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Poet, Efran and Richard, all say Hi !!!


Last night - at midnight! - a new video
by Rhondda Records came your way...
'I'm Going To Strangetown'...

I've avoided putting this out for years, so
as not to create the 'wrong' impression.
But s*d it - I've loved the 'erb for years
--- and I know millions do too!

If you enjoy it a tenth as much
as we all enjoyed making it...
you might enter euphoria !

Again, so much appreciation and thanks go
to Efran Kaye and Richard for their musical
magic - diolch yn fawr boys.   Da iawn!!!!!!!!!

'About Love Songs'
below, exhibits the most
exhuberant joyful music by Efran Kaye and
an especially excellent solo....  by Richard.

My warmest thanks to them both.

Diolch yn Fawr!



An exciting new batch of music videos 
is in
the pipeline folks, and four new 
songs now
succeed 'The Miners' Next Step' ...and are
 here on Rhondda Records and Youtube:

'I'm a Folk Singer',  'Peace Love',
 'About Love Songs', and now,
I'm Going To Strangetown',
...all sweet alternatives
to MSM's gangsta rap!

 
Many more creations in the pipeline
are coming very soon, & if you like
rhonddarecords new output...
...please go to youtube and
subscribe/comment/like... 

Share the Love!
we really do appreciate your
love, interest and feedback.



Deep gratitude goes from my heart, to Richard
Gould, for his supremely intuitive musical gift.

He can't avoid somehow adding a perfectly
polished finish to my pathetic strumming!

As for the handsome young man who's
featured in the video, and whose
commanding eyes would melt
any dancing ladies heart...

his name is Steve Computer, and I'm honoured
to have watched him work his way  out of the
doldrums and 
into his skilled trade.

Llongyfarchiadu to you both !!


PLENTY MORE FISH

The boys have a day out fishing off Cardiff Bay,
& Kyle, Neil, Matthew & Ricky catch all the fish!

(Great musical accompaniment by Efran Kaye)




















































































There's a new petition taking off on Change.org,
maybe we should take the tasers off the police.











































home office: Urgent review of police use of Tasers

























Jason Jackson
London, United Kingdom


































































This week former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after being Tasered repeatedly by the police. The reasons for being tasered are unclear but we know now that Atkinson suffered from a weak heart and mental health problems.

As a black man, a father of three growing boys and a campaigner against the abuse of power by police officers, I was appalled and frightened to hear this news. If this can happen to a former Premiership footballer, then it could happen to me or my children.

Atkinson’s death is the eleventh linked to the use of Tasers by the police in this country. What is more worrying is that black people are three times more likely to have a taser used against them by police than white people, according to figures by the Home Office.

This is a testimony of a witness when Atkinson was killed;

"They were shouting and kicking so much all I could hear were the boots hitting him. And then the officer who released the Taser stepped back while the other officer still continued to kick and then I could hear him shout to the other officer that was still kicking, 'Back off, back off, back off.' And then the officer with the Taser asked the gentleman to put his hands behind his back and did so probably two or three times and reactivated the Taser another four or five times after that. [1] "

This incident has called into question the training and understanding on the use of Tasers within our police force and the fatal consequences of institutional racism. Police forces should be upholding the law and protecting people, not causing their deaths.

Theresa May, when Home Secretary, had previously raised concerns about the use of tasers. Now as Prime Minister she should take immediate action.

So I am calling on Theresa May to hold an urgent review of Tasers and the medical implications of their use. We ask the government to assess where other non-lethal weapons would be more effective and prevent unnecessary deaths in the future.

[1] BBC News: Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered in Telford by police 


































Brexit v EU Whingers

I don't know who this video man
above is, but I think he's GREAT!

_____________


Please, Try The Truth...

Pundits and chancers in suits have
had their say on those who voted
"no" to the EU.

Most suggested that voters were
misinformed, misguided, and
probably racists. Charming.

According to Lord Ashcroft’s poll of 12,369 of
 referendum voters -- the most important issue
 for half the Leave supporters was sovereignty.
That decisions about Britain should be taken
 in Britain, by the people here.

Only a third put immigration control first, yet
 sovereignty, immigration and the economy,
 were all important to a majority of anti-EU
 voters.

However, concern about the pressure of
immigration on local jobs, wages & public
 services, isn't a certain indicator of racism.

Nearly half Leave voters had a negative
 view of multiculturalism, and a quarter
had mixed feelings. A quarter saw it
as positive.

A third of black and ethnic minority voters
 opposed EU membership --- including the
 majority of Sikhs and Jews.

The political outlook of Leave voters
 was equally mixed.

More than one-third of Labour and SNP and
a majority of Plaid Cymru supporters, voted
 to leave the EU... along with one quarter of
Greens and almost one-third of Lib Dems.

Almost half of voters (45 per cent) describe
 either capitalism, globalisation, or both, as
overall, a force for ill in society, a majority
 of them opposed EU membership. In fact,
they comprised around one-third of all
the anti-EU voters.

As for the validity of the referendum.. before
June 23rd, almost all campaigners on both
 sides, accepted that the result should be
acted on - whichever way the vote went.






GYPSY
HOUR


Lots happening quietly under the surface...
and about to (pleasantly) surprise an
unsuspecting world... having a
wonderful 2021, hope you
are too !




'Hey, Beautiful Girl', is the only way we can

pay tribute to Pat Jones, who passed away

ten years ago, in August 2011. It was a big
favorite of hers, and she helped to create
the lyrics.


Our hearts go out to her family, whom she loved

dearly, and to all the people who knew and
loved 
her, as a warm and caring soul, 
throughout the Rhondda. 

 

Pat fought for the people of Penrhys, and gave

all her heart to caring for others... She had the

typically mischievous sense of humour of the

Rhondda, and helped Rhondda Records for
10 years 
with glorious heart and generosity,
as its first and beloved Financial Director. 

 

May she rest in Peace.




Pat adored the idea of
The Boilerhouse Project
and wanted nothing but
the best for Penrhys...

It was fun ! (and great music by Efran Kaye)

So... if anyone has a download or copy of it,
please help restore it to us here... thanks.


MOTHER JONES


Our tribute to Mother Jones, --- who loved humanity
and worked to defend and unite all working people
struggling 
to build a more just, beautiful world.


 

SPIRIT OF LOVE


A song-prayer for where I live.
I mean THIS planet (please, folks! Behave!).

Gail Davies, a glorious keyboard player,
(and vocalist), stars here, with a super-
brilliant piano solo and accompaniment,
with Pat Jones' chorus adding a lovely lilt.

Efran Kaye excels as his insistent chords
drive the wish of Love to come, forward...




WALES; HONEST & FREE.

Now, where have I heard that tune before?

************************************************


CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE...

According to a 2013 report, nearly half 
the UK's children watch parents divorce
well before they are 16 years old.

48% experience the break-up of their
family by
then, the report says, up
from 40% a decade ago.


A
one-parent family's child is 75%
more likely
to struggle at school,
70% more likely to get
addicted
to drugs, 50% more likely to
develop a
drinking problem
and 35% more likely to be
unemployed in adulthood,
the think tank says.


The UK is one of the few EU countries which
doesn't reward marriage in its tax system,
and the poorest families on welfare, are
penalised financially if they live together.

Some say parental break-ups are the fault of
a turning away from "traditional values", but
many see that low wages and unemployment
are the real culprit, with huge increases in
cases of violence in the home reported now.

I see familes in the valleys of Wales pulling
together, with single mums, dads, couples and
grandparents rallying 'round like never before
to help their children have a loving happy life.


May all love go to our children.



JUDAS



...a song about penitence and the triumph of Love.




OLD BLUES

A very old song, (the second we ever recorded),
and I moan on about giving
up women.. to save
the world from darkness.


Bit sad, really.

(Efran Kaye's brill bass makes it special)



Image: "obey", says the propoganda.





We could...

build a new economy in the "valleys"as
almost all our land (80%) is highland
and completely unproductive....

all we need is faith, courage and a
willingness to embrace new ideas -

plus, utilise the enduring flames of
equality and unity - always the true
source of the valleys' strength: -

turning our entire country into one
which provides strength for our
youngsters, & shows the world
a MUCH better way to live...

co-operatively.

Ask YOUR political party what their
economic strategy is for Wales...

is it based on creating a future
using our 2 greatest assets?

Our land and our people.


______________________



GREEN DRAGON ROARS
   
Ireland hopes to export more "safe, green"
 agricultural products to China, as the two
lands have great potential for cooperation
 in this field, Irish Ambassador to China,
 Paul Kavanagh has said.

"Ireland wants to develop a close political
relationship with China based on mutual
 trust. Within the European Union, Ireland
 is a friend of China," Kavanagh says, as
Liu Yunshan, a senior official of the
Communist Party of China, started
a 3-day official visit.

"This is the third year in a row that we've had
very senior Chinese visitors visit Ireland.
We are pleased," says Kavanagh.

"Our political relationship is very close.
 There have been over a dozen Irish
political level visits, senior level
visits to China, and a significant
number of Chinese visits going
back to Ireland," he adds.

In the ambassador's view, the two countries'
close political relations are rooted in their
similar historical background
and development.

"Ireland has had a colonial history... That
is an important mental or psychological
background dimension to our relations
with China," he says.

 "We can understand, perhaps more easily,
 the history that your people went through.
 And I think China understands
Irish people."

Now, he says, both Ireland and China, 
are striving for an economic transition.

"We are not a country that was wealthy
for centuries and generations, & we're
 economically quite successful in the
same way that China has been,"
Kavanagh says.

"When it comes to agriculture, Ireland has
 a very strong reputation for high quality
 safe food," he says, adding that 10% of
 the world's infant formula milk powder
 is produced in the country.

According to the ambassador, Ireland will
 invest ''massively'' in the dairy industry, 
when the EU lifts quota limits on dairy
production in 2015, stating that within
five years, the country will increase
production by 50%, and double it
after that.

"So you have a country like China... who has
 almost miraculously raised living standards
 for hundreds of millions of people and their
appetite for food is growing... And Ireland
is the food island, is the green island,"
he says.

Despite the debt crisis in Europe, Ireland's
 agricultural exports to China grew by 40%
 last year. "We fully expect within 3 years
China will be our second largest market
in the whole world for food and drink,
second only to the UK," he says.

The ambassador also voices his hope that
 more Chinese enterprises will pick Ireland
 as an investment destination.

Thanks to its favorable business environment
 & highly-educated workforce, "we see Ireland
as a perfect landing point for Chinese
investment in Europe," he says.

... and Wales?






MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND,

is both a tribute to Vic Doyle,
and played (brilliantly!) by him!


This is the one track by Vic on his many visits,
we managed
to save from the hackers.

(Perhaps he'll return to the Rhondda
and we'll do some more! Perhaps..)




A PART WE PLAY


Wanted to get "Rosenkranz & Gildenstern"
into a lyric.. and Efran Kaye was trying out
a 'bottleneck' he'd just bought.

Hope it
you like it.


Apologies for the out of time video...
'though it might still might be worth
watching for the pathetic
hippy dance!


Watch out for the new master version,
coming out with a new video, soon!

Image: Wales' herbs under attack

   
EU BANS ALL HERBAL MEDICINES


The European union has banned all
herbal medicine products from
entering the EU.

_________________________


Ukrainian doctors study traditional medicine in China
             
A group of Ukrainian doctors, before the recent
West-directed coup to beat China and Russia
away, completed a
month studying traditional
Chinese
medicine in China's Gansu Province.


Iurkivska Maria, one of 14 doctors who took
the
course, said before coming to China, she
knew little
about Chinese medicine and
thought "it was mysterious".


"Now I realize it focuses on patients' inner-
cycles.
Acupuncture, acupressure and cupping
have less
side-effects than western medicine,"
said the 29-
year-old Kiev-based health care
practitioner.


During the study, Samoilovych Oleksandra, 55,
even skipped meals to read books on traditional
 medicine.

"It was Chinese herbal medicine that cured my
father two years ago, after western therapies
 failed to treat him," said Oleksandra.

Li Yingdong, vice president of Gansu University
 of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was one of the
 Chinese specialists on the seminar. He said that
although language was a problem, the doctors
 were keen to study.

Li went to Ukraine previously, to give lectures
 and offer free consultations to local patients.

Besides the seminar, Gansu University of
Traditional Chinese Medicine had signed a
 deal with Bogomolets National Medical
University of Ukraine, to jointly build a
traditional Chinese medicine study
institute at the Ukrainian university.

Li said Gansu had already carried out
exchanges with
Kyrgyzstan, Hungary
and Moldova, in the
field of
traditional Chinese
medicine.


Gansu Province is one of the country's
 largest herbal medicine production bases.






You Wanna Know The Diff'rence
(between Heaven & Hell)?



Me, live at The Old George, on
missionary work in England...


with a brilliant ''Northern soul"
arrangement, 
by Efran Kaye.

Cheers!



Image: West Bank homes



Majeeda Salaa makes chocolates from her own home.

What's unusual, is that she lives in Palestine,
where life is made extremely difficult, always.

"We use raw materials of the best quality
normally used in Europe, as well as herbs
and ingredients found in local markets,"
she says, adding: "it wasn't easy at all
to make chocolates that everybody likes."

Salaa's products are exhibited locally.
The 49-year-old, just one example of the
many Palestinian women who help their
families
overcome life's difficulties, hopes
that one day
she will be able to participate
in both Arab
and international exhibitions.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and
PM Fayyad
enjoyed tasting her handmade
chocolates, Salaa
says, adding that "I'm so
proud they tasted my
chocolates when they
visited Bethlehem several
months ago. They
said they liked them so much."


She says a French delegation visited her small
factory, and decided to fund the development
of her shop. "They funded 30% to develop the
'factory', and I paid the rest."

In Wales, if you live in "Social" housing,
tenants
ARE NOT ALLOWED BY LAW to
do this... running
a business from your
home, is considered to be a crime!


What a difference changing this law
could make...






'IT COMFORTS YOU'

is dedicated to all who missed their childhood/
teens by being locked up, as the experience
of institutionalised degrading 'treatment'
scars...


may the 'River of Love' comfort you.

Image: Pembrokeshire new potatoes




Watch out for the seeds you plant !


as the Spirit of Love
watches out for the
seed it plants in you

May orchards grow,
on Wales' barren hills

and in our hearts.


'I'm Loved By God',


created in the teeth of worldly discouragement...
with perfect help generously given by
Efran Kaye...


A truly mighty man!



TO TAKE A HEART FROM PRISON

Faith, Hope and Charity,

but the greatest of these is...


Image: Poet is going live, on tour !



POET's new contact !



If you like, you can contact me by emailing:

rayjoseph2021@aol.com


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