Tag: Wales

Richard Wilson on Cadair Idris

August 17, 2019 2 Comments
Richard Wilson on Cadair Idris

Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to Cadair Idris, which my father-in-law introduced me to as the best mountain walk in Wales, sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.  As usual I started from Minffordd.  After reaching Llyn Cau I circled clockwise round Craig Cau, Pen-y-gadair and Mynydd Moel.  Early cloud lifted from […]

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A farrago from Mr Farage

June 22, 2019 0 Comments
A farrago from Mr Farage

Another interesting printed document has come, uninvited, through our letterbox.  It’s an A3 sheet, printed in colour and folded once.  Its publisher is an organisation calling itself the EFDD Group in the European Parliament.  EFDD, we’re told, stands for ‘Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy’.  In the bottom right-hand corner of page 4 is a […]

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Offa a’r Cymry

May 12, 2019 1 Comment
Offa a’r Cymry

Offa, brenin Mercia, a fu farw yn y flwyddyn 796, yw’r unig frenin Eingl-sacsonaidd y mae ei enw yn rhan o fyd ieithyddol Cymru.  A hynny am un rheswm yn unig, oherwydd ei gysylltiad â ‘Chlawdd Offa’.  Gan ein bod ni ar fin taclo’r Clawdd ar droed, neu o leiaf y rhan ddeheuol ohono, meddyliais […]

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Why isn’t visual art a big thing in Wales?

March 3, 2019 3 Comments
Why isn’t visual art a big thing in Wales?

How healthy are the visual arts in Wales?  Not just in the sense of how many or how good are the artists, but other, more contextual questions, such as:  How are they valued?   How are they supported?  How are artists encouraged and trained?  How are the arts used to bring new life to depressed communities?  […]

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A new Public Libraries Act for Wales

February 8, 2019 4 Comments
A new Public Libraries Act for Wales

One of the saddest features of our age is the rapid decline of the public library.  What was once a crucial and heavily used part of local public provision has become, with some exceptions, a starved, neglected and run-down service. According to the latest CIPFA statistics for the UK, spending on public libraries dropped again, […]

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The Monmouthshire and Caerleon Antiquarian Association

October 13, 2018 2 Comments
The Monmouthshire and Caerleon Antiquarian Association

1   Origins and foundations The first local archaeological society in Wales, the Caerleon Antiquarian Association, was founded on 28th October 1847.  It owed its existence largely to the efforts of one man, John Edward Lee (1). Born in Hull in 1808, Lee worked from the age of sixteen in his uncles’ shipping office, but […]

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In search of 100 objects

September 30, 2018 0 Comments
In search of 100 objects

September 2018 has turned out to be a month of personal endings. Three weeks ago, after five and a half years of sporadic legwork, we finished the last mile of the Wales Coast Path. This week saw the publication of two books I’ve been working on for what seems almost as long, Wales in 100 […]

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The portraits of Kyffin Williams

September 14, 2018 0 Comments
The portraits of Kyffin Williams

This article is based on a talk given to The Arts Society: Brecknock in Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 11 September 2018 to mark the centenary of Kyffin Williams’s birth. Introduction My starting point is a talk given by Peter Lord as the Kyffin Williams lecture for 2018 at Oriel Môn, entitled ‘The portraits of Kyffin […]

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Carmarthen to Aberystwyth by train

August 17, 2018 5 Comments
Carmarthen to Aberystwyth by train

It’s our first time on the Gwili Railway – thanks to a nearly-three year old boy obsessed with trains, or, more accurately, steam locomotives.  We spend several hours pottering back and forth along the four mile track between the Railway’s current termini, Abergwili Junction and Danycoed, on two trains, one pulled by a steam engine, […]

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The sore feet of Ursula Martin

June 11, 2018 2 Comments
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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