Posts Tagged ‘Wales’

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Cymru Con Resurrection in talks

July 11, 2008

For those that know Cymru-Con was a legendary Welsh Con held in the Central Hotel in Cardiff. Fastforward twenty years and talks are ongoing to resurrect the Welsh Con onto the scene.

As more develops I will let you know as Crafty Butchers Events have an in at the back door

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Brave Wales show guts and earn respect

June 14, 2008

Despite playing their socks off Wales just couldn’t put the boks to the sword. Warren Gatland must have been more impressed seeing the Welsh team play with fire in their bellys and fronting up to the Boks. Shane Williams once again showed why he is the best winger in the world and made the boks look foolish for trying to tackle him. Thanks to the BBC for the match report

Wales’ hopes of claiming their first win in South Africa were dashed in the second Test in Pretoria.

First-half tries from Gareth Cooper and a superb effort from Shane Williams had given the Grand Slam champions hope as they pushed their hosts.

But the Springboks proved too strong for Wales with Jean de Villiers going over for two of the world champions’ four tries.

The reliable boot of Butch James was key in securing a 2-0 Test victory.

Coach Warren Gatland was looking for redemption following last week’s 43-17 defeat and they certainly made some amends.

James Hook was placed at full-back and Jamie Roberts at centre for the first time, neither having played there at senior level.

The hosts made four changes, including returns for lock Victor Matfield and scrum-half Ricky Januarie.

And it was Wales who looked much more the lively in the opening stages and got off to the perfect start three minutes in with Stephen Jones kicking the first points.

South Africa responded by camping the Welsh on their own try-line forcing them to defend desperately.

James just narrowly missed going over at the corner after Matfield took out three Welsh defenders with a thunderous charge.

But they got the breakthrough when de Villiers slipped past the visitors’ defence when they failed to clear a line-out. James converted.

That lead was extended on 17 minutes as South Africa looked to take charge.

Juan Smith found space on the right and off-loaded to scrum-half Januarie to claim the second try, which James converted.

Wales immediately cut the 14-3 deficit when Jonathan Thomas cleverly laid off to Gloucester scrum-half Cooper at the front of a line-out and he broke free to race over.

Jones’ conversion put them four points behind, but James had the chance to open up the gap again with a penalty only to miss, ending his run of 10 successful kicks over the two Tests.

And it proved costly as Ospreys wing Williams produced another moment of brilliance with his 43rd Wales try.

The Springboks lost possession just inside their own half, Williams picked up the loose ball and raced past five players to go over near the corner.

Williams was then called into action at the other end just before the break when he intercepted James’ pass.

But James made sure South Africa went in ahead at the break when Blues centre Jamie Roberts was penalised at the line.

Jones did have the chance to change that in overtime, but sent his long-range penalty wide.

Wales came out on the attack in the second half enjoying more time on the ball, but it was the hosts who secured the first points.

Roberts infringed at the ruck allowing James to kick South Africa into a 20-15 lead.

But Wales were not ready to give up and Jones clawed back another three points after Mtawarira failed to roll away at a ruck.

And they went ahead with 20 minutes to go when Jones successfully kicked again.

The Springboks brought on all of their big-guns and regained the lead through another James kick.

It seemed to give them some more impetus and Percy Montgomery was halted at the line before de Villiers made sure diving over with James converting.

They continued to press and finally got their fourth score through Bismarck Du Plessis after a quick penalty.

On paper, the win looked far more convincing for South Africa but Wales showed that they do still have the fight that made them champions of the northern hemisphere.

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Update

June 6, 2008

Ok people tomorrow, I will be doing an interview with Chris Lynch and Stu.art about the Magpye, Markosia and cheese. These guys are hot Welsh comic talent and I think it will make for interesting reading. Also there are a shed load of comics to go through so If i get time I will do a review for you guys

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Guy Of The Week- Joe Calzaghe

April 21, 2008

Joe Calzaghe once again did Wales Proud. The Welshman showed Hopkins what manners, grace and above all else boxing ability were.  Joe, The Butcher salutes you

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St Davids Day

March 1, 2008

Today in Wales, we celebrated our Patron Saints day. St David. So in a celebration of being Welsh I give you our most famous Welshmen/Women

Andrew Vicari- Welsh Artist

Anthony Hopkins- Actor

Terry Jones- Actor/comedian

Tommy Cooper- Comedian

Dawn French- Comedian

T E Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia Explorer/Soldier

Owain Glyndwr- Welsh Monarch

David Lloyd George- Prime Minister of Britain

Joe Calzaghe – Boxing Champion

Vinnie Jones- Footballer/Actor

Christian Bale- Actor

Tom Jones- Singer

Alexander Cordell- Author

Of Welsh Descent ( mind you some of these we don’t want to claim)

Tom Cruise- Actor

Glen Ford-Actor

Anthony Perkins- Actor

Bob Hope- Actor/Comedian

Susan Sarandon- Actor

Donnie Osmond and his family- Singer

Dean Cain- Actor

Kelly Clarkson- Singer

Calvin Coolidge- President of the USA

Jefferson Davis- Confederate President

Thomas Jefferson- President Of the USA

Robert E Lee- Confederate General (the best)

Abraham Lincoln- President of the USA

James Madison- President of the USA

James Monroe- President of the USA

Hilary rodham Clinton- Democratic presidential candidate

Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniels- Business Man and creator of Jack Daniels

Bob Evans- Restaurateur and owner of BOB Evans Restaurants

William Fargo- Pioneer Expressman

Howard Hughes- Aviator,Engineer and Film Producer

Daniel Boone- Pioneer

Murray Humphreys- Mobster

Jesse James- Outlaw