Month: December 2017

BLUE FOR BLUE: MISSING CAT

by Rob Jones My beautiful little furry pal has gone missing. I have been distraught walking the streets at 2am and then most of Thursday, December 21 with the assistance of my kind neighbours. Puss or Blue has been missing since the evening of Wednesday, December 20 and as he does not go out so there is more cause for concern. Yes, I am an old softy and this four-legged friend brings so much joy that I am distraught by his absence. He is a short haired, three-year-old, male, grey cat with green eyes, a blue collar and he...

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TRUST IN CAMBRIAN.

by Rob Jones The Cambrian Walking Rugby Tournament at the 3G pitch in Clydach Vale was a major success with the Rhondda Housing Association taking first and second place. The Cambrian Village Trust Over 50’s who were unbeaten in match time claimed third slot and The Cambrian Village Trust Strive & Thrive team came in fourth with a credible draw to their name. Snacks and drink were put on in the Lakeside later on and also valuable funds were raised for developments in the world of Alzheimer’s. It is yet another credit for the Cambrian Village Trust as a community...

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Memories of Punk

by Rob Jones Cardiff bound The Art of Punk and New Wave by NME photography legends Chalkie Davies and Denis O’Regan is heading to Cardiff and YOU could be there… ‘The Fine Art Of Punk & New Wave’ hits the road, the largest photography exhibition tour of its kind, celebrating 40 years since the birth of a music genre that shook the world. MINI showrooms are transformed into stunning art galleries each evening. Organised by music exhibition specialists Off Beat Lounge, the tour features the work of 1970’s New Musical Express (NME) photographers Chalkie Davies & Denis O’Regan, ensuring the definitive visual record of the period. 1977 saw punk explode, with debut albums from The Damned, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Jam & Elvis Costello to name but a few. Blondie, The Ramones and Iggy Pop arrived from America and the 1970s ended with a bang! This one-night-only event, on Tuesday 20th February 2018 with either Denis O’Regan or Chalkie Davies in attendance for VIP ticket-holder-only Q&A sessions, will take visitors back to arguably the most rebellious period ever seen in the music business. Featuring over 40 raucous live performances and whacky off-stage moments, along with a glimpse into the austere times that gave birth to punk and new wave, these events follow Off Beat exhibition tours that have featured Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie & Queen to national...

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CRAIG CHARLES

TO STORM CHEPSTOW CASTLE WITH ‘THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL CLUB’ – 31 AUG 2018 TICKETS HERE Yes – The legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJ’s and he is bringing his legendary Funk & Soul Club Night to Chepstow in the new year.  From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with his primetime Saturday night show. Craig will now be bringing some of that magic to the fabulous...

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Rhondda writer returns

by Rob Jones Lynne Rees-Tippett was born in Tonypandy and went to the Grammar School where she became greatly influenced by two of her English teachers. She wrote poetry and short stories from her early teens and had some work published in the Rhondda Leader and other magazines. A move to Pontllanfraith in 1995 took place and early retirement from work followed in 2000. Lynne became a Magistrate for the Gwent Bench and also a student at the outreach programme of Newport University where she learned her trade as a writer. As a result, a first novel entitled Orchid of...

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