Author Archive: Andrew Green

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Learning about Welsh history

November 12, 2021 6 Comments
Learning about Welsh history

Estyn has published a review of teaching Welsh history in schools, including specifically the teaching of BAME history.  It makes gloomy reading for anyone who believes that understanding where we are now in Wales, and where we might be in future, depend on a reasonable knowledge of how we got here. During the last twenty […]

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The black man and the atheist

November 5, 2021 0 Comments
The black man and the atheist

I’ve been reading, for the first time, A pilgrim’s progress.  I suspect that’s a rare event these days, at least in this country.  It’s easy to forget that John Bunyan’s book was for several centuries the most widely-read book in English, after the Bible, and the English book most often translated into other languages.  Calvinists, […]

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Moonrise

October 29, 2021 1 Comment
Moonrise

Among the eleven ‘Welsh sonnets’ of Gerard Manley Hopkins are counted some of the outstanding poems written in English in the nineteenth century.  They include ‘God’s grandeur’, ‘Pied beauty’ and ‘The windhover’. Hopkins came to live in St Beuno’s College near Tremeichion in the Vale of Clwyd in August 1874 to continue his extremely long […]

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Who would live in Wales?

October 22, 2021 4 Comments
Who would live in Wales?

This week the Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (RhLC from now on) wrote an article sparked by the campaign by Vaughan Gething, the minister for the Welsh economy, to persuade young people born or raised in Wales not to emigrate. An important part of her, she says, is Welsh – she grew up in north […]

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John Clare and the snipe

October 15, 2021 0 Comments
John Clare and the snipe

Slow radio at its best achieves what no amount of ‘fast radio’, with its assumption of the attention span of a hoverfly, can achieve: thought connections that stay in the mind long after the programme has ended.  Paul Farley’s recent day (half an hour on the radio: The Poet and the Snipe) looking, in vain, […]

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Ar ben pella’r byd

October 8, 2021 0 Comments
Ar ben pella’r byd

Dyma’r ffordd o’i chyrraedd.  Edrychwch am droad i’r dde wrth ichi deithio tua’r gorllewin ar y ffordd i ben pella’r penrhyn.  Mae’n hawdd ei golli.  Cadwch eich llygaid ar agor am fryn coediog gyferbyn ar y chwith.  Wedi troi, mae’r lôn syth yn disgyn yn raddol â llain o lawnt ar y ddwy ochr.  Ar […]

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The ageing of Henri Rouart

October 2, 2021 1 Comment
The ageing of Henri Rouart

Henri Rouart was one of Edgar Degas’ oldest and most loyal friends.  They went to same school in Paris, Lycée Louis-le-Grand, and served in the artillery together during the Franco-Prussian War (Degas was an indifferent soldier).  Rouart became an engineer and industrial designer, specialising in vapour-compressed refrigeration.  He owned a successful company and used his […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 7: Monnington-on-Wye to Hay-on-Wye

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 7: Monnington-on-Wye to Hay-on-Wye

Before breakfast we meet the Couple from Chepstow properly for the first time, and have a chance to share our parallel experiences of the Walk.  S. and J., it turns out, live in Tunbridge Wells and are keen ramblers.  They’re not stopping at Hay like us, but plan to go on to Rhayader.  Not for […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 6: Hereford to Monnington-on-Wye

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 6: Hereford to Monnington-on-Wye

It’s a still, bright Sunday morning.  We walk from our B&B through the quiet streets of Hereford, calling at our favourite lunch provider, Greggs, and make for the Cathedral to visit an attraction we missed yesterday, the statue in the close of Edward Elgar leaning on his bicycle.  As we walk towards to Wye Bridge […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 5: Fownhope to Hereford

September 25, 2021 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 5: Fownhope to Hereford

Today our friends at Celtic Trails, who organised our trip, have taken pity on us and given us a half day off: there’s just between six and seven miles of easy walking ahead.  For the first time we’re reduced to three walkers.  We’re taken by taxi from Hereford to Fownhope, and we’ve persuaded the driver […]

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