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An exhibition celebrating Welsh music goes on tour



LAST MONTH a new exhibition – ‘Record: Folk, Protest and Pop’ opened at the Riverside gallery, Haverfordwest. The exhibition explores the musical tradition of Wales throughout the centuries – from the crwth to Catatonia – using various items from The Welsh Music Archive and Screen and Sound Archive located at The National Library.

‘Record’ will explore why Wales is often described as the country of song, where our musical tradition began and how it developed.

The exhibition looks at the early folk music traditions in Wales through the medium of manuscripts such as Melus-seiniau Cymru, one of the most important collections of Welsh folk songs, collected by Ifor Ceri. The influence of individuals such as Meredydd Evans and his wife Phyllis Kinney in the field of folk music and light entertainment is acknowledged, through newly acquired items from their archive. Highlights from their collection include a previously unseen letter from Richard Burton to Merêd discussing Welsh folk melodies.

‘Record’ also explores how independent labels and Welsh groups have worked to produce revolutionary protest and pop music in recent decades. Bringing the story to life are various archives, including material relating to Y Blew and Super Furry Animals. Early pop magazines such as Sŵn, an extensive collection of gig posters from the 1960s to the 1990s and Malcolm Gwyon’s pop art portrait of Dafydd Iwan are also on display in the exhibition.

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales said: “Record: Folk, Protest and Pop is a colourful and diverse celebration of the musical tradition in Wales. It is a pleasure to be able to share the exhibition with new audiences outside of Aberystwyth by taking the exhibition on tour to the Riverside gallery in Haverfordwest, and demonstrate the richness of our collections which represent the development of the tradition across the centuries, using a combination of the collections of The Welsh Music Archive, the Screen and Sound Archive; and items from our visual collections. There is something for everyone in this exhibition, from the past to the present, and it is sure to stimulate memories among its visitors.”

Mari Elin Jones, Curator of ‘Record: Folk, Protest and Pop’ added:
“Curating this exhibition has been a lot of fun, and it’s been great to be able to put the collections of the Welsh Music Archive and Screen and Sound Archive, which are so varied and fascinating, centre stage. I hope ‘Record’ will inspire visitors to explore the National Library of Wales’s music collections further, as well as go to their local record shop to pick up a Welsh album or two!”

Nia Mai Daniel, Head of Archives, Manuscripts and Contemporary Records Section, and The Welsh Music Archive Coordinator said:
“The exhibition is a taste of the folk and pop music collections held at the National Library of Wales, and is an opportunity to celebrate some of our recent donations, such as the Merêd and Phyllis Kinney archive and a Super Furry Animals scrapbook. If anyone has further material to donate, such as posters, photographs, or letters, then please get in touch. Our work continues to ensure that our collections reflect the history of Welsh music from its roots to the present day.”

Showing alongside the Record exhibition is Pembrokeshire: Past and Present, a permanent exhibition focusing on the history, culture, and landscape of Pembrokeshire. Both exhibitions will run until Saturday 18 February 2023.

The Riverside is a flagship cultural centre in the heart of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Opened in December 2018, it features a 21st century library, visitor information, coffee shop and a national government indemnity gallery space which showcases collections from The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. This high quality facility is unusual and pioneering and is already playing a central part in regenerating the town and wider area of Pembrokeshire.

For more information visit:
• Pembrokeshire Libraries Facebook page, or
• call Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside on 01437 775244.

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Lucy and Stu’s love story mirrors that of TV’s Gavin and Stacey



A COUPLE affectionately known by their family and friends as ‘the real Gavin and Stacey’ are hoping for a special opportunity to celebrate their unique love story on TV.

Lucy and Stu Weston’s relationship strikingly mirrors that of the beloved TV show’s main characters. Their engagement even took place over fish and chips on Barry Island, reminiscent of the show.

Living in Pembroke, the couple are long-time fans of the series that follows the romance between Essex boy Gavin (Matthew Horne) and Welsh girl Stacey (Joanna Page). Upon learning about the upcoming 2024 Christmas special, which will be the final episode of Gavin and Stacey, they decided to go all out to become extras on the show and fulfill a dream of appearing alongside their idols.

Lucy shared her determined efforts: “I have been trying to find a way of applying to be on the show due to air this Christmas. I have emailed the BBC, Newsnight, newspapers, casting agencies, and I have even sent direct messages to James Corden and Ruth Jones on Twitter.”

Lucy, a re-enablement assistant for Pembrokeshire County Council, and Stu, a 39-year-old self-employed builder, met on a dating site in 2009. Much like Gavin and Stacey, their initial connection involved long distances. However, Lucy and her best friend Kerry—who interestingly resembles Stacey’s friend Nessa—soon made an overnight trip from Pembroke to the Midlands to meet Stu and his best mate Dale.

Lucy reminisced: “A few days later, Stu turned up on my mum’s doorstep, out of the blue. He told me he loved me and couldn’t stop thinking about me. I told him I felt exactly the same and threw myself into his arms. That night we went for a walk to try and figure out how we could make it work.

“Stu stayed in Pembroke with me for a couple of days. We had a lovely time, and I knew from that moment I had found someone special. When it was time for him to leave, I decided to ditch work and go with him. When we arrived at his parents’ house, I had the warmest welcome.”

Stuart soon moved to Wales, found local employment, and the couple welcomed their first son, Ben, now 13. Stuart proposed during a trip to Barry Island, leading to a Welsh wedding in Freshwater East. Their second son, Zac, now 10, was born nine months later.

Lucy explained: “We bought our first home right across the road from where I grew up and where my dad still lives. Just like Uncle Bryn in the show, he is always popping in to make sure we are all okay. Whenever Stu and I fall out, we send each other clips or songs from the show to make friends again. We still watch it most nights to fall asleep to. It is ‘our’ show. We absolutely love it! Our friends and family nickname us ‘the real Gavin and Stacey’.”

“But unlike Gavin and Stacey, our love has never gone stagnant, my brother has never gone on a dodgy fishing trip, and my mother has had new towels since her wedding! And in our version, our Nessa and Smithy never ended up together but remain friends and are as mad as ever.

“So it would be the perfect tribute to our love story if we could appear on Gavin and Stacey’s very last episode as extras.”

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New Ferry Service Opens the Door to a Wealth of Entertainment



An upgraded ferry service between Pembrokeshire and Ireland will open the door to a wealth of entertainment options for South Wales citizens.

Irish Ferries recently confirmed it will replace a freight vessel with a cruise ferry. This will reintroduce a full passenger service between Pembroke and Rosslare.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Marc Tierney believes the upgraded ferry service will provide a crucial link between Wales and the Emerald Isle.

“Brexit has and continues to present significant challenges to the viability of services between Wales and Ireland, which is why I have sought reassurances from the Welsh Government about their support for our ports and in the maintenance of these vital trade links,” Tierney said.

“The decision to restore full passenger services between Pembroke and Rosslare with the transfer of the Isle of Innisfree from the Dover-Calais route is enormously positive, adding much needed capacity over the busy summer months.”

With the south eastern corner of Ireland within easy travelling distance of Rosslare, ferry users will be able to access a host of different entertainment options.

For example, there are several racecourses located in the region including Gowran Park and Wexford, while Dublin is just a two-hour drive up the coast.

The capital city offers visitors a vast range of entertainment activities including festivals, food and drink, sports, music and family-themed events.

There is also a burgeoning casino scene in the Irish capital city, with several brick-and-mortar establishments offering some of best gaming on the Emerald Isle.

The growth of digital casinos has boosted the popularity of land-based venues, making them a place people increasingly utilise for entertainment purposes.

Many visitors to Dublin play games on the best roulette casino for Irish punters before testing their skills in one of the city’s numerous casinos.

Pembrokeshire citizens will now have the same option available to them following the reintroduction of an upgraded ferry link between South Wales and Ireland.

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What you need to know about Costa Rica gaming license



You may establish an online gambling enterprise in Costa Rica without a gaming license. There may not be a licensing authority, iGaming legislation, or regulatory framework, but the nation is open to the business.

Some dishonest corporate service providers may overcharge for obtaining a gambling license in Costa Rica. Although Costa Rica does allow the establishment of internet gambling companies, the use of the term “license” is deceptive.

The primary business activity of a Costa Rican gambling corporation is the provision of gaming services via various internet platforms. Because of this, the operator is able to run its online gaming operations out of Costa Rica, a country without a comprehensive regulatory system for gambling sites.

Startups looking to “test the waters” before investing heavily in licensing could choose a Costa Rica gaming license, or even better, a gambling firm. You may launch an online gaming enterprise, fine-tune its software and website, and gauge its success among your target audience before expanding.

One disadvantage of a Costa Rica gaming license is that, due to the lack of a legitimate license, you will not be able to accept payments from standard merchants and payment providers like Visa and MasterCard. Alternatively, you may accept cryptocurrency payments first and then add fiat money if you choose to seek for a license in another country down the road.

A Costa Rica Gaming Company’s Advantages

You may open an internet casino, poker room, slot machine, sportsbook, and more out of Costa Rica by forming a gaming corporation there. International clients may purchase these services, but Costa Rica will not be able to. You may also provide gaming services to customers in the gambling and casino industries via the corporation.

Additional advantages including For online gambling sites that accept cryptocurrencies, Costa Rica is an excellent testing ground. The government’s ‘hands-off’ attitude to regulating online gambling and its crypto-friendliness make it an ideal testing ground before moving to a regulated country. Some crypto gaming firms based in Costa Rica only accept cryptocurrency and digital currencies as payment.

Here are some more advantages that Costa Rica gaming enterprises might reap:

  • Effortless setup and turnaround
  • Essential criteria for due diligence
  • Unrestricted authority for owners and directors
  • Relatively low prices and prices
  • No paid-up capital is necessary.
  • There is no need to go through the licensing procedure in this self-regulatory environment.
  • No tax on winnings from gambling or betting No tax on winnings from sources outside of Costa Rica
  • Excellent practice for when you need to apply for a license in a different state.

The company may then choose to remain in Costa Rica and accept just cryptocurrency payments or move to a jurisdiction with an online gaming license and fiat and cryptocurrency payments. InteliumLaw can assist you with starting in Costa Rica as a “sandbox,” then switching to another jurisdiction like Curacao, Tobique, Kahnwake or obtain Estonia gaming license.

For What Reasons Can a Gaming Company Consider Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s economy, society, and politics are among Central America’s most stable. Business, cryptocurrencies, and internet gaming are supported by its government. Suppose they exclusively sell online games to foreigners. Online gambling in Costa Rica is prohibited and punishable.

Whatever the supplier, internet casinos and other games are legal. A license or permit is unnecessary here.

Costa Rica is perfect for crypto gaming. The local government accepts bitcoin payments from employers, demonstrating its embrace of crypto. Virtual currencies can pay more than the minimum wage, but fiat cash is needed first. Unregulated online gambling companies accept bitcoin and other digital payments. Costa Rica attracts iGaming firms and bitcoin processors.

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