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billbaily
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Posted - 01/05/2020 :  10:46:01 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's a lot of noise & activity going on in our bedroom up there
so I'm jumping on my chair lift and zooming straight up the stairs
My lovely wife was sorting out wardrobes & holding my emerald green 1970's flares (Very wide trousers worn in 70's)
I had a bit of a wobble, had to sit down carefully as last time I wore them I had a few scares
Warning - not to be worn on gusty, windy days as flapping & take off will most definitely occur
I ended up soaring like Eddie The Eagle and caused quite a Tredegar stir
Is it a plane they cried, Is it a big bird
No it's that boy from No17 and he's looking quite absurd
Ahhh those were the days, had a Ford Anglia - a nifty bit of kit
Also sported a handsome moustache - ooooh I thought I was IT!
Anyway thought I'd try the flares on - give myself a belly laugh
Couldn't bend to put them on, so I'm off to have a Radox muscle soak bath
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2020 :  10:52:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The past few weeks all my texts seem to be
from my grandchildren saying - how much they miss me
Longing for the day when we can all see
kids happy faces and them running free
They'll race up the path and push open the front door
There's going to be massive hugs & kisses like never before
The simple things in life are always the best
As far as I'm concerned you can forget all the rest
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2020 :  20:54:48 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was doing some gardening the other sunny day
when a big lob worm poked his head up to say
WATCH where you're digging you silly old man
I'm really not your biggest fan
I'm wriggling along doing my own thing
when what do I hear - you shovelling!
For goodness sake will you let it be
Just sit on your bench and have some respect for me
Thank you
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2020 :  21:00:22 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for reading
Hope they entertained you
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ShelleyW
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620 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2020 :  22:26:36 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well done billbaily very honoured to be part of one of your poems lol
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2020 :  08:49:31 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The people in my some of my poems will never be revealed
Trust me my lips are most definitely sealed
Like I said earlier we have lots of interesting characters in Tredegar
I was very fortunate that I didn't have to travel far
Couldn't anyway due to lockdown, couldn't go out
So in the final words of the Dragons Den cast - I'M OUT
Look after yourselves & keep safe everyone...

Edited by - billbaily on 02/05/2020 08:57:42
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tony
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Posted - 17/05/2020 :  18:14:40 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's a cracking poem called "When just when the tide went out" on YouTube by Max Boyce, about the coronavirus. Sorry I don't know how to upload the link.
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 25/05/2020 :  09:23:36 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
great will check that one out!
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  21:43:30 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THE SETTING-
A VERY HOT, SUNNY AFTERNOON IN CHURCH SQUARE, TREDEGAR. IT'S SATURDAY, MAUD AND ALBERT HAD JUST FINISHED PRUNING THE ROSE BUSHES. WHEN.......

Oh my gosh, that massive sting FLIPPING HURT!!!!!
A wasp just flew up inside my short sleeve Hawaiian shirt
It buzzed around frantically and made me loudly shout
I'm starting to freak out now.... I've got to get this mad thing out
Maud grabs a Poundland garden trowel that was lying on the ground
and furiously starts swinging the 1 lethal, shiny green weapon around
I'm doing high pitched screaming on the top of my now unmanly voice
then out it pops, flies away.......and boy, oh boy do I rejoice.
Maud turns to me and says, I didn't realise you were so agile & so fit
All that dancing palaver, the neighbours will think you're a bleeping twit
I have to sit down quickly as my legs have turned to wobbly jelly
I must admit though, I really did give it some flipping welly!


Ooooh...Get the kettle on Maud & put some sugar in it please to calm my shattered nerves, and maybe one of those Greggs donuts you know the one with the pink icing on top.
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ShelleyW
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620 Posts

Posted - 14/07/2020 :  21:49:40 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very good I was wondering where you had gone lol .....Church Square was demolished more than 50 years ago.
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 15/07/2020 :  09:38:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes a long time ago Shelley, terraced houses all around the sides & back of the church. I remember the enclosed back garden, no back entrance to it so all coal deliveries were made through the home to a coal house in the garden. The room to the left had an old fashioned church like organ in it, loved this! treading on the pedals and pulling those round black & white knobs out to get a different sound. The (best) room on the right housed a highly polished wooden table with a huge plant growing in a china pot and armchairs each side of the mantlepiece. In the back of the house was a kitchen which housed a huge fireplace for cooking on. How things have moved on today. I also remember the house had three bedrooms, the back bedroom had a sloping roof which to me was really fascinating - only kids could stand upright in the lowest point. Happy memories!

Edited by - billbaily on 15/07/2020 09:42:45
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ShelleyW
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620 Posts

Posted - 15/07/2020 :  21:29:56 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes Bilbaily I lived in Church St ,same type of house no mod cons but we loved it.Moved to Gwent Way when they were knocked down in 1968 and my mother never liked it there she missed her little house in Church St.
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 15/07/2020 :  21:50:17 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One for the kiddies

Little Morgan Mouse - Bedwellty Park

Have you ever been lucky enough to spot shy little Morgan Mouse
He's as small as your baby finger and lives in Bedwellty Ice House
I saw him once, oh it was a wonderful sight to see
he was scurrying speedily around that giant horse chestnut tree
Outside the Orchid Tea Rooms he likes to tip toe around
in case anyone drops a tasty welsh cake morsel onto the stony ground
Morgan loves to see the children having lots of outdoor fun
he watches them from under a leafy bush out of the mid day sun
Winter is a special time too you can look for his pawprints in the snow
Why not follow them children you can see where he will go
Tread very carefully.... be quiet as Morgan Mouse
you may be very lucky and spot him in the grounds of Bedwellty House.
Ask a grown up to take you, see if you can visit next week
Remember to listen carefully you may even hear his very special squeak

Perhaps Bedwellty park could get a community group to make small wooden Morgan mice and place them around the park e.g., in a tree, under a seat something like a trail for children. Kids like adventure trails, it wouldn't be costly to do, possibly make them out of fallen tree trunks just a recycling thought....
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 15/07/2020 :  22:06:31 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you ever go to Brynmawr market and join the swelling crowd
and listen to the sales pitch of Jimmy who was loud
He'd hold up various garments for all of us to see
He'd shout who wants this and there would be a chorus of ME, ME, ME!
Hands would go up, punching the air with hard earned money
Just watching this organised chaos would be entertaining and very funny
You'd be standing there for what seemed like ages longing for a seat
Moving your legs side to side to ease your aching feet
Folk used to congregate for hours and hours
whether it was sunny or in rainy showers
Couldn't believe my good fortune as I bought a leather jacket here one day
Really got my moneys worth I'm glad to say
It's still in my wardrobe looking a bit worn now but still smart
decided as it no longer fits we will eventually have to part
Had lots of good memories whilst wearing my leather coat
One I remember fondly is in the NCB club having a pint and doing the tote.

Cannot wait to see the NCB when it's renovated
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 17/07/2020 :  11:19:18 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WARNING - CHEESE & ONION ROLLS/LATE NIGHTS - DO NOT MIX

Wishing I didn't have that EXTRA STRONG cheese & onion roll late last Saturday night
because after the Tom Hanks film had finished I headed to the fridge for a tasty bite.
Last thing I remember was sitting in my cosy, comfy fireside chair
Fell asleep immediately had a very, very odd nightmare
Hanks was at the helm and we were going on a cruise
Boarding at the 9 Arches, down the River Sirhowy we were going to peruse
First stop was the butchers, here Tom bought a prime beef steak
Some other passengers alighted and headed to Greggs for a chicken bake.
We sailed along now, passed our impressive town clock and the NCB
I raised my hand to my butty's who were waving and calling me
We floated along the meandering River 'Howy taking in the scenery all the way down
Eventually arriving at Brompton Place, in the south part of the town.
My or my, did I wake up with indigestion and an aching neck too
Had to take some medicine it resembled pink, gloopy glue
Then trudged up the wooden hill to bed - apprehensive about Tom Hanks Part 2

Goodnight all - Just hope I don't hear the words MAN OVERBOARD!
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 19/07/2020 :  15:45:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Took the taxi to town last Tuesday at two
Thought people looked different as we were driving through
I realised then hairdressers were back a snipping and a chopping
heard customers discussing their new haircuts whilst they were in town shopping
No longer did they look like extra's in Pirates Of The Caribbean
The smiles & relief on their beaming faces were a joy to be seen
When I went back home I gave my stylist/barber a ring
Heard the message, sorry can't answer we're busy .....hairdressing
Think I'm going to be in for a very long wait
before they can give me a definite time & date

so

Think I'll purchase one of those bladed combs out of the Sunday paper magazines
Has anyone bought/used one of these, if so are they any good?
Feedback most welcome!
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 29/07/2020 :  13:31:03 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Well, Well the latest TikTok crazy thing
is getting trapped in a babies garden swing
Not very pleasant if you're a teenage boy
get stuck in this and you'll soon discover it's no joy!
Struggle to get out, you may even lose a sock (or something else)
and end up looking like a laughing stock
Surely there's better things to do
and not have footage out there that could ruin you
Think the firefighters who rescue these twits
end up having endless, belly laughing fits
Maybe they should put on a Terry towelling nappy
that would enhance the experience, and make the viewing public really happy.

Oh to be young, easily led........

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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 29/07/2020 :  19:44:15 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Oh my gosh what a very sorry sight
Festival Shopping looks as if it's given up the fight
The majority of shops are vacant, row after row
Windows are blackened with nothing to show
What's going to happen to this popular place
Hope this isn't the kind of future we're all going to face
Let's hope something positive will happen for them soon
as it was a lovely place to spend an afternoon
Don't forget folks keep supporting our little town too
Our shops STILL NEED their customers both old and new
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 30/07/2020 :  18:46:59 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

THE INVASION

Driving home saw shoppers Fortnite flossing
even dancing on the zebra crossing
What's going on they're waving their arms around
and stamping their feet upon the ground
Had to put my wipers on... they're swiping quickly back and fore
Looks like I'll have to be extra careful when opening the car door
Flying insects have invaded Tredegar town today
ANNOYING things I have to say!
Suppose all this extra physical activity is keeping us fit
I bet David Attenborough would love to make a programme about it.
It's 6pm they seem to have all disappeared into thin air
so I'm off to look in the mirror to check for alates at home in my hair..........
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2020 :  10:16:06 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

THE SETTING -

Friday 31st July, 2020 Joined the organised queue outside Barclays bank and stood on my 2 metre circle on the pavement. Wow it's definitely a hot one today glad I've got my straw hat on . It's the hat I bought for a boat ride to Caldey Island, near Tenby in the late 1990's with my family. Glancing around Castle Street I remember a small fishing shop just below the dentist, it's not there anymore but my fishing rod came from here many moons ago. A fishing/angling shop is now by Nelson's Chemist & very popular it is too. Over in Commercial Street I see Headley's is up for sale, what an interesting building this is, lot's of character. The shop reminds me of one's you would find in the market town of Abergavenny. I'm inside the bank now sorting out the business in hand and I read a poster of a charming young lady who is 'Braving The Shave' for charity, we must support her Tredegar town, well done to her!

so I begin.....

Walked over to Commercial Street got my appointment with the hairdresser in town
Boy was I glad to have that black, caped shoulder gown on
Repeatedly he combs & snips, my bushy hair is flying off left and right
I glance down on the floor, hair lying on there is such a glorious sight
I join in the noisy chatter... the topic is vintage & retro toys
A chap recalls clackers he'd bought them for his two young boys
He went on to say he was sorry to get them but it was an activity they did enjoy
But as everyone discovered it was an leisure pursuit that could annoy
The Clackers were made of extremely hard plastic? and you moved them up and down really quickly
but you discovered to your peril at times this was proving really tricky
Many kids were bruised especially to their hands
I'm sure Health & Safety now would try and get these toys banned
All you could hear was click clacking it went on all day long
To be honest I think we were all glad when this crazy fad was long gone
I must admit though... I think Meccano was the A1 top toy for me
Always glad to see a set tucked under the 3ft Christmas tree
Hair cut finished looking tip top now, so off to Bedwellty Park for a takeaway afternoon tea
Hope I make it in time...... It's at quarter to 3

You can view Clackers on YouTube if you've never seen these toys


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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2020 :  10:20:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone remember Clackers or Meccano?
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billbaily
Super Member

906 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2020 :  14:28:05 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Took an amble around town this morning it was.....

Great to see the hustle & bustle of shops/businesses sprucing up their premises today
Strolled past Fresh Active Gym.... thought for a minute I was on holiday in St. Tropez
Tables & chairs on the green outside ready to serve coffee & tea
It was so lovely & heartwarming to see all this busy activity
Glad to see OUR Tredegar up & trading again after soooooo long being closed
It's been a tough, testing few months as everyone knows

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYONE AND MANY THANKS TO ALL THE SHOPS AND THEIR STAFF THAT HAVE GOT US THROUGH THIS LOCKDOWN.
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 16/08/2020 :  11:15:20 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

The setting

Drove past Iron Street picked up my passengers and off we went on our jolly boys day out

Took an outing in the car last week with my twin butty's Timmy & Jimmy Jones
We're off to see the medical chappie he's the one who sorts out our aching, creaking bones

It's nice to have a catch up with all the latest manly chatter
Taking in the glorious Welsh scenery on the way to our chiropractor

The A465 route down is forever changing - it's been a massive, impressive job
Not to mention the cost of construction - bet it cost a good couple of bob

Take my hat off to them it's not been plain sailing organising this at all
Imagine the headaches of moving vast tonnes of rock, earth, trees and coping with a waterfall

We'll be glad to see the completion though no more traffic lights to make us wait
and stressing if we'll be on time for hospital appointments or at worse be very late

Not forgetting those welsh/english road closure signs - what a to do
Try and read them quickly but they have a habit of confusing you

Driving along you spot a yellow road sign in the distance ahead
Get everyone set for the challenge to store all that information in your head

TOO LATE you've run out of time to read it from beginning to end
It's the one thing that really drives me round the flipping bend


Why or why does my brain fixate on the welsh writing first and not the english. Welsh it a fascinating language though I must admit but I don't speak it unfortunately. Anyone else experiences this sign reading problem too?

Anyway

Chiropractor visit over - off for a Costa coffee and a sticky bun, yum!
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 17/08/2020 :  09:31:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

TREDEGAR - EAT OUT TO HELP OUT

Drove up through Morgan Street it was a wondrous sight to see
Folks queuing outside Wetherspoons for their afternoon tea
It's been years since I've seen that kind of thing
Since the Olympia Cinema here ceased operating
Popular nights were Fridays & Saturdays - an exciting time was had by all
If you fancied a change of film you trundled along down to the Workmen's Hall
We were really spoilt for choice then, always had somewhere to go
Had the NCB & New Club too - always people on their dance floor

Enjoy your meals everyone!

Hope the Market Hall Cinema, Brynmawr re-opens soon - we've missed it
Oldest Cinema in Wales
Opened in 1894
Extremely comfortable seats
Lots of leg room
Not expensive either

Great venue to give support to
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billbaily
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906 Posts

Posted - 19/08/2020 :  13:14:17 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



Where has all our sunshine gone, it's raining heavily here today
Just when we were able to get the kids out safely for outdoor play
I suppose they are back on their computers glued with a remote control in their hand
Staring intensively where the Fortnite Battlebus is going to eventually land
I'm amazed how quickly they can master this popular game, I really find it hard to do
I got my glasses on to look where I'm going but I cannot fathom it out or think it through
I end up just running around not doing very much at all
Then I usually end up in a tree and inevitably have a fall
That's me finished my patience is gone out through the door
My grandchildren are happy - I wont be a liability anymore
I tell them I never even got to dance a dab, ride the pony or do a wiggle
They turn & smile to each other and burst into a giggle
I then mosey off to the kitchen, make a cuppa and do a snack instead
but I'm going to have another sneaky Fortnite practise when their safely tucked up in their bed


THAT'S IF I CAN SWITCH IT ON!


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