Saturday, 27 November 2010

In the Zone with Henry Olonga

Henry Olonga Waterloo Gardens Teahouse 17.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

The story of a man who stood up for what he believed. ‘I had a reference point for true democracy’, said Henry Olonga as he travelled the world as Zimbabwe’s first black cricketer. Now living in exile in the UK Henry Olonga comes across as a man of integrity.

Talking on his new book Blood, Sweat and Treason, the atmosphere in Waterloo Gardens Teahouse is intently focused. Henry Olonga reads an excerpt where, in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he and team mate Andy Fowler wear a black armband , in protest against the policies of the Zimbabwean Government led by Robert Mugabe.

Tonight, questions on the mix of politics and sport are raised which Henry Olonga answers thoughtfully and honestly, along with a little on the process of getting his life story on to paper with journalist Derek Clements. Repercussions in Henry Olonga's personal life have been great and he questions what difference he made. But at least he lives, in his own words, 'with no regrets' as he ‘seized an opportunity when it is presented'.

I attended with the interest of a writer. But left with an expanded understanding of the global issues facing Zimbabwe in this last decade. Although Henry Olonga's future is uncertain no one never knows who’s hearts are touched when one is true to oneself in the face of great difficulties.

Enjoying Aurelia very much too!

This event marks the first in a series of events to be staged by In the Zone in which a range of speakers will be talking about their involvement and links with sport and how these impact on local, national and international politics.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau...

pre Wales v Australia, Cardiff 13.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

pre Wales v Fiji, Queen St, Cardiff 19.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Passing through town on recent match days...

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Serenity Female Voice Choir Xmas Concert

Looking forward to singing again in:

Serenity Female Voice Choir's Christmas Concert

7.30pm Friday 17th December
@ St John's Church, Canton, Cardiff (opposite Tesco)

Lots of seasonal pop, jazz, musical and fun songs for kids and adults to enjoy!

Free with donations to Papyrus

See you there! XX

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Bespoken Word

liking the beatboxers rhythm & Chris Redmond's reflections especially on the ever quickening pace of life 'please bring me back to what i know. if this is the new future good luck you run with but I'm reclaiming slow. the revolution starts here, in a bit. Slow is the new fast, the new cool...

Incandescent - November Meeting @Cardiff Central Library

Our Incandescent: 18th November Meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.

For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - bring along your favourite poem or pick up a poem from the library and join in!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010


Oxwich Bay September 2010
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

...Gower time