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PLENTY MORE FISH

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
https://click.mail.change.org/?qs=fb48e717a8c54f04523d9db1932f4b9c726423672a8f4d285e00f2187cad24336b0de7fdd69c81c8b9191c0986be5dab8f876c1e89f8da5893ed7fd6836aa4d5


Dear Peeps,

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.

So that’s exactly what we’re doing.  I’m working with LADbible and the Plastic Oceans Foundation to establish the world’s 196th country "Trash Isles."  Will you support the campaign calling on the UN to accept our country? By becoming a country and a member of the UN, we are protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters, which state....

"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?
 

Sign my petition


Sarah,
Trash Isles Ambassador

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org,
maybe we should take the tasers off the police.

home office: Urgent review of police use of Tasers

Jason Jackson
London, United Kingdom

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. [1] "

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.

[1] BBC News: Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered in Telford by police 




Brexit v EU Whingers

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!



GYPSY
HOUR

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)



MOTHER JONES


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?

Angel Poet


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.



JUDAS



...a song about penitence and the triumph of Love.




OLD BLUES

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)




"obey", says the propoganda.




We could...

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...

co-operatively.

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!


Wales' herbs under attack

   
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.

Cheers!




West Bank homes



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.

Pembrokeshire new potatoes



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...



TO TAKE A HEART FROM PRISON

Faith, Hope and Charity,

but the greatest of these is...


Poet is going live, on tour !



POET ON TOUR !


I welcome invitations to appear... ANYWHERE !

If you like, you can contact me by emailing:

rayjoseph05@AOL.com


Llantrisant Folk Club: "A genius... or what?"

Soundnation magazine: "inspirational songs".




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