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Five weeks of close scrutiny


Great pictures of the lions tour landing in New Zealand.

Those memories must be still fresh given it’s only been three days, and already the boys have played 80 minutes of rugby.

A thankful win even if it wasn’t a classic!
Makes me laugh how predictable the New Zealand press have been since the win.  Slamming a side meant to be brimming with internationals against a hastily put together side.

“Unimaginative levels of mediocrity”

Bit harsh.

Playing a game after just three days is not something a lot of people could endure, and I hope the jet lag did have an impact otherwise it’ll be a long five weeks of scathing press scrutiny!

Although New Zealand is the gold fish bowl of all gold fish bowls, and rightly so given that rugby is in thir DNA.  They have very high standards.

The lions have some awesome players, so here’s hoping to them gelling together and playing great rugby for all the fans…and the press.

Good luck to the lions..hope you get plenty of chances to put the press into the shadows of the long white cloud.

#proud #lionsofficial

Covfefe, it’s a conspiracy..


trump writing..a tweet suggesting he can’t spell..


..what gives..1496343599483752261422

14963421708342136896017..suggesting he’s a buffoon..

…why would someone do that..1496342993962-449042765

..that lot..newspaper




..affects him not..1496343742866-993871905

1496348473328364885457..he’s a top guy..

..he’s visited Israel and stuff..trump israel

14963487695131857133540..and has great plans.. it the climate thing?jd

14963851695391169300775..he’s doing it for the workers..

..climate thing is all hot air..1496348244294747661558

..this conspiracy must stop..who me

..and stop with the wig gags..

Brixham Pirate Festival 2017


First time at the The Brixham Pirate Festival and really enjoyed.

People were up for a good laugh, and with an actual pirate ship at the dock I can see why the festival is popular.

They even had pirate pensioners!

Plenty of Johnny Depp lookalikes..Really walked the full plank on their outfits.

Wonder what Johnny would have thought of his many imitators!

As the families headed for safety, the pirates headed for rum!

Think there were to be quite a few hangovers the next day, with people making the most of the sun.


Tee and I are definitely going next year, and we’ll be in full pirate garb..Can’t wait.

There was one pirate who was getting most of the attention…Even if he did look like he was Shanghaied into the costume!

See you there in 2018?

The stile


It exists!  The world’s most redundant yet sturdy stile lives a sedentary life in Neath!

Tee and I walked past this fine singular structure a few years ago, so funny as it is just… fence in sight!

Maybe the builder ran out of money, inclination or…just wood!

Or just forgot where they built the you think theres a fench somewhere with a stile shaped hole?

Whatever happened I just thought this solo stile needed friends!

Tread carefully


So I’m working hard in the garden something tee would be proud of..and a little taken aback.

Working on and building sweat in digging a stream into our hill to create a waterfall.. little behind by hmm couple of years.

Hence surprise from tee!

Given it’s a hot day I take a break, and while admiring my work I spotted a free loading snail hitching a ride on his mates back!

Like the speed of a snail the stream gets a pause as i’m distracted in finishing this blog.

Swapping the spade for knowledge, I dug out some facts..did you know snails keep their shell their whole life, which is usually 2 to 5 years and would take a month to walk a kilometre!

Wow, so please be careful where you tread..i wouldn’t want to live in a house with a broken roof my whole life!

Ok, stream here I come..treading carefully..

Here come the welsh


Had the pleasure of being part of the Italy v Wales game this year.

Was our first away game as fans and really enjoyed, great atmosphere.  Even if the charms of a rose armed local did try to whisk tee away.

She still has the rose!

The singing at the end of the game, fuelled by the tank topping turks, was awesome.  i managed to capture some on video.

I’m pretty sure they’ll be in fine singing form for the final in Dublin against Munster later.

Should be great atmosphere in Dublin tonight.

Good luck to Scarlets, long over due title in the balance..fair play been playing some great rugby.

Follow the rules


Picture from new York in 1940

This picture tickles me..skating in the face of danger. I thought ignoring safety was a modern day thing!

I’m hoping those people, maybe the parents, in the background were getting ready to move her away from danger!

Is Neath beneath?


I went out on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and spent an hour in Neath.

Within that hour I saw graffiti claiming this town to be sh😱t, to children singing to the public.

I witnessed unhappy people, happy, couples, families, people with money and people without.

People rushing, relaxing, arguing, kissing, shopping and sitting, talking and thinking.

Possibly the same interactions of people lucky to have the freedom of choice that exist in most countries.

To risk a cliché..we have the choice to shape the filters of our’s the choices we make that define our community…to take to graffiti or to sing a song.

Is neath sh😱t?

It’s been around a long time and seen ups and downs…Here’s to the ups..and the sound of our future singing!

My thought are with the families

Like everyone else I was shocked and saddened to hear of the events in Manchester, my heart and thoughts go out to all those who’ve lost loved ones.

The news referenced an 8 year old child as having lost her life, 8 years, it’s just so sad. 

One minute enjoying life, listening to music, living..Then next, gone.

We’re all human, whatever our beliefs, nothing should drive someone to take the life of another.  I just hope to a future where this is woven into the fabric of humanity.  

My thoughts are with all families who’ve lost loved ones to terrorism, past and present but hopefully not in the future.