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End Of Terror Meeting with Politician, Jessica Morden MP

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This morning I met with my local MP Jessica Morden. Jessica represents Labour and is the parliamentary representative for the Newport East constituency. Over the past few years that I have known Jessica we have had two face-to-face meetings scheduled that have unfortunately not materialised due to me being sectioned on both occasions by mental health authorities. It was to be third time lucky and it was with great pleasure that, without any unwanted intrusions, I attended Jessica’s surgery at Caldicot library today. In Wales, health is a devolved matter and most of the issues I have with Mental Health Authorities fall into the remit of Jessica’s Welsh Assembly cohort, John Griffiths AM. I had a productive meeting with John Griffiths AM a couple of months ago and we are still following up with work based on what was discussed at that meeting, with Welsh Minister for Health Vaughan Gething currently attending to my plight. Parliament, however, does house the Mental Health Act, the legislation that governs Mental Health care in this country and I felt that a meeting with Jessica Morden MP would be of paramount importance in order for me to successfully challenge the provisions of this Act. After being contained within the mental health system for approximately 20 years I am especially keen to find a permanent solution to escape this legislation as a persecuted individual and also to build a better future system for the healthcare users of tomorrow. Jessica welcomed my partner, Nicola and I, with warm smiles and an invite to take a seat in her office. Jessica was accompanied by an assistant who was very helpful throughout the meet. Jessica was pleased that I had previously met with John Griffiths and from the outset of our meeting Jessica was graced with an air of positivity and a desire to help me change the system for the better. I explained the circumstances of my most recent hospitalisation, when pure ‘thought crime’ was invented and acted upon and how I was shepherded off to detention and tortured for several months before the Mental Health Review Tribunal Courts overturned the psychiatrists and, finding in my favour, secured my release. Only 5% of patient appeals ever result in success and despite the long wait for justice,I felt that it had been served and that I was a lucky man. I made it clear that after that judgement…

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A Step Too Far: Mental Health and The Castle Inn, Caldicot

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I have a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia and have lived with this diagnosis since 1997. For the past 18 months I have been banned from drinking more than two pints of beer in my local pub in Caldicot, the Castle Inn. This blog post will tell the story of how this ban came about and how I intend to fight for my rights to overturn the ban. I had been sectioned and detained in the mental health system at Talygarn Ward, Griffithstown County Hospital, Pontypool. I spent several months locked up and was treated against my consent with Clopixol depot injections by the Muslim psychiatrist of Indian origin, Dr Basu and his sidekick the half-Iranian Dr Al-Hasani. When they finally released me from hospital I got home and went straight down to the Castle Inn for a quick pint to settle my nerves. Inside the mental hospital there is a ban on alcohol for all patients and they even breathalyse you with drink-drive breathalysers on your return from any leave to test if you have drunk any alcohol. The reasoning behind this is that mental health establishments treat a lot of alcoholics and alcohol is forbidden, even if, like myself, you have never had any issues with alcohol. I feel that alcohol is a decent recreational drug that is part of British culture and having worked in the entertainment industry my whole life I am well used to it and regard it as an essential part of my life. Landlord, Steve Gribble, refused to serve me a pint and said that the local police had, on my doctor’s advice, placed a ban on me drinking alcohol in my local community. Apparently alcohol doesn’t mix with my medication. I was absolutely disgusted by this. I felt that patient confidentiality had been breached and that my psychiatrist was unnecessarily interfering with my life in the community. I argued with Steve the landlord and put forth my views and he came together with a compromise that I would be allowed in his pub but had to stick to a two pint limit and leave. This ban has stayed in place now for 18 months and even at funeral wakes I have to leave after two pints. Landlord Steve Gribble and his wife Judy Gribble, are doing their jobs but I feel that they are breaching the Equality Act 2010 in their treatment of…

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KryKey Web Radio #IPhone #app – Review

KryKey IPhone App

  Technology is shrinking. We are moving into areas through mobile technology that would have been unenvisaged 20 years ago. Devices bring us together on the move and we share photos, music, film, like never before. The disruptive web radio technology, that is #KryKey, now brings web radio to your pocket, with the release of its eagerly anticipated mobile app. Having just purchased a new #IPhone, I decided to surf over to the Apple App Store and test out what KryKey’s app brings to the table. It’s nice and easy to get hold of this FREE app from the Apple App store… Just a quick search of ‘KryKey’ will list the Premium app for free download and installation time is fast. The app is pretty much streamlined and for the data it handles, works very efficiently. The app builds on the successful web-based platform of http://KryKey.com and brings web radio to your fingertips. The first noticeable thing about the KryKey app is the design. It is structured to look like a traditional radio, with easy to use dials, all app-subscribing radio stations being allocated their own digital frequency, with plenty of space available at present to allow for company growth. Obviously, listeners and app users will remember the frequencies of their favourite KryKey radio stations and be able to simply whirl the dial to quickly tap between shows, in the same manner in which one used to flick through a car radio. There’s an initial sign up to the app which requires a simple email address and some locational information, to tailor the app to your needs. This is non-essential though and the app will function anonymously, if required. You have the pre-mentioned dial, for simplicity, though for the first few uses of app, it might be more advisable to use the search features to get to know the network a bit better. The preset dials can be customised for easy browsing, like any standard, traditional radio. The search features allow radio stations to be navigated by various subdivisions: Music genre, Radio Name, City or wider, by country. The app is only available for broadcast for KryKey Premium stations, that pay the $30 or so monthly fee for the new service. KryKey used to have over 60000 personal radio stations and since the streamlining of the business, ahead of app release, most of the dross has been culled and only the…

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Police Brutality and Mental Health – PART 3

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I’ve written two articles already on policing and mental health. The impact of this particular episode still hasn’t quite sunk in. Bang out of order is obviously one of my judgements. Equally, writing this blog, just knowing firsthand exactly what the British police are capable of, means that my life is in potential danger as something equally as bad or worse could quite easily happen at any time. I was just reading a fellow DJ’s Facebook about returning home to a key UK airport to see heavily armed police officers ‘greeting’ people as they got off the plane. OK. We may be on whatever alert, but I do passionately disagree with the arming of the police. Unless laws are passed for the general public to have the right to bear arms, it is unfair to arm a civilian force. Army and other military services, by all means, weapons are a necessity. But not the police. They do not have responsible enough a mentality to be given the easy power over life and death that a trigger brings. I speak from experience. If you actually ever look at the mental health act, when you are admitted to a hospital or sectioned, you are supposed to go through a process of assessment. There are balances and checks in place. I do believe that the process is unfair as it stands. However, over the years the mental health system has been opening up to allow the police more and more involvement and they more or less have a free reign today. The ‘Place Of Safety’ in the legislation allows them to use their premises as mental hospital holding cells. As soon as I heard of the police being armed with tasers I was against the idea. I don’t believe that any form of weapon can be safely deemed as providing non-lethal force, in particular a ballistic weapon. it is no surprise to me that there are so many deaths caused by tasers. I was spending the evening in my home studio, making music. I use Ableton and have various MIDI instruments that plug into it. I was having a quiet jam on my keyboard and laying down the foundations of a new tune. It’s quite a creative process, making music and is very tranquil and relaxing as a producer, although repetitively listening to the same beat patterns as you build up a track…

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Reelhouse Records

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I’ve been in discussions the past 48 hours with CN Williams, head of Swansea-based electronic music label, Reelhouse Records. Clifford has kindly agreed to sign several forthcoming Wez G releases… I had a busy week last week, with several tracks having the finishing touches applied to them in the mastering studio. It is pleasing to be able to announce that the debut EP of my Megman vs Wez G project is all ready to go. Boom Beat Zoo EP will demonstrate the exciting fusion of live guitars with electronica. Megman Merrett, a talented Caldicot musician with much experience, has been hammering out hits in the studio with me for a couple of years now… Boom Beat Zoo EP, so called because of the animal association with most of its tracks, is an exciting debut EP, which will hopefully start to generate us a fanbase and assist us in funding further Megman vs Wez G EPs and hopefully a studio album…. The aim is, that once we have finally discovered our true sound, that we take this unique project to live audiences. Boom Beat Zoo offers a glimpse of the sound we are establishing. It covers a wide variety of genres, appealing to electronic aficionados as well as those who prefer acoustic music. Some of it is Cafe Del Mar-esque chillout, others more dancefloor friendly bangers and the epic Kicking Squirrels reminds me, as the producer, very much of the sound of legendary Rock n Roll band, the Doors. I’ve been hard at Ableton to give the project its necessary instrumental oomph and it’s been a steep learning curve… We have about 40-50 unfinished jams ready to progress and we are hoping that the public get behind the release and spend a few pennies on helping to finance the continuation of Megman vs Wez G. Reelhouse Records have taken the plunge and signed the debut EP and we look forward to striking up a successful business relationship with perhaps Wales’ finest independent dance music label. When you look through the Reelhouse back catalogue it is a bit daunting to see such luminary figures releasing tunes there, as Byron Stingly and Lenny Fontana, to name but a few… We hope that our sounds are fully appreciated by the Reelhouse market.   The second new track to be released on Reelhouse Records is a Wez G original: Shine Melody is a funky touch-edged disco…

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100000 Soundcloud Plays!

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  Well, I’ve hit a real milestone here. 100000 plays of my material on Soundcloud. I’ve been on there from the start and have seen this site grow into probably the most influential music site in the world. I’ve been approaching this figure for a while and thought it apt to do a little celebration post. Years ago, when I did lot of live sets in some big clubs and indeed smaller venues, I never usually played to more than 1000 people in the same room. The internet revolution has changed the music industry. I am totally amazed that it has give me the chance to showcase my material to such a vast number of worldwide listeners. FOr sure, I’m not at the top of the pile for number of listeners – bigger DJs get 100000 plays on an individual track over the course of a week – but for little ole me – 100000 is a nice figure. In addition to my personal page, I run several group son Soundcloud, the most notable ones being the Shuffle DJ Mixes group (22700 DJ Mixes) and also the Wales Soundcloud which showcases all forms of music across my adopted homeland. I’ve met lots of people through Soundcloud and it gives me great encouragement as an artist to be able to get feedback from fans and listeners. I’ve noticed some changes in Soundcloud as it’s grown. There is currently a bit of a trend against DJs on there and they are turning in their droves to other services such as Mixcloud. But Soundcloud is where the listeners tend to be (On my Mixcloud I only have 1000 plays and am keen to build up an audience there as well. http://mixcloud.com/wezg ). Across my own website I use Soundcloud embeds to play the music. It is a truly versatile service and I hope it continues to grow so that my audience can continue expanding. Total global domination is a real possibility! Let’s see how soon I can get to a million listeners! Please help out and keep spreading the love! http://soundcloud.com/wezg

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“Quando ero piccolo” by Wesley Gerrard (Italian Stage B coursework)

A young Wez G with his sister Melanie and cousin, Karla

Sono nato a Bishops Stortford in Inghilterra. Ho cambiato casa a Caldicot in Galles, quando avevo tre anni. Mia sorella che si chiama Melanie è nata in quel momento. Inizialmente non mi piaceva Melanie ma almeno avevo una nuova amica con cui giocare. Costruivamo tende nel giardino dove leggevo libri. Mangiavamo la nostra cena sul nostro piccolo tavolo in giardino. In estate i nostri genitori e nonni ci portavano in vacanza al mare. La nostra destinazione preferita era St. Ives in Cornovaglia. Quando avevo sette anni siamo andati in giro per il mondo per visitare la famiglia di mia madre in Nuova Zelanda e Australia. In Australia il sole splendeva (e faceva) molto caldo. C’era un sacco di cose divertenti da fare qui, soprattutto per i bambini. Visitavamo tutti i parchi di divertimento. Apprezzavo molto i meravigliosi animali come i canguri e i koala. Ah: I giorni della mia giovinezza! Bravo! Contenuto eccellente 6 Accuratezza grammaticale e spelling eccellenti 9 Vocabolario e sintassi eccellenti 10 Risk taking +3 28/30

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Floating Thoughts

Blissful thinking, a mind of changing images, this floaty deep house and bassy mix will have your head bouncing around as it whisks you on a journey of the freshest house cuts. I’ve aimed for funk and groove, perfect for an early night dance floor to get you in the mood for a party. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Justine – Be Sexy (House Mix) [UMM] 2. Josh Butler – Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix / Pleasurekraft Edit) [Kraftek] 3. Hauswerks – Worth the Wait (Original Mix) [Moda Black] 4. Gui Boratto – We Can Go (Original Mix) [Kompakt] 5. Mario Basanov, Miss Bee – Just Think About (Mario’s Dub Mix) [Darkbeat Recordings] 6. Aqob – All Moving Over the Earth (Dischords Remix) [Renaissance Recordings] 7. SuSoul – Cosmic Theater (Pete Herbert Remix) [Blue Dye] 8. Maya Jane Coles – Easier to Hide (Original Mix) [I/AM/ME] 9. Kellerkind – Tristesse (Original Mix) [KNM] 10. Doomwork – All About (Original Mix) [Renaissance Recordings] 11. Ben Delay – Keepin It (Original Club Mix) [Toolroom Records] 12. Catz ‘n Dogz – They Frontin’ feat. Monty Luke (Original Mix) [Darkbeat Recordings] 13. Jack Priest – Get On Up And Dance (While The Record Spins) (Original Mix) [Cajual Records] 14. Maetrik – Walk Alone (Maceo Plex Revenge Mix) [Ellum Audio] 15. Hector Couto, Roberto Palmero – Waxes And Romances (Original Mix) [NM2 (Noir Music 2)] 16. Todd Terje, Lindstrom – Lanzarote (Original Mix) [Olsen Records] Wez G – Floating Thoughts by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Megman vs Wez G

  I’m pleased to announce that after a long studio break, I’m back making some tunes for you. I’ve teamed up with the mighty Megman, a very talented acoustic guitarist. Megman is local to Caldicot and currently plays in The Stand, a four piece band. He was formerly of Lunar Tool, a band I had the pleasure of working with a decade ago. Anyway, we’ve been laying down a track a day over the past four days and are starting to find our groove. Hopefully things will progress until we have enough for a debut album and then we can consider taking our project to a live audience so I could be back doing live gigs, with the magic of Ableton Live and Megman’s live guitar. Keep your ears peeled for more. You can check out our new sounds here at #soundcloud  http://soundcloud.com/wezg/sets/megman-vs-wez-g/

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Caldicot Radio relaunches

Caldicot Radio has been relaunched and is at http://caldicotradio.com Wez G will be running the station for his local area and hopes that Caldicot Radio will be able to showcase all the musical talent in South East Wales. The station will provide a platform for all to particiapte in. From listeners, to musicians, to thos who wish to try their hand at presenting their own shows. It is also aimed to record interviews with key people in the local area, from pub landlords, to local businesses and people who wish to share their thoughts on what it is to live or work in Caldicot. Anyone wishing to help out should email studio@caldicotradio.com

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East vs West?

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Years of psychiatric abuse and torture in a non-voluntary capacity has left me deeply sceptical of Western Medicine (as it is practised in the UK at least). In a way I can thank the years of chemical torture the psychiatrists have committed upon me for opening the doors to Alternative Health. When your body is being pumped full of female hormones a la Risperidone or your white blood cell count is being ripped out by Clozaril, leaving your immune system exposed to any minor virus., you sure start shopping about. Normally the first point of call for health matters would be the GP’s surgery, in my case, Gray Hill Surgery, Caldicot. Now, years ago, this surgery seemed to me to be well run and dealt with most of my innocuous childhood ailments. However, especially over the past fifteen years, during my ‘mental illness’ treatment, my lack of faith in the charlatans that practise there has eroded beyond all hope. They will never stand up to a psychiatrist and question their medical opinion. This has happened to me on numerous occasions, when all the medical tests prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the psychiatric treatment is causing me severe medical distress and shoudl be stopped purely on health grounds. It’s as though teh Hippocratic Oath has been dissolved in favour of powers under the Mental Health Act and to me, GPs are interested less in prevention and cures of illness and are simply tablet dispensers. They are the pushers of the Drugs Companies’ product. The final cog in the wheel, necessary for the grand machine to keep churning. The only reason these days that I go to the GPs is for the antibiotics they so blatantly overprescribe to the public. I need them every once in a while to clear up nasty chest infections that my damaged immune system just cannot easily clear. In, Past the Desk Nazis, grab a script and straight out. It’s like a military operation to just arrange an appointment these days so I endeavour to make the whole procedure as painless as possible. This leaves a gulf, however, as I do not have a regular healthcare provider, or one that I recognise. The internet is a great help in terms of medical education, but as for most things it is best to see a pro. My exploration of Alternative Remedies and Natural Products has been vast….

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