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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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.


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.


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.


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!






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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