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Wye Valley Walk, day 9: Boughrood to Builth Wells

May 11, 2022 0 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 9: Boughrood to Builth Wells

At breakfast we resume our conversation with another Two Women.  This time they’re trail riders (I detect a wince when I let slip the term ‘pony trekkers’).   We saw them twice yesterday, next to the river.  They’ve come from Hay, their borrowed horses are spending the night in a nearby field, and in the morning […]

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Wye Valley Walk, day 8: Hay-on-Wye to Boughrood

May 10, 2022 2 Comments
Wye Valley Walk, day 8: Hay-on-Wye to Boughrood

Hay looks unbookish today.  It’s a few weeks before the Literature Festival gets under way.  The bookshops are open, but there aren’t enough visitors in town to make them look busy.  Other shops look closed or hibernating, waiting for the end of May.  But we’re here, C and I, back to start the Wye Valley […]

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Swansea and Chile: exploitation, sanctuary, fulfilment

May 6, 2022 0 Comments
Swansea and Chile: exploitation, sanctuary, fulfilment

The Glynn Vivian has a show of work from its collection on the theme ‘art and industry’.  It’s full of wonderful and thought-provoking things: well-known paintings as well as much less familiar items on paper and in other media.  A whole wall is taken up with Josef Herman’s massive ‘Miners’ oil painting of 1951, surely […]

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John Thelwall at Llyswen

April 29, 2022 0 Comments
John Thelwall at Llyswen

Next week we’ll be completing the Wye Valley Walk, and one of our stops will be the Griffin Inn in the village of Llyswen, on the banks of the Wye half way between Brecon and Builth.  Years ago, my colleague Jean Dane and I would often pause there for a coffee on our way from […]

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Y Lôn Goed a’r beirdd

April 22, 2022 7 Comments
Y Lôn Goed a’r beirdd

Rhodfa lydan â dwy linell o dderw a ffawydd oedd y Lôn Goed, a dim mwy na hynny, i ddechrau. Enw yn unig oedd y Lôn imi tan y ddiweddar, pan ddarllenais gyfrol ddifyr Rhys Mwyn, Real Gwynedd, a darganfod mai lleoliad go iawn yw hi.  Ac yn wir, lleoliad hanesyddol.  Fe’i lluniwyd gan John […]

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Funeral notes

April 15, 2022 4 Comments
Funeral notes

It’s been a bad six months for funerals.  Maybe the Grim Reaper has been busier than usual lately.  More likely, I’m now entering that danger zone of an age when I can expect him to visit my friends and acquaintances more often.  One consolation, if you can call it that, is that experiencing so many […]

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Dear Rowan, dear Laura

April 8, 2022 0 Comments
Dear Rowan, dear Laura

What sort of country do we want Wales to be in future?  Rowan Williams and Laura McAllister have recently invited us to answer that question.  They are the joint chairs of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales, a group set up in 2021 by the Welsh Government to come up with options […]

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Making an impression

April 1, 2022 2 Comments
Making an impression

In Aberystwyth last week I called in the School of Art to see an exhibition, arranged by Mary Lloyd Jones, and organised by Neil Holland and Phil Garratt, as a tribute to her husband, John Jones, who died last year aged 89.  Surprisingly, this is the first time he’s had a show to himself.  As […]

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In praise of bookmarks

March 25, 2022 2 Comments
In praise of bookmarks

If you’re like me, at any given time you’ll have several half-read books lying about, probably in different parts of your house or flat.  Each book will have a place-holder inserted to remind you where to resume reading.  Unless you’re one of those people who turn down the edges of pages to keep their place […]

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Rhwng dau fae

March 17, 2022 3 Comments
Rhwng dau fae

1 Concrit Llwybr newydd sbon, ei wynebau goncrit yn sgleinio wedi’r glaw.  Aeth y peiriannau mawr a’u dannedd rhwygol wythnos yn ôl.  Clwyf yn ymagor ar yr allt.  Cerrig drylliedig a thalpiau mawr o fwd ar chwâl, yn ddi-hid, ar y naill ochr a’r llall.  Faint o amser cyn bydd glesni’n dechrau ail-feddiannu’r llethr?  Sbel […]

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