Sunday, 27 July 2014

Dragonfly In The Kitchen

I found this little fella (approx around 7cm in length) sleeping on the kitchen ceiling earlier!

After grabbing a few pictures I coaxed the Dragonfly back to his natural habitat - outside - nice of him to visit though!

This is the second time I've known such a creature descend on our kitchen, one came for tea a few years back and narrowly missed my brothers head as it zoomed through the back kitchen door accompanied by the sound of a Tiger Moth, Needless to say it nearly gave him a heart attack!

Have you had any curious creatures in your home over the last few weeks?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Poem: The Wind by Andy Howells

The Wind

Am I content?
Walking these roads and paths
Uncertain of where I’m arriving?
Is the sky content?
The clouds are still but are dark
And what of the river?
It continues to move
Never remaining still
And the grass
It sways from side to side
And you ask me am I content?
When there is a love I yearn for
And an aching in my heart
The wind may blow against me
But it can’t touch the feelings within
I know the one called my saviour
But where is the loved one he promised?
And again you ask me
Am I content?

Andy Howells, 1993, 2009

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pudsey The Movie Special Screening

Tom with Ashleigh & Pudsey
I went along with the family for a special screening of The Pudsey movie in Cardiff last Monday evening. The family loved the film and Rachel has written her own little review of it over on Purplecrafter. I particularly enjoyed the reactions from the children who gave genuine belly laughs to many of the scenes.
Interviewing Ashleigh as Pudsey looks on
I also had the chance to interview Pudsey's trainer Ashleigh, this interview will appear in tomorrow's South Wales Argus Guide.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Live Shows: Kast Off Kinks and Sharon Fitzgerald School Of Dance

Kast Off Kinks
Heres a couple of shows I've seen over the last few weeks... The Kast Off Kinks featuring original Kinks drummer Mick Avory played St David's Hall on June 27 read my review over on Retrospace.

Dance Is The Answer
My daughter has been a member of the Sharon Fitzgerald School of Dance for a few years now, so it usually seems unethical to write a review for their shows.

However this years entitled Dance Is The Answer which ran at the Dolman Theatre this week was full of colour, charisma and choreography. The shows never fail to draw me in and I just often wish I had an ounce of talent that would enable me to dance! Still its nice to dream!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Big Splash 2014 - Day 3 - In Pictures

The children getting in The Big Splash spirit

The weather was great in newport for the third and final day of Big Splash events which included a sessions takeover, Parklife  and for us a backstage tour of The Rivefront Theatre and a screening of The Lego Movie.

Argus cartoonist Tim Harries designing
book marks

The boys watch Tim get creative
The Sessions included lots of stalls including cartoonist Tim Harries' art work and music going out live on the Riverfront Terrace.

The children learn how to work the spotlights

The children were particularly enjoyed the fun informative backstage tour conducted by Riverfront technicians Helen, Owen and Clive, which gave us all a rare insight into how the the shows are put on behind the scenes.

Jon becomes a sound technician

The children at the sound desk

Hazel and Henry
 Before we caught The Lego movie we were entertained by the incredible Hazel and Henry who displayed incredible tricks and stunts with a lot of fun and humour.

I can't quite believe I got to help Hazel
and henry out with their act
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band
Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band finished off a fabulous afternoon of fun on The Riverfront Terrace.

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