Category: Wales

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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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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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New £1 Coin

In order to steal even more cash from us poor the UK Treasury is to make the current £1 coin worthless later this year. A new 12-sided pound coin comes into circulation in six weeks time in a bid to beat the forgers. Don’t panic yet though as we still have eight...

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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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Dog Friendly Beaches

Wales is blessed with the Welsh Coastal Path. Opened in 2012 the path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast. The path shows off our beaches, estuaries, cliffs, woodlands and hills, There are also city waterfronts, writers’ retreats, fun-parks and historic castles. There’s 870 miles of coast path to explore. I don’t expect you to...

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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...