Tagged: Wales

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Still Raking It In

We did a story on the huge salaries the BBC pays some of its Welsh TV presenters back in 2017. We were told that many of these, quite frankly, insulting wages for pretty mediocre talent would be cut. Well, have they? Cardiff’s John Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme was...

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Wales Rugby Grand Slam

Congratulations to the Welsh rugby team for yet another Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Championship. To celebrate this great achievement we’ve decided to create a few products for you to show your appreciation.  We have t-shirts, (men / women), baby grows, beer coasters, kids tees and beanies. Grand Slam Merchandise...

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Happy St David’s Day

Saint David’s Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callixtus II), though it is not a national holiday in the...

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Druids Drink 2018

Well, it’s that time of year again.  When lapsed druids from all walks of life gather for a handshake, a toast to the ‘stones’ and a good ole fashioned chinwag.  Rock stars, dog walkers, retired adult movie stars, chemical engineers, poets, probation workers and photographers will once again be in attendance...

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African Photo Exhibition

Local photographer Dave Lewis is exhibiting a small selection of his images from a recent trip to southern Africa. As well as the usual favourites, like ‘Spillers Records’, ‘Tenby’ and ‘Blue Boats’ he will also be displaying a number of new photos from Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Gartholwg Lifelong Learning...

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Welsh T-shirt Shop

The Welsh T-shirt shop has just had a makeover and we’ve added lots of new designs and Welsh-temed products for you to purchase. We hope to add many more in the future so please check back soon. We also post / tweet voucher codes every month on the Ponty Forum...

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Pontypridd music journalist launches memoir

Pontypridd journalist Steph McNicholas has published her first book – Town and Country Girl. Steph has written for national and regional newspapers and magazines, including Record Mirror and the Western Mail. She started her career aged just 19 as a local correspondent on the Pontypridd Observer. Steph was also one of the team...

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New Poetry Collection

Pontypridd writer, Dave Lewis, has just released a new poetry collection – ‘Going Off Grid‘ – which is his seventeenth book and his seventh poetry collection. This modern collection focuses on digital capitalism, the negative influence of big tech and our addiction to data. Lewis is deeply concerned with the...

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International Welsh Poetry Competition

It’s that time of year again folks. Time to dust off those pencils and start scribbling. The biggest and best poetry contest in Wales (founded and based in Pontypridd) is now in its 12th year! Well and truly international with entrants from as far a field as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belgium, Canada,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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International Welsh Poetry Competition 2016

Calling all poets amongst our readers. Check out the 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 exists...

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Welsh Rugby Is Dying

Wales did well in the RWC 2015. Well, they lost anyway. Wales did well in the last 6 Nations too – we came 3rd. Regional rugby is going swimmingly well too. Yep, I’m kidding of course. A Welsh team has never won the European Cup, Beddau 2nds get more fans turning...