I couldn’t get any pics during the show.This is just before the presenters came out.
Gwent Square is full of people of all ages trying out various science experiments.
I spotted some staff in t-shirts from Cardiff’s Techniquest looking after a few stands and helping visitors.
The ‘ square-wheeled’ bike intrigued me. See the pic below.
The TV show is filming inside the Congress Theatre over four sessions today and four tomorrow.
It is a cracking place and holds a lot of memories for me. I caught my first fish from peg 19 in about 1986. My 5yo caught her first fish there in July at a free’try fishing’ event organised by local fishing clubs, the Environment Agency and the Federation of Welsh Anglers. The official name of the national lottery funded project is the Torfaen Angling Participation Project. Since then she has been nagging me to take her fishing so we popped to Argos and picked up a starter kit. The next stop was Cwmbran Angling Supplies in Pontnewydd for half a pint of coloured maggots. A boating lake fishing permit for a junior cost £4 which I thought was quite expensive. But as she is under 12 she did not need a rod licence from the Environment Agency.
Fishing is in two sessions 8am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm. That is because the good old rowing boats have returned on the lake and the smaller paddle boat pond. Fishing stops from 12pm to 5pm.
This is a video I put on you tube about the boats coming back to the lake after a gap of at least ten years. I can’t remember the exact year or why they stopped being hire out.
If you haven’t been to the lake for the last two years you won’t have seen the path that takes you away from the lake and alongside the Afon Lwyd. The slideshow below show how the path winds its way through the wooded area at the bottom end of the lake.
There is also a good cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. I plan to try and have a chat with the owner.
Cwmbran’s Julie Nelson set up a catering business earlier this year after being made redundant. In just a few months she has sold out her first Supper Club and started producing her own unique lemon curd. This is in addition to making the most of local food suppliers to use her culinary skills to cater for private parties and corporate events.
She is behind the area’s first Supper Club and has registered on this website where you can find your ‘local underground restaurant’.
This Saturday night sees The Bush Inn in Upper Cwmbran host the second and now sold out evening of fine dining that Julie has organised.
If you’re not sure what a Supper Club is click on this link here to listen to an audioboo of Julie talking about bringing Supper Clubs to this part of Wales.
Click here for Wikipedia’s definition of Supper Clubs in the UK.
She wrote on her blog a few days ago that she is hunting out gardeners and allotment owners to help with a shortage of locally grown carrots and broad beans for Saturday night. Already one Cwmbran resident has given her some produce from his garden.
Follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/raspberrycater to find out details of the next supper club.
You can read Julie’s food blog at http://www.theraspberrybush.blogspot.com/
Below are some pics of the vegetables Julie has been growing in her garden pots to use in her Supper Clubs.
When I heard that a guy I knew while growing up in Cwmbran had set up his first business I thought his story would be good to share on this blog.
David Williams used his redundancy cash to set up a sweet shop in Pontypool. The shop is run by his son, Phil. It is a traditional looking sweet shop with jars on top of jars covering every wall. The chances are if you fondly remember eating a particular sweet as a child this shop has them in stock.
Click on this link here to listen to David talk about growing up in Cwmbran and setting up in business.
I went to the same school as David and it was nice to hear he is doing well. Check out some of the photos below of the shop. His shop is on the top of Crane Street in Pontypool directly opposite the Argos store.
You can find the Treat Stop on Facebook by clicking on this link.
You can see Phil stood on the door to the shop on the right of this photo. This is at the top of Crane Street.
In Cwmbran’s Mcdonalds today I overheard a man talking on his mobile phone about how he witnessed a suicide at Cardiff train station. It happened at Cardiff train station this morning. This blog is about capturing stories and voices of Cwmbran people so I asked him if he would let me record his story. James, 23, said yes. My mobile phone uploaded it to audioboo. Within 20 minutes I logged in and deleted it. I checked out the Samaritans and PCC guidelines on reporting suicides and felt it was wrong to share his story.
James was in shock and had not slept all night. He also told me he still felt under the influence of alcohol from his night in Cardiff. This came out during the interview.
Did I do the right thing?
I’ve got James’ number so should I return to him later in the week and rerecord his story?
Update to post.12pm. I heard on the radio first thing today that here was an incident on the line that was disrupting trains. I assumed that was what James was talking about. I’ve now been told by someone that what James told me may not be accurate. So that is a big lesson for me when posting on this blog. Was there a suicide at Cardiff train station this morning?
The chances are you have seen Cwmbran couple Mark and Corrine Ward-Jones on the telly. They love being in the audience of the country’s best-loved programmes. Mark feature in yesterday’s post talking about how he was hypnotised by Derren Brown. I was amazed when he told me how many shows they had been to see filmed.
In the last few years they have watched:
Derren Brown “Miracles For Sale” (Mark took part)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Friday Night With Jonathon Ross
Ant & Dec’s Push The Button
Million Pound Drop
Britain’s Got Talent Auditions
Dame Edna’s Spa Treatment
The tickets are always free but the only snag is the best shows usually have a long waiting list.
Mark said: “The researcher from Top Gear called us on a Monday and filming was on Wednesday.”
They had waited over a year for Top Gear to call and even then it was due to other audience members dropping out. A work meeting for Mark clashed with Who Wants to be with a Millionaire but the show were happy to give them tickets to a show one day later.
Mark said: “We were able to swap our Millionaire tickets for another day. When Chris Tarrant came out he told us the previous night someone won £1 million! That was the original show we had tickets for. That was a bit annoying.”
You can apply for free tickets to BBC shows by clicking http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets/ For other channels simply google but make sure you are only using an official site.
Here are some pics from Mark and Corinne’s travels.
I was chatting to a neighbour, Mark Ward-Jones, at a BBQ last night and he told me that earlier this year he was hypnotised by the world-famous Derren Brown. Click this link here to listen to the audiboo of Mark telling his story. Mark was invited to the Irish Centre in London along with about 100 other sceptics. After that he was asked to be in the audience for the Channel 4 screening of Derren’s show Miracles for Sale This was shown on Saturday 25 April 2011 on Channel 4.
The pic below is Mark hypnotised on stage. He took this photo from his telly when the programme was screened. This is where Derren told him to forget his name. When Mark was asked for his name he replied ‘They call me baldie!’.
Sorry if hypnotised is the wrong word to use in this blog. Derren’s website
Dubbed a ‘psychological illusionist’ by the Press, Derren Brown is a performer who combines magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in order to seemingly predict and control human behaviour, as well as performing mind-bending feats of mentalism.
I read that to mean he is a hypnotist.
Here is Mark’s autographed programme.
ps. The whistling that starts at 3min in the audioboo is my daughter!
Here is an audioboo interview with Cwmbran’s Matt Rosser, one of the people behind a special tribute video to Newport’s Goldie Lookin’ Chain. Matt, his family and friends teamed up to film their own version of the’Fresh Prince of Cwmbran’ to the GLC soundtrack. They filmed at locations all over Cwmbran. Listen to Matt talk about their video on Audioboo.
You can follow Matt on twitter www.twitter.com/mattrosser
Here is the Rosser’s video