Food Review; Mosaic

I nervously stepped in to Alisters car as we made our way to Mosiac in Swansea for some food, Only a couple of weeks earlier Alister had borrowed my car for a couple of days and managed to smash the back window!. As you can imagine this annoyed me a little but nowhere near as much as when I realised he had left radio 1 on in the car……

Neither of us had ever been to Mosaic in Swansea, after a bit of searching on ST Helens road we found the restaurant tucked away down a side street. We both really liked the look of the place it had a really nice friendly relaxed vibe. The piano doubling up as a desk and was a personal favourite. We both sat down and looked at the menu, I was shocked to hear that Alister Had never had Tapas before but coming from a Banwen boy who thinks a day in Swansea counts as a holiday.

After much debate we went for the, Rustic Bread, Hummus Tzatziki olives, Jalapenos, Halloumi, Brie Wedges, Spanish Meatballs, Chicken Croquettes, Chicken Goujons, Jerk Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries and of course Patas Bravas. Queue great embarrassment when our plates of food kept coming and coming. We both really enjoyed the tapas, the meatballs and Halloumi were a personal favourite. There was a lot of food there but we made a good effort at clearing our plates. The chicken Goujons were really tasty and came with a very nice sweet chilli dip. As is often the case with tapas all the food complimented each other really well and we both really enjoyed all the different tastes and flavours that were on offer. We both really enjoyed all the tapas the only one we was not to keane on was the jerk chicken which was not to our taste but the rest of the food was really tastey and went really well together. I think we over ordered which is our own fault really as the helpful waitress did recommend three to four dishes each and I think we went for a bit more than that. The only thing both of us thought was a little cheeky was they had put a service charge on for the food, the waitress brought over the card machine and said its £75 we have put a service charge on which you can take of if you wish but we both felt a bit put on the spot with the waitress waiting with the card in her hand. Personally I think people should be left to tip what they think is the right amount….. All in all we both really enjoyed our meal and did find the place very nice and relaxed the tapas was stunning.

Bioluminescent Plankton Wales

 

Bioluminescent Plankton is normally associated with Tropical environments such as Florida or Costa Rica or the Caribbean Has been spotted along the Welsh coast line this summer it has been seen from Anglel in Pembroke shire to southern down in the vale of Glamorgan, it’s been spotted on Southerndown, Ogmore Porthcawl which was Newton and restbay, Aberavon, surprisingly not Swansea Bay as of yet. Light pollution can be a factor in lack of Bioluminescent plankton so it is a little surprising to see it in Aberavon. On the Gower it was spotted in Pebbles Three cliffs Tor bay and Broughton bay . The Facebook page Bioluminescent Plankton watch Wales has grown more and more in popularity as people have been sharing photographs and videos along with info of where they think is the best place to go and see these great scenes in the Sea.

Some of the frequently asked questions on the Facebook site are the following:-
Will the plankton be at location X tonight?
Nobody knows, predicting this stuff is close to impossible.

What is the best time to see it?
Short answer, when it’s dark. Astronomical twilight in the UK for July is 11pm-3:30am so anywhere between those times for now. There’s no best time, it changes. Sometimes its good as darkness falls, sometimes it picks up in the early hours of the morning, sometimes it’s all night. Its potluck

How long will it be around for?
Again, nobody knows. It’s been spotted until as late as October/November.

Where has it been seen?
Southerndown, Ogmore, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Three Cliffs Bay, Broughton Bay, Penmon and Angle Bay

What conditions are needed?
Again this is very open to speculation and there’s no concrete answer just yet. It seems to favour warm sea temps and sunny days. Other online studies have linked locations to places with agricultural runoff and others have even linked it to surface wind direction. There is no link between high or low tide, nor incoming and outgoing tide. I’ve even seen it during heavy rain

What am I looking for?
Firstly, you’ll need to keep torches off as it is a faint glow (and also to respect photographers in the area). Some nights are better than others where you can clearly see the blue neon glow from 100-200m away as the waves break or as you agitate the water. Some nights it’s tame and you will only see a blue sparkle when you splash your feet in the sea. It is more visible to the naked eye than cameras but on strong nights the camera will pick up a stronger blue than the eye will.

Bioluminescent Plankton has been sighted on the Welsh coast for many decades, There have been sightings of it for the last three years which is unusual. But there have been sightings before that on various years, it is hard to say if there have been more sightings or if there are more people putting pictures etc up on the internet because they have phones and cameras that are good enough to take pictures of them and with the internet these can be spread very quickly. We have heard that the last time there was so many sightings was in 1976 which of course was the last really hot summer. Again, it is in the frequently asked questions on the Bioluminescent plankton Wales watch but there are key factors to seeing it. You are only going to ever see it when we have warm weather and warm sea temperatures and you’re only going to see it when it is dark which is usually between 11pm and 3am.

The plankton will only bloom if there is a warm sea but with sea temperatures now being around 18 degrees that is perfect. The plankton needs nutrients to feed on, it is sometimes said that it is a good sign of good quality water but without all these combination of factors coming together you are not going to see it. The Bioluminescent Plankton group has really grown in popularity in recent weeks with more and more people setting of late in to the night hoping to get glimpses of the sea lit up, but it is worth remembering to keep yourself safe. Its not a great idea to go out on your own, or somewhere down the coastline late at night, somewhere you have never been before, it is always worth knowing the dangers of incoming tides, rip tides, tumbling cliffs and other hidden hazards etc.

The reason the Bioluminescent plankton lights up is because it flashes as a defense mechanism, the flashing mechanism is to frighten a predator, while they escape essentially. It has been reported that they charge up in the day on UV Light, so the brighter the light is during the day the brighter they will light at night..

If you get a chance make the most of the hot weather and get yourselves down to one of the beaches where the Bioluminescent plankton has been spotted and go and check it out for yourself. Have a look on the facebook page Bioluminescent plankton watch Wales and find the places where there has been previous sightings and see other people’s previous posts of pictures and videos. It really is worth a look, it’s a great Facebook group and it is growing by the day with more and more people sharing great pictures and info of where they think is the best place to catch a glimpse. Make the most of the hot weather and go and see for yourself!

 

Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS from Rebecca Evans

Seventy years on from the birth of the National Health Service in Wales, it is great to see communities coming together to commemorate this special occasion and to share why the NHS is special to them. It was especially lovely to see Gower’s own Aneira Thomas – the first baby born in the NHS – leading the celebrations!

We know that the NHS is nothing without its dedicated, committed staff – so I am pleased that the Welsh Labour Government marked the occasion by announcing a new pay offer.

The pay offer matches the offer made in England – and goes beyond it in some areas which are of particular importance to our NHS here in Wales. It also includes a continuing commitment to look at the annual Living Wage Foundation recommendations so that NHS pay scales remain fair in the future.

We have come a long way in 70 years. We are treating more people than ever before, have more nurses than ever before, and more people are surviving cancer than ever before. The technology that we use, and the research we are informed by, has changed healthcare beyond all recognition.

But we must continue to ensure that we offer care and treatment that is fit for a modern Wales. That is why I am backing plans for a centralised Adult Thoracic Surgery Centre at Morriston Hospital, serving patients from across South East Wales, West Wales and South Powys. Thoracic surgery involves operations on all parts of the chest, including the lungs. A large part of a thoracic surgical team’s work is on patients with lung cancer.

This is an exciting plan. If it gets the go-ahead, Morriston would be one of the largest thoracic surgery centres in the UK, offering the best support and care for patients, and putting Swansea on the map for this kind of expertise, ensuring that specialist services are sustainable in the long term. If you would like to support this plan, please get in touch for more details.

In the same week that the NHS turned 70, we said goodbye to Gower’s Julian Tudor-Hart. As a doctor, Julian was at the forefront of pioneering much of what is now accepted as routine preventive care. He famously identified the “inverse care law,” arguing that communities most in need of good healthcare are those least likely to receive it. Julian will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. His work remains as challenging and relevant today as it ever was.

The 2018 Decky Memorial Touch rugby tournament at Loughor RFC

The 2018 Decky Memorial Touch rugby tournament at Loughor RFC is looking for teams! Get in touch as soon as possible because places are filling up fast.

Last years Touch Rugby Tournament was a huge success with over 750 people attending and we raised over £5000 for the cardiac unit in Morriston Hospital. While last year was during my term as mayor; myself and Decky’s friends and family have decided to run it annually.

This year’s tournament will be at Loughor Rugby Club on Sunday 26th August from 11am and all proceeds will continue to go to the ABMU Cardiac Department in Morriston (charity no. 1122805) in memory of a close friend and team mate Richard ‘Decky’ Thomas who passed away last year at age 29 and also to raise awareness of Cardiomyopathy.

The tournament will be consisting of up to 20 teams of 12 players and rugby games will be planned every 15 mins from 11am! We will have a live band and hog roast for the evening festivities and we have also kindly been donated signed British Lions kit as well as Ospreys kit and Swansea Football kit for auction.

If is anything like last year then it should be a great day!

The Facebook page I created for the tournament is here: – https://www.facebook.com/deckymemorialrugby

And the just giving page is here

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-stevens

 

An Apple a Day

I was born in the early 1940s and some of my earliest memories are of being strongly encouraged to drink orange juice, rose-hip syrup, cod liver oil, and eat Marmite. I was told by my grandmother, whom I lived with, that the Doctor had sent these for me to make me “a big strong girl” Thinking back, I am not sure whether this was true or perhaps a lever for me to take them.

Everyone, at that time was in awe of the Doctor, who seemed to me, when I was a child, to be a rather forbidding old man. He was, however a great friend of the family and ifhe had not seen any of us in the surgery for a long time he would call round to see if anything was wrong. This behaviour was not exclusive to our family but covered other patients in his district.

One incident, I clearly remember, when I was about seven is locking myself in the bathroom, when I had a dose of measles, worried about what horrible medicine I would have to take.Doctor spent valuable time persuading me gently to come out to discuss the problem.

Life has moved on, but in the 1960/70s the Doctors still retained their influence and power.My mother-in-law, who died aged 94 several years ago, would make such a fuss when the Doctor called, best ham and cucumber sandwiches for tea. She would hang onto his every wordand would follow every instruction given rejecting anyone else’s advice. It was even possible, occasionally, on important matters to brief the doctor for urgent requests to be listened to.

There are many difficulties in the Health Services today; inadequate funding, overworked staff, poor facilities, too many patients, including, us, older ones. Advances in technology, have in many instances drastically reduced the personal touch. It is felt by many that the latest system of making, or trying to make, an appointment with your doctor by ringing at 8am on the day required is totally impossible for many people who are ill, elderly or have a disability. The phone is constantly engaged and one may have to try for several days before getting a ten minute appointment. Is it a ploy to reduce patient numbers?
There is, I’m glad to say, a bright light at the end of the tunnel. However well the GPs and other staff performed, in the old days they still held the power. The development and recognition of participation and patient/consumer involvementis graduallychanging the scene. Recent legislation, The Social Care and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, The “Future Generations” Act 2015, and various Mental Health Legislation support clearly the input of patients/carers/ service-users, the Public to become involved in all aspects of consultation, planning and developing services.

It is intended that these groups will work closely with their local surgeries,with links to the Local Planning Board, supporting the continuing development of good practice, and actively involved with the advising and supporting GPs, and other staff in their every day Surgery life.
Group History
In 2011 the Big Lottery Fund launched a scheme called the Community Voice. Within this project five Patient and Carer Participation (Cluster) Groups, within each of the five areas were developed. Through S.C.V.S ( Swansea Council for Voluntary Service) the LLwchwr Cluster was the first group to be developed through a successful pilot scheme that had it’s first meeting in December 2013. An example of what the group has achieved is counselling provision, through GP referral, for 3-18 years old within our GP surgeries.

The group consists of members from the public, primary care service providers such as GP managers and ABMU Planning Managers.

The overall aim of this group is to provide Patients and Carers within the Llwchwr Network area the opportunity to contribute to the Cluster planning process; receive information from and feed in to the Cluster Network Boar: and discuss local issues relating to primary care and social services.

The main objectives are:-
1. Raise awareness of services that are available locally and how to access them.
2. Share views on the services that are currently received or that would like to be received.
3. Work with service providers (from primary care, Social Services or the Voluntary Sector) to develop and deliver improved services and support.

LlwchwrCluster consists of the following surgeries :
Penybryn Surgery, Alexandra Road, Gorseinon
Gowerton Medical Centre
Tal y Bont, Pontarddulais
Tyr FelinGorseinon
Princess Street Gorseinon
Penclawdd.
For more information Please Contact:
llwchwrpatientcarergroup@gmail.com

RSPCA-Annual Dog Show

Llys Nini celebrated their 21st Birthday in style at their Annual Dog of the Year Show on Sunday 15/7/18

The sun was shining, there were Rescue Mums Lottie and Ellie re-uniting with their 15 Puppies fastest recall completion, the pooch paddling pools were out and every one enjoyed.

A spectacular 21st Dog Friendly Birthday Cake was donated by Doggie Desserts – was cut and shared between the furry guests and there were lots of treats for the humans too!!

Kev Johns did his usual amazing job of judging and 2018’s Dog of the Year was JOSH. Josh came in to Llys Nini after being rescued from a Badger Baiting Case and his volunteer walkers fell in love with him! When the opportunity came up to be able to adopt him, they just couldn’t not take it!! One of our most heartwarming Happy Ever After endings as Josh is living the dream now!!

Llys Nini is a self funding Animal Rescue Centre and we depend on local public support, so it wonderful to see such a turnout for our special day.

 

Whats On Pontarddulais Library

Wiggle and Jiggle – rhyme-time for 0-5 year olds, Monday 6th, 13thAugust 2:15 – 2.45.

Siglo a Wiglo – Welsh rhyme-time for 0-5 year olds with MenterIaithAbertawe, Monday 20thAugust 2:15 -2:45.

Lego Club – Get creative with Lego, all ages welcome. Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August 4pm – 5:30pm.

Mischievous Jugglers – Learn to juggle every Friday from 11 – 12, all ages welcome

Pontarddulais Reading Group – Monday 6th August 11 – 12. Books available from the library. Reads all genres, new members very welcome.

Family History Club – Self-help group suitable for those with basic computer skills and already familiar with family history websites. Tuesday 7th August, 2:15 -4:15

Workways- Drop-in sessions every Thursday 9 – 10:45
RSPCA LlysNini Animal Centre Collection – monthly collection of unwanted items for sale in their shop. Friday 31stAugust, please bring your items to the library by 3pm.

Clos BenalltFawr – Fforest residential consultation for community to view until 8th August.

Summer holidays events
Dragon Storytime& Craft – 1st August from 11:00 – 12:00 for ages 5+

Children’s Poppy Making Craft – 2nd August 2018, 14:30-16:30 (parental supervision required)
Language and Play – 7th August from 14:15 – 15:00, for under 5 year olds

‘Into the Wild’ wildlife session – 11th August from 10:00 – 11:00 (Booking required)

Cat Protection workshop – Informative session on cat care, followed by arts and crafts, 9th August 11:00 – 13:00
Nintendo Labo – Build with cardboard and play on the Nintendo switch, with Nintendo’s newest creation kit, every Wednesday during the summer holidays, between 15:00 – 16:30. Booking essential, ages 7+

Mischief Makers Digital Workshops – 21st August 2018 (Booking essential)

Animation workshop (ages 4-7) – 21st Aug 10:00 – 11:00

Stopmotion workshop (ages 8-12) – 21st Aug11:30 – 13:00

What’s On Gorseinon Library

Hear to Help – Free hearing aid support drop-in session Wednesday 1st 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Breastfeeding Group Friday 3rd & 17th 1pm – 2.30pm

Reading Group Friday 17th 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Giant boardgames for kids Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th 11am-12pm

Busy Feet (movement to music) 2-6 years Monday 6th, 13th & 20th 11am-12pm

Dragon Craft & Activities (5-8yrs) Thursday 2nd 2-3pm

Puppet theatre: show and craft (5-8yrs) Thursday 9th 2-3.30pm

Mischief-makers animation (4-7yrs) Monday 13th (booking essential) 2-3pm

Mischief-makers stopmotion animation (8-12yrs) Monday 13th (booking essential) 3.30-5pm

Sensory play for babies Thursday 23rd 10-10.45am

Messy Mischief (playdough making) 5-8 yrs Thursday 23rd 2-3pm

Paper-action! (moving paper crafts) 5-8yrs Thursday 30th 2-3pm

Conversational Welsh Every Monday 10am-10.30am

A Good Yarn in the Morning – Knitting Group Every Tuesday 10.30am – 12pm

Rhymetime for Under 5s Every Tuesday (welsh session 7th) 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Walk and Talk – Walking Group Every Wednesday 10.30am

Water-themed Baby Bounce – 1 year and under Thursday 2nd & 16th 10 – 10.30am

Crafty Mornings for Grown ups Every Thursday 10.30am – 12pm

Gameplay – Board Games for Adults Every Friday 12 noon – 3pm

Adult / Children’s reading challenge Throughout August

Pontarddulais Junior Band Awards

Winners of the various Pontardulais Junior and Beginner Band Awards were presented with their trophies by guest soloist Tom Hutchinson at the Annual Concert on June 16th 2018.
This year saw the inaugural awarding of the J. D. W. Maclean Junior Bandsman of the Year award, introduced in memory of long-standing Band President, Mr John Maclean, who sadly passed away last year, after a period of 45 years acting as Band President.

Congratulations to all the winners.
Most Promising Beginner – Cian Curry
Most Promising Beginner – David Davies
Best Attender – Helen
Most Improved Junior – Sian Jones
Junior Player of the Year – Aled Tumelty
J. D. W. Maclean Junior Bandsman of the Year – Evan Kinnear

On Saturday 23rd June the Band took part in the Pontardulais Carnival playing on the top of a vintage open top bus

Mystery over Gorseinon painting

A local resident has been in touch with the SA4 Magazine hoping to shed some light on a painting she has owned for over 25 years. The resident who wishes to remain anonymous purchased the painting in Goreseinon and was told at the time that it was painted by a local artist. The signature on the painting is below, it looks like it says ‘Wydam’ or ‘Mydam’ but assume that it could be ‘Wyndham’. Do you know who this artist is? Please help us solve this mystery for the local resident.