Sick Day Continued

I didn’t think it was possible for me to feel worse than I did yesterday, my face is so red and swollen, I look like I’ve gone several rounds with Mike Tyson, so bye bye.


Sick Day

Both Marianna and Myself are seriously ill today, I think I may have ruptured a sinus just from blowing my nose so much, and Marianna is actually starting to resemble swamp thing or slimer, so you’ll forgive me if I keep this short for today and likely tomorrow.

Choir Time

Its coming up to the time of year where all the annual concerts by local choirs are being held, last weekend we saw both Cwmbran Male Voice Choir and Pontypool Male Voice Choir in the Mayoral capacity at the Zion Baptist Church in Ponthir. And Today we went to see the Garndiffaith Gleemen and their guest choir, all the way from Lincolnshire, the Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir in a delightful show this evening.

However the downside is that I seem to have developed a massive cold and was suffering by the end of the night, but it didn’t mar my enjoyment of these two choirs or their soloist.

Roller Derby

Today I got my first experience of Roller Derby, by attending the Mens Roller Derby Association World Championship right here in Cwmbran, with Jessica in the Mayoral capacity.

Now before finding out that we had been invited to attend, I had heard of roller derby, but had absolutely no idea what it was, and as it was a sport that wasn’t featured in the Welsh PE curriculum, so I took to google and then youtube to see what I was in store for, and discovered that  roller derby is a pretty violent contact sport played by two teams roller skating in the same direction (counter-clockwise) around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match ups, which are known as jams, in which both teams pick a “jammer” who will attempt to score points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to stop the opposing teams “jammer” while assisting their own effectively, playing both offence and defence simultaneously.


It was good fun to watch, the teams all skated with remarkable grace, and I have to admit that I did quite get into it especially during the bust ups that ensue with any contact sport where rivalries abound.

I’m also quite proud that Cwmbran was able to host such a tournament, as its the first time that it has been held outside the United States, and shows how the sport is growing in popularity and prestige around the rest of the world.