2016 In Memorium

2016; What a year!

List of celebrity deaths

January 9 Ed Stewart, 74, Broadcaster, TV presenter
January 10 David Bowie, 69, Rock icon
January 14 Alan Rickman, 69, Actor
January 17, Dale “Buffin” Griffin, 67, Mott The Hoople
January 18 Glenn Frey, 67, Eagles rocker
January 23 Jimmy Bain, 68, Rainbow rock star
January 28 Paul Kantner, 74, Jefferson Airplane guitarist
January 30 Frank Finlay, 89, Acting great
January 31 Terry Wogan, 77, TV & radio legend

February 3 Maurice White, 74, Earth Wind & Fire star
February 15 Denise “Vanity” Matthews, Singer, Prince protege and actress
February 19 Harper Lee, 89, To Kill A Mockingbird author
February 22 Sonny James, 97, Country singer
February 25 Tony Burton, 78, Rocky actor
February 28 Frank Kelly, 77, Father Ted star
February 28 George Kennedy, 91,Movie great

March 1 Tony Warren, 79, Coronation Street creator
March 4 Joey Feek, 40, Country singer
March 6 Nancy Reagan, 94, Actress & First Lady
March 8 George Martin, 90, Beatles producer
March 11 Keith Emerson, 71, ELP rock legend
March 15 Sylvia Anderson, 88, Lady Penelope
March 16 Frank Sinatra Junior, 72, Sinatra’s singer son
March 17 Paul Daniels, 77, Comedy magician
March 23 Phife Dawg, 45, Sammy Appah
March 24 Gary Shandling, 66, Actor and comedian
March 29 Patty Duke, 69, Child star
March 31 Ronnie Corbett, 85, Comedy legend
March 31 Denise Robertson, 83, TV agony aunt

April 6 Merle Haggard, 79, Country legend
April 12 David Gest, 62, TV personality
April 20 Victoria Wood, 62, Comedy genius
April 20 Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, 46, WWE wrestling legend
April 21 Lonnie Mack, 74, Blues guitar great
April 21 Prince, 57, Pop icon
April 21 Guy Hamilton, 93, Bond director
April 24 Billy Paul, 80, Chart star

May 17 Guy Clark, 74, Country legend
May 19 John Berry, 52, Beastie Boys star
May 19 Alan Young, 96, Mister Ed TV star
May 21 Nick Menza, 51, Megadeth drummer
May 24 Burt Kwouk, 85, Pink Panther star
May 31 Carla Lane, 87, Liver Birds, Bread & Butterflies writer

June 3 Muhammad Ali, 74, Boxing legend
June 14 Henry McCullough, 72, Wings guitarist
June 19 Anton Yelchin, 27, Star Trek’s Chekov
June 23 Ralph Stanley, 89, Godfather of bluegrass
June 24 Bernie Worrall, 72, Funkadelic star
June 28 Scotty Moore, 84, Elvis’s guitarist

July 2 Caroline Aherne, 52, Comedy actress & writer
July 2 Michael Cimino, 77, Oscar-winning director
July 16 Alan Vega, 78, Suicide punk pioneer

August 13 Kenny Baker, 81, Star Wars’ R2-D2
August 15 Dalian Atkinson, 48, Villa cup hero
August 19 Lou Pearlman, 62, boy band mogul
August 29 Gene Wilder, 83, Comic genius

September 11 Alexis Arquette, 47, Transgender actress
September 17 Charmian Carr, 73, Sound of Music’s Liesl
September 25 Arnold Palmer, 87, Golfing legend

October 5 Rod Temperton, 66, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer
October 14 Jean Alexander, 90, Corrie’s Hilda Ogden
October 21 Dave Cash, 74, Broadcaster
October 23 Pete Burns, 57, Dead or Alive chart star
October 24 Bobby Vee, 73, 1960’s teen idol

November 3 Kay Starr, 94, Pop/Jazz singer
November 7 Sir Jimmy Young, 95, Broadcaster/Singer
November 7 Leonard Cohen, 82, Iconic singer & writer
November 11 Robert Vaughn, 83, Veteran actor
November 13 Leon Russell, 74, US rock legend
November 18 Sharon Jones, 60, Jazz/Soul singer
November 24 Colonel Abrams, 67, 80’s chart star
November 25 Florence Henderson, 82, Brady Bunch star
November 26 Ron Glass, 71, US TV star

December 1 Andrew Sachs, 86, Fawlty Towers’ star
December 6 Peter Vaughan, 93, Game of Thrones star
December 7 Ian Cartwright, 52, Wolves’ midfielder
December 8 John Glenn, 95, First to orbit Earth
December 8 Greg Lake, 69, ELP legend
December 10 AA Gill, 62, Writer & critic
December 10 Ian McCaskill, 78, TV weatherman
December 12 Walter Swinburn, 55, Derby winning jockey
December 13 Alan Thicke, 69, Actor and father of singer Robin Thicke
December 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, Actress
December 21 Deddie Davies, 78, Stella and the Railway Children
December 24 Rick Parfitt, 68, Status Quo
December 25 George Michael, 53, Singer/Song writer
December 26 Liz Smith, 95, Actress
December 26 Ricky Harris, 54, Comedian/actor
December 27 Richard Adams, 96, Author
December 27 Carrie Fisher, 60, Actress
December 28 Debbie Reynolds, 84, Actress/Singer/Entertainer

Review: Ramada Resort @cwrtbleddyn Hotel and Spa #Wales #Hotel

We stayed the night at the Ramada Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa in Usk on Tuesday 30th August

We paid £96 for the room and had as part of the package, a 25 minute session in the spa (which could’ve included a facial, pedicure/manicure or a back/neck/shoulders massage), also a hot and cold breakfast buffet was included. 

The room was in a cottage seperate from the main complex. This was clean and tidy. There is free wifi but it can be fairly hit and miss. The bed was comfortable and clean – as was the bathroom. Plenty of tea and coffee and the tv was 32″ – probably the biggest tv I’ve seen in a hotel bedroom.

We didn’t have a meal in the restaurant but did have breakfast the next morning. We had heard that the hot part of the buffet wasn’t necessary very hot – I can report that when we had ours at 820am, the food was hot. Plenty of choice for a Welsh cooked breakfast and the cold continental also had lots of cold meats, cereal and juices.

As part of a stay at the Cwrt Bleddyn you get access to the spa facilities. You can also spend £15 and have a days access to these facilities. They include a gym with all the usual appliances, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and a small pool. It’s a nice temperature in the pool room (30C) and the water allows you to cool off after being in the steam room, although it’s temperature is more than adaquate. Lack of windows in the pool room but for those rubbish British summers it’s quite nice to not have to worry about what’s outside. Little note though, under 16s aren’t allowed in either the steam or sauna room. It’s good – and a perfect little area to lay back and not have to worry about the world.

My partner and I did have a treatment – the massage. She has previously had the facial. It was my first massage and the staff are all very friendly and professional. I can’t really comment on the massage as it was the first one I’ve had – and as I learned later from my partner, I should’ve had my shoulders down and not over my head(!)

The grounds are well kept and on a sunny afternoon provide the backdrop to a very comfortable and enjoyable time.

It was a very pleasant 24 hours at the Cwrt Bleddyn and whether you choose to add some of the treatments or not, I’m sure you’ll find a stay there really pleasant and good value. 

Depression

This began as one of those “copy and paste as your status” things from facebook, and I’m not generally one to buy into this kind of status update, but I know there will be people reading this and who will be affected in some way, but it can’t be said it enough…Many people think that a suicide attempt is a selfish move because the person just does not care about the people left behind.

When a person gets to that point, they truly believe that their loved ones will be much better off with them gone.It’s a mental illness and not selfishness.

TRUTH: Depression is a terrible disease and seems relentless. I’ll imagine you reading this now will have been or known someone that’s aware of the black dog or dealt with family members in a crisis, and some have lost friends and loved ones.

FACTS: There were 6,708 suicides in the UK and ROI in 2013. Male suicides in Wales rose by 23 per cent between 2012 and 2013. The rate for males (26.1 per 100,000) is at its highest since 1981. Three-quarters of suicides in the UK are by men

In the Summer of 2016, we were in the midst of Wales’ best ever footballing period – something that was started by Gary Speed. On the surface you’d think everything was fine – but as we now know – it wasn’t. If you ever think you’re unable to cope in anyway – you just speak to someone.

Let’s look out for each other and stop sweeping mental illness under the carpet.

Feel free to share and repost this to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, because nobody is immune.

#London #NYE #Fireworks 2014

Tracklisting

1 Cast of Sweeney Todd 2012: No Place like London
2 DVBBS & Borgeou ft Tinie Tempah: Tsunami (Jump)
3 Charlie XCX: Boom Clap
4 Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love
5 Flanagan & Allen: Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner
6 Shy FX & UK Apache: Original Nuttah
7 Sigma: Nobody to Love
8 Jungle: Busy Earnin’
9 Ella Henderson: Glow
10 Katie Melua: Keep the Home Fires Burning
11 ELO: Last Train To London
12 ELO: Shine a Little Love
13 Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj: Bang Bang
14 Kate Bush: Wow
15 Orbital: Doctor?
16 Shy FX & UK Apache: Original Nuttah
17 Kiesza: Hideaway
18 Ed Sheeran: Sing
19 Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill: Gecko (Overdrive)
20 The Chainsmokers: #Selfie
21 Sigma ft. Paloma Faith: Changing
22 Calvin Harris ft. John Newman: Blame

Radio One Breakfast Show – Moyles or Grimmy?

Take a look at my article

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Radio One Breakfst Show – Moyles or Grimmy?

Editor’s foreward – As followers of our Twitter know, I have a somewhat biased view towards the decision to swap Chris Moyles with Nick Grimshaw on the Radio One breakfast show.  Moyles was a living radio legend, he played decent enough music, but above all made me laugh on the drive to work. Kind of like being with one of your mates.  I tried to give Grimmy a chance, but he is still to make me laugh.  OK, so I am not best placed to write this critique of the show.  So I asked our very own radio expert, the one and only Patrick Downes.

Been promising MusicEyz to do this for a few months, and with one thing and another it kind of got pushed back. But as that turns out, it’s a good thing because now I can actually compare statistics.

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Booking Fee #ripoff @seetickets @jessiej #pontysbigweekend

So after Jessie J cancelled her Ponty Big Weekend appearance in July 2012, I awaited my refund from Seetickets as was the case in their email.

This was sent 1546 that Friday afternoon that Jessie pulled out of Ponty

We regret to inform you that PONTY’S BIG WEEKEND – JESSIE J at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd on 20/07/2012 has been cancelled due to illness.

Further information will follow regarding whether there will be an rescheduled date for this concert.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this and if you have any query regarding your order please contact us at http://www.seetickets.com/CustomerService.

Pretty much “She’s cancelled…we’re delaying the refund”

Then on the Monday

Dear MR P DOWNES

We regret to inform you that PONTY’S BIG WEEKEND – JESSIE J at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd on 20/07/2012 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

A face value refund will be credited to the card used to make the booking and tickets are not required to be returned.

Please accpet our apologies for any inconvenience caused and if you have any further query please contact us at http://www.seetickets.com/CustomerService

I’ve kept in the spelling mistakes – just to make them look even more stupid.

Anyway, time passed and I had money back into my account. £40. Not the £52.50 I spent on two tickets.

So, I thought, I ask the question of the missing £12.50. I tweet’d Seetickets, all I got asked was “what was my reference number” and to DM it. I did, and got no response. So another two weeks passed and I email them direct via their website. Here’s their reply;

Dear MR P DOWNES

Thank you for your email regarding the refund for your order XXXXXXXXX for PONTY’S BIG WEEKEND – JESSIE J at Ynysangharad Park Pontypridd.

As a ticket agency, we sell tickets to the general public on behalf of the promoters of an event. The decision to cancel or postpone a concert is that of the promoters and is completely beyond our control. When an event is cancelled or postponed, we inform all of our customers whom have purchased tickets of the alteration by phone, letter or email.

Each ticket that we sell carries a booking fee and a transaction fee. The booking fee pays for our services – the business costs of operating a web- site and 24-hour call centre, Customer Service department and Despatch teams – and is the only payment that See receive for operating. A transaction fee covers the cost of printing, packaging and postage for your tickets. When a show is cancelled or postponed, these fees are retained as See has still provided these services, and cannot issue a refund for them. This is all detailed in our terms & conditions which you are asked to read at the time of booking.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Kind regards,

See Tickets Customer Services

Aside from the word is spelt DISPATCH not despatch (idiots). How many people actually read the T&C’s whilst booking tickets? Seriously? How rubbish are some websites with bandwidth that it takes ages to get through, the last thing you as a customer thinks about is “oh, I wonder what would happen if the gig was cancelled”.

It’s not the first time this has happened to me either, it happened when Adele cancelled her rescheduled gig in Cardiff in 2011.

I don’t want this blog to be a whiney one in which I’m griping about my £12.50 (well I am granted), but it’s more to do with the lack of communication. And I’m sure as a company, Seetickets has in place insurance policies if concerts get cancelled. £6.25 per ticket is a rip off anyway, but to give me the line of “The booking fee pays for our services – the business costs of operating a web- site and 24-hour call centre”, surely the cost of being a company that is disengenius with your customers and treats customers like idiots, is more valuable than that £6.25 per ticket.

Yes, I realise the booking fee/standard fee/carriage fee system is one of the biggest rip off there is within the ticket industry (with a few exceptions, Wales Millennium Centre, St Davids Hall, Muni Arts Centre Pontypridd), but my point is, if a gig is cancelled – there’s insurance to cover all the costs? That should mean ALL costs to the paying public?

Anyway, enough for now – but what do you think about the costs of booking fees? What’s the most expensive fee you’ve paid, and the cheapest? Comment below