Abergavenny: no longer a Super Market-Town

by Alan on January 18, 2015

in Business, Food

The Kings Arms, Abergavenny

I had a lovely weekend in Abergavenny this weekend, not having been there for probably 20 years or more. We stayed in a very nice pub in the middle of town: The Kings Arms and would recommend it very highly. It’s a quaint old beamed building that has creaky sloping floors, panelled walls and loads of character.

The staff were really friendly, the room comfy and the food very good indeed. There was also a lovely atmosphere in the bar, which had some very good beer too.

I remember Abergavenny as a comfortable market-town, with small independent shops giving it a real sense of character. Sadly that’s changed: charity shops, branded coffee shops and a few super markets have changed the town quite a bit. And probably not for the better either.

It’s a real shame as it was once a super market-town, whilst now it’s changed to a supermarket town which appears to have killed off some local businesses. A shame indeed, some may call it progress but I’d disagree.

Wales set for another great Grand National

by Alan on December 26, 2014

in Sport

The Coral Welsh Grand National is the biggest horse race of the year in Wales, bringing people together in a wonderful social occasion which is a highlight of the festive season.

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My Dear Ben: I really miss you

by Alan on November 30, 2014

in Family

SDC10287My dear Ben, it’s been a week since I kissed you goodbye and I want you to know that I really miss you.
This has been a really long, painful, tearful week, a week that has given me more pain than anything else ever has in my life. Your leaving me has left me in gut wrenching agony and I miss you so much.
I miss you in the morning when I wake up and can’t hear your breathing or feel the weight of your body on my feet.
I miss you when I come out of the shower and you’re not on the landing waiting for me with your tail wagging, and when I put on my socks you’re not back there on the bed ready to nudge me in the back. And as I pull on my trousers, you’ve not turned on the bed to check my progress and of course when I pick up my glasses from the bedside you don’t climb down from the bed to start our day togehter.
When I get to the top of the stairs you’re not there to gently nudge me down them and when I reach the kitchen you’re not there, sitting, waiting for your collar.
And I miss not having to say anything to you, because we both knew our routine of going to the park with instructions totally unnecessary.
I miss the way you always said “Hello” to the owners as well as the dogs you knew and the way you mugged all the people who had treats in their pockets. Your manners were impeccable and I miss the feeling of pride I had when strangers you met would comment on how good looking you were.
I miss you not being there to look after Mari when I leave the house, my instructions were always the same “Look after Mum, I’ll be home soon”.
And so it goes on all day: I miss you when I come home from work, I miss the sound of your tail banging on the floor when I smile at you, and I miss the way you sat at my feet whilst I ate supper, never begging but living in hope of a sample!
And when it’s time for your tablets I miss the way that you would just sit and open your mouth to take your medicine.
And I miss you at 10.15 every night when you’d walk into the lounge and remind me it was time for bed.
I miss our fights at bed time when you showed your strength with such control and overnight I miss the way you kept my feet from freezing on cold nights.
benonbe2dYour face brought me such joy at all times, your eyes gave me love and spoke volumes and never questioned. And I will miss your mad moments in the garden, the fun in the snow and swims in the river.
I will miss you in Aberaeron when you won’t be there to take me to the beach and there will definitely be no point in going without you.
When I’m driving I miss your face in the rear view mirror and your excitement when the boys came home from London.
I miss the unconditional love you gave to every member of our family. You are immensely special to me and to all of us and always will be. So I just want you to know: you will always be in our hearts and we really miss you

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Why Dieting isn’t all about Weight

8 October 2014 Food

I decided recently to diet. I’ve always been a bit of a chunky-monkey but it was after a medical consultation that suggest my cholesterol and blood pressures numbers weren’t quite where they should be that I decided to take action. 5 Weeks later I’m chuffed to find that the following important metrics can now be […]

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War Porn: we just don’t need it

1 October 2014 Military

The tone was set by the Americans with videos of missiles in flight to destroy their targets and now the RAF are doing the same. Videos showing the military might of the Western world often against an armed but un-armoured pickup truck are released as part of the media war. Why they are released is not […]

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Ken Owens’ future hangs in the balance

1 October 2014 Adverts

Welsh rugby union stars the Scarlets celebrated recently after a heart-stopping win over Italian rivals Treviso. The Pro12 in Llanelli on 20th September saw the Scarlets winning seven tries to nil, with Welsh internationals Gareth Davies and Liam Williams touching down twice. It was the first win for hosting team Scarlets since new coach Wayne […]

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Buying Votes – another act of folly

21 September 2014 Politics

So, Ed Miliband wants to raise the minimum wage over the course of the next Parliament from £6.50 which is due to take effect in October to £8 an hour. This is a remarkably easy vote winning strategy for a Labour leader to throw out there, but he needs to understand the reality of what he’s […]

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