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Anarchy In Anglesey

Posted by SamuelPatterson from Cardiff - Published on 22/02/2011 at 09:57
12 comments » - Tagged as People, Sport & Leisure, Travel

  • Kendo
  • Anglesey Residential
  • Anglesey Residential
  • Anglesey Residential
  • Anglesey Residential
  • Anglesey Residential
  • Anglesey Residential

Yn Gymraeg

Quarter past nine in the morning at the back of Cardiff Central Station and I’m sitting on my red suitcase listening to Lady Gaga’s new single, waiting patiently for the bus to pick me up. I met up with a friend of mine and we waited together for the coach that would take us to the famous and apparently bloody-miles-away Anglesey.

When the coach arrived we met some lovely peeps from the Vale. At first, the fact that we didn’t know each other almost seemed like it would be a problem and if I hadn’t have had confidence in the power of CLIC residentials I would have been worried that making friends with these kind and interesting people would have been difficult. The same goes for all the people that I encountered on this trip to Anglesey: you can come into contact with people from all over Wales that you’ve never met before and before you know it, you’re already friends on Facebook! Such is the power of CLIC!

The journey to Anglesey was somewhat disappointing and if I were to be currently filling in a customer satisfaction survey, I would most likely be inclined to mark the circle labelled “unsatisfied” and then write very strongly worded and opinionated comments in the “Anything Else?” section of said survey. The people on the journey were fab, don’t get me wrong and it was really great to meet the editors of some of the other local sites such as Dominique, Katie and Craig. However, our bus driver was somewhat… ill-informed as I’m sure those of you who attended the residential will agree and as such we were stuck on the bus for an extra two to three hours. I assure you, it is not fun.

But finally, after nearly knocking down an old woman’s house, passing the same McDonald's four times, stalling thrice and watching as our driver determinately tried to squeeze down a road that a perfectly lit, and bilingual sign tried to warn him was too narrow, we arrived in Anglesey and quickly proceeded to our evening meal – lasagne. Yum.

After a quick mix up with the rooms we soon settled down for a quick “tell us your name” before setting some ground rules and mingling with other CLICers (CLICer – noun – a person who uses or incorporates CLIC into their lives). After a noisy early morning I finally managed some sleep in the surprisingly comfy accommodation with my new roommates who seem keen to ensure everyone knows my supposed resemblance to Matt Smith, aka “the new Doctor Who” (fun fact – the character’s name is not in fact Doctor Who, but simply The Doctor, however due to the title of the show many people refer to him incorrectly).

Having been woken up at seven thirty by Craig after only a couple hours of sleep, we soon made our way to the breakfast area, which conveniently doubles as the lunch and dinner area.

After a disappointing breakfast we started our task of helping develop CLIC as well as helping with the new CLICzine (coming to all good bookstores near you soon) and helping a lovely woman called Rachel with sources that the UNCRC are looking to send to schools and young people centres in Wales.

All very important work and we were soon rewarded for our hard work with, not only lunch, but a circus skills workshop! A thoroughly delightful man by the name of Dave Southern brought, along with his bubbly personality and many years of experience, a vast array of circus toys of varying colours which keep young and childlike minds such as mine entertained for hours! The workshop was superb and I heard great things from some of the other young people who attended the workshop!

Following an evening of further important workshops such as video making, Banner Design 101 led by Dave and Kendo training we were all herded to the main room and presented with some pretty spectacular acts in the infamous CLIC’s Got Talent! Acts of the show included Paul Magee singing a brilliant original yet so far unnamed song, Tansi performing some wonderful performance art, the Swoosh Dancers who rocked everybody’s socks with their mash-up madness, the Wisp, aka Leroy who impressed everyone with his dance moves, the Defaid Dancers who… well… danced I think is the only way to describe it and the incredible 10Hours who sang a song about a certain bus journey as well as many others. The show was truly brilliant and with it all recorded on camera the memories are alive forever!

After CLIC’s Got Talent, people were left to their own devices although there was the option of karaoke in the main room, an offer of which many people, myself included took advantage of! Karaoke was compered by Dominique, who solely possesses the world’s greatest name as I have persistently informed her. She wore a red hat.

After an evening of TV, singing, tea, searching for badgers, informal chats amongst friends and a discussion of accents, people went to bed. Well, I say people, I mean most people. Well, I say most, I mean some. Well, I say some, I mean a few. Well, I say… you know what? No-one went to bed! Due to Kath’s poor influence many people were up until four a.m. before retiring while many people stayed up all night! Shock horror!

Alas, all good things must come to an end and the next morning we woke up rather early with a much more satisfying breakfast and gave some feedback about the weekend, which was, as you would expect, very positive!

After a weekend of voicing our thoughts, practising Kendo, dancing like lunatics, meeting new friends, learning new skills, getting to know other people involved with CLIC, helping CLIC develop – I really could just go on and on – playing ping pong, discussing hypnosis incessantly, taking part in quizzes, making banners, searching for badgers and having fun we found ourselves packed and back on the bus. I can’t help but feel that getting back on that bus was a mistake…

IMAGES: Dan Clic and Ihavethecyrusvirusx

You can follow CLIC on Facebook on the pages CLIC News/Newyddion; Ryan Clic; Alex Clic; Dan Clic; Tania Clic; Lola Clic; Craig Wicid; Swoosh Vale; The Sprout Cardiff and Wicid Rhondda Cynon Taf.

If you would like to share your pictures from the weekend why not add them to the Gallery?

12 CommentsPost a comment

CLIC Kathryn

CLIC Kathryn

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 13:31pm

Haha....it was a great weekend and a great team effort! That bus journey...oh dear....not good, it started when he was going down the wrong motorway to Llanelli because he'd been briefed for a pick up in Llangefni......and it just got progressively worse from there! I really think we should send the video recording of the song you made to the company as our customer feedback!
Surprisingly with so much going on, we achieved exactly what we set out to do. It was a daunting task with such a huge group but we all worked splendidly! As for my 'poor influence' you forgot to to mention that you were part of the 'yellow team' still up talking to me! Yes, bedtime....a tricky one to negotiate on the last night with so many varying ages and such a large group. I think people were squeezing as much fun in with their new friends and knew that with a looong bus journey ahead of us the next morning there was going to be plenty of time for sleeping!
Thanks for writing a great review and all your support to some of our younger members. it was an excellent weekend in bringing Local Editorial Groups and some of the National Group together, thankfully though for all of us, our next residential will be a much smaller group :)

Ollys_Direction

Ollys_Direction

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 14:27pm

That was really fun! I've got to Vids of the Kendo on Youtube x

WICIDeditor

WICIDeditor

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 16:51pm

Fantastic article, It was my first Clic residential and really looking forward to the next one. Made some great friends and loved clic's got talent. Dam you can dance! Keep up the hard work Mr, your gonna make it big some day soon.

Ollys_Direction

Ollys_Direction

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 18:29pm

Ah! Someone nicked my picture!

Tansi

Tansi

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 20:45pm

Great article! Just one thing.... great performing arts? Seriously? We did have a lot of fun, I simply cannot wait to show my mother the video of 10hours and as for a video of my performance... well i got Dan to delete it ^.^

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 43 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 21:57pm

Oh no Tansi, you shouldn't have! Not everyone had the confidence to go up there and perform! You should realise that having confidence to do something like that is just as impressive as anything else that was seen on that floor. You're a talented young girl. Never forget that and keep on believing =)

Ollys_Direction

Ollys_Direction

Commented 43 months ago - 23rd February 2011 - 00:05am

Oh Tansi you dipstick, You was really confident! You should of kept it! I miss you guys! x

National Editor

National Editor

Commented 43 months ago - 24th February 2011 - 10:02am

Nice one neo - keep us posted. Also, are you still up for uploading a full article about your experiences in the competition when it is finished?

National Editor

National Editor

Commented 43 months ago - 24th February 2011 - 10:04am

@Ihavethecyrusvirusx Which pic did you take? Will make sure you are credited in the article! ;0)

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 43 months ago - 24th February 2011 - 18:33pm

Congrats Neo! And yeah, I miss everyone too! Oh well. We still have May!

SamuelPatterson

SamuelPatterson

Commented 43 months ago - 1st March 2011 - 22:55pm

We did have lots of fun thanks =) And who knows?! Maybe there's a space for you on the next residential =D

Ollys_Direction

Ollys_Direction

Commented 42 months ago - 24th March 2011 - 16:03pm

@Ryan Clic Editor, I took the one of Callum holding the Cliczine... You should know! You commented on it on Facebook!

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