May 2, 2022 - Max Herbert, ex-master of the Banwen Miners Hunt who was spotted stalking hunt saboteurs at the Carmarthenshire Hunt last season, was himself caught by hunt saboteurs when he went into the toilets with his mistress at the Swansea Valley Point to Point, and somehow the toilet tipped over onto its’ door. Bad luck, Max! [video]
I’ve been thinking about how tactile Joanna’s lyrics are. There’s so much expression of love through touch. Holding and touching and pawing. Hands, hands, hands. I find the physicality of her words infinitely stirring and beautiful. There’s so much tenderness in the way you hold something or someone. There’s strength and vulnerability in your hands too. A more rough or possessive touch can cause pain instead of care. But Joanna’s touch is grounding and earthy and warm.
A large burial mound at Merthyr Mawr, near Bridgend, was excavated in 1904 by a local gentleman called William Riley.
He found several tombs in the mound; they were formed of upright slabs of stone with another stone over the top. This kind of tomb is called a cist. The skeletons in the tombs lay crouched on their sides and some tombs contained decorated pots or beakers.
These people were immigrants to Britain from Central Spain. We know they lived by farming and made simple metal tools. They were different to other people living here because they did not cremate the bodies of their dead, but buried them individually in graves. Because they put beakers in with them we sometimes call them the Beaker People. Their beakers were decorated with patterns but were just their everyday household pots.
These are the skulls of one adult male and two children. They have been dated to about 2,000 BCE, making Merthyr Mawr one of a very few sites found to have been used by the nomadic Beaker People at the end of the Neolithic or beginning of the Bronze Age.
BECAME A CRASS FAN OVERNIGHT AFTER HEARING THIS MAN'S VOICE & BASS LINES.
PIC INFO: Spotlight on my all-time favorite member of the English anarchist punk band CRASS, Pete Wright, a.k.a., "Pete Wrong," bass guitarist and occasional vocalist, performing live at St Phillips Community Centre, Swansea, Wales, UK, on 9/24/1981. 📸: Steve Rapport.
"...I think that's where we were so opposite, our backgrounds. Then when you put into the equation, Pete Wright, his background came from FRANK ZAPPA. So you had this real mish-mash that we were all trying to put into that stuff."
-- STEVE IGNORANT on CRASS' mish-mash of influences, "Interviews: The Story of the Crassical Collection," c. March 2013