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1 September 2023

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Sunset from the Vale of Neath Leisure Centre in Glynneath

 

3 September 2023 - WORD OF THE DAY

AUTODIDACTISM AUTODIDACTISM Self learning without masters
 

According to Wikipedia, Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education (also self-learning and self-teaching) is education without the guidance of masters (such as teachers and professors) or institutions (such as schools). Generally, autodidacts are individuals who choose the subject they will study, their studying material, and the studying rhythm and time. Autodidacts may or may not have formal education, and their study may be either a complement or an alternative to formal education. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts.

Self-learning techniques include: reading educational texts, watching educational videos and listening to educational audio recordings. (Wikipedia end)

The above definition is from Wikipedia which we use to define what is generally accepted by the public as a definition for a particular word or statement. In the relation to what we define as autodidacticism it is useful to look at the accepted list of famous autodidacts and make a summation on what learning resources each famous autodidact used to self-educate. If we look at Leonardo da Vinci for example, google didn't exist so he must have learnt in the main through observation and practice.................... etc 

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5 September 2023 - I've been training and perfecting for close on 55 years, how to pour squash out of a bottle so that the strength is perfect and its all been ruined by the move to double concentrate squash - My Mrs has the best idea to train me not to pour double concentrate in single strength measures by inventing the "double concentrate super duper indicators" to remind me before I pour. Well done Hayley :)   

16 September 2023 - When will it ever end - Hayley came back from the shop and they only had the orange in single strength. I now have to learn to pour orange again in single and lemon in double and when I'm mixing them both together I'll be mixing them in single/double strength, upwards, backwards, around the corner with the fairies while climbing the nearest wall in an attempt to avoid or maybe just lessen my insanity. 

10 September 2023

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42.jpg (166137 bytes) NEATH VALLEY TRIATHLON 2023 ACADEMY CHALLENGE & PHIL GIBBON  THE LEGEND OF TAFF ELY TRI

20 Years on from the first College Triathlon Academy in the UK, the former Academy Manager and athlete James Parfitt go head to head in the Neath Valley Triathlon at Glynneath. Includes an interview with Phil Gibbon about the first triathlon in Wales in 1983.

18 September 2023

  

Its almost 16 months since the former Glynneath Town Councillor Roger Simons went missing. A question most of us that knew him ask is. 

What has happened to Roger? 

I think its safe to say that unless he has left the area voluntarily without telling anyone and is in hiding somewhere, then he is dead. If this is the case, how did he die and where is his body? 

The Facebook group "Search for Roger Simons" has concentrated in the main on searching for the location where Roger's body may be in Glynneath and the surrounding areas. We can see that there has been an attempt at co-ordinating a search but more recently, some of the comments that people are suggesting, is that his disappearance is suspicious and as such they are questioning the role of the police in the investigation. 

These are some of the more recent comments from over 4 months ago..........

"I can't believe it's nearly 1yr that Roger Simons been missing for. Everyday I think and wonder where could he be or what's happened to him. I honestly think more should have been done by authorities. There is no way he would have gone anywhere unless forced. He is a human being despite what people may think of him and deserves to be found no matter what outcome will be. So sad"

"Someone knows something & hiding it away I think the police has something to do with it too covering for someone they've done it before , hopefully someone comes across him soon"

"This is awful, heís a elderly gent and should have been found by now. SWP need to look into this again, a man of his age doesnít just disappear" 

"their useless letís face facts, unless itís put in front if them the only way Roger will be found Is the public looking and caring about him missing."

END OF COMMENTS

Roger was a personal friend and I would like to suggest that we talk about his disappearance and how it is being dealt with by the police and the relevant authorities. 

With this in mind, I've created a group poll about what we in the group initially think has happened to Roger. Please feel free to comment, add any information you think may be relevant, send best wishes to his family etc.

POLL - https://www.facebook.com/groups/369552746753067/posts/1963420287366297/

INFO - https://www.facebook.com/groups/369552746753067/permalink/1963423837365942

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32.jpg (293200 bytes) CHAIN WALK, GLYNNEATH FIRE 17-18 SEPTEMBER 2023

A short report on the fire in Chain Walk, Glynneath on 17-18 September 2023

 

28 September 2023

YOGA & CIRCUS FITNESS 

While filming Casualty, series ??, episode 20, I met Sebastian & Francesca a lovely couple who run a company offering well being to audiences through the medium of yoga & circus fitness. I offered my services as a clown and demonstrated some clowning around but they weren't impressed. They work out of Bristol and are prepared to travel to Wales, please visit their website, address below for more information.

http://yogaandcircusfitness.co.uk/

 

30 September 2023

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99-max-title.jpg (496982 bytes) MAX BOYCE STATUE UNVEILED, GLYNNEATH 30/9/2023 FULL CEREMONY MARK DRAKEFORD

 

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