Archive for February, 2012


Oh how I’ve come to love rugby. Having spent ten years in the Welsh Valleys I had become a passionate follower of Wales, particularly in the 6 Nations. Having worked in a Cardiff casino for ages, during the period when the Millennium Stadium was brand new and then Wembley was being refurbished, I spent many a happy Saturday afternoon with some of the other 50,000 odd fans in the city that didn’t get a ticket.

Rugby in Wales is infectious. More belief and passion than any English football or rugby fan could show. I remember the classic Welsh win over England at Wembley, Neil Jenkins’ genius kicking. We hosted the World Cup in ’99 and I remember the Japanese team coming in for a punt, thinking how much smaller they were than the Welsh scrum. Then the last big day I remember before moving to Cornwall, another Wales win over England in Cardiff. Saw that in a social club in Canton of all places, but the atmosphere was electric.

Great fun and I was happy to move to a place with a brilliant local team (the Cornish All Blacks) and spend the odd Saturday shouting abuse at various referees and opposing players. England is definitely my team but I’m sorry to admit that I love a Welsh win over them, if only for the memories of piling onto St Mary’s Street after one too many SAs and singing random Max Boyce songs.

Fab win boys, congrats to Sam on taking the Triple Crown back to the Valleys. Roll on the Grand Slam!

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Hello everyone, Ieuan here again.

Today I made a Rubik’s cube out of paper, tape and string. It’s a 2 by 2. It is not a cheat one, which is just taped together, I made sure it was held together in the middle with string, so it’s more like a real one.

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It reminds me of another video I did when I was 8. It’s a nice little beginner’s video of me taking apart a Rubik’s Cube and showing how to put it back together. Hope you like it!

Our Number 1!

He’s terribly shy and retiring, so it will pain him to see I’ve put this on our website!

My StepDad Paul has always been a bit nifty with a racket, he’s been a high standard of player in squash, badminton and tennis, even playing at Wimbledon, back in the day (and although he allegedly ‘knows a lot of people’ has never managed to get Open tickets!)

He continues to play badminton and recently won the over 70s men’s doubles West of England Masters. Makes him very important and much better than other men over 70 who sit down the pub and watch the football. We’re actually very proud and here’s his winner picture, he’s second from the left, being presented with his massive trophy by none other than Steve Badley, a previous Sussex No. 1. Nice one Pops!

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Hi,

Ieuan Want himself here.

I am a big fan of magic. Here is a video of me doing Tommy Cooper’s (my favourite magician) bottle glass glass bottle trick, but I also do a card vanish, I can get you to pick a card, chuck them on the floor but keep you card in my hand, I can vanish a handkerchief and I can do the linking rings.

In this video I do the bottle glass trick, I tell a joke, spoon jar jar spoon and the linking rings. This was from 2 years ago when I was only 8 so I was a very very young beginner.

I hope you enjoy it, I’ll make sure there are some new videos soon.

Had been looking forward to it for ages, but today I finally got to see the new Muppets film.

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A tad like Walter from the film itself, I’ve been a Muppets fan since the late 70s and their Sunday night show on TV. Which started in Britain funnily enough because the yanks didn’t get the humour! Happy days spent with the family, waiting for Fozzie’s latest joke or Statler and Waldorf’s abuse or even when Piggy flirted with the guest and punched poor Kermit. As I say, happy days.

The film is a wonderful homage to the old show, lots of subtle references to little things I used to remember, like when the opening number starts and Kermit looks down from the ‘O’ of ‘show’ to see what’s going on on the stage! And Rainbow Connection. The closing number from the original Muppet Movie, a number one for Kermit if I remember correctly. Revised here with possibly the only bit of the film I didn’t like, Animal being given his drum sticks half way through and possibly spoiling the moment.

But it was marvellous, great songs penned by Brett McKensey from Flight of the Conchords, some amazing cameos, Dave Grohl being my favourite – brought back great memories and Rainbow Connection is still going round my head! Thoroughly recommended!

So, I turned 38. A kind of ‘meh’ age, not quite mid 30s but not close enough to the big 4-0. So nothing really planned.

That was before, of course, Mrs Want got involved.

I’d decided to adapt the standard work policy of buying everyone cakes by taking in one of the homemade lemon meringue pies from the weekend. Just enough for my team and those lovely chefs who usually get forgotten. Top stuff and a lovely card and prezzie off Anna too. Even Andy told me to go home at a reasonable hour.

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But then, well. I’d already had a fab present off the missus in the morning, Fozzie bear, obviously the best act in The Muppet Show. He’s even wearing a neck tie! Wacca wacca wacca!

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Dinner, though was wonderful. A fantastic cranberry mozzarella chicken with Palma ham. My fine lady excelled herself and made me a very happy chappy.

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Thanks also to all my wonderful Facebook friends who left me messages. You’re all brilliant, some of you leaving coded messages referring to slightly wilder birthdays from back in the day!

Hi all, John, Niclas and Ieuan here – been showing the boys our new website and we’ve even done a little video…

We have finally found a house to live in. Trowbridge is calling! Will move up there in late March – whoop! Boys have already decided on their rooms, we just need to do the boring stuff with the agency!

Have bought new ‘company’ car as well, don’t get an actual car this time so have invested in a very tidy 8 year old Nissan for now. Just bought mats for it and already planning ICE upgrades!

Oh – and look out for more videos on a dedicated page on here – Niclas and Ieuan have several on Youtube we’ll share and no doubt they’ll add new ones as time progresses! We’ve added lots of photos to our stream too, click on the links on the right to see them.

Genius. Family panto in Plymouth this year was Cinderella, with Julian Cleary as Dandini and Keith Harris as Buttons. For those of you unfamiliar with either, Julian’s huge double entendres (one involving a tramp in the woods) divided the audience, thankfully our clan found it hilarious. Keith has been entertaining families with his friends Orville and Cuddles since the late 70’s.

Rather randomly, I’d met Keith when I was 4 as he was in a Minstrel summer season with my Dad. Bournemouth in 1979 I think, although it could have been Scarborough!

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So I popped a note in the post to Keith to see if he’d be willing to meet me and the family. The nice nice man he is, had a text a few days later inviting us down. Had 20 minutes in the dressing room, a private audience with Orville and then saw the panto. Brilliant afternoon, Keith stole the show with Cuddles, who kept going on about tits, and Niclas and Ieuan loved meeting him before. Cue lots of photos on Facebook and a few jealous friends!

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Keith Harris. Still a very very funny family entertainer and a bloody nice man!

So, my time at Ginsters comes to an end. 4 years of inventing new pasties and sandwiches, attempting not to get bigger than a 34 inch waist, and living in a Cornwall that people think is wall to wall with sun but is actually bleak, rainsodden and windswept. All ending in March.

Some might say that a move from Cornwall to Trowbridge is a novel one when most people go the other way, but my new job at Lyons Seafood is a bobby dazzler, looking at exciting new fish products for you and your families to devour. At least I’ll have a greater chance of getting back into my skinny jeans.

Now to find a house, lots of mortgage/rental fun to be had and moving to an area we don’t know. But life’s challenges and changes make it exciting. And it will move Samantha closer to Bristol Harvey Nicks, which is nice.