Film time

28 03 2011

Here’s a ‎10 minute mini-movie, starring Rhys Ifans, Alan McGee and Bob Geldof, based around the track “Systematic Six Pack” from Bob’s recent album “How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell”. Watch them do their bit as gangsters in a a surreal game of poker…

 





A night in Sarn Meyllteyrn

24 02 2011

Imagine the scene…

It’s a dark windy night and you’re in a Ford Fiesta making your way down the winding roads through Pen Llŷn ( the Llyn Peninsula). You drive through deserted villages where light pours out through bedroom windows as people shelter from the cold. Once you reach the next speed limit sign the streetlights are gone and you drive in complete darkness with only cat’s eyes in the road to guide you on your way.

You drive round a tight bend with a stone hump-bridge and then down a steep hill which curves into a hairpin bend, then back up a hill which takes you so high you can almost see Ireland. 

Finally you arrive at your destination, a bend in the road, and off it a road up a hill where you see a light shining at a doorway.  People loiter at the door of this pub in jovial spirits and they welcome you with thick North Walian accents. You walk inside to a room heaving with people and through to a back bar where people are dancing as if their life depended on it to this…

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog – Merch y Mynydd (Daughter of the Mountain)





The lazy weekend hangover

21 02 2011

I usually have one night out of a weekend, but with a weekend in Cardiff for the 6 nations match against Ireland fast approaching I decided to stay off the drink until then.

This morning I’m discovering that you can have a hangover without drinking.

I had lots of plans for the weekend – move my files from my old broken laptop to my new one, sort out my clothes and take some to a charity shop, scrub the bath and sink…and how much did I achieve? Zilch, zero, nada, nothing!

I stayed up late watching films then lay in through my alarm clock. I cooked lunch, decided to go to town to an art gallery and then spent a few hours cooking an elaborative dinner. None of these were on my ‘to do’ list and so I sit here thinking about the long list of things I need to achieve this week.

So much like a drink related hangover I’m left thinking “Why?” and regretting parts of my weekend, but thankfully my bank balance didn’t take its usual weekend hit.





Friday Crumble

18 02 2011

Every Friday, someone in the office makes cake for elevenses. Today we’re having a delicious apple crumble which I’m sharing wit you for #frifotos. Yumm!





Price of internships

17 02 2011

Reading  Ross Perlin’s Comment is Free article, ‘The new elitism of internships’, I was saddened to see that the next step in internships is people paying to do them.

At one time internships were an American oddity and the only time I expected to do anything similar was the two weeks in school when we were sent out to do work experience (where we sat around looking bewildered as people tried to find things for us to do.)

Then I left my corner of North Wales and moved to London in 2003 and looked into postitions within the media. As I scanned the vacancies I found there there to be some internship positions available – all without pay. I did a few weeks here and there with some big name media organisations, but it never led to a job, it became something to drop into conversation when I was working in whichever temping assignment I had been sent to.

Today, internship positions are rife and you can do one in all sorts of positions from journalism to administration (just take a look on Gumtree to see what I’m talking about.) Now it seems that people are paying to do internships and as Ross Perlin states internsips are fast becoming the realm of the priveledged. 

I have nothing against internships which last a few weeks, but I have met people who have done internships for months at a time and are essentially are unpaid workers. What they don’t realise is that they are filling a position which at one time would have been a paid one. The current econmic situation has led to job cuts followed by an increase in the number of companies looking for interns, it seems companies can’t afford to hire new staff and are using interns to fill full-time jobs.

It does help when you apply for a job if you have ‘experience’, but people don’t need to get it by working for free (and certainly not by paying for it). Internships should carry at the very least the apprentice rate minimum wage or at least cover expenses. There’s a fine line between experience and exploitation. 

 





Dydd Sant Ffolant Hapus ~ Happy Valentine’s Day

14 02 2011

My dad has a thing for precious stones and has been collecting them for as long as I can remember. There’s a display cabinet of his favourites in our kitchen with stones of all shapes, colours and sizes from all over the world.

That is probably where I get my stone collecting habits from. Whenever I go out for the day with family or friends and I want to remember the day I find a stone and bring it home. I have a vase filled with stones from all over the world – Wales, Ireland, Morocco, Argentina, Spain and a few others I can’t remember.

They all have a happy memory of a day I loved, so here, just for Valentine’s Day, are my stones:





Irish Blog Awards 2011

13 02 2011

Just a quick note to say that this blog has been nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the Irish Blog Awards http://awards.ie/blogawards/. Judges will be whittling down the finalists so watch this space to see if it made the cut.

Thanks to everyone who nominated the blog, I really appreciate it.

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Dim ond nodyn bach i ddweud bod y blog hwn wedi cael ei henwebu yn y categori Blog Newydd Gorau yng Ngwobrau Blog Gwyddelig: http://awards.ie/blogawards/. Bydd y beirniaid yn dewis yr flogiau fydd yn mynd i’r rownd derfynol, felly dewch yn ôl i weld os fydd yr blog yn llwyddiannus.

Diolch i bawb wnaeth enwebu yr blog.








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