Tag: Wales

Sport is not the answer

December 19, 2015 0 Comments
Sport is not the answer

According to the NHS Britain is the most obese nation in western Europe. A quarter of adults are obese. Levels of obesity have risen threefold on thirty years, and if trends continue half the population will be obese by 2050. Diabetes, heart disease and cancer are just a few of the diseases that can follow […]

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The Home Rule All Round movement

November 28, 2015 0 Comments
The Home Rule All Round movement

To get a swift appreciation of the whole sweep of Welsh history for a current project, I’ve been re-reading John Davies’s great Hanes Cymru / A history of Wales (rev. ed. 2007). It’s a big book but the pleasure of reading it is even bigger. Especially when you pause in your reading to remember John […]

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Hwyl fawr i’r byd cyhoeddus?

November 22, 2015 0 Comments
Hwyl fawr i’r byd cyhoeddus?

Ar ddydd Mercher nesaf bydd y Canghellor George Osborne yn cyhoeddi’r canlyniadau o’i adolygiad o wariant cyhoeddus. Mae’n argoeli bod yn achlysur tyngedfennol. Fel dywed William Keegan, y newyddiadurwr economaidd, yn gyson, daeth y Ceidwadwyr i rym, yn 2010 ac eto yn 2015, ar sail dau Gelwydd Mawr: taw’r llywodraeth Lafur, yn hytrach na’r bancwyr a’i […]

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John Sell Cotman in Wales

August 14, 2014 10 Comments
John Sell Cotman in Wales

There are a few great British artists we remember not for their continuous work over a lifetime, but for a short period of brilliant achievement in an otherwise (apparently) ordinary career. Two well-known examples are Samuel Palmer, in the case of the ‘visionary’ works painted during the early years of his stay in Shoreham, Kent […]

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Cymry’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf

August 7, 2014 0 Comments
Cymry’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf

Ydych chi’n chwilio am lyfr dibynadwy a darllenadwy yn Gymraeg sy’n dangos hanes y Rhyfel Mawr mewn geiriau a lluniau, o safbwynt pobl Cymru? Os felly, does dim angen arnoch chwilio ymhellach na Cymry’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf gan Gwyn Jenkins, cyfrol odidog a gyhoeddwyd yr wythnos ddiwethaf gan Y Lolfa. Dyma lyfr hardd (ie, hardd, […]

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MOOCs and other animals: ‘open & online’ report published

April 3, 2014 1 Comment
MOOCs and other animals: ‘open & online’ report published

The Welsh Government today published a major report entitled Open & online: Wales, higher education and emerging modes of learning.  The report covers all aspects of courses and resources freely available online at higher and further education levels in the UK and beyond. It contains the most up-to-date and balanced assessment so far of Massive […]

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Cof, dychymyg, enwau lleoedd

January 29, 2014 1 Comment
Cof, dychymyg, enwau lleoedd

I’r Cymry mae enwau lleoedd yn bwysig.  Bron bob mis adrodda’r cyfryngau ryw ffrae neu’i gilydd amdanyn nhw: Varteg (Saesneg) v Y Farteg (Cymraeg) neu, yn fwy arwyddocaol, Cwm March v Stallion Valley (bathiad anffodus newydd sbon).  I’r rhan fwyaf o bobl pethau i’w trysori ydyn nhw, o achos eu bod yn cadw cof hanesyddol […]

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Is it true that public services can’t cooperate?

January 22, 2014 2 Comments
Is it true that public services can’t cooperate?

Richard Sennett’s Together: the rituals, pleasures and politics of cooperation (2012) is one of those books that’s so full of acute observations, surprising examples and novel connections that it stays long in the memory and sparks all kinds of thoughts, months after an initial reading. Sennett is a distinguished US ethnographer, but part of the […]

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Archives, libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund

June 28, 2013 0 Comments
Archives, libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund

As government funding for memory institutions has declined – catastrophically in the case of regular capital finance for buildings, ICT infrastructure and collections purchase – the importance of the Lottery, and especially the Heritage Lottery Fund, as a funding source to those bodies has risen. What is the relationship between the HLF and those memory […]

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Peter Lord: iconographer / iconoclast

June 18, 2013 0 Comments
Peter Lord: iconographer / iconoclast

On 23 May in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea Peter Lord gave an illustrated talk as part of the launch of his new book Relationships with pictures: an oblique autobiography (Parthian, 2013). It was a remarkable performance.  As ever with Peter you couldn’t fail to be aware of the depth of feeling underlying his […]

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