Author Archive: Andrew Green

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Poets and rebels at Llyn Llech Owain

August 30, 2019 0 Comments
Poets and rebels at Llyn Llech Owain

At the ‘six ways’ junction in Gorslas, at the head of the Gwendraeth Fawr, I’ve driven past the sign to Llyn Llech Owain hundreds of times without ever taking up its invitation – to follow the minor road up the hill, past the church and chapel, to the lake and the country park that surrounds […]

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The memory of Sir Thomas Picton

August 23, 2019 0 Comments
The memory of Sir Thomas Picton

One of the many noxious elements making up the miasma of Brexiter thinking is exceptionalism.  The idea that Britain is naturally superior to other countries, and that it is strong enough to stand alone against every foe, has deep roots – much deeper than the Battle of Britain, so often trundled out by politicians.  If […]

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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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Cymru fydd: ysbryd newydd ar droed?

August 10, 2019 0 Comments
Cymru fydd: ysbryd newydd ar droed?

Yn ôl arolwg barn a gyhoeddwyd ddydd Llun diwethaf mae mwyafrif o bobl yr Alban bellach yn cefnogi ail refferendwm ar annibyniaeth i’w gwlad.  Prin fod y newyddion hyn yn syndod.  Ers sbel mae’r nifer sydd o blaid torri’n rhydd o San Steffan yn cynyddu’n raddol, a’r gred gyffredinol oedd bod ‘etholiad’ Boris Johnson yn […]

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What happens when a politician lies?

August 2, 2019 0 Comments
What happens when a politician lies?

A few years ago, the answer to that question would have been obvious.  If the lie came to light, and was serious enough, he or she would have been in grave trouble – and might even have had to resign.  Today the answer would be – precisely nothing.  This is so common that almost nobody […]

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William Blake on the moon

July 26, 2019 0 Comments
William Blake on the moon

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin may have reached the surface of the moon fifty years ago this week.  But William Blake beat them to it, by 176 years.  What’s more, he had no use for the sophisticated technologies of the Apollo 11 mission.  All he needed was a long ladder.  It’s easy for us, in […]

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Swansea automatic

July 21, 2019 0 Comments
Swansea automatic

I first came across the name Rhys Trimble last month while wandering down a narrow lane from the castle to the main street in Denbigh.  At the bottom of Lôn Brombil (Broomhill Lane) a poem by him, ‘Moliant i Ddinbych’, is painted on the wall of a building.  It begins ‘Boreon Dafydd; o ael bryn […]

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North from Cwmgïedd

July 13, 2019 0 Comments
North from Cwmgïedd

Some of the solo days out I remember best are the result of fleeing from some ‘unmissable’ public event.  The marriage of Charles Windsor and Diana Spencer on 29 July 1981 was the excuse for a blissful day-long bike ride, from Hereford to Cardiff via the Wye valley, when the lanes were emptied of cars […]

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Yn erbyn Sioe Awyr Abertawe

July 5, 2019 0 Comments
Yn erbyn Sioe Awyr Abertawe

Dros y Sul yma daw sŵn byddarol i’r awyr uwchben Bae Abertawe.  Yn ôl trefnwyr y Sioe Awyr, Cyngor Abertawe, ‘bydd perfformiadau erobatig trawiadol ac awyrennau hen a chyfoes unwaith eto’n gwefreiddio cannoedd ar filoedd o ymwelwyr’.  Y disgwyl yw y bydd dros 250,000 o bobl yn bresennol.  Honnir y bydd y Sioe yn dod […]

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Poetry as blood donation

June 30, 2019 0 Comments
Poetry as blood donation

O Positive, says his publisher, ‘is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne’.  Faber seem to have forgotten that they published an earlier, shorter collection in 2010 in the Faber New Poets series.  Several poems in this are carried over into the new book. Though he started out as a poet, Joe is […]

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