Misty In Roots @ The Globe, Cardiff

REPUTATION can be a powerful thing as was evident as Misty In Roots took to the stage for a low-key Sunday evening gig at Cardiff’s intimate Globe.

Misty In Roots frontman Poko centre stage

Misty In Roots frontman Poko centre stage

The Southall reggae band have been together since the 1970s while the Roath venue, over the past four years, has played host to an impressive roster of classic reggae acts. On Sunday the reputation of both ensured a healthy crowd had assembled at the converted Albany Road cinema to greet one of British reggae’s most enduring acts. Continue reading

Cardiff’s ‘Panini’ Wall of fame: honour for park footballers

IF every young footballer dreams of playing at the World Cup then their own place in a Panini sticker album is perhaps the most vivid form of recognition a football inspired child can imagine.MainPIC 22-06-14

For a collection of recreational footballers who meet up three times a week at a Cardiff park those dreams of seeing their own smiling faces staring back at them are now a reality.

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Junior the first Brazilian to play football in Wales

IN the past two weeks or so you may have noticed an increasing number of television shows handily comprised of footage from previous World Cups and it’s in that tradition I’ve dug into the archives for my World Cup Special. JuniorBrazil1

Fittingly enough the story I’ve reprinted below, about ambitious Brazilian, Junior who left his home in Sau Paulo searching for a football future in Rhayader, Mid Wales, was originally written as an anniversary type piece in October 2012 marking the 20th season of football’s Welsh Premier League. Continue reading

Hear this: my adventures in sound

“There are few treatments you can do, where somebody comes in with a problem and can walk out noticing an immediate improvement.”

Life sounds better with the ear plugs out

Life sounds better with the ear plugs out

Few, if any, medical procedures (that a nurse at a GP practice can carry out at least) it appears can deliver as much instant satisfaction as syringing a patient’s ears – or so the parting words from the nurse yesterday would suggest. Continue reading

Millennium Magic – my stadium highlights

RIP up the grass at the Millennium Stadium and replace it with a hybrid natural/artificial fibre surface, seems like a good idea – and a convenient prompt to pick the greatest matches played on that much maligned turf. a7a7a7;”>

The iconic Cardiff city centre venue is now in its 15th action packed year and in that time human kind has moved on to accept a world-class playing surface won’t grow in a giant darkened fridge but science has been able to deliver an alternative.

Here I’ve picked what I consider to be the greatest moments from 15 years of sporting action on the 7,412 movable pallets of hallowed grass that make up the home of Welsh sport (or rugby at present). Continue reading

Taking a chance with Glyn Mathias

YOU don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone or so it seems to go – which is why I was pleased to take the opportunity to interview former ITN and BBC Wales political editor and Brecon resident Glyn Mathias.GlynBook

The veteran journalist, who has just published his autobiography, is one of quite a few high-profile characters to have lived in Brecon and the surrounding area. I wrote stories about the deaths of both Sir Bernard Ashley, widower of the fashion designer Laura, and Lord Tom Bingham, the former Lord Chief Justice and senior Law Lord, who lived at Boughrood near Brecon for some 40 years until his death.  On both occasion I regretted not writing about these people earlier, specifically before they died and were still within easy reach of my office. Continue reading

Why Lee Nicol will never walk alone

A clipping from the Bootle Times of Stephen Bolton with the Lee Nicol trophy

A clipping from the Bootle Times of Stephen Bolton with the Lee Nicol trophy

TEENAGER Lee Nicol became the 95th Liverpool fan to have died after following the team to that fateful FA Cup semi-final played exactly 25 years ago today at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium.

The 14-year-old died in hospital, some days later, having been on a life support machine. Like all 96 victims he has never been forgotten by the city of Liverpool, the club, its fans and of course by the family and friends of those whose loved ones never returned home from ‘Hillsborough’ – a name that is now sadly so much more synonymous with tragedy, chaos, grief, official indifference, corruption and cover up than it is as the  home of Sheffield Wednesday. Continue reading