Pennod 8 Pobol y Rhondda


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Pennod 8

Sgwrs gyda Shelley Rees-Owen, Stacey o Pobol y Cwm, a datgelu map mawr y gyfres. In the final programme, Sion meets actress Shelley Rees-Owen and reveals his grand map of the Rh...


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-Shwmae!

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

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-I love it here.

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-It's full of interesting people

-and superb scenery.

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-It's the perfect place

-for an artist like me.

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-Over the last few weeks,

-I've painted a series of pictures...

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-..reflecting how I see the valley.

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-Today, I'm putting them together

-to create a large new map...

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-..of the lives

-of the Rhondda people.

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-The Heritage Park in Trehafod...

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-..was an obvious and symbolic place

-to start the map.

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-The picture was full of symbols.

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-The mine wheel and the coal itself

-under Penpych mountain...

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-..all kinds of people...

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-..and the terraces that are

-such a feature of the valley.

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-The circle of life

-can be seen in a hospital.

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-Here, in Llwynypia, I painted

-a picture on the theme community.

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-I wanted to convey life experiences

-from the cradle to the grave...

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-..and a few things

-that happen in between.

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-The Oval in Treorchy

-was the place...

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-..to paint the picture about

-the Rhondda's sporting heritage.

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-I had an hour and a half

-to finish the work...

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-..in very cold weather.

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-I had one eye on the paint

-and the other on the game.

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-But I managed to finish it in time

-and put the Zebras on the map.

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-There's no lack of material

-for an artist in this valley.

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-Today, we're starting

-in Ton Pentre...

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-..where I went to meet the actress,

-Shelley Rees-Owen.

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-A chance for Pobol y Rhondda

-to meet Pobol y Cwm...

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-..over a cuppa

-at the community centre.

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-I used to play basketball here

-when I was young.

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-That's how I met my husband,

-playing basketball here.

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-I remember putting my foot

-through the floor in the hall.

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-Was he the one who rescued you?

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-Was he the one who rescued you?

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-No.

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-Hiya, are you OK?

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-Would you like a cup of tea?

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-Would you like a cup of tea?

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-That would be great.

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-Shall I grab a seat?

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-Shall I grab a seat?

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-Take a seat, I'll go and make it.

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-OK?

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-Brilliant. Thank you.

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-Sorry, I spilt half of it

-on the floor.

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-It's busier here now.

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-It's busier here now.

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-I know. Great, isn't it?

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-It's brilliant.

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-You're a local girl.

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-Did you go to Ynyswen?

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-Yes. I was raised in Ton Pentre.

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-We lived in Treorchy

-for four years.

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-We came back because my grandparents

-were still in Ton Pentre.

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-Yes, I'm Ton Pentre

-through and through.

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-After Ynyswen, where did you go?

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-Ysgol Rhydfelen.

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-Ysgol Rhydfelen.

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-That's a long way.

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-I know!

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-Though I went even further.

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-I went to sixth form in Llanhari.

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-I went to sixth form in Llanhari.

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-That's almost in Bridgend!

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-I know! It was because I wanted

-to study Media for my A levels.

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-That's really

-where I got acting opportunities.

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-The drama teachers

-were very supportive.

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-We did a musical.

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-The wife

-of one of the Science teachers...

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-..was a producer on Pobol y Cwm.

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-I didn't know this until she

-came to talk to me after the show.

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-She asked me what my plans were.

-At the time, I had no idea.

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-She told me,

-"The minute you leave school...

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-"..please write to me in the BBC

-and let me know...

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-"..because I'd like

-to keep an eye on you."

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-When I finished school,

-I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.

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-I wrote to her...

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-..and a couple of months later

-I got an audition for Pobol y Cwm.

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-It was bizarre.

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-One part can change everything.

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-One part can change everything.

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-I know.

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-People ask me, "Do you regret

-not going to a drama college?"

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-Over the years, I've had a couple

-of wobbles where I've thought...

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-.."What would I be doing now

-if I had?"

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-But at the time, I thought that

-the university of life was best.

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-Wasn't there more ham available?

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-Wasn't there more ham available?

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-There wasn't any left, Mam.

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-We need more.

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-Anyone at home?

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-Anyone at home?

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-Hiya!

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-Good heavens!

-I didn't expect you until tonight.

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-I changed my mind.

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-When we started, Siw, me,

-Dewi, who played Dyff, and Arwyn...

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-..had a fortnight together

-pre-recording our stuff.

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-That was fantastic.

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-It was important as I knew that the

-Joneses would come in with a bang.

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-It was important

-to get the chemistry right.

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-I remember the rest of the cast...

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-..returning

-after their six-week break.

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-I remember seeing Iola Gregory,

-Mrs Mac, walking down the corridor.

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-I was just thinking,

-"What shall I say?"

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-I had no idea

-so I ran to the toilet to hide!

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-I'd watched Mrs Mac for years.

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-Then Magi Post, Harriet.

-Do you remember Magi Post?

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-I walked into the green room

-very shyly...

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-..and heard her voice

-with her finger pointing like this.

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-"You, come and sit here."

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-I was apprehensive.

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-"Tell me about yourself."

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-I told her my life story.

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-Goodness me.

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-I have to show you something.

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-I found my first script.

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-Gosh.

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-Here's my first Pobol y Cwm script.

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-It was broadcast

-on Wednesday 15 September, 1993.

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-I remember my first line.

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-I had scenes in the school and

-Hywel, the teacher, was asking me...

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-.."Can you tell me

-what an ecosystem is?"

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-Tracey?

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-I'm Stacey, sir, not Tracey.

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-When I found out

-in a couple of months...

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-..that the story was Stacey having

-a relationship with her teacher...

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-..and then later marrying him,

-I was delighted!

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-I've said everything

-that I have to say.

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-It's your turn now.

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-Alright, then.

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-I'll tell you exactly how I feel,

-shall I?

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-The only thing that's on my mind

-all day is you.

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-You and nothing else!

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-I can't help myself.

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-I received letters from people,

-from teachers, sent to the BBC...

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-..saying, "Relationships between

-teachers and pupils don't happen."

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-People got angry about it.

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-..to witness that I, Stacey Doris...

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-..take you, Hywel Maelgwn...

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-..take you, Hywel Maelgwn...

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-.. take you, Hywel Maelgwn...

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-..to be my lawful wedded husband.

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-..to be my lawful wedded husband.

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-..to be my lawful wedded husband.

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-I'm so supportive of Pobol y Cwm...

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-..what it does and its duty as

-a programme in terms of Welshness.

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-I love being there. It's such

-an important programme to me.

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-Congratulations and best wishes.

-You may kiss the bride.

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-I've been away from it

-for eight years now, full-time.

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-I've been working flat out

-since then doing various things.

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-I tutor at a youth theatre

-in Porthcawl.

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-That's great.

-There are over 200 members.

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-Brilliant.

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-A little bit

-of local politics too...

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-..and then, two years ago...

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-..I was lucky enough to get

-a fantastic part in Gwaith Cartref.

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-I saw a poster on the wall

-when I was working in the school.

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-I love it. Love it.

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-Everything alright, Mrs Isaacs?

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-You look harassed to me.

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-You look harassed to me.

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-Me?! No.

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-Have you lost something?

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-Have you lost something?

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-No.

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-I'm just tidying up.

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-I can't find the money box

-for the summer fair.

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-I'm worried someone's stolen it.

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-I'm worried someone's stolen it.

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-Have you mentioned it to Dr Murphy?

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-I haven't had the chance.

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-I haven't had the chance.

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-Good.

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-Come with me into my office.

-Two heads are better than one.

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-Throughout your career,

-have you always lived in Ton Pentre?

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-Yes.

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-I bought the house in 1993

-and I still live in it.

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-Mam lives around the corner,

-my sister is next door but one.

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-My other sister has gone a long way,

-up to Treherbert.

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-A long way!

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-Our friends are there.

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-I live in the street

-next to the one I was raised.

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-I know everyone. I love it there.

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-I know everyone. I love it there.

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-It's the same with me.

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-My family's here,

-my friends are here.

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-No, no.

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-I'd get a shock

-if I ever left Ton Pentre.

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-It would take something special

-for me to leave.

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-Llanwonno - a glorious place

-right among the mountains.

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-It sits between the Cynon Valley on

-one side, Pontypridd on the other...

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-..and Rhondda Fach.

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-There are now only two buildings

-here - a church and a pub.

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-Guess which one I'm going to.

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-Hello, Sion, alright?

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-What would you like?

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-What would you like?

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-Beer, please.

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-The Brynffynon is an old, old pub.

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-The owner, Aaron Lewis,

-is a good friend of mine.

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-How long have you been the landlord

-in Brynffynon?

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-We've been here since January 2008.

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-That's nine years now.

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-Quite a lot has changed.

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-I remember stopping here on the way

-back from the Green Man Festival...

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-..for a drink.

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-That's the year you took over.

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-There was nothing out the back.

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-You could only have a light lunch.

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-What have you done

-since coming here?

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-We've just tidied it up really

-and done things properly.

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-Nice food...

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-Definitely.

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-Definitely.

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-Excellent beer, a fireplace.

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-A proper country pub really.

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-For a country pub, how do you

-attract people to come here?

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-I don't know. I don't really know!

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-We do a lot on social media.

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-Everyone can see what we're doing.

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-People just come here to see

-what's going on, what we're about.

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-Is it easier that you're

-in the middle of three valleys?

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-I think so.

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-I think so.

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-You get a mix of people.

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-People come from everywhere.

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-They don't just come

-from the Valleys.

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-They come from Cardiff, Swansea.

-Everywhere.

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-My brother and Kyle

-have worked behind the bar.

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-They say

-that specific groups come here.

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-Yes, farmers and walkers,

-or people who come here...

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-..to go horse riding,

-to cycle or ride motorbikes.

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-It attracts all sorts.

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-Route 47 also passes here.

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-So cyclists come past.

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-So cyclists come past.

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-Over the top, yes.

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-Over the top

-as far west as they want to go.

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-You didn't always own this pub.

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-What did you do

-after leaving school?

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-I worked in Lidl.

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-From Lidl, I went to work with Jamie

-down in Porth, The Bicycle Doctor.

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-I repaired bikes with him.

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-Then I was a driving instructor.

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-Then I was a driving instructor.

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-Were you?

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-Then from a driving instructor

-to buying this pub.

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-Quite a jump. Why?

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-Why did you make that decision?

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-I just thought, "Just do it."

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-"Do it now

-when you've got the chance."

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-In the back of the pub...

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-..Aaron's built a posh marquee

-for special occasions.

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-This is our new marquee

-where weddings are held.

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-Today, there are baby showers here

-and people having afternoon teas.

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-There's a bar in here.

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-There's a bar in here.

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-Ooh. It looks good.

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-It's unfinished.

-It's a work in progress.

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-Proper swank.

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-Proper swank.

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-It's better than what was here.

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-It looks great.

-It's deep in the Valleys.

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-I'll have to come up for afternoon

-tea. I'll bring the family.

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-Thank you.

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-After the break, I'll collect

-the pieces of the map...

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-..Mam tells me her first impressions

-of the Rhondda...

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-..and I'll have a night out

-in Tylorstown Hall...

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-..to celebrate

-the end of the series.

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-It's nice going back to school.

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-I had a warm welcome

-at Ysgol Gymraeg Llwyncelyn...

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-..and a great response from the kids

-to the picture about music.

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-Protest and battles was the theme...

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-..of the second picture

-I painted at the Heritage Park.

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-From Tonypandy to Maerdy,

-from Burberry workers to miners...

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-..they're all here,

-and the battles continue.

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-I was battling the elements

-on top of Bwlch.

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-But where else was I going

-to paint a picture about nature?

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-With a view like this,

-how could I fail?

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-In the middle of Tonypandy Market...

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-..I painted a picture

-of Rhondda buildings.

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-From the Pop Factory to Blaencwm

-tunnel, from chapels to pubs...

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-..and terraced houses, of course.

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-They're buildings

-that put the Rhondda on the map.

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-I'm back

-where I began the journey...

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-..at the family home in Glyncoli.

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-This is where

-I've been storing the pictures.

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-I just hope

-they're in a decent state.

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-One of them is bent.

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-Typical!

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-Clydach - wonky.

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-Eira's been sketching on this.

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-All that's left for me to do...

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-..is to paint the series title

-to go in the middle of the map.

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-I said at first that this

-was going to be a challenge...

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-..but you've done it.

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-I've done it.

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-Bits of me didn't want to say that

-it was going to be much harder...

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-..but it was a lot harder

-than I expected.

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-But I have finished it.

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-Not that Dad

-didn't think I could do it...

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-..but he said,

-"It might be more of a challenge."

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-Everything he said happened!

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-The weather was tough, the deadlines

-were tough, but it's finished.

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-I'm so pleased. It looks exactly

-how I wanted it to look.

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-It's my impressions of the Rhondda

-in the map.

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-But what did Mam think of the place

-when she first came here?

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-What year did you see the Rhondda

-for the first time?

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-It was '76, I think.

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-It was the year before

-I finished university.

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-I was on the way home

-to North Wales...

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-..and Dad asked for a lift home.

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-He brought me

-over the top of Penrhys...

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-..so I could see

-the Rhondda in all its glory...

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-..and, for once, it wasn't raining.

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-I come from Dinorwig.

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-You can see Snowdon.

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-You can see Snowdon.

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-It's opposite Snowdon!

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-You can't get a better view.

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-You can't get a better view.

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-And Dad takes you to Penrhys!

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-So I thought, "Yes."

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-So I thought, "Yes."

-

-It's alright, yeah.

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-I have a better view in North Wales!

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-I have a better view in North Wales!

-

-Dad hadn't been to North Wales then.

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-No.

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-So he shows you the view

-and you say, "It's alright."

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-What struck me more than anything

-was the rows and rows of houses.

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-I hadn't seen that before.

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-I hadn't seen that before.

-

-There's one street in Dinorwig.

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-One street.

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-Yes.

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-So many people

-were living in such a small space.

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-That's what struck me the most.

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-The first time

-I met your grandmother...

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-..I got a fantastic welcome.

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-She tried to give me as much food

-as she could in an hour...

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-..before I embarked on that

-long journey to North Wales.

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-Wrapped sandwiches.

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-You've finished. The only thing

-you have left is to sign it.

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-I hope that they all fit together.

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-Like a jigsaw?

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-Like a jigsaw?

-

-Mm.

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-Very nice.

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-Tylorstown Welfare Hall,

-a busy community centre...

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-..and a great place to hold

-an evening where I reveal the map.

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-Swank.

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-Corned beef pasties, banana cake

-and scrumpy.

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-We're good, aren't we?

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-We're good, aren't we?

-

-Just like when I used to come over.

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-It's also a chance

-to thank my family and friends...

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-..for all their support.

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-It's black and white like the map.

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-You've matched!

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-Look at me. I look ridiculous!

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-Geraint Parfitt

-has finished the clogs.

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-These are brilliant.

0:20:330:20:35

-Welcome

-to the Pobol y Rhondda evening...

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-..the last night of the series...

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-..where we're putting

-the map together.

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-Here's the centre

-and the title of the programme.

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-I hope that my seven dwarves...

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-..will come in and put

-each piece together like a jigsaw.

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-I haven't seen it as one piece yet.

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-I'll put this on the floor

-and hope that it fits together.

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-As there are seven pictures, I've

-asked seven close friends to help.

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-As you can see,

-they're far from being dwarves.

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-Ta-da!

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-Thank you. Now you can

-all take a look at the map.

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-Ystrad, Penpych, Tylorstown.

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-Where's Ponty then?

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-Where's Ponty then?

-

-Ponty? It's not in the Rhondda.

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-Are you from Ponty?

-How did you get in?!

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-There's another tree

-the other side too.

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-Thanks, Mam!

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-And there we are, it was ambitious

-and it was a lot of work...

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-..but I'm happy

-with how it's turned out...

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-..and I hope that I've succeeded

-in putting the Rhondda on the map.

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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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-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.

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Sgwrs gyda Shelley Rees-Owen, Stacey o Pobol y Cwm, a datgelu map mawr y gyfres. In the final programme, Sion meets actress Shelley Rees-Owen and reveals his grand map of the Rhondda.