Hello & Welcome

to the September issue of TheBAY

Bay TemplateWe’ve got three great competitions for you to enter this month – WIN a family ticket to the Sleeping Beauty ballet in the Grand Theatre, a pair of tickets to the Ocean Film Festival in Porthcawl and a chance to WIN a copy of the book Dream Island by R M Lockley. The winners of the tickets to see Liam Gallagher were Chris of Upper Killay and Maureen of Alltwen, congratulations to you both and I hope you enjoy the concert.

Kim Jones has a great bike ride for all the family this month cycling around the Usk reservoir in Brecon. It has a few challenging parts, but if you follow Kim’s directions and do them at the start of the ride on ‘fresh legs’, then it shouldn’t be too arduous. There are plenty of interesting things for the kids to see too, which should keep them engaged. Who doesn’t want to paddle in a river? Look out too for the wild ponies pictured on our front cover.

Liam Bird has a taken to a different form of transport from his usual four wheeled vehicle – who’d have thought that he is also a closet biker! Liam put a Triumph Scrambler 900 cc through its paces when he took delivery last month, but as luck would have it, the weather was more conducive to driving an amphibious vehicle than a bike.

On 15 September a convoy of E Type Jaguars will travel along Oystermouth Road, as part of its round Britain tour in support of Prostate Cancer UK. It’s not often you get to see so many of these iconic cars in one place, and I for one will be looking out for them. Details of this event are on our motoring section.

When I was growing up, one of my favourite novels was Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. It told the story of an orphaned girl with a mystery benefactor who, because of his tall thin stature she nicknamed Daddy Long Legs. It was later made into a film starring Fred Astaire as the protagonist, which is rather odd as he was only 5’ 9’’. My love of this book didn’t endear me to Crane Flies a.k.a. Daddy Long Legs, which is the subject of Dr Isabella Brey’s Bug of the Month for September. As usual Dr Isabella has some fascinating facts and insights into the life of this creature.

If like me you love comic book illustrations, you’ll be making a note in your diary to visit Brussels next September, when the annual Comic Book Festival is held. Travel writer Simon Fry took a trip to Belgium, ahead of this year’s festival for a guided walk of the many street murals. As an ardent Tintin fan, I am definitely putting it on my bucket list.

Here’s hoping we have an Indian summer this month – but we’ll be back next month, whatever the weather.