Friday, August 28, 2009

Soccer USA - Y Felinheli style

I don't blog often these days but the start of the US soccer season brings good news for Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Wales and women's soccer.

See here for the new season exploits of Shan Jones.

Surely one of the leading young footballers of recent times. Go get 'em Shan (and come on S4C/BBC Wales and Sky Sports - a nice trip for some reporting team or other).

Friday, July 17, 2009

A great footballer

Saw this on the BBC web site and it gave me many happy memories of watching a skilful footballer at the Hawthorns.

Cunningham, Regis, Robson, Statham.... glory days.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Interesting appointment

Roberto De Mateo - that will do at the Baggies.

A young manager with a bit of success who played at the top level. Just concerned at these rolling contracts which, fair play to the guy, suggest an ambition beyond the Hawthorns. How can their be a greater ambition!!!!!?

(still alive, but blooging on politics now restrianed by job - c'est la vie).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Football already!!!

Well I have been very quiet since taking up a new job but today saw the publication of footie fixtures for 2009/10 and the Baggies start with a home game at Newcastle. Like the premiership - but not!! Hope we find a manager by then.

With my base now in South Wales it is handy for Cardiff (16th Feb), Swansea (16th March) and Bristol City (20th Feb).

So that's a busy week on the M4 ahead of me in Feb 2010!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Upturn with Germany!!?

So it will soon be time to wander off from work and take the 500 metres to the Millennium Stadium to see if Wales can start to recover some form before this World Cup qualification series of games ends.

In spite of calls to use some more experience in the team I feel Toshack and Wales may as well use all their remaining games to blood as much talented youth as possible. That will ensure they are all building some real experience of international football ready for the next Euro campaign - as that is sadly where the focus now has to be.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dragon's "I"

Dragon's Eye on the BBC turned to the independence word yesterday and as I watched the debate between Eluned Morgan MEP and Adam Price MP I immediately thought of the analysis of the new web site made by Welsh Labour Euro candidate Lisa Stevens earlier this week:

“I am left to wonder who it appeals too, apart from a few hard core nationalists and the leadership ambitions of Adam Price. The web site appears as a thinly veiled way of promoting Adam Price’s leadership ambitions given his prominence in its content”.

Why was I reminded of this?

Well Adam's response to the opening question about the web site was "I want to see......." with a quick adding of Plaid Cymru later in the sentence.

I am not the first to comment that Adam must be so frustrated at being at the London end of the M4, and has to wait for Rhodri Glyn to step down before he can bring his challenge to Ieuan in the Bay.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Justice for Colombia Wales

Worth a shout today is the launch of Justice for Colombia Wales that will be hosted at UNISON's Cardiff HQ. "Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists; thousands have been murdered in recent years simply for campaigning for better working conditions for their members". Launch events like this help to highlight the situation and to provide support and solidarity to those who need it most.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

"100" and out?

Well Wales on Sunday seem to think I am a new press guru with Welsh Labour. Sort of! Blogging has been light of late, but this week I took up the post of Welsh Policy Officer with the Labour Party and am initially carrying a communications role as our new team of staff is assembled and settles down. Heavens knows whether this involves some shaking up but the Party will be focused on building a platform of policies that take us through the European elections this June, the Westminster election of xxxxxx (answers on a postcard please) and then the Assembly elections.

I know politics is a serious matter, with important issues at stake - ask Adam Price and Plaid Cymru about that, whoever has the biro! - but I do think we all should also enjoy ourselves when appropriate.

How many more blog postings - who knows? But the Policy and Communications Officer might occasionally feel the need to express a few opinions of his own....

Sunday, February 08, 2009

A bottom feeding fish

It seems my beloved Baggies have gained the habits of a fish that must feed at the bottom of the sea. In spite of several other teams insisting on giving us a chance to susrvive, we keep deciding to let in more goals than we score. A basic problem at all levels of football I have found!

Oh well hope springs eternal.

Still a better game than the silly egg chasing which kicked off this weekend. What is the point of a ball that doesn't even bounce properly?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tokyo bound!

In a slightly surreal start to 2009 I found myself Tokyo bound to talk to the Japanese Institute of Architects about town planning. Some may know that in addition to my union and political activities I have been in 'town planning' for some 25 years. My experience, and ability to present ideas, seems to mean I have knowledge/ skills to help "enlighten" (thats what the polite leter says) others about planning.

Fingers crossed that I can blog you some stories about the coming weeks experiences. Remarkable.

Of linked interest - will I be delayed by Heathrow protests?
My carbon offset costs £41.90 - I intend to find out how BA use this money.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Like West Brom premier league wins my blogging is intermittent at the moment - some might say moribund! As matters settle down in the New Year then a return to blogging will take place. Not only football survival, but Welsh Labour's leadership debate, the euro elections - let alone the sad state of affairs in Gaza.