The boys have a day out fishing off Cardiff Bay, & Kyle, Neil, Matthew & Ricky catch all the fish!
(Great musical accompaniment by Efran Kaye)
Accept the Trash Isles as an official country & help protect our oceans
Did you know that there is so much plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean that it could fill an area the size of France?
As an environmental campaigner, I teach young people the brutal truth about the damage plastics do to the world. Every year eight million tonnes of plastics are being poured into our oceans. It affects over 600 different species of sealife with at least 1 million seabirds dying each year. And by 2050, there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
We need to act on this now. And getting this island of plastic recognised is the first step to making sure we stop plastic pollution in it’s tracks.
"All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem"
Which in a nutshell means that by becoming a country, other countries are obliged to clean us up.
Plastic really is one of the biggest threats to our planet today and you only have to take a walk to your local stream, river or beach to see evidence of this for yourself. With so much hype about environmental issues, it’s easy to turn away, but the truth of the matter is we are on the verge of an environmental catastrophe.
We just found out that Al Gore has pledged to be a citizen of Trash Isles. Will you join us?
This week former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after being Tasered repeatedly by the police. The reasons for being tasered are unclear but we know now that Atkinson suffered from a weak heart and mental health problems.
As a black man, a father of three growing boys and a campaigner against the abuse of power by police officers, I was appalled and frightened to hear this news. If this can happen to a former Premiership footballer, then it could happen to me or my children.
Atkinson’s death is the eleventh linked to the use of Tasers by the police in this country. What is more worrying is that black people are three times more likely to have a taser used against them by police than white people, according to figures by the Home Office.
This is a testimony of a witness when Atkinson was killed;
"They were shouting and kicking so much all I could hear were the boots hitting him. And then the officer who released the Taser stepped back while the other officer still continued to kick and then I could hear him shout to the other officer that was still kicking, 'Back off, back off, back off.' And then the officer with the Taser asked the gentleman to put his hands behind his back and did so probably two or three times and reactivated the Taser another four or five times after that.  "
This incident has called into question the training and understanding on the use of Tasers within our police force and the fatal consequences of institutional racism. Police forces should be upholding the law and protecting people, not causing their deaths.
Theresa May, when Home Secretary, had previously raised concerns about the use of tasers. Now as Prime Minister she should take immediate action.
So I am calling on Theresa May to hold an urgent review of Tasers and the medical implications of their use. We ask the government to assess where other non-lethal weapons would be more effective and prevent unnecessary deaths in the future.
I don't know who this video man above is, but I think he's GREAT!
Please, Try The Truth...
Pundits and chancers in suits have had their say on those who voted "no" to the EU.
Most suggested that voters were misinformed, misguided, and probably racists. Charming.
According to Lord Ashcroft’s poll of 12,369 of referendum voters -- the most important issue for half the Leave supporters was sovereignty. That decisions about Britain should be taken in Britain, by the people here.
Only a third put immigration control first, yet sovereignty, immigration and the economy, were all important to a majority of anti-EU voters.
However, concern about the pressure of immigration on local jobs, wages & public services, isn't a certain indicator of racism.
Nearly half Leave voters had a negative view of multiculturalism, and a quarter had mixed feelings. A quarter saw it as positive.
A third of black and ethnic minority voters opposed EU membership --- including the majority of Sikhs and Jews.
The political outlook of Leave voters was equally mixed.
More than one-third of Labour and SNP and a majority of Plaid Cymru supporters, voted to leave the EU... along with one quarter of Greens and almost one-third of Lib Dems.
Almost half of voters (45 per cent) describe either capitalism, globalisation, or both, as overall, a force for ill in society, a majority of them opposed EU membership. In fact, they comprised around one-third of all the anti-EU voters.
As for the validity of the referendum, before June 23rd, almost all campaigners on both sides, accepted that the result should be acted on - whichever way the vote went.
Who would have dared suggest otherwise?
Of course, no result can settle the issue for ever -- but the people have decided, for now, and that is what must happen.
Nothing would do more to build Ukip’s position in Labour’s heartlands.... than refusing to enact the referendum result.
Arguments that the referendum isn't binding but advisory, or that parliament is sovereign rather than the people, are mere sophistry — especially when put forward by people not previously concerned about constitutional niceties.
UK Labour leader will not change Brexit vote
You think the French have lost their way -- then they come out with something as exquisitely, poignantly beautiful, as this.
-- AND they still have a socially owned Post Office!
Lots happening quietly under the surface... having a wonderful 2018, hope you are too !
'Hey, Beautiful Girl', is the only way we can
pay tribute to Pat Jones, who passed away
in August 2011. It was a big favorite of hers, and she helped to create the lyrics.
Our hearts go out to her family, whom she loved
dearly, and to all the people who knew and loved
her as a warm caring soul throughout the Rhondda.
Pat fought for the people of Penrhys, and gave
all her heart to caring for others. She had the
typically mischievous sense of humour of the
Rhondda & helped Rhondda Records for 10 years
with glorious heart and generosity, as its first
and beloved Financial Director.
May she rest in Peace.
Pat adored the idea of The Boilerhouse Project and wanted nothing but the best for Penrhys...
It's fun ! (and great music by Efran Kaye)
Our tribute to Mother Jones, who loved humanity and worked to defend and unite... all working people struggling to build a more beautiful world.
SPIRIT OF LOVE
A song-prayer for where I live. I mean THIS planet (please, folks! Behave!).
Gail Davies, a glorious keyboard player, (and vocalist), stars here with a super- brilliant piano solo and accompaniment, with Pat Jones' chorus adding a lovely lilt. Efran Kaye excels as his insistent chords drive the wish of Love to come, forward...
WALES;HONEST & FREE.
Now, where have I heard that tune before?
CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE...
According to a 2013 report, nearly half the UK's children watch parents divorce well before they are 16 years old.
48% experience the break-up of their family by then, the report says, up from 40% a decade ago.
A one-parent family's child is 75% more likely to struggle at school, 70% more likely to get addicted to drugs, 50% more likely to develop a drinking problem and 35% more likely to be unemployed in adulthood, the think tank says.
The UK is one of the few EU countries which doesn't reward marriage in its tax system, and the poorest families on welfare, are penalised financially if they live together.
Some say parental break-ups are the fault of a turning away from "traditional values", but many see that low wages and unemployment are the real culprit, with huge increases in cases of violence in the home reported now.
I see familes in the valleys of Wales pulling together, with single mums, dads, couples and grandparents rallying 'round like never before to help their children have a loving happy life.
May all love go to our children.
...a song about penitence and the triumph of Love.
A very old song, (the second we ever recorded), and I moan on about giving up women... to save the world from darkness.
Bit sad, really.
(Efran Kaye's brill bass makes it special)
build a new economy in the "valleys"as almost all our land (80%) is highland and completely unproductive....
all we need is courage and a willingness to embrace new ideas -
plus utilise the enduring flames of equality and unity - always the true source of the valleys' strength: -
turning our entire country into one which provides strength for our youngsters, and shows the world a MUCH better way to live...
Ask YOUR political party what their economic strategy is for Wales...
is it based on creating a future that uses our two greatest assets?
Our land and our people.
GREEN DRAGON ROARS
Ireland hopes to export more "safe, green" agricultural products to China as the two lands have great potential for cooperation in this field, Irish Ambassador to China, Paul Kavanagh has said.
"Ireland wants to develop a close political relationship with China based on mutual trust. Within the European Union, Ireland is a friend of China," Kavanagh says, as Liu Yunshan, a senior official of the Communist Party of China, started a 3-day official visit.
"This is the third year in a row that we've had very senior Chinese visitors visit Ireland. We are pleased," says Kavanagh.
"Our political relationship is very close. There have been over a dozen Irish political level visits, senior level visits to China, and a significant number of Chinese visits going back to Ireland," he adds.
In the ambassador's view, the two countries' close political relations are rooted in their similar historical background & development.
"Ireland has had a colonial history. That is an important mental or psychological background dimension to our relations with China," he says.
"We can understand perhaps more easily, the history that your people went through. And I think China understands Irish people."
Now, he says, both Ireland and China are striving for an economic transition.
"We are not a country that was wealthy for centuries and generations, and we're economically quite successful in the same way that China has been," Kavanagh says.
"When it comes to agriculture, Ireland has a very strong reputation for high quality safe food," he says, adding that 10% of the world's infant formula milk powder is produced in the country.
According to the ambassador, Ireland will invest massively in the dairy industry when the EU lifts quota limits on dairy production in 2015, stating that within five years the country will increase production by 50%, and double it after that.
"So you have a country like China... who has almost miraculously raised living standards for hundreds of millions of people, and their appetite for food is growing. And Ireland is the food island, is the green island," he says.
Despite the debt crisis in Europe, Ireland's agricultural exports to China grew by 40% last year. "We fully expect within 3 years China will be our second largest market in the whole world for food and drink, second only to the UK," he says.
The ambassador also voices his hope that more Chinese enterprises will pick Ireland as an investment destination.
Thanks to its favorable business environment & highly-educated workforce, "we see Ireland as a perfect landing point for Chinese investment in Europe," he says.
... and Wales?
MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND,
is both a tribute to Vic Doyle, and played (brilliantly!) by him!
This is the one track by Vic on his many visits, we managed to save from the hackers.
(Perhaps we'll do some more!)
A PART WE PLAY
Wanted to get "Rosenkranz & Gildenstern" into a lyric.. and Efran Kaye was trying out a 'bottleneck' he'd just bought.
Hope it you like it.
Apologies for the out of time video... 'though it might still might be worth watching for the pathetic hippy dance!
EU BANS ALL HERBAL MEDICINES
The European union has banned all herbal medicine products from entering the EU.
Ukrainian doctors study traditional medicine in China A group of Ukrainian doctors, before the recent West-directed coup to beat China and Russia away, completed a month studying traditional Chinese medicine in China's Gansu Province.
Iurkivska Maria, one of 14 doctors who took the course, said before coming to China, she knew little about Chinese medicine and thought "it was mysterious".
"Now I realize it focuses on patients' inner- cycles. Acupuncture, acupressure and cupping have less side-effects than western medicine," said the 29-year-old Kiev-based health care practitioner.
During the study, Samoilovych Oleksandra, 55, even skipped meals to read books on traditional medicine.
"It was Chinese herbal medicine that cured my father two years ago, after western therapies failed to treat him," said Oleksandra.
Li Yingdong, vice president of Gansu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was one of the Chinese specialists on the seminar. He said that although language was a problem, the doctors were keen to study.
Li went to Ukraine previously, to give lectures and offer free consultations to local patients.
Besides the seminar, Gansu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine had signed a deal with Bogomolets National Medical University of Ukraine, to jointly build a traditional Chinese medicine study institute at the Ukrainian university.
Li said Gansu had already carried out exchanges with Kyrgyzstan, Hungary and Moldova, in the field of traditional Chinese medicine.
Gansu Province is one of the country's largest herbal medicine production bases.
You Wanna Know The Diff'rence (between Heaven & Hell)?
Me, live at The Old George, on missionary work in England...
with a brilliant "soul" arrangement by Efran Kaye.
Majeeda Salaa makes chocolates from her own home.
What's unusual, is that she lives in Palestine, where life is made extremely difficult, always.
"We use raw materials of the best quality normally used in Europe, as well as herbs and ingredients found in local markets," she says, adding: "it wasn't easy at all to make chocolates that everybody likes."
Salaa's products are exhibited locally. The 49-year-old, just one example of the many Palestinian women who help their families overcome life's difficulties, hopes that one day she will be able to participate in both Arab and international exhibitions.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Fayyad enjoyed tasting her handmade chocolates, Salaa says, adding that "I'm so proud they tasted my chocolates when they visited Bethlehem several months ago. They said they liked them so much."
She says a French delegation visited her small factory, and decided to fund the development of her shop. "They funded 30% to develop the 'factory', and I paid the rest."
In Wales, if you live in "Social" housing, tenants ARE NOT ALLOWED BY LAW to do this... running a business from your home, is considered to be a crime!
What a difference changing this law could make...
'IT COMFORTS YOU'
is dedicated to all who missed their childhood and teens by being locked up, as the experience of institutionalised degrading 'treatment' scars...
may the 'River of Love' comfort you.
Watch out for the seeds you plant !
as the Spirit of Love watches out for the seed it plants in you
May orchards grow, on Wales' barren hills
and in our hearts.
'I'm Loved By God',
created in the teeth of worldly discouragement... with perfect help generously given by Efran Kaye...
A truly mighty man!
"What Goes Around... Comes Around"
is something that works both ways...
I arrived in the Rhondda needing to heal, and, finding myself in a whirlwind of rumours and deliberate attempts to blacken my name, kept on going - with the Grace of Love and a couple of incredibly beautiful friends - to stay and fight to help the Rhondda (well, if I'M not going to blow my own trumpet, who is?)
The result? A project set up, and owned "by the people", plus a lot of backs up.
So the song synthesises the hurt given on BOTH sides in such a situation, and gives a warning to all... take care...