Archive for December, 2014

Annual Report on this blog provided by Word Press

December 30, 2014

Each year the WordPress company which gives me the space to provide this blog
send me a report on how it has done during the year.
I thought that regular visitors might like to see a copy of the report so I’ve printed it below.

The concert hall in the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2014. If that were a concert at Sydney Opera House it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 18 pictures uploaded. That’s about 2 pictures a month.

The busiest day of the year was October 16th with 380 views. The most popular post that day was Photographs of West Mon boys 1964.

The main attractions in 2014 were:
1. Pontypool’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with 1 comment.
2. Tragedy at West Mon (revised account) with 93 comments.
3. Parts of old Pontypool that have vanished with 25 comments.
4. Old photographs of Pontypool with 4 comments.
5. Murder most foul in Pontypool with 6 comments.

The most commented on post in 2014 was The G.Is. in Pontypool during the war.

The five most active commenters were:
1. Jennette (Osborne) Randall 9 comments.
2. Dot Jones 8 comments.
3. Lionel Barrel 6 comments.
4. Craig Smith 5 comments.
5. Glenys Hughes 4 comments.

Visitors came from 108 countries.

My thanks for your visits. I’d like to wish you all a very happy New Year in 2015 with my invitation to visit this blog during any day of the year.

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The West Mon Annual School Quiz

December 21, 2014

While I was at West Mon from 1942 to 1947, every year on the last day of the school year we had the school quiz. Everyone had exactly the same questions no matter what the ages of the boys concerned, so it was possible for any pupil to win the prize.

All the teaching staff would take charge of a class each and the questions were called out. I can’t remember how many questions we had to answer but it took about an hour to complete the quiz. I can’t remember how the papers were marked, whether we exchanged papers and marked them that way or whether the staff did the marking. The former would have been quicker and would have enabled the winner to be announced the same day. Otherwise it would have meant that the winner would not have been known until the following term.

I have an idea that there was some sort of a prize but I can’t remember what it was. I imagine that someone must have made some sort of endowment to provide the prize but I cannot be at all sure of that.

Does any visitor remember the quiz? Did they participate and is it still happening? If anyone has any memories of this event please either email me or append a comment. Do we have a visitor who actually won the prize?

Pontypool – then and now. And Christmas greetings to all visitors.

December 19, 2014

The very idea of this blog for over the past six years has been to think about old Pontypool. At this time of year, as we draw near to Christmas, I suppose many of us tend to think about past times and past Christmases more than at any other time.

Over the last year or two I’ve been talking to friends who used to live in Pontypool in the nineteen thirties, forties and fifties, and there seems to be unanimous agreement that, during those times, we lived in more family oriented times and that life was happier and more innocent. Few mothers went out to work but they worked very hard in the home, cleaning, cooking and acting as the sheet-anchor of the family. Families were often poor but they rarely split up with the children being shared between father and mother. Some people have even said “I’m glad I lived through my childhood then. I feel sorry for the children of today.”

It was during the sixties that things started to fall apart in this country with a massive lowering of moral values. It was the time of “The Profumo Affair” with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies, whose death was announced today. I suppose today it would hardly raise an eyebrow.

Pontypool town was more cohesive; several people who still live there have told me that Pontypool has lost its soul. I cannot comment on this as I have not lived there since 1947.

So, if you still live in Pontypool or have lived there fairly recently, what is your opinion on these matters? If you have any opinion on the foregoing, please add a comment. Up to today there have been 537 comments placed on this blog; more will be welcome. For your information there has been over 180,000 hits on this blog so far and there are 139 followers who have asked to be informed whenever a new post is published.

Finally I would like to send to all visitors my sincere Christmas greetings with the following Christmas card:

Christmas cardMy best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

David Hughes