Newport to host Nato-themed festival ahead of summit

Newport to host Nato-themed festival ahead of summit

FLYPAST: A Spitfire and Hurricane will fly over Newport for the Nato festival

PARACHUTE DISPLAY: The Red Devils

First published in Gwent news
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NEWPORT will host a festival of Nato-themed culture and food ahead of the summit hosted by the city in September.

The celebration on the Saturday before Bank Holiday Monday will feature a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial flight and a display from the Parachute Regiment's team, the Red Devils.

The event will kick off at 11:00am on 23 August when 50 musicians from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform in the heart of the city. The band will then move over to Rodney Parade to provide entertainment at Newport County AFC’s match against Burton Albion, where the Red Devils will sky-dive onto the pitch to present the match ball to the referee.

City residents will get to taste the food and drink of the Alliance’s 28 nations at a festival running along the banks of the River Usk near the Riverfront Theatre and The Wave. Cuisine from Spain to Latvia, and Turkey to the US will be served alongside music, entertainment and children activities including climbing walls and the army’s inflatable assault course challenge.

Serving soldiers from across the army, including 160 (Wales) Brigade, will be on hand to demonstrate military vehicles and equipment, and army chefs will be cooking up the meals they serve to troops on the frontline.

The celebrations are due to finish at 4.30pm.

Councillor Ray Truman, deputy leader of Newport City Council, said there will be something for all the family to enjoy and the NATO theme it "will raise awareness of the global event taking place in our city next month.”

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb urged people to attend the festival for "a great day out and an opportunity to experience the food and culture from the NATO countries.

“Newport has a huge amount to offer and will undoubtedly be a fantastic host city for next month’s Summit."

He added the Summit will be the biggest gathering of world leaders ever to take place in the UK and that "Newport will play a critical role in helping to showcase all that is great about Wales and why people should do business, visit or study here.”

The 2014 NATO Summit is being held at The Celtic Manor on 4-5 September.

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9:56am Sat 9 Aug 14

sword of truth says...

Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market? sword of truth
  • Score: -49

10:06am Sat 9 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Could only happen in Zooport...the town that time forgot!
Could only happen in Zooport...the town that time forgot! KarloMarko
  • Score: -24

10:23am Sat 9 Aug 14

artsfan says...

It will be an excellent opportunity for them to recruit more of our young people to use as cannon fodder.
It will be an excellent opportunity for them to recruit more of our young people to use as cannon fodder. artsfan
  • Score: -23

10:45am Sat 9 Aug 14

displayed says...

"The celebration on the Saturday before Bank Holiday Monday will feature a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial flight and a display from the Parachute Regiment's team, the Red Devils.

The event will kick off at 11:00am on 23 August when 50 musicians from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform in the heart of the city. The band will then move over to Rodney Parade to provide entertainment at Newport County AFC’s match against Burton Albion, where the Red Devils will sky-dive onto the pitch to present the match ball to the referee.

City residents will get to taste the food and drink of the Alliance’s 28 nations at a festival running along the banks of the River Usk near the Riverfront Theatre and The Wave. Cuisine from Spain to Latvia, and Turkey to the US will be served alongside music, entertainment and children activities including climbing walls and the army’s inflatable assault course challenge. "

Nothing to do with Newport then;

Its just a recruitment drive by the armed forces!
"The celebration on the Saturday before Bank Holiday Monday will feature a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial flight and a display from the Parachute Regiment's team, the Red Devils. The event will kick off at 11:00am on 23 August when 50 musicians from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform in the heart of the city. The band will then move over to Rodney Parade to provide entertainment at Newport County AFC’s match against Burton Albion, where the Red Devils will sky-dive onto the pitch to present the match ball to the referee. City residents will get to taste the food and drink of the Alliance’s 28 nations at a festival running along the banks of the River Usk near the Riverfront Theatre and The Wave. Cuisine from Spain to Latvia, and Turkey to the US will be served alongside music, entertainment and children activities including climbing walls and the army’s inflatable assault course challenge. " Nothing to do with Newport then; Its just a recruitment drive by the armed forces! displayed
  • Score: -18

11:23am Sat 9 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

Fact of the Day. I was a Spitfire pilot in a previous life.
Fact of the Day. I was a Spitfire pilot in a previous life. DavidMclean
  • Score: -22

11:31am Sat 9 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

I flew replica MIG 15s....Caerleoni Red Air Force. I still have the all the parts in the shed. Time to bolt em back together and take on the imperialist fly boys. "Ze war iz over for you, Biggles, you sleep with ze ducks !"
I flew replica MIG 15s....Caerleoni Red Air Force. I still have the all the parts in the shed. Time to bolt em back together and take on the imperialist fly boys. "Ze war iz over for you, Biggles, you sleep with ze ducks !" KarloMarko
  • Score: -15

12:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

SpaceRaiders says...

Another NATO article, another load of nonsense from the Tin Foil Hat club.....
Another NATO article, another load of nonsense from the Tin Foil Hat club..... SpaceRaiders
  • Score: -7

12:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

sword of truth wrote:
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
Surely you could have found space for a few "bigoted", "homophobia", "racist"? What's lefty abuse without lefty boo words? Mere sounding brass, tinkling cymbal.
You rate BAE shares obviously. I've found them very satisfactory.
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?[/p][/quote]Surely you could have found space for a few "bigoted", "homophobia", "racist"? What's lefty abuse without lefty boo words? Mere sounding brass, tinkling cymbal. You rate BAE shares obviously. I've found them very satisfactory. Dai Rear
  • Score: 8

12:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

Probably the worst time to hold a NATO conference, with Russia laughing their heads off..... Newport Roads, schools, shops, and streets disrupted, air-space closed, 9,000 police wandering about, but we can sample the delights of NATO foods. I live near Maindee, I thought we already do that here 7 days a week, how about a welsh/British food week, (protesters allowing that is). Expect every loony tunes from the tree huggers to Gay Whale rights telling us how the world is. I'd settle for NATO re-homing us all somewhere civilised...
Probably the worst time to hold a NATO conference, with Russia laughing their heads off..... Newport Roads, schools, shops, and streets disrupted, air-space closed, 9,000 police wandering about, but we can sample the delights of NATO foods. I live near Maindee, I thought we already do that here 7 days a week, how about a welsh/British food week, (protesters allowing that is). Expect every loony tunes from the tree huggers to Gay Whale rights telling us how the world is. I'd settle for NATO re-homing us all somewhere civilised... Mervyn James
  • Score: 9

12:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

davidcp says...

sword of truth wrote:
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
Trust that the many citizens NOT subject to widowhood, death, maiming, traumatising and secret policing through forced imposition of Russian policies will wave metaphorical flags because of this drone fest (can't argue against that last bit).

Once saw a poster during the cold war - 'Jet noise - the sound of freedom'.

Suck it up, commie.
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?[/p][/quote]Trust that the many citizens NOT subject to widowhood, death, maiming, traumatising and secret policing through forced imposition of Russian policies will wave metaphorical flags because of this drone fest (can't argue against that last bit). Once saw a poster during the cold war - 'Jet noise - the sound of freedom'. Suck it up, commie. davidcp
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mrBEEF says...

sword of truth wrote:
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
Those victims were forced at gun point to work for the 'criminal' organisation ?. No, they volunteered their services for pay, would you prefer they joined Hamas ?.

Sympathies go the the families of lost ones but condescending them to prove your own point is tripe.
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?[/p][/quote]Those victims were forced at gun point to work for the 'criminal' organisation ?. No, they volunteered their services for pay, would you prefer they joined Hamas ?. Sympathies go the the families of lost ones but condescending them to prove your own point is tripe. mrBEEF
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Bobevans says...

Who came up with this total nonsense? Will the idiots that dreamed this up please explain exactly what Nato Culture and food is? This should be laugh seeing them try to explain it
Who came up with this total nonsense? Will the idiots that dreamed this up please explain exactly what Nato Culture and food is? This should be laugh seeing them try to explain it Bobevans
  • Score: 3

7:51pm Sat 9 Aug 14

paddyparry says...

It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.
It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that. paddyparry
  • Score: 12

8:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

smartie40 says...

WOW!!
WOW!! smartie40
  • Score: -4

8:43pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Roger Elliot says...

Top songs which should be performed at the festival:-
"Masters of War" Bob Dylan

Other suggestions gratefully received.
Top songs which should be performed at the festival:- "Masters of War" Bob Dylan Other suggestions gratefully received. Roger Elliot
  • Score: -3

10:57pm Sat 9 Aug 14

RoughJustice4U says...

paddyparry wrote:
It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.
Well said.
If nothing had been organised, no doubt the doom and gloom brigade would be on here moaning about wasted opportunities and Newport missing out on the event.
How many lit a candle for the WW1 troops, and attend the Remembrance Parades, then come here and throw insults at out troops.
Stop sitting on the fence, you will only get splinters .
How about Steelers Wheel..."Stuck in the middle" for your tune...
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.[/p][/quote]Well said. If nothing had been organised, no doubt the doom and gloom brigade would be on here moaning about wasted opportunities and Newport missing out on the event. How many lit a candle for the WW1 troops, and attend the Remembrance Parades, then come here and throw insults at out troops. Stop sitting on the fence, you will only get splinters . How about Steelers Wheel..."Stuck in the middle" for your tune... RoughJustice4U
  • Score: 9

11:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sword of truth says...

Depressingly predictable comments from the brainwashed masses who deludedly swallow the establishment line of 'our influence, importance and clout in the world ie The Empire - Falklands, Isle of Wight et al.
About time that we saw the future King George in combat fatigues? How about a training run for him in uncle Harry's Apache, wasting a few colonial peasants who dare not to smoke the same cigarettes as me, eat non supermarket food or look shifty? The UK as the USA's favourite foreign policy whore, Mr. President is assured of an intimate welcome in the hillside. We gladly get our bits out for a good fly past by the yesterday squadron if it perpetuates the myth of power and empire.

The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has catalogued nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor.

Are there not enough learned, sceptical people in the UK to challenge the 'accepted' norm of compliance with this self destructive, fascist democracy?
See y'all at the No To NATO protest.
Depressingly predictable comments from the brainwashed masses who deludedly swallow the establishment line of 'our influence, importance and clout in the world ie The Empire - Falklands, Isle of Wight et al. About time that we saw the future King George in combat fatigues? How about a training run for him in uncle Harry's Apache, wasting a few colonial peasants who dare not to smoke the same cigarettes as me, eat non supermarket food or look shifty? The UK as the USA's favourite foreign policy whore, Mr. President is assured of an intimate welcome in the hillside. We gladly get our bits out for a good fly past by the yesterday squadron if it perpetuates the myth of power and empire. The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has catalogued nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. Are there not enough learned, sceptical people in the UK to challenge the 'accepted' norm of compliance with this self destructive, fascist democracy? See y'all at the No To NATO protest. sword of truth
  • Score: -3

3:42am Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Honestly I don't know what all the fuss is about with this nato summit, I never even heard of it since the argus mentioned it

I still don't know what it's all about, all I is 60 world leaders are meeting up to talk about politics.
If that's the case, then so what just let them get on with it, the faster it's done the faster they leave.

If the world leaders don't want all this fuss then why do they mention it, why not keep it secret from the public and meet up in a discreet location. If people notice they are missing then I sure they can come up with some sort or cover story, or simply tell the truth and.say so what, they don't need our permission to leave do they?.

BUT anyway it sounds like it will be a nice day out especially for the kids. Just be nice if they give a rough guideline on how much each thing will cost (like the obstacle course, or a rough Idea on the meal prices). Prices don't need to be exact, just a rough idea.
Honestly I don't know what all the fuss is about with this nato summit, I never even heard of it since the argus mentioned it I still don't know what it's all about, all I is 60 world leaders are meeting up to talk about politics. If that's the case, then so what just let them get on with it, the faster it's done the faster they leave. If the world leaders don't want all this fuss then why do they mention it, why not keep it secret from the public and meet up in a discreet location. If people notice they are missing then I sure they can come up with some sort or cover story, or simply tell the truth and.say so what, they don't need our permission to leave do they?. BUT anyway it sounds like it will be a nice day out especially for the kids. Just be nice if they give a rough guideline on how much each thing will cost (like the obstacle course, or a rough Idea on the meal prices). Prices don't need to be exact, just a rough idea. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -4

9:21am Sun 10 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

sword of truth wrote:
Depressingly predictable comments from the brainwashed masses who deludedly swallow the establishment line of 'our influence, importance and clout in the world ie The Empire - Falklands, Isle of Wight et al.
About time that we saw the future King George in combat fatigues? How about a training run for him in uncle Harry's Apache, wasting a few colonial peasants who dare not to smoke the same cigarettes as me, eat non supermarket food or look shifty? The UK as the USA's favourite foreign policy whore, Mr. President is assured of an intimate welcome in the hillside. We gladly get our bits out for a good fly past by the yesterday squadron if it perpetuates the myth of power and empire.

The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has catalogued nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor.

Are there not enough learned, sceptical people in the UK to challenge the 'accepted' norm of compliance with this self destructive, fascist democracy?
See y'all at the No To NATO protest.
Almost poetic. A lament for the passing of the comforting certainties-Uncle Joe, Beria, The Wall, but expressed not in 2014-speak but in the 1960's tones of the hairy lefties who used to moo and bleat their way round Grosvenor Square.
Thank God for the many who died to preserve your right to your version of free speech and that your version of "the truth" did not prevail.
And indeed thank Him that you, unlike myself, are part of the socialist intelligentsia (pardon me if I giggle at the oxymoron) and not the "brainwashed masses"
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Depressingly predictable comments from the brainwashed masses who deludedly swallow the establishment line of 'our influence, importance and clout in the world ie The Empire - Falklands, Isle of Wight et al. About time that we saw the future King George in combat fatigues? How about a training run for him in uncle Harry's Apache, wasting a few colonial peasants who dare not to smoke the same cigarettes as me, eat non supermarket food or look shifty? The UK as the USA's favourite foreign policy whore, Mr. President is assured of an intimate welcome in the hillside. We gladly get our bits out for a good fly past by the yesterday squadron if it perpetuates the myth of power and empire. The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has catalogued nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. Are there not enough learned, sceptical people in the UK to challenge the 'accepted' norm of compliance with this self destructive, fascist democracy? See y'all at the No To NATO protest.[/p][/quote]Almost poetic. A lament for the passing of the comforting certainties-Uncle Joe, Beria, The Wall, but expressed not in 2014-speak but in the 1960's tones of the hairy lefties who used to moo and bleat their way round Grosvenor Square. Thank God for the many who died to preserve your right to your version of free speech and that your version of "the truth" did not prevail. And indeed thank Him that you, unlike myself, are part of the socialist intelligentsia (pardon me if I giggle at the oxymoron) and not the "brainwashed masses" Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

10:09am Sun 10 Aug 14

DGee123 says...

Constant war is an evolutionary inevitability - see the Red Queen Hypothesis.

Given that, we may as well back the side that provides the best quality of life for its subjects. I believe the best measure of quality of life is to examine which countries have subjects fleeing, and which countries attract new subjects from other countries. Also consider which countries tend to try to avoid civilian casualties - even if that's for entirely cynical reasons that get disregarded regularly, it's better than no consideration at all.

I'd say to protesters - keep kicking NATO's a**e to improve, by all means. Healthy criticism keeps people sharp. But please understand that many people don't wish to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and DO NOT DAMAGE OUR HOME WITH GRAFFITI AND RUBBISH, thanks very much.
Constant war is an evolutionary inevitability - see the Red Queen Hypothesis. Given that, we may as well back the side that provides the best quality of life for its subjects. I believe the best measure of quality of life is to examine which countries have subjects fleeing, and which countries attract new subjects from other countries. Also consider which countries tend to try to avoid civilian casualties - even if that's for entirely cynical reasons that get disregarded regularly, it's better than no consideration at all. I'd say to protesters - keep kicking NATO's a**e to improve, by all means. Healthy criticism keeps people sharp. But please understand that many people don't wish to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and DO NOT DAMAGE OUR HOME WITH GRAFFITI AND RUBBISH, thanks very much. DGee123
  • Score: 7

12:20pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

sword of truth wrote:
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
And what is your solution to the problems the world is facing?
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?[/p][/quote]And what is your solution to the problems the world is facing? Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

paddyparry wrote:
It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.
I second that.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.[/p][/quote]I second that. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
sword of truth wrote:
Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest?
Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?
And what is your solution to the problems the world is facing?
They don't have them. It isn't part of the leftie psyche. Just like the protest outside St Paul's cathedral. They couldn't articulate a single plausible alternative beyond 'down with that sort of thing'.
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Trust that the many thousands of widowed, bereaved, maimed and traumatised victims of this criminal organisation will be given flags to wave and VIP seats at this grotesque drone-fest? Perhaps send them home with a couple of BAAE or LOCKHEED MARTIN shares each that they may use to barter in their local market?[/p][/quote]And what is your solution to the problems the world is facing?[/p][/quote]They don't have them. It isn't part of the leftie psyche. Just like the protest outside St Paul's cathedral. They couldn't articulate a single plausible alternative beyond 'down with that sort of thing'. Stevenboy
  • Score: 3

5:11pm Sun 10 Aug 14

davidcp says...

Roger Elliot wrote:
Top songs which should be performed at the festival:-
"Masters of War" Bob Dylan

Other suggestions gratefully received.
Men of Harlech? Probably not really sung at Rorke's Drift but my GOD the courage of men like that, stuck with no choice but to fight, and did.

Like NATO forces in the Falklands (OK, only British NATO forces but that counts). NATO forces who frequently conduct humanitarian rescue operations; NATO forces who recovered Kuwait; NATO forces who brought down Sadaam (political boo-boo, not their fault).
[quote][p][bold]Roger Elliot[/bold] wrote: Top songs which should be performed at the festival:- "Masters of War" Bob Dylan Other suggestions gratefully received.[/p][/quote]Men of Harlech? Probably not really sung at Rorke's Drift but my GOD the courage of men like that, stuck with no choice but to fight, and did. Like NATO forces in the Falklands (OK, only British NATO forces but that counts). NATO forces who frequently conduct humanitarian rescue operations; NATO forces who recovered Kuwait; NATO forces who brought down Sadaam (political boo-boo, not their fault). davidcp
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

"The Boy's Own Paper was a British story
paper aimed at young and teenage boys,
published from 1879 to 1967."
"The Boy's Own Paper was a British story paper aimed at young and teenage boys, published from 1879 to 1967." KarloMarko
  • Score: 3

7:12am Mon 11 Aug 14

Dolieboy says...

Who cares about the NATO summit ? It won't change the lives of anyone in Newport, and doubt it will change the lives of anyone in many of the countries currently in turmoil. Syria - the red line that was crossed - what happened ? ISIS, Ukraine etc.
Who cares about the NATO summit ? It won't change the lives of anyone in Newport, and doubt it will change the lives of anyone in many of the countries currently in turmoil. Syria - the red line that was crossed - what happened ? ISIS, Ukraine etc. Dolieboy
  • Score: 2

1:49am Tue 12 Aug 14

artsfan says...

RoughJustice4U wrote:
paddyparry wrote:
It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.
Well said.
If nothing had been organised, no doubt the doom and gloom brigade would be on here moaning about wasted opportunities and Newport missing out on the event.
How many lit a candle for the WW1 troops, and attend the Remembrance Parades, then come here and throw insults at out troops.
Stop sitting on the fence, you will only get splinters .
How about Steelers Wheel..."Stuck in the middle" for your tune...
I didn't notice anybody insulting our troops, only our Government for sending them off to fight illegal wars and using them as cannon fodder. Many young people join the forces because there aren't enough decent jobs with halfway decent prospects for them elsewhere. When they come home from fighting wars, scarred either mentally, physically, or both they frequently have to depend on charities to help them out.

How about 'Billy don't be a hero' ? I always liked that song. I went out with a soldier called Billy, way back in the day. He was cute! Married a sailor in the end though. All of which is totally irrelevant, but it's sometimes nice to think back to the good ol' bad ol' days.
[quote][p][bold]RoughJustice4U[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: It is good to see people exercising their right to free speech and protest. You don't have to go to the festival if it so insulting to you. However it is because of organisations like this, and the people who were injured or kilked, that you have the freedom to express your views. Had your Socialist comrades had their way you would not have such freedom of expression. Then again, you're to blinkered, prejudiced or stupid, to realise that.[/p][/quote]Well said. If nothing had been organised, no doubt the doom and gloom brigade would be on here moaning about wasted opportunities and Newport missing out on the event. How many lit a candle for the WW1 troops, and attend the Remembrance Parades, then come here and throw insults at out troops. Stop sitting on the fence, you will only get splinters . How about Steelers Wheel..."Stuck in the middle" for your tune...[/p][/quote]I didn't notice anybody insulting our troops, only our Government for sending them off to fight illegal wars and using them as cannon fodder. Many young people join the forces because there aren't enough decent jobs with halfway decent prospects for them elsewhere. When they come home from fighting wars, scarred either mentally, physically, or both they frequently have to depend on charities to help them out. How about 'Billy don't be a hero' ? I always liked that song. I went out with a soldier called Billy, way back in the day. He was cute! Married a sailor in the end though. All of which is totally irrelevant, but it's sometimes nice to think back to the good ol' bad ol' days. artsfan
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8:38am Tue 12 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

I THINK Artsfan is pretending to be female. Or else there's a Mr & Mrs Artsfan because the comment is more wistful than vitriolically abrasive, which is the standard Artsfan Speak. Isn't dual authorship against the rules?
I THINK Artsfan is pretending to be female. Or else there's a Mr & Mrs Artsfan because the comment is more wistful than vitriolically abrasive, which is the standard Artsfan Speak. Isn't dual authorship against the rules? Dai Rear
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