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17 June 2018Crispy Cod latest

Crispy Cod at Waunceirch

Located next to the Tesco Express store at Waunceirch the Crispy Cod fish and chip bar is due to open shortly.   Work is still in progress.

The Crispy Cod was founded by Mathew Williams in 2008. It was created with the concept of providing the freshest and finest food in the Rhondda Valleys. 

14 June 2018Yellow Pages - The End?


It would appear that the final printed edition of Yellow Pages has been delivered to the homes of residents.

Many will have noticed that editions have been getting smaller and the latest one has FINAL EDITION printed on the front cover.

This could be another victim of the Internet and a step towards a paperless society.  Most people now use their computers to find telephone numbers.

YELLOW PAGES will still be used on line as they switch their operation to websites under the YELL name.

Having said all this, there is no indication on the inner pages about the publication finishing with a contact telephone number given for future advertising.    

It may be a good idea to keep your final edition in mint condition as it may be worth a few bob in the distant future.

Remember to put the old copy out for recycling.


A YELL spokesperson confirms that there will be no more Yellow Pages in this area.


08 June 2018Pat Condell speaks out

We respond to a reader's challenge

A reader has mentioned Pat Condell and his controversial Youtube videos.

Will the truth offend any Islamist?    We uphold the truth and publish this in good faith.

We want your reactions.


Patrick Condell (born 23 November 1949) is a writer, polemicist, and former stand-up comedian. In his early career he wrote and performed in alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in London, winning the Time Out Comedy Award in 1991. He was also formerly a regular panelist on BBC Radio 1's Loose Talk programme.

In early 2007 he began uploading on to the internet short filmed monologue polemics primarily about religious authority, authoritarianism in government and left-wing politics, and the societal effects of Muslim immigration into Europe, which have featured on the front pages of websites such as YouTube and LiveLeak. They have also been published on DVD, and also as a book of video transcripts. As of June 2017 Condell's YouTube channel has over a third of a million subscribers, with over 70 million views.

Source...... Wikipedia

Stan writes........

"I've been subscribed to Pat's You Tube channel for some time. His monologues are hard hitting, uncomfortable and for some, unacceptable. Glad to hear from someone local that appreciates him. 

I should mention that a number of Pat Condell's videos are no longer on You Tube, presumably as they have offended some parts of the population. But if you Google - Pat Condell - you'll find he has the full set of his speeches on a separate website."


07 June 2018Tattoos can be weird

Do tattoos disfigure the human body?

A reader has written a controverial letter on tattoos - do you agree with his views?

We looked into this and found some interesting facts:

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment. Joann Fletcher, research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in Britain, describes the history of tattoos and their cultural significance to people around the world, from the famous ” Iceman,” a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori.

What is the earliest evidence of tattoos?

In terms of tattoos on actual bodies, the earliest known examples were for a long time Egyptian and were present on several female mummies dated to c. 2000 B.C. But following the more recent discovery of the Iceman from the area of the Italian-Austrian border in 1991 and his tattoo patterns, this date has been pushed back a further thousand years when he was carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old.

....... Cate Lineberry

02 June 2018+ Urinals in Neath

+ Is this the answer for urinals in Neath?

It has been mentioned before on this website and we make no apology for doing so again.

Just think of the number of urinals in Neath in Victorian times and compare with today.    Now look at what is being tried out in London:



In a directive last week, the Welsh government said under the Public Health (Wales) Act, councils have one year to set out how they will improve the availability of all toilet facilities.

Source: BBC News 6.6.18

02 June 2018Neath Rail Station

Passengers 'missing stop' because new Great Western trains are too long for platform at Neath

The length of the new trains means they cannot all fit onto the platform.

(A follow-up on a Reader's Letter)

Passengers 'missing stop' because new Great Western trains are too long for platform

The length of the new trains means they cannot all fit onto the platform

Passengers on the new trains serving South Wales can't get off their train because they're too long for a station platform, a councillor has claimed.

The Great Western Railway trains which run from London Paddington to Swansea were launched six months ago.

The Hitachi Intercity Express Trains (IET) trains have ten carriages with each carriage being three metres longer than the older trains, providing extra space for more seats and increased legroom.

But the length of the trains means they cannot all fit onto the platform at Neath station, meaning two of the end carriages have to be locked when at the station.

John Warman (left), county borough councillor for Cimla in Neath, said: "The result is that passengers in these two carriages have to walk a very long way, often carrying their luggage through carriages which don't have a lot of space.

"It's more difficult when you're elderly or disabled and there have been cases where people haven't realised and by the time they've got through to one of the carriages which is on the platform, the train has moved on.

"Some people have been stranded in Swansea and have to come back."

"If we have got these trains then we need to have the facilities for passengers to use them which enable them to get off in safety and with ease.

"The station is well used by people and I don't want to see passengers inconvenienced."

He added that a waiting room on the platform where trains stop heading to Cardiff and London was also needed, saying passengers were currently having to use one on the other side.

According to Network Rail's Enhancement Delivery Plan, Neath is listed for a platform extension to allow for 10 car intercity express trains. A delivery date for this work is yet to be finalised.

Network Rail said investment in the railway would be a funding decision for the UK Government.

Bethan Jelfs, customer services director at Arriva Trains Wales said: "We have worked closely with our partners in GWR and Network Rail to ensure customers at Neath can board and alight from the new GWR train."

And a GWR spokesman said: "Thousands of trains longer than station platforms operate every day across the UK rail network.

"Customers are informed by announcements both on board and at stations, prior to departure and prior to arrival, on occasions when carriages cannot be platformed."

Source - Wales Onlline

+ About the new trains:

As part of the UK Government's Intercity Express Programme (IEP), the Class 800 units are to be partial replacements for the aging InterCity 125 trains which currently operate services on the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. The Class 800s are a mixture of electric and electro-diesel multiple units, with the electro-diesel ones being able to draw power from electrified overhead lines where available or power themselves via underfloor diesel generators when outside the electrified network. The train specification requires that this changeover can occur at line speed. Units built for the East Coast Main Line will be primarily electric, while all units built for the Great Western Main Line will be electro-diesel, with the possibility to be converted to electric-only operation by removal of the diesel engines.

........ Wikipedia

The line from Cardiff to Swansea will not be electified.

01 June 2018Nigel Farage - 31st May

Nigel Farage - 31st May - in case you missed it

Nigel Farage will be on holiday until 10th June

01 June 2018Flixborough Anniversary

Britain's greatest peacetime explosion

It was 44 years ago today (1st June 1974) that the Flixborough chemical works and adjacent village blew up with a tremedous vapour explosion.   Its a grim reminder that any man made plant can go wrong.   This is why we must give serious thought to the jerry built high pressure South Wales Pipe Line and the pressure reducing plant at Cilfrew.

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