West Wales Chronicle editorial team members Josh and Ryan

Colbeck’s Corner 


Yes, I’m back. Yes, Ryan a.k.a The Bargain Bucket Muppet has returned and I am stressed out. Christmas is a hard time for adults, the television adverts are cool. Every year we get the official Coca-Cola truck advert with Santa smiling, John Lewis adverts tell us to value our families and we all look out for the tubs of Ferrero Rocher, Quality Street or Roses we get as Christmas presents (big Toblerone bar for me please). All of this makes me want to feel festive. However my bank balance after Christmas shopping makes me wanna be the Grinch. I bought my mum a phone so there’s that sorted. But then there’s Secret Santa in work!! Arrgh! I have no idea what to get mine! I don’t know if anyone else has this problem?

Speaking of problems I have a problem with ITV putting boxing on pay-per-view. I’m glad they’re getting back into boxing but the next fight for Chris Eubank Jr. will be on PPV. I’m not impressed, I’m a big fan of Eubank but the guy he’s fighting is not PPV level and I mean no disrespect to Renold Quinlan (Eubank’s opponent) but so many PPV’s it’s getting a bit ridiculous now. Sports packages are expensive enough as it is, if you want line rental, broadband and a nice TV package you’re pretty much looking at £100 give or take and then if you’re a big boxing fan it seems it’s getting to the point that when there’s a big fight on you have to fork out an extra £16.99. They don’t make the Champions League final PPV (shouldn’t have said that, gives them ideas) I understand that this is good for the fighters though, boxers are now making more money than they ever have and they deserve every penny. I can tell you from experience how terrifying it is when you step into a boxing ring for the first time and there’s a guy standing in the opposite corner who is going to hit you and that’s allowed. People think boxing is a thug’s game, and given the recent antics at the press conferences of Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora where Dereck threw a table at Dillian (yes you read that right, look it up on YouTube) And when David Haye punched Tony Bellew when they faced off, (it should be said Tony pushed David first) but also the things they said to each other. Haye made references to putting Tony in hospital, which is disgusting given the accidents that have happened lately (boxer Mike Towell died in hospital after a Welterweight title fight in Glasgow, Nick Blackwell fell into a coma after his fight with the previously mentioned Eubank Jr. and most recently Cruiserweight Dennis Lebedev was sent to hospital). I’m a big fan of David Haye but considering all of this I think his comments in particular were bang out of order, but this is the same guy who said that his fight with Audley Harrison would be “more one sided than a gang rape” yes, he said that. But these are exceptions, boxing has more safety measures in place than ever before and I know from personal experience that it can give you focus, teach you values such as respect and hard work, the importance of applying yourself. There’s no way around it, if you slack off it shows. I’ve always said you don’t really learn to respect people until you’ve been punched in the face.

In other news as I write this I’m listening to Three Little Birds by Bob Marley which I think might just be the best song of all time.

In other other news, what is Liverpool Football Club doing to me?! We currently seem to blow more leads than a cowboy electrician having a go at some mains. Twice in two weeks we’ve thrown away a winning score line. I don’t care we’re still the best team in the world. It’s not good for my heart I tell you!! Speaking of not good for my heart I had a McDonalds last week for the first time in ages. Everything that tastes good is bad for you, makes you scared for the future doesn’t it?

And that of course brings me to Donald Trump, him and Kanye were seen together and I think they’re about to drop the hottest mixtape of 2016. I could see Trump being a rapper, he definitely controversial enough. His rap name would have to be Agent Orange or something like that. I honestly don’t know with Kanye anymore so it wouldn’t surprise me.

Nothing surprises me anymore in this world; I’ve seen many shocking things this year. David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood among others have left us, Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States but most shocking of all….people still watch X Factor and I’m a Celebrity.

I guess what I’m trying to say is give boxing a chance but lower the prices, LFC need to stop treating me this way and I’m looking forward to hearing fire bars from Donald Trump aka Lil’ Don aka Agent Orange.

(Mic drop)


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