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Review: Chav Punk Hobbit – The Quest to The End Of The World – by Jason Phillips

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Jason is a Welsh Musician, and in this short book, he details his most recent Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage experience. He takes the Camino Portugués from Porto, a follow up to his previous encounter with the more traditional, and more widely known and popular, Camino Frances. We find Jason alone in his hotel room in Porto in a dusky predawn, a crazed band post-gig, having departed, and left the protagonist with little money and equipment and a pipe dream to escape yet again on pilgrimage to Santiago. This book is a modern pilgrimage, a journey to self. We are not sharing the voyage of a medieval religious monk, we share our modern chav hobbit’s punk desires. He needs not mass, blood wine and body bread, but wifi, bocadillos and plastic auberge mattresses. Our modern day pilgrim needs not God’s guidance, but is savouring the beauty and tranquility of a rustic, muddy countryside, as his mind ventures into the pilgrim spirit and devours itself in questions of self-exploration. A host of characters is met and through the hero’s transcript of muttered profanities as he describes the lurid animals he meets en route we make friends with a myriad of personalities from dotted around the globe. Most notably, German astronomer-theologian Thomaas and later, Irish reveller and journeyman Eoin. Interspersed with Spanish natives and kind Portuguese innkeepers and waiters, our bubbly hero sounds off his thoughts and shares in the rich tapestry of life of his fellow men, all the time progressing his own mind’s journey and in a self-revelatory manner, touching our soul with more profound deeper and wise philosophy. Jason loves his woman in Wales. He never quite transcends and escapes his homeland of Wales. From the murky sacred Ulla river reminding him of his hometown, Newport, to thinking of his absent grandfather having disappeared to Australia on his journey’s End, nostalgia is always a containing force to Jason, preventing him from moving on and getting the success and desires he so craves from life. Is it money he seeks? He answers and affirmative no and sees it as a means to an end in life’s great journey. He does seek Broadband and Wifi, yet after we lose communications and move out of the realm of technological contact with the outside world, our hero is not lost but finds himself again and can let his hair down properly in…

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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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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: Complaint about Criminal Psychiatrist, DR DARRYL WATTS

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When I found out just prior to Christmas 2014, about my former psychiatrist Dr Darryl Watts’ criminal convictions (see category http://endofterror.org/?cat=191 for more details) , I was upset, to say the least. I decided to follow the appropriate channels and sent a complaint to the Chief Executive of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Trust, the local NHS for this area of SE Wales. They are ultimately the employer of Dr Watts and were responsible for him being assigned to my care in the first place. Judith Paget is the current Chief Executive and having attended a private meeting with her in the past to address mental health issues, I do know her personally. I addressed the complaint to Judith, as I discovered (here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/866/opendoc/169907 ) that she was part of the small committee that actually gave Watts the job in the first place. From the newspaper articles surrounding his conviction I know that he is forced to disclose the full details of his criminal history to any future employer. Therefore the Aneurin Bevan UHB had full knowledge of the character of the man that they were employing. Here is the relevant text from the above cited NHS WALES document (pp13-14) surrounding the appointment of Dr Watts. “3.3 Appointment of Consultant Adult Psychiatrist with a special interest in Forensic Rehabilitation The Health Board held interviews for the post of Consultant Adult Psychiatrist with a special interest in Forensic Rehabilitation on Friday 25th February 2011. 13Aneurin Bevan Health Board Wednesday 23 March 2011 Agenda Item: 7.2 The appointments panel comprised the following members: REPRESENTING THE CHAIRMAN: Miss Sue Kent, Vice Chair, Aneurin Bevan Health Board REPRESENTING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mrs Judith Paget, Director of Planning and Operations, Aneurin Bevan Health Board REPRESENTING THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Dr Stephen Hunter, Associate Medical Director, Aneurin Bevan Health Board REPRESENTING THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF PSYCHIATRISTS: Professor Gary Sullivan, Regional Advisor, Bwrdd lechyd Cwm Taf Health Board REPRESENTING THE ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD: Dr Steve Attwood, Consultant Psychiatrist, Aneurin Bevan Health Board 1 applicant was interviewed for the post. The recruitment and interview process was conducted in accordance with Health Board policies and procedures. The appointments panel recommended Dr Darryl BallantyneWatts for appointment to this post.” I heard nothing for quite some time from the Trust and then received the below letter that I was told was a final resolution to my complaint about all…

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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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Shuffle Show – Xpress Radio – WEEK 1 – 02.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 1 – 02.11.14 – XPress Radio The inaugural Shuffle Show on Xpress Radio has some nice cuts of house served up by Wez G plus an interview with Time Flies promoter, Henry Blunt and superstar DJ, Jon Pleased Wimmin. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. X-Press 2 – Tranz Euro Xpress (The Ride) [Junior Boys Own] 2. Josh One – Contemplation (King Britt Funke Mix) [Hot Tracks] 3. Lexicon Avenue – Psycho Killer [White] 4. Henry Blunt – Xpress Radio Interview 5. Justine – Be Sexy (Sexy Vocal Mix) [UMM] 6. Jon Pleased Wimmin – Passion (A Tin Tin Out Mix) [Perfecto] 7. Jon Pleased Wimmin – Xpress Radio Interview 8. Depeche Mode – Precious (Sasha’s Gargantuan Vocal Mix) [Mute] 9. John Monkman – L.O.V.E.R. (Hallo Halo Remix) [Be Crazy Music] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE: TIME FLIES http://www.timefliesuk.com/ JON PLEASED WIMMIN: https://soundcloud.com/jon-pleased Shuffle Show – Xpress Radio – WEEK 1 – 02.11.14 – Henry Blunt & Jon Pleased Wimmin by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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Review: The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages

The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages by K. David Harrison My rating: 5 of 5 stars I found this an absolutely fascinating, inspiring tale that truly opened my eyes to one of the planet’s scariest phenomena… We hear of endangered wildlife and how our modern industrial society is harming the environment. We hear of other worrying global issues. But, often neglected and hardly publicised, is the very real situation of the reduction in global language diversity. (Minor) languages, often spoken by marginalised tribespeople in remote areas of the Earth, are disappearing into the annals of history (or remaining unrecorded) as they fade into extinction. We are losing human knowledge at a great rate. This knowledge has accumulated over a great period of time and has characteristics which simply cannot be translated or encoded into larger, more powerful global languages. We think that in our modern world, we have an abundance of knowledge and have improved communication. The invention of the internet and spread of the English language as the dominant lingua franca for global business gives us a false sense of arrogance and superiority. The erosion of ancient knowledge makes us poorer as a global human society, however… Harrison elegantly argues the case for the desperate need to preserve and revitalise these strange tongues ion far-flung places. I think that one of his most valid points in the argument for preservation of language diversity, is that these languages contain critical knowledge of local environments, usually in places which are at most risk of tipping the scale in the imbalance of climate change and environmental degradation which has been demonstrated to affect us all, wherever we may live, and whatever our chosen first language might be. The book is intellectual, but accessible. It provokes serious thinking and demonstrates the careful study and hard graft put in by researchers and indeed last speakers of the most critically endangered tongues. I have close links to Wales and New Zealand which are both leading the way in the mass revitalisation of endangered languages, ie. Maori and Welsh… The mass education program in schools in both of these countries clearly demonstrates the cultural value inherent in revitalisation efforts and serves as a model to other language hotspots where the loss of culture, knowledge and language is at its most perilous. As a student of language, who aims to continue…

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Blast From The Past: The Sandwich Show featuring Wez G

Here is a rare bit of video footage of DJ Wez G in action (back in 2010)… Filmed for the legendary (now defunct) Cardiff radio programme, The Sandwich Show, DJ Wez G lays down some grooves in the company of crazy hosts, Flapsandwich (http://sicknote.tv) and Ninjah… The show’s theme is mental health. ‘Nuthouse’ features a crazy journey to the house of Paul and Al (RIP) where the event took place, after the regular Sandwich Show studio was unavailable… Hannibal the Cannibal masks and mink scarves were the order of the day and Ninjah’s journey to the off license to stock up on beers was a journey itself! I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and long after the broadcast finished we continued to party the night away… I hope you enjoy the video!

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Surfing The Waves Of Creativity

Teahupo’o (Tahiti)… pronounced ‘cho-pu’, ..  I’ve been asked by my good friend, Johan Flapsandwich, to do a guest blog on his website http://flapsandwich.wordpress.com Flaps and I met 20 odd years ago and have grown up together as DJs and more recently, producers. We often get together for regular chitchats in Cardiff and have worked professionally together at various times in the music industry. In a recent drinking session, where I like to philosophize, Flappy heard me tell him a tale of New Zealand All Black rugby captain, Richie McCaw. McCaw is a flanker (wing-forward) and is widely regarded as one of the finest rugby players in the world today. He is an All Black legend and has amassed more international caps than any New Zealand player in history. The icing on the cake of his glistening career was lifting the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup trophy on home soil in the 2011 World Cup. The All Blacks, if you are unfamiliar with the sport, are at the cutting edge of rugby – They are to the oval-shaped ball what Brasil are to its round cousin.  They determine the whole pace of the international game and are always innovating new styles. In effect they set the pace. McCaw, as an individual is one of the most highly talented sportsmen in the world. Why, you ask, is this relevant to an anarchic Welsh Music producer, most widely known for releasing the terror that is ‘Sicknote’ http://sicknote.tv onto the world?   I wanted to make a point to Flappy – that to reach the dizzying heights of ultimate success, there tends to be a formula. Those people who truly attain greatness in their chosen profession, have hidden secrets, that can be applied across the board. What is relevant to leading sportsmen, international political leaders, top businessmen, bestselling authors etc. can also apply to the world of music. Sure, we could find plenty of examples of success in the world of music itself… What makes Madonna tick? How do the Rolling Stones never cease to stop rolling? How does Brian Wilson imbibe from his muse? I wanted to keep it simple for Flappy and as I’d just read Richie McCaw’s cracking autobiography it was fresh in my mind.   Flaps probably hasn’t exercised since he left his caribou herd behind in the deepest Scandinavian Arctic and headed over to Wales in the first place….

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Review: The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky My rating: 4 of 5 stars I live in Wales and there are similar issues here as in the Basque country – We have a certain regional autonomy after devolution, there is a strong national feeling and independence movement, it is an industrial heartland and there is a strong tradition and language, populated by a fiercely proud people. I felt that it would be interesting to study the Basques as their struggle tucked in a small borderland between France and Spain is most certainly an interesting one. This book is well written and has a lot of variety, covering history, culture, traditions, political events and even cookery. The more ancient history of Euskadi I found particularly thrilling and most of the information was new to me. As a language student I found the details on the Euskadi language and its history and development fascinating. The struggles against in particular the Spanish state are well-documented and the independence movement culminating in the rise of the infamous ETA can be understood from a Basque perspective, though without being overly biased. Franco’s commitment against regionalism is contrasted with the autonomous areas which came about through democracy and accession to the European Union. The differences and similarities between the French and Spanish sides of the region are well covered, with their great historical characters such as Ignacio Loyola well mentioned. The importance of their land as an industrial and commercial centre from its days as a great fishing community to its rise through the industrial revolution. The occasional Basque recipes thrown in for detail are pleasant interjections and show that the author is a accustomed to writing about this topic in his other works. It’s a shame the book hasn’t been updated to cover the last decade where there have been developments in the Basque land, with more autonomy granted and ETA having declared a permanent ceasefire. The book is a great overall study and introduces plenty of further cultural refeneces which I may take an interest in researching. View all my reviews

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No Ordinary Joe by Joe Calzaghe

I was fortunate enough to get to watch Calzaghe fight live, against Mikkel Kessler, in Cardiff Millenium Stadium. I followed him throughout his career and can honestly say he was the most amazing fighter. I believe that his record places him among the very best to have ever graced the sport. The ferocity in how he attacked Kessler and the grace about which he danced the ring, were truly a sight to behold. Joe’s autobiography is an outstanding read. Here we have a legend in his own words. The early years of his fighting career demonstrates how difficult a ladder he had to climb. His training regime was immense and the dedication his father showed him is a tale unto itself. Aside from the boxing and sport side of the book, it is a great story about the relationship between a loving father and a caring and obedient son.  Enzo Calzaghe is as much to credit for Joe’s wonderful career, as the great fighter is himself. I found it really bizarre how Joe was overlooked by the national squad early on and denied the opportunity to represent at the Olympics. It also shocked me how meagre his wages were right up until the latter stages of his career. When you hear of the immense purses available in the sport today, you get the impression that boxing is very lucrative. Joe was world championship material and was still struggling to make ends meet and finance a humble mortgage. It was a shame for me, that the book ended where it did, as it doesn’t cover the final few years of his career, when he really hit the very top and started to get the true recognition he warranted. It would be nice if he one day adds a further few chapters to cover complete the story. Joe comes across as a humble man and his modest upbringing in South Wales and really basic training setup, make his rise to success even more outstanding. His book is an essential item for any boxing fan’s reading list and a lover of sports biographies or a lover of sport in general should give this read a go. Joe is the people’s champion and his book affirms this view.

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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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Official Wez G website is revamped and relaunched

I spent a hectic three days at the end of last week rebuilding my main website. The old one looked rather dated and was a bit of a nightmare to update. It didn’t perform particularly well SEO wise and was clunky and slow to load. I decided to abandon the use of html and css and transfer the new site to a streamlined wordpress format. I used what data I could from the old site and tried to emphasise my music in the new one, with it heavily drawing from my rather active Soundcloud account. In the new site, photos and videos are available, there is a portfolio section, lots of music, categorised by type (DJ Sets, production, remixes) and genre (house, chillout, drum & bass). I encourage website viewers to participate with me on the social networks, with lots of twitter and facebook boxes and share buttons and also links to the many social networks available. The blog section has allowed me to combine my previous wordpress news blog with my old google blogger one and I might even drag in all the tumblr posts I’ve done too. I plan to post new blogs primarily directly in the site so my other blogs (including this one) are likely to become a bit neglected. Fans of the new website can sign up for updates via email. All in all, I’m satisfied with the work and the new site is looking rather sparkly. I hope you take the time to check it out http://djwezg.com

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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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Live @ Mi Casa, Journeys, Cardiff 11.06.04

DJ Set 04 Live @ Mi Casa, Journeys, Cardiff, 11.06.04

Listen to Wez G – Live @ Mi Casa, Journeys, Cardiff 11.06.04 byWez G on hearthis.at    I said I’d pepper the podshow with the occasional mix from the vaults. This is a rare occasion when I dug out the minidisc player and managed to record a Wez G live set. The venue is Journeys, Cardiff, the night , Mi Casa, the year 2004. It was a peak time mix and the crowd were having it!!! There is no track listing. I remember that my set starts with an Eddie Amador track on Yoshitoshi and finishes with an old Q:Dos classic, Nocturnal Spirit… Good times…. Enjoy! Wez G – Live @ Mi Casa, Journeys, Cardiff 11.06.04 by Wezg on Mixcloud

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