Wales and British and Irish Lions winger JJ Williams has died at the age of 72, one of his former clubs have announced.
Williams, who was christened John James but known throughout the world of rugby by his initials, was one of the finest finishers the game has seen.
One of his former clubs Bridgend Ravens tweeted: “All at Bridgend Ravens are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player JJ Williams. Our thoughts are with JJ’s family and friends at this tough time.”
He scored 12 tries in 30 appearances for Wales and won Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, as well as four Triple Crowns between 1976 and 1979.
Williams toured South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977 with the Lions and his try-scoring exploits put…
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I’ve been listening to Amanda Palmer’s powerful song, “Drowning In Sound”, and reading her poetically brilliant lyrics, while I was scribbling some perplexing notes, and those puzzling words, later formed this poem….
Listing and frustrated
All out of body sync
And my right hand’s spilling drinks
Quietly waiting for the great spirits
To observe another of my wobbly exits
The waddling penguin has seen it all before
Wondering how I found the front door
Despite my obvious lack of facilities
Confused, I ponder about the world’s disabilities
To collectively listen and comprehend
That the future depends on a cohesive blend
Ivor Steven (c) October 2020
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Us autumn lovers are in love with Halloween and then there’s us pagans who also love Halloween and recognize the traditions of Samhain (pronounced Sow-win – don’t worry, many have said Sam-hane at least once and only a**holes won’t let you live it down lol). Before I devoted myself to the mystic path, and way before my Christian phase in my late teens/early twenties, my psychic senses have always strengthened during Samhain. It’s never been a full-blown “I see dead people” kind of vibe. It’s a somber feeling where those who have passed on are on my mind and my ability to sense what’s beyond the veil couldn’t be ignored. My connection to Celtic culture was a distant love in the past, but currently, I’m more eager to learn more about pagan or indigenous cultures as it inspires my current beliefs and increases my…
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The Beechnut Fairy
O the great and happy Beech,
Glorious and tall!
Changing with the changing months,
Lovely in them all:
Lovely in the leafless time,
Lovelier in green;
Loveliest with golden leaves
And the sky between,
When the nuts are falling fast,
Thrown by little me—
Tiny things to patter down
From a forest tree!
By Mary Cicely Barker
Artist Mary Cicely Barker
Text and image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook https://www.facebook.com/531188960392510/posts/1691894950988566/
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Autumn is really inspiring me – no surprise it is my favourite time of year – so it is with pure pleasure I share some autumnal words from Willow
Here are two Autumnal Poems I wrote back in 2014.
All the leaves are dancing, swirling down
Undulating in the breeze round and round
Tumbling rumblings scratching sound
Urgently creatures searching for their stores underground.
Misty mornings, chilly nights, fireworks after Halloween moon!
New seasons Harvest Moon, witches and pumpkin men will be here soon!
The sun’s heat is waning and the nights are drawing in.
Early morning porridge to keep you warm the cold will nip your skin.
Summer sadly has taken her up her shoes and left us the dark.
Ready for the harvest and shorter winter days.
Time to get out your winter coats and your furry boots
The long and lazy days of summer have vanished in a haze.
Cars driving with their lights on early, listen out for their warning toots!
There might be…
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Oh, how many times I have envied her Her femininity as the earth Inspiring me as her litterateur...
Awesome stuff from Ivor
Time on the Moon With a Tea and Lime
now and then
I see the sunrise again
sip on tea and lime
and dream for a time
where are you old friend
hiding your face until the end
and I hear a distant tick-tock
buried under weathered rock
when it’s all said and done
my words fall one by one
inking blues, line after line
and I care not the time
and sand flows drop by drop
from the timeless clock
touching her silent cocoon
on the far side of the moon
Ivor Steven (c) October 2020
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