Posts Tagged ‘Pontlottyn’

Michael Sheen’s Valley’s Rebellion

Michael Sheen’s Valley’s REBELLION

Actor Michael Sheen goes on a personal journey to find out why there is so much political disillusionment in Wales today.

Walking in the footsteps of the Chartists, who 175 years ago gave their lives for democracy, he asks why do ordinary people and politicians seem so far apart?

A nice way to celebrate my 400th post | Michael Sheen TV program that featured UNITED VALLEYS ACTION GROUP will be shown on Tuesday 24th Feb.

Just had some news in from UVAG’s “beloved Leader” Terry, exciting!!!

“Hi Everyone

The programme that Michael Sheen made last year about
the Chartists, where Michael and the BBC called to Rhymney
and our UVAG meeting to do some recording for the programme,
will on next Tuesday night 24th February 9.00 – 10.00pm BBC 2 Wales.


I shall be tuning in to see some familiar faces!


This my photo of Michael and David that Michael’s PA requested.



Michael, UVAG Chair Terry, and F.o.E Cymru’s Alyson Austin.


Ian Pritchard with Michael Sheen (Large)

UVAG Blast Michael Sheen (Large)

Does anyone want to collaborate on a creative writing and art project?

I’ve had an idea to update the legendary poem “the Bells Of Rhymni” by Idris Davies of Rhymney. Covered in song by Pete Seeger, The Byrds, The Alarm and many, many others…

And write it as a VENT or LAMENT about local issues such as the closure of the “sad road through Ponty'” a.k.a the A469.
We could comment on Miller Argent & the proposed open cast and mountain top removal of Nant LLESG, our threatened community schools, the lost Pontlottyn community centre, the lack of spirit in the community, the loss of businesses, the local paper office shutting and moving to Cardiff …
Anything that’s grinding your gears really???
It just needs to be in a rhyming couplet!

I then want to try and use it as a theme for some art works.

Bollocks to that talentless Swansea Jack, Dylan Thomas. – Who He? Lol!

Here is the bulletin from yesterday’s ITV WALES NEWS:

Families and businesses in a valleys community have hit out at road works which are forcing them to drive an extra half an hour to complete what was once a three mile journey. The A469 has been shut since the beginning of February due to a landslide and burst water mains.

A draft of my new poem:

Tribute to Idris

20 March 2014

What will they pay, Mumsy?
said the Royal who went to Rhymney.

Endless slices of NHS pie,
said the Suit from the PFI.

Oh why won’t you fix me?
Sighed the sad road through Ponty.

Just give us a sign,
cried empty shops on the A469.

Why so long to fill a hole in?
say the shopkeepers of Pontlottyn.

They don’t seem to be eager,
said the  school kids of New Tredegar.

NEVERMORE another mine,
mourned the ghosts of Pantywaun.

Miller Argent will mock you,
Warned the village of Fochriw.

They will close our schools for good,
and remove the heart from Abertysswg.

Greedy bastards with fat stomachs,
are those councillors at Ystrad Mynach.

They rape the land and cause distress,
mourn the wildlife of Nant Llesg.

We will cut short their laughter,
When we march on Penallta.