Monday, 22 July 2019

WWE Superstars Dolls

WWE Superstars Fashion Dolls

Launched in summer 2017, Mattel's WWE Superstars line combines the wrestling fun of action figures with the dress up-ablility of fashion dolls. The dolls have a more athletic build than a regular Barbie, and one of their selling points is their ability to stand unaided with their shoes. (They've no hope without them - the dolls have fixed ankles and fashion feet.)

Despite the fashion feet I really am a fan of this line - I love the diversity of face sculpts and hair colours!





Five Pack of L-R: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Natalya - box front / back.







Five Pack of L-R: Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks Bayley, Becky Lynch - box front / back.





WWE Superstars Dolls

Superstar Fashions

★ Brie Bella - box front / back.
★ Sasha Banks - box front / back.
★ Nikki Bella - box front / back.
★ Natalya - box front / back.

WWE Superstar Dolls

★ Naomi - box front / back.
★ Sasha Banks - box front / back.
★ Alexa Bliss - box front / back.
★ Charlotte Flair - box front / back.

WWE Superstars Bayley, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey

★ Bayley - box front / back.
★ Becky Lynch - box front / back.
★ Ronda Rousey - box front / back.





★ Charlotte Flair - box front / back.
★ Becky Lynch - box front / back.
★ Alicia Fox - box front / back.
★ Eva Marie - box front / back.



★ Lana - box front / back.
★ Carmella - box front / back.
★ Asuka - box front / back.
★ Natalya - box front / back.

WWE Superstars BayleyWWE Superstars Naomi


★ Bayley - box front / back.
★ Naomi - box front / back.



Mattel WWE Superstars SDCC 2017 Exclusive

★ SDCC 2017 Exclusive Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks - box front / back.



Mattel also released a range of stylised six inch action figures. In contrast to their regular WWE line, these were aggressively marketed towards girls, something reflected in the packaging and the accompanying 'for you' accessories.

Mattel WWE Superstars Divas Action Figures
★ Alexa Bliss - box front / back.
★ Natalya - box front / back.
★ Brie Bella - box front / back.
★ Nikki Bella - box front / back.

WWE Mattel Superstars Divas Action Figures

★ Naomi - box front / back.
★ Becky Lynch - box front / back.
★ Charlotte Flair - box front / back.

WWE Superstars Divas with Wearable Accessories

★ Asuka with headband - box front / back.
★ Bayley with headband - box front / back.
★ Sasha Banks with necklace - box front / back.
★ Charlotte Flair with necklace - box front / back.

WWE Superstars Bayley Ultimate Fan PackWWE Superstars Sasha Banks Ultimate Fan Pack

★ Bayley Ultimate Fan Pack - box front / back.
★ Sasha Banks Ultimate Fan Pack - box front / back.

WWE Superstars Ultimate Entrance Playset

★ Ultimate Entrance Playset w/ Nikki Bella - box front / back.



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Dolls



Sunday, 21 July 2019

This Week 21/07/2019

Think about things differently

Anthony is 30 today! It's all downhill from here - or so he's been telling me ever since I turned 30 last year. When we first got together I said that I wouldn't go out with anybody younger than me, not entirely seriously, so for like the next three years he pretended he was born in '88 and so was the eldest by a few weeks. It was only after Marianna was born and we had to fill in all the paperwork that he finally 'fessed up!

He went to some business dinner last night then went out in Newport. Marianna was already staying with my parents-in-law for the weekend, so I had a double win when Anthony decided he would stay there for the night rather than getting a taxi home. :D

Work-wise it's been a fairly standard week. We had a special council meeting on Thursday [webcast] on the poor state of education in Torfaen. The opposition put forward a motion to have Cllr Dave Yeowell, the cabinet member for education, removed from post. I voted against because I agree with what the Leader said on the issue - if Cllr Yeowell was the problem he would have already been replaced. Being on education scrutiny has just highlighted to me how desperately we need the Donaldson curriculum reform; we've got ourselves into a system where, at secondary level, teachers have next to no autonomy and a child's success is only 'worth' something if they hit the L2+. It's no wonder we're seeing disengagement.

The worst thing about the meeting was that I pulled my back somehow on my way to the bus stop that morning. I had to beg and borrow some painkillers, and then had to give my apologies for Bron Afon board in the evening. It was a struggle just to walk from the bus stop home. :(

In cheerier news my mum and dad bought a new puppy this week! Molly is a chihuahua / jack russell cross and is destined to be a non stop bundle of mischief. She has already figured out how to get up on the sofas, up the stairs, and out of her pen in the garden.

I also stumbled across a comic somebody had made based on some fic I wrote last year. It's so cute!


On the blog this week I've written about Zombie Girls dolls, 50 Places to get Free Wallpaper Samples, and free things to do in Torfaen every day this summer holidays. For my Friday Five I wrote about my five favourite films from the 1910s.



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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Free Things To Do In Torfaen This Summer

Free Things To Do In Torfaen This Summer

The summer holidays are upon us! Six full weeks of acting the part of full time entertainers, on top of all the usual stuff. To help ease you in somewhat here's a round-up of all the free events and activities going on in Torfaen this summer - as well as a few events which come in at a quid or two - along with suggestions for things to do on days when outside provision is limited.

If you have some cash to splash check out Phil Anslow Coaches Summer Day Trips, the Creation Station classes, and CCYP's summer trips.



Torfaen Play, in conjunction with various partners, puts on playscheme sessions across Torfaen to enable the child's right to play. Generally children have to be between five and twelve years of age to take part, and younger children will have to be picked up and dropped off by an adult.

Torfaen Summer Playschemes 2019



Free Swimming in Torfaen Summer 2019



Monday 22nd July

 - Pontnewydd Progressive Walk, 10:30-12:30 @ Queen Inn, Upper Cwmbran
 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Pontypool Health Walk, 14:00-15:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium



Tuesday 23rd July

 - Blaenavon Health Walk, 12:00-13:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Blaenavon Progressive Walk, 14:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library

2019 Summer Reading Challenge is already in full swing. All children who borrow at least six books from a Torfaen library this summer will get stickers, freebies, and a chance to win a £100 voucher for Smyth's Toy Store! If your child doesn't have a library card, make time to go and get one because it will also entitle them to free swimming sessions at Cwmbran Stadium, Pontypool Active Living Centre and Fairwater Leisure Centre.



Wednesday 24th July

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre



Thursday 25th July

 - Progressive Walk, 10:30-12:30 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Board Game Afternoon, 13:00-14:30 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Knit and Natter, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Blaenavon Library
 - Lego Club, 16:15-17:15 @ Pontypool Library



Friday 26th July

 - Torfaen Business Networking Breakfast, 7:45-9:30 @ Greenmeadow Golf Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

If you're not already signed up, check out these free postal clubs kids can be a part of:

Free Postal Clubs For Children



Saturday 27th July

 - Face Painting @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Craft Fair @ Pontypool Market
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 10:00-12:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Chatterbooks Junior Reading Group, 10:30-11:30 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Mynydd y Garn Fawr Guided Walk, 10:00-14:00 @ Blaenavon
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Open Day @ All Creatures Great and Small (£3 per adult, £1 per child)
 - Car Show and Fun Day, 10:00-14:00 @ Motors at Mamhilad, Pontypool
 - Cwmbran Wellbeing and Spiritual Fayre, 11:00-16:00 @ Pontnewydd Workingmens (£1)

Cwmbran Wellbeing and Spiritual Fayre 2019



Sunday 28th July

 - Food and Craft Market + Dog Show, 10:00-15:00 @ Llanyrafon Manor
 - Big Blaenavon Dog Walk, 11:00 @ Blaenavon Visitor Centre Car Park (£1 per person)
 - Sparkles & Pearls Craft Market, 12:00 @ The White Hut, Cwmbran
 - Newbridge Celynen Band, 14:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre



Monday 29th July

 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Open Day, 14:00-18:00 @ Llanfrechfa Grange



Tuesday 30th July

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Code Your Own Game, 14:30-15:30 (ages 7-11) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library
 - Yoga by Candlelight Taster, 19:30-20:30 @ Pontnewydd Workingmens



Wednesday 31st July

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Mermaid Craft Workshop @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Read Aloud Group, 10:45-11:45 @ Pontypool Library
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre
 - Yoga Taster, 19:15-20:15 @ New Inn Community Hall



Thursday 1st August

 - Board Game Afternoon, 13:00-14:30 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Children go free at Torfaen Museum in Pontypool, although adult admission is charged. (NB: the museum is closed on Mondays and Fridays.)

Torfaen Museum



Friday 2nd August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Today is Colouring Book Day. Apparently. If we extend that out to arts and crafts in general, there are so many options for things to create. You don't need to pay out for craft material either. There is plenty of stuff you can transform from trash to treasure, from cardboard toilet roll tubes to the inevitable Fairy liquid bottle. You can also apply online for all manner of free samples which are perfect for craft projects. I've got hundreds listed in the link below:

How To Get Free Stuff Delivered Direct To Your Door



Saturday 3rd August

 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Litter Pick, 10:00-11:00 @ Richmond Road Baptist Church, Pontnewydd
 - Access Consciousness Talk, 10:00-11:30 @ Crow Valley Therapies, Cwmbran
 - Dad and Me Forum, 10:00-11:30 @ Ashley House, Pontnewydd
 - Italian Gardens Task Day, 10:00-12:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Have a Go Spinning Unusual Fibres, 10:30-13:30 @ Greenmeadow Community Farm
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre



Sunday 4th August

 - Children's Magic Show, 14:00-15:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre (£1 per person)

We're lucky in Torfaen to have so many well kept parks and green spaces, from the Boating Lake in Cwmbran right up to Garn Lakes in Blaenavon, and everything else in between. Why not go check a new one out today?



Monday 5th August

 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium



Tuesday 6th August

 - Story and Craft, 10:30-11:30 (ages 5-10) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Crime Fiction Reading Group, 14:30-15:30 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library

August 6th is Sandcastle Day so today is the perfect time to visit the free temporary beach at Cwmbran Shopping.

Cwmbran Centre Beach



Wednesday 7th August

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Beach Craft Workshop @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Read Aloud Group, 10:45-11:45 @ Pontypool Library
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre



Thursday 8th August

 - Story and Craft, 10:30-11:30 (ages 5-10) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Board Game Afternoon, 13:00-14:30 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Knit and Natter, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Make a Mini Lego Movie, 14:30-15:30 (ages 7-11) @ Pontypool Library
 - Lego Club, 16:15-17:15 @ Pontypool Library



Friday 9th August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Pets At Home are offering free animal workshops every morning at 11:30. They say to book via the website but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment, so it might be better to just pop into the Cwmbran store and ask.

Pets at Home Summer Workshops



Saturday 10th August

 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 10:00-12:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Family Fun Day, 12:30-17:00 @ Pontypool United RFC
 - Gin Festival @ The Greenhouse, Llantarnam
 - Summer Fete, 11:00-16:00 @ Leadon Court Nursing Home, Cwmbran
 - Family Open Day, 10:00-14:00 @ Cwmbran Meritor

Cwmbran Meritor Open Day August 10th 2019



Sunday 11th August

Last year there were 177 million cinema tickets sold in the UK - the highest number since 1970. All through the summer holidays Vue will be hosting Mini Mornings, letting kids and adults attend a 10am kids' showing of Paw Patrol Mighty Pups: The Movie (19/07-25/07), Birds of a Feather (26/07-01/08) and Detective Pikachu (02/08-08/08) for just £2.49 each.

Vue Cinema



Monday 12th August

 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium



Tuesday 13th August

 - Code Your Own Game, 10:30-11:30 (ages 7-11) @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Story and Craft, 10:30-11:30 (ages 5-10) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Make a Mini Lego Movie, 14:30-15:30 (ages 7-11) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library

If you're feeling arty today, why not pay a visit to Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran? Admission is free. :)

Llantarnam Grange Centre



Wednesday 14th August

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Under the Sea Craft Workshop @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Read Aloud Group, 10:45-11:45 @ Pontypool Library
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre



Thursday 15th August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Board Game Afternoon, 13:00-14:30 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre

Today is also National Relaxation Day so why not make the most of it and have a few hours in front of the telly. There are so many classic movies available for free on YouTube now - check out this list of 45 must see public domain films.



Friday 16th August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Llanyrafon Manor is open 10:00-16:00 every day during the summer holidays. Admission is free and there are various activities for kids like a bug hunt and worksheets.

Llanyrafon Manor



Saturday 17th August

 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Who Let the Dads' Out? 9:30-11:30 @ Richmond Road Baptist Church, Cwmbran (£2)
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Family Fun Day @ Blaenavon Rugby Club

It's Thrift Shop Day today so, even though it's not exactly free, there are still so many bargains to be had at Torfaen's charity shops - all while helping out a good cause! And if there's nothing thrifty that floats your boat, you can always window shop your way around all the regular high street names at the same time.




Sunday 18th August

August 18th is Bad Poetry Day. To celebrate why not write a poem. Or even a short story or two. Set up a blog, or make a family newspaper. Send a letter into your favourite magazine, or complain to a company about a product that wasn't worth your money. And, if the end results are not quite as bad as you expected them to be, why not enter them into a free writing competition? You've nothing to lose, after all!



Monday 19th August

 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium



Tuesday 20th August

 - Story and Craft, 10:30-11:30 (ages 5-10) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Sticky Summer Slime Workshop, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre (£1)
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library



Wednesday 21st August

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Pirate Craft Workshop @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Read Aloud Group, 10:45-11:45 @ Pontypool Library
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre



Thursday 22nd August

 - Story and Craft, 10:30-11:30 (ages 5-10) @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Board Game Afternoon, 13:00-14:30 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Knit and Natter, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Lego Club, 16:15-17:15 @ Pontypool Library



Friday 23rd August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

The 23rd is Ride the Wind Day so why not visit your local park and go fly a kite? If you haven't got one, there's an easy tutorial over at Countryfile to show you how to make your own. You could even take a picnic and make a full day of it.




Saturday 24th August

 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 10:00-12:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Chartist Cup, 9:00-19:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre

Chartist Cup Roller Derby at Cwmbran Stadium



Sunday 25th August

 - Rural Food and Craft Market, 10:00-15:00 @ Llanyrafon Manor
 - Chartist Cup, 9:00-19:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Phil Fest Family Fun Day @ Panteg House

Phil Fest Fun Day August 25th 2019



Monday 26th August

 - Under 5s Craft and Storytime, 14:00-14:45 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Art and Craft Afternoon, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Library
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium



Tuesday 27th August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Story and Craft, 14:30-15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Pontypool Library

When was the last time you visited Big Pit? Entry to the National Coal Museum is now free, and it offers underground tours, a soft play area for young children, and an on-site canteen offering hot and cold food.

Big Pit National Coal Museum



Wednesday 28th August

 - Quiet Swim Session, 9:00-9:45 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre
 - Read Aloud Group, 10:45-11:45 @ Pontypool Library
 - Summer Recycling Crafts, 11:00-16:00 @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre
 - Wellbeing and Mindfulness Group, 13:00-14:00 @ Hafan Cymru Pontypool
 - Health Walk, 13:00-14:00 @ Woodland Road Social Club
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 14:00-16:00 @ Cwmbran Stadium
 - Welsh Discussion Group, 17:30-19:30 @ Pontypool Community Education Centre
 - FLX Range Training @ Eaton Cwmbran Office



Thursday 29th August

 - Story and Crafts, 14:30 - 15:30 (ages 5-10) @ Blaenavon Heritage Centre
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Okay, so it's not free but it does need some extra public support right now - Greenmeadow Community Farm costs £5.40 for children/concessions and £6.50 for adults, or £23.50 for a family ticket (2 adults + 3 children). The website has details of what's on every day this summer, including the special event days being held every Wednesday. I was lucky enough to win tickets at a raffle recently, so we're taking Marianna for Mythical Creatures Day on August 14th. :)

Greenmeadow Community Farm



Friday 30th August

 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-15:00 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre



Saturday 31st August

 - Kinetic Sand Workshop @ Cwmbran Centre
 - Craft Fair @ Pontypool Market
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Pontypool Park
 - Park Run, 9:00 @ Northfields Cwmbran
 - Swimming for Under 17s, 12:00-16:00 @ Pontypool Active Living Centre



Sunday 1st September

It's all over. *sniff* Still, now is the time to get those memories backed up in hard copy. As a new customer you can get 10 free photo prints with the FreePrints app, 25 at Boots Photo, and a cool photo postcard at MyPostcard with the code JESSICAGJA6. You can also make a free photo greeting card at Planet Cards with the code EPCARDFREE.

My Postcard dot com



If you know of an event that isn't listed, please let me know in the comments below, at jess@babiafi.co.uk, or tweet me @jess__powell.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Friday Five: 1910s Films

Friday Five

FIVE FILMS OF THE 1910s

My top five films from the 1910s!


#5. In Nacht und Eis (1912)

Titanic sank on April 15th - and by May 14th the first film based on the sinking had been released. Saved from the Titanic starred actress and survivor Dorothy Gibson, wearing the same clothes she was rescued in. Sadly the last known print was destroyed in a fire in 1914, which leaves In Nacht und Eis - released in August 1912 - as the oldest film about the tragedy.


#4. The New York Hat (1912)

It pulls at your heartstrings in the way only a Mary Pickford picture can.


#3. A Fool There Was (1915)

Theda Bara is one of the most fascinating stars of early cinema. Born Theodosia Goodman of Ohio, the Fox studio publicity machine presented her as the Egyptian born daughter of a French actress and - at differing points - an Italian sculptor or an Arab Sheik. Bara was the first 'sex symbol' of the silver screen and typically played the 'vamp': aka 'the other woman'.


#2. Snow White (1916)

This is the film that convinced a 15-year-old Walt Disney that Snow White should be the subject of his animated masterpiece.


#1. Broken Blossoms (1919)

This had a big impact on me the first time I saw it, and the tragedy of the thing still gets to me even now. Lillian Gish shows why she is considered one of the all time greats, and the contrast of her treatment at the hands of her abusive father with her chaste romance with Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess in yellow face because 'progressive' was a flexible sort of term in 1919...) is really powerful, especially given the prejudices of the time.

For a more in depth review, check out my scanned copy of Picture Show from April 1920 when the film hit UK cinemas.




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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Free Wallpaper Samples x 50

50 Free Wallpaper Samples

Redecorating is no easy task especially if, like me, you struggle to make a decision! To help you find the perfect look for your home here are 40 retailers offering completely free samples to UK customers.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Hello Molly!

Molly the Jack Chi

It's been six weeks already since Bracken had to be put to sleep - and just over four years since I was writing her a welcome post of her own - but even though nothing can replace her, the gaping dog shaped hole in all our lives had to be filled somehow.

So here's hello to Molly, an eleven week old Chihuahua and Jack Russell cross. She's so cute! And lively. Molly is definitely no shrinking violet; she came in and laid claim to the place. I foresee these two becoming close partners in crime...

Molly the Dog
Marianna and Molly
Molly

After tiring herself out she got into her basket, curled up, and went straight to sleep. ...No doubt to plot out a whole new day of mischief!

Sleeping Jack Chi Puppy



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