Pennod 1 Pobol y Rhondda


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Siôn Tomos Owen sy'n teithio trwy Gwm Rhondda gyda'i frwsh a'i baent i greu cyfres o luniau trawiadol o'r cwm. Siôn Tomos Owen travels through the Rhondda painting pictures alon...


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-Shwmae!

-I'm Sion Tomos Owen, a Rhondda boy.

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-I love it here. It's full of

-possibilities for artists like me.

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-I always look for different ways

-of portraying the valley in my work.

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-During the series, I'll speak

-to lots of interesting people.

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-I'll paint pictures reflecting

-what the valley is really like.

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-I'll put them together

-to create a big new map...

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-..of the lives

-of the Rhondda people.

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-The Rhondda Heritage Park...

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-..in the shadow

-of the valley's last mine wheel.

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-It's an obvious and apt place

-to draw my first picture.

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-Off we go then.

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-Though I don't want to be cliched...

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-..you can't talk about the valley's

-history without talking about coal.

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-When you enter the valley...

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-..the first thing you see

-is the big red wheel...

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-..in the heritage park as you come

-through Trehafod and into Porth.

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-It's what a lot of people

-associate with the Rhondda.

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-Every street is different but these

-are your classic terraced houses.

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-Two up, two down.

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-As it's based on

-the top of the valley...

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-..I'd say

-it's Brook Street in Blaenrhondda.

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-They're quite small.

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-From small houses

-to my small family.

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-I'm back

-in the family home in Treorchy...

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-..with Mam, Dad and my brother Dan.

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-You saw them in the first series.

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-Mam is now retired.

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-But she has plenty of work

-looking after these two.

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-What did they think of

-the programme? Dad wasn't happy.

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-Why?

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-People were coming here

-and having a look around!

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-When you saw a camera crew, what

-did you think they were going to do?

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-I didn't mean that.

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-You said you didn't think

-anyone would watch it.

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-You didn't think people would watch.

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-You didn't think people would watch.

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-No, what I said was...

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-..I thought it was a background

-to a history for yourself.

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-It was.

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-It was.

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-Not an in-depth look at the family.

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-And, I let the side down 'cos

-I can't speak Welsh as well as you.

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-No, the main thing people liked

-was that you could converse in both.

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-That it was a bilingual discussion.

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-In the show, we showed people

-who spoke Welsh and English.

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-Most of the time,

-the people who spoke English...

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-..could understand the conversation

-and chip in, like you did.

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-They liked the scenery.

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-They liked the scenery.

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-Yes.

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-I think they were just nosy,

-looking at the house!

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-People like to see

-if they know people on telly.

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-Oh, yeah.

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-Oh, yeah.

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-Or to see themselves.

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-If someone walked past Vous

-when you were filming...

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-..they'd say "I was on that."

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-I know that when we filmed

-in The Lion, they were livid...

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-..because they were howling.

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-They were gutted.

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-When I went out, people were saying,

-"Pobol y Rhondda, innit."

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-"You're good at presenting."

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-"Wasn't me, bud. My brother."

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-A couple of people have said that.

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-Guess what the biggest change

-has been for me since last year.

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-Oh, hubcap!

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-Hubcap off.

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-If you saw the first series...

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-..you'd know that Becky and I

-have had a daughter.

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-Who are you?

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-Since then...

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-..Eira Lily has filled almost

-every hour of the day, and night.

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-It's a lot better than I expected.

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-Some babies cry all night

-and don't sleep.

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-But she sleeps well.

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-She plays well too. Don't you?

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-She does usually.

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-What do you want?

-Do you want to come up?

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-At the moment, she wants to stand up

-and walk everywhere.

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-She's happy walking.

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-She's trying to talk.

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-She likes to clap.

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-Clap hands?

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-Wave?

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-Or make Dadi look silly on TV?

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-Hiya!

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-Ooh, a book.

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-I know everyone says

-their child is clever...

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-..but she seems to be

-enjoying books.

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-Giving her a book is the only thing

-that keeps her quiet.

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-She likes singing too.

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-I wanted her to like jazz

-but she doesn't like jazz.

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-She cries,

-which makes her mum very happy.

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-Who's that?

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-She likes to take photos.

-We take a lot of photos.

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-We post a lot.

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-Once, when we hadn't done it

-for a while...

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-..people in the Post Office

-were saying...

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-.."Why haven't you put another

-video up? Put more videos up."

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-I said, "Of what?"

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-"Not of you, is it. Of Eira."

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-A couple of people know her

-down the street.

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-They ignore me

-and just talk to Eira.

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-She waves at everyone.

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-Crossing the road.

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-For Eira's first birthday,

-I wanted to do something different.

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-Something I'd have forever...

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-..and something that would

-hopefully be important for Eira too.

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-I think I found the answer.

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-I wanted to have the tattoo

-after Eira was born.

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-The symbol of a snowflake

-looks nice. (Eira is snow in Welsh).

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-So I started to design

-different snowflakes.

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-I wanted to add stuff to it too.

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-When I was in school, loads of boys

-were obsessed with tattoos.

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-I've always wanted one.

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-Another family member has a tattoo -

-Dan.

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-He had his done when he was 14.

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-But he's always looked quite old.

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-I remember him coming home,

-blushing a little...

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-..with a smile on his face.

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-I asked, "What's wrong with you?"

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-"I've had a tattoo!"

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-He turned round, bent over,

-dropped his trousers...

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-..and showed his tattoo

-on his bum cheek!

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-I just thought, "My brother's

-cooler than me already."

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-It did look brilliant.

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-A lot of friends

-don't expect me to have one.

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-I'm going to have one though -

-I know which one I want.

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-Shwmae!

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-Alright?

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-Alright?

-

-Good, thanks.

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-Gavin and I were at school together.

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-He opened this tattoo shop

-in Ton Pentre five years ago.

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-He travels to Japan regularly

-for training.

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-I'm in safe hands therefore.

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-You have options.

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-I'm a bit nervous...

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-..because I can see the ink

-and stuff.

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-It's like being at the barber's.

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-It's like being at the barber's.

-

-A little.

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-Cleaning the skin.

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-As you said,

-as long as it looks good.

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-Are you ready?

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-Yes.

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-No longer a virgin!

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-How does it feel?

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-It's odd. It isn't how I expected.

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-So the blob goes down...

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-..and then you make the hole

-and it absorbs.

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-So it goes in the holes.

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-So it goes in the holes.

-

-It's osmosis.

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-So the needle goes in the skin.

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-When it comes out,

-the skin closes...

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-It closes on the ink.

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-It pulls the ink into the hole.

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-Have you ever refused to do any?

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-That's a difficult question.

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-I'm not...

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-I'm not wearing it.

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-So you're not prejudiced

-towards the design.

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-I try not to be but it's hard...

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-..because it's my reputation

-on the line.

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-A tattoo -

-you're taking it to the grave.

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-I'm really pleased with it.

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-It's a lot better than

-what I envisaged when I designed it.

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-There we are. OK.

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-Just going to clean it up.

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-Cool!

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-It's hard thinking about it.

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-Two hours ago,

-there was nothing there.

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-Now there is something

-and it's permanent.

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-Hopefully, anyway.

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-Hopefully, anyway.

-

-Yes.

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-Welcome to the team.

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-The Black Gold gang.

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-Yeah. I'm part of the tribe.

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-Thank you.

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-Cracking.

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-In the next part, I'll try to keep

-these bonkers lot in check.

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-I'll carry on painting

-in the Heritage Park...

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-..and I'll impersonate Frank Sinatra

-with The DB Big Band.

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-During the series, I will paint

-seven different pictures...

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-..which will create a big new map

-of the Rhondda.

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-This part

-represents Penpych mountain...

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-..with its roots

-deep underground...

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-..down to the coal itself.

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-But it's people that make a place.

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-The faces that flow like a waterfall

-down the mountain...

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-..represents the people

-who make the Rhondda what it is.

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-Up to Treherbert next

-in the upper part of Rhondda Fawr.

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-I'm meeting Rhian Jones

-and her furry friends.

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-Hello! Come in.

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-Hello! Come in.

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-Thank you.

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-Come and meet the dogs.

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-Are there lots here?

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-Are there lots here?

-

-Only three today.

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-Flippin' 'eck!

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-Flippin' 'eck!

-

-Back! Back.

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-You're alright.

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-They're fine.

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-Yeah?!

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-Hello!

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-He's off already!

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-He's off already!

-

-He's seen the mice.

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-There are mice there.

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-In her home, Rhian runs

-Doctor Dolittle's Dog Grooming.

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-She looks after dogs

-when their owners go on holiday.

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-These dogs definitely seem

-very much at home here.

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-The people come for a meet and greet

-first of all.

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-They bring the dog,

-look at the house and talk to me.

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-We check if my dogs

-are OK with their dog.

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-Do they leave dietary tips

-or say you have to do this or that?

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-There are lots of forms

-for them to fill in.

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-I go over them.

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-They fill in what the dog eats,

-when it eats...

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-..any medicine they take,

-whether they bite.

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-Anything.

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-The more I know,

-the better it is for the dog.

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-One person wrote three A4 sides!

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-"My dog s***s. My dog does this."

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-Everything!

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-I just need to know the basics

-so I know what to do.

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-Is it hard to stop them

-running about?

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-Or do you let them do it?

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-There are baby gates

-around the place.

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-So if you're making food...

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-Even for Beau?!

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-Even for Beau?!

-

-Oh, yeah.

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-I saw a trampoline.

-They don't go on that, do they?

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-Oh, yeah.

-A lot go on the trampoline.

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-I was on it yesterday thinking

-I'd have peace and quiet.

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-No, the Labrador went boing

-and landed on top of me!

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-I was trying to go through my diary

-and the Labrador was sitting on me.

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-Come here! Lie down!

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-Come on. Grub's up.

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-Mealtimes are hard

-because they want to swap.

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-You have to stand over them

-or have one in every room.

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-When you're eating chips,

-someone else's chips are nicer.

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-After having a bellyful of food,

-the dogs are bursting to go out.

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-But who's leading who?!

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-It might be better to let her

-walk through the door...

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-..because

-she'll pull you through it!

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-Which way?

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-After all that, time for a rest.

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-A chance for us to look over

-the highest part of the valley.

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-That's the basin.

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-Penpych, Blaencwm and Blaenrhondda.

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-Are Pixie Bridge and the station

-down there?

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-Pixie Bridge is behind that tree.

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-Pixie Bridge is behind that tree.

-

-Right.

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-Pixie Bridge goes up towards

-that big black crack...

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-..which we used to call

-King Kong's Bum.

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-There are two meanings

-to the wheel in the picture.

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-It represents the mine wheels,

-the valley's past...

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-..and inside it is an image

-of the tattoo I have on my arm.

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-That represents Eira

-and the valley's future.

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-I love all types of music.

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-There are superb musicians

-from the Rhondda.

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-Owain Harris is one of them.

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-He's a music teacher and is also

-the conductor of this big band.

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-# Almost Like Being in Love #

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-# What a day this has been,

-what a rare mood I'm in

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-# Yes, it's almost

-like being in love #

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-Owain, I've just heard

-The Dave Barry Big Band.

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-No, it's been renamed -

-we're now The DB Big Band.

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-We used to be called Dave Barry.

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-Barry is over there somewhere

-and Dave has now left the band.

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-They started the band.

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-Were you a founding member?

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-Were you a founding member?

-

-Yes, in 2003.

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-I played with some of the men

-in the band some years before...

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-..while I was still at school,

-in 1995/96.

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-The band was formed

-out of another band in 2003.

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-It's me and two or three others that

-are left from the original band.

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-154, sing, sing, sing!

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-We don't have a committee

-in contrast to other brass bands.

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-That was decided

-in the first rehearsal.

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-You're a democracy.

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-You're a democracy.

-

-Of sorts.

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-It's a dictatorship/democracy!

-Somewhere in the middle!

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-# Sing, Sing, Sing #

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-Are there professional musicians

-in the band?

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-Yes - some are teachers,

-some have retired...

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-..there are lorry drivers, insurance

-salesmen and college lecturers too.

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-Does the repertoire change

-according to who's in the band?

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-Or does it change with the times?

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-Or does it change with the times?

-

-It changes with time.

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-It depends.

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-We play Lady Gaga

-and stuff like that.

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-It varies.

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-We try and play

-a bit of whatever's current...

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-..especially when we do weddings...

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-..and corporate gigs

-in Cardiff and so on.

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-We have to vary what we do.

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-People still love swing music.

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-Claire, how did you end up

-singing with The DB Band?

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-Owain and I

-had been friends for years.

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-He said he was playing in a band

-but they had no singer...

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-..and asked if I was willing

-to sing with them one evening.

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-I replied, "Brilliant.

-What type of band is it?"

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-"A big band."

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-I said, "What?!" It's

-a 17-piece big band. "Yeah, OK."

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-I've been with the band

-just about from when it started.

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-I've seen the band

-grow, develop and improve.

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-# And I learned how to carry on

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-# And so you're back

-from outer space #

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-It's quite a shock when you sing...

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-..because the sound hits the back

-of your head and you think, "Wow."

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-It's a wall of sound.

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-It's a great experience.

-It's brilliant.

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-# Go on now, go

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-# Walk out the door #

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-I was raised in Porth.

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-Mam and Dad live in Porth.

-All my family live in the Rhondda.

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-I'm a Valleys girl through

-and through and proud of it.

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-Have you had any memorable gigs -

-good or bad?

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-Yeah, we've played

-at grand country houses in England.

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-You just sit there thinking,

-"Why are we here?"

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-I remember once walking in and quite

-a posh Englishman says to us...

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-.."My, how have you managed

-to cobble together...

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-"..such a group of musicians

-from the Valleys?"

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-We just sat there smiling, thinking,

-"OK, they're paying us."

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-But, yeah...

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-Is there a chance

-I could play with you?

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-I can sing but I've never sung

-in such a big band.

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-No problem, yeah.

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-Choose a song. It'll be fun.

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-What do you fancy?

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-I like singing

-Frankie and Deano numbers.

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-Frank Sinatra. New York, New York?

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-Frank Sinatra. New York, New York?

-

-Yeah, or That's Life.

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-We'll do That's Life.

-It has a nice guitar solo too.

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-# That's life

0:20:500:20:52

-# That's what all the people say

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-# Some... Riding high in April,

-shot down in May

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-# But I know

-I'm not gonna change that tune

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-# When I'm back on top,

-back on top in June

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-# I said, that's life

0:21:130:21:15

-# And as funny as it may seem

0:21:170:21:20

-# Some people get their kicks

-stompin' on a dream

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-# But I don't let it,

-let it get me down

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-# 'Cos this fine old world

-it just keeps spinnin' around #

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-I'm quite happy with it

-now it's finished.

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-I'd be forever touching it up

-if I stayed here.

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-I'm pleased with it.

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-It looks like

-how I wanted it to look.

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-# And I can't deny it

0:22:020:22:04

-# Many times

-I thought of cuttin' out

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-# But my heart

-just ain't gonna buy it

0:22:070:22:10

-# But if there's nothing shakin'

-come this here July

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-# I'm gonna roll myself up

-in a big ball

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-# And die

0:22:210:22:29

-# My, my #

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-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.

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Siôn Tomos Owen sy'n teithio trwy Gwm Rhondda gyda'i frwsh a'i baent i greu cyfres o luniau trawiadol o'r cwm. Siôn Tomos Owen travels through the Rhondda painting pictures along the way.