politics

Coleridge’s ginger wine

August 14, 2020 0 Comments
Coleridge’s ginger wine

Some think that the Notebooks are Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s masterwork.  In them he would jot any thoughts that occurred to his omnivorous, lightning-fast mind, wherever he was.  Snatches of poetry, quotations from other writers, jokes, lists of works he would write (most remained unwritten), apothegms, descriptions of landscapes, recollections, fragments of philosophy, memos to himself […]

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Openreach: what’s it good for?

August 7, 2020 1 Comment
Openreach: what’s it good for?

It sounds so positive as a name, doesn’t it?  Openreach.  Open reach.  Imagine an arm extended in friendly welcome or offering a helping hand to someone in need.  An organisation, surely, that exists only to add to the sum of human happiness.  ‘Connecting you to your network’, says the website, ‘we believe everyone deserves fast […]

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Cymru annibynnol: un arall o blaid

July 31, 2020 0 Comments
Cymru annibynnol: un arall o blaid

Pwy ydych chi?  I ba wlad ych chi’n perthyn? Am flynyddoedd, os digwyddodd rhywun holi – a gwrthod derbyn tawelwch, neu’r ateb ‘dinesydd y byd’ – fy ateb fu ‘Prydeiniwr’.  Albanes oedd fy mam.  Daeth fy nhad o Swydd Efrog, a bues i’n byw yn Lloegr tan yn 21 mlwydd oed.  Cymru fu fy nghartref […]

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Dido Harding: a failed state in microcosm

May 30, 2020 74 Comments
Dido Harding: a failed state in microcosm

I thought I recognised the name Dido Harding, when her name popped up on the news recently.  After all, Dido isn’t the commonest of names.  There’s Dido, the excellent singer, and Dido Twite, the heroine of Black hearts in Battersea and other stories by Joan Aiken.  And, of course, the original, wonderful and tragic Dido, […]

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Covid-19: pam mae Prydain mor drychinebus?

May 8, 2020 0 Comments
Covid-19: pam mae Prydain mor drychinebus?

Erbyn hyn mae’n amlwg fod Prydain yn dioddef o’r pla yn waeth nag unrhyw wlad yn Ewrop.  Amlwg hefyd mai esgeulustod llywodraeth y DU yw un o’r prif resymau.  Ei methiant i ymateb i’r firws yn brydlon.  Ei methiant i ddarparu offer ar gyfer unedau triniaeth ddwys, a dillad i warchod pawb oedd mewn cyswllt […]

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Circles of light

April 18, 2020 0 Comments
Circles of light

A virus, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is ‘an infectious, often pathogenic agent or biological entity … able to function only within the living cells of a host animal, plant, or microorganism’.  It’s a dark and invisible thing, that threatens suffering and destruction.  William Blake knew about the terrors it would bring: O Rose […]

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Ar ôl Covid-19: beth?

April 3, 2020 0 Comments
Ar ôl Covid-19: beth?

Dyw’r firws ddim eto wedi cyrraedd ei anterth.  Ond eisoes mae llawer o sylwebwyr yn edrych ymlaen at y cyfnod ôl-Govid-19 ac yn gofyn y cwestiwn, a fydd pethau’n hollol newydd, yn ein bywyd cyhoeddus, ar ôl i’r afiechyd gilio, neu, a fydd popeth yn dychwelyd i’r patrymau a fu?  Mae’n gwestiwn da. Y man […]

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In defence of permanent institutions

February 14, 2020 1 Comment
In defence of permanent institutions

It’s a truism to say that the destruction of trust is at the heart of societal decline.  We’ve known for a long time that politicians come bottom, or close of bottom, in league tables of professions in whom the public has confidence.  It’s no surprise to find that, since the financial meltdown of 2008, bankers […]

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On Winchester College

November 29, 2019 0 Comments
On Winchester College

At the weekend we crossed the border to stay with friends in Winchester for a couple of days.  Winchester has a good claim to be called the heart of England.  It was the capital of Alfred the Great, and remained a capital city of some sort until London usurped its title at the end of […]

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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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