THE NEWSDESK: There's some kind of summit next month - have you heard?

THE NEWSDESK: There's some kind of summit next month - have you heard?

Making the ingredients for the NATO sausage and burger SUMMIT ELSE Francesca Turner serves up the tasty NATO sausage in a roll to customers (8474494)

THE NEWSDESK: There's some kind of summit next month - have you heard?

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THE sign on the M4, near the new Celtic Manor fence, said: "Nato Summit Sept 4-5. Plan ahead."

Sweet irony after days of angry scenes and confusion over the anti-Nato "peace camp" proposed for the city, and weeks of the drip feed of information from Nato organisers about the logistics of the summit and the events planned for the city centre.

How can residents plan for anything when they don't know a peace camp is proposed for their doorsteps?

How can local people plan for getting to and from work when we don't know just what sort of traffic congestion there is going to be?

That's M4 signs for you - ever helpful, just like those you see on dreadful days where spray is higher than your car and the windscreen wipers are permanently on the "Welsh" setting.

Those signs which bear the words: "Poor driving conditions."

Thanks. Thanks for that heads-up.

To be honest, we'd have to be going around with our heads in cotton wool not to know there's a Nato summit in September.

If Newport had a word cloud this month it would be: Nato, Nato, Nato, Nato, Nato. And Nato.

Nato sausages, the Nato fence, anti-Nato protests....

I'm glad that traders in the city are getting the chance to sell their food wares at the resort during the summit - that, at least, is some consolation for the past week.

Barack Obama and the rest of the world leaders should sample some local produce.

In fact, I'm starting a campaign to give them a real taste of Newport culture: chips and cheese.

Give Barack our favourite post-pub treat and give us a presidential selfie as proof.

And, when the thousands of international journalists descend on the city and start to write their sketch pieces, let's all keep our sanity by playing the Nato Cliche Game.

Every time one of them refers to "the land of song", miners, druids, Richard Burton, male voice choirs, women in stove pipe hats, Sir Anthony Hopkins, how American football is somehow better than rugby, Welsh cakes, lamb, that "funny language with no vowels", dragons, and Catherine Zeta Jones, score ten points.

The first to 100 points wins a sequin from a dress worn by Dame Shirley Bassey.

All, of course, are trumped by a social media picture of Mr or Mrs Obama giving a fist-bump to a local. Score 500 points and immediately gain 5,000 new followers.

IT was positive news that the Circuit of Wales last week signed a potentially ten-year deal with MotoGP.

But now, we all need to see work beginning to prepare for the construction of this site so that it delivers the major boost to employment in one of Britain's most deprived areas that it promises.

There is public money being put into this project, and we, as taxpayers, need to know that it is well-spent.

Blaenau Gwent is an area still dealing with the after-shocks of the closures of the mines and steelworks, decades on.

Its needs for employment cannot be met by simply expecting everyone there to become entrepreneurs and set up their own businesses.

Many have, particularly those who once worked at the Ebbw Vale steelworks.

But what the area sorely needs is a more mixed economy, it cannot survive simply on supermarket jobs and the service industries, and the Circuit of Wales goes some way to addressing that need.

I hope that this project will go some way to preventing Blaenau Gwent falling foul of what happened in some other Valleys areas, becoming mere dormitory towns for cities like Cardiff and Newport.

So while I understand the arguments against this project, its benefits outweigh them. The area sorely needs jobs, and visitors who will spend locally and benefit shops, bars, and hotels helping to secure and create jobs throughout the local economy.

What we need to see now is concrete progress.

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3:15pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.
According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -14

3:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

pigbag says...

Them NATO sausages at turners are well tasty,think I'll have one for lunch tomorrow...
Them NATO sausages at turners are well tasty,think I'll have one for lunch tomorrow... pigbag
  • Score: 13

3:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

smiffy76 says...

It's a major pain in the arse. School's on days off a bunch of protesters parked in the local park. Road closures etc.
Then a big meal in Cardiff so it's not going to promote Newport an much as it should.

I for one will donate £10 to a charity chosen by anyone who can post a genuine photo of a world leader enjoying a bag of chips from Vicaria's
It's a major pain in the arse. School's on days off a bunch of protesters parked in the local park. Road closures etc. Then a big meal in Cardiff so it's not going to promote Newport an much as it should. I for one will donate £10 to a charity chosen by anyone who can post a genuine photo of a world leader enjoying a bag of chips from Vicaria's smiffy76
  • Score: 6

4:09pm Sun 17 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

There's a US nuclear sub parked in the river outside the Hanbury in Caerleon. The Sainsburys Local has already sold out of Jack Daniels, cheeseburgers, chewing gum, Playboy magazines and Elvis LPs. I just hope they remember to switch off the motor.
There's a US nuclear sub parked in the river outside the Hanbury in Caerleon. The Sainsburys Local has already sold out of Jack Daniels, cheeseburgers, chewing gum, Playboy magazines and Elvis LPs. I just hope they remember to switch off the motor. KarloMarko
  • Score: -15

4:12pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.
Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with?
PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.[/p][/quote]Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with? PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Sun 17 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

Best fresh fish stall is in Newport Sainsburys not the market !!
Best fresh fish stall is in Newport Sainsburys not the market !! thomas35
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.
Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with?
PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left.
If that's not so, they still share Putin's views on LGBTQ people and admire Hitler's speeches though in their spare time. Btw...not sure what way it's spelt in the Russian-English dictionary "comrade" , but over here in this country it's generally understood that Lord Palmerston never spelt his name with an 'e' on the end;)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.[/p][/quote]Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with? PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left.[/p][/quote]If that's not so, they still share Putin's views on LGBTQ people and admire Hitler's speeches though in their spare time. Btw...not sure what way it's spelt in the Russian-English dictionary "comrade" , but over here in this country it's generally understood that Lord Palmerston never spelt his name with an 'e' on the end;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

5:10pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Besides, I reckon President Putin's just jealous 'cos no-one ever offered him any sausage - wonder just why that would be, eh?;)
Besides, I reckon President Putin's just jealous 'cos no-one ever offered him any sausage - wonder just why that would be, eh?;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -3

5:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Enough of this nonsense! What the people of Newport really want to know is what will be in their thirty page Argus "Nato super supplement"? A paper helmet? Nato desk flags? A junior napalm kit for the kids? Opaque tights with the stars and stripes down the back seams for the ladies? And some local BNP gents. A wall poster of a topless Obama invading Moscow on a tank a la Erroll Flynn (Paul Flynn's real dad)? Not long now Kevin, get those plates and presses rolling. .
Enough of this nonsense! What the people of Newport really want to know is what will be in their thirty page Argus "Nato super supplement"? A paper helmet? Nato desk flags? A junior napalm kit for the kids? Opaque tights with the stars and stripes down the back seams for the ladies? And some local BNP gents. A wall poster of a topless Obama invading Moscow on a tank a la Erroll Flynn (Paul Flynn's real dad)? Not long now Kevin, get those plates and presses rolling. . KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Sun 17 Aug 14

pigbag says...

It's one of the biggest world events in,umm, the world!
Now I don't agree with the war mongers,in my opinion every event since the Arab spring 4 years ago,(has it been that long?)has been set up by NATO to destabilise the middle east,so western powers can move in and gain control.
But,and it's a big but,if it means that newport gets a little hold in the consciousness of people around the world then let's take advantage and use it to promote the port,and wales,and all the amazing things we have got to offer.
We all know what an amazing place we live in,the mountains,the coastline and beach's,our beauty,our history and culture,and music,the castles,the Romans,the myths and legends,and dragons and wizards,..
And the fact that most of us are quite a genial,welcoming lot.
So let's big our selves up for a couple of weeks,the whole world is watching.
And yes,let's protest against wars,no matter where they are,or who started them,or what they're about.
You never know,we might just change history,,the chartists did...
Peace,out.
It's one of the biggest world events in,umm, the world! Now I don't agree with the war mongers,in my opinion every event since the Arab spring 4 years ago,(has it been that long?)has been set up by NATO to destabilise the middle east,so western powers can move in and gain control. But,and it's a big but,if it means that newport gets a little hold in the consciousness of people around the world then let's take advantage and use it to promote the port,and wales,and all the amazing things we have got to offer. We all know what an amazing place we live in,the mountains,the coastline and beach's,our beauty,our history and culture,and music,the castles,the Romans,the myths and legends,and dragons and wizards,.. And the fact that most of us are quite a genial,welcoming lot. So let's big our selves up for a couple of weeks,the whole world is watching. And yes,let's protest against wars,no matter where they are,or who started them,or what they're about. You never know,we might just change history,,the chartists did... Peace,out. pigbag
  • Score: 15

6:12pm Sun 17 Aug 14

llanmartin says...

Has anyone ever actually asked the people of Newport if they wand this stupid summit?

Lets hope someone does attack the Celtic Manor and gets rid of it for good!
Has anyone ever actually asked the people of Newport if they wand this stupid summit? Lets hope someone does attack the Celtic Manor and gets rid of it for good! llanmartin
  • Score: -23

6:44pm Sun 17 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

In a recent poll (Ugov) for the Caerleon Times, 0.1% said they wanted Nato, 83% said they wanted a new Waitrose and 167% wanted cheaper cider. When asked if the Russians invading Newport would change their opinion, 98% said no as long they wiped their boots and put some Shostakovich and ballet on in the bus station. So there you have it.. ..
In a recent poll (Ugov) for the Caerleon Times, 0.1% said they wanted Nato, 83% said they wanted a new Waitrose and 167% wanted cheaper cider. When asked if the Russians invading Newport would change their opinion, 98% said no as long they wiped their boots and put some Shostakovich and ballet on in the bus station. So there you have it.. .. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

5:26am Mon 18 Aug 14

anigel says...

I still can't for the life of me understand why they have chosen this venue, The M4 corridor through the area suffers traffic problems with annoying regularity without deliberately creating more problems by hosting this summit right on this problem route.
I still can't for the life of me understand why they have chosen this venue, The M4 corridor through the area suffers traffic problems with annoying regularity without deliberately creating more problems by hosting this summit right on this problem route. anigel
  • Score: 2

7:30am Mon 18 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.
Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with?
PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left.
If that's not so, they still share Putin's views on LGBTQ people and admire Hitler's speeches though in their spare time. Btw...not sure what way it's spelt in the Russian-English dictionary "comrade" , but over here in this country it's generally understood that Lord Palmerston never spelt his name with an 'e' on the end;)
They're actually as heterogeneous a group as support the other parties and like everyone else their interest in the ends of the Bell Curve in sexuality terms is just as minimal. I know how my pseudonym is spelt and had to add the "e" for the same reason, probably, as you had to become re-registered and not just Katie and others add a number when "banned" by the Politburo.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: According to Paul Flynn, the 'peace' protestors may not be all that genuinely peaceful as they have been infiltrated by pro-Putin supporters - the likes of which are also funding far-right groups like Jobbik and Ukip in order to create a pro-Putin block in the largely anti-Putin/pro-Kiev EU.[/p][/quote]Isn't it rather that the Berlin-Paris Axis' attempts to "incorporate" Ukraine have stirred up a hornets' nest which NATO sooner or later (with a lot of Soviet-er-Russian force on the border, sooner more likely) will have to contend with? PS UKIP isn't "far-right" but I know truth never bothered the left.[/p][/quote]If that's not so, they still share Putin's views on LGBTQ people and admire Hitler's speeches though in their spare time. Btw...not sure what way it's spelt in the Russian-English dictionary "comrade" , but over here in this country it's generally understood that Lord Palmerston never spelt his name with an 'e' on the end;)[/p][/quote]They're actually as heterogeneous a group as support the other parties and like everyone else their interest in the ends of the Bell Curve in sexuality terms is just as minimal. I know how my pseudonym is spelt and had to add the "e" for the same reason, probably, as you had to become re-registered and not just Katie and others add a number when "banned" by the Politburo. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

"And, when the thousands of international journalists descend on the city..."

The only reason journalists will visit the city centre is to cover any protests that will happen.

Less than a quarter of the rooms needed for the registered journalists are in Newport (the designated Newport rooms are at the Coldra). The rest are in Cardiff. If you want to find an international journalist sampling local delights you'd be better off going down the Hayes.
"And, when the thousands of international journalists descend on the city..." The only reason journalists will visit the city centre is to cover any protests that will happen. Less than a quarter of the rooms needed for the registered journalists are in Newport (the designated Newport rooms are at the Coldra). The rest are in Cardiff. If you want to find an international journalist sampling local delights you'd be better off going down the Hayes. DavidMclean
  • Score: -2

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