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Hubby and I had a great night out last night, we went to see Tony Wright (lead singer of Terrorvision) in a teeny weeny club in Cardiff. It was possibly slightly smaller than the Moon Club where we saw Andy Cairns a few weeks ago, which is next door to Fuel.

Tony is touring his recent acoustic album Thoughts ‘n’ All which he’s released through Pledge (here) and the gig was a mixture of these new songs with a few Terrovision tracks thrown in.  As the venue was small it meant there was a lot of chatting between Tony, Milly (the other guitarist/singer) and the audience, I haven’t laughed so much at a gig for a while. We were in the front row again, it’s great not having someone tall stood right in front of you, which is what usually happens to me at gigs.

After the gig both Tony and Milly came out into the Club to chat with everyone.  Hubby was talking to Milly for quite some time, and we both had a chat and a photo with Tony.  If you’d told me back in the 90’s when I was watching Terrovision at festivals and big venues that one day I’d be meeting Tony and having a chat (have now met him twice), I don’t think I would’ve believed you. I do love small venues.

Hubby & Milly (scary eyes!)

Hubby & Milly (scary eyes!)

Me & Tony

Me & Tony

Next gig is Lit in Solus, Cardiff University in November.  Should be another top night.

Save Our Library

In the last few weeks we have discovered that there are plans to close our local library.  As you can imagine a lot of people, including myself, are very upset about this.

The library is regularly used by the local schools, the children choose books and take them back to school.  There are always people making use of the computers when I go in there and the staff run computer classes throughout the year.  Whenever my boys get a homework project, the library is always the first place we go to look for books on the subject, and more often than not we find what we need.  They hold Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions every week to encourage young children into the library.  It’s our nearest outlet for recycling bags and food waste bags, I don’t even know where else in Rumney we can get them.  All the staff are friendly and knowledgable, if they don’t know the answer to something they will find out for you. There’s a list of all the services the library provides on the Cardiff Council website here.

We need a proper library in Rumney!

Please everyone ‘like’ the Facebook page here and more importantly sign the online petition here. Even if you don’t live in the area, but care about our libraries, please sign it, then tell all your friends to sign it. Thank you.

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Hubby and I went to see Andy Cairns (lead singer of Therapy?) last night in a tiny little club in Cardiff. It was fantastic.

We saw him a while back in the 200 Club in Newport on his last acoustic tour and had a great time, so when we saw he was playing Cardiff, there was no hesitation about seeing him again.

He is such a good entertainer, aswell as a great guitarist and singer, telling lots of funny stories in between the songs.

Hubby and I were right in the front, although the room was so small you wouldn’t have been far away wherever you stood. Haven’t been at the front of a gig for a while, was nice not to have some tall person stood right in front of me.

One of the highlights of the night was when he got James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) up on stage to sing Die Laughing with him. Amazing!

Hubby did record a short snippet of it, but I can’t upload it here (unless I pay money for a video upgrade apparently).  Anyway there’s a video of the whole song on YouTube.

If he comes to Cardiff again (or anywhere nearby) we’d definitely go again.

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Planes and Boats

It’s been an interesting week in Cardiff this week with the NATO Summit being held at the Celtic Manor in Newport.

Although none of the disruption affected me directly, I don’t often go in to town, it was quite exciting reading all about it in the news. From about Wednesday we started getting a lot of big, military helicopters going over the house, which added to the excitement.

On Friday morning there was a fly-past of various military planes from different countries with the Red Arrows at the back. We were looking out for them all the way to school – they were flying past Cardiff Bay to Newport so we guessed they might go over us. When we got to school, they still hadn’t gone past, but I found out they were running late. Quite a few teachers were outside waiting for them too, but they decided to still ring the bell on time. Just as the Junior children had lined up the first planes appeared! They passed right over the school, it was great hearing all the kids ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ and cheering as each lot of planes appeared. Glad we got to see it.

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As part of the Summit a number of warships came to Cardiff Bay, including HMS Duncan which Prince Charles visited and they held some sort of function on it. We decided to go and have a look at them yesterday (Saturday) as did a lot of other people – it was very busy! Not helped by the big steel fences that were still up around the boats. There was also still a lot of armed police officers wandering around, which the boys found slightly fascinating and worrying.

HMS Duncan is enormous!

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First Day

The boys have all gone back to school today, Dan is now in Year 5, Olly is in Year 3 (first year of Junior school) and Ben has started Reception which means he’s now in all day.

They were all very excited this morning, especially Ben, he’s been asking to go to school for at least a week.

Dan and Olly ran to line up as soon as the bell rang, I didn’t actually see them go in to school. Ben wasn’t starting until 9:15am, but he was the first one in as soon as they opened the door – I didn’t even get a wave.

I love that they’re all so happy and confident about going into school, I would hate it if they were clingy and cried.

Looking forward to hearing about their first day when I pick them up later, sure they’ve all had a fantastic time.

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Few Days In Harrogate

This week we have been visiting hubby’s family in Harrogate. We had a good journey up on Monday and were there by lunchtime. We didn’t do much in the afternoon, just visited the local pub for a quick drink. We sat in the beer garden as we had the dog and children with us, but it was a bit nippy and kept raining.

Tuesday we walked into Harrogate and through to the Valley Gardens. Think we visit this place every time we go to Harrogate, it has a fantastic children’s play area. On the way we spotted this carved tree.

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It had a little door in the bottom of it, which led to lots of imagining who could live there.

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As the Tour De France visited Harrogate and the surrounding area in July there was lots of references to it everywhere. Lots of yellow bikes hanging off buildings, in hedges and leaning against garden walls. Also lots of mini jersey bunting on houses and between trees. It all made the place very colourful.

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After the boys had worn themselves out in the play area and I’d had enough of sitting around in the cold watching them, we headed to the nearby Wetherspoons for lunch. It was really busy in there, but luckily we got a table in the Family Area. All our food came quickly, despite how busy it was, and we all enjoyed what we had. My hot chocolate topped with cream went down particularly well!

Wednesday started with much excitement, watching the boys on Newsround with Dr Who (see my previous post). Then we walked to nearby Starbeck to visit hubby’s nana, stopping off at a play area both going and coming back. The play area is right next to Daleside Brewery and it smelt lovely, just like being in Cardiff when Brains are brewing.

Thursday was the only day of the week we’d planned in advance. We’d booked to go to Lightwater Valley So after watching the second part of the boys on Newsround we set off. Again it was a grey and chilly day, we didn’t realise quite how cold it was until we got there.

This was the first time we’d taken any of the kids to a theme park and we were a bit worried that there wouldn’t be much for Ben, but we needn’t have been. We went on pretty much every ride that we could, there was only one that hubby and Dan went on on their own and The Falls of Terror that Ben was too small for, but Dan, Olly and Hubby went on it. We all went on the other water ride, Wild River Rapids, twice, which meant we spent most of the day with wet bums! Ben loved every ride that he went on, that few centimetres over a metre tall made all the difference. There was a good number of smaller children’s rides too.

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After we’d been on all the rides we headed towards The Angry Birds Land, which is basically a play area with Angry Birds themed climbing frames. There’s also an Angry Birds Space part which is indoors and it’s quite dark. A good place to have a rest and let the kids run around.

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Next to Angry Birds is a Birds of Prey Centre and we timed it just right to catch one of the flying displays. They got two owls out, a little one and a really big one, sorry can’t remember what breeds they were. The handlers walked around the area telling us all about them and getting them to fly over our heads, had to duck quite a few times. Unfortunately it did start raining while we were sat there and we were frozen, so afterwards we let the boys have another run around in the play area and another go on a couple of the nearby small rides. Dan, Olly and I had another go on the Skyrider, which is the chair swings on long chains which go round and actually go really high. It’s one of my favourite rides.

We had a fantastic day and the boys are still talking about it, we will definitely try and go again in the future.

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Friday, we watched the final part of the boys on Newsround (it’s been an exciting week and the clips are on the Newsround website) and then it was time to head home.

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