Some thoughts:

What’s happened to Penarth?

I went to Penarth yesterday, hadn't been there for some time, but I remembered it as a smart little town but I was shocked when I saw how the centre of the town has changed. Standing in the middle of the shopping area I could count 3 supermarkets, 4 coffee shops and 5...

“The Welsh Class” circa 1963: where are they now?

Clearing out a few cupboards this weekend uncovered this old photo of the London County Council run "Welsh Class" in HungerfordRoad School, probably around 1963. I wonder where they all are now. You probably couldn't call it the Welsh Class now, would infringe some...

A National Digital Living Laboratory for Wales

Imagine being able to look at some of the problems your business is trying to find solutions for in a way that lets you test your ideas thoroughly before going to market. Imagine doing that whilst also working closely with some potential customers in an environment...

Abergavenny: no longer a Super Market-Town

I had a lovely weekend in Abergavenny this weekend, not having been there for probably 20 years or more. We stayed in a very nice pub in the middle of town: The Kings Arms and would recommend it very highly. It’s a quaint old beamed building that has creaky sloping...

Wales set for another great Grand National

The Coral Welsh Grand National is the biggest horse race of the year in Wales, bringing people together in a wonderful social occasion which is a highlight of the festive season. Initial entries for this year’s race include the last two winners Mountainous and Monbeg...

My Dear Ben: I really miss you

My dear Ben, it's been a week since I kissed you goodbye and I want you to know that I really miss you. This has been a really long, painful, tearful week, a week that has given me more pain than anything else ever has in my life. Your leaving me has left me in gut...

Why Dieting isn’t all about Weight

I decided recently to diet. I've always been a bit of a chunky-monkey but it was after a medical consultation that suggest my cholesterol and blood pressures numbers weren't quite where they should be that I decided to take action. 5 Weeks later I'm chuffed to find...

War Porn: we just don’t need it

The tone was set by the Americans with videos of missiles in flight to destroy their targets and now the RAF are doing the same. Videos showing the military might of the Western world often against an armed but un-armoured pickup truck are released as part of the...