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Saturday, 4 September 2010

Film Star Michael Douglas turned his head back and smiled at us while I was joking with my little girl on Swansea Seafront

The day we saw that poor girl fall from her bike onto the rocks by Blackpill Bridge (Swansea seafront,) was the same day famous actor Michael Douglas smiled at us.

My little girl had talked me into buying a beach lilo for the outdoor paddling pool along Swansea Seafront near Blackpill Bridge and Mumbles. I was just putting the change away in my purse and she was off as fast as she could to try it out in the children's open air paddling pool. I shouted out to her "that lilo is bigger than you" and laughed. A very handsome, well dressed man turned his head and smiled at us both. Of my gosh, he looked just like actor Michael Douglas, I thought to myself. At the time I thought no it is just a coincidence.

Last night, my friend and I went out to get a take away and we saw a local paper with an article about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and it confirmed they had been here in Swansea when I saw him. When I told my little girl we saw a very famous American film star by the Swansea outdoor paddling pool she said "Mummy I could not see anything as the lilo was so big." Bless!

Then when I told my friend Lyndsey she said "yes, that would have been Michael Douglas." I thought to myself I can see exactly what Catherine Zeta-Jones sees in him. He has a lovely smile, and kind nature about him and is very handsome. When I read that he thinks he has been a bad farther because of his career, I felt so sorry for him. All he was doing was providing for his children. It is not his fault his son got in with the wrong people. I really hope his son pulls himself together and makes his Dad proud as he is lucky to have a farther that cares.

Lyndsey's Mum and Dad go out with Catherine Zeta-Jones parents quite frequently. And Lyndsey went to school with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bony Tyler. Life is never dull here in Swansea!

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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Cycling accident along Swansea Seafront next to Blackpill bridge, which crosses the stream to the sea, August 2010 - Danger be careful!

Yesterday was such a lovely sunny day my partner dropped our daughter and I off at the wonderful outdoor paddling pool along Swansea Seafront, near Mumbles, which is just brilliant for the kids. Really clean water and just the right water height for paddling. Wonderful views of the beach and sea and close by the play area where they can go on the swings etc. There is even a wonderful train that takes you along the seafront, a restaurant and little shop where you can buy beach things, drinks, snacks, and ice-creams.

My little girl got me to buy a beach Lilo for the outdoor pool. Mummy of course had to lay on the beach Lilo while she dragged me around the pool. Cold, very cold! But hey kids don't mid, I know I was never bothered by cold water when I was a child. I decided it was time for a cup of hot tea, so bought one at the shop close by which was very reasonable. Then I came up with a plan. Time to find her a friend to play with. I got her to approached a couple of girls and they were not very friendly. Then I saw a little girl with goggles and said she looks adventurous go and ask her to play with you and the beach Lilo. When she started talking to the little girl they were giggling and getting on as if they had known each other for years. Then she came over and said Mum it's my friend from school. Her Mum waved and I went over to chat. No longer on our own, fantastic!

After a while my little one was shivering so my friend suggested we go along the beach to a secluded part of the beach under the cycling bridge (Blackpill Bridge) next to a lovely stream that went into the sea. The children were having a ball collecting shells and paddling in the shallow stream, when all of a sudden I hear my friend scream. She sees a cyclist lose control of her bike on the cycling path and fall down onto the rocks just opposite us. Words cannot express the shock and horror we felt for this poor girl, who was probably in her early 20's. My friends young son walked through the stream to get to her with a towel as she had badly injured herself. The beach Lilo came in very handy as she was clearly hurt and very uncomfortable on the pebbles below. Just crossing the stream in bare feet was painful so she must have been in absolute agony falling on them. She sat down on the beach Lilo with blood pouring from her face. We were amazed she could stand let alone walk. My friend had called for an ambulance straight away. Thank goodness she managed to get a signal.

You just feel so helpless when something like that happens. The paramedic came and later the ambulance.

My friend went over to see if there was anything she could do as she knew a little bit about first aid and putting pressure on the wound. I don't want to go into details but the poor girl was in a very bad way. Her fingers were in a terrible state, her toe probably broken, but the most damage was to her face. When I got back home my other friend called me who is a nurse and works in the burns unit. She said that she will no doubt see the young girl as her unit deals with plastics re reconstructing her face. If only I had called my friend the day before she would have come with us and could have helped that poor young girl.

Cycling around the Swansea Seafront is really beautiful but that one part is very dangerous for any inexperienced cyclist, or child so please be careful. The cycling route gives you the option to go another way, which by passes this dangerous part near the bridge. My friend said as a child she remembers losing control of her bike and nearly falling onto the rocks below. And is very cautious with her children near the bridge. I recall my NZ friend lost her brother to a cycling accident in Murray's Bay, where he lost control and fell to the rocks below.

Don't let this put you off, as cycling along the Swansea seafront is something I would love to do, even now. But I will make sure we take the other cycling path opposite Blackpill Bridge, which crosses the stream below.  

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Little Princess film was similar to my Nan's (Louise Sybil Stanley Myles) story but far, far worse

I wanted to upload a picture of my Nan, Louise Sybil Stanley Myles, the reason I cannot is another story. I am glad I have my Nan's strength, she never gave up either! So instead here is a picture of her on this video. And the funny thing is she is holding a monkey like the money in the Little Princess film. I am searching for old photographs and history on my Nan (Louise Sybil Stanley Myles.) She had a very sad childhood, and I wish share her story at the Universal Children's Day in November in Hastings E. Sussex.

Last night I watched the Little Princess film with my little angel. She enjoyed the story as much as I did when I first watched it with my Nan in front of her old gas hire, but we watched the original one with Shirley Temple, a total classic. This Little Princess story was similar to Nan's childhood true story. Sadly there was no happy ending for Nan and her brothers, and they endured far worse.

Although I wish to trace pictures of my Great Great Grandmother LeFever, and wish to trace her family for pictures of my Great Great Grandad Robert Hartland Stanley Myles. I wonder if pictures of my Great Nan Winifred Josephine, Nan and her brothers were kept. Or binned? I wonder if they know the family secret?

Last night I looked up at the sky and it was as if their was the letter "S" circling the moon in a beautiful orange colour. I took a picture and the moon became a heart. I wonder if that was Nan showing me she is looking down on me.

Have you ever suffered some sort of racist attack? It is amazing how the old wars still haunt us and play a big part in racism against those that had nothing to do with what our ancestors did. I could tell you some true stories, ones that you would not believe could happen in this day and age. I love and adore my Nan, but I am glad I my skin was white when I was growing up as otherwise I would have been picked on at school like my brother, and my dear friend Mandy, who is liaising with me re Universal Children's Day.

But even being white and being British has it's down falls. The War again, and again, it never goes away and people never forget, which is a good thing sometimes, as we need to remember those that lost their lives. But don't blame individual people for what happened years ago or for what is happening today, as we are all different and have our own set of values and most people today know wrong from right.

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