Toodles to 2021 | Wales | Opinion

Well, that was mostly a yawn of a year wasn’t it? Another totally tragic twelve months living the semi-Lockdown life, again – with two no fun New Year’s Eves acting as boring bookends to the latest ride on the Coronacoaster.

Go Get the Jab | Vale | The Star

Resilient residents, while you wait with bated breath to find out if we are limping into another long, lonely, Lockdown, with Christmas cancelled at two minutes notice, please go get that jab.

Crafty Chrimbo Vibes | Wales | Opinion

Feeling the festive spirit this week as I dust down my racy red Barrybados jumper all ready for the start of the yuletide social scene. Mind you, I’m also trying to ignore the Marvel villain sounding Omicron that Covid-19 has kindly coughed up just in time for Christmas…that’s another story.

LGBTQymru Magazine| Issue 4| November 2021

Check out Issue Four of Wales first-ever, free, fully-bilingual, online queer magazine - written by the Qommunity, with the Qommunity, for the Qommunity here.

Save Our Skate Park | Vale | The Star

So what we going to do to ‘Save Our Skate Park’ – that cracking community asset that has once again, descended in decay and disrepair.

Shine Bright Sharon | Vale | The Star

Absolutely devastated by the shock, sudden passing of our very own Sharon Harris – a fellow friend and journalist who shared my love of our town’s local newspaper life.

Reclaim The Night|Vale| The Star

So how safe do you feel strolling the streets of our terrific town? Let’s be honest, if you’re a bloke, you probably haven’t given it a measly minute’s thought, but as a woman walking warily is probably always on your mind.

Barry’s Petrol Panic | Vale | The Star

Is it me or has Barry gone even a bit more bonkers lately as we saw residents race to the pumps to fill their tanks to the top fearful of a fuel shortage.

Wales Covid Courage | Vale | The Star

Pheww, this week I’m breathing a huge, happy sigh of relief and high-fiving our esteemed elected Welsh politicians for their bold move in making Covid Passports at enormous events mandatory.

Doctors Service Disgrace | Vale | Star

Well, who would have thought that in the seventeenth (or whatever we are up to now) wave of this crazy Coronavirus pandemic, it would be easier to get in the middle of large, lairy, live Gig than saunter into the standard Doctor’s Surgery of old

Post Pandemic Party | Vale | The Star

So, now that the pesky pandemic parameters have moved to a new normal, I’m well-chuffed to see our buoyant Barry has swung swiftly into post-pandemic party mode.

Model Farm Fight | Vale | Sue’s View

Well, fancy kicking a fourth generation farming out of their lands and livelihood just to build a big business park – no wonder legions of our locals are livid.

Hangfire Shock Closure | Wales | Sue’s View

So the big-time Barry Barbecue Restaurant that took our town to the heady heights of food fame has served its final bit of brisket then.

Save Our Skate Park | Barry | The Star

So what we going to do to ‘Save Our Skate Park’ – that cracking community asset that has once again, descended in decay and disrepair.

LGBTQymru Magazine| Issue 3| August 2021

Read Issue Three of Wales first-ever, free, fully-bilingual, online queer magazine - written by the Qommunity, with the Qommunity, for the Qommunity here.

Council Culls Butcher’s Bike | Vale | Sue’s View

£13 million in reserves, a Council Tax Hike, revenue from traders' outside tables, cash from communities to park outside their homes - and still the Vale Council cash cow grazes on.

Covid Cans Firework Fiesta |Vale | The Star

Well, I’ve seen some daft decisions in my time - many of which I’ve made myself to be honest, but I’m slightly shocked that our fabulous Firework Fiesta is finito for 2021.

Freedom Day Finally! | Vale | The Star

Phew, it looks like this cruel Coronacoaster is finally coming to a shuddering stop at Alert Level 0 as the last Lockdown legislation lifts.

Council Cash Cow| Vale | The Star

I’m absolutely flabbergasted, that despite a staggering £13 million quid reported in reserves, plus the rich revenue from our recent unreal Council Tax hike, the Vale seem keen to hit our hardworking folk with as many money-making moves as possible.

Harry’s Horrendous Fate | Barry | Sue’s View

Seventeen year old Harry Baker survived alone, stabbed, stripped and lying on the floor of a dock yard for one to three hours before he died of his injuries. Let that slowly sink in.

Holton’s Halycon Days |Vale |The Star

Well, call me controversial,  but I’m absolutely delighted that a top trio of Barry’s iconic pubs are being turned into social housing – and in the so sadly seen better days Holton Road area of our town.

Shame On Euro | National |Stand Up To Racism

A squad of Black Lives Matter knee-taking, PRIDE arm band wearing, free school meal campaigning, unicorn riding, NHS wage donating Warriors who conducted themselves impeccably on and off the pitch – what’s not to like.

Glamorgan Star Shines | Vale | The Star

Hello Glamorgan Star. Huge congratulations on the launch of our community’s newest newspaper, online and with the wonderful whiff of newsprint too.

Lockdown Lift Off | Wales | Sue’s View

Of course, I admire Wales’ careful approach to the Lockdown Lift, but who the hell wouldn’t be a just a little ‘well jel’ that England is throwing caution to the wind and the masks in the bin.

LGBTQymru Magazine| Issue 2 | May 2021

Read the second issue of our first-ever, free, fully-bilingual, online queer magazine - written by the Qommunity, with the Qommunity, for the Qommunity.

Line of Duty | National | TV Review

My flabber is gasted that after nearly a decade of the small screen and six superb series, I am left feeling flatter then the pathetic pancakes I serve on Shrove Tuesday. Self Care Sunday won't be the same for a while that's for sure.

Asylum Seekers Welcome| Vale | SUTR News

Barry-based Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) Vale were proud to support Butetown Community Centre, and Life Skills Aid, at the first-ever Asylum Seekers Welcome Day in Cardiff.

All Jabbed Up |Barry I My Corona Virus Diary

Huge thanks to the Holm View crew for jabbing me up in a valiant vaccination process that was smooth, seamless, and so well-sorted it would put any deftly-run doctors surgery to shame.

An Anti-Racist Nation | Wales | Sue’s View

“If you have a Black friend and you don’t understand what they are going through now, you don’t have a Black friend, you just know a Black person.”

Two Sides Town (Part II) | Barry | Sue’s View

Living the latest Lockdown life may mean we are not be able to glug a G&T in in many parts of these, often bold, buildings, but we can at least marvel at the move to make Barry a bit less cult and a bit more cultural.

What A Week For Women | Wales | Sue’s View

Phewwww, what an absolutely appalling rollercoaster ride for us women this week. Did we really savagely and swiftly move from commemoration to criticism, validation to violence, and misogyny to Mother’s Day in just seven shocking days.

#BeKind Is Broken | Wales | Sue’s View

Remember the social media mantra of ‘Be Kind’ that boomed boldly all over the airways following Caroline Flack’s fate...that aged well, didn’t it.

LGBTQymru Magazine| Issue 1 | February 2021

Read our first-ever, free, fully-bilingual, online queer magazine - written by the Qommunity, with the Qommunity, for the Qommunity here.

Stand Up For Justice | Wales | SUTR News

Stand Up to Racism Vale are supporting a number of campaigns, and joining with the organisers to ask for your help in raising both awareness, and crucial funds.

Our HIV History|Wales | Sue’s View

It’s a Sin, did more to educate, inform, and entertain, than any panel event, swift social post, or fabulous flyer ever could – no matter how heavy they are on those trusty Rainbow colours.

Our Community Counts | Wales | Campaigns

In the community spirit of solidarity, locals, activists, and allies swiftly set up petitions, protests and fundraisers, to help a grief-stricken family, fight a crusading cause – or to simply just show some solid support for those floored by fate. Find out how you can help here:

Justice4Mohamud | Wales | Sue’s View

Too many times to date during this long lingering Lockdown I’ve said please take me back - but I actually meant to the halcyon days of the pre-pandemic, not to the raw racist times of 1993.

CHELSCREATES | London| Promo

Chelsea Jones is a Welsh degree educated photographer now based in London. She specialises in Fashion, Portraiture and Editorial photography, in which she incorporates themes of representation, diversity, and empowerment whilst remaining creative.

My Review of the Year | Wales | Sue’s View

Well, just like that Queen meme where she stares silently at her speech, I just don’t know where to start with my review of this year, which has lasted, let’s be honest, what seems like a decade.

Covid Christmas Chaos |Wales| Sue’s View

So as Wales moves once again into another long, lonely Lockdown, with Christmas cancelled at two minutes notice, surely it’s perfectly plausible to comply with the cruel Corona rules whilst also finding them deeply devastating from a personal point of view.

Long Hot Summers | Wales | TV Special Review

Long Hot Summers – The Story of the Style Council – now there was a treat of a title that jumped out of the TV Times to warm my cold, pandemic-battered heart.

Vaccine Victory | Wales |Sue’s View

I’m absolutely chuffed to bits that we have been the first nation to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use – and that it’s coming to Wales sooner than we can say ‘save our hospitality industry.’

Covid Community Crisis |Wales | Sue’s View

Well, I’d like to say that my month has been dominated by bold Black History Month happenings, great nights at Goodsheds, and that warm fuzzy feeling of ‘living my best life’ in the town I totally love. But, I’m not going to lie to you, I can’t. The infamous brazen Barry vibe is now being totally taken over by this lingering Lockdown life we find ourselves fighting through on the daily.

Warhol Wows| London| Arts Review

Finally got to glimpse the genius of Mr Andrew Warhola at the Tate Modern, a much-missed Mother’s Day present that was brutally blitzed by that crafty Corona Virus back in March.

Pandemic Pain Part II | Barry | Sue’s View

Jesus Wept, here we could go again then - bang into another long, lingering, lonely Lockdown...come on Wales, have a word with yourselves please. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m absolutely flabbergasted that after those four months of that queer quarantine we now find ourselves back bang in almost the same state. What was that all about then?

Goodsheds Good Vibes | Barry | Sue’s View

Wow, doesn't that Goodsheds look gorgeous then. I never would have thought as I sat slurping a strawberry milkshake and eating egg and chips in the totally old school Terry's cafe, circa 1980, that Barry would one day boast the first new sustainable high street in the UK.In those days, we were just about clinging to a High Street, never mind an urban one. And Holton Road was dominated by Dan Evans which was hardly the cutting edge of couterie was it - even with Wallis.

Town Council Bore |Barry| Sue’s View

Wow, talk about not reading the room Barry Town Council. I stand back in amazement that our residents actually and actively engaged over the new name for the Cemetery Approach Community Centre – and were completely ignored.

Island Life | Barry| Sue’s View

Barry Island went bonkers last weekend with a thirty thou crowd flocking to our beautiful beaches for sun, sand, sea and a salty bag of chips. I was at Marco's marvelling at the madness of it all - you couldn't move for bikinis, Boofy's Chip Queue, and Birmingham accents.

Mosh Pit Panic | Wales | Sue’s View

I just want to go to a bloody concert. Or do I. Ever since this long, lonely, no love lost Lockdown I've been manically moaning to my mates on how I have missed many of my cool music concert moments. But just how does the whole entertainment industry open back up, smoothly and so safely in the social distancing times.