ride (with the...

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3D Politics

It must have been about ten or fifteen years back when I realised that politics in the UK was not only rotten, but also broken. I suppose it’s always been rotten. After all, the system just keeps those in power in power and those that are rich, rich. But recently...

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Precinct Plans Out

Even though RCT asked the residents of the town what they wanted for the derelict precinct site they have once again completely ignored the views of the people, just as they did with the environmentally-unfriendly Lido. Details of the major plans to revitalise the former Pontypridd precinct site have been revealed...

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Living Income

Most rich, western, first-world countries have millions of ‘working poor’. These are people whose jobs do not pay enough to keep them above the poverty line, and whose wages are then topped-up by the state. In the UK we call this tax credits. The minimum wage has never been high enough...

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Wales Cycle Ride

In August 2016 Pontypridd writer Dave Lewis cycled 688 miles around Wales in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Eleven years ago two intrepid Ponty bimblers cycled the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats route and raised over £1000 for Ty Hafan. This summer, one of those riders, Dave, and a university friend (who joined...

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Ponty Prime Minister

‘Twas the night before the Labour leadership election and not a creature was stirring in the south Wales valleys. Well, apart from the usual scuffles between two obese, Kardashian lookalikes arguing over whose kebab is bigger whilst trying to strangle each other with their own stockings outside Soul Suite, but that goes...

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Welsh Poetry Competition – Winners!

The wait is over and the results of the 2016 Competition have now been announced by judge John Evans at a special prize night in Clwb Y Bont, Pontypridd. 1st Prize – Blackfish by Tarquin Landseer (London) 2nd Prize – Shattering-earth 2016 by Paul Hawkes (Aberteifi) 3rd Prize – Birth by Diana Sanders (Corwen) For more details...

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EU – Result!

Well, there’s a turn up for the plus fours! Didn’t think they’d allow this to happen. So what next? Well, judging by social media (remind me to delete all my accounts later) the world will now dissolve, the KKK will be riding pale horses through Treorchy town centre, my children...

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Europe – Judgement Day

Europe eh? Bloody hell. Husbands against wives, brothers against sisters, dogs against cats, hamsters against gerbils. And that’s just my house. Yes, I know you’re bored with it. The claims and counter-claims, the lies and counter-lies, the smug faces and biased media. But, wake up for a minute. Here’s the...