La Binacherie…

•August 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Yves Deschamps is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life… He lived a very simple life in a little village called La Binacherie, which is just outside Poitiers in France. I stayed there for a while in 2006, helping my Auntie and Uncle build a garage to the beautiful barn they had converted. While there Yves and I became fond friends. In the evenings I would go over to Yves little stone cottage and we would jam together on his guitars, we would drink fine red wine, with a little cheese and put the world to rights far away from the hustle and bustle of the chaotic outside world. Then Uncle Michael had to go back to Britain due to the sudden death of his mother. Before he went he challenged Yves & I to write a little song about La Binacherie. Yves spoke a little English and me very little French, but what we had in common was the love and appreciation for the nature and world around us.
During this time and what I didn’t know was that Yves was terminally ill and had very little time to live, he never showed this and was such a brave person. When we would look at the stars together and on sunny bright days, he would say ” La Binacherie was the centre of the Universe” Yves god bless you, I totally agree with you!
To my shock, he died a year later, I never had chance to say farewell my friend….

The Rugby Star and the Wild Women of Wongo

•June 4, 2009 • 2 Comments


A CULT Hollywood movie starring a rugby player turned actor from Cross Keys will finally receive its British premiere 50 years after it was made.

Rex Richards played for Wales and Cross Keys but left for Hollywood in the 1950s to seek fame and fortune.

He had a number of roles, including a part as the King of Wongo in “Wild Women of Wongo” in 1958, since voted by film buffs as one of the 10 worst films ever made.

It has never had a public screening in this country, but is a cult hit on YouTube, with clips getting more than 6,000 hits.

Bill Richards

Now, a local man has finally arranged a showing at Cross Keys RFC on May 9.

Viv Huskings, of Groundwork Caerphilly, has researched the life of Mr Richards, who was 55 when he died in 1989.

He said: “He played for Cross Keys until 1955, was the last player there to be capped for Wales but after one season he went to America.

“Dai Thomas of Cross Keys RFC tried to screen Wongo two years ago to celebrate 50 years since Mr Richards was capped, but he couldn’t get the rights.”

Mr Huskings contacted the films distributors in America, told them about how well thought of Mr Richards was and has finally been given permission.

Wongo Poster

The premiere will be held for close friends and family of Mr Richards, including his nephew Julian who was born in Newport and has gone on to be a film director.

There will be a further screening for the public.

Inspired by his uncle’s acting, Julian Richards has worked with Steven Spielberg and is currently in Brazil promoting his latest movie “Summer Scars”.

Julian’s father Bill Richards is the administrative controller of Handiland in Mill Parade, Newport.

Bill Richards said although Wongo is generally considered a turkey, his brother narrowly missed out on at least one role that would have made him internationally famous.

He said: “Just before he came home he auditioned to play Tarzan and out of 1,000 people he got down to the final two, just missing out to Gordon Scott.

Mr Richards said: “He was nicknamed Tarzan when he played rugby at home, but when he got back he received a letter from America which said the name Tarzan was copyrighted and he should stop using it.”

Believe Nothing……..

•February 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Je suis CHARLIE….

•January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The laid back life of the citizens of Paris was totally disrupted this week by heinous acts of terrorism, life will never be or feel  the same for many, regardless of religion.  In this crazy world of hatred the past and recent cartoons of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo, angered two French muslim brothers of Algerian descent so much; armed with AK47’s they massacred ten defenceless magazine senior employees and two police officers.  The officers had been the magazines security, after they received death threats because they published childish religious cartoons that angered Muslims.  When we are trying to encourage the diverse people and cultures of this world to embrace equality, why do cartoonists and publishers have to bully and harass religious beliefs through their silly little depictions?  I guess it’s just to get attention so they can sell more copies through public outrage.  Ok, they don’t deserve to die, but the least they could have done is shown more respect!  But racism is rife in France, all this is just playing into the right wings arms.

How to write a letter of complaint…

•January 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Title & Name of Contact Person
Company Name
Consumer Complaint Department, if you have no contact person
Street Address

Dear (Contact Person):

Re: (account number, if applicable)

On (date), I (bought, leased, rented, or had repaired) a (name of the product, with serial or model number or service performed) at (location and other important details of the transaction).

Unfortunately, your product (or service) has not performed well (or the service was inadequate) because (state the problem). I am disappointed because (explain the problem: for example, the product does not work properly, the service was not performed correctly, I was billed the wrong amount, something was not disclosed clearly or was misrepresented, etc.).

To resolve the problem, I would appreciate it if you could (state the specific action you want—money back, charge card credit, repair, exchange, etc.). Enclosed are copies of my records (include copies of receipts, guarantees, warranties, canceled checks, contracts, model and serial numbers, and any other documents).

I look forward to your reply and a resolution to my problem, and will wait until (set a time limit) before seeking help from a consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau. Please contact me at the above address or by phone at (home and/or office numbers with area code).


Your name

Enclosure(s) cc: (reference to whom you are sending a copy of this letter, if anyone)

In Life You Have Two Choices……

•July 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A True Story

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say.

When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would

be twins!”

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to

restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude.

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee

how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it!

You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you

have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can

choose to be in a bad mood.’ I choose to be in a good mood. Each time

something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to

learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to

me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point

out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away

all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to

situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to

be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how

you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant

industry to start my own business.

We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about

life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never

supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one

morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While

trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off

the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was

found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After

18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from

the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how

he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my

scars?” I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone

through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went

through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied.

“Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I

could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was

going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and

I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got

really scared. In their eyes, I read, ‘He’s a dead man. ” I knew I

needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry.

“She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied.

The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I

took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’

Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on

me as if I am alive, not dead.”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his

amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice

to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

You have 2 choices now:

1. Save this, or

2. Forward it to people you care about.

Hope you will choose No. 2.

~~Author: Francie Baltazar-Schwartz~~

Promise Yourself…

•December 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Promise yourself to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Author: Christian D. Larson

Gibson J-200 Originally owned by Rex Richards

•October 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Gibson J-200

Short Memoir of a Cardiff Bastard…

•August 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

To be continued


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