Mon - September 18, 2006


This bridge - elegant.
In the Cathedral's shadow, face to face.
Autumn mists - then a glorious light, a dream of lace.
Victoria, the name in memory of a Queen.
A bridge, graceful, cream - loved and seen.

It stretches across a river bank to bank.
A landmark - a heritage, 'The Wye', a nature's dream.
Triumphant, preserved, protected by modern man.
The trees seen almost to bow their heads. The Willows weep.
It is a light of power, this bridge, a cream metal dream.

A boat moored moved in its shadow.
The bridge of time from one century moving on.
A witness to those that might destroy;
a new image cast, Victoria bridge swings aloft.
Hereford, a bridge's heritage secure at last.

Anon 2006

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Fri - August 11, 2006

Poets Corner

Brian from Eign Mill Road has a friend in America who writes poetry in her spare time. Her name is Rhonda Chase and she lives in Upland, Southern California. She recently sent us her latest work entitled "A Dream". It's well written and very appropriate to what's happening in our world today. Click 'read more' to read the poem.

A Dream

Progress by Rhonda Chase
July 1, 2006

Dreams of a golden morning dawn,
of paths that take us far beyond...
Beyond the worry, sorrows and woe,
where sparkling rivers swiftly flow.
Places where the sky is blue,
where everything is clean and new.
Dreams of a place in which to live,
not only taking, but to which we give...
give of ourselves back to the earth..
joy at dying as at birth.
No more sorrow, no more fear...
it's all so very, very clear.
Back to the earth, from which we come,
a cycle that is never done.
Our Lord in heaven, made you and me,
gave us a soul and set us free..
gave us a mind with which to think,
gave us knowledge from which to drink.
The choice is ours, what we do..
a path to walk, straight and true.

But foolish man, he got too smart,
things began to fall apart.
He tore and ripped at all he found,
to nothing, did he feel bound...
he cried "unfair" loud and strong,
quickly learning he was wrong.
now paradise is a wasted land..
which never was the Lord's plan..
Vanishing are the bird and beast..
as from the Earth, man takes his feast.
What was once green and lush...
is now a highway, with traffic's rush..
The birds and beasts are growing few,
Concrete and steel obstruct our view..
The quiet hush has gone away...
no sanctuary in which to stay.

But hell bent, man forces on..
until at last, the beauty's gone.
All that's left is stark and bare,
no going back, should he dare...
Why does man do this? Has he a reason?
As he tries to control each day, each season...
It's crazy to think that he can rule...
man, it seems, is the biggest fool.
He boasts and brags and puffs his chest..
seeking to look bigger then all the rest.
Power is the focus of his desire..
when using it, he doesn't tire.

But I can't let go of the dream,
losing it, I'd have to scream..
There is only one thing to do..
start again and build anew.
Plant the flowers and the trees,
watch the work of honeybees.
Clean up the trash man has made,
not let the beauty of Earth fade.
Repair the damage that we've done,
let's things grow under the sun..
No more concrete and steel...
No more trees for us to kill.
Let the water run fresh and clean,
There's still time to save the dream.
If only man will open his eyes..
see the dark and dirty skies!
The landscapes littered with his toys...
none of which he now enjoys..
But before it gets to late...
man should not hesitate...
to fix the damage he has done,
for there is no place he can run...

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Fri - May 12, 2006

Music Matters - The Wyeside Music Festival and The Hereford Mix

Music Matters Hereford is a not for profit group who are organising two music festivals in Hereford this year. The Wyeside Music Festival takes place on 10 June at Wyeside by the Hereford Rowing Club and features local musicians, workshops, trade stands, displays and much more. Entrance fee is £2 adults and 50p for children. The Hereford Mix is free and a much larger event covering two days of music, theatre, art, workshops, trade stands etc. This takes place on 12 and 13 August on the Cathedral School sports grounds by the River Wye. Music Matters are looking for volunteers to help in running these events and also artists who would like to be involved. More information can be found on their website or you can contact Steve on 07889052989.

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Sat - January 21, 2006

Want to see yourself in print?

Do you see yourself as the next Rageh Omaar or John Simpson? Want to know what its like being a journalist - writing about real stories, interviewing real people and getting your work published? 20 young people from across Herefordshire aged between 13 and 25 are going to be given the opportunity to do just that in two two day news story workshops being run by InSITE e-magazine during February half term.

You will work with professional journalists, research your own story ideas, conduct interviews, write copy, and experience life at the busy Youth Times Press Office in Hereford. You will also get the chance to see your articles published in the largest youth e-magazine in the country. With an exciting mix of news, features, opinions, real life stories and reviews InSITE e-magazine ( )gives young people in Herefordshire the opportunity to have their say about issues that affect them.

If you are interested in taking part, the workshops will be run on Tuesday 14th February to Wednesday 16th February and Thursday 17th February to Friday 18th February from 10am - 5pm. For more information or to book a place please contact Kate Williams on 01432 278 220 or email Read more ...

The Rural Media Company works throughout the UK.  We combine community and informal education, training and advocacy with the professional skills of the media industry.  The results are effective, high-impact, high-quality media projects and educational materials at the cutting edge of current policy and debate.  The Rural Media Company is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee (

InSITE provides a platform for the views and opinions of Herefordshires young people. It is an opportunity for the youth community to explore local, national and global issues, participate in debate and influence decision making.

InSITE is a Youth Times project by The Rural Media Company. Youth Times is a training, publishing and local democracy initiative. Youth Times receives support from The Rank Foundation, Comic Relief and the Single Regeneration Budget through the Herefordshire Partnership and the Herefordshire Community Youth Service.
Kate Williams Youth Times  The Press Office  64 Widemarsh Street  Hereford HR4 5HG

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Tue - January 10, 2006

Calling all local filmmakers-Herefordshire TV needs you!

The BBC is about to launch a Local Television service in the West Midlands and it needs you! The trials start in December 2005 for nine months in five different areas of the West Midlands and The Rural Media Company have been asked by the BBC to facilitate the community content for Herefordshire. Each area will get a ten-minute bulletin, 24 hours a day, seven days week. Of these ten minutes, 5 minutes will be local news and 2-3 will be local information. The last 2-3 minutes is where you come in! Read more ...

The Rural Media Company are looking for filmmakers of all ages and abilities to contribute their ideas, films and time to this unique local service. In return they can provide you with training, equipment and support to enable you to be part of this remarkable regional experiment.

This really is an incredible opportunity for the people of Herefordshire, explained Rural Media Company Producer Adrian Lambert, the work that is made for this pilot will be seen across the region via a national broadcaster, it's a real chance to have your say, create a film and make Herefordshire local TV your own. The pilot will initially be broadcast on Broadband and Satellite, but if successful will roll out over all platforms, including Freeview late next year.

The Rural Media Company are very keen to hear from anyone who is in interested in being part of the pilot. If you've got a Mini DV camera and always wondered what to do with it now's your chance to find out! Or if you've got a burning passion for filmmaking and television and believe you have a unique story to tell about life in our county then The Rural Media Company can help you tell it.

Herefordshire is a unique and beautiful county, this is a fantastic chance to reveal its colourful stories, people and heritage to the rest of the region, but we need your help!

If you are interested in finding out more about the BBC Local TV pilot please contact Alison Chapman at The Rural Media Company on 01432 344039 or email

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Fri - November 11, 2005

Take It Easy - JABA’s Twanginman reviews The Eagles "Complete Greatest Hits"

There can be few people in the western world and beyond who haven’t heard of The Eagles (even my mother-in-law has one of their cd’s) and few bands who have so effectively and successfully repackaged their product over and over again; from just six albums over a seven year period, the lads have already released five or six ‘Best Of’ and ‘Live’ packages, securing themselves a place in the top 10 all time best selling albums in the process. Of course, now we have the DVD revolution and what better excuse to release the same old stuff all over again, starting with the ‘Farewell 1 Tour’ (and no prizes for guessing there are more of those tours to come). Still, a good song is a good song and there are 33 of them here, a double cd at a single price, beautifully packaged in a slip case with a 46 page book with Don Henley and Glenn Frey discussing, in some detail, each song with associated anecdotes. Read more ...

For the completist who already has everything, there’s just one new track here, ‘Hole In The World’, recorded during the aftermath of 9/11; its a classic Eagles song, the big chorus and the big ooohs but with a deadly serious comment on the current crisis we have (unwillingly) been pitched into. We also have some less than essential non-album tracks but pretty much everything else you’ll have heard before, from the evocative “its a girl, my Lord, in a flat bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me” of ‘Take It Easy’ (and boy did Jackson Browne as co-writer strike it rich there) thro’ to Joe Walsh’s opening staccato guitar riff of ‘Life In The Fast Lane’. Arguably, The Eagles took the early country rock movement from the likes of Gram Parsons and Poco, added a little rock ‘n roll for flavour and turned it into a multi-million dollar business, complete with all the excesses and tantrums that tends to brings in the music business, but hey, they’ve survived it and Don Henley, at least, has gone on to produce further all time classics under his own name. Treat yourself to a copy.

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Fri - September 16, 2005

Music - The Rise and Fall of Real Music - by twanginman

If you're over 15 you're probably sick to death of manufactured pop idol music and wondering whatever happened to proper music when real men played guitars and singers sang in tune and the whole shebang wasn't cobbled together for record labels run by accountants to be marketed like toothpaste (and to be as disposable). Well, the good news is that its still around and stronger than ever. The bad news is that you'll have to work a bit harder to find it than just flicking the TV remote. Read more ...

Forget the obscene advances paid to the likes of Robbie Williams (£80m) and Mariah Carey (£89m) which ultimately the punter is expected to pay for with ludicrously expensive CDs. Is it any wonder that global recorded music sales are falling year on year? Together with MP3 piracy (sharing music files on the internet), an economic downturn and kids spending their money elsewhere, principally on games and 'phones, the old fashioned record business is in terminal decline. Frankly, its a dinosaur whose time has run. Hot on its heels is an increasingly healthy resurgence of real music and, with it, a DIY ethos.

Thanks to cheap computers, able to record music and burn CDs, and the internet, practically anyone can record and sell their music direct to the public, anywhere in the world. They just need to get it heard and for this there are thousands of radio stations on the internet and even BBC Radio 2 now has specialist shows most evenings and weekends covering country, blues, folk and more.

The scene has never been more vibrant, none more so than in Canada, where the Government has been quick to recognise this (and the revenues it can generate) and has promoted a huge resurgence in folk and country music through grant aiding emerging artists, particularly helping them tour and promote their music abroad (are you listening Gordon B?). Keeping it local, venues such as The Victory, The Volunteer and The Barrels champion live music and in future issues we hope to highlight some of the best local music for you as well as acoustic, americana, country and folk from further afield. So, if you have a cd or gig coming up you'd like us to comment on, please contact the Editor (tel 378407) e-mail or

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