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Behind The Song: O’Malley by Act Happy

Who Was Grace O'Malley? Rhiannon and Jax of Act Happy are great story tellers, often creating delightlfully catchy tunes about real life characters from history. Here, Rhiannon tells us us about how they came to write a song about a legendary female pirate. Jax first had the idea to write a song about Grace. We ordered pizza and opened a bottle of wine and started playing around with some chords - in the key of ‘C’ as a fun little […]

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 2008

A year of massive change As I reflect on the tumultuous journey of 2008, a year marked by both professional milestones and personal challenges, I invite you to join me on a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of this unforgettable chapter. Six Nations rugby remained a steadfast passion amidst the chaos, as I continued my role at BRfm in Brynmawr, selling radio advertising and presenting shows. Inspired by the fervour for Welsh rugby, I pioneered the concept of […]

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The History of Newport

Newport RisingOn November 4th, 1839 the last large-scale uprising in Britain took place and it happened in Newport. Today we are going to look at the story of the Newport Risingand the people involved.In 1838 the Chartists submitted their petition to the Parliament. However, the House of Commons rejected the first Chartist petition for democracy. This lead to the Chartists planning their uprising, demanding to be heard and demanding the government listen to the charter.So, what was in the people’s […]

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Newport Factoids #1 Newport Cherub

The Newport Cherub The Newport Cherub can be seen on the cover of a Stone Roses single "Love Spreads" The song was the band's biggest selling single, reaching number 2 in the UK charts in 1994. The cute emblem is found on or by  many Newport landmarks, including Newport Bridge, Newport Market and the gates of Belle View Park.

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1996

When the worst thing happpens As I reminisce about my DJ journey spanning 25 years, Newport remains a distant memory as I return to Falmouth College of Arts in 1996 to continue my Broadcasting Studies degree. However, life took an unexpected turn with the sudden loss of my father. 1996 began with the harsh reality of grief, as I grappled with a range of emotions following my father's passing. Despite the turmoil, my resolve to return to Falmouth was met […]

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1995

Cubbing mirrored 1995 marked my first year at Falmouth College of Arts, where I pursued Broadcasting Studies. Despite my aspirations for a glamorous job, reality led me to Nimbus Records in Cwmbran. My days were spent assembling CD albums, including the monumental Oasis record "What's the Story, Morning Glory." While I never met Liam or Noel Gallagher, I forged friendships and funded my university journey through this job.In Falmouth, nightlife mirrored that of Newport, with familiar haunts like Heights 2000 […]

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1994

Goodbye Newport. 1994 unfolded without a clear plan. In January, I submitted my UCAS form, hoping for a spot in university. A trip to Falmouth in April with a fellow photography enthusiast, Gerwyn, sparked the idea of a fresh start. After completing my BTEC ND Media in May, I found myself in Cornwall come September—quite the leap from my Newport roots. Bid farewell to my trusty tangomobile; it wasn't fit for the journey.Settling into a shared house, my humble abode […]

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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1993

Memories and music of a Newport DJ – 1993 1993 marked a tumultuous year academically, as I found myself more engrossed in nurturing Lliswerry High School Radio than focusing on my A Levels. With dismal grades in Drama, Computing, and English Language, I was at a crossroads. However, a push from family led me to Crosskeys College, where I pursued a BTEC ND in Media, excelling when the radio module finally came around. On the professional front, I juggled jobs […]

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