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Wales Coast Path, day 77: Porth Amlwch to Cemaes

July 28, 2018 0 Comments
Wales Coast Path, day 77: Porth Amlwch to Cemaes

Have we made a mistake?  After a month of the driest, hottest weather since the summer of 1976, C and I chosen today to start our final, three-day campaign of the Wales Coast Path, from Porth Amlwch to Valley, on a less than tropical day.  It’s dark, drizzly and clouds are so low that Cadair […]

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The Mundaneum

July 22, 2018 0 Comments
The Mundaneum

Until last week I’d never heard of the Mundaneum.  But it’s such an exceptional institution that it deserves to be much better known. To visit the Mundaneum as it is today you need to go the Wallonian city of Mons and search out the Rue de Nimy.  There, in an adapted department store, you’ll find […]

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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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Wales Coast Path, day 86: Newborough to Brynsiencyn

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Wales Coast Path, day 86: Newborough to Brynsiencyn

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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Wales Coast Path, day 81: Trearddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge

May 31, 2018 1 Comment
Wales Coast Path, day 81: Trearddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge

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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