Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Frivolity - Dogs

Friday Frivolity

This week we're talking about dogs.

Also, if you're in the UK, don't forget to check out my current competition to win a Meg Heath dog collar and lead. :)


When I was a kid my favourite monkey was the little red monkey - the cast of BBC radio comedy Take It From Here released it as a novelty record in 1953. I've tried to convince Marianna it is better than her modern favourites but to no avail.


And then once I was a little older everyone was mad for that Bloodhound Gang track where they dressed as monkeys. Apparently they're still around and even released a new album in 2015 - 16 years after The Bad Touch hit airplay. Man, I feel old..



Monday, 19 June 2017

Review: Meg Heath Dog Leads

Meg Heath Dog Leads Review

If you're looking for dog collars or leads, Meg Heath has you covered. They also sell head collars, training leads and harnesses, and are always adding to the range. Everything is available in a wide range of colours - 18 right now! - and if you have something special in mind they will work with you to create bespoke collars and leads. In fact, none of their products are pre-made as you can customise the size, colour and fittings of every item you buy.

We went for the Double Tag Flat Collar (from £9.99) and the Double Up Lead (from £8), both in electric blue. The latter is particularly handy as you can use it at full length or half length, which is great if you don't want to carry multiple leads with you on walks.

Meg Heath Dog Leads

I was really impressed with the quality - all items come with a five year guarantee and the stitching has a lifetime guarantee! Based in Lincolnshire, Meg Heath have been working with dogs in rescue, training, and boarding kennels since the mid 1980s. In other words, they know what they're doing when it comes to creating top notch products for your pooches.

Here is Bracken modelling her new collar:

Meg Heath Dog Collar

Not satisfied with the challenge of getting Bracken to stay still long enough for a photograph, I then decided to get Marianna to pose with Bracken and the new double up lead. The lead is awesome. Getting a two year old and her best friend to co-operate... not so much.

Meg Heath Dog Leads Review

Meg Heath Electric Blue Dog Lead

Still, you can see what a gorgeous colour that lead is! Check out the range for yourself at Meg Heath Dog Leads. You can also connect with them on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

Meg Heath are also kindly offering a dog collar and lead to one lucky reader! Fill out the Gleam form below to get up to five chances to win. :)

Meg Heath Dog Leads Giveaway







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Sunday, 18 June 2017

This Week - 18/06

Always treat people as ends in themselves, never as means to an end.
Life This Week

I opened my first shop this week! I was invited up to cut the ribbon at Pretty Little Paws, a new dog grooming parlour at Fairwater shops. After that we went on to the offices of Vitalize Radio for the official launch - read more about the venture HERE.

On Friday we went to an open day at Llanyravon Court Care Home. Greenmeadow Farm had brought some of their petting animals down, and we were given a tour of the home and met some of the residents. Everyone was super friendly!

Saturday was the annual Painting in Pontypool Park competition. Marianna and I went along and chatted to some of the artists - or, in Marianna's case, complained ceaselessly that we weren't going to see the slide... Afterwards we went back to Pontypool Museum for a cup of tea and a scone.

On Sunday we went to the first of the local civic services, in Newport. It was a combined service with Armed Forces Day so there was a nice mix of readings and a good turnout. My own civic service will be Holy Trinity Church, Pontnewydd, on Jul 16th - all welcome. :)

Photo of the Week
I Have Been Mostly...

☆ READING: Magazines.

☆ WRITING: About 14,000 words.

☆ WATCHING: Snow White. Over and over again...

 LISTENING: Let Me Go - Three Doors Down.

☆ REVIEWING: N/A.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday Frivolity - Monkeys!

Friday Frivolity

This week's theme is monkeys! :D

When I was a kid my favourite monkey was the little red monkey - the cast of BBC radio comedy Take It From Here released it as a novelty record in 1953. I've tried to convince Marianna it is better than her modern favourites but to no avail.


And then once I was a little older everyone was mad for that Bloodhound Gang track where they dressed as monkeys. Apparently they're still around and even released a new album in 2015 - 16 years after The Bad Touch hit airplay. Man, I feel old...


Did you know that chimpanzees are not technically monkeys? They're still pretty amazing though - and even better in their natural habitats. Back in the day of course we had no such scruples, and here are some of the famous PG Tips chimps spoofing dating show Blind Date. It's so 90s it actually hurts.




Thursday, 15 June 2017

Vitalize Radio

Vitalize Radio Torfaen Banner

It was the official opening of Vitalize Radio - The Voice of Torfaen - today so we went up to cut the ribbon!

Vitalize Radio is a really awesome project spearheaded by Dan Williams from Cwmbran. Dan became involved with community radio back in 2011 when he began volunteering with Newport City Radio, and was keen to establish something similar in Torfaen. With support from lottery funding and the Communities First programme, Vitalize Radio has set up base at Fairwater shops and is hoping to grow from strength to strength.

Vitalize Radio Official Launch

In addition to playing great music, this non-profit venture aims to give back to the community. Volunteer presenters are trained up and put on air, delivering local and topical news to listeners, and hosting shows. (If you're interested in becoming a volunteer presenter, sales executive, etc, check out their current opportunities HERE.) The station also provides exposure for the wealth of unsigned talent in and around Torfaen.

Their goal right now is to attract interest from local businesses looking for new ways to reach potential customers. If you're reading this and are interested in advertising with community radio, drop the Vitalize team an email at info@vitalize.org.uk.


Find out more - and listen in! - at vitalize.org.uk, or connect with them on social media via:

Link to Vitalize Radio Facebook page. link to my instagram profile Link to my Twitter account.


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Friday, 9 June 2017

Friday Frivolity

Friday Frivolity

Our host theme for this week is doughnuts! I love doughtnuts - ring doughnuts, filled doughnuts, those little mini doughnuts. They're all good.

Homer Simpson
Which type of doughnuts are your favourite? :)




Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Frivolity - Doughnuts!

Friday Frivolity

Our host theme for this week is doughnuts! I love doughtnuts - ring doughnuts, filled doughnuts, those little mini doughnuts. They're all good.

Homer Simpson
Which type of doughnuts are your favourite? :)




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