Archive for 2018

Listening to your own voice

July 15, 2018 0 Comments
Listening to your own voice

I have a memory of making a cassette recording of my granny, on one of our summer visits to Ayr in the 1960s, reciting a poem by Robert Burns. Burns was born and brought up in Alloway, just down the road, and Granny had a natural feel for his language and his verse, and she […]

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Tories go to Hell

July 8, 2018 2 Comments
Tories go to Hell

After a week of poisonous anarchy among our Tory rulers it seems apt to give space to a cartoon in Welsh, issued in Llanrwst as a woodcut print in around 1834-36 (according to Peter Lord). The artist is James Cope. Almost nothing is known about him, except that he was born in Caernarfonshire in 1805 […]

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In Bruges, with Gerard David and friends

July 1, 2018 0 Comments
In Bruges, with Gerard David and friends

There are many good reasons for going to Brugge (why do we say Bruges, when it’s a mainly Flemish-speaking city?): the townscape and amazingly preserved buildings, the canals and windmills, the beer and chocolates, the football and the multilingualism. But for me a visit was a chance to renew my long friendship with Gerard David. […]

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Ar enwau lleoedd

June 22, 2018 0 Comments
Ar enwau lleoedd

Y profiad a adawodd yr argraff fwya arna i yn ystod yr wythnos ddiwethaf oedd gwylio ffilm fer, fel rhan o raglen deledu Wales Live, oedd yn dangos y digrifwr Tudur Owen yn cerdded ar draws bae ar Ynys Môn – fel mae’n digwydd, bae yr ymwelais i ag e’n ddiweddar iawn.  Nid y cerdded […]

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To Soweto by way of the Plough & Harrow

June 17, 2018 1 Comment
To Soweto by way of the Plough & Harrow

Of all the Great Causes we pursued back in our days of hope in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was only one that came to an unambiguously good end: the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.  Wales was blessed with one of the most active Anti-Apartheid Movement organisations anywhere, and the cause united […]

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The sore feet of Ursula Martin

June 11, 2018 1 Comment
The sore feet of Ursula Martin

When I first heard about what Ursula Martin had done I found it hard to believe.  Over a period of seventeen months she set out to walk 3,300 miles around Wales – in the end she walked 3,700 – including all the recognized long distance paths and other, river-long walks, she devised herself.  Now she’s […]

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Anglesey Coast Path, day 12

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Anglesey Coast Path, day 12

It’s our last day, and a chance to fill a missing link, between Newborough and Brynsiencyn, the furthest point west we managed last year.  We leave the car in the Llyn Rhos Ddu car park south of Newborough.  In its centre is a metal sculpture by Ann Catrin Evans of several ‘gafrod’ or bunches of […]

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Anglesey Coast Path, day 11

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Anglesey Coast Path, day 11

After Holy Island north, today three of us are tackling Holy Island south – a much shorter and less strenuous trek.  It’s a cooler and cloudier day.  We start from Trearddur Bay.  Just as it took half an hour to get into Trearddur from the north, it takes half an hour to leave it walking […]

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Anglesey Coast Path, day 10

May 30, 2018 3 Comments
Anglesey Coast Path, day 10

Just the two of us today.  Valley to Trearddur Bay direct is no more than three miles.  Valley to Trearddur Bay via Holyhead Mountain, taking in a circuit of the northern half of Holy Island, is sixteen miles, and that’s our route.  We’re lucky to have a day of continuous sun, from start to finish. […]

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Anglesey Coast Path, day 9

May 30, 2018 1 Comment
Anglesey Coast Path, day 9

In Sgwâr Bodorgan in the centre of Aberffraw we’re waiting for Gwynfor.  After twenty minutes we’re still waiting.  We’re on the point of giving up and taking two cars when a bus turns up – the original vehicle had broken down – and we’re bowling along the road south. Today we have a second guest, […]

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