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Newport Factoids #4 Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash Joe Strummer of the iconic punk rock band, The Clash lived in Newport for a few years. At the time he liked to be known as John Woody Mellor after his hero, Woody Guthrie, the American Folk musician. While in Newport he had a job as a gravedigger at St Woolos Cemetery.

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Cake Lab

What is Cake Lab? I'm Rafia and I am a Welsh mum who loves getting creative with cake! So I used to bake from home alongside my full- time job as a teaching assistant but I always had a dream of opening a little shop of my own. Fortunately, this shop came up and my husband said let's take a chance and we did. It will be 2 years in June. I love baking and creating cakes for special occasions. […]

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Newport Factoids #3 Bake Off

Tom Hovey!, The Bake-Off Illustrator The man who makes the illustrations for the Great British Bake Off Designs lives in Newport. His Name is Tom Hovey and he has allegedly never tasted any of the cakes he has drawn! Weirdly, Tom says he doesn't care much for eating cake

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Tiny Rebel

What is Tiny Rebel? We are Tiny Rebel, an award-winning brewery from Newport, South Wales.  We are the youngest and only Welsh brewery to win Champion beer of Britain and we are the only brewery to have won gold, silver and bronze in the Champion Beer of Wales competition (in our first year!) and the only brewery to defend a gold the following year. But really, we’re just fans of super tasty beer. From two guys in a garage to […]

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Newport Factoids #2 Victor Willis

  Victor Willis - Village Person! Victor Willis, the traffic cop in the 70s disco group The Village People lived in Newport in the late 2000s. He moved to South Wales when he married his wife, Karen, a lawyer from Newport. Willis wrote songs for the Village People and other artists too. He appeared in many musicals and plays, including the original Broadway production of The Wiz in 1976.

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Happiful Magazine

What is Happiful?Happiful’s mission is to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable society and to challenge the stigma around mental health. We believe that everyone deserves access to the right support and we champion this by connecting those in need with professional help.Our network of directories allows those looking for help to find counsellors, coaches, hypnotherapists, nutrition professionals and holistic therapists easily. We also produce a monthly magazine, dedicated to sharing stories, self-help tips and expert-led advice on all things mental health and wellbeing.Happiful […]

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Our LLMA Sponsors: Arcadia Coffee House

What is Arcadia Coffee House? Arcadia Coffee House is an independent alternative coffee house that serves award-winning coffee and has the best homemade cakes and cookies around If goth/rock and alternative is your thing - then you will love our vibe, decor and Arcadia playlist. We are a huge advocate of local musical talent. We have an open mic night every 3 weeks on a Monday evening in Arcadia that starts at 6pm. It's free and it's hosted by amazing local […]

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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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Behind The Song: Tracy by Jump The Underground

  Who is Tracy? I was curious to know who Tracy is in this song by Jump The Underground. I asked the lyricist, Antony Smith and this is what he told me.Tracy is a song about a young naive student who went to art school, His background and knowledge of art was purely based on his love for graffiti and he was active in the graffiti scene in Southampton, prior to going to art school. In art school, he was dumbfounded. […]

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