Author Archive: Andrew Green

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Cornelius Varley again

July 19, 2024 0 Comments
Cornelius Varley again

I’ve been revisiting the miraculous drawings made by Cornelius Varley when he spent time in Dolgellau in the summer of 1803.  The end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century was an age of wonder for watercolour painting in Britain, but I think it’s a shame that Varley’s name isn’t celebrated as widely […]

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On shoelaces

July 12, 2024 0 Comments
On shoelaces

We like to think that, even if our politics and economics show few signs of movement towards improvement, we live in an age of continuous technological refinement.  Digital inventors now deliver tools like artificial intelligence that dazzle us, jaded though we are by constant stream of wonders. But back in the analogue world some of […]

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The silent election

July 5, 2024 2 Comments
The silent election

Has there ever been a general election studded with so many good jokes?  From the very start, when Rishi Sunak destroyed his blue suit while standing in the pouring rain to announce the election, to the news that the even more hapless ex-MP Craig Williams had used his insider knowledge to place a £100 bet […]

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Tro ar fyd: ‘Trothwy’, gan Iwan Rhys

June 28, 2024 0 Comments
Tro ar fyd: ‘Trothwy’, gan Iwan Rhys

Un o’r llyfrau ar restr fer Llyfr y Flwyddyn eleni yw cyfrol fach anarferol gan Iwan Rhys, sy’n dwyn y teitl Trothwy.  Wn i ddim a fydd ganddo obaith o gipio’r brif wobr.  Os yw’r beirniaid yn chwilio am gyffro ac antur, efallai ddim.  Ond yn ei ffordd dawel, gywrain mae Trothwy yn gadael argraff […]

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Build, build, build

June 21, 2024 2 Comments
Build, build, build

It began with an act of destruction, the demolishing of an existing house.  Then came the tractors, carting trailer-loads of earth away.  Hundreds of loads, over many weeks, if not months.  The result: a very large hole in the ground.  Next, the concrete.  Huge trucks, loaded with long pipes, started arriving.  Workers assembled the pipes […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 11: Meifod to Welshpool

June 14, 2024 2 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 11: Meifod to Welshpool

The negatives: rain has fallen overnight; the morning’s cloudy and windy, and it feels colder than ever; our boots are still damp inside.  The positives: Eleri has fed us well over two days, to counter the hunger caused by long walking; we’re back in the fine village of Meifod; there are not too many miles […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 10: Pont Llogel to Meifod

June 12, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 10: Pont Llogel to Meifod

Eleri delivers us by car back from Meifod to Pont Llogel, for us to make the journey in the other direction, much more slowly, and by a different route.  There’s a change in the weather today: it’s cooler, rain’s spotting in the strong breeze, and we spend a lot of time through the day pulling […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 9: Llangadfan to Pont Llogel

June 11, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 9: Llangadfan to Pont Llogel

We’ve had a comfortable time in the Cann Office Hotel, but it’s time to set off again, without the sun this morning, and move north from Llangadfan.  We turn down a lane next to Pontgadfan, the chapel converted by Eleri Mills that I saw yesterday.  By chance Eleri passes us in her car on the […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 8: Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan

June 9, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 8: Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan

Since Wales is hilly, and since its villages are very seldom sited on hilltops, it follows that walks away from them tend to begin with a long climb.  This morning is no exception. After breakfast in the village shop – our host Mr M. runs a shop and café as well as a B&B – […]

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Glyndŵr’s Way, day 7: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair

June 7, 2024 0 Comments
Glyndŵr’s Way, day 7: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair

It’s been a year since we finished the southern half of Glyndŵr’s Way, and here we are, C1, C2 and I, back in Machynlleth to start on the sixty miles of the northern half.  Ca has kindly given us a lift from Swansea to Machynlleth, so we’ve time on the way up for a coffee […]

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