This is the first punchbag to be hung in Torfaen Warriors amateur boxing club’s new home.
This blog was set up just over two weeks ago on Wednesday 24 August. One of the main reasons I set it up was to learn more about the web. Technology is advancing so fast that I think I’m five years behind everyone else. Blogging seems a bit old fashioned but probably still is a pretty good place to learn some basics in your own time. I’ve enjoyed mixing up other social media such as you tube and audioboo into the blog.
There are many blogging platforms around but I chose WordPress as it seems to have a nice balance of basic publishing with the opportunity to step in to the more complicated areas (HTML?) when you are ready.
The statistics section of WordPress is pretty comprehensive so here are some figures.
In total Cwmbran Life has had 1,449 hits. I do not know yet how you find out ‘unique’ visitors. In fact to be honest I’m not totally sure what a ‘unique’ visitor is!
The highest hit day was Thursday 25 August with 158. The lowest hit day was the day it was set with 19.
It has been good fun and I’ve enjoyed meeting some interesting people. The audioboo app is excellent and I’ve found that people relax quickly as it is just talking into a mobile phone.
This is one interesting story about ‘trying to hard’ to get hits to your blog. Yesterday, I sent the link for this charity dinner to both Scott Quinnell and Will Carling who both shared it with their Twitter followers in the early evening. Scott has 14,349 followers and Will has 63,000. This led to a pretty unspectacular total Cwmbran Life views for the day of 106. I think that is lesson to those people who message TV and sport stars asking for a RT of their charity fundraising page. I think it is unlikely that their random followers would react as those RTs are often endless in their stream. I will never do that again.
Do you know any talented graffiti artists? Torfaen Warriors amateur boxing club is decorating its new gym. There are a few nice white walls that would look great with some artwork. Watch the video to see Mike Felkin talk about the gym and what they need.
Rugby legend Scott Quinnell is in Cwmbran next week as the guest speaker for a charity dinner. Rugby fans can buy tickets now to enjoy an evening dinner with the former Llanelli and British Lions number eight.
The Welsh Charitables RFC dinner is being held at Greenmeadow golf club on Friday 16 September. Tickets are £35 and can be bought by calling David Power, secretary of the Welsh Charitables, on 01633 864938 or 07973 705062.
Other former star players who will be there include David Watkins, JPR Williams, Bryn Meredith, Arthur Lewis, Dai Morris, Delme Thomas, Charlie Faulkner, Graham Price , Adrian Hadley, Nigel Meek, Richard Smith and Dai Parker.
The dinner is 6.45pm meet for 7.30pm sit down.
This is great video showing a skateboarding competition in the town centre in 1999. There are some very talented skaters jumping over trolleys and even off a phone box.
Lee Dainton, from Dirty Sanchez is tagged but I’m not sure which skater he is in this clip.
Lee Jenkins is announced as the winner at 2min 38sec. Does anyone know as I would love to interview him for this blog?
Ok, so it is not as interesting as remembering the shops in 1989 but You Tube was not around then. You will still spot a few changes in the last two years.
A group of around 15 volunteers met this morning to clear up a stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal in Cwmbran. They worked on the ‘B & Q section’ and met at the Pets at Home store car park. This is where the canal stops and ‘goes under’ Cwmbran Drive before opening out again in Old Cwmbran.
I recored an audioboo with one of the volunteers, Carol Shove from Fairwater. Click here to listen to her talk (1min 55secs) about why she volunteers.
New volunteers are always welcome, Call Hugh Woodford at Torfaen Council on 01633 648741 or email email@example.com to find out the next date, time and clear up venue.
Here is a video (42 secs) of the volunteers cutting down branches and dragging them to the bank with a rake on a rope. I then walk back under the low bridge to another group of volunteers.
Here is a gallery of photos that I took today.